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[bnt interview] Actor Kim Dong Wook, The Man Of The Moment

[by Oh Ara, translated by Sora Ghim] He consistently and firmly acted. In that time, he went to the army and came back and his aura changed. What remained the same was his bright laughter and charming baritone voice.

After being discharged from the army, he joined drama ‘Maids’ and was finally able to fulfill his wish of playing a romanticist. We met with Kim Dong Wook, who returned to himself after playing the naïve Eun Gi.

Q. How does it feel to be doing a pictorial after a long time?
It’s really been a long time since I did a pictorial, it’s awkward. That fact that I have to pose in front of the camera. The pictures probably came out well?

Q. Of course. You were plenty cool.
Ha ha ha. Thank you.

Q. Your work after being discharged from the army received a good response. What are your thoughts on ending the drama?

It’s already been a month. If you want my thoughts, I’m glad I was able to do a good work and I’m thankful to the audience for loving it.

Q. In drama ‘Maids’ you became a romanticist. However, looking at it, Eun Gi was not a flat character.
Romanticist (laughs). He wasn’t a flat character. He was a person who changed following the flow of the plot. That also became the character’s charm.

Q. At the last dying scene, every woman’s heart wept.
There were many people who complimented the last scene. Did I do well? (laughs)

Q. Very well. When Dong Wook cries, it seems sadder. In particular, your gaze seems to deafen.
Really? If that happened, then I did well. But, are my eyes sad?

Q. After finishing the movie ‘The Concubine‘ in 2012 and completing the mandatory service in the army, you chose your return work as a period drama. You probably thought about it a lot and were probably pressured too.
Firstly, it didn’t pressure me. However that doesn’t mean I felt comfortable, when I saw the character, I really wanted to do it. I haven’t done an ardent romance before so I really wanted to try.

Q. What about physically? If it is period costume, aren’t there are many things to worry about?
There are definitely hard things physically. Period costumes are very cold when it’s cold and when it’s hot, it’s very hot. In those cases anyhow…

Q. While acting Eun Gi, were there any parts you had difficulty understanding?
Yes. While acting there were times I would think ‘Why do I have to be here doing this?’ and felt frustrated. On these parts, I would talk to the director a lot. There were things I would try to understand and things that were solved while talking with the director.

Q. Of course it is inevitable to feel regret when doing a work. What is the thing you regret the most?
Regret…I feel it with every work. However, like every actor, the end of a project is bittersweet. Rather than feeling regretful in other aspects, after it ends, it’s relieving? When a work ends that slightly feeling of emptiness? You can say those things are regret.

Q. Then, through this work what did actor Kim Dong Wook gain?
Phew, I gained a lot. The actors I worked with, the staff, and the parts that I acted.

Q. Drama, movie, you did various works. However, if you had to choose just 3 that made an impression in your memory. Also, the reasons.
I’m really bad at things like this. I have to choose just three? I’ll just say what’s on my mind right now, my first work. Every actor isn’t able to forget their first work. Also, ‘Coffee Prince,’ and ‘Take Off,’ ‘The Concubine’ also comes to mind. Um…don’t do things like this (laughs).

Q. Personally, I really liked Harim in the drama ‘Coffee Prince.’ Also Heung Chul in ‘Take Off.’ The characters just really seemed like Dong Wook’s true self.
Many people really loved that character. It was also my real self too. Of course it didn’t fit 100% but many parts were similar.

Q. That was in your twenties right? How is your real personality?
That was in my twenties. My real personality is half-half. There’s a bit of Harim and a bit of Heung Chul.

Q. After being discharged, I heard that you filmed ‘Three Summer Night’ in 3 months. Its release is coming up. What kind of story is it?
It is about three friends who go down to Busan to have fun and the situations that happens overnight. If you are a guy, it’s something that everyone dreams about? I think many men will be able to relate to it (laughs).

Q. This time it’s a comedy. It’s a 180 degree different side than your previous work. It’s been a long time since you did this kind of character.
While filming I laughed a lot. The actors I worked with had a lot of fun parts.

Q. Do you remember the line you said before you died in ‘Maids?’ ‘I just wanted to give you love,’ are you a romanticist when you date too?
Not to the point of a romanticist but I think when I pay attention, it is definite.

Q. Your ideal type?
Well… a person that has a good feeling? Appearance yea, but I think it’s good if we are compatible and understand each other well.

Q. When you’re resting, I heard you tend to drink or work out. Is there a group you usually hang out with?
(laughs) I need to stop talking about alcohol. During interviews I talk about alcohol a lot so people might think I’m a heavy drinker.

Q. It’s the last time. We won’t ask anymore.
The members that meet up frequently change each time. The people who can come, come. Lately, I see Shin Ha Kyun a lot.

Q. Have you worked together?

Q. Oh, okay?
I answered really stiffly huh? Everyone said it was difficult when doing an interview with me. But I’m probably better than Ha Kyun? (laughs)

Q. Ha ha ha. Are you preparing for you next work? Is there a character you especially want to do? What kind of scenario attracts you?
Rather than a character I really want to do, I just get this feeling. I seem to be attracted to those characters and stories.

Q. An actor you wish to work with?
There’s a lot. Who should I say first is the question, but first Shin Ha Kyun. If the opportunity comes, I think it’ll be fun to meet in a work too.

Q. What kind of person is Kim Dong Wook? What kind of actor do you want the public to think of you?
Um… average? (laughs) Let me see. What kind of person? (laughs) An actor who acts well is nice and I would like it if people are curious and continue to wonder what this person will do next. What work will he choose next? I want to become an actor that is not obvious and has people always wondering.

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Write: 2015-05-15 17:06:06 / Update: 2015-05-15 00:00:00

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