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5 Things You Need to Know About Goo Hara's Sexy Co-Star Matthew Kim

July 14, 2015 at 4:00 pm EDT

Within hours of Goo Hara's new music video "Choco Chip Cookies" being released, the YouTube comments were quickly flooded with one question: Who is the hot guy?

Meet Matthew Kim, a US-born K-pop trainee currently signed with DSP Media, home to the likes of Kara, Rainbow and A-JAX.

Goo Hara and Matthew Kim look adorable together in the music video for "Choco Chip Cookie" Credit: DSP Media

Goo Hara and Matthew Kim look adorable together in the music video for "Choco Chip Cookie"
Credit: DSP Media

In Goo Hara's "Choco Chip Cookie" MV, Matthew Kim gets up close and personal with the Kara star -- even kissing! Credit: DSP Media

In the MV, Matthew Kim gets up close and personal with the Kara star -- even kissing on the lips!
Credit: DSP Media

The chemistry between the label mates in the video -- which was shot in Thailand -- is undeniable Credit: DSP Media

The chemistry between the label mates in the video -- which was shot in Thailand -- is undeniable
Credit: DSP Media

In the video, Kim steals Goo Hara's heart during a number of dates, building up to an extremely sexy onscreen kiss.

But the 23-year-old isn't as new to the K-pop scene as you might think. As well as featuring on the Kara star's new album track "La La La," the Korean-American has been living in Seoul since 2012, training to be an idol.

Want to know more? Check out IdolWow!'s 5 things you need to know about Matthew Kim.

 

1. This isn't his first music video...

Shortly after signing with DSP, Matthew (or Matt to friends) landed a part in label mate Rainbow's music video for their 2013 single, "Sunshine."

At the time the budding idol's striking good looks caught the attention of numerous K-pop fans around the world.

Matthew started to receive attention from fans after the release of Rainbow's Sunshine Credit: DSP Media

Matthew started to receive attention from fans after the release of Rainbow's "Sunshine" MV
Credit: DSP Media

 

2. He was on K-Pop Star and his audition will definitely make you cry.

Shortly after moving to Seoul, Korea, Matthew auditioned alongside three other guys as the Playboys in the debut 2012 season of the show.

Their performance of g.o.d's "Friday Night" and got the judges tapping their toes but, surprisingly, the judges didn't feel Kim fit in, removing him from the process -- and his friends.

Despite not making it through to the next round, DSP Media saw the potential in the hard-working performer and offered him a management contract in 2013.

 

3. He can dance. Like, really dance.

As well rapping and singing, Matthew knows exactly what to do with his body when it comes to dance.

His personal YouTube channel is full of videos showing off his impressive -- and incredibly sexy -- skills. Check out this freestyle dance to Justin Bieber's "All That Matters."

 

4. He's a Cali boy at heart

During their time together on set, Goo Hara and Matthew spent time playing around and having fun Credit: DSP Media

During their time together on set, Goo Hara and Matthew spent time playing around and having fun
Credit: DSP Media

Although both his parents are Korean, Matthew was born and raised in South California. He even studied at California State Polytechnic University.

And his style and music tastes are just as West Coast as his upbringing, with playlists full of old school hip-hop tracks by the likes of 2Pac, Snoop Dogg, Ice Cube and more recently YG.

 

5. Family always comes first

Matthew was originally born in Southern California but has been in Seoul, Korea, for three years Credit: Instagram

Matthew was originally born in Southern California but has been in Seoul, Korea, for three years
Credit: Instagram

Beneath the cool exterior, Matthew (who his mom named after the Bible Matthew the Apostle/Saint Matthew) is ride or die for his family and friends.

With his mom, dad and younger brother miles away in Los Angeles, the Kim clan still talk on a regular basis.

And he's not afraid to admit that he gets homesick at times. Don't believe us? Try not to fall in love a little more after reading these tweets...

 

Bonus fact: He's single.

On July 14, Goo Hara also released a behind the scenes look at the MV she made with Matthew Credit: DSP Media

On July 14, Goo Hara also released a behind the scenes look at the MV she made with Matthew
Credit: DSP Media

Still need more? Follow Matthew on Twitter and subscribe to his personal YouTube channel.

And don't forget to watch the behind the scenes look at "Choco Chip Cookies," which was released today.

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  • AMBER_OHMYVENUS

    OMG SO IN LOVE