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A cafe in New York’s Meatpacking District. The Jung Il Woo of this moment tries to put aside his rational thoughts during his week in New York, and appears relaxed. Taking away the actor within the actor Jung Il Woo, and adding the ordinary life of a 26-year-old, equals to a 100% of ‘just being Jung Il Woo’.
“Now, I’m just trying to cast out any thoughts in my mind, out of my head. Acting, actors, people’s attention, works, being like Yang Myeong… I just want to be ‘me’.”
In the dramas <Flower Boy Ramen Shop> and <The Moon That Embraces The Sun>, he had to simultaneously embrace a variety of emotions within a few months. Even though a week in New York may not be enough for him to revitalize his tired self, Jung Il Woo tried as many new things as he possibly could during this time, making us feel slightly sorry for him.
“In the past, long after the [drama] finished, the character I played would still be on my mind. I felt sorry and hurt to have to send it away so easily. But now, I think the shorter the goodbyes are, the better. So I think I can live much better. If I don’t empty myself, it’ll take too long for me to meet new friends (characters).”
However ‘empty’ he seemed, his words were false. When he was asked about an experience in one of his past works during the shoot the cherished lines and the feelings from that time were delivered in just the same way. It is clear that nothing else matters more than the passion he has for his characters.
[translation by fyeahilwoo, please do not use without permission (even/especially if it’s wrong!)]