Yoo Yeon Suk Was Poor Before Acting In 'Reply 1994'
Despite debuting ten years ago, popular actor Yoo Yeon Suk was in debt before he snagged his breakout role in the drama "Reply 1994."
On September 29, Yoo Yeon Suk made a guest appearance in the SBS show "Healing Camp," and he talked about the challenges he faced in the past as an unknown actor.
The hosts asked him, "You had your acting debut in the film 'Old Boy,' but you say that you don't have money?"
Yoo Yeon Suk replied, "I participated in several acting projects after my debut, but even so, it was only until 'Reply 1994' that I was able to see a big change in my bank balance."
He added, "The pay that I get from my projects isn't remarkable, and after paying my living dues, there's not much left to my salary, and I was often in debt."
After gaining popularity from his well-received character Chil Bong in "Reply 1994," tides turned for Yoo Yeon Suk, and he became one of the biggest names among actors of his age.
When asked if he earned a lot from his 2014 projects, he talked about a gift that he was able to provide for his parents, and said, "In my life, it was the happiest I had felt."
Finally, he said, "I learned that if there is something that you're passionate about doing, you should devote ten years of your life doing it, even if you don't gain anything in return. Although I didn't become rich in that ten years, there were a lot of things that I gained and learned about myself. Those ten years were very precious to me."
Before reaching mainstream success with "Reply 1994," Yoo Yeon Suk was known for his roles in the films "Architecture 101" and "A Werewolf Boy," and drama "Gu Family Book."
Currently, he stars in the films "Whistle Blower," "Secret Temptation," and "Sanguiwon."
Yoo Yeon Suk Talks About Being Rivals With Song Joong Ki On ‘Healing Camp’
Yoo Yeon Suk expressed his concern about Song Joong Ki's return from the army.
On September 29, Yoo Yeon Suk made a guest appearance in the SBS show "Healing Camp," and he talked about his "Werewolf Boy" co-star Song Joong Ki, who is currently serving in the military.
He opened the topic on enlistment, saying, "Most of the actors my age are serving in the military. Those who are active in acting usually enlist in their late 20s or early 30s, but I did my service when I was 22. Also, I served in the air force, which is three months longer than the average service, but I heard the service is getting shorter lately."
He continued, "For an actor, enlistment is a very sensitive topic, but because I am already done with my service, I can become more active while others are serving. Before the others return from their service, I have to film as many dramas and films as I can."
The MCs mentioned Song Joong Ki, one of the top actors who had to go enlist in their prime, and they said, "You must have concerns about Song Joong Ki's return then."
Yoo Yeon Suk immediately answered, "I know he will come back sometime in May," surprising the hosts on his knowledge regarding the other actor's enlistment schedule.
In addition, he was asked about the celebrities who are similar to him in age, saying, "As expected, you are being compared to actors like Lee Min Ho and Lee Seung Gi. What do you feel about that? Do you get nervous?"
He admitted, "It would be a lie to say I don't feel that, because I do; however, I have a clear goal that I want to attain. I can't think of being anything else but an actor."
Currently, Yoo Yeon Suk stars in the films "Whistle Blower," "Secret Temptation," and "Sanguiwon."
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