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Flower of evil tidbits. Brace yourselves, its a LONG read but there are alot more insights that were not translated or only bits of it were translated by soompi, other news sources and fans. Here is the first part:

 

Lee Joon Gi’s post-Flower of Evil interview (2020/09/29) - Part 1

 

Thoughts on finishing Flower of Evil

 

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I always get mixed feelings when I finish a project, but now even more so after finishing Flower of Evil. I feel relieved that I finished this race well; fulfilled that I took the weight I initially felt and channeled it into bringing [the drama] to a successful conclusion; and empty after saying goodbye to everyone I worked with on set through thick and thin. On top of that, doing this interview right after I finished it, I start missing everything again, which makes the feelings I have even more complicated. I feel so lonely, but I’m also grateful for so many things right now.

 

Why did you choose this drama?

 

When I first read the script for Flower of Evil, I thought, ‘I am not capable enough to handle this project.’ This character is equal parts a loving father, a devoted husband, and a man who’s hiding a sad and brutal past. So before I made my decision, I kept asking myself, ‘Is actor Lee Joon Gi capable enough to handle this role now?’ I wondered if I could convince viewers, and what if the ‘colors’ so unique to actor Lee Joon Gi that people had seen in my previous works came out too strong, upsetting the overall balance of the drama? I worried so much.

 

Fortunately, I had about two weeks until I had to make the decision. I read the script over and over again, picturing in my head how this was going to turn out. Then it occurred to me, ‘Maybe it’s destiny that sent this drama to me.’ I also wanted to make this drama a turning point in my acting career.

 

Before we got started, Chaewon and I said things like, ‘If we do a good job on this project, we can probably pioneer this new genre ‘suspense melodrama’ by bringing into it emotions that are unique to us.’ The talk we had further convinced me that I should do this drama.

 

In the end, for me, choosing Flower of Evil was a bold decision to make. I was so curious about this future yet to be painted and imagined what it’d be like. I was so inspired by the curiosity and imagination I had that I could barely contain myself.

 

Before the shoot began, I met writer Yoo Jung-hee and we talked a lot. She was so passionate about the drama and explained all the hints, clues, and emotions contained in scene after scene. This helped me a lot in building my character. I saw how immensely dedicated she was to this project, so I wanted to reciprocate by giving a really good performance. I am deeply grateful to the writer for having complete faith in me and giving me the chance to live as my character Do Hyun Soo.

 

(On the concern that Flower of Evil might remind people of his role in Two Weeks)

 

Actually, after I made my decision, the thing that concerned the director, the writer, and the production staff most was, ‘What if Flower of Evil reminds people of Two Weeks and feels familiar?’ In the latter, I also depicted a desperate father’s love. There my character gets pushed to the very edge and I had such a tough time while immersed in my role. But everyone told me, ‘No, this [Flower of Evil] is different.’

 

Despite all that, I don’t even remember how many times I went over the script, over and over again. Of course, there weren’t any scenes that felt too familiar. On the contrary, the unique and originally-written situations in Flower of Evil captured my imagination, and I found them so appealing.

 

Then I started to define the overall ‘tone and manner’ of the drama based on two words, ‘Truth’ and ‘Love.’ Doing this really put to rest those worries I initially had. Focusing on the original story line of Flower of Evil and the narrative revolving around this character Do Hyun Soo, I could create a unique character of my own.

What did you focus particularly on in your portrayal of Baek Hee Seong and Do Hyun Soo?

 

In portraying these two sides of the character, I put a great deal of effort into creating the reactions he shows in his interactions with various other characters. Since Do Hyunsoo cannot feel emotions, I thought every small expression and reaction mattered and it would make each scene powerful and convincing. Of course, it wasn’t something I could do alone just by doing research and lots of thinking. That’s why I kept sharing ideas with the director, the writer, and even the director of photography (cinematographer) who kept a close watch on me, as well as every single one of the cast. If poorly done, Do Hyunsoo could have easily been a cliché and a simple, emotionless psychopath. So I paid attention to and focused on small details.

 

It was so hard, but it was the director who worked the hardest. Hahaha. He really went out of his way to communicate with his actors and kept all the emotions in balance, keeping them perfectly under control. For my part, I focused particularly on rehearsals going over the previous scenes we did and working with my co-stars to find the emotional flows (continuity) and emotional highs and lows that would look convincing. Personally, I am very grateful to Chaewon for helping me come up with more diverse reactions.

 

Without the hard work put in by all these actors, who together delivered such an amazing ensemble performance, the synergy that enabled those explosive emotions in the latter half would not have been possible.Instead of monitoring how I acted on set, I tried to watch the drama from viewers’ point of view. I put a lot of thought into how I should convey the variations of the emotions Hyunsoo feels so they’d feel even more painful and poignant. I tried to make those emotions look not far-fetched, but convincing. So I put lots of thought into each and every single thing I created. Of course, it was really hard. Hahaha.

 

I actually had a bit of trouble understanding the bouts of hyperventilation Hyunsoo experiences until I read the scripts for the later episodes. I even jokingly said, ‘Since when did Hyunsoo have this chronic disease?’ It wasn’t clear to me so I had trouble getting the details right. I could only guess ‘Hyunsoo is going through some changes,’ ‘Maybe he’s experiencing physical changes as the emotions he’s feeling in his brain start to unlock.’ I think, in the end, those [physical symptoms] allowed me to effectively express the emotional changes in Hyunsoo. In fact, during the filming, I came up with different versions of those scenes of him hyperventilating. I even thought of seizures, but decided it’d be too much so didn’t end up using them.

 

How did you prepare to create this multifaceted character Do Hyun Soo?

 

Baek Hee Seong had to look natural as a metal craft artist. Before the shoot started, I pictured in my head how he should look by watching some metalworking videos on YouTube that might be helpful for my performance. I also met a real-life metal craft artist and learned some details in person, so I could use them to make me look like a real metal craft artist.

 

In portraying a warm, loving father, I actually improvised a lot. The director left it up to me to try out many different things. So I created a lot of things with Eunha from scratch, for instance, by playing with her. On days when I had scenes with Eunha, I showed up early to work and tried to stay close to her as much as possible. Sometimes, I was exhausted more from having so much fun with Eunha than from working on set. Hahaha.

 

In portraying a husband, I worked with Chaewon and we exchanged all kinds of ideas in building our characters. Chaewon is so detail-oriented and great at focusing on her emotions. So she helped me fill in a lot of the gaps I left and could have missed. Because of this, as we neared the end of the filming, just thinking about Cha Jiwon alone brought a lump to my throat.

 

In depicting the life of Do Hyunsoo, I owe my co-stars a lot for the help they gave me. With Seo Hyunwoo, who played Moojin, in particular, we have similar personalities so from the very outset, he helped me a lot in forming my own image of Do Hyunsoo, who lives the life of Baek Heeseong. He’s so great at reacting. I’d been really looking forward to working with him before the shoot began. It turned out, the chemistry between us was even better than I’d expected, so we ended up creating these ‘bromance’ scenes although we didn’t mean to. Hahaha.

 

Every bit part of the narrative centering on Hyunsoo derives from his relationships with the other characters. That’s why I focused on how to depict those things [relationships] to set my character apart.

 

How did you approach your role Do Hyun Soo (Baek Hee Seong), and what was your first impression of him?

 

I actually worried a lot about the scenes where I practice facial expressions in front of the mirror because there are similar scenes in the film ‘Joker.’ So I decided to approach it differently, and it occurred to me, ‘What if I make it look like an AI preparing for the day with a certain purpose in mind?’ It would make the character look a bit creepy as well. But at the same time, I wanted viewers to notice the innocence in this AI that wants to understand human emotions. So a lot of preparation went into those scenes.

 

My first impression of Do Hyunsoo was that I felt sorry for him. He had an unfortunate upbringing, grew up without getting any love, and suffered mentally from his relationship with his father. Ultimately, what he needed was love. But everyone around him was prejudiced in the way they treated him and those circumstances made Hyunsoo want to escape reality. In the end, Hyunsoo abandoned everything and ran away to protect his sister, the only person who treated him with love. But again, he’s betrayed and hurt by people. To Hyunsoo, living as Baek Heeseong was probably the sweetest offer he’d ever received; the hope that he could live a new life like a human being.

 

After that, he meets Cha Jiwon and, for the first time in his life, he has his own people he wants to protect. Every step of his journey captured my imagination. As an actor, I was so inspired by the thrills coming from all the emotional details Do Hyunsoo feels and the different relationships he has. On top of that, I had so much fun thinking about the tightrope of this new life Do Hyunsoo is walking and my own interpretations of the different situations that could arise from it. Of course, it was pretty stressful, though. Hahaha.

 

Was there anything you watched for inspiration in preparing for this two-faced character? What did you do to set Do Hyunsoo apart from other emotionless characters?

 

I did watch films like Joker and No Country for Old Men for inspiration in order to portray this emotionless character. But in the end, the situations Do Hyunsoo is in are very different from those the others are in. Hyunsoo may be lacking empathy, but he’s innocent at heart. Early into the drama, I kind of based Heeseong’s expressionless face when he talks to others on some of the expressions I watched in No Country for Old Men. However, those are vastly different situations and emotions, so I just focused on the emotions I actually felt on set.

 

From the very beginning, Do Hyunsoo had to look mysterious, hiding those inner thorns in him. So I talked a lot with the director and discussed with Seo Hyunwoo the kinds of reactions that would make Hyunsoo look colder. But seeing viewers feel sympathy for Hyunsoo way earlier than I’d expected, I wondered if I should have made the character look even harsher. Hahaha. Sure, Hyunsoo lacks emotional empathy, but he’s innocent at heart, which sets him apart from the other emotionless characters.

 

Another thing that sets Do Hyunsoo apart from other emotionless characters is the fact that he has Jiwon and Eunha. This is how I approached it: He’s been living a lackluster life. Then he meets Jiwon, she gives him endless love, Eunha is born, and he starts learning new emotions without even realizing it.

 

Hyunsoo’s brain has already started to change so it can feel those things. Yet he needed this strong stimulus – a fear that he might lose someone so precious to him – to recognize the change in himself. That Hyunsoo is such a multifaceted character truly sets him apart. So I factored into my performance the specific moments at which he feels emotions and the fine details of the situations he’s in. All of those things came together making Hyunsoo an even more multifaceted character.

 

Any difficulty filming demanding action scenes, such as the apartment balcony scene and the fishing spot torture scene?

 

As many of you know, I enjoy working out regularly, so I didn’t find anything particularly physically demanding. I didn’t feel tired or exhausted. Instead, I was a lot more concerned about how much movement I had to make, or how much action I had to take, to help viewers relate to certain emotions and feelings coming from certain scenes.

 

Actually, before I got started on this project, I made up my mind to cut down action scenes (fights), which I love doing, to about one tenth of what I normally do. To do the kinds of action scenes I normally do, a lot of work goes into matching movements. So they are very eye-catching and tough. But for this project, I figured such action scenes would not be helpful. This time, I focused more on emotions than action.

 

As for the scenes where I get brutally pushed around, I didn’t use a stunt double, but actually knocked and threw myself around to make them more relatable to viewers.

 

How did you prepare for emotional scenes, especially in terms of using your eyes and tone of voice? How happy are you with the result? Any regrets?

 

This is the first project ever where I did not monitor each and every one of the shots I filmed. I knew so well what my strengths were, but I thought it [monitoring] might distract me from creating details for my character. So this time, I decided to let go a little, shared ideas and rehearsed with the others, and focused on what I had in each given situation. Above all, the director made sure everything was in balance, so I just left it all to the director to give me directions, while concentrating solely on building my own character.

 

In terms of using my eyes and tone of voice, I tried to not go overboard but keep it toned down. I guess that helped viewers focus more on little details. I think I received positive feedback on my performance, because of the hard work put in by the director, who helped polish things up, the cinematographer, and all the other staff members. I think everyone worked hard and contributed towards this. Thank you very much for the appreciation.

 

Working on this drama, I wanted to make beautiful and poignant melodramatic scenes. So Chaewon, the director, and I had a lot of talk. The only thing I probably regret a little is that we ended up focusing more heavily on deep, desperate melodramatic scenes than we’d expected. I wanted to show you more different sides of me. Of course, though, I got to act out such a rich variety of emotions and enjoyed the creative process working with so many fellow actors on this drama, so I have no regrets.

 

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Thoughts on working with your co-stars: Moon Chaewon, Seo Hyunwoo, Jang Heejin, Kim Jihun, and Jung Seoyeon.

 

As for Moon Chaewon, we actually had seen each other a few times even before we were offered Flower of Evil. We’d talk about what projects we’d been considering and what was going on in our lives. When I had so much trouble making my decision on Flower of Evil, Chaewon made me feel confident by saying, ‘You are more than capable enough to make this character attractive.’

 

On set, as an actor, Chaewon is very detail-oriented and focused. She does a lot of thinking until she feels she can interpret any given emotion. That’s why when we put our scenes together, I was so inspired by her and got a lot of help from her in creating emotions.

 

Without Cha Jiwon, Do Hyunsoo’s emotions would not have felt so desperate. She’s the kind of actor who excels at drawing people further into the drama. It must have been so tough for her expressing those emotions Cha Jiwon feels in the drama. She worked so hard. I think I should buy her something delicious so she can get her energy back up. Hahaha.

 

How did you benefit from working with her again? What was different this time?

 

The big difference is that this time, we did a melodrama together. Moon Chaewon’s melodrama is different from any other. It’s lovely, poignant, and sometimes so heartbreaking it makes you feel so sad. That’s why as an actor I had always wanted to do a melodrama with Chaewon because I wanted to see what we could create together. Thankfully, we were finally able to make a melodrama together through this project.

 

But I wonder if in real life, it would be possible for any couple to have a marriage like Hyunsoo and Jiwon’s. If this is a real-life story about a couple overcoming whatever comes between them to protect their love despite such a brutal past, then I think it’d be so sad and painful.

 

I wish we could have shot more scenes of more ordinary and happier everyday moments, like the ones where we were dating. Because the drama was a little too heavy on the desperate melodrama. Haha. But I’m so satisfied with the melodramatic scenes we created together. I think we had great chemistry, complementing each other’s performance.

 

As for Seo Hyunwoo, I had already heard that he is such a committed and passionate actor. Even before we got started, the people around me kept telling me I should stay on my toes. So I remember looking forward to meeting him for the first time, half excited, half worried. But in person, he’s so kind, hard-working, and above all, has his own principles as an actor.

 

He’s also similar to me in that we both enjoy being on set. So we constantly shared ideas and created our scenes in many different ways. I am particularly grateful for the help he gave me early in the drama in my creation of this character Do Hyunsoo. We became such good friends that we would keep saying let’s work together again on other projects. I love him even more because he can handle as much alcohol as I can.

 

This was my second time working with Jang Heejin. She hasn’t changed at all; she’s always cheerful and energetic. Also, she’s very considerate of the people around her. As an actor, she’s great at both conveying deep emotions and staying focused. So when I heard she’d been cast in the drama, I personally felt so relieved, thinking, ‘There we go.’

 

On set, she is just as playful as I am, having fun with me. But when she acts, she instantly gets into character, acting out new emotional details. Every time I saw her like that, I was so impressed by the skills this actor Jang Heejin possessed that I would call her ‘Pro Jang’ (*pro = professional). She’s a great friend and co-star who made being on set even more fun.

 

I’ve known Kim Jihun for seven to eight years. But this was my first time acting alongside him, so I was so looking forward to it. We nearly worked together once on another project. This time, we finally got to work together and we both found it amazing, saying, ‘We were meant to work together.’

 

It was probably very difficult for him working on this drama. He played the villain who made his first appearance at the midpoint, ramping up the tension that’d been built up to that point in the drama. He had to wait for a long time to start filming his parts. But once his character was revealed, I thought ‘Wow, he really has been waiting for this moment the whole time.’

 

He’s such a great inspiration. He has a great personality and enjoys being on set, so we really had lots of fun together. We even have similar approaches to analyzing scenes and working them out. We once spent almost an hour just discussing ideas on the phone and my voice got hoarse after that. Haha.

 

Personally, I think he gave a really wonderful performance, so I hope he finds an even greater project where he shines brighter. To me, he’s such a great co-star and a great bro. I am truly grateful to him for doing his best working with me.

 

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As for Eunha, I’m tearing up just thinking about her. In fact, I cried all night before my last day of filming with Eunha. I guess I immersed myself so deeply in this role throughout. From the moment I met Seoyeon (Eunha), I never really stayed away from her on set because I wanted to help her relax and get close to her. So during the filming week when I couldn’t see her as often, I even felt depressed. I guess I got really attached to her.

 

Seoyeon is such a kind-hearted child who’s like a snowflake (that looks like a flower). She once said she’d tear up just thinking about me (Dad). I felt so grateful, proud, and deeply touched. She is a very dedicated actor, so she would get really disappointed when she couldn’t give the performance she’d prepared until the day before. As viewers have seen, she really delivered a stellar performance, so I can’t wait to see what the future holds in store for her. In the future, she will shine even brighter in even greater projects. Daddy will keep cheering you on from afar. I just want to say thank you so so much for being my beautiful daughter.

 

On working with the director

 

Director Kim Chulgyu is the person I am most thankful to on this project. He had complete faith in me and always set milestones in my long journey of portraying Do Hyunsoo who lives as Baek Heeseong. He always came to the set with a plan for how to put scenes together in his head, which he put lots of thought into. It helped me a lot with how I performed on set. Without any doubt I could rely on him and focus on my own work.

 

I think all these hard-working and great staff members came together to work with him because he’s such a gentle and warm person. I think we owe him a lot for bringing the drama to a successful conclusion. So I am truly grateful to him. I’d love to work with him again on other projects if he offers to do so.

 

Translation credit: @allaboutjoongi (tumblr)

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In “Flower of Evil,” Lee Joon Gi plays a character named Baek Hee Sung, who seems to be the perfect father and husband. His wife, Cha Ji Won (Moon Chae Won), is a detective and while she’s uncovering secrets, she discovers a string of truths that could destroy her family for good.

 

If you like some edge-of-your-seat action and romance, this drama will hit all the right notes. The action scenes in “Flower of Evil” is able to fully keep you on your toes and the romance will have you yearning for more. It’s got a fast-paced storyline and Lee Joon Gi’s acting will likely send chills down your spine. Also can’t fail to mention that the chemistry between Lee Joon Gi and Moon Chae Won will likely break your heart. They’re that good together.

 

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Make sure you check out the first episode of “Flower of Evil”:

 

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“Flower Of Evil” Director Praises The Cast, Discusses The Hardest Scenes To Film, And More

 

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Following the conclusion of “Flower of Evil,” director Kim Chul Gyu spoke about the cast, the most difficult scenes to film, his favorite episode ending, and more.

 

The thriller drama follows the story of Baek Hee Sung (Lee Joon Gi), a man who hides his past and pretends to love his wife Cha Ji Won (Moon Chae Won). As a detective, Cha Ji Won begins to grow suspicious of her husband, and the couple is ultimately forced to confront a dark truth they never wanted to face.

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It turns out that Baek Hee Sung had been hiding his real identity as Do Hyun Soo, the son of serial killer Do Min Seok (Choi Byung Mo). He is discovered by his wife and they must face the real Baek Hee Sung (Kim Ji Hoon), an accomplice in Do Min Seok’s murders who was comatose for 15 years. To protect his family, Do Hyun Soo must prove he was framed as a murderer, as well as overcome the trauma related to his father with the help of his wife.

The finale of “Flower of Evil” aired on September 23 and received its highest viewership ratings with 5.7 percent. Kim Chul Gyu thanked the cast and crew for pouring their passion into this project in the midst of the hot summer and monsoon season, as well as a global pandemic. He shared, “Getting to meet ‘Flower of Evil’ was luck for me too and I enjoyed the process of creating each and every scene to create a good drama. I’m thankful we were able to finish well and I want to thank viewers once again for showing us so much love and attention.”

In addition to the suspense of “Flower of Evil,” the drama also had a very emotional storyline. To describe the message of the drama, the director shared, “Every person has a seed of evil in them. The way that seed shows itself is what determines whether that person is good or bad. Do Hyun Soo’s father was like the reincarnation of evil and was determined to make sure that the seed inside Do Hyun Soo also developed into evil. Despite these intentions, I wanted to show the story of how meeting Cha Ji Won turned his seed from bad to good, growing through love and hope.”

 

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Many people have said that the cast of “Flower of Evil” portrayed the best roles of their careers through this drama. Kim Chul Gyu responded, “First off, I want to thank these actors for doing their best in each of their roles. To the point where I cannot speak of each of them individually, they all surprised us with their incredible focus and amazing acting for every scene and every episode. Among them, I think that Lee Joon Gi’s incredible immersion as Do Hyun Soo, Moon Chae Won’s emotional acting, the breathtaking Seo Hyun Woo, Jang Hee Jin‘s warmth and authenticity, and Kim Ji Hoon’s impactful, explosive, and shocking acting, are what allowed this drama to receive such praise.”

 

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When asked which scene was the most difficult to film, Kim Chul Gyu answered, “‘Flower of Evil’ was a project where we especially had a lot to think about on set. The scenario itself is fun in the script, but there were so many scenes we had to be particular about in order to create a neat and visually convincing scene.”

He elaborated, “Especially, scenes that required a lot of preparation and consideration were episode 3 where Hyun Soo is hanging on to the apartment balcony, episode 4 where Hyun Soo and Ji Won are fighting in the dark warehouse, episode 5 where Kyung Choon kidnaps Hyun Soo to torture him, and the end of episode 15 where Hyun Soo and Hee Sung are on the cliff. For scenes like this, we tried our best to collect the opinions of absolutely everyone on set, so we could tune, edit, and verify to discover the best option. Through this process, I was once again able to realize that dramas cannot result in success with the strength of just one person. The abilities and passion of everyone involved must mesh together to create the best possible production.”

 

“Flower of Evil” especially received lots of love for the shocking revelations and happenings at the end of each episode. Kim Chul Gyu was asked to pick his personal favorite and he picked episodes 5 and 15 as the most memorable. He explained, “These were scenes that required an immense amount of energy and focus. Since the cast and crew all did their best, I think we were able to perfect and exceed expectations on these memorable scenes. I especially think I’ll remember Lee Joon Gi’s tears and shouts for a long time.”

Lastly, the director commented to viewers, “I hope ‘Flower of Evil’ lasts in your hearts for a long, long time.”

 

Watch “Flower of Evil” with English subtitles below!

 

 

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 Grab your coffee and read the last part of LJG's post - FOE interview . Warning! Long READ ahead but its insightful when you get a glimpse into the actors mind and the creative process behind a production.

 

Lee Joon Gi’s post-Flower of Evil interview (2020/09/29) - Part 2

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Most memorable scenes and lines 

I really loved all of them. Each and every single one of them. But if I had to choose just one, the scene that lingers in my memory is one where Hyunsoo realizes his feelings and bursts into sobs. I remember the director and I were so worried and did a lot of thinking to create this scene.

 

We spent about an hour discussing even during the rehearsal. We spent about an hour discussing even during the rehearsal. The more we thought and talked about it, the more blocked we felt. We thought, if we failed to keep [the emotions] in balance and convince viewers, we might end up breaking the whole emotional continuity we’d built thus far. Eventually, I told the director that I wanted to stick with the initial feelings I had when I first read the script for that episode. Like a baby who bursts into their first tears letting the whole world hear. In short, so much thinking and discussion went into creating that scene. I remember I had such a hard time getting my emotions under control even after I’d finished shooting it.

 

I was so happy when viewers started calling Do Hyunsoo ‘Baby Flower’ after watching him realize his feelings for the first time and cry like a baby. During the filming, I hoped Hyunsoo in that scene would remind people of Eunha letting out her first tears. So I was so grateful that viewers related to the emotion I tried to convey. I found that [nickname ‘Baby Flower’] so cute as well.

 

The most memorable line is the one Hyunsoo says to Jiwon in the finale: ‘I will be really good to you. I will give you lots of love.’ It shows Hyunsoo, who lost his memory, reciprocating the warm love Jiwon gave him in the past, which his heart vaguely remembers. I thought it meant a new love and a new life for them, so I couldn’t stop crying on set.

 

There are two major scenes in which Hyunsoo breaks into sobs. I worried a lot about how to portray Hyunsoo crying in those scenes.

 

First, as for the scene where Do Hyunsoo realizes his feelings for the first time when he is about to lose everything he wanted to protect, I hoped Hyunsoo would look like Eunha letting out her first tears so the whole world hears. After I finished the filming, though, I actually worried a lot it might come across as over the top. Thankfully, lots of viewers understood what I meant to do and related to the emotion.

 

(In Episode 15) Also, I thought of this image of an animal licking his/her baby’s cold dead body and wailing so desperately when I tried to come up with how to portray Hyunsoo thinking he’d lost Jiwon. I wanted to express his feelings of loss through some primitive way of crying. Right after that, he becomes an animal that’s out of control. I discussed the scene thoroughly with the director and we went for a lengthy take to film it. I cried so much I couldn’t keep my emotion under control. So after shooting that scene, I spent the next few days working with my eyes all puffy and swollen. Hahaha.

 

(More on the same scene in Ep 15)

 

In that scene, Hyunsoo is like an animal out of control, assuming he has lost Jiwon. If Hyunsoo knew that Jiwon would be there to say (to Jung Misook, who says ‘It’s not Do Hyunsoo’s fault even if he committed murder), ‘Murder is murder,’ while still believing or desperately hoping that Hyunsoo did not commit murder – then Hyunsoo wouldn’t have gone to such extremes. I think he just wanted to be held in Jiwon’s arms.

 

(In the Episode 15 scene that looks like a fantasy after Heeseong has shot at Hyunsoo, Jiwon tells Hyunsoo, ‘You’ve lived your life as best you could. Thank you.’ Have you ever wanted to be comforted like that?)

 

Maybe at some point in my life, there’ll come a time when I hit a major slump. When that happens, I hope I’ll feel confident enough to say that [Jiwon’s line] to myself. Also, if I have someone say that to me as I approach the end of my life, and if that someone is the people I love most and the people who have walked by my side the entire path of my life as an actor [*], then I think I can close my eyes happily, without a single regret.

 

[*He seems to refer to his fans]

 

In Flower of Evil, which character do you feel the most sympathy for? The overall theme (message) of the drama.

 

Every character that appears in this drama: all the characters in it go through changes in their lives. Some feel this emotion called ‘malice’; some become victims and some offenders. Having watched it all the way to the finale, I felt sympathy for all of the characters. To me, Flower of Evil is a drama that made me think about what kind of flower we end up making our lives into – whether it’s a flower of evil or a flower of good, and what it means to us. In the end, I don’t think there was an absolute evil here. I just feel sad that some of the characters ended up becoming evil. I hope this drama made you ask yourself, ‘Has there ever been a moment when I felt malice towards anyone?’  

 

Thoughts on the ending of Flower of Evil. What does the ending mean to you? 

  

When I look back and reflect on it [later], I will definitely find something I feel regretful about, but now, I am very satisfied with the ending as it is. I felt like the ending – in which the new life of Do Hyunsoo has begun and gets accepted – is a process whereby the most painful petals of his life have fallen off and another beautiful bud has started to grow. I think it was a great ending.

 

In those two years when I was taking a break, I had a lot of worries. Each time I get an offer, I always wonder, ‘Am I an actor that’s capable enough to convey the message and the depth this project is trying to convey?’ Of course, worrying can be also motivating. I am just truly grateful that Flower of Evil got so much love from so many people and turned out so well, putting to rest all those worries I had. In fact, even after I finished the project, I still wonder: ‘Did I really do a good job [of conveying the message, etc. of the drama]?’ One thing I’m sure of is that this drama gave me the opportunity to broaden my horizons.

 

No matter what project I work on, I’m always left with things I find valuable, and the whole process makes me feel happy. Above all, I am grateful that I made great memories with great people and that I made a great drama with them.

 

Thoughts on getting so much fan support. The live chat rooms were full of people praising your performance each time an episode ended. Did you feel yourself how popular you were?

 

It amazed me how I gained more fans from more diverse age groups than before because of the very romantic (melodramatic) aspects of this drama. From the outset of the drama, my global fans organized various types of ads across the city of Seoul. During its run, I was deeply touched by the way fans compared Jiwon and Hyunsoo to Juliet and Romeo, feeling their pain together and loving them. I also saw a video of overseas fans watching Flower of Evil in real time. Their genuine expressions and reactions were so cute and lovely I even teared up. I was so grateful.

 

(What do you think makes actor Lee Joongi so attractive?)

 

I don’t really know what makes me attractive. I am only grateful that fans love me unconditionally for the way I fully immerse myself in my work as an actor and relate to it. I am always thankful for the endless love my fans show me even when Lee Joongi is being just an ordinary human being.  

 

The ratings fell a little short despite the drama’s popularity. Did you feel disappointed?

 

Everyone on the staff, including the director, had absolute confidence in [the quality of] the drama. That’s why we were always brimming with passion on set, regardless of the ratings. Of course, even if they say a drama should not be judged by the numbers only anymore, I was a tiny bit disappointed because the ratings were not as high as I’d hoped.

 

But I knew there were so many people showing love for the drama, on the internet or off, and that this was becoming a ‘drama of my life.’ That’s why I worked even harder and did the best I could. The drama got a ratings boost because of word of mouth, and I think this was made possible by everyone on the staff and the cast doing their best in their positions, keeping to the flow of the great script. We conveyed to viewers what makes the drama so touching and convinced them. From the bottom of my heart I thank everybody.

 

I worried so much because this was my comeback project after a long time. But the satisfaction and gratitude I felt through the work put those worries to rest. Also, we owe the dedicated fans of Flower of Evil a lot for the love they showed from start to finish. Thank you.

 

(Because of the committed performance from Lee Joongi, Flower of Evil got more word of mouth from viewers with each episode. Even after it ended, the drama is still getting so much attention, encouraging binge-watching)

 

The thing I was most often told during the drama’s run was that the best way to appreciate ‘Flower of Evil’ is by binge-watching it. Some people I know were deliberately not watching it while it aired because they wanted to binge-watch it after it ended. Haha. But there’s nothing special to keep in mind when binge-watching Flower of Evil. You just enjoy the emotions contained in this ‘suspense melodrama’ – like the love between Do Hyunsoo and Cha Jiwon, for a start.

 

The greatest strength of our drama is that there is not an episode that feels dragged out. So it won’t take you long to finish binge-watching it. Right. Also, our drama is jam-packed with foreshadowing. I can assure you you are going to enjoy it even more the more times you watch it. Hahaha.

 

Thoughts on receiving a great deal of praise for your role in the drama.

 

It’s true I feel good about it. But at the same time, it puts a lot of pressure on me. (Laughs) I do think I still have a long road ahead of me as long as I live as an actor. I’m serious. It takes so much hard work from so many people, as well as my own hard work, for me to continuously grow and evolve with each project and create a great character in it. That’s why I am particularly happier this time. This drama made me wish more than ever that ‘I want to live a better life and more happily as an actor, having great people around me.’ I want to say hi in advance to all those people who will be there with me. Nice to meet you.

 

You’re famous for being a ‘mood maker’ on set and also for being an extraordinary leader.

 

My job is essentially about being in a community of people creating together. As a member of that community, I only do what I have to do – fulfil my responsibilities.

 

Especially if I play the title role, I think I should work even harder and ensure that every member on set is in their best condition so they will make good memories working on this project. I guess it varies from person to person, but no matter the project, I go to work hoping that everyone will have fun on set.

 

The very act of creating something together with passion is, in and of itself, a joy and happiness for me. It’s my principle and my value – that I do my best to give and receive good energy with people I work with and enjoy myself. That way, I will evolve and learn a lot.

 

On the actor who plays younger Do Hyunsoo looking so much like you

 

While working on the drama, I always felt director Kim Chulgyu had every little detail in mind and prepared. The most unforgettable moment that gave me goosebumps was when the younger version of my character made his appearance.

 

He really does look like me. On top of that, he has exceptional acting skills. An actor who plays the younger version of my character to tell his backstory plays such a major part in my work. That’s why I was so, so grateful to the director and actor Park Hyunjoon (Rue), who played younger Hyunsoo. He was so brilliant.

 

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On creating Hyunsoo’s hairstyle (e.g. blonde hair)

 

It really took a lot of thought from many people to come up with that blonde hair. I had to put on a wig due to the [tight] shooting schedule. I’d been asked to look mysteriously handsome, instead of looking awkward. So I did a lot of research with my staff. While it’s important to create a feeling of being in the past, there was also concern over it coming off as too flamboyant, ruining the emotion in the character. So it took a lot of hard work from so many people.

 

Early in the drama, I had this hairstyle on covering my forehead to hide Baek Heeseong’s facial expressions. Then, as my character started to realize his feelings and became more expressive, I gradually changed my hairstyle.  

 

On difficulty filming due to COVID-19.

 

The biggest challenge was that we worried so much about losing focus because when the filming is halted, it causes a break in emotional continuity. Even during the filming, we had a hard time finding filming locations due to COVID-19. So it’s a shame that we couldn’t create an even better look for the drama. But I realize that we were not the only people having difficulty, but everyone in this country is experiencing (COVID-19-related) inconveniences, and what we had is nothing compared to people’s suffering. So we did the best we could under the circumstances.

 

You had a long shooting schedule. How did you manage to lead the drama staying energized and not getting tired?

 

As you know, I love exercise. I went to jiu jitsu glasses regularly at least until February this year. But due to COVID-19, which brought hardships to everyone, I couldn’t go to the gym any more. Still, my motto in life is, ‘The mind rules the body.’ So I always try to think positively. By giving and receiving good energy with those many staff and cast members on set, I could make good memories without getting exhausted despite the lengthy filming.

 

What does ‘Flower of Evil’ mean to you?

 

With each project I work on, I feel this sense of responsibility that as an actor playing the title role, I should contribute to making the story as best as possible. I really gave a lot of thought to this matter particularly when doing this drama. I’m only grateful that we were able to finish it successfully. I feel even happier because this is the result of constant communication and interaction with all staff members and actors, as well as the director and the writer.

 

Actually, for me, in life, it is more important to feel fulfilled and happy that I am doing things I’ve dreamed of doing with people I love – than just me growing and becoming more successful. That’s the meaning of life and an important value for me.

 

That’s why Flower of Evil was yet another source of nourishment for my [personal growth] and it strengthened and enriched Lee Joon Gi as a human being. Once again, I think I am such a blessed person. I really want to say thank you to everyone.

 

On continuously playing characters that experience so many hardships (shedding blood, sweat, and tears)

 

Personally, I prefer playing characters that experience such emotions as sadness, hurt, loneliness, and pain, than those in cheerful and lighthearted stories. I’ve filled my filmography with ‘blood, sweat, and tears’ without even realizing it. Hahaha. Of course, I can do well in roles that are really cheerful and fun, but as an actor, I still want to do roles that allow me to express deep emotions I very rarely experience in everyday life. I think I still have a long life ahead of me as an actor. I will equip myself and wait. Please reach out to me if you have great roles to offer.

 

It’s so hard to rank my characters in terms of the hardships they go through. They all go through a lot of hardships, but since it’s Flower of Evil that I’ve recently put all my passion into, I will rank Do Hyun Soo at the top. I will leave it to viewers who love my work to judge for themselves.

 

Any specific genre or type of character you want to take on in the future?

 

The sageuk (historical drama) is a genre I absolutely love so much so I have personally mentioned it a lot. Nowadays, there are such diverse subjects that allow us to express a lot more than we did before and that capture our imagination. It’s such a shame, though, that it is now so hard to get a sageuk made because of the current challenging circumstances. I will do a great sageuk someday when the right opportunity comes along. Please continue to show support and look forward to it.

 

Ever thought about making appearances on variety shows?

 

By now, it’s a well-known fact that I am such an energetic and upbeat person so I have actually gotten a lot of offers and suggestions. But when I did make an appearance on a variety program, I just ended up trying too hard probably because I got anxious. Hahaha. So I’ve been cautious [about appearing on variety shows] because I’m afraid I might make viewers feel uncomfortable seeing me like that. Right now, I don’t really have a strong desire to appear on variety programs. But it would be fun if I get a good opportunity to appear one of those naturally.

 

On the ‘Exceptionally Shy Lee Joon Gi’ meme

 

From time to time, it gets talked about a lot. I’m grateful because I personally love that photo so much. Hahaha. I’ve always had a great sense of balance ever since I was a child. I think because my father helped me develop that sense of balance, I was able to have so many people coming to see me in King and the Clown.

 

People don’t believe me when I say this, but I am actually very, very introverted at home. I am also very introverted when I meet someone for the first time, but I try extra hard to make myself more approachable. But Lee Joon Gi as a person is, by nature, an introvert. It’s just that you can’t see it.

 

 You’ve had so many expressions describing you, such as ‘pretty boy.’ Which one particularly made you feel good, and how would you like people to describe you in the future?

 

Probably the ‘trustworthy / dependable actor’ is the best description I’ve earned. I think feedback like this creates a lot more opportunities for me to try new things. That’s why I am grateful for [such a description]. It also makes me more determined to be more responsible and more dedicated to my job.

Well, I haven’t really thought about what I would like people to call me in the future – although I do wonder what people who will work with actor Lee Joon Gi will call me in the future. So I want to live a better life.  

 

What kind of father and husband do you want to be?

 

Like Baek Hee Seong, it’s my dream to have a warm and happy family of my own, and I want to be a good husband and father. During this project, the staff I worked with kept telling me, ‘When married, Lee Joon Gi will really live a great life,’ or ‘He will be a complete fool for his daughter.’ Of course, I don’t know what my future will be like, but when I do have my own family, I will do my best to give love to them.

 

There is a scene in which Hyunsoo sees Eunha crying after her birth and asks with an expressionless face, ‘Why is she crying?’ It was a situation where I was supposed to look emotionless, but I kept tearing up. I just couldn’t take my eyes off of the baby and kept staring at her during the filming. Seeing me like that, the cinematographer told me, ‘Joongi, maybe it’s time for you to get married.’

 

Tips for taking care of yourself [beauty tips]

 

Every time I work on a new project, there are a lot of things I keep under control to stay in character. When I immerse myself in the emotions my character feels, certain facial expressions and gestures show, which I didn’t even know existed. I think those new sides of me were well-received and I’m grateful. Other than that, I don’t have special tips for taking care of myself. Sure, I get [basic] skincare treatments, but when I’m on a break, I don’t really go out because I’m such a homebody. I get so lazy I don’t even get those treatments that often (laughs). I just force myself to get rest and try to think about good things only.

 

On experiencing a slump

 

I haven’t really had a slump per se, but I have experienced loneliness that would come to me after I finished a project. At times, I felt so enervated. I looked really hard for ways to overcome this, but ultimately, the answer was: getting back to the set. I often hear I look like the happiest person on earth when I am on set. So my secret is to stay committed to work and do a great job on the set that I love so much. I will equip myself physically and mentally so I can enjoy myself on my next project as well.

 

 On being careful in choosing a project

 

Actually, I worried a lot while taking a break last year. It’s true that I was being careful in choosing my next project, but I also had this great fear that I might become a parody of myself - of ‘actor Lee Joon Gi’ I had in me. So I spent the whole year worrying like that.

 

Once I started working on my new drama Flower of Evil, I came to the conclusion that I should not think more than necessary. The time I spent staying away from the set actually gave me more worries than good things.

 

On getting more fans through Flower of Evil

 

I was deeply touched to hear my fans started binge-watching my previous works after watching Flower of Evil. It is such a shame I can’t see them in person due to COVID-19.

 

From King and the Clown, which helped me establish a certain set of values as an actor, to Time between Dog and Wolf that helped me learn how to express the fervor and passion I felt at work, and to Iljimae, which received so much love from viewers and helped me get recognized for my passion as an actor – each and every one of these works has been a ‘work of my life’ and a ‘character of my life.’ So nothing makes me happier than my fans showing love for my previous works.

 

Each project was a turning point in my acting career. Of course, fans have their own favorites among my works, but I consider every single work of mine to be a valuable part of me. All those times made me who I am now, and I am enjoying and loving every single moment I live as an actor – and I will continue to do so.

 

One of the biggest joys of my life was to meet my fans and express my gratitude before I choose my next project, but I can’t do it this year due to COVID-19. I hope the pandemic will end soon so we can make great memories together.

 

How do you feel when looking back at your 16-year acting career? How would you score yourself (out of 100)?

 

I do think that I have worked hard and diligently all my life. Of course, I have regrets. But just as small dots gather and become a line, all those moments I have lived and spent working diligently have gathered and made me the way ‘Lee Joon Gi’ is now. I don’t think there is such a thing as a wasted life. Every single moment has its own value and is a source of great strength that encourages me to try new things as I move forward.

 

Also, my single greatest source of strength that has allowed me to keep ‘running’ is my fans, who understand my true value and give me love. When I’m tired or exhausted, every single word they say [to cheer me on] gives me lots of energy. If I had to score my life so far, I guess I’d give at least 60. I want to fill in the remainder as I continue on [making up for where I fell short]. I have so much time ahead of me to create and try new things.

 

In the future, as an actor, this is how I want to be remembered by people: ‘He is so consistent and diligent. He brings good energy. Watching his work, I learn many different emotions and lessons. So he is a good actor.’

 

I saw some comments like ‘Sorry I didn’t know there was an actor like you’ from people who got to know me for the first time through Flower of Evil. Reactions like that made me so happy. I want to be the kind of actor who keeps people curious and wanting to know more about me, even when I get older, even after being around for long as an actor. Of course, the kind of actor who builds such curiosity on the basis of trust. I want to continue my acting career diligently, one step at a time.

 

On future plans

 

In the past, when I finished a project, I would tour different countries to express my gratitude, present my fans with good shows, and interact with them in various ways. So it’s a great shame I can’t do that now. I hope the current situation will end soon so I can laugh and cry with my fans and make new memories with them.

 

(Any plans on working in Hollywood; he starred in 2017 movie ‘Resident Evil: The Final Chapter’)

 

I want to experience and feel a lot of new things by working with artists from different countries, in addition to working in Hollywood. When the coronavirus dies down and things get better around the world, I would never hesitate to take a good opportunity when it comes up. I am always keeping an open mind and waiting. If you have any good opportunity you can offer me, please reach out to me anytime.

 

Right now, so many people are suffering due to COVID-19, so I want to do whatever I can do to bring you joy, happiness, and hope. Since I am an actor, the best way for me to bring you joy is to be in a great project. I will stay diligent and get myself prepared physically and mentally so I can come back with my next project as soon as possible.

 

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Article translation credit: @allaboutjoongi (tumblr)

 

Eng subbed version of the last BTS video released by Namoo Actors( LJK and MCW's agency)

 

 

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Please please download Choeaedol Celeb app and Vote Lew Joon Gi for Asia Artist Award. 
 
set your MyCeleb (in your profile as Lee Joongi)  

 
please try to vote on the community post (click on the Asia Artist Award icon and click Lee Joon Gi’s name - you’ll be able to see many post or images of him - please vote there)

  
 
other tips:

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11 hours ago, Lotuzea1 said:

 

Please please download Choeaedol Celeb app and Vote Lew Joon Gi for Asia Artist Award. 

 

@Lotuzea1, thank you for posting this info and the tips. 
 

quoting The line from JG’s song Together:”we can do it together...”

 

Please vote!:Please:

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On 10/18/2020 at 8:56 AM, Tuiwgn said:

@Lotuzea1, thank you for posting this info and the tips. 
 

quoting The line from JG’s song Together:”we can do it together...”

 

Please vote!

 

@Tuiwgn, LJK is one who will come and participate in the 2020 Asia Artist AwardsAsia Artist Awards also known AAA is an awards ceremony organized by South Korea-based business newspaper Money Today and its global media brands StarNews and MTN. This annual event honors the outstanding achievements and international contributions of Asian artists in television, film and music industry. The Asia Artist Awards ceremony is held annually since 2016 and gives recognition to both actors and singers. The 2020 Asia Artist Awards scheduled to take place on November 25. The event's MC will be Super Junior's Leeteuk.  :blush:

 

 

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49 minutes ago, willenette said:

This annual event honors the outstanding achievements and international contributions of Asian artists in television, film and music industry.

@willenette, Thank you!

 

so excited and happy for JG ! He deserves all the awards for his outstanding performance in a Flower of Evil:wub:.

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Lee Joon Gi’s Arena Homme+ November 2020 Issue Interview - Eng translation.

(to be updated)

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Q. There’s something peculiar about your eyes. You hear that a lot, don’t you?

 

JG - In the past, I thought of my eyes as a drawback. When I started out, big eyes with double eyelids were preferred but small, slanted eyes like mine were not. I think I might have contributed a bit to the popularity of monolids. Hahaha.

 

 Q. Do you like your eyes?

 

JG - I do. I love the way I can control them delicately. The uniqueness my eyes have can make my expression look either over-the-top or just one-note. If I control this uniqueness delicately and use it for a multilayered performance, it can be more effective than any other means of expression.

 

 Q. I asked my junior, a fan of yours, what makes actor Lee Joon Gi attractive, and she/he said, “He acts with everything he has on his face – facial expressions, muscles, wrinkles. I thought about it and it sounded about right.

 

JG – Hahaha. Those who watch my work repeatedly post video clips of those small things they found in my performance. But it wasn’t something I did deliberately. It’s not like, I’m going to push up my right eyebrow twice, or I’m going to move the wrinkles around my left cheekbone just a little. I can’t just make it happen. I can do it because the director, production staff, and my co-stars who helped me get immersed in the emotion I felt at the moment. Those kind of facial expressions can only come out when I’m completely immersed.

 

 Q. You said hi and were so friendly to the staff you’d never met before when you walked into the studio.

 

JG – Some people love it, but some get annoyed. I often get told, ‘Please sit still.’ Hahaha. Like I’m some beagle or something. I run around after staff, whether it’s camera crew or lighting crew. When I’m playing around like that, the staff eventually find what part of this actor (JG) they want to capture on camera today. In the end, I should be more proactive to make everyone more productive. For me, that kind of attitude is most important.

 

 Q. Actors who put getting along with others first are so rare. Why do you do that? [put getting along with others first]

 

JG – You cannot give a perfect performance for every project you do. You always end up with some regrets. Your work may be loved by people, or it may not. But I think at least those who work with me for over half a year, staying closer to me than I’m to my own family – they should find it fun and rewarding to work with me. I really love being on set. I hope everyone who works with me takes home great memories from working on the project.

 

 Q. You care so much for your fans. It’s rare to see an actor holding fan meets like concert tours.

 

JG – I enjoy performing in front of my fans. I sing and dance, but of course I can’t be as good as a pro musician. It just makes me happy planning, preparing, and staging a show for my fans and partying with them. Recently, I can’t hold fan meets because of COVID-19, so I started doing Instagram lives. (The latest one) I went on for about two hours. I was actually stopped by my little sister, who sat next to me and kept saying, please stop. Had she not stopped me, I would have gone on all night.

 

 Q. I think you just have it in you. You would have made a successful idol.

 

JG – I feel empty after finishing a project. I’m back to ‘0’ once I leave that space where I had so much fun daily working with people towards one shared goal, once I say goodbye to them. That’s why when I meet my fans before I start a new project, I feel like ‘I am alive.’ It’s not like I want to show off my dancing or singing skills. Hahaha.

 

 Q. Why do you love people so much?

 

JG – I love people and I need people. All my life I always mingle with people around me and those moments of mingling with people make me who I am. I guess you can call it a ‘tail’. That tail guides me, awakens me, and stimulates me. In real life, I love having deep conversations. While talking about what’s going on in our lives, we sometimes end up having some debate. Once I’ve had a drink with [friends] I get a hoarse voice the next day. I much prefer reading people to books. I love seeing how people have different thoughts and lives.  

 

 Q. What kind of people are you curious about?

 

JG – Everyone. Everyone’s life is special and new. Lives can be similar, but there is no such thing as an identical life. There must be lives that I have never imagined. The place where I can most quickly read and hear people’s thoughts is the set. I learn a lot just by observing those people. It also becomes an ingredient of my acting work.

 

 Q. You get lonely easily, don’t you?

 

JG – That’s right. I did the MBTI test the other day. Mine was an INFP and people didn’t believe it. Haha. That’s why I try to communicate a lot with people. I get rid of loneliness by interacting with fans and people around me.

 

 Q. Lee Joon Gi was an exceptionally shy child… Were you?

 

JG – Hahaha. I just have no idea who took the photo! I don’t even know why my father put his child on his hands. After that photo became a meme, I asked my father about it, and he said, I stood upright right away when he had me standing on his hands. That photo showed the future of Gong-gil, the tightrope walking clown in King and the Clown. I wasn’t a very hardworking student, hung out with only a small set of friends, and was a quiet and introverted kid at both home and school. In high school, I joined the broadcasting club and read passages from books. I felt like conveying something with my voice filled the inside of me. Then, in my third (senior) year of high school, I watched this play Hamlet and made up my mind to become an actor. At 20, I moved to Seoul from Busan. I became more extroverted making a living as an actor. It was fate and it was a blessing.

 

 Q. You often do wild genre pictures or action packed historical dramas. Do those projects come to you, or do you actually pursue them?

 

JG – I get a lot of offers [in those genres]. I get told I’m an actor best suited for those genre pictures and historical dramas. I also end up choosing such projects when I am looking for something that I find interesting. I also want to do more action performances while I’m physically capable. It’s so fun using my own body.

 

 Q. Why do directors want you to play a character who has a sad backstory, overcomes hardships, goes through an awakening, and grows stronger? What kind of duality do they see in you?

 

JG – It’s been like that since King and the Clown. Directors want to bring out some feelings at extremes in me. Director Kim Chul Gyu, of Flower of Evil, told me he was curious about the duality in me, and director Lee Joon Ik (King and the Clown) told me ‘I feel ‘sorrow’ when I see you.’ I guess that’s why I was able to beat out 3,000 others [in my audition for the role of Gong-gil]. Come to think of it, I think I have this look of extremes. People tell me that when I laugh or lift up people’s moods, I look like the happiest person, but sometimes I look like I am carrying all the weight (worries) of the world. When those things overlap, something comes out that is unique to me. I’m grateful to hear all that. When someone asks me ‘What kind of actor do you want to be?’ I always answer, ‘An actor that keeps people curious.’ Because it means people wonder what lies beneath [my] face of duality.

 

 Q. When you work on similar genre pictures, what effort do you make to show a different side of you?

 

JG – People I work with on set are my first viewers. I should trust them and keep all the possibilities I have wide open. I cannot find solutions on my own. I leave everything up to those who know about the set I’m on, the story and the character in the project I work on. Then I gradually start to grasp [their meanings] little by little. That’s how I work. In the end, it’s Lee Joon Gi who does the acting, so my performance inevitably shows what makes me Lee Joon Gi. That’s why I try not to miss a single word the director and the staff say. Once I miss it, I will end up just repeating the same kind of performance.

 

 Q. Have you ever experienced mannerisms (*Koreans use ‘mannerism’ to indicate old habits that make you feel you’re stuck in a rut)

 

JG – I think every actor is afraid to become a parody of themselves. It was when I reunited with director Kim Jin-min for Lawless Lawyer, whom I had worked with on Time between Dog and Wolf. Since the previous drama was a huge success, I worried what if I could not surpass ‘Lee Joon Gi’ back then? I remember meeting one of my co-stars Choi Min Soo. He was working on some craft in his studio, with eyeglasses on. He said, “Oh you’re here. Have a seat.” Then he said, “You look like you’re stranded in a desert.” As if he’d seen right through me. He told me about what he’d been like when he was my age. Later on, he told me, “Keep up the good work. You’re doing a great job. You’re becoming more and more like a wolf.” What he told me gave me confidence.

 

 Q. Can Lee Joon Gi, as he is now, ever outdo Lee Joon Gi as he was in the past? It’s really a tough question to ask yourself.

 

JG – If you are just doing the very basics of your job while your creative sensibility has gone numb, then you are seriously in trouble. Of course, I’ve lived as an actor long enough, so I can use my techniques, but I should not act like a mere technician. Am I as fiercely committed as I was before? I think it’s the kind of problem facing everyone – not just actors. Don’t you ask yourself questions like that when you do your job? No matter what kind of job we do, we all should always keep trying hard to make ourselves new.

 

 Q. You’re such a skilled action performer as well. Why do you try not to use stunt doubles?

 

JG – Action performance is acting as well. It’s not just about fist fights. You have to keep the continuity of emotions between scenes in mind. When you’re asked, ‘Why do you need an action scene here?’ or ‘Why does this person fight so desperately?’ You should be able to answer it. When you do your own stunts, the camera never stays away from you. When you do, you don’t need a full (wide) shot of you, or a shot of you from behind, or fragmentary shots of you. But of course, it’s up to you. For me, I do my own stunts because I love taekwondo, jiu jitsu, muay thai, and boxing and I love using my body. You shouldn’t do more than you can handle.

 

 Q. I hear you have a lot of ‘scars of honor’ on your body

 

JG – My legs are full of small scars. I get scratches, tears, bruises all the time. But doing action is always fun and thrilling. While there are exhilarating action performances coming from actors with a bulked-up physique like Ma Dong Seok, knocking people out with a single blow, I am the type of actor who should come up with different kinds of movements, sharp and precisely-controlled, which help me get out of the situation I’m in. That’s why I have to constantly match movements with my co-stars. I work with my martial arts director to do that.

 

 Q. Maybe you’ll become Korea’s Tom Cruise someday.

 

JG – I really admire him as an actor. He’s 58, yet he still does all those amazing stunts himself. Recently, he went to the space station to film his movie. He’s such an admirable person no matter what genre he works in.

 

 Q. You look so excited talking like that. How satisfied are you with your job?

 

JG – 100%.

 

 Q. How can you love your job so much?

 

JG – You take ‘Actor Lee Joon Gi’ away from me, Lee Joon Gi the human being is just so boring. It may sound like a cliché, but when I play a character in a new project, I get to live a different, new life. Also, it’s an indescribable feeling having this sense of achievement, thrill, and sense of fulfilment I feel when I realize I am making a contribution right in the center of the project in which everyone is running towards this one shared goal.

 

 Q. You really are so hard-working.

 

JG – Because it’s so fun.

 

 Q. You do all this because it’s just fun?

 

JG – I wouldn’t work as hard if I didn’t think it’s fun. You can’t enjoy it if you think of it as just work. I work hard at having fun.

 

 Q. What does acting mean to Lee Joon Gi?

 

JG – At first, I thought I had to read a lot of books and study a lot. Starting with the Stanislavski method, I learned about monologues and various other techniques as I studied acting. I failed so many times I was almost ashamed of myself, and I did a lot of physical and emotional training as well. But I realized that acting is not about standing up there alone and hypnotizing other people, but about having everyone doing their part and playing in harmony like an orchestra. To me, acting is like an orchestra.

 

 Q. I’m curious. If a person is so attached to their job like you, they have their own desires so they easily find themselves clashing with others in their collaborative process. What’s your secret to achieving harmony, even though you have such enthusiasm for and pride in your craft?  

 

JG – This is something actors talk about a lot when having a drink together. Hahaha. Every actor has their own style. Some actors stick with method acting, bringing this energy as if to say, ‘I will get rid of whatever that gets in the way of my performance.’ At first, I also tried to emulate that, but through experience, I realized that this is about a ‘community’s work’ and you need to create harmony in that process. Sometimes, I also do things my way, but that should not break the balance. There’s always something I can learn from people who have different thoughts. It’s about having a diverse group of people coming together and creating. I also have this sense of responsibility as an actor that I have to create harmony.

 

 Q. Éric Rohmer (French filmmaker) once said cinema is the ‘art of rejection’ because when you make a movie, you have to choose only one take (for one scene). Suppose that actor Lee Joon Gi has this one type of performance in mind, but the director instructs you to do it differently. What would you do?

 

JG – You get so many takes and so many shots (cuts) on set. Some of them get ditched, some get a new life, and some get switched up and re-arranged in a different order. When I have something I definitely want to try, I make a suggestion. I go up to the director and say, ‘I would like to film this in case we need spare shots. You don’t have to use it, but isn’t it better for us to have as many sources as possible?’ Or I’ll go to the cinematographer and say, ‘What if we have one more of this? Wouldn’t it be much more interesting?’ Or I will go to my co-star and ask, ‘If we film this from a different angle, it will probably show our emotions more effectively. What do you think? Is it okay with you? Okay.’ Then I will try those things. Of course, those takes will probably get ditched. But it’s different when you try those and then get rid of them. When one of such takes makes it [in the final product] later on, nothing feels more thrilling and rewarding.

 

 Q. You’re a master of negotiation.

 

JG – It’s more like badgering. Sometimes the director would say, ‘We’re finished with it. What do you mean, you want to film more?’ Hahaha.

 

 Q. Still, it takes a skill to pull that off without annoying them.

 

JG – If there is anything I want to give another try, then I should be more humble and ask for their understanding. And I still should do that.

 

 Q. Still? It’s been 18 years since your debut, though?

 

JG – I still have a long way to go. I have so much to do. As I get older, I will have more diverse roles to play, and I will face a time when I start moving down [the career ladder]. When I do move to a position where I have to support [other actors], I will have to think hard how to do a good job. Because I want to live as an actor for a long, long time.

 

 Q. Are there any directors you want to work with in the future?

 

JG – I was at this awards ceremony, accepting an award and standing in front of the mic. I saw so many directors and actors sitting right before me. Those are the people I will meet in the future. If I continue to work hard in this job, without causing any trouble, then I might get to work with any of them at least once. It would be an honor if they work with me and perform alongside me. There isn’t any specific person I prefer. It’s about creating new things together. [I don’t have anyone particular in mind] As long as our work together is a new challenge to both of us.

 

 Q. What if you reunite with Lee Joon Ik, who directed King and the Clown?

 

JG – The director told me this: ‘Why work together again? How could I possible make you better than Gong-gil? You’re doing a good enough job already. Let’s meet again when you get older.’ When I get older and reunite with director Lee Joon Ik, I also wonder what kind of story we’ll create together. Wonder what it’s going to be like if we meet as a director – who helped get the potential of an emerging actor etched in the public mind – and as an older, middle-aged actor. That’s why I have so much to do in the future.

 

 Q. I hear you enjoy drinking alone at home after pouring all your passion on set and getting back from work?

 

JG – In my 20s, I used to prefer soju [not clear], but now I prefer beer. That simple refreshing and cool feeling. It’s perfect when I want to feel a sense of achievement after finishing my day’s work. I also get to reflect on the day past. Or I’ll read the script for the next filming day.

 

 Q. What beer do you drink?

 

JG – As you expected, Cass Light. Because I gain weight if drink beer every day!

 

Credit: @allaboutjoongi

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Lee Joon Gi’s Arena Homme+ November 2020 Issue Interview - Eng translation.

(to be updated)

 

Q. There’s something peculiar about your eyes. You hear that a lot, don’t you?

 

JG - In the past, I thought of my eyes as a drawback. When I started out, big eyes with double eyelids were preferred but small, slanted eyes like mine were not. I think I might have contributed a bit to the popularity of monolids. Hahaha.

 

 Q. Do you like your eyes?

 

JG - I do. I love the way I can control them delicately. The uniqueness my eyes have can make my expression look either over-the-top or just one-note. If I control this uniqueness delicately and use it for a multilayered performance, it can be more effective than any other means of expression.

 

 Q. I asked my junior, a fan of yours, what makes actor Lee Joon Gi attractive, and she/he said, “He acts with everything he has on his face – facial expressions, muscles, wrinkles. I thought about it and it sounded about right.

 

JG – Hahaha. Those who watch my work repeatedly post video clips of those small things they found in my performance. But it wasn’t something I did deliberately. It’s not like, I’m going to push up my right eyebrow twice, or I’m going to move the wrinkles around my left cheekbone just a little. I can’t just make it happen. I can do it because the director, production staff, and my co-stars who helped me get immersed in the emotion I felt at the moment. Those kind of facial expressions can only come out when I’m completely immersed.

 

 Q. You said hi and were so friendly to the staff you’d never met before when you walked into the studio.

 

JG – Some people love it, but some get annoyed. I often get told, ‘Please sit still.’ Hahaha. Like I’m some beagle or something. I run around after staff, whether it’s camera crew or lighting crew. When I’m playing around like that, the staff eventually find what part of this actor (JG) they want to capture on camera today. In the end, I should be more proactive to make everyone more productive. For me, that kind of attitude is most important.

 

 Q. Actors who put getting along with others first are so rare. Why do you do that? [put getting along with others first]

 

JG – You cannot give a perfect performance for every project you do. You always end up with some regrets. Your work may be loved by people, or it may not. But I think at least those who work with me for over half a year, staying closer to me than I’m to my own family – they should find it fun and rewarding to work with me. I really love being on set. I hope everyone who works with me takes home great memories from working on the project.

 

 Q. You care so much for your fans. It’s rare to see an actor holding fan meets like concert tours.

 

JG – I enjoy performing in front of my fans. I sing and dance, but of course I can’t be as good as a pro musician. It just makes me happy planning, preparing, and staging a show for my fans and partying with them. Recently, I can’t hold fan meets because of COVID-19, so I started doing Instagram lives. (The latest one) I went on for about two hours. I was actually stopped by my little sister, who sat next to me and kept saying, please stop. Had she not stopped me, I would have gone on all night.

 

 Q. I think you just have it in you. You would have made a successful idol.

 

JG – I feel empty after finishing a project. I’m back to ‘0’ once I leave that space where I had so much fun daily working with people towards one shared goal, once I say goodbye to them. That’s why when I meet my fans before I start a new project, I feel like ‘I am alive.’ It’s not like I want to show off my dancing or singing skills. Hahaha.

 

 Q. Why do you love people so much?

 

JG – I love people and I need people. All my life I always mingle with people around me and those moments of mingling with people make me who I am. I guess you can call it a ‘tail’. That tail guides me, awakens me, and stimulates me. In real life, I love having deep conversations. While talking about what’s going on in our lives, we sometimes end up having some debate. Once I’ve had a drink with [friends] I get a hoarse voice the next day. I much prefer reading people to books. I love seeing how people have different thoughts and lives.  

 

 Q. What kind of people are you curious about?

 

JG – Everyone. Everyone’s life is special and new. Lives can be similar, but there is no such thing as an identical life. There must be lives that I have never imagined. The place where I can most quickly read and hear people’s thoughts is the set. I learn a lot just by observing those people. It also becomes an ingredient of my acting work.

 

 Q. You get lonely easily, don’t you?

 

JG – That’s right. I did the MBTI test the other day. Mine was an INFP and people didn’t believe it. Haha. That’s why I try to communicate a lot with people. I get rid of loneliness by interacting with fans and people around me.

 

 Q. Lee Joon Gi was an exceptionally shy child… Were you?

 

JG – Hahaha. I just have no idea who took the photo! I don’t even know why my father put his child on his hands. After that photo became a meme, I asked my father about it, and he said, I stood upright right away when he had me standing on his hands. That photo showed the future of Gong-gil, the tightrope walking clown in King and the Clown. I wasn’t a very hardworking student, hung out with only a small set of friends, and was a quiet and introverted kid at both home and school. In high school, I joined the broadcasting club and read passages from books. I felt like conveying something with my voice filled the inside of me. Then, in my third (senior) year of high school, I watched this play Hamlet and made up my mind to become an actor. At 20, I moved to Seoul from Busan. I became more extroverted making a living as an actor. It was fate and it was a blessing.

 

 Q. You often do wild genre pictures or action packed historical dramas. Do those projects come to you, or do you actually pursue them?

 

JG – I get a lot of offers [in those genres]. I get told I’m an actor best suited for those genre pictures and historical dramas. I also end up choosing such projects when I am looking for something that I find interesting. I also want to do more action performances while I’m physically capable. It’s so fun using my own body.

 

 Q. Why do directors want you to play a character who has a sad backstory, overcomes hardships, goes through an awakening, and grows stronger? What kind of duality do they see in you?

 

JG – It’s been like that since King and the Clown. Directors want to bring out some feelings at extremes in me. Director Kim Chul Gyu, of Flower of Evil, told me he was curious about the duality in me, and director Lee Joon Ik (King and the Clown) told me ‘I feel ‘sorrow’ when I see you.’ I guess that’s why I was able to beat out 3,000 others [in my audition for the role of Gong-gil]. Come to think of it, I think I have this look of extremes. People tell me that when I laugh or lift up people’s moods, I look like the happiest person, but sometimes I look like I am carrying all the weight (worries) of the world. When those things overlap, something comes out that is unique to me. I’m grateful to hear all that. When someone asks me ‘What kind of actor do you want to be?’ I always answer, ‘An actor that keeps people curious.’ Because it means people wonder what lies beneath [my] face of duality.

 

 Q. When you work on similar genre pictures, what effort do you make to show a different side of you?

 

JG – People I work with on set are my first viewers. I should trust them and keep all the possibilities I have wide open. I cannot find solutions on my own. I leave everything up to those who know about the set I’m on, the story and the character in the project I work on. Then I gradually start to grasp [their meanings] little by little. That’s how I work. In the end, it’s Lee Joon Gi who does the acting, so my performance inevitably shows what makes me Lee Joon Gi. That’s why I try not to miss a single word the director and the staff say. Once I miss it, I will end up just repeating the same kind of performance.

 

 Q. Have you ever experienced mannerisms (*Koreans use ‘mannerism’ to indicate old habits that make you feel you’re stuck in a rut)

 

JG – I think every actor is afraid to become a parody of themselves. It was when I reunited with director Kim Jin-min for Lawless Lawyer, whom I had worked with on Time between Dog and Wolf. Since the previous drama was a huge success, I worried what if I could not surpass ‘Lee Joon Gi’ back then? I remember meeting one of my co-stars Choi Min Soo. He was working on some craft in his studio, with eyeglasses on. He said, “Oh you’re here. Have a seat.” Then he said, “You look like you’re stranded in a desert.” As if he’d seen right through me. He told me about what he’d been like when he was my age. Later on, he told me, “Keep up the good work. You’re doing a great job. You’re becoming more and more like a wolf.” What he told me gave me confidence.

 

 Q. Can Lee Joon Gi, as he is now, ever outdo Lee Joon Gi as he was in the past? It’s really a tough question to ask yourself.

 

JG – If you are just doing the very basics of your job while your creative sensibility has gone numb, then you are seriously in trouble. Of course, I’ve lived as an actor long enough, so I can use my techniques, but I should not act like a mere technician. Am I as fiercely committed as I was before? I think it’s the kind of problem facing everyone – not just actors. Don’t you ask yourself questions like that when you do your job? No matter what kind of job we do, we all should always keep trying hard to make ourselves new.

 

 Q. You’re such a skilled action performer as well. Why do you try not to use stunt doubles?

 

JG – Action performance is acting as well. It’s not just about fist fights. You have to keep the continuity of emotions between scenes in mind. When you’re asked, ‘Why do you need an action scene here?’ or ‘Why does this person fight so desperately?’ You should be able to answer it. When you do your own stunts, the camera never stays away from you. When you do, you don’t need a full (wide) shot of you, or a shot of you from behind, or fragmentary shots of you. But of course, it’s up to you. For me, I do my own stunts because I love taekwondo, jiu jitsu, muay thai, and boxing and I love using my body. You shouldn’t do more than you can handle.

 

 Q. I hear you have a lot of ‘scars of honor’ on your body

 

JG – My legs are full of small scars. I get scratches, tears, bruises all the time. But doing action is always fun and thrilling. While there are exhilarating action performances coming from actors with a bulked-up physique like Ma Dong Seok, knocking people out with a single blow, I am the type of actor who should come up with different kinds of movements, sharp and precisely-controlled, which help me get out of the situation I’m in. That’s why I have to constantly match movements with my co-stars. I work with my martial arts director to do that.

 

 Q. Maybe you’ll become Korea’s Tom Cruise someday.

 

JG – I really admire him as an actor. He’s 58, yet he still does all those amazing stunts himself. Recently, he went to the space station to film his movie. He’s such an admirable person no matter what genre he works in.

 

 Q. You look so excited talking like that. How satisfied are you with your job?

 

JG – 100%.

 

 Q. How can you love your job so much?

 

JG – You take ‘Actor Lee Joon Gi’ away from me, Lee Joon Gi the human being is just so boring. It may sound like a cliché, but when I play a character in a new project, I get to live a different, new life. Also, it’s an indescribable feeling having this sense of achievement, thrill, and sense of fulfilment I feel when I realize I am making a contribution right in the center of the project in which everyone is running towards this one shared goal.

 

 Q. You really are so hard-working.

 

JG – Because it’s so fun.

 

 Q. You do all this because it’s just fun?

 

JG – I wouldn’t work as hard if I didn’t think it’s fun. You can’t enjoy it if you think of it as just work. I work hard at having fun.

 

 Q. What does acting mean to Lee Joon Gi?

 

JG – At first, I thought I had to read a lot of books and study a lot. Starting with the Stanislavski method, I learned about monologues and various other techniques as I studied acting. I failed so many times I was almost ashamed of myself, and I did a lot of physical and emotional training as well. But I realized that acting is not about standing up there alone and hypnotizing other people, but about having everyone doing their part and playing in harmony like an orchestra. To me, acting is like an orchestra.

 

 Q. I’m curious. If a person is so attached to their job like you, they have their own desires so they easily find themselves clashing with others in their collaborative process. What’s your secret to achieving harmony, even though you have such enthusiasm for and pride in your craft?  

 

JG – This is something actors talk about a lot when having a drink together. Hahaha. Every actor has their own style. Some actors stick with method acting, bringing this energy as if to say, ‘I will get rid of whatever that gets in the way of my performance.’ At first, I also tried to emulate that, but through experience, I realized that this is about a ‘community’s work’ and you need to create harmony in that process. Sometimes, I also do things my way, but that should not break the balance. There’s always something I can learn from people who have different thoughts. It’s about having a diverse group of people coming together and creating. I also have this sense of responsibility as an actor that I have to create harmony.

 

 Q. Éric Rohmer (French filmmaker) once said cinema is the ‘art of rejection’ because when you make a movie, you have to choose only one take (for one scene). Suppose that actor Lee Joon Gi has this one type of performance in mind, but the director instructs you to do it differently. What would you do?

 

JG – You get so many takes and so many shots (cuts) on set. Some of them get ditched, some get a new life, and some get switched up and re-arranged in a different order. When I have something I definitely want to try, I make a suggestion. I go up to the director and say, ‘I would like to film this in case we need spare shots. You don’t have to use it, but isn’t it better for us to have as many sources as possible?’ Or I’ll go to the cinematographer and say, ‘What if we have one more of this? Wouldn’t it be much more interesting?’ Or I will go to my co-star and ask, ‘If we film this from a different angle, it will probably show our emotions more effectively. What do you think? Is it okay with you? Okay.’ Then I will try those things. Of course, those takes will probably get ditched. But it’s different when you try those and then get rid of them. When one of such takes makes it [in the final product] later on, nothing feels more thrilling and rewarding.

 

 Q. You’re a master of negotiation.

 

JG – It’s more like badgering. Sometimes the director would say, ‘We’re finished with it. What do you mean, you want to film more?’ Hahaha.

 

 Q. Still, it takes a skill to pull that off without annoying them.

 

JG – If there is anything I want to give another try, then I should be more humble and ask for their understanding. And I still should do that.

 

 Q. Still? It’s been 18 years since your debut, though?

 

JG – I still have a long way to go. I have so much to do. As I get older, I will have more diverse roles to play, and I will face a time when I start moving down [the career ladder]. When I do move to a position where I have to support [other actors], I will have to think hard how to do a good job. Because I want to live as an actor for a long, long time.

 

 Q. Are there any directors you want to work with in the future?

 

JG – I was at this awards ceremony, accepting an award and standing in front of the mic. I saw so many directors and actors sitting right before me. Those are the people I will meet in the future. If I continue to work hard in this job, without causing any trouble, then I might get to work with any of them at least once. It would be an honor if they work with me and perform alongside me. There isn’t any specific person I prefer. It’s about creating new things together. [I don’t have anyone particular in mind] As long as our work together is a new challenge to both of us.

 

 Q. What if you reunite with Lee Joon Ik, who directed King and the Clown?

 

JG – The director told me this: ‘Why work together again? How could I possible make you better than Gong-gil? You’re doing a good enough job already. Let’s meet again when you get older.’ When I get older and reunite with director Lee Joon Ik, I also wonder what kind of story we’ll create together. Wonder what it’s going to be like if we meet as a director – who helped get the potential of an emerging actor etched in the public mind – and as an older, middle-aged actor. That’s why I have so much to do in the future.

 

 Q. I hear you enjoy drinking alone at home after pouring all your passion on set and getting back from work?

 

JG – In my 20s, I used to prefer soju [not clear], but now I prefer beer. That simple refreshing and cool feeling. It’s perfect when I want to feel a sense of achievement after finishing my day’s work. I also get to reflect on the day past. Or I’ll read the script for the next filming day.

 

 Q. What beer do you drink?

 

JG – As you expected, Cass Light. Because I gain weight if drink beer every day!

 

Credit: @allaboutjoongi

@violina, thanks for sharing the translation of this interview from a spread. Reading this, I've learned more about LJK.  :blush:

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1 hour ago, willenette said:

@violina, thanks for sharing the translation of this interview from a spread. Reading this, I've learned more about LJK.  :blush:

There is more:). Brace yourself. An influx of interviews means a drama was successful. I am happy to see it.

EXCLUSIVE Lee Joon Gi and Moon Chae Won's Philippine Interview

We talk to the ‘Flower of Evil’ star couple about the characters they play, their most memorable experiences shooting the drama, and the pressures and joys of being an actor!

 

Justin Alexandra Convento

October 21, 2020, 12:40 AM
 

It's been a month since the drama has ended and our hearts are still reeling. We may never recover from our Flower of Evil hangover! And we wouldn't want to, anyway, because Lee Joon Gi and Moon Chae Won have truly captured our hearts with their amazing talent, range, and unforgettable on-screen chemistry.

 

Moon Chae Won and Lee Joon Gi in 'Flower of Evil'
Moon Chae Won and Lee Joon Gi in 'Flower of Evil' | Stills courtesy of IQIYI

 

In this exclusive interview, both actors get candid about their stellar performances in the recently concluded drama. We gain more insight into the characters they play, learn of their most memorable experiences shooting the drama, and hear from them the pressures and joys they experience as doing what they love—acting!

 


 

Interview with Lee Joon-Gi:

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1. What was the biggest challenge for you in playing this character? When you read the script, was there anything that you felt difficult to agree with?

 

Although I found the plot quite interesting when reading the script, and I was also fascinated by the story, I still felt it’d be difficult to play the character. However, to present the audience with a whole new image completely different from the previous works, I decided to take the challenge in the end. Baek Hee-sung does not show his feelings easily, so to interpret this character’s feelings better, I paid special attention to details during the performance. It’d be hard to understand the character from the story pieces of Baek Hee-sung and Do Hyun-soo alone. Rather, I grasped the character’s characteristics and feelings naturally as I read through the script.

 

2. Flower of Evil is a couple-oriented thriller series. Can you tell us whether it focuses more on the suspense part or the romance between the two protagonists?

 

The suspense part makes up 20% of the series, while the romance part 80%. The story between the protagonists is very dark and depressing, yet the series still ends with “romance,” true to the “high-energy suspense reasoning TV series” title. In this series, as the truth the husband has hidden for 14 years gradually surfaces, the relationship between the couple is also constantly changing.

 

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3. Among the character’s multiple identities: father, husband, and murder suspect, do you feel it’s more difficult to interpret the romance with the wife “Cha Ji-won” (Moon Chae Won), or is the relationship with the daughter more challenging? Do you prefer the identity of husband or father? Did you find it difficult to play a character with such an extreme side?

 

Frankly speaking, I don’t think I’m mature enough to interpret the roles of husband and father perfectly. It’s already hard to interpret just one of them. Playing both of the roles this time has been a great challenge for me. But I feel it’s something that an actor must go through in their career. This series was the first work I starred in after my long break. I wanted to show the audience a new look, and that was why I chose to play this character.

 

4. Your character has a dark criminal history, yet he fell in love with a policewoman full of justice. Why do you think your character will fall for someone who is the absolute opposite of himself?

 

For Do Hyun-soo, Cha Ji-won is the only one he has ever met who has no prejudice against him.  Ji-won’s innocence is like a precious gift to Hyun-soo. It’s the first time he has experienced such emotion, and also one of the major reasons he finally decided to marry her. For Hyun-soo, Ji-won’s appearance is predestined.

 

 

5. This is your second collaboration with Moon Chae Won in three years after 'Criminal Minds,' what do you think of your new husband-and-wife relationship? Has the tacit understanding between you two changed? Has your impression of her changed? What changes or growth has she made that make you impressed? Does the spark between you two has any obvious fit or sublimation parts compared to three years ago? What do you think Moon Chae Won’s greatest charm is?

 

During the shooting of 'Criminal Minds,' I promised Chae Won that we’d play a romance series together in the future. The opportunity came faster than we’d expected, and I was glad that we could work together again. This time we played a couple who had been married for 14 years. We both found the character settings quite fresh, and were also very happy to have the honor to play the characters. Through the cooperation of 'Criminal Minds,' we had fully understood each other’s strengths, which was of great help to the shooting of this series. And we often gave each other performance suggestions. We both put in a lot of effort to portray a couple who had been married for 14 years as naturally as possible. Chae Won’s acting skills are calm and delicate, and I think our cooperation has a synergy effect. We had a great time working together, and the shooting was completed quite smoothly.

 

6. With the wife a police officer of the serious crimes unit, did the two characters’ “police-and-criminal” identities and husband-and-wife relationship drive you crazy? Or do you feel more inspired and confident the more complex emotions the character has? Is this the character with the most explosive force you’ve played so far?

 

The character I played in the series loves his wife deeply while hiding his past. It was a great challenge for me to combine the two sides perfectly and interpret them naturally. During the preparation, besides studying the character’s eyes and expressions, I also conducted detailed and in-depth research on the character’s reaction to the interacting actors, the image shaping of the character itself, etc. This work was a great challenge to me, but looking back on the works and characters I’ve played in the past, it seems I’ve always been challenging myself. As an actor, I’ve always been working hard to present my new look. I hope that the audience can see my effort through this work and enjoy the work.

 

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7. In the series, Hee-sung covered up his past and feelings for a long time. He’s a good liar—do you think you’re similar to him in any way?

 

I’m no liar. If I lie about something, it’s usually spilled quite easily, and others will soon find out. If I encounter a situation similar to Baek Hee-sung’s in the series in real life, I shouldn’t be able to hide my past that long. (Laughs.)

 

8. What’s your most memorable experience during the shooting of this series?

 

For me, every day spent on the shooting site is unforgettable and precious. Everyone was working toward a common goal, and everyone was trying to do their best. Seeing the way everyone worked, I also felt encouraged, the shooting site suddenly full of energy. As everyone on the shooting site had been passing on this positive energy, we completed the shooting of the series in a relaxed and pleasant atmosphere.

 

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9. Can you share your daily life over the past few months during the pandemic? Have you found anything new about yourself because of that? New strengths or weaknesses? And have you developed new hobbies or skills?

 

Affected by the pandemic, I’ve not been able to continue practicing my favorite Jiu-Jitsu these days, nor go travel. But just because of this, I’ve spent more time at home. I took advantage of the time and made sufficient preparations for the shooting of 'Flower of Evil,' not only reading through the script carefully but also fully studying the characters. I look forward to meeting my fans soon after finishing the shooting of 'Flower of Evil.'

 

10. You’re a father in this series—how was your cooperation with the little actor who played Eun-ha? Did you feel comfortable with her?

 

The name of the little actor who played Eun-ha is Seo-yeon. I think my cooperation with her was full of surprises. She was really smart. Compared to adult actors, she could understand and perform various emotions faster. I really like children. I often played with Seo-yeon on the site, and the staff also knew that we got along quite well. So we didn’t find it difficult when playing father and daughter, and we both could express our feelings naturally.

 

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11. Fun question! The title of the series is 'Flower of Evil'—if you have to describe yourself as a flower, what flower will you choose and why?

 

I’d like to choose the rose. As rose not only is my favorite flower, but also symbolizes passion. I feel it suits me well.

 

12. Dedicating close to 20 years to acting, do you have any unaccomplished dreams or wishes? Can you share with us how you faced and overcame the pressures of being an actor? What are your principles of work and life? Is your happiness in your own hands?

 

First of all, I think the happiest and most satisfying moment as an actor is every time I meet the fans. I’m very grateful that my fans can enjoy and love my performance, and that I’m able to receive the support of so many fans. And in order not to let down the fans, I’ve always been living and working hard. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a great way for me to deal with stress. But recently, I’ve not been able to keep practicing Jiu-Jitsu because of the shooting. By practicing Jiu-Jitsu, I’ve not only improved my strength, but also learned many things in other fields. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is the safest among combat sports and can improve body balance, so I highly recommend that you try it. As for my principles of work and life, my one principle is to stay humble and treat people with kindness. I’ve been trying my best to adhere to this principle whether in my daily life or during on-site shooting. It not only makes people around me work more happily, but also helps my works achieve better results.

 

Source: Metro.style

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15 hours ago, violina said:

There is more:). Brace yourself. An influx of interviews means a drama was successful. I am happy to see it.

@violina, thank you,  loving all the great reads! The more you read about JG, the more you can feel his passion  and the dedication to become " a better actor and a better person" , the more I admire and respect him.

 

And Flower of Evil 's just sooo good, easily the best drama for 2020, and the casts all delivered a stellar performance, these interviews really help my withdrawal symptoms...  keep them coming please:rolleyes:

 

 

 

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12 Korean Actors Who Never Seem To Age

 

Although it is often said that beauty fades with time, many Korean actors have yet to even begin to lose their good looks despite being nearly 40 or, unbelievably, having already attained the rank of quadragenarian. Don’t just take my word for it though. Read on to see which Korean actors seem immune to the effects of ageing, and decide for yourself whether the old adage “age is just a number” rings true after all.

 

 

Lee Joon Gi (38)

It’s been 15 years since Lee Joon Gi’s major acting debut in “The King and the Clown,” but the only obvious difference between the Lee Joon Gi of then and now is the length of his hair. Talk about being ageless — imagine looking as good at nearly 40 as you did in your early 20s!

 

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credit : soompi news

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[SBS Star] Lee Joon Gi Shares How His Personality Changed After Becoming an Actor

 

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Actor Lee Joon Gi shared how his personality changed after kicking off his acting career. On October 22, fashion magazine ARENA shared Lee Joon Gi's recent interview.
 

During the interview, Lee Joon Gi mentioned that he is 100 percent satisfied with the path that he had chosen to walk on. Lee Joon Gi said, "I believe acting is like an orchestra, because not only actors/actresses, but also the production crew all have to harmonize well together." He added with a smile, "I love what I do for a living. It's really satisfying."
 

Then, Lee Joon Gi said he now does not have the same personality as himself before made his debut. Lee Joon Gi said, "I actually used to be very quiet. I was an introverted person. After I became actor though, I became much outgoing and extroverted." He continued, "I love people. Nowadays, I feel lonely and bored if I don't act or take time to communicate with fans." He went on, "The reason why I talk to my staff and fans a lot is to get rid of the feeling of loneliness."
 

Following his debut with a commercial in 2001, Lee Joon Gi featured in a great number of hit dramas and films including 'The King and the Clown' (2005), 'Time Between Dog and Wolf' (2007), 'Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo' (2016), 'Flower of Evil' (2020) and more.

 

 

(Credit= ARENA)

(SBS Star)
 

 

 

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'2020 APAN Awards' to be held next month, popularity award voting begins

 

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Lee Joon Gi is among the nominees for the 2020 APAN popularity award (vote via the IDOLCHAMP app)
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2020 APAN Awards’ has released a teaser poster and announced the nominees for the popularity award, whose winner is determined by the vote of fans.
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The 2020 APAN Awards is taking place for two days, from November 28 to 29, and will air live in about 200 countries as an ‘untact’ (without physical contact) ceremony.
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Voting for the popularity award started on October 27 and continues until November 27, through the IDOL CHAMP app. The winner will be determined 100% by the vote.
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The winner in the actor category is also determined by the vote. There are three categories in total: male and female actors and OST categories. Among the nominees are: Kang Ha Neul, Go Ara, Kim Go Eun, Kim Da Mi, Kim Min Jae, Kim Soo Hyun, Kim Hee Sun, Kim Hee Ae, Namkoong Min, Nam Joo Hyuk, Moon Chae Won, Park Bo Gum, Park Seo Joon, Park So Dam, Park Eun Bin, Park Min Young, Bae Suzy, Seo Kang Joon, Seo Ye Ji, Seol Hyun, Son Ye Jin, Yoo Yeon Seok, Lee Min Ho, Lee Dong Wook, Lee Sung Kyung, Lee Min Jung, Lee Seung Gi, Lee Joon Gi, Jang Ki Yong, Jang Dong Yoon, Jeon Mi Do, Jung Hae In, Jo Bo Ah, Jo Jung Suk, Ji Chang Wook, Joo Won, and Hyun Bin.
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As for ‘APAN Star Awards,’ the awards will be presented in a total of 27 categories for dramas that have aired from October 2019 to October 2020 on the national networks, general programming, and cable network channels, as well as web series and short form dramas.
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The previous Daesang winners include Son Hyun Joo (1st), Song Hye Kyo (2nd), Jo In Sung (3rd), Kim Soo Hyun (4th), Song Joong Ki (5th), and Lee Byung Hun (6th).

 

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Translation: @jg_kdrama (instagram)

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