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“It would have been difficult if my character was Korean.
But he’s just an American kid.” “My Father” is Henney’s attempt to bust out of the romantic comedy roles that have shot him to fame in South Korea.
Among the thousands orphaned and sent abroad was Henney’s mother, Christine, born in the southern port city of Busan but adopted, along with her brother, into an American family when she was just a year old.“She always kept the clothing she’d come over in, but she never had the money or the means to find out about her own parents,” Henney says.
“And there’s always a fear of what you’ll find.” Henney’s father is an American, with family roots in England, and the actor says he spent little time thinking about his mixed ethnicity as a kid growing up in small town Michigan, “a very naive place of 1,100 people where all the kids there ever thought about was hunting and fishing.
He ended up at the University of Illinois at Chicago where he made the team but rode the bench. His first jobs after university were as a model, work that took him to Europe and Hong Kong.
It was in Hong Kong that he first embraced his Asian background, he says.
But so far, none have strayed far from the usual Asian stereotype, he says.“Maybe I’m not in a position to be picky, but I don’t want to go in as an action star,” he says.
“I grew up in a rural area,” he says, shrugging at the memory.
“You get your racism there.”His first ambition was to play basketball, and he was good enough that scholarships helped him chase that dream through three colleges.
He also resumed an earlier, aborted modeling career, appearing with Gwyneth Paltrow in a massive campaign for the South Korean clothing brand Bean Pole.
His popularity has led to a dozen ad campaigns; he now sells rice cookers, among other products.
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ONE of the most popular movie stars in South Korea admits he speaks Korean like a 12-year-old.