[08-Sep-2011] Gong Yoo – From a romantic guy to being “single dad”
Vía: Angelie@Yoohouse quien hizo la traducción al inglés. Gracias también a Summer que ayudó en la corrección y edición.
NOTA: La traducción incluye solamente el contenido de la entrevista y no la introducción del artículo por el reportero.
On the 7th, a reporter interviewed Gong Yoo at a coffee shop in Seoul. On that day, the unshaven Gong Yoo said. “I never like to shave my beard.” The following is the interview:
Q: It seems surprising that you chose this project, why did you made up your mind to star in this film?
YOO: It is not surprising. The choice I made this time is not very much different from my views and ideas of the film. After I read the novel “Dogani” when I was serving military, I contacted the author through friends to find out if she has thoughts to turn it into a film. She responded she has the intention, so I told her I am interested to act as the character “Kang In Ho”.
Q: What is your opinion of being “romantic guy”, are you this type?
YOO: I do have a romantic side. I also like romantic comedy. But the image is presented through my character and the director’s skill. I am not that romantic.
Q: It is not easy to change the role/character style, what do you think?
YOO: I do not encounter too much problem so far. I could also say it is a challenge. When I feel/think that I can do a good job, I don’t feel comfortable when I’m actually doing it. Some people feel surprised, some people doubt my ability to do a good job. In fact, I also feel anxious.
Q: Are you satisfied with the outcome/result?
YOO: If I say that I thought I have done good enough, I’ll feel I don’t face it very seriously. During movie screenings, I see many audience’s heart were moved. I heard some audience cried, some were sighing and even scolded “Damn guy”.
Q: How was the situation during filming? It was said the film was difficult due to the sexual matters and heavy theme.
YOO: We are very focused during filming, we have also done our best. But it was not very difficult. However, when watching it with the audience during screening, it feels difficult, affecting the mood and thinking like “It’s better not to watch”. It is a kind of mixed feeling watching along with the audience, like when watching the child falls on his own doesn’t make one cry, but one will cry looking at the mother.
Q: How do you feel when Gong Yoo’s name is mentioned, everyone would think of “Coffee Prince”.
YOO: I was an idol during that time. I was followed by 2-3 fans by car. But that is all influence from the drama, just like bubbles. I chose the road which everyone wanted me to go, I felt I might be consumed because of this. Although I didn’t want to be tagged as “Coffee Prince”, I will just take the previously great reputation before the new project comes out.
Q: You have been in the industry for 10 years, and you had stepped into your 30’s, do you feel that you need to change?
YOO: In the future I would like to star in independent or low-cost film. Among the movies I watched this year, I love PD Min Yong Geun’s “Re-encounter”. Is it possible to write in content “I hope to star in Min Yong Geun’s next project”? So far, I have starred in a lot of more relaxed film. It may sound like making an excuse, but which of the agents will like it if an actor say “will only star in independent film”.
Q: What had changed over the past 10 years?
YOO: When I just debuted, I do not have any desire/passion for acting. I only have the thinking “It is enough as long as I don’t get scolded” until I reached 25 years old. Since then, I kind of resent/dislike people often referring to work as those that makes money or does not make money, and I start to think whether I should continue the road as an actor. So, I became a bit more sensitive and cautious. I have done much thinking during my 2 years in military service, and I have changed a lot. I have become more relaxed now.
Q: Will this sense of ease gives an impact/influence your future acting?
YOO: The benchmark for selecting my previous project was “Role/character I can act well”, but from now onwards I will select good project and a project that can help me. Looking at the trees, you should also see the forest.
Q: What kind of actor you want to be?
A: I saw Clint Eastwood in “Gran Torino”, the wrinkles around his eyes and his trembling voice are his acting and life experiences. No matter what kind of role or script I choose after this, as an actor, I hope to grow old like Clint Eastwood.