Mochi’s 25 Hottest Asian American Men Worth Watching
These guys are worth watching—and not just because they’re eye candy, we swear. Following our 25 Under 25 list of the most influential young Asian Americans, we’re turning the spotlight on to hottest guys in our Men’s issue—specifically, up-and-comers in every field who are worth keeping an eye on. Depending on how well-versed in pop culture you are, you may consider a few of these to already be household names, but we’re hoping all 25 become universally known soon. And before the comments flood in, we’ll state outright: these are not ranked (by looks or talent) in any particular order.
Roy Kim, 22
Initially, Roy Kim might seem like your standard Georgetown University student, but he's also an incredibly talented guitar player. Three years ago, this rising star garnered attention for his amazing vocal performances in "Superstar K,"the Korean equivalent of "American Idol." He plans to perform at KCON 2015 USA in August—the biggest K-culture convention in North America—and is currently working on another new album. When he's not in class pursuing a business degree, Kim enjoys catching up with his favorite Netflix shows. -C.Z.
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Xian Lim, 25
Xian Lim, whose full name is Alexander Xiam Cruz Lim Uy, is a Chinese-Filipino singer, model, and actor, best known for playing Andy in the Filipino series My Binondo Girl and Rocco in the movie Bride for Rent. Born in San Francisco, Lim returned to the Philippines to attend college where he eventually ventured into the entertainment scene, starring in box office movies and releasing two studio albums. Dubbed as the blockbuster rising star of his generation, Lim's latest film project includes the voice of Paddington Bear in the Filipino release of the UK comedy Paddington. -Xiaofei Jalette
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Jay Park, 28
Jay Park is a Korean American singer, rapper, and dancer who hails from Seattle, Washington. He was originally a lead member of South Korea's band, 2PM, before going solo in 2009. His success is most notably marked by his Musician of the Year title, as bestowed at the Korean Music Awards in 2013. As the co-founder of AOMG (Above Ordinary Music Group), a Korean independent record label, and a current member of b-boy crew Art of Movement (AOM), Park shows his fans it's possible to pursue all sorts of different dreams with the right amount of passion and diligence. -Francesca Manto
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Alex Wong, 28
America fell in love with this Vancouver native in 2009 when he made the Top 10 on Fox's dance competition show So You Think You Can Dance. (Here's a throwback to his amazing hip-hop routine with Twitch, for your viewing pleasure.) Unfortunately, an Achilles tendon injury prevented him from moving on in the show that year Following another injury a few years later, Wong's shifted his focus to acting and singing. Since then, he's released his own single "Craze", returned to SYTYCD as an All Star competitor, and most recently, made his Broadway debut in the original cast of the Disney musical Newsies. -F.M.
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DESIGNERS & MODELS
Godfrey Gao, 30
Taiwanese-born Canadian model and actor Godfrey Gao has always elicited screaming and swooning in Asia, but international fans are now catching on as well. As the first Asian male to model for Louis Vuitton, he paves the way for familiarizing the Asian face to the modeling industry. In addition to modeling, he's made his acting debut by playing party-loving half-demon Magnus Bane in the film adaptation of the classic YA fantasy novel The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, alongside Lily Collins and Jamie Campbell-Bower. -C.Z.
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Scott Neslage, 26
An American model of Japanese descent, Scott Neslage was scouted by L.A. Models at Macy's and made his catwalk debut in 2013 for Calvin Klein Collection. With his chiseled features and masculine appeal, this Californian newcomer has since graced the cover of Style:men Magazine and appeared in Dolce & Gabbana's F/W 2014 lookbook. Most recently, Neslage walked for Ermanno Scervino and Dolce & Gabbana June at Milan Fashion Week. -X.J.
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Nathan Adrian, 26
Nathan Adrian made a splash at the 2008 Summer Olympics when he made his Olympic swimming debut and helped bring home gold in the 4x100-meter freestyle relay. After a second trip to the Olympics in 2012, Adrian has become a three-time Olympic gold medalist, holding the American record for the 50- and 100-yard freestyle. Since then, the half-Chinese athlete has also earned an undergraduate degree from the University of California, Berkeley (where he was a five-time NCAA champion). Adrian's continues to compete on behalf of the U.S. and is considered the country's top sprinter. -Sora Hwang
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Schuyler Bailar, 19
This fall, Schuyler Bailar will attend Harvard University and be the first openly transgender collegiate swimmer in history. Bailar was originally recruited for the women's swimming team during his senior year of high school, but when he took a gap year to battle an eating disorder and depression, he decided it was time he felt comfortable in his own skin. Bailar had concerns about his spot in Harvard's athletic community after his transition, but his coach and teammates have assured Bailar that he isn't going anywhere. This fall, the half-Korean American swimmer will proudly hit the lanes to compete on the Harvard men's team, which won the 2014 Ivy League title. -S.H.
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Alexander Massialas, 21
Olympian, 2013 NCAA champion, and 2014 team silver medalist—that's a whole lot of titles for Alexander Massialas, a fencer following in his father's footsteps. (On top of being Alexander's coach and father, Greg Massialas is a two-time Olympian who competed on behalf of the U.S. in the 1984 and 1988 Summer Olympics, and current national team coach.) Half-Greek and half-Taiwanese, Massiaslas has taken his skills to Stanford University, where he attends on a fencing scholarship. The sport is in his blood, but he also enjoyed soccer, basketball, and swimming growing up. -S.H.
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Justin Yoon, 19
Talk about a momentous year for Justin Yoon. The football player, who graduated high school early this summer, has been ranked the top kicker in the nation's 2015 recruiting class, set to begin his first semester at Notre Dame in the fall. We kind of love that he's understandably anxious for college—just like the rest of us are or were—and that he keeps it real. Yoon says he thankful for such a huge opportunity to play for such a great football team and to study at a university that prides itself on its academics as well as athletics. Will he be to football what Jeremy Lin was to basketball? Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly, for one, has full faith in Yoon: "We think he's the best kicker in the country." -Jennifer Kim
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Anthony Phan, 21
At just 21, Anthony Phan has already built quite an impressive resume that includes an appointment to the Obama Administration as a member of the U.S. Selective Service System after a stint as Library & Early Education Commissioner in San Jose, CA. But he's not one to rest on his laurels. Phan is currently working on launching his own nonprofit called Think22 Policy Situations. "Our organization will research and advocate for innovative and long-lasting solutions to prepare our communities in the 22nd century," Phan says. A resident of Milpitas, CA, Phan credits his dad for his approach to serving the community. "My dad always told me, ‘People are human,'" he says. "I never made much of it as a kid, but as I've grown older, I've adopted a philosophy based on empathy and humanity." -S.H.
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Evan Low, 32
In 2010, Evan Low, then 26, became the youngest openly gay mayor in the country. Today, Low serves as an assembly-member on the California State Assembly, again making history as California's youngest Asian American state legislator when elected last November at 31. As far as his biggest accomplishment goes, he cites a major change sparked by a blood drive he hosted in 2013, while he was the mayor of Campbell. After Low was denied the chance to donate, due to an F.D.A. ban on donation by gay and bisexual men, he started a Change.org petition that garnered more than 60,000 signatures and much media attention. The campaign led to a replacement of the lifetime ban with a one-year deferral, starting from the last date of sexual activity. Low says the decision "still perpetuates discrimination towards the gay community," but "it's progress and he's proud to have been a part of this movement." This goes to show what one person can do to make a difference for the better, which goes to the root of Low's passion to serve. "I am involved in politics because I want to make sure that people are giving back to their community," he says. "The greatest threat to our democracy is the lack of participation. I look forward to working on reinvesting in our community so people are passionate about their civic duty." -S.H.
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Ki Hong Lee, 28
For years, Ki Hong Lee starred in many Wong Fu Productions films, but after playing fearless leader Minho in The Maze Runner last year, Lee is starting to get more attention. Beyond landing on People's "2014 Sexiest Men Alive"list, Lee was also cast as undocumented immigrant Dong Nguyen in Tina Fey's Netflix comedy "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt." It's not quite Hollywood, but Netflix's massive fanbase allowed for exceptional exposure, and Lee's supporting role was much discussed, especially when (spoiler alert!) he becomes the love interest. We're excited to see even more of his acting range as Minho in The Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials and when he stars in Wong Fu's first feature film, Everything Before Us. -Kimberly Tran
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Conrad Ricamora, 36
How does an Air Force brat go from pro tennis star in the making to a barrier-breaking actor who also happens to be one of the newest stars on Broadway? In the case of Conrad Ricamora, it's done with pure hard work, starting in a small community in Charlotte, N.C. and finally arriving on Broadway in this season's critically acclaimed "The King and I" as Lun Tha. In the works for Ricamora is also a second season of Shonda Rhimes' "How to Get Away With Murder." It's on this show that he plays Oliver, Connor Walsh's love interest, and makes history as the first Asian American man to star in a gay sex scene. -Jennifer Chin
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Abhi Sinha, 25
Indian American Abhi Sinha is hoping to contribute to the ever-growing diversity starting to take hold in the entertainment world by breaking out of the stereotypical roles for Indians and shining light on other types of meaty characters—even if they're villains. His first big role is Danny in ABC Family's "Chasing Life," and while that character is a highly disliked jerk, Sinha's looking forward to the challenge of helping Danny evolve into a more sensitive guy with a softer side. -K.T.
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Booboo Stewart, 21
Once a member of a family band with his sisters, Booboo Stewart is now best known for his role as Seth Clearwater in the Twilight movies and as the near invincible mutant Warpath in X-Men: Days of Future Past. Stewart has been immersed in show business since birth, growing up in Beverly Hills with his stunt coordinator father. Most recently, Stewart graces the big screen as Jay, the son of Jafar in Disney's newly released The Descendants, a modern retelling that features the children of heroes and villains alike. -J.C.
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Yoshi Sudarso, 26
This triple threat (ethnically Chinese, born in Indonesia, and raised stateside) developed a passion for martial arts as a child while watching Jackie Chan movies and Power Rangers shows. Now, Yoshi Sudarso brings action to life as a stuntsman—you may have noticed his work in The Maze Runner as Ki Hong Lee's stunt double—and works as a model and YouTube star with his brother Peter. Sudarso is casting a wide net for different kinds of roles in more action movies, but for now he says his greatest accomplishment remains the role of Koda, the Blue Power Ranger in Nickelodeon's Power Rangers Dino Charge. -Catherine Zaw
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Eugene Lee Yang, 29
The BuzzFeed film producer is now one of the most recognized faces in online video—and not just because of his signature, gravity-defying hair. Over the last year, as BuzzFeed Video has exploded in popularity, the Korean American has gone from "that Asian guy"to "BuzzFeed Asian"to now simply "Eugene."This issue's cover boy not only agreed to hang out with us for an exclusive photo shoot and interview, but even ended up doing some art directing of his own. What can we say? This is the type of take-charge guy we can't wait to see more of. -Stephanie Lee
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Steven Yeun, 31
There's a lot to love about AMC's The Walking Dead, but Steven Yeun (who plays Glenn Rhee) remains our favorite part of the show, mainly because of how his character has grown emotionally and physically since the show's inception. But despite landing one of the largest roles on the hit zombie show, Yeun isn't waiting around for other great opportunities to come to him. He's put the ball in his own court by writing and producing his own projects, like an adaptation of Kang Chol-Hwan's memoir The Aquariums of Pyongyang, a book about surviving a decade in a North Korean gulag, which is slated for release later this year. While he's already a major part of The Walking Dead, we're eagerly awaiting the day Yuen breaks through as a tried-and-true silver screen lead. -K.T.
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Bing Chen, 28
Formerly YouTube's global head of creator development and management, Bing Chen left YouTube recently to co-found Victorious, a company he describes as a "mecca for passions and the communities." On top of collaborating and partnering with talent like Michelle Phan, Ryan Higa, and AwesomenessTV, he also finds time to work on a novel and rewatch the pilot episode of Friday Night Lights monthly. The secret to all his success? Maybe it comes from the magic formula of being a good Taiwanese mama's boy, having the endless energy of a seven-year-old, a good amount of hard work, and a dash of self-imposed anxiety -J.K.
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Andrew (27) and David (28) Fung
Born in Seattle and native to the San Gabriel Valley, Andrew and David Fung—or C-Pop Da Prynce and Yung Konfucius, as they respectively call themselves—are the two brains behind YouTube sensation the Fung Bros. With more than 100 million channel views under their belt, the Fung Bros have garnered a massive Asian American following for videos ranging from the comical woes of living with an oppressive Asian parent to more pressing social topics such as Asian stereotypes and racism. In regards to their immense success on YouTube and mainstream media, the brothers say that "being two mildly successful Asian brothers who didn't have to act ridiculous, cuss, or dress up in costumes is an accomplishment in itself." The Fung Brothers have also recently ventured into television as the hosts of A&E Network's FYI show Broke Bites: What The Fung?!, in which the two brothers travel around America tasting iconic foods on a budget. -Caroline Kim
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Jason Y. Lee, 27
Jubilee Project, which started out as a one-time YouTube video in 2010 encouraging others to support the Haiti earthquake relief efforts, has now burgeoned into a full-fledged media platform with over 35 million channel views. After discovering how effective online videos were at drawing support for a cause, Jason Y. Lee—along with brother Eddie Lee and good friend Eric Lu—decided to devote their time to the Jubilee Project and create short films to inspire young people to "live for something greater," as Lee puts it. National media outlets have since covered Jubilee Project's successful collaborations with several high-profile organizations, including the Jeremy Lin Foundation, Alzheimer's Association, and Hopeline (Verizon). While the two other founding members of his group have since stepped back, Lee is currently in the middle of producing Jubilee Project's first feature length documentary film, Save My Seoul, which will shed light on the much overlooked state of sex trafficking and prostitution in South Korea. -C.K.
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Taecyeon Ok, 26
Taecyeon Ok has gone from a high school chess player in Bedford, MA, to the hottest machismo member of South Korean boy band 2PM—and not to mention the star of high-profile South Korean dramas and reality shows like "Dream High," "We Got Married Global Edition," and "Three Meals a Day." We think it's safe to say that Ok is now one of the hottest stars in the Asian entertainment world, but he's more than just a pretty face with a nice voice. Ok recently ventured into the world of business as the CEO of his international retail brand, Ok-Cat, featuring an adorable and quirky cat designed by Ok himself that appears on shirts, hats, mugs, and more. In the first year of Ok-Cat's launch, the brand earned more than a million dollars in revenue and has been expanding ever since. -C.K.
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Paul Qui, 34
Paul Qui, the season 9 winner of "Top Chef," was deemed "the most talented chef that we've ever had on the show" by head judge Tom Colicchio. Since then, the Cordon Bleu-trained Filipino American has established himself as a serious contender in Austin's culinary world with food trucks and Qui, his highly rated restaurant. Next up: Otoko, a sushi counter in Austin's South Congress Hotel, plus his first restaurant outside Austin, in Miami Beach's Faena Hotel, both still under construction but opening later this year. -Stephanie Lee
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Jose Antonio Vargas, 34
With presidential elections coming up, the American immigrant experience is at the forefront of political debates. Which is why it's so important that Vargas has founded Define American, a nonprofit organization that seeks to promote cultural diversity and highlight the often overlooked community. Just four years ago, Vargas revealed in a New York Times essay that he is an undocumented Filipino immigrant, in hopes of bringing about political change and educating people about the struggles of being undocumented. Since then, he's become a recognized filmmaker and activist. This summer, Vargas directed and starred in his second documentary about immigration, called "White People." The feature, which aired on MTV, looks at immigration from another perspective, following Vargas as he travels across the country to ask Caucasians what they think about privilege, affirmative action, and becoming a "white minority." His success thus far—and creative approaches—in continuing the conversation about race and immigration issues make him an activist who is sure to make waves. -S.L.
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