In a recent interview, actor Park Hyung Sik said the words that virtually every “Strong Woman Do Bong Soon” fan wanted to hear.
“I really loved Park Bo Young. She’s that lovable. She really was Do Bong Soon and, because Park Bo Young truly was Do Bong Soon, I loved her. I wanted to love her more but [the drama] unfortunately ended,” expressing his endless affection for his former co-star Park Bo Young.
When asked why he chose to work on “Strong Woman Do Bong Soon,” Park Hyung Sik talked about being drawn to the charming character Ahn Min Hyuk as well as his co-star Park Bo Young and explained, “I felt that it would be stupid of me to say no to this kind of project. And then I learned that my co-star would be actress Park Bo Young, which is when I decided that I absolutely had to do this project. Everyone around me was very jealous.”
The two actors’ chemistry lit up the screen and they perfectly pulled off romantic scenes, including kiss scenes, like a real life couple would, which caused many to wonder if the two were actually dating. Park Hyung Sik added, “[Park Bo Young] is an expert at sweet, romantic scenes and is an expert at kiss scenes.”
“Ahn Min Hyuk fell in love with Do Bong Soon at first sight and I think that, because I followed and felt Ahn Min Hyuk’s emotional trajectory, the first kiss scene naturally came out so beautifully. Because I truly cared for [Park Bo Young/Do Bong Soon],” the actor explained.
Park Hyung Sik expressed satisfaction about his role as Ahn Min Hyuk because he was a character that expressed all of emotions openly, which allowed actor Park Hyung Sik to experience a sense of emotional liberation through his character. He also stated that he was similar to his character in many ways, which is why he was able to pull off the role in such a natural way. Ahn Min Hyuk’s character was notable for lines that, if anyone else said, would be cheesy, to which Park Hyung Sik replied, “I think [being good at saying cheesy things] runs in my family. We’re always telling each other we love each other and things like that.”
When asked if he was the type to express himself a lot when in a relationship, Park Hyung Sik replied with a laugh, “I try to express as much as I can. There’s actually no point in me trying to lie about anything because everyone can see exactly what I’m thinking through my facial expression. It’s ridiculous for me to even try.”
Park Hyung-sik said that his newfound success in acting has helped him search his inner self as both an artist and a person. "I stumbled upon the question 'Who am I' when going through the mechanical motions as an idol musician. But later (through acting), the time came when I was able to seek my sense of inner self," Park said during an interview with Yonhap News Agency in southern Seoul.
The star, who recently appeared in JTBC's hit show "Strong Woman Do Bong-soon" explained he learned it was "important to maintain a sense of one's self after passing through that phase in life. I think I'm in a stable phase now. My mind isn't wandering any longer."
Idol singers have been dipping their toes in acting for quite some time, but Park is inarguably one of the standout stars among his peers.
Following his music debut in 2010 through ZE:A, the 27-year-old has built up a formidable TV drama resume starting with "Nine: Nine Time Travels" in 2013 to "Do Bong-soon," which recently ended to critical and commercial success.
Park said he felt as if his acting matured from KBS 2TV's period series "Hwarang," where he played the young King Jinheung during the Silla Kingdom (57 B.C.- A.D. 935). "Before I had difficulty expressing what I had in my head. But since 'Hwarang,' I've got the feeling that I'm moving forward from my past experiences."
"Do Bong-soon" was Park's first main lead in a TV show. Obviously, much of the show's success was hanging on his performance. Park said he heavily relied on fellow lead actress Park Bo-young psychologically.
"During script readings, Park's presence was really huge for me," Park said, adding, "Bo-young was like a teacher to me. We became close personally, but I was also amazed by her acting. I learned a lot from her."
Park's work in "Do Bong-soon" earned him the nickname "king of romcom." The star said he wants to try out other genres too.
"I'm pondering trying something with a strong melodramatic story. I also want to act in a show in which close male buddies cuss at each other and get into trouble," Park laughed.
Source: Soompi/Daum | Yonhap News
We can all agree that SWDBS was a mess, but it brought the rise of Park Hyung Sik so it wasn't a total waste.