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Park Ki Woong of Full House TAKE 2, “Now I know why people become idol singers”
【November 19=KEJ Minja Kwak / Photo=Jo Sung Hwan / Translator Eunbee Kim】We met with actor Park Ki Woong, currently starring in the Korean-Japanese collaborative drama “Full House TAKE 2”, at a café in the Seoul Shinsadong area on the 16th. Appearing in a bright orange outfit and done up hair after filming, the actor as ever looked the part of an “idol”.
Starring as a member of idol group TAKE ONE in “Full House TAKE 2”, Park Ki Woong plays the bright and friendly pop star with great fashion sense, Won Kwang Hi. How would he feel as he transformed into an idol member receiving the utmost fame?
“I felt as if I had a taste of what being an idol was like and therefore began to understand what is so attractive about being one. There are many circumstances in which I am able to feel the praise from everyone as an actor, but through this role I was able to experience it firsthand. We filmed the first half of our China concert during the second half of shooting, so at that point I was used to being Kwang Hi, so the acting definitely came a lot easier to me.”
After experiencing the life of an idol star filled with outrageous fashions and singing and dancing, Park Ki Woong shared, “The choreography was so ridiculously hard. Noh Min Woo and I are both inexperienced and clumsy with dancing, but the compilation of dancing made us look very stylish and cool. We did practice a lot for this, though.”
Being the one who always appears with a tender look, he confessed that he has a very blunt side as well.
“Because I’m a man from Gyeongsangdo, in reality I really am a blunt man. There isn’t much skinship or intimacy, and I’m not very good at remembering and celebrating special dates. I’m someone who likes to deal with things and express emotions on my own terms. There was a time I’ve drawn a picture as a gift, and a time I once moved near an ex-girlfriend to try and win her back.”
In response to the question of what was the hardest thing to deal with during filming, Park Ki Woong said it was the “contact lenses”. In the drama Won Kwang Hi regularly used contact lenses when circumstances rendered his vision even worse. However, the actor revealed he had never personally put in contact lenses.
“Even still, I’m unable to wear contact lenses myself. During filming, our make-up artists had to put them in for me. However, I’m good at taking them out afterwards. I don’t think I’ll be able to wear contact lenses ever again for filming. They made my eyes so dry.”
Even after becoming Dorgon, Prince of Qing for the film “War of the Arrows”, Japanese music teacher Kimura Shunji in drama “Gaksital”, and even Won Kwang Hi in “Full House TAKE 2”, there are still many who have yet to realize that they are all played the same man, Park Ki Woong. This goes to show just how versatile of an actor Park Ki Woong can be, easily morphing into characters that are polar opposites.“’The kid in this drama was Park Ki Woong?’ is the kind of reaction I love to get. It’s my motto as an actor to ‘expand my horizons’ and widen my spectrum. Rather than becoming an actor known for only one specific style of acting, I want to be known as someone who can take on any role and build a range filled with an assortment of characters. I would really like for the audience to see the characters I play and wonder what kind of man Park Ki Woong really is.”
After bleaching his hair to suit his character role of an idol, he colored his hair back to an outrageous orange for his current role in the film ‘Secretly, Gently”.
The film “Secretly, Gently” is about the episodes revolving around three spies who have come to Korea and are the product of the meeting of actors Kim Soo Hyun and lee Hyun Woo. Park Ki Woong in this film is a young guitarist going by the name of Lee Ha Rang.
★The full interview with Park Ki Woong will be published in the December 16th issue of “KEJ Vol.108”.