Thai actor Lee was pleasantly surprised by the warm welcome of local fans at the airport when he arrived in Malaysia for the first time last month.
Lee (real name Thanat Lowkhunsombat), 25, was accompanied by Mook (real name Worranit Thawornwong), 22, as they met fans at Sunway Pyramid and Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre during a recent promotional tour for dimsum’s popular Thai drama My Dear Loser Series: Monster Romance.
In the Thai idol drama, Lee plays a young man named Pong, who is the head of a motorcycle gang. His life changes one fateful day when his bike collides with the car of a rich girl named Namking (Mook). The story then revolves around their unlikely romance, as he strives to make things right.
Although he already knew how to ride a motorcycle, Lee said he still had to spend some time preparing for his more extreme biking stunts.
“I had to learn how to ride like a real biker and rev the engine the way bikers do, in order to look convincing as the leader of a biker gang,” said the fresh-faced actor who has many scenes on a big bike.
Apart from bike-riding, he also has some fight sequences with rival gangs and lots of romantic scenes with his lady love in the 10-episode drama.
“He may be the ‘monster’ in the drama, but he is not really a bad guy and doesn’t go out causing trouble for others,” he said of his character Pong.
And just like his character, the eligible bachelor believes fate will bring him together with someone who “understands me and the nature of my work as an artiste and can get along easily with my family and friends”.
The boyish model-actor got his big break during his university days when he emerged the winner of the Finding U-Prince Project and scored the main role in the U-Prince Series, Badly Politics, where he plays a prince who decides to further his studies alongside commoners in a public university.
Having just made his acting debut in 2016, Lee is still considered a newbie in showbiz; he hopes to get to play more unusual roles. “I’d like to be cast in the role of a psychopath one day. It’s the kind of character that will be challenging to portray.”
When he is not working, Lee – who is a graduate from the Faculty of Fine and Applied Arts of Srinakharinwirot University – continues to enjoy artistic pursuits.
“I like to play the guitar and record cover songs,” said the actor, who also finds time to indulge in analog photography.
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