BL Thailand – Who To Know?

Some time ago I released a series of BL introductions and BL 101 if you’re new to the genre. I also included a Who To Know? then but I decided to make a new one, just because so many things have changed. 2019 was a great year for BL shows even if we had to wait a lot and there were some down phases. Overall it was a good year with many new shows, many surprises and one or the other gem down the line.

In this post I want to give you an updated version of who to know in the BL acting world, specifically Thailand because that is the one country where you see some actors return either for main roles or at least for supporting roles in other shows. Also because it is the one country with the most BL shows I know, so I decided to go with what I do know.

So here are some of the actors you should know and recognize when delving into the world of BL…enjoy…

Singto Prachaya Ruangroj (He’s Coming To Me)

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Born: 1994
Let’s start off with a name you should really know. He has been on the acting radar ever since he acted in the highly popular SOTUS series alongside co-star and friend Krist Sangpotirat Perawat and has been on the up-and-coming ever since. He has acted in multiple other shows including the U-Prince Series, Friend Zone and the touching series He’s Coming To Me alongside Ohm Pawat. In 2020 he will return with the non-BL show Turn Left Turn Right as well as in the second installment of Friend Zone, Friend Zone 2: Dangerous Area, both GMM shows. He has proven multiple times he can act well and can play different characters, especially with his character in He’s Coming To Me, he showed he can play the shy but playful character too and can adapt to his surroundings and co-stars. Definitely a name to be curious about in the future, especially because he didn’t seem to be against playing a BL character after SOTUS and is one of the few actors who played LGBT+ characters in more than one series. We fans definitely thank him for it because he really is one talented actor.

Mild Suttinut Uengtrakul (Love’s Coming)

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Born: 1993
You may not have known his name but you might have seen his face multiple times. He has appeared in some shows either as a main character or a supporting role. He has been part of the main couple in the charming Love’s Coming, as well as the kinda confusing The Best Twins. You may have also seen him in the movie Red Wine in the Dark Night, the messy series What the Duck and at the moment he is starring as Techno in TharnType The Series. He is one of the examples of seeing an actor develop. While in the beginning his acting seemed awkward and strange, he has really changed and learned over time and shows some good acting scenes in TT. I am very curious where his journey takes him in the future.

Mew Suppasit Jongcheveevat (What the Duck)

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Born: 1991
This actor has some scandals, issues and whatever behind him but I still want to mention him here. First because he seems to be really good at adapting to different characters and also because he was connected to the messy and confusing What The Duck. Seriously, even until now, I don’t get the series. But since he acted in that show, I decided to give him another chance with the new TharnType The Series. And while the show is quite on the edge regarding some of their content, this actor definitely delivers a steady and balanced acting job. Before it was hard to judge whether his acting made Pree in WTD awkward or whether it was the character itself. Well, TT proves it was the character itself (actually no real surprise there, the show is a full on crash against the wall) and I definitely hope Mew will continue delighting us with shows.

New Thitipoom Techaapaikhun (Kiss Series)

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Born: 1993
If you don’t know New, you are either totally new to the BL genre or you are just clueless, like totally. I count New Thitipoom as one of the three actors with the most BL shows on his record. The other two being Singto Prachaya (SOTUS, Friend Zone, He’s Coming To Me) and Gun Atthaphan (Puppy Honey, Theory of Love, The Blue Hour, and so on…). New has acted as Apo in Water Boyy The Series as well as Kao in the long running series Kiss, a series that is currently airing its third and highly anticipated installment, Dark Blue Kiss. But his roles also include a lot of non-BL roles, like as Singto Prachaya’s best friend in SOTUS, M. He was also part of multiple installments of the U-Prince series and had a main role in the 2019 shows Wolf and Love Beyond Frontier. Seriously, his acting record is quite long and it seems we will get to see more of him in the future. He has developed his acting and proven time and time again he knows how to do a scene well. I cannot wait to see more of this cutie and see where his future is leading him 🙂

Tay Tawan Vihokratana (Kiss Series)

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Born: 1991
New’s longtime co-actor and another GMM TV boy. Tay Tawan is another name you should definitely know. His acting record is pretty long too. He has acted as Pete in the long running series Kiss, a series that – as I mentioned above – is currently airing its third and highly anticipated installment, Dark Blue Kiss. He has also appeared as a supporting role in more shows I can count, and had a main role in Secret Seven and the 2019 drama series 3 Will Be Free. In 2020 he will have a supporting role in the GMM TV series Military of Love. Tay Tawan is steadily building his acting record with the one or the other BL show or character and I appreciate that he seems to be open to play more complex and complicated characters. I’m looking forward to seeing more of this great and charming guy in the future!

Saint Suppapong Udomkaewkanjana (Love By Chance)

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Born: 1998
Saint first came onto everyone’s radar with the highly popular and fanatically loved BL series Love By Chance. Even I have re-watched the series more times than I can count. In his more recent acting projects he has taken on roles different from the shy and quiet character Pete from LBC. Currently he set to act as Tutor in the 2020 BL series Why R U?, a series I’m looking forward to dearly. Different from a lot of actors on this list, he has almost only been acting in shows and no big movie projects. He did do some short movies/music videos that can be found on Youtube but otherwise he has taken to shows on television. I’m really curious what is coming for this young boy in the future, especially since he is only 21 this year, so we will see how he builds up his acting record and repertoire. He has already proven he can play tougher characters too. I hope after 2020 he will appear in more BL shows too and not leave the BL world behind him like some others did after some time.

Earth Pirapat Watthanasetsiri (Water Boyy The Series)

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Born: 1994
Funny enough, Earth is one of the actors most BL fans know the name and the face of. Mainly because he seems to appear everywhere. He had a main role in Water Boyy The Series and the second installment of the Kiss series – Kiss Me Again, as well as a supporting role in the popular shows Love By Chance and Theory of Love. Let me translate – he acted with New and Tay from the Kiss series, also with New in Water Boyy, he appeared with Saint, Perth, Mean and Plan in Love By Chance and also Off and Gun in Theory of Love. Whoever you are a fan of, at least one of their shows had Earth in them. No wonder why most fans know his face and name. 2019 and 2020 also showed he seemed to be open to playing LGBT+ characters, something I highly praise him for. He appeared as part of the surprise fan-favorite couple TwoUn in Theory of Love, with his co-star White Nawat Phumphothingam (Love Sick) and is set to appear in the BL series A Tale Of Thousand Stars in 2020. It seems like a dramatic but wonderful love story, so I am excited for it. I’m excitedly asking myself where he will pop up in the future.

Off Jumpol Adulkittiporn (Theory Of Love)

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Born: 1991
Another 91-liner, the oldest age group on this list. Off has been on the radar of BL fans ever since his role in Senior Secret Love: Puppy Honey. He played the cold but caring Pick and was first paired with his now long-time co-star and friend Gun Atthaphan. They have shown multiple times they have perfect chemistry and GMMTV has given them even their own shows like the talk show OffGun Fun Night (which is currently airing season 2) and the BL series Theory Of Love, where we could finally see Off and Gun as a drama couple again. In Theory Of Love, Off could finally show his matured and complex acting which didn’t really show in Puppy Honey. Even if TOL is a story full of bad timing and even worse decisions, the series is definitely one of the BL shows with the best acting. I really hope Off takes on more complex characters in the future, he has already appeared in a lot of non-BL shows too, and I’m excited to see how his acting develops to even better levels.

Gun Atthaphan Phunsawat (Theory Of Love)

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Born: 1993
There is a reason why people call Gun Atthaphan the king – or sometimes queen – of BL. First, he is 26 years old in 2019 and still has a baby face. Second, I don’t think anyone has acted as a LGBT+ character as many times as him: Senior Secret Love: Puppy Honey, Bittersweet Chocolate (and it’s second installment), Love Love You, The Blue Hour and Theory Of Love. And he pulls all of the roles off perfectly. Gun has shown steady and good acting from the beginning and has been known for taking on more complex roles and characters. He played tough bad asses, as well as cute and shy guys. He also appeared in non-BL roles, most known, he appeared as the straight A’s student Punn in the drama heavy and fan-favorite series The Gifted. In 2020 he is returning as Punn for the second installment The Gifted Graduation. I’m curious what projects he is going to do in the future but judging from his current acting I’m quite sure, he is the one actor I trust to pull of any role given to him.

Earth Katsamonnat Namwirote (Love By Chance)

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Born: 1996
This is quite a new name on this list. His acting record isn’t that long right now but I expect more in the future. He had a main role in the popular series Love By Chance and is set to appear in the dramatic BL series Until We Meet Again in 2019. He is definitely part of the cutie line on this list and seems to be really good at adapting to his co-stars and giving good chemistry. I’m excited to see him in UWMA and curious how his acting developed since his last project. I think we can expect more from him in the future, especially since he doesn’t seem to shy away from playing LGBT+ characters.

Fluke Natouch Siripongthon (Red Wine In The Dark Night)

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Born: 1996
Fluke Natouch is one of the few actors who has acted in as many movies as TV shows, although it seems his movie roles have been bigger than the TV roles he got. He appeared in the widely known movie My Bromance, where we still don’t know when the second installment is going to come out, also in the dark and moody movie Red Wine In The Dark Night and in the movie Ghost Ship. I still have no idea whether that movie is a comedy or a scary movie…it is a change from what I’ve been watching til now and Fluke definitely pulled of the role of Yorla in the movie. I really like him in the movie especially because the role was so different than what you might know from him usually. As for shows, he appeared as a main role in Part Of Love, had a few supporting roles and is set to appear as a supporting role in the 2019 non-BL show Blacklist, as well as the main character in the 2019 BL series Until We Meet Again. He has yet to appear in a highly popular BL series but I think UWMA has good chances and he is also one of the few actors where I don’t worry about his acting skills at all. He has proven himself multiple times and he can definitely pull of fun but also serious characters.

Ohm Pawat Chittsawangdee (He’s Coming To Me)

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Born: 2000
Say hello to the youngest actor on this list. He may be the youngest but his acting record is…well, long, especially considering he is only 19! He made his debut into the BL world with Make It Right and as part of the fan-favorite couple FrameBook. Ever since then he has a appeared in non-BL shows like War of High School but also reprised his role as Frame in Make It Right 2. In 2019 he also surprised everyone with the BL tearjerker He’s Coming To Me alongside Singto Prachaya and giving us a couple we didn’t know we wanted but we loved them nonetheless – seriously their chemistry was awesome. Currently he is starring in the series Blacklist and set to appear as a main role in the 2020 shows The Shipper and Military Of Love. He is definitely on the up-and-coming and considering he is so young, I think we can expect to see even more and even better projects in the future.

 

Special Mention:

Yacht Surat Permpoonsavat

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Born: 1997
He is the only one on this list, I think, who has not been a main character in a BL series. He has mostly been set as supporting and guest character but he has appeared in the widely known Love By Chance. Also pretty recently he acted in The Effect. And after watching I have to say, both times he has acted as the best friend you could ever wish for in life. I mean seriously, you just have to love him. He has not appeared in many shows and has not been a main character that is why I’ve only mentioned him on the side but I just wanted to get it out there, that his characters are really the best friends you could ever ask for. And his acting is also really natural, maybe because it’s similar to himself or because he is an amazing actor. Whether it is one or the other, I wholeheartedly compliment him and hope we see more of him in the future.

 

So this is my list of Who To Know and who to look out for. I hope you liked it. I tried to add actors who appeared in multiple shows whether as a main or as a supporting character. Let’s see how they will surprise us in the future, I hope we see more of them whether it’s BL shows or not! (although I’d appreciate the one or the other BL show 🙂 )

Welcome the BL fall 2019!

Yes, we finally made it over the BL break time and are just right on track with the BL fall. And yes, there is a lot for the BL fans out there.

For everyone who is afraid of missing some of the biggest shows out there, here is a short preview/ episode review of the new shows!

Thank God It’s Friday

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Okay, I admit, this has been airing for a while now – August 24th to be exact. But it is still airing so yeah, I decided to include it in this list. Thank God It’s Friday is loosely based on the Love Sick BL series, playing in the same Friday College and revolving around the music club. The new music club president Jump sees himself and his friends in a crisis when their club budget is cut drastically (getting major “who messed up the budget meeting” vibes from LS here 😉 ) Since they aren’t very good at making music – kinda a necessary condition for a music club?! – they don’t have any leverage to actually get more money. So with the help of a teacher, they travel to Khon Kaen’s Friday College and practice together with their music club. Soon it is not only their music that is changing but also their hearts.

I can give you a short review of the series right now. It is cute and kind lovely but the acting is…well, bad. There is no nice way to say it. It’s awkward and strange. There are a few scenes and a few actors who managed to do quite well and surprise in a few moments but overall you see that most of them are newbies and don’t have much experience. Still it is a nice little series on the side. So I recommend it if you want to watch something different from all the “blockbuster” BL shows airing this year ^.^

The Effect

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How long has this series been teased? I don’t actually know but I think I already announced it in my BL recommendations list for 2019, last year and it was kind of unclear whether it would even air this year. After they teased us with another 3 special behind the scenes episodes it finally started this week and well…

The story is about Shin, a shy college freshman. One day he has a coincidental encounter with the top student and something like the perfect guy in university, Keng. They become friends (and maybe more…) but one day rumors start spreading and the whole situation might turn into a bad direction.

Let me just say, I’m not unhappy with the first episode but I did expect a little bit better. The acting is good, I guess, but I didn’t expect any different considering a few of them acted in other shows before (Love By Chance fans, where r u?) and the chemistry? Well, I’ve only watched episode 1 so I’m gonna hold of on saying anything yet. I’m afraid of the story though, since no one really knows which version of the novel was adapted. The trailer seems nice in the beginning but turns bad around the end and the first two minutes of episode 1 also don’t bode too well… I’m still gonna watch it though. Let’s see where it goes.

Until We Meet Again The Series

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I already announced this series in a previous post. But now we finally got a release date and the countdown to November 9th has already started. The series comes from the same studio that gave us Love By Chance and the director is none other than New Siwaj Sawatmaneekul. You may have heard of him, he’s been pretty big out there in the BL world and as far as I can tell, he’s gonna stay in this genre for a while (e.g. Why R U? The Series is coming up in 2020). Let’s all thank him for that, because he is amazing, seriously.

UWMA has a pretty uncommon story line compared with all the recent BL shows. It’s about two couples. First there is Intouch and Korn, two lovers who love and care for each other from the bottom of their hearts but their love is not supposed to be and it takes a tragic turn toward the end. Years later, the college freshman Parm meets the swimming club president Dean and both of them feel like they have known and searched for each other for a long time…like from a previous life.

I read the UWMA novel and to be honest, it was a tearjerker at some parts. Sad tears but also joyful ones. So yes, I cannot wait for this series to air. The casting seems good and I’m curious what it’s gonna be like. Definitely a series to keep on the lookout for.

TharnType The Series

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I knew that this series was coming, I did not know what to think of it. Especially because people were never really clear on the casting until some time ago. So, the first episode already aired and it looks…interesting. I think TharnType could be a big surprise this year. It looks promising and I’m curious where it is gonna go. There is already good acting and nice chemistry going on.

TT The Series tells the story of two university room mates, Tharn and Type. Type is a strong homophobic because he was molested by a man when he was a child and Tharn is openly gay. So of course, they clash pretty soon…but maybe something more will come out of them being together?

There are some questionable and problematic scenes in the first episode but even the director of the series addressed the issues and said this show was about people (hopefully) learning from their mistakes and not just about two people doing everything right from the beginning. It is kind of borderline with some of its scenes but I think he gave a good explanation for why the show starts that way, so I do believe that this show is gonna get better and I’m definitely gonna stay on for now ^.^

HIStory3: Make Our Days Count

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This one is another upcoming show – October 16th marks the beginning. How long have we waited for this to air? I don’t even know but it was long enough that they changed the title multiple times and also the premise of the story. Originally it was supposed to be a sad story and somehow it turned into a school romance? Well, you won’t hear me complain, I’m excited for it 🙂

The story is nothing new but we all know the HIStory series has a knack for giving it his own flavor and keeping us on our toes and giggling like crazy people. It tells the story of Xiang Hao Ting and Yu Xi Gu, polar opposites in their character and their life and through coincidence their paths cross…soon passion and feelings take over and love is in the air.

Since I am a big fan of the HIStory series and its track record regarding chemistry between the leads I am totally on board with this one. I am hesitant only for the one reason of “They have been getting better and better…how far is this series gonna take us?” I hope they prove our expectations right again this time.

And am I the only one getting Addicted vibes from this?

Dark Blue Kiss

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DBK has to be one of the most anticipated BL shows of this year. The trailer was released around a year ago (a little less I think) and ever since then, people have been waiting for this. And let’s be honest, the producers know how anticipated the show is. You can see it pretty much in the first 5 minutes of the series. They know we love PeteKao, we know we love them and finally, October 12th brought us episode 1.

DBK is the continuation of Kiss: The Series and Kiss Me Again. It tells the story of Pete and Kao, studying in college but also busy with their own lives. They are still very much in love with each other but of course life throws them some curve balls in form of Non, a handsome playboy who starts getting interested in Kao, and rubs Pete in all the wrong ways. Faced with Pete’s jealousy and Kao not wanting to come out to his mother, it is only a matter of time before Kao and  Pete have to overcome some big obstacles in their relationship.

This time there is less “no, I don’t love you” in the series and you can see both characters have accepted their feelings for each other. Still there is some hesitation regarding admitting it to people around them. DBK also shows a second couple, I cannot wait to see more of. I was already curious when they appeared in Kiss Me Again and I’m more than a little bit curious about their development. The expectations for Dark Blue Kiss are high, but I have not doubt GMM will deliver!

 

So what are you gonna watch? What seems promising? Tell me in the comments below. If you know other shows airing around now, just comment them down below and I will check them out 🙂

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