IN CONVERSATION WITH AOKBAB

On being yourself and challenging yourself.


Chutimon Chuengcharoensukying, more affectionately known to her fans as Aokbab, is a face you might recognise from 2017’s breakout Thai film Bad Genius, the debut role that propelled the 25-year old model to stardom as the film industry’s bright young thing. 

Her portrayal as Lynn in the slick heist thriller made her the first Thai actress to win the Rising Star Award at the New York Asian Film Festival, with Bad Genius going on to become the most internationally successful Thai film to date. 

Despite a burgeoning film career, Aokbab has also continued to pursue modeling, enjoying “the different type of work that is delivered to different target audiences”. When she’s not working with brands like Chanel or appearing in the upcoming film One For A Road that took Sundance by storm, she’s been honing her passion for shooting and editing her own videos.  

Here, she talks to us about what she’s been up to and how she evolved into her signature tomboy-influenced, cool-girl style. 

Photographed by Deo Suveera

 

WHAT HAVE BEEN SOME OF YOUR PERSONAL HIGHLIGHTS FROM YOUR CAREER SO FAR?

As an actress, it’s definitely been having the opportunity to attend film festivals around the world and the most memorable moment was receiving my first award at the New York Asian Film Festival. 

HOW HAVE YOU BEEN SUSTAINING YOUR CREATIVE MOMENTUM DURING THE PANDEMIC?

I live with my family, so when I’m stressed out or anxious, I’ll hang out and do some activities with them, like just chatting, playing games or doing some gardening. The people around you are very important, my family always makes me feel fulfilled and cheers me up.

TELL US ABOUT SOME OF YOUR FAVOURITE PLACES IN THAILAND.

In Bangkok, I love the old town in the Talat Noi, it’s by the river and has a very cosy neighborhood vibe. I also really like the Bangkok Art and Culture Center. Further afield, one of my favorite places is Pran Buri, the sea is very quiet there and you’re right in the middle of nature. 

HAVE YOU PICKED UP ANY NEW HOBBIES OR INTERESTS RECENTLY?

I’ve realised that I really like to shoot videos, they’re so good for recording different moments of my life. I’m also getting better and better at editing!



HOW DO YOU KEEP A POSITIVE MINDSET? 

I live in the present moment, do my best to understand and accept what is happening.  When things get uncomfortable, I usually exercise or meditate. 

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE YOUNG GIRLS WHO WANT TO BREAK INTO THE ACTING OR MODELLING INDUSTRIES?

Be yourself and challenge yourself.

HOW HAS YOUR PERSONAL STYLE CHANGED SINCE YOU STARTED MODELLING? 

When I first started working in the industry, I liked dressing up to the nines! I didn’t know if the outfit went together or worked, but I just enjoyed it. Looking at the media more, and also growing up, the way I dress gradually changed and crystallized into the boyish me of today. 

WHAT ARE SOME OF THE BEST STYLE TIPS YOU’VE PICKED UP?

Have fun and be happy with what you wear – it will naturally lead you to be confident!

WHAT ARE WARDROBE STAPLES YOU CAN’T BE WITHOUT?

A white t-shirt and various styles of jeans are must-have items. 

TELL US WHAT YOU LOVED FROM THIS COLLECTION. 

The Dot Mesh strap detail dress is one of my favourites, so stylish and classy. I’m looking forward to wearing it to the next event when the chance comes!

WE’RE CURIOUS TO KNOW WHAT EXCITING NEW PROJECTS YOU HAVE IN THE PIPELINE. 

My upcoming project is a new movie One For the Road directed by Nattawut Poonpiriya of Bad Genius and produced by Wong Kar-Wai. I’m waiting to shoot a new role in an upcoming Thai film, which will be very different for me. I had a great time reading the script, it’s unlike anything I’ve played before. 

AND WHERE IS THE FIRST PLACE YOU’LL BE TRAVELLING TO?

I enjoyed being at home a lot for a while, but now I keep thinking about going abroad. The first place I want to go is definitely England! I want to see my friends there, hang out and keep on visiting new places.