We’ve already fallen in love with Tu Tontawan on F4 Thailand, but knowing that she’s a super K-pop stan made us love her even more.
Despite being mainly sung in Korean, K-pop is a genre that is enjoyed by millions around the world. No matter where you are or what language you speak, K-pop proves the power of music with its ability to cut through cultures barriers and social classes. It may even surprise you which personalities and stars consider themselves a fan of K-pop. Case in point? F4 Thailand’s Tu Tontawan Tantivejakul.
The 21-year-old recently shot to stardom when she got the lead female role in the Thai remake of the iconic manga turned melodrama. Believe it or not, this is actually Tu’s debut role and she gets to act alongside some of the biggest Thai actors like Bright Vachirawit Chivaaree, Dew Jirawat Sutivanichsak, Win Metawin Opas-iamkajorn, and Nani Hirunkit Changkham. As the lead role of Gorya, Tu has charmed viewers with her acting skills, as well as chemistry between her male leads. But aside from being an actress and a model, she’s also a big fan of K-pop. As in we’re talking about full on stan mode, not just a casual listener. Here are just some moments were Tu Tontawan proved that she was a die-hard K-pop stan.
CHOOSING NCT OVER THE F4 BOYS
Getting to star alongside a superstar like Bright Vachirawit is definitely a dream, not to mention the other male actors Tu gets to work with. But at the end of the day, her love of K-pop remains on top. In an interview with Mint Magazine Thailand, all five actors were taking a lie detector test and when it was Tu’s turn, Nani asked her who she would choose, NCT, her favorite K-pop group, or her co-stars. Without hesitation, she chose NCT and the lie detector reported it as a truth.
HER TWITTER ACCOUNT IS ALSO HER STAN ACCOUNT
Often, actors, musicians, and personalities try to keep their public social media accounts a mix of looking professional with some personal moments. But not for Tu Tontawan. If you head on over to her Twitter account, @tontawan_t, you can see that it also doubles as her K-pop stan account. Her header is a collage of pics of her NCT bias Jisung while her bio reads that her account is mostly a fangirl account. Some of her favorite groups include NCT, EXO, BLACKPINK, TWICE, and Red Velvet. While these days, most of her tweets are related to F4 Thailand, she has on occasion retweeted K-pop related content. Even though she’s starring in a major TV show, she still hasn’t changed her header and we love to see it.
SHE ATTENDED MULTIPLE NCT FAN CALLS
To be able to attend a fan call with their favorite group is the goal of many K-pop fans. It’s not an easy task to say the least but for the chance to be able to talk to your bias even for just a minute is a dream. For Tu though, that dream is a reality and she has achieved it multiple times. She hasn’t just participated in one event; she has gone to multiple fan calls. Tu posted on her Twitter account the many times in which she was in a fan call with Jisung and how she talked to her bias. She even spoke to him in Korean to make him more comfortable. Sana all indeed.
SHE SHARES HER LOVE OF K-POP ON HER INSTAGRAM
Tu’s love for K-pop isn’t just limited to Twitter. She also has expresses it on her Instagram, as exemplified with how she also included “fan girl” in her bio. Scrolling through her feed, you can see that she has posted on occasion her K-pop merch, her love for her fave idols, and even attended a few concerts as well. In fact, she even has two IG stories highlights dedicated to K-pop. We love a fan girl who doesn’t change even after experiencing fame.
SHE CELEBRATED NCT JISUNG’S BIRTHDAY
When it’s your bias’ birthday, it’s an important occasion. So, when NCT’s Jisung celebrated his 20th birthday last February 5, it was a celebration for many NCTzens, including Tu. On her IG stories, she posted a video of her wishing Jisung a happy birthday while holding a Jisung plushie and having it blow out a candle. Celebrities, they’re just like us.
SHE WAS ONCE THE PRESIDENT OF A K-POP FAN CLUB IN SCHOOL
Tu Tontawan’s K-pop stan era wasn’t something that just came recently. She’s been a fan for years. In a video for GGMTV, the Thai actress revealed facts about herself such as that she’s currently a dental student in university. But what caught our attention was what she said she did as extracurricular activities in school. “I was a cheerleader from 7th-12th grade. And I used to be a volleyball player too. As for a school club, I was the president of the K-Pop Fangirling Club.” And it doesn’t stop there, she also talked about collecting K-pop merch. “The things that I like and my collectibles are mostly about K-Pop albums. I collect photocards and various merchandise.” Tu truly is an OG fan.
SHE HAS AN EXTENSIVE PHOTOCARD COLLECTION
As she’s stated before, Tu has an extensive collection of K-pop merch that can go toe-to-toe with any hardcore fan. And like any dedicated fan, she also collects photocards and has an entire binder filled with them. In one of her YouTube vlogs, she gave us a peek into her collection and revealed that she has decorated individual holders to keep a photocard with her when she goes out. You can really tell that Tu not only collects photocards, but takes the time and effort to keep them safe. She goes the extra mile to display them.