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[interview] 20150223 Yonhap News – Ji Chang Wook “I had fun in Healer”

Cr: http://jichangwookkitchen.com/2015/02/24/interview-20150223-yonhap-news-ji-chang-wook-i-had-fun-in-healer/

Despite conducting interviews with 50 media outlets over three days, he did not seem too tired. Because there is a big sense of accomplishment from this happy person who is receiving lots of love

Ji Chang Wook who leaps up another step through “Healer” was recently interviewed in Gangnam.

After being selected as the lead role and rising up in the daily drama “Smile Donghae” (2011), and freeing himself from his tensed feelings as the villain in “Five Fingers” (2012), this is our third interview with him.

He has grown a lot over the four years, and he will be an actor that makes people look forward to his growth in the future. More importantly, after being born as a “real man” in “Healer”, he is now the focus of attention in the entertainment industry.

“I had fun playing. I had a lot of fun and I was happy. I felt just how happy an actor could be when he receives the trust of the writer and staff. All of them made it possible for me to play to my heart’s content at the film set. They really helped me a lot.”

◇ After “Healer”, he is overwhelmed with love calls…”I will consider carefully.”

The lead character of “Healer”, Seo Jung Hu, is actually a character with at least 50 points. That’s how cool he is. He moves around elusively, doing all kinds of jobs as the ‘troubleshooter of the night’ and his action skills are superb. To top it off, he has a pure love towards one woman.

But frankly, when the casting news was first announced, Ji Chang Wook did not seem very suitable for such a cool suit. It seemed too big for him. There were suspicions as to whether he would be able to do well. Although he expanded his acting range as Ta Hwan in MBC’s “Empress Ki”, he seemed to be lacking the male charm that was required for Seo Jung Hu.

But Ji Chang Wook still delivered. Regardless of the viewership ratings, there were many female viewers who fell deeply for Ji Chang Wook in “Healer”, and more importantly, he has attracted the attention of the entertainment industry. His action skills were agile and nice, his pure love also moved the hearts of viewers, and his emotional acting was also good.

Ji Chang Wook said with a laugh, “Thanks to ‘Healer’, I have been receiving many scripts and scenarios. It was like this before…”

It means he is overwhelmed with love calls. On the day he was being interviewed, his manager was in a meeting regarding offers for his next project. Here and there, people are looking for Ji Chang Wook.

Ji Chang Wook said, “I’m resting a bit and I will also consider carefully. While I’m thankful to the people who are giving me offers, I will carefully consider all the offers to decide on my next project.”

◇ “Although Seo Jung Hu is smiling, I thought he still ought to look lonely.”

Given that his father had committed suicide and his mother remarried, Seo Jung Hu’s life was filled with burden since his early days as he went in and out of the youth detention centre.

Ji Chang Wook said, “When I initially got the character Seo Jung Hu, I found it very difficult.”

“If you look at his life, it is very dark and it’s a role that is inevitable to have some mental illness. But despite that, he seemed perfectly fine from the outside and he also needed to have wits, so I pondered a lot about how I should portray this. Although he is smiling, I concluded that he ought to look lonely. But if I’m not able to express that, what am I suppose to do? I really worried a lot about this (laughs)."

“I also had a lot of fun acting as Ta Hwan in ‘Empress Ki’. Ta Hwan was a role that had many things for me to show and his line was very clear, but Seo Jung Hu hid and restrained himself, he’s cynical and leads his life apathetically, so it made acting more difficult. So I continuously tried not to make him look too awesome.”

He who did action and wielded a sword in “Warrior Baek Dong Soo” shows action with his own body this time.

“Since young, I ran and rolled around a lot. Rather than liking it, I did that because I had nothing to do (laughs). But that became very useful for my acting this time. Although I worked very hard to look agile, there are many regrets. I wanted to show action that was more intense, faster and grander, but I was unable to do so due to the lack of time. But because the editing was done very well, it seemed to turn out well (laugh).”

“Healer” is penned by writer Song Ji Na who wrote “Sandglass” and it is a story about the generation after “Sandglass”. It paints the story of the Sandglass generation, who lived through the turbulent period of 1970-80, and their children.

Actually, Ji Chang Wook has not seen “Sandglass”. When “Sandglass” was aired in 1995, Ji Chang Wook was only eight years old.

“Because I was still young, I did not watch it. Although I know it’s a famous show, I didn’t watch it. But the setting of ‘Healer’ is not related to it. ‘Healer’ is a story about the conflict and communication between the older generation and the newer generation, and Writer Song Ji Na wanted Seo Jung Hu to be an example of the young of this generation who grew up without the care of an adult. I think this show probably touched a spot among viewers.”

◇ “It’s very exciting to rack my brains thinking about acting”

During ‘Smile Donghae’, Ji Chang Wook was once troubled, thinking he had no talent and wondered if he should quit acting. His big eyes were filled with anxiety and burden.

Four years later today, Ji Chang Wook is totally enjoying acting.

“During ‘Smile Donghae’, I couldn’t even distinguish what was this and that, and it was very difficult. But after that, things started to untangle bit by bit and I began to understand. While doing musicals, I also learnt to play on stage. I don’t think there’s any convenient method. A person who has read the script once is different from a person who has read it twice, and I believe there is nothing that can replace practice. In conclusion, it all boils down to hard work. Thinking hard about a character is always a painful process, but it is very interesting. If I used to give up because it was too difficult when I played games last time, I now continue to hold on and improve even if it’s difficult. At some point in time, I changed and I now want to taste the joy of winning."

He said with a smile, “I don’t know if my eyes have gotten deeper or my acting has gotten better. But one thing for sure, I have broadened my horizons compared to last time. The process of preparing to act is very fun”.

We asked him about his mother’s reaction to seeing her son grow as an actor.

“I live with my single mother. My mother’s friends praised me a lot, saying that my acting has improved a lot (laughs). My mother told me this and I laughed for a long time. People say the eyes of ahjummas are very accurate, so my acting must have really improved, and I feel rewarded. Ha ha.”

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@kdramafangirlzI've found even bigger ones, so I've replaced them in the previous post. I can't exactly stare at them yet, so I will double, triple check the quality when I get home. 
By the way, thanks for the translation of the news articles. I was having great difficulties understanding them to be honest, and the fonts used hurt my eyes. Okay, I am signing off. :))
EDIT: @minksquared - FIXED!

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Oh my goodness...I can't stay away from this site.  He is just too cute for words.  And he seems like such a nice person also.  I love how he loves his mom.  Healer is my number one drama, Secret Garden is second, with Empress Ki close behind.  The first few episodes of Empress Ki, particularly Episode 4 and 5 This young man is simply adorable.  Oh, if I could only recover from Healer...but such a lovely problem to have.  Loved everything about the Drama, everything.

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sia3 said: [HQ] CLEARER VERSION OF IN-STYLE RELEASED BY STUDIO NEWBIN

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He's a filial son, an honest and articulate speaker, a great actor, a down-to-earth guy, a kind soul and the list goes on and on. Super refreshing in such an industry. What's not to love about Ji Chang Wook? 

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@sia3‌ Let me send you a big big virtual hug for constantly and alas find the HD versions!!! Thank you! Resave everything! This set of shoots are really really really distracting, not listening in class. And youre welcome too! I agree the fonts of the chinese trans were hard to read ^^ Ah, but the things Healer and JCW do to us, read it anyway and try to translate XD

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i hope whoever doing thai massage on jcw is not a fan in case they get too pawsy with him. :))

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Sorry folks!  Both of Ji Chang Wook's performances for the 25 April "The Days" at the Daejeon Art Centre sold out in less than 15 minutes!  Congrats to him!!!  :X

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I'm so proud of JCW. Despite Healer's ratings, he is still being offered with many projects, his musical shows are sold out quick, and he is more well-known than before.  I am happy that his true talent is recognized.  :x JCW wants to take 2-3 more projects before joining the army. I hope he will do at least a movie, and a drama in this year. 
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*** He really has no choice but to enter the MS this year or later next year. According to K-law, a conscript is only allowed to postpone military service until the age of 29.


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Ji Chang-wook plans to join Army next year

Actor Ji Chang-wook was honest about his plan to join the Army in a recent interview with a local media outlet.

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The actor, who played a mysterious errand guy in the KBS drama “Healer,” which ended early this month, is set to star in the musical “The Days” in March.

“This will be my last musical before joining the Army next year. I feel sorry that I have to stop working but I will be more relaxed after I return,” he said.

Though it seems a bit late for the 27-year-old to join the Army, Ji said he was confident he could adapt to the military as he spent most of his teens in a boys’ school.

He also expressed his passion for performing in musicals during the interview.

“Being on the stage has different charms from appearing in a drama. In front of the camera, you have a chance to do it again, but you don’t on the stage. You cannot cut off the flow. This tension makes me feel happy and respected,” Ji said.


(khnews@heraldcorp.com)

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Abit more translations I did from chinese trans in JCW's baidu ba so full credits to them
From JCW words: I don't believe in one person bringing the success or failure of the whole drama. 'I'm the one leading this drama'. having such thoughts will bring about a big burden. Instead, there should be trust in your co stars and crew in order to go on with the drama well. Healer - director, writer, Yoo Ji Tae sunbae, Park Min Young, aren't they all there as well? It's because I trust them, I felt more assured. I felt that it's because of the company of the casts and crew could this become a success. 
 Some actors would be worried to return to long dramas after acting in short dramas but I don't agree. More of worried about whether will be able to persevere to the very end I guess. Healer , to me, is a drama that I hope and want to keep doing. I feel happy and blissful when I see SJN scripts, and also the casts and crew who worked with me and trusted me, I feel glad because of that as well. But I usually stress a lot after seeing the scripts as well, wondering if I will be able to portray the emotions well. In the scripts, there's a lot of detailed little emotions that has to be portrayed out, so it's interesting, and at the same time, when I need to portray junghoo in the scene where he don't know how to cry, it's really difficult - there was the scene where I had to cry for my teacher . This drama has a lot aspects I gotta hold it in, so it's not easy. 
 Although filming might be tired, but mentally I received some healing. Like how CYS healed SJH pain in the drama, and growing. Healer's story encompasses the society, and so the way to structure it in a single intro or definition/plot. It's not just about reporters, action, emotions, romance goes on together and that's not easy.  Want to say that it involves society problems, it's something that can't be shown well if we were to only use one genre/topic. I think it's very different from Pinocchio which was earlier on airing at the same period as us. Seo Jung hoo doesn't care about justice or moral values, he chases his own dreams, like many young people nowadays.  
I didn't care about the ratings and worked happily on set. This production made me really happy. Besides fans and audiences, seniors, casts and crew , writer, director who gave me lots of faith in it, made me felt blissful. When I receive trust from others, it really boost my morale a lot. Finally he also mentioned that he will keep on improving and hope everyone will keep watching.

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kdramafangirlz said: Reposting here what I posted in the Healer thread. From what I understand from some parts of Chinese translations of JCW interviews from his baidu ba, and I havent seen these small parts translated much yet (i think) :) - JCW discussed the regrets he has for Healer - (as previously mentioned in the interviews he did with Tudou and iQiyi and also on earlier post-drama interviews if you all remembered). because of time issues, the lack of time, they weren't able to complete some scenes in the final few eps of the drama... if they have had more time, would they have been able to deliver a better product (for the episodes)? JCW felt regretful about that... (the article writer described JCW's expressions when he answered abt all these that he really misses the drama) He also mentioned the rooftop kiss as the most memorable but also the difficult one, because the emotions delivered has to be on point and he spent a lot of time on that. On him receiving praises, he said it is not just the effort of him alone but all the entire casts and crew, which he is really thankful for. He also mentioned about the not so ideal ratings, there are times he feel angry and sorry for the work of casts and crew which seems meaningless due to no good ratings... but he also know that ratings are not everything.

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i read this on twitter : "Before filming the kiss scene, I'm the type that will not smoke and apply perfume."
which interview is this ? and i didn't know that uri puppy smokes !!

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JCW loves doing this pose

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oh please, stop it! my poor heart can't take it
=P~ =P~

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