Who is Pope Thanawat Wattanaputi?
Posted on April 23, 2013
An actor. Artist. Dutiful son. Humble. Down to earth. A sweetheart to many endearing fans who have followed his work since his debut. These are a few words to describe this underrated actor. But the road to fame for Pope was neither an easy nor smooth ride. Contrary to popular belief, to be where he is at today required heartbreak, tears, discouragement and setbacks (that are anything but his fault.) But ultimately, it is his perseverance and humble heart that pushes him to continue the pursuit of his dreams and become the most heartfelt and versatile actor in this business.
Pope was born on December 27, 1982; to a family with two children, he has one older sister. Pope received an undergraduate degree in Communication Arts and Design from King Mongkut’s Institute of Technology. He worked as a graphic designer prior to pursuing a career in acting, which explains his talent in drawing and passion in teaching arts to students. Pope also teaches children soccer. Shortly after his promising career as a graphic designer, in 2006, Pope decides to audition for a leading role in a drama for channel 9. He won the audition and immediately starts practicing for the role, and resigns from his graphic designing career. Never did he imagine that the dream of being an actor could come to fruition. And never did he imagine the road could be so hard and disappointing.
Two years of hard work and practicing, the project was cancelled. He blames the setback on his unfortunate fate, yet he continues to persevere. Sometime later, Pope earned a minor casting role in the Legend of King Naresuan and was able to put the horse riding and fighting skills to use. The opportunity to play a leading role finally follows as he is casted for the silver screen in October Sonata, supposedly a very good movie but for whatever reason did not resonate with the public at the time.
It was one disappointment after another. Pope could not help but feel discouraged and heartbroken at his waning career. There were many reasons to cry, and he leans on his mother and advisor. Feeling that he needed to fulfill his duty as a son, as well as freeing his mind of his failures, Pope decides to ordain as a monk. He did quite the duration, but it was necessary. Coming out of the monk hood allowed him to let go of the pain and move on.
And good things do happen to people who wait, no matter the pain. Pope was pursued for a role as Nat in the lakorn called Dok Som See Thong, and although he was a minor, supporting actor (a friend of scandalous Reya) his performance was etched in fans’ minds as well as producers alike. He was then signed with channel 3 and featured as another supporting cast in Tawan Duerd as Nai Singh, a rough around the edges character, but so beloved by the fans with his puppy dog eyes and chemistry with Ploykwan. Pope received additional roles thereafter as Dr. Wattana in Game Rai Game Rak, and a playboy in Buang. No matter the role, he is very popular, and amazingly so among his fans eyes even for his non leading roles.
After 7 years of hardship, and the break through role in Dok Som See Thong, Pope Thanawat has finally been presented with his first leading role as Khun Chai Pawornruj in the Supaburoot Juthathep series, channel 3′s largest production to date. Upon which, he nails his character to a tee.
Behind that sweet face and adorable smile lies a man who has endured the failures and finally successes within the entertainment business. It is enough to break many men, but Pope is such a hard worker and perseveres through the foggy and fickle terrain we call the entertainment industry, thus making his victory all the more sweet. He stays humble and grounded, he even maintains his extracurricular activity of teaching kids how to draw and play soccer.
He has risen to be one of my most favorite leading men not solely because of his acting skills or his loveable smile, but of his grounded character. I typically don’t care or follow a celebrity’s life or personal trials, much less write a biography, but after scouring the Internet for his background, and watching how the pain has made him into the man and actor he is today, it just makes the shipping for him even more meaningful. Oh those angsty eyes get me every time! He won’t take his status for granted: the status that is well deserved. He will always be a pr’ek in my eyes.
I am also a sucker for artists. Pope draws and paints amazing work of art. Nescafé hired him for their commercials. If you’ve seen Nescafé commercials before, than you would know that they are inspiring and typically surrounds breathtaking sceneries. Pope was able to incorporate his own drawings: the traditional, exquisite gem necklace and a painting of a serene temple, coupling it with his poignant acting, it’s quite something.
He hasn’t received the opportunity to draw for lakorns yet, but if the producers are smart, they should utilize his skills. How about a premise about a man who draws his dream girl from his mind and she happens to come to life?
I am so pleased that he will be the pr’ek in Samee Tee Tra alongside Ploy Chermarn and Jui, and of course produced by the Thongprasom.
At 31 years old, Pope Thanawat, our smiling pr’ek only gets better with age. Not only is he a person to be reckoned with, but his talent acknowledgement is a long time coming.
(Data compiled from: Nescafe Commercial Watch Ver 1 Ver 2, Tonight Show, Thai Wikipedia, Star Stage, Various Articles, Pic credit as tagged) *Article written by Fia
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I’m so in love with Pope. So glad he’s finally p’ek. I loved him in Tawan Deard as Nai Singh with Mint Chalida as Khun Nu Ploykwan. They had great chemistry. I’m still waiting for them to pair up 🙂 I love his role as Khun Chai Pawornruj, he totally nailed it, my type of man 🙂
Not hating on Tik or anything, but I think that Pope should have been casted for Autumn Sonata. Because he can draw and he’s more in the age range for Aom. And he has a very captivating gaze. Thanks so much for all the info on Pope I’m going to have to watch October Sonata now.
sorry i mean Autumn In My heart
Heeh, I gathered you were talking about Autumn in my heart. I hope Pope will get more pr’ek roles after Samee Tee Tra. I’d like to watch more than one of his lakorns in a year. I haven’t seen October Sonata either, so I need to get my hands on it.
As for Tik, it’s hard enough as it is to be able to see him on the small screen, (why does he have to be so stingy with his time, hah) that I’m pretty ok taking what I can get. Thanks for the comment!
I love pope. I remember when i watched him on the tonight show and he talk about his struggles when he got into the et(basically, it was all those things you have translated). It was so sad. It also makes me like him more too. All his lakorn characters that he have played, he did a great job at all of them. I really want to see him play a player character again. 🙂 And yes!!! He have the CUTEST smile ever!!!!!!!! Haha.
Aww I love how u had more information about Pope. I think he plays his role so well not mattering the side guy or the main guy oh gosh he’s a good actor and I am so happy to see him in Khun Chai Pawornruj! There is a music video of Chompoo and him that I would love to understand what it’s about. Would u mind translating it for me? It’s ok if u don’t have time but I would love to understand the meaning since it’s such a sad video but Chompoo and Pope did such a good JOB! I
I’ve been looking all over for his story & profile.. Thanks for putting this all in one article =)
I just found Pope in Buang, can’t believe he is very cute. It’s completely different from Khun Chai Pawornruj. But he make me like both of this character.
I think he is versatile. Definitely is the most cute person I ever know. I just love his cute smile and just everything about him. Also I am glad that finally I found information about his life. I like so much his role at the video song ”Lắng Nghe Nước Mắt ” which looks so sad and makes me cry :'( I… I just love him, I adore him <3 <3
Thank you for creating this blog for pope. Same as the others, I’ve been searching the web to get more information about him and finally i found this page. This is very helpful. I really adore not because he’s good looking but because he is really good with his craft.. such a versatile actor.. I’ve seen October Sonata and that movie was heartbreaking..
I have just a question : do you know if it’s a drama in ”Lắng Nghe Nước Mắt ”or is just a video song ???
If you’re referring to “La-ai Jai” video (that’s also linked below,) then it is a video song. I’m not familiar with the phonetics “Lắng Nghe Nước Mắt”.. Hope that helps!
If i cannot marry this guy, I hope I marry someone like him. With his gentle, caring and playful nature, life will never be dull.
Thank you Fia , for all the info bout Pope in this article! I’ve liked him since I saw him back in GRGR and Tawan Deurd .. Cant believe his story is so sad, makes me like him more!! 🙂
And thank you for the title “La-ai Jai” – I’ve always wondered about the song and now I finally understand the whole meaning of the song (thanks to you and the translations of Tahmnong – deungdutjai.com)
Omg! Pope has the same exact bday as my husband lol!!!
Wow with his latest main role as” Than Khun” in Buppesannivas was an excellent drama for year 2018…It was a big Woooow for him to be a real success actor today,he really succeed in this main roles moreover got to speak in old version thai Ayurthaya accent as it is not an easy dialogue at all…With his main character in this drama melted the whole ladies,as every ladies would wish to marry this type of kind men,as I hope too one day..😀😀😀👌👌👌
Keep it up your good job Khun Pope…
Why am I crying while reading this. I love him even more ❤️
I don’t really care about Thai Lakorn. My family asked me to watch Love Destiny and I have to say he is so talented. Then I started to see other lakorn which he leaded. I read his bibliography it shows his talents in many ways. You will have great future. Buddha blesses you. You are a good son and good person.
After watching Love Destiny I love Pope. Wish he can be my son in law
Pope is really good at Love Destiny and felt disappointed that he did not get the best actor of 2018
Love destiny make me become Pope’s fan, never thought I will be so addicted to him. His smile is do irresistible! After reading his biography, I love him more! He is so heartful and talented guy! H e deserve to be successful and become a super star! Unfortunately, I
I dun understand his language and hope there’s more English or Chinese translations so that I can learn more about him!