How did you become family with Chilbongie, your puppy who would occasionally come out on your Instagram? Cosmo Editor is a fan of Chilbongie.
Actually I had a puppy that I raised at home since I was young , but as pets don’t live as long as humans… it was really hard after we had to say goodbye. So I sort of made an agreement with my parents. Let’s not raise a puppy (anymore). As you know it, things don’t go the way we want it to be. My mother adopted a puppy with a sad story after hearing about it from the people around her. All of Chilbongie’s siblings that were born together with him died. There were four or five of them but all died and he was the only one left. His mother died too. It seemed that the person who was raising Chilbongie, was in an untenable and heartbreaking situation where they could not raise him anymore. They thought that they may lose Chilbongie on top of their bad situation. My mother listened to the story and adopted him, and he was very sick when being brought in. It turned out that he had worms. He was given treatment and now he’s very healthy.
(Interview with Cosmopolitan Korea March 2017 issue – Fantastic Man – Yoo Yeon Seok)
Q. The chemistry between you and Seo Hyun Jin is also great
A. Seo Hyun Jin has an easygoing style, and she’s not the type of person who is hard to communicate with. I think she get along well with everyone, and as my character was younger, I found myself acting cute (doing agyeo) during filming (laughs). We got close that we could not tell who was older, and we filmed comfortably.
Q. You acting cute, did Seo Hyun Jin accept it well? (Laughs)
A. It made her toes curl. But I did not intentionally act cute, it was more out of unconsciousness because I was set to be a younger person. We joke around a lot too.
Q. The chemistry between the two of you was so good that you received best couple award. It seemed like you expected to win it.
A. I did not expect to win it. Ours is a medical drama and not a melodrama, so our couple’s romance didn’t show up much. Because of that, I did not expect to win, but I still wanted to win it because it is an award that signify us as actors who have chemistry together and that we have a wonderful collaboration. Luckily we received the best couple award and I also received acting award, so I felt great at the end of the year. As we were still shooting, I accepted it as to keep the chemistry between us until the end.
Q. The romance did not show up much and the love scenes are not that many. But it was especially intense.
A. Ah, that’s right. It was a little burdensome to have a kiss scene from the first episode. Although such scenes were few, we made a lot of effort to film them well. In the second half, the melo scenes were given more strength. They might be small in number but since we steadily put in a lot of effort to film them well, I receive a lot of words from the people around me saying that those scenes were refreshing and great.
(Yoo Yeon Seok’s interview with Biz Enter, January 2017)
This time through this work, one of the things that Yoo Yeon Seok gained was the energy that emanated from working in harmony with his colleagues. He says his criteria for choosing a work has now changed after filming ‘Romantic Doctor Teacher Kim’.
“If in the past my criterion in choosing a piece of work was based on personally trying to find a different character, but from now on there will be an additional criterion which is who will be there in making it. I really have felt so much energy from the team work this time. I think with whom I will make the work with will be an important factor to consider”.
(Yoo Yeon Seok’s interview with Issue Daily, February 2017)
Yoo Yeon Seok made a comeback on theater stage through cameo performances in Lee Soon Jae’s commemorative play ‘Death of A Salesman’. He acted as ‘Howard’ in the play’s two scheduled performances on 10 and 11 February 2017 at the Uijeongbu Arts Center.
Yoo Yeon Seok played a role of ‘Howard Wagner’, boss of the company where Lee Soon Jae’s character (Willy Loman) is working at. Howard was actually named by Willy, but he later fires Willy as he sees him as liability and ignores the contribution Willy has made to the company for many years. Howard is portrayed as a character who is extremely proud of his wealth.
Yoo Yeon Seok brings out his ‘Howard’ on stage in a clean-cut suit, sleek hairstyle and glasses. KingKong by Starship Entertainment, that’s how his agency is now called, released a series of Yoo Yeon Seok’s photos of during the rehearsal. He can be seen studying his script and practiced on stage.
Being on the same stage with Lee Soon Jae must have been a very special gift for Yoo Yeon Seok. He has been very open about his admiration toward Lee Soon Jae who is also his professor at Sejong University. OSEN reported that Yoo Yeon Seok feels very grateful for the opportunity to act along side Lee Soon Jae. He feels that he is being reborn as a true performer after this play. He is very happy even though he appeared only in the second act for 10 minutes in this 3-hour musical.
The play ended with an applause to all performers, and OSEN noted that the role of Howard is particularly important as he shows Willy’s situation accurately. Howard must be played with a perfect gesture and the newspaper praises Yoo Yeon Seok for nailing the role. He managed to draw the audience deeper into the play while maintaining his unique performance.
Congratulation for your successful performance, Yoo Yeon Seok!! Cannot wait to see you again on another stage.
Yoo Yeok Seok at the backstage of ‘Death of A Salesman’,
“When I look at bad comments, I take time to self-reflect. I sometimes look for and visit where bad comments exist, and sometimes visit where good words exist,” he said.
“I’m not the type to dismay over criticising opinions. Rather, I think ‘I’ll make even these people like me,'” he explained.
(Yoo Yeon Seok’s interview with SportsQ, January 2017)
Q. We look forward to seeing you more in the future. In what form, do you think you’re going to stand in front of public?
A. Nothing has been confirmed yet on my next work. I’m thinking of going travelling while taking a break and once I’ve recharge myself completely, I’ll read the works slowly. Please wait for me to return soon with a character in a good project.
(Yoo Yeon Seok interview with Zenithnews, January 2017)
Q. How do you actually feel about woman who says what she’s got to say and who does her work diligently like Yoon Seo Jung?
A. I like it. Nowadays, I like woman who does her work diligently. Doing her work diligently means she’s strict in her self-discipline so I can’t help liking that kind of woman.
(Yoo Yeon Seok interview with Zenithnews, January 2017)