Song Joong Ki On “Arthdal Chronicles” Being A Challenge + Working With Jang Dong Gun And Kim Ji Won
Song Joong Ki described his new drama “Arthdal Chronicles” as “a drama that required courage.”
The press conference for “Arthdal Chronicles” was held on May 28 at Imperial Palace Seoul. Actors Jang Dong Gun, Song Joong Ki, Kim Ji Won, and Kim Ok Bin, as well as writers Kim Young Hyun and Park Sang Yeon were present.
In the drama, Song Joong Ki plays Eun Seom, the brave progeny of a human mother and a Neanderthal, who lives among the members of the Wahan tribe and fights to save them from external threats. During the press conference, the actor said, “It’d be a lie if I said I felt no pressure. Reliable [Jang] Dong Gun hyung helped reduce that pressure. Hyung and I were close before we filmed the drama. We saw each other nearly every day for four months while working out. [His] reliability gently steeped in. I felt secure just by his presence on set.”
Song Joong Ki also talked about working with Kim Ji Won for the second time after “Descendants of the Sun.” He shared, “I didn’t know because I didn’t have many scenes with her in the previous drama, but while filming together this time, there were several points where I got goosebumps from her great acting and saw her in a new light. You’ll know when you watch the drama. That’s why it felt even more reassuring.”
Through this role, Song Joong Ki exudes a variety of charms, including the purity and innocence of a boy and the strength of a tough warrior who confronts the powerful Ta Gon (Jang Dong Gun). He pointed out, “That primitive feeling was so fresh, and that was also my reason for choosing this drama. The visuals are novel and amazing as well.”
Song Joong Ki added, “It was really cold when we shot the horse riding scene, but we got so many gorgeous scenes [as a result]. I think the light came in naturally in a beautiful way. I was able to naturally forget the difficulties on set.”
Lastly, Song Joong Ki looked back on the meaning of “Arthdal Chronicles” in his acting career. He admitted, “I thought about many things while watching the writer and director’s new attempts. It made me wonder and think back on whether I had been staying still and playing safe. [‘Arthdal Chronicles’] is the biggest challenge I took on as part of my filmography.”
The actor shared his concern about being criticized for his flawed acting in the drama and reiterated that starring in this drama required great courage.
“Arthdal Chronicles” premieres on June 1. Check out the latest teaser for the drama here!