Jung Il-woo had many interviews during this month. Some photos were from the same photo shoot. I decided to organize them by color or patterns (kind of!) Here is the First part, this is the pattern/cute green jacket batch. I included one of the interviews at the end as well. Cr. On the photos!
Interview from Mwave. By: Ko Hong Ju Translation Credit : Yeawon Jung 2014.11.09
Actor Jung Il Woo Talks Taking Lead through His Third Sageuk
With three sageuks, he has filled his filmography with various projects as he enters 9th year of acting. It′s the result that has come from hard work. Drama The Night Watchman’s Journal ended with a happy ending. Taking on the role of ghost-seeing prince Lee Rin, Jung Il Woo became king in the end, making his dream and love come true. The past four months were not easy for Jung Il Woo. Not only did he suffer injuries from action scenes but he also had to fight against lack of sleep due to straining schedules. He said, “I had to film by pinching my thighs. Filming itself was a mental challenge.” The evidence of Jung Il Woo’s consistent efforts were shown through the project. Debuting with the film The World of Silence in 2006, Jung Il Woo acted out various characters in Highkick, The Return of Iljimae, 49 Days, Flower Boy Ramen Shop, Moon Embracing the Sun, Golden Rainbow and more, expanding his acting spectrum and made another leap through this project.
Q&A with Jung Il Woo
# How have you been since the drama ended?
“I’ve been keeping myself busy. I visited Jeju island and traveled to Sokcho with the production team and cast of The Night Watchman’s Journal. I have a tight schedule, including overseas activities and interviews.”
#How do you feel? Does it feel like the project is over?
“In a way it feels like everything disappeared all of a sudden. I think modern pieces definitely linger in my mind longer. Modern dramas are about things that might happen in real life and I wear modern clothes so sometimes I cannot easily get out of it even when it’s over. On the other hand, when I film a historical piece I feel like I travel to the past using a time machine. It feels empty once it’s over.”
# It was a journey of four months, which is not short.
“I filmed by poured in my everything for four months. It would be a lie if I say I didn’t get drained of energy. I think it’s time for healing.”
# It must have been physically challenging?
“I really had to act by pinching my thighs (laughter). No matter how physically fit you are, your concentration level falls if you act without sleeping for six nights. There were times when I had to stay up all night, take a shower and go back to filming. I remember fighting myself by pinching my thighs. I fiercely worked hard in order to not lose my consciousness.”
# Is there a reason you prefer fantasy-related genres?
“I think they suit me well. The Moon Embracing the Sun was a fusion sageuk and 49 Days also included fantasy elements. When I work on such projects, I feel like I’m in a game. I felt the same when I was trying to catch the monster serpent in The Night Watchman’s Journal. (laughter)”
# Was there anything tough about acting out a character who can see ghosts?
“It was a character that went through changes as he became a ‘night watchman.’ It was hard catching ghosts in every episode. The ghost appearances meant I had to film all through the night. This is the first time I had such a tough time filming.”
# Did you get injured while filming action scenes?
“I was injured everywhere including my face, feet and hands. I had to rush to the hospital once while filming an action scene. Although I have scars everywhere, I think of them as scars of honor.”
# You’ve filmed three sageuks already. As an actor, what is so charming about sageuks?
“It a genre that portrays very delicate line of speech and emotions. Of course if differs by characters but I think sageuk characters have charms that differentiate them from others.”
# Did you have a large responsibility as the lead actor, leading your junior actors?
“That’s what I was careful about. In my case, I always ask, ‘What do you think?’ as I try to adjust myself according to the others. Even though I’m sunbae, the hubae actors have certain characters and acting direction in their mind, so I tried to act by respecting that. Acting has no answer so it’s hard to say you can teach someone and since there is no answer, it’s always difficult.”
# You’ve proven yourself as a trustworthy actor.
“Is that right? I’m still lacking and have a long way to go but I was just lucky. Time goes by really quickly. I will be 30 soon.”
# You’re entering your 9th year of acting already.
“That’s right. The director tells me to act however I like since I’ve acted for almost 10 years. He really didn’t gave me any direction until the end and respected my acting style. I think I was able to concentrate more because I felt like he had his trust in me.”
# Has anything improved compared to before in terms of acting?
“If I was in the process of finding my color before, I’m definitely more relaxed now. I personally feel like I’ve improved in terms of pronunciation and vocalization.
# Finally, is there anything else you want to say?
“I will be wrapping up this year with an Asia tour. I would like to greet you with my next project without taking a long break. I don’t know which project I will be working on yet but I’ve narrowed it down to either romantic comedy or a completely dark character. Please continue to show your support for actor Jung Il Woo’s growth.”
Interview from The Star 2014.11.14
An event, an entertainment industry where an accident happens like everyday. Among them, if actively acting as an actor of 10 years without any accident, it can be said that his life is quite successful. It is a story of Jung Il who emerged as an actor who can take full responsibility for one work by removing the modifier “Star of the star”.
In the fusion period drama “The Night Watchman’s Journal.” mixed action and fantasy, starring actors who had little experience of acting, except for Jung Il, served as an inexperienced viewer. Jung Il so far was praised as the only actor who is absorbed in drama during the drama airing period.
Jung · Il said, “Before the coach starts,” You believe it because you are the 10th year actor. Although I did not follow the direction (do not do it because I do not do it, do your best, try to play) “, I really do not do it to the end.Although there were many troubles with a difficult character, the director” good “,” Do it! “I told you to guide me and I think that I finished off the work well,” sighed a sigh of relief.
The reason why the director did not give direction to Jung Il is because he trusted his performance so much that he took the lead of his previous work “Golden Rainbow” and quickly chose him to star in “The Night Watchman’s Journal.” is there. Not only that, Jung Il was well equipped with basic matters such as promises of time, and because he was an actor who wished to penetrate works and characters, he saw such honesty and passion in the eyes of the director .
Jung Il said, “Is not the work I played all the time left, so when I appear in a work, I can not put in other jobs as much as possible except seeing the script of filming. I always grab the character while looking at the script, so why is that for those reasons? It is for those who do not do everything by slobbing when the drama is over and resting. “
The work that saw the youth star Chung · I again was the drama ” 49 days” (2011) which was aired in 2011. Jung Il celebrates “49 days as a memorable work with each interview, although it was not a starring in this work, but harmonized with the works with actors including Lee Yo Won, Ikemen scheduler We expanded the range of performance with custom-made clothes’ character called so called, and received the evaluation that the potential was accepted at the same time. Since then, I went through “Flower Boy Ramen Shop” (2011), “Moon embracing the Sun” (2012), “Golden Rainbow” (2013), while performing performance to the “The Night Watchman’s Journal.” with Jung Il I began to see again.
He said, “While doing a “The Night Watchman’s Journal.”, I got a lot of stories saying that my performance is good, a lot of power, a sense of responsibility, I felt responsibility, and my attitude towards work changed, too much more than anything and confidence It was a work that was very influenced. “
When I made a debut with “Unstoppable High Kick” (2006), I was concerned about the reason why Jung Il, who was said to be a youthful rising star, totally different actor for the first time in 3 or 4 years. As soon as the question was over, he said that there was a chance to grow.
“I grew up quietly without experiencing hardships so far, but my grandmother died before I made ” Golden rainbow. ” It was a great shock. The biggest thing is “Golden Rainbow” and I was not feeling well. I had no motivation for life and it was very panic for more than two months. I did not know when people would die, but as an actor I thought I had to work harder when I was young and active. After experiencing pain the eyes to see the world, the attitude to contact people has changed. Even just this work can be done, I thanked him, so I thought that I had to pour everything. So, after I started”The Night Watchman’s Journal.” I acted exclusively with only thinking acting without thinking anything. “
Through this work, Jung Il showed us the possibility of starring in the mini series, proved himself that both genre and character are all digestible actors. Is it because of that? I felt that Jung Il’s acting transformation started from Him.
He says, “By all means there are many restrictions in the genre, and even though the early stage is different, it will change again in the second half. Even if that is not the case, we are considering a lot of movies in the next work and also worry about playing And one of the things that changed a lot about me was that I quit smoking 7 months ago. It seems that my voice is getting better as I quit smoking but I have no pleasure in my life (lol) Drama When I was doing, I was worried that I would smoke again because I received a lot of stress, but the idea of tobacco did not come out, ” he told about future plans and changes with jokes.
After the work was finished, the era when it was natural to meet with the newsmen and interview was over. As it is troubled if there is no work, the time has come for us not to interview for the next schedule for the overseas schedule. Even in unusual practice Jung Il met with multiple media and interviewed each time the work ended. As a joke asked, “What is the reason for interviewing every time?” Jung Il responded as to why he should listen to the obvious thing.
Chung Il said, “While writing the drama, the reporter wrote the work and the articles of the actors, I think the interview is courtesy to reporters, and while working in the tenth year Many reporters who became familiar with it, please talk about my acting and work, I would like to know how I saw it. “
On this day, the sixth interview with Jung Il was more impressive than any time. Every time I saw the situation, the situation was different, the characters in the work were different, and the feeling for him was different every time. This time I met a friend I contact once a year, and I felt strongly that I talked with my friends without hesitation. Among them, did he discover his enthusiasm for performance that can not be expressed by sentences and his objective Jung Il, which is a solid objective? I want to cheer for actor Jung Yi from my heart.
“It would be nice to be an actor qualified as an actor, since becoming old enough to bear the responsibility as a human being, I feel like I should be a person who is responsible for what I have chosen, regardless of the work The fans who have been doing the same for nine years was also about to appreciate since I used to like me before, but from now on I have a lot of sense of responsibility to fans, I want to show off good works. “
So according to what Jung Il-woo said in the last interview, he stopped smoking in March of 2014. Habits like smoking are not easy to break. I am so glad! You are a stronger man now!