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Pure Pretty: Daniel Henney

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So I was determined that I would post something other than Pure Pretty, after unveiling 2 Pure Pretty posts one after the other. Y’know, so that the blog wouldn’t appear too frivolous and fangirly. *clings to denial*

But after a pretty exhausting work trip, followed by a long and hectic weekend, I just didn’t have the mental bandwidth to continue writing my review of You From Another Star. *contrite* When my brain’s had enough time to recover its drama-appreciating faculties, I promise that the YFAS review will be the first thing I tackle. *pinky swears*

While resting my brain, I thought I’d do some research for Pure Pretty. And we know how that’s gone before, heh. A little research soon turned into a sizable haul of pretty, which I couldn’t wait to share with you guys. And so I bring you Daniel Henney, who single-handedly commanded almost all the votes for future Pure Pretty that got floated after the first 2 posts.

Can’t say I don’t aim to please, eh? ;)

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Ever since I first laid eyes on Daniel Henney in My Name is Kim Sam Soon (2005), I’ve agreed with pretty much everyone else in the dramaverse that he is one very good-looking man.

I even rather liked him in Seducing Mr. Perfect (2006), which I thought was a cute movie, and later, I even watched Spring Waltz (2006) coz he was in it.

My interest waned after some time though. Maybe it’s coz he’s not so great with the acting.

And maybe it’s coz Daniel Henney’s not quite my type. Maybe it’s coz he’s too pretty? We all know how my taste tends to lean towards the less conventionally handsome boys.

Still, while browsing the many, many available pix of Daniel Henney on the interwebs, I did find a very nice number of photos that I genuinely liked. And so I picked the ones I liked the most for this post.

Only the very best for you guys, y’know. ;)

As always, I’ve categorized the photos for our easy gazing. And just in case you wanted to put the pretty on your desktop or something, I’ve included wallpaper sizes where possible. Yes, I love you that much, heh.

Close-Up:

With such great bone-structure, Daniel Henney’s close-ups are often like works of art. As I looked at these photos, I couldn’t help thinking how handsome he is. That, and how you could practically cut through ice with that bone structure.


Old Hollywood:

Possibly because of his classically handsome features, sometimes Daniel Henney’s photos look like they fit right into Old Hollywood. He looks retrolicious and so statuesque.

Preppy:

I don’t have a particular preference for preppy (wow, that was unintentionally alliterative!), but I hafta say, Daniel Henney makes preppy look sexy. He rocks the glasses in a way that only very handsome men can. And I very much approve.

Smartly Suited:

I do love a man in a sharp suit, and Daniel Henney’s good looks certainly don’t hurt either. He suits up real nice, though to be honest, my favorite shots in this set are of him in the white shirt and vest. Very nice.

Rugged:

As good as Daniel Henney looks in the sharp clothes, he looks just as good in more rugged togs. Whether he’s casually sporty or showing us his rough ‘n rugged side, he’s equally pretty.

Undone:

The pix where Daniel Henney is a touch – or more – undone are particularly sexy.

Shirtless:

For someone who’s so famously pretty, it’s little surprise that the shirtless pix are particularly pleasing. This is certainly a case of nature and nurture coming together quite perfectly, wouldn’t you say? I think of some of us might need a drool bucket, or at least a handkerchief, to fully appreciate this section. Just sayin’.

Fresh-faced:

Y’know, even though the shirtless pix are something else, I actually think I like even more, the pix of Daniel Henney where he’s bright-eyed and fresh-faced. There’s just something very wholesome about these pix which I really dig.

Focused:

I find the air of focus about a man a very attractive thing. Which is why I like these pix with Daniel Henney either actually concentrating on something, or at least pretending to concentrate on something, heh.

Casual/Candid:

These are actually my favorite of the lot.

Looking at these casual shots, some of which are candids, I actually felt like I was getting to see more of Daniel Henney’s personality. I liked that. I especially awwww-ed at the shots of him with the doggies. Coz, puppy!! ❤ And who can resist a guy who’s kind to doggies, right?

Awww.

This last batch of photos really give me the impression that he’s a nice guy. You can just tell, by the gentle, protective way he’s holding that last pup. And really, that appeals to me even more than the fact that he’s chiseled and handsome.

You’re a good bloke, Daniel. That’s a very cool thing.

And, thanks for the Pretty. We.. appreciate it very much. ;)

Author: kfangurl

Proud to be a k-fangirl since 2007. Main diet of kdramas with movies and kpop on the side.

45 thoughts on “Pure Pretty: Daniel Henney

  1. I most heartily approve of this post! Daniel Henney really is rather gorgeous! I always thought it was rather interesting that he was handsome and famous enough to be in My Name is Kim Soon in a completely English speaking role. Like he was literally there to be eye candy. ㅋㅋㅋ I remember also watching a video with Hugh Jackman from a X-Men: Wolverine Interview and he talked about how this tour bus filled with Asian women got out and totally swarmed to see Daniel Henney.

    And I’m not sure if this a consolation or not…but I also still haven’t finished my final YFAS post…so no worries. We can put it off together ;)

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    • The Asian women swarmed to see Daniel Henney and not Hugh Jackman. (Who looked gorgeous as well in Wolverine!) That image is just making my hysterical! Maybe because I’m picturing a bus full of ajummas! The stereotype ones. hahaha.

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      • ㅋㅋㅋ I could totally see that too. I think Hugh Jackman was talking about how it was a shame that Daniel Henney was so unknown in the west, but when any Asian tourists would see him, they would totally swarm him. I think he also mentioned Daniel Henney being left holding a bunch of teddy bears after the tour bus swarm…

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        • That is too funny! It is a shame he’s unknown in the West. He’d be great on American television. Surely they could find a role for him? They are so hesitant to cast Asian actors it’s really pathetic. I’m not even Asian at all and It gets me steamed. I’m for seeing more of any ethnicity!

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          • The under representation of Asians (and other ethnicities) on western TV is rather shameful. I think it’s slowly changing, I hope. He isn’t the strongest actor though…which is sad, but he’s getting better!

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    • I know right?? It’s just amazing that he actually managed to get cast despite not speaking the language! But then again, the huge response to his handsome face and chiseled bod is no small deal either. I’m thinking those producers knew what their audiences would like! XD

      I LOLed right along with Lady G at that story about the women swarming out of the tour bus to see Daniel Henney! XD Poor Hugh Jackman. I hope he didn’t feel neglected!

      Thanks for the consolation, chingu!! I’m hoping to finish the review before the week is up, but at the rate I’m going, I’m not so sure I’m going to make deadline! :P

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      • I think it pleased Hugh Jackman. I think he was trying to plug Daniel Henney to the west and be like, dude, he’s hotstuff (which he is).

        I think Korean entertainment industries are well aware of their demographic – hence all the noona romances ;P

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        • Ok, that just upped my liking for Hugh Jackman. Whom I already liked. I think it’s great that he actually liked that people were swarming Daniel Henney and ignoring him. Someone with a bigger ego would’ve taken it less graciously, I’m sure.

          And yes, those k-ent people do know our weakness for a good noona romance! Although, I do believe them when they say that a big reason for the noona romances is the fact that so many of the leading men are off doing their MS. That’s undeniably a factor that would force them to get more creative with the casting.. Not that I’m complaining or anything. I love me a good noona romance as much as the next girl ;)

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  2. Daniel Henney is fine. That is all. XD

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  3. I loved him in Seducing Mr. Perfect and he gets some credit for my discovery of kdramas…..after watching this film, I was like head over heels in love with him and so I searched for more of his movies…only to find out that he is actually Korean American and didn’t act in anymore films till then (maybe in one or two more but not rom-coms)…but what gained my attention were his TV shows—Sam Soon and Spring Waltz and that made me discover about the TV Shows which I came to know were called ‘dramas’ — which were quite popular and were actually miniseries…and one thing led to the other…you know…finding Dramawiki etc etc….long story…LOL :D

    Anyway, now my love has decreased a lot since then….as I’ve found more people to love (well, every drama I watch and I get a new crush!)..and it is more like I’ve realised he is not such a great actor but he is not totally bad…a serviceable one…
    I’ve also seen him in My Name Is Kim Sam Soon and Fugitive Plan B…and now he has become like a first crush (technically it was KIm Rae Won but the level of fondness I had for Daniel Henney was something else)

    He is so, so handsome and gorgeous!!

    thanks for the post :D

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    • Wow. You discovered kdramas coz of Daniel Henney??? I think you owe the man at least the deluxe box of love and I’d say at least an additional 7 pounds of chocolate! XD

      I can so understand you having a forever-soft-spot for him now, despite his relative inactivity in the k-scene. It’s how I feel about Joo Ji Hoon, coz Goong was my first drama ever. ❤

      And I completely concur. Daniel Henney is undeniably a very handsome man. ^^ SO glad you enjoyed the post, snow_white! :D

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  4. Oh my lands!!! I think a thousand fireworks just went off inside me. Gorgeous photos, absolutely gorgeous. One of those impossibly good looking mixed race people! LOL.

    And I always thought Daniel Henney looks like Old Hollywood. He would have massacred them with his looks. It’s a crying shame that Asians (among other races) were not used for anything other than stereotypes and weird little characters. I recently read that it was possible Hollywood did not want Asians because many of them were so beautiful. And it’s obvious by watching the entertainment today. They were afraid of the exotic. Sometimes I think they still are. I still need to watch Kim Sam Soon. I really want to see that spy comedy he made last year too!

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    • Wow. A thousand fireworks! Daniel Henney is potent stuff indeed! ;) That, plus your eyes falling out of your sockets, as you so eloquently related on FB! XD Can I just say, I LOVE how much you enjoyed this post! :D

      And absolutely he has the Old Hollywood look! In fact, when I wrote that, I so thought of you! I knew you’d concur!! And Sam Soon is almost like required curriculum for the kdrama lover.. I didn’t love it as much as everyone else, but I did enjoy it a lot, and then there’s Daniel Henney. And also Hyun Bin. I didn’t dig Hyun Bin much in that show, but I might be the only one in the entire dramaverse who felt that way! XD

      It is a pity that Asians and other ethnicities get typecast in so many Hollywood productions. I believe it’s changing, but at a rate that’s really slow, unfortunately.

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  5. I thank you from the bottom of my heart in posting this; you have brought to me so much squealing joy while on my way to uni.

    Daniel Henney is a fine man who has possible melted thousands simply by his gaze and charisma. And hey, if I were an ajumma (which I will in the future without a doubt) I’d chase after him and be hysterical; who wouldn’t?!

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  6. Kfangurl, I love the preppy! I do preppy! ;) Thank you for the pure pretty views after a long day of classes. :)

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    • Tee hee! I can just imagine you indulging in the preppy for your RL work, Grace! It totally suits! :D Although I didn’t actually plan for this post to go live on a Monday, it sure worked out well, didn’t it? It perked up lotsa people’s Mondays, whether it was consumed in the mornings to arrest the onset of the Monday Blues, or in the evenings to soothe them away ;) Glad the pretty could help you to unwind! ^^

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  7. Kfangurl, thank you so much for this wonderful post. My life is made. (*´▽`*)
    I really cannot choose a favorite photo! But you are right, he really looks so old Hollywood so I guess that’s my favorite set!

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    • Aw! I’m super pleased that you enjoyed the post, Janey! :D He really does have that Old Hollywood look, doesn’t he? I think it’s the angular, sculpted features. And his classic good looks. With the right styling and camera filters, he looks like a movie star from an Old Hollywood poster come to life! ;)

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  8. :D A man in spectacles, my ultimate weakness :D … thanks Kfangurl ;) ! I remember enjoying the view on an episode of Hawaii Five 0 last year because of his guest appearance. What a beautiful man… When I think of an Armani Jeans or Calvin Klein Jeans model I always think of Daniel Henney and Choi Si Won.

    (Whoop, whoop for the less conventional handsome men!!!) :P

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    • You love a man in spectacles?? :D Well then, I’m glad Daniel Henney does wear them in some of the pix, coz he really does make wearing glasses look hot, doesn’t he?? ^^

      Although, are you referring to Daniel Henney as a less conventionally handsome man? Coz I actually think of him as very classically handsome. Less conventionally handsome, in my book, is someone like GY. And Woobie. ❤ Especially Woobie. He’s totally not the conventionally handsome type! ^^

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      • Mmmm hmmm… he does make wearing glasses look really good.

        Oh no I should have made myself clearer, sorry :). I agree that Mr Henney falls under the classically handsome group. I think I was referring to somewhere in the post where you mentioned that you tend to lean towards the less conventionally handsome men?? A friend told me once that I always like uniquely good looking men. Speaking of Woobie, he is a real gem because I was watching the last segment of the Oz Running Man Special and he looked so GOOOOD. I love that haircut and hair colour on him.

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        • Ahh! Yes, I did say that! And it’s true, my taste does seem to veer in the direction of the less conventionally handsome boys. I mean, just look at Woobie. He could pass off easily as a vampire alien prince, but I think he’s awesomesauce and very, very sexy. ❤❤❤ Yes, I watched the Oz RM eps (did you know there were 3 episodes in total? They went back again, which was just SO BONUS! :D And yes, Woobie looked great. So handsome *melt*

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  9. YAY!…another marvelous pretty post!….the classic BEAUTIFUL MAN!…but as classic as he is he has a different aura that embodies him…the first introduction to me of Daniel Phillip Henney was the the very cracktastic rom-com drama MNIKSS….oh well!..as much as i love the first lead, the dimpled prince Hyun Bin…this man annoyed me with pleasure…the first impression?…he’s not a typical Korean hunk…who is this man? I have to wiki and find more things about him…so he’s a combination of a Korean mother and British-American father….a very awesome combination coz he was born so gorgeous that you have to say to yourself “OMG…is this man for real?”… ;)

    I have seen a lot of pix on him over the netz as a model you will get surprise each time you see new photos of him…at 6 feet and 2 inches tall, with stunning physique doing the modelling no wonder every fangirls from the dramaland swoooon to his beauty…and i am one of the fangirls who overused the words spazzzzz, squeee and droooolll each time i see him on screen hahahahaha!!!!… ;)

    Daniel Henney is just one of the hunks that gives me a happy hormone each time i browse my computer and mobile….LOL!…<3<3<3

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    • Aw, your enthusiasm always makes me smile, evez!! ❤ Yes, Daniel Henney is so handsome that in some shots, it’s hard to believe that he’s actually real. I definitely took notice of him in MNIKSS, and I even went on to watch Spring Waltz for him. But, as you know, I can be a fickle fangirl, and I soon moved on ;) Still, I cannot deny his enduring beauty. While doing research for this post, I really did stop to admire his handsome features. And I’m not just talking about them abs ;) Hee.

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      • yes Kfangirl my enthusiasm over this k-love is overflowing i should say… :) but not only of k-hunk anything that can make me happy and smile i would let my feelings overfull with joy that i need to express it..that’s why i am so happy that i can let out what i feel here over this thing…you see it’s hard when you’re alone doing the fangirling stuffs…..happy to be with your blog always and knowing and gaining friends here are the best…. <3 ;)

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  10. You put Ra.D! I just adore his voice. I had a hard time concentrating while reading this at the beginning. So, I heard SNSD’s Jessica is a fan (with a good reason too), and although he never got under my radar (I watched my lovely Sam Soon), I must say, his face is like a work of art. Even some candid shots of him just standing, I was like wow…
    I enjoyed this weeks Pure Pretty, and I smiled and laughed..ahh, being a fangirl is just so much fun >_<. Don't overwork yourself too hard hehe.Take a rest if you need to, we can understand. Fangirl FIGHTING! XD

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    • You like Ra.D?!? :D That’s great! I am pretty new to his music, but I really do like his sound. :)

      And yes, Daniel Henney really is a handsome man, isn’t he? I was rather taken with him for a while, but eventually got distracted and lured to other lovelies ;) Even though my heart is very much elsewhere, I cannot deny that he’s a very good-looking man indeed. It’s no wonder that so many of the ladies voted for him to be a Pure Pretty poster boy!

      Yay that you’re enjoying the Pure Pretty posts, shamim! :D I’ve got the next Pure Pretty poster boy all lined up, thanks to enthusiastic suggestions over on Facebook. I hope he’ll bring you lots of smiles & laughs too, when I eventually unveil him ^^

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      • It will be great if your blog could be turned into a book one day or part of a magazine series one time ^_^. I’ll pray for that day to come. Hopefully it will be a good time~

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        • D’aw. You sweet thang, you ❤ I hafta say, you lovely peeps who read the blog actually tend to have bigger dreams for the blog than I do! Thanks for helping to fan the writing flame, and for helping me to dream. Maybe one day, we’ll go to print. Who knows, right? :D

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        • aww!!! that was so sweet of @shamimhakam Kfangirl Jjang <3….nice to know that there is another fangirl who wants this site to be recognized and have something big….like her i want this site to be recognized by the carrier of the of K-love post Gong Yoo…hope that one day he stumbled upon this and read about the marvelous sharing of thoughts about him…you see i am happy that this site has gotten more bigger over k-love and pretty post plus the great reviews of youl are worth reading….so thinking that this site could turned into a magazine series is a great idea…i will be one of the hopefuls to make that happen…who knows?….a fangirl can dream BIG right?…<3<3<3 ;)…and YAY that she loves Ra.D musics….

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  11. Nope, not for me, he is all yours Evez ;) Not that he’s ugly, uh, I still would not let him sleep in the bathtub if he were ever coming home, if you see what i mean… and he looks fab with slicked back hair and on black&white shots, he definitely has that vintage je-ne-sais-quoi which would make him look so natural in any movies from the 30′s. But… for which Korean name “Daniel Henney ” stands for ? Muahaha, joking girls, I’m joking. A Korean woman sleeping with a foreigner ? Either she doesn’t have a family or her family is a free-spirited one. Kudos anyway and thank you for having given such beautiful offspring to the world.

    And did I miss something : there is a possibility to vote for the object of the next drooling session ??!! Where? When ?

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    • Lol. The voting has been very casual so far, asotss, and has been happening very organically over on Facebook. Basically, someone suggests a hottie, and then various other people chime in to second or third or fourth the vote. If you’d like to put in a request, feel free to suggest one here, or on the Pure Pretty page. :)

      Yes, the mixed-race look doesn’t appeal to everybody. Maybe you’ll be pleased to know that the next Pure Pretty poster boy (who got voted for on Facebook as well), is a full-blooded Korean boy? ;)

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      • Ah non, I was afraid that my words could be misleading. I’m not digging Mr Heynney because he is mixed-race ! My tastes do not make any difference between mixed-race people and non mixed ones, they recognize no borders ;) And I have to say, after the numerous papers I read about Korean society, which is conservative to say (politely) the least, I’m rather fascinated by people issued from mixed couple from there. Which makes me think about that fine young man in “Shut Up Flower Boy Band”, Lee Hyun Jae, who has some foreign genes if I’m not mistaken and who can look simply dashing when he wants to…Mane of glory, you said ? Yup :)

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        • Tee hee. I love that your taste knows no borders, asotss! :D Sorry, that mixed-race bit was an assumption on my part, partly born of the conversations that I’ve been having with several of the other ladies, about how kdrama immersion has somehow caused us to now be blinded to the hotness of Western men. My brain just linked the 2 together, since there’s a distinct Western bent to Daniel Henney’s features. My bad :P

          You’re so right – Lee Hyun Jae does rock the foreign genes and the mane of glory very well. I thought he did very nicely in Shut Up.. It’d be nice to see him more in dramaland.

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          • oh i was so late on these convos….the threads between you and @asotss put a big smile on my face……wondering to this lady kfangirl……asotss really has an eccentric taste in k-hunk?…@assotss dear if Daniel Henney doesn’t give you the thrill well then that something huh?….but i would definitely let Daniel sleep not only in the bathtub when he comes home hahahahaha!!!!..you see how can you refuse such a handsome man gah???…….oh my this fangirling thing really makes me crazy…anyway there’s this saying “beauty is in the eyes of the beholder”……and Daniel Henney is an eye candy for me and i do respect all your opinions @assotss and i am absolutely in concur with you that Lee Hyun Jae really rock the foreign genes. The main reason why i watch SUFBB is Bang Sung Joon and Myungsoo but then as i was in the middle of watching i find the rest of the characters there so adorable as well….and one that catches my attention is that young lad. For me he could be look like the young bro of Tom Cruise….nice lad plus the drama itself is a good watch…in fact i find this drama the best among tVN’s flower boy drama…^^ ;)

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  12. Ohhh… *jaw dropped*
    I must admit, he’s a good looking guy. Not really a fan but I was somehow smitten when I first laid eyes on him in MNIKSS. He’s aging well, don’t you think? keke~~ Thanks for piling and posting this up kfangurl. I was about to check a drama recap when I saw Daniel Henney’s OOOZZsome shot! haha. I thought maybe a stop over wouldn’t hurt. ;)

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    • Hee. A stopover for some Pretty is always justifiable, in my fangirl experience! XD Yes, isn’t he a good-looking man? I’m not exactly a fan either, but I can’t deny he’s a very handsome man indeed. And as you so rightly pointed out, he’s maturing very nicely indeed ;)

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