KOREAN actor Kim Soo Hyun wore a white Bench round neck shirt last week upon arrival at the airport.

Five years since his first visit to the country, Mr. Kim arrived in Manila for “One Extraordinary Day” — a meet-and-greet event on June 10 hosted by the Filipino clothing brand, Bench. Mr. Kim joined the roster of its brand ambassadors in July 2021.

The 34-year-old actor recently starred in It’s Okay to Not Be Okay — the sole Asian nominee for Best TV Movie or Miniseries at the International Emmy Awards in 2021). His performance as Moon Gang-tae earned him a Best Actor nomination at the 2021 Baeksang Arts Awards. Mr. Kim is best known for his roles in TV series like My Love from the Star (2013), Moon Embracing the Sun (2012), Dream High (2011); and films such as Secretly, Greatly (2013), and The Thieves (2012).

A day prior the fan meet and greet at the SM Mall of Asia Arena, a press conference was held at the Peninsula Manila where the actor talked about his personal style and future projects.

Mr. Kim appeared dressed in a casual all-black ensemble and white sneakers which he said he put together himself.

He talked about his personal style and how it aligns with the brand.

“Bench brand is a very friendly and popular brand,” Mr. Kim said in Korean, speaking through an interpreter. “In my personal time I prefer wearing casual and comfortable clothes. I also prefer all-black [clothing].”

In line with the actor’s ambassadorship to the local retail brand, Bench released the KIMSOOHYUNxBENCH collection last year. Items in the collection include the “Everything Will Be Okay” shirt (P399.75), the “Good Vibes With Me” Ringer shirt (P399.75), the “FINE” Crew Neck Tee (P399.75), the “Heal Your Soul” shirt (P399.75), a mesh cap (P349), denim pants (P899), and a denim jacket with brown accents (P1,299).

As for style advice, Mr. Kim said, jokingly: “[On my way] from the airport… I was seeing billboards of Bench. If you dress exactly the same as the billboards, I guess you will look great.”

Mr. Kim took his time to think before answering questions about his future goals as an actor.

“I want to try a lot of things as I age… As I take more projects, I would like to ask for your support as I try my best to be a better actor,” Mr. Kim said.

As for future projects, Mr. Kim is currently looking at scripts, but nothing is certain at the moment.

The KIMSOOHYUNxBENCH collection is available in stores nationwide and online at Lazada, Shopee, and Zalora. — Michelle Anne P. Soliman