Naoki Kobayashi: What you need to know about that hot Asian guy who wore Tom Ford at the Met Gala 2019
Who is he?
Naoki Kobayashi is an actor, J-pop superstar, dancer, model and all round pretty face to watch this year. He was spotted at the recent Met Gala party decked out in a shimmery Tom Ford zebra-printed Atticus cocktail jacket and a lavender iridescent version for the after parties.
What does he do?
Naoki Kobayashi is a singer and performer for the second and third generation of the J-pop music group, J Soul Brothers and EXILE (19-member Japanese boy-group). In 2014, Naoki Kobayashi began his acting career in Japan.
Besides his acting and dancing endeavours, Naoki Kobayashi has also modelled in a couple of runway shows for renowned Japanese avant-garde designer Yohji Yamamoto in 2017 and 2018.
Naoki Kobayashi also starred in Japanese movies such as Tatara Samurai, High & Low The Movie 3 and other short films.
What has he accomplished in his career so far?
His group's record The JSB Legacy went platinum three times in 2016. Naoki Kobayashi's crew has also received numerous awards in Japan including at the MTV Video Music Awards, Japan Cable Awards and Japan Record Award. With regards to acting, he has awarded the Best Supporting Actor at Auckland International Film Festival in New Zealand, and also won the Best Artistic Contribution at the 40th Montreal World Film Festival.
Are there any shirtless pictures of him on the Internet?
Yes, there are quite a few floating on his IG and the Internet.
Is he single?
It is unconfirmed at the moment. The only steamy thing he has done was release a short MV that featured some sultry moves with a female dancer.
Is he acting or dancing in any productions soon?
Yes, look out for this chiselled face in Netflix's The Earthquake Bird that's produced by Ridley Scott and stars Alicia Vikander and Riley Keough. Naoki Kobayashi plays Teiji, a photographer who gets torn between two lovers. His boy band is touring Japan at the moment too.