If you've been watching K-dramas for a while, you'd know that Nam Joo Hyuk has been a rising star to pay attention to. Did you know he only debuted in acting in 2014? Here are five dramas that you can binge to get primed for the hottest new leading man in the new fantasy romance drama The Bride of the Water God.

Nam Joo Hyuk debuted as a model in 2013. After appearing in a music video in 2014, he made his acting debut in Idle Mermaid. Now, at the age of 23, he is one of the hottest new leading men in K-drama land. He will next star in the new fantasy romance, The Bride of the Water God.

While we wait for The Bride of the Water God to be released on DramaFever starting July 3, let's trace Nam Joo Hyuk's fast track from rookie to hot leading man.

1. Idle Mermaid, starring Jo Bo Ah and Song Jae Rim.

Nam Joo Hyuk plays a computer wiz in his acting debut. (He's on the right in the screenshot.)


2. School 2015, starring Kim So Hyun, Nam Joo Hyuk, and Yook Sung Jae.

He definitely has the fit physique to play a swimmer in high school.

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School 2015

Starring Kim So Hyun and Nam Joo Hyuk

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3. Cheese in the Trap, starring Kim Go Eun and Park Hae Jin.

His side romance is really fun to watch. Check out this clip for his hilarious run to help his love.

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Cheese in the Trap

Starring Kim Go Eun and Park Hae Jin

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4. Scarlet Heart: Ryeo, starring Lee Joon Ki and Lee Ji Eun (IU).

He plays Thirteenth Prince Baek Ah with his own heartbreaking romance with Seohyun.

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Scarlet Heart: Ryeo

Starring Lee Joon Ki and Lee Ji Eun (IU)

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5. Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo, starring Lee Sung Kyung and Nam Joo Hyuk.

He plays a swimmer for the second time, but in college this time. The drama is also famous for his real-life romance with his leading lady.

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Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo

Starring Lee Sung Kyung and Nam Joo Hyuk

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These are great dramas to try so that you can compare the rising actor's past roles and acting progress when you see him in the new drama.

NEW: The Bride of the Water God, starring Shin Se Kyung and Nam Joo Hyuk.

Our swimming champion is the Water God this time. 

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The Bride of the Water God (Habaek)

Starring Nam Joo Hyuk and Shin Se Kyung

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