If you didn’t watch She Was Pretty, you’re missing out on one of the best K-dramas in 2015 – which also happens to be the show that catapulted Park Seo Joon to fame since his debut in Dream High 2. But there’s still plenty to look forward to, particularly his big-screen transformation into a young detective in the upcoming thriller The Chronicles of Evil. Gone is the clean-cut, dashing heartthrob we know; what we see now is a complex, tormented character by the name of Cha Dong Jae. In an email interview, the actor dished on his first movie lead role, behind-the-scenes titbits and more.
He plays a detective you’ll love more than Sherlock
“I play the youngest member in the investigation team, who was captivated by the legendary story of Inspector Choi (Son Hyun Joo) and therefore becomes determined to be a member of the serious crime squad. But Cha Dong Jae is a complicated character. He looks cool and calm, but he’s always troubled by his inner conflicts. He’s full of stories – he evaluates and examines everything carefully before making decisions. When I was studying the role, I was worried and spent a lot of time fine-tuning my emotions in order to portray his character.“
It was one of the best experiences he had
“It was always fun during filming. I felt relieved since the actors I’m working with are very considerate [towards me]. Special mention to Ma Dong Seok sunbae who always made us laugh on set. We even nicknamed him ‘Mayomi’ (a wordplay on Kwyomi)!”
You’d never guess that he’s actually shy IRL
“I was more used to thinking [on my own] rather than expressing my emotions since I was a child. Thus, when I grew up, I was doubtful if I’d be able to become an actor because of my shy personality. But once I started pursuing a career in acting, I find that I can express various emotions through acting while experiencing different kinds of ‘lives’. This makes me more ambitious in my work.”
He looks up to Leonardo DiCarprio
“I like Leonardo DiCarprio. He acts brilliantly in The Revenant, The Wolf of Wall Street, and The Great Gatsby. He’s handsome, but he has also managed to prove that he can act well.”
Looking forward to The Chronicles of Evil yet?
“It’s a thriller that illustrates the synergy of an appealing script and a cast of veteran actors. You’ll be immersed in the complicated mentation of Inspector Choi as well as Cha Dong Jae’s emotions, all while being captivated by the tensions in the movie. I think the plot twists make the film more enjoyable and entertaining.”
Catch Park Seo Joon on The Chronicles of Evil, premiering 18 August on Thrill’s Asian Fear Fest on Singtel TV Ch 415 and StarHub Ch 618.