The Actor Who Plays Zoro In “One Piece” Has The Most Unlikely Friendship With EXO’s Chanyeol

Here’s what we know about them.

Mackenyu Arata is gaining attention far and wide!

The Japanese actor has been under the spotlight for several years now, but he is recently gaining international attention for his role as Roronoa Zoro in the live action version of One Piece.

Mackenyu Arata | Netflix

Before this, he was already known for playing lead roles in Chihayafuru, Peach Girl, Tokyo Ghoul S, and more.

K-Pop fans, meanwhile, may recognize him for something else—his relationship with EXO‘s Chanyeol.

The two have a very close friendship which they sometimes share with the public. Fans first got a hint of this when they followed each other on Instagram around four years ago.

Soon, they began posting pictures together as well.

The two are so close, in fact, that Chanyeol even acknowledged Mackenyu in front of thousands of fans! The K-Pop idol singled him out in a crowd of thousands, with the actor giving a happy wave to the EXO-Ls in the venue.

Chanyeol also greets his friend whenever he sees him watching his live broadcast.

Chanyeol isn’t one-sidedly hyping up Mackenyu Arata in public. The latter once mentioned Chanyeol and D.O. in an interview, saying that they met up with other friends to celebrate Christmas together.

Mackenyu apparently refers to Chanyeol as his “best friend from Seoul,” even using the Korean honorific “hyung” which younger boys call guys older than them.

Besides Chanyeol and D.O., the Japanese actor is also friends with the rest of the EXO members.

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Netizens Are In Love With EXO Chanyeol’s And Actor Mackenyu Arata’s Friendship