Excerpts of Woo Do Hwan's Interview in ELLE Korea
Found some scans of the interview with WDH in ELLE Korea.
Note: There are still some missing pages and also I'm not sure how accurate these translations are since I got them from using Google Translate and Papago lol:
It wasn't a scheduled that Woo Do Hwan would be leaving so soon. The news of the enlistment that was given a week before the photoshoot was done. Woo Do Hwan posted on his SNS a hand written letter saying, "Thank you for watching and loving me in my 20s." Planning to meet him became more busy. Three days before he enlisted in the army, Woo Do-Hwan's last photo shoot in his 20’s would began. Along with him were staff who had worked with him for a long time. The actor with his bold appearance and intense eyes were well suited for the screen. In fact, he has a new look of curiosity these days. This is because he played a two-person role in “The King: Eternal Monarch”. He played a cheerful and sensual character that had never been seen before. As I am still a little late, I still want to know a lot about this man after watching his show. After a brief stint in the studio ahead of his final costume, he appeared with a short haircut and stood in front of the camera once again.
Woo Do Hwan: I heard the news of enlistment all of a sudden. I wanted to have more fun before joining the army and I wanted to eat more delicious food while meeting people, but I have already done a lot for today. I wanted to be in the best shape I could be since this will be my last photoshoot in my 20’s.
Interviewer: Three days before D-Day, how do you feel now?
Woo Do Hwan: I have so many feelings. I always write a diary as to remember today, but I think as the enlistment approaches, it has forced me to be reminded of so many things. I have many thoughts such as how I lived my life and who I really care about.
Interviewer: “The King: Eternal Monarch” became your last work before enlistment, what does this work mean for you?
Woo Do Hwan: If I think about it now, I’m glad that I was able to play a dual role. Thanks to this, fans will feel like they got to experience two roles in just one show. It was great to work with many actors/actresses and staff, so I will feel like I am going to the army with a lot of support.
Woo Do Hwan: It seems that it would have been difficult to play Jo Young and Jo Eun-sup, different characters and indeed it was very difficult. There were times when I had to played two people a day, and there were days when I had to play Yeong and then Eun-sup and then become Yeong again. Our staff also suffered too because they constantly had to wash my hair and set it up again. To play Eun Sup, I had to have a lot energy from the star. While when I played Yeong, I had to tried to be as calm as possible. It was really fun to show two difference sides of myself. Of course it wasn’t easy. While it was the most difficult, it was also the most fun because one person is able to play two different people and see it onscreen. I had to plan out how each character would react.
Interviewer: In particular, Jo Eun-Sup was a character who brought out a new aspect of actor Woo Do-Hwan. How was it like to play a dialect and play a cheerful youthful character?
Woo Do Hwan: I know everyone, I know. I’m Eun Sup (laughs). I played a lot of serious characters before, so it would seem publicly that I’m more like Jo Yeong. Thanks to this show, I got a new look and I felt new while acting. It was always a role I wanted to try, but finally I was able to show it. I think writer Kim Eun-sook discovered this inside of me and wrote it vividly.
Interviewer: Everyone has different sides to them. What do you think is the most conflicting aspect of Woo Do Hwan's real life?
Woo Do Hwan: When I meet someone in a private place, I’m often told that I’m different from how I may seem publicly. For example, people always think that I am drinking, but I’m really not like that!
Interviewer: Another thing you said is that you tend to cry a lot.
Woo Do Hwan: Actor Yang Se-Jong, whom I met in “My Country”, gave me an earful and that’s why I cried so much on the last day of filming. Even when acting, I still lack technical skills, so I try to focus on that one role and emotion. I got a call from Sejong. Since he was in the army before me, he told me a lot about this and that. We’re grateful to each other.
Interviewer: It was the best partner, and if a parallel universe exists like a drama, the results of other choices made by the past...
Woo Do Hwan: I was thinking about going next year, but when I was 25 and had to go, I was cast in “Master”. And I’ve come this far. I feel like I’ve learned a lot about what the military is like by just listening to my friends who have both been enlisted and discharged over a course of 10 years. I’ve learned a lot during my time as an actor so now the time has finally come to learn with my own body.
Interviewer: Now that 29 years have passed. How was your early to mid 20’s when you had no work? Did you have a good time?
Woo Do Hwan: I think I had a good time (pauses). Looking back, I met a lot of people, some of them hurt me, some of them hurt by me, and I loved. I think happy times often passes by too quickly. I don't want to say no to the question of whether I lived well in my 20s. Even if I haven't done so, I don't want to leave a heart of regret (laughs). I've been asking this question since the beginning, but I'm even more grateful because it's just a number of "true age," but it's not a good thing that happened ahead of enlistment. I think it's more emotional to see so many people.
Interviewer: After the military, what kind of work do you want to do?
Woo Do Hwan: There are a lot of pressures. I'm more experienced than I am now. But even now, when I meet my friends, I naturally don’t like I am who I was before, so it feels different. Based on what I felt like learning, I did two movies and had a dream about a drama soldier. I think it's so cool to keep something. When I was filming "My Country," I felt something changed on the spot. Perhaps, I want to do my best for a long time. And when I get back, I would feel like I could enjoy the work again. I wish to come back looking more mature and cool. My face in the mirror may be limited, but I think I've changed a lot behind the camera. I can't wait to see if I will still be good.
Interviewer: If we were to film actor Woo Do-hwan's 20s record, would the ending cut have had just show only hard times and concerns?
Woo Do Hwan: I would hope if they are watching it, they would be smiling happily. But it's probably one of the biggest concerns as my celebrity. The thought of enlisting has always been in the back of my mind. There is this one scene where I as Eun-Sup, tosses a coin in “The King: Eternal Monarch”, when things don’t go well, …