Jung Il-woo prepares for his role of “Prince Lee Rin” in the Night Watchman’s Journal.

July, 2014

Jung II-woo is a person with normal body weight.  But when he has to film, especially Saeguks or Korean historical dramas he has to loose a lot of body weight to look good in the outfits required.  These are often times made of various layers,  so his frame needs to be really thin so it looks good.  He accomplishes the right body weight by dieting and exercising.  This is what he said about this process in an article by Sports Seoul:

“It was really hard because we diet for the first time in a long time.I also exercised a lot, but adjusting the amount to eat was the most difficult.As I was eating only vegetables with the menu of reduced salt meal Genki was also no, but had to be absolutely diet in order to play a person worthy of the fantasy drama. Above all I like the genre of fantasy.”

Link to the artcile: HERE

These photos of Jung II-woo shopping and exercising come from Jung II-woo’s website:

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WITAT  (What I Think About This.)


Looking at all these photos of Il-woo working out makes me realize how hard he works.  Every role is a preparation of the body as it is of the mind.  Reading, understanding the character, the plot, memorizing countless lines, getting along with all the people in the set, syncronizing his acting to other actors, getting his body in shape… even in the strength to wear these outfits in the heat! ( I realize now that he started this drama in the middle of the summer.)   How hot that must have been for all of you!