But aren’t you already a leading actor now? And you’ll always be leading from now on.
I don’t get that. All I care for is whether the character has impact or not, why would leading or non-leading matter?
Like the character in the movie <A Frozen Flower> who guarded the king.
Is there anything in process? What’s your next film after <Tamra the Island>?
Not sure yet. I don’t really get to choose scenarios yet, so I try not to care. It’ll just makes me more anxious.
I think the company wants me to jump into the next film and do two things at the same time. Honestly, I don’t think that’s a good idea.
Any plan to appear in entertain shows?
I don’t fit in those shows. Don’t have any talent. Unless they do fishing there.
Wait, so your hobby is fishing?
I go fishing whenever I’m free. I’ve been doing it with my father since I was young, so I’m a veteran now.
I’ve even caught a 80cm carp.
These days, I can’t go far places because of filming, so I go to artificial fishing ponds near my house.
I guess you like pondering over fishing poles.
I don’t ponder about anything. Don’t know when the fish is gonna bite, so I have to concentrate on a float.
It’s more restful, not thinking about anything.
Are you into anything other than fishing?
Well, when I was in middle school, I was so obsessed with assembling things that I wanted to go to an engineering school.
I often assembled radios or gliders. Then, in high school, I joined theater club and changed my obsession.
So you were into acting since then.
I joined because the theater club teacher asked me to. In the beginning, I actually was too lazy to memorize lines so I volunteered to be a staff member.
In 3rd grade (3rd grade high school=12th grade) I was forced to act for ‘Youth Theater Festival’ in Daehakro, and that’s when I fell in love with theater. I acted in an episode of a play named <Good Doctor>. More than acting itself, I was mesmerized by the thrill behind the curtain or the applause after the play. I wanted to do theater for the rest of my life.
Then I got into an management company by chance,
and shifted to an actor together with Kang DongWon hyeong who was in the same company.
Do you still miss theater.
Of course. If I earn a fortune from this job, I will build a theater in Daehakro.
Not a commercial theater, but a theater for high school students. Students would be doing all the lightings, directing, and make-ups. I’ll only be providing the place for it.
So you’ll always say yes if someone in theater business scouts you.
I’d love to, but my company would disagree.
Because once I commit to a play, I’ll be out of schedule for at least 3 months.
And most importantly, it won’t make much money.
Well then you can’t do theater acting, but you’re still doing modelling right?
My original job was model anyway. I try to remind myself of my own beginning.
During my last fashion show, I asked the designer a favor, that I do not want to be the main.
Because when I was a model myself, I did not like all the stars getting the main.
I hated that models do rehearsals from sunrise to sunset for that fifteen minute show, but stars just arrive an hour before, do make-up, and boom they stand on the runway.
Finale or opening for a model is correspondent to a leading role in a drama, so how can an outsider just snatch it away?
I guess you’ll care much about fashion.
Now I see what clothes suit me the best. I think ‘line’ is more important than style. Like waist line or shoulder line when you put a suit on.
Is there any female fashion trend currently that you’re not fond of?
Oh, yes, one. Walkers like military boots are in trend now, but I don’t like them. They make legs look shorter.
I saw you smoking. I heard you started smoking for your role. How much can you do for acting? Can you lose 20kg like Kim MyungMin?
Although not as near as 20kg, I actually have lost 10kg. In earlier time of my model career, I was slightly chubby and looked very young.
One day, when I was trying out in an audition, director Han Hee of <Super Rookie> asked of me,
“Don’t passers stare at you because you look pretty?”
I shyly agreed. Then he told me that this kind of face can’t be used in dramas. It will disperse the attention that should be on leading roles. Then the flow of the story will be broken, and the drama can fail because of me.
He also said that the current drama trend is not even school-oriented (so pretty boys are not as needed) so in this rate I won’t be able to get a role.
It was shocking.
I knew the fashion trend, but had no idea for the trend for what (TV) viewers wanted.
Also I guess I was kind of confident in my own visual since I was a model.
Anyway in a month and a half I reduced my weight from 70kg to 62kg.
After that, I was casted for <Snow Queen>, and unintentionally became an actor who fits the skinny trend.
Still, my baby face is a complex.
You hate baby face?
Well, I might be able to be like Cha Taehyun sunbae and act high school age in thirties. For someone it might be a bless, but not for me.
I think any man would like to be as manly as possible.
I mean, don’t the actors who became known for kkotminam(flower guy) eventually turn and choose macho roles?