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!