Actor Nam Joo Hyuk is a true professional, which is one of many reasons why he is consistently cast in so many great K-Dramas. Not only that, but he’s an expert actor that’s quite skilled in improv!
While tvN‘s K-Drama Twenty Five Twenty One is a coming-of-age story that touches on serious themes, there are endless comedic moments. And, it turns out that Nam Joo Hyuk, who portrays male lead Baek Yi Jin (also romanized as Back Yi Jin), is the mastermind behind some of the funniest scenes!
TvN recently released a new behind-the-scenes video of the latest Twenty Five Twenty One episodes. So, fans got to see the brilliant actors at work.
One particular moment has fans’ attention due to the actors’ improvisational skills. It’s the iconic steamed bun scene in Episode 13.
At the end of Episode 12, the leads finally shared their first kiss! Unfortunately, though, that didn’t mean that the couple made their relationship official.
For some time in Episode 13, Na Hee Do (Kim Tae Ri) and Baek Yi Jin awkwardly avoid each other after he sort of rejects her. Eventually, Hee Do breaks the ice, confesses her feelings once again, and they go to eat hoppang (steamed bun).
Baek Yi Jin remains anxious, though, after being kissed and confessed to by Hee Do. So, when she leans over to remove lint from his coat, he panics, thinking she is attempting to kiss him again. So, he shoves a hoppang in his mouth in an attempt to avoid another kiss!
— Touché by Tae Ri (@taeri_yeosin) March 25, 2022
This became one of the viewers’ favorite scenes. It’s absolutely hilarious!
— 2521 ᵇᵘᵇ (@jjwohyuk) March 25, 2022
Well, it turns out that this hilarious moment wouldn’t have been possible at all if not for Baek Yi Jin’s actor Nam Joo Hyuk!
When they first began filming the iconic scene, Baek Yi Jin simply “dodges” Na Hee Do when she leans in. Originally, he just stared at her in shock.
The director then directed Joo Hyuk to overreact with no specifications. This encouraged the actor to have more fun with it…
So, he improvised stuffing his face with the steamed bun in response to Hee Do. It created quite a comedic picture that’s truly meme-worthy.
Best yet, both actors were able to continue using the props of hoppang when Na Hee Do ran off, embarrassed!
So, here’s the before…
…and the after!
Twenty Five Twenty One fans never fail to be impressed by the actors. They were made for these roles!
i can't believe that this hilarious scene was filled with adlibs!!! the leads were the ones who made it legendary when they decided to shove that bun into their mouths lol
— shanie🍥 ²⁵²¹ (@jjwogio) March 30, 2022
the scene was just yijin simply dodging heedo but when given the cue to overreact, he came up with another great adlib of stuffing the steamed bun in his mouth kkk … he's such a great actor
— 2521 ᵇᵘᵇ (@jjwohyuk) March 30, 2022
Yet, this wouldn’t be the first time Nam Joo Hyuk proved to be an improv master onset of Twenty Five Twenty One. There are many more funny moments from the drama coming from the actor himself!
— ²⁵⁄₂₁(joohyuk+veins)=♡ (@hoe_ppa) March 12, 2022
— Touché by Tae Ri (@taeri_yeosin) March 28, 2022
Check out the full behind-the-scenes video of the latest Twenty Five Twenty One episodes below: