[Interview] Cha Seung Won Brings Up Kim Woo Bin, Ahn Jae Hyeon and More
Model-turned-actor Cha Seung Won brought up his junior model-turned-actors and expressed his support for them.
Cha Seung Won met with Newsen on May 22 before his newest movie Highheel premiered.
Debuting in 1988 as a model, Cha Seung Won made his way up to be one of the top actors in Korea. Having walked the path of an actor during the time when discrimination and bias were common, Cha Seung Won acted as a positive influence for his junior models, such as Kim Woo Bin, Lee Jong Suk and Ahn Jae Hyeon, to become actors.
Cha Seung Won said, “Ahn Jae Hyeon who is currently acting in You Are All Surrounded is quite afraid of me since I’m his direct senior. He stands up right away as soon as he sees me,” causing a round of laughter.
He continued, “My model juniors, like Kim Woo Bin and Ahn Jae Hyeon, are very respectful. They are good to the seniors and are even good at acting. I talk to Woo Bin on the phone sometimes or meet up with him, and it’s always good to see him. Oh Ji Ho and Kang Dong Won were also models, so now I have so many model juniors.”
About this he shared, “Their thoughts and how people view them have changed. The views have changed from the time when I first started acting. It used to be firmly closed before but nowadays the directors and writers are open about them. That’s how much more they can do. And that is naturally conveyed to the audience or the viewers, which bring out positive comments.”
Acting side by side with Lee Seung Gi in You Are All Surrounded and Ko Kyung Pyo in Highheel, Cha Seung Won commented, “I’ve known Seung Gi for a long time but Kyung Pyo was quite scared of me. (laughter) I try to be good to my juniors as much as I can. The youngest ones at the filming site can rarely voice their opinions. They could also be uncomfortable. So I try to loosen up so they can show their abilities to the fullest.”
Meanwhile, Highheel is set to premiere on June 4.
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