If you haven’t already checked out Malaysian-born actor and model , you should. To give you a little insight to the handsome lad, we spoke to John about who inspires him, what keeps him going, and what he enjoys about acting.

John enjoys making meals at home to stay healthy.
We can see why dashing John is the winner of Manhunt Malaysia 2012.

LifestyleAsia (LSA): Have you always wanted to be an actor?

John Tan (JT): Honestly, it never crossed my mind until I was given the opportunity to be part of a theatre production in 2013 and soon after that I was lucky enough to have been given a role in the movie You Mean the World to Me by Saw Teong Hin.

LSA: What do you enjoy about acting?

JT: Getting to experience different emotions throughout the process, like expressing anger, sadness, happiness and so on. Also, playing different kinds of roles and characters.

LSA: Do you enjoy cooking, especially because you’re health-conscious?

JT: I love my home-cooked meals. I really enjoy creating healthy meals with different kind of ingredients which is why I spend most of my time at home in the kitchen preparing my daily essentials.

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Boyish and charming, we’d like to see more of John in films.

LSA: Is there somebody who inspires you? Who is that and why?

JT: That would definitely be my mother. She’s brought me up to be the person that I am today.  She’s very understanding and supportive in the choices her children make, and I have a lot of appreciation and respect for that.

LSA: What keeps you going/motivates you to do the best you can?

JT: Meeting different people from different walks of life. Everyday I’m learning and discovering new things. Through this, I am driven to bring out the best in me to achieve my aspirations.

LSA: What do you do for fun? 

Keeping active is essential for my soul. I enjoy any kind of activity that keeps my adrenaline going, so that usually means extreme sports. I am also a wanderluster at heart; exploring the world provides me priceless knowledge and experience.

LSA: How would you describe your personal style?

JT: Minimalistic, I’d say. I love my basics! Simple and stylish, in my opinion.

LSA: Do you like children? Any plans to have your own family soon?

JT: Of course! I’m paying full attention to and focusing on my career, but I don’t see why not at some point in the future.

To see more of John, follow him on Instagram @john_jt.