[Interview] Yoo Yeon Seok Spills Stories Behind Filming ‘Youth Over Flowers’
Yoo Yeon Seok spilled his thoughts on Youth Over Flowers, which has become yet another representative project of his.
With his film The Informant premiering soon, Yoo Yeon Seok attended an interview with Newsen on September 18 at a café in Samcheong-dong.
Upon hearing that the show became a hit unintentionally at around the same time the movie will premiere, Yoo Yeon Seok responded, “I was really curious to see how it came out and was honestly surprised myself.”
Yoo Yeon Seok said, “I watched the first broadcast with (Son) Ho Jung and the staff members. Baro (B1A4) couldn’t come due to his other schedule but we constantly texted each other. I felt all these emotions because I knew how each situation was like. When an actor watches his movie, he tends to focus on looking his own scenes more closely, as he reminisces the time he filmed them. The same was true for Youth Over Flowers.”
He continued, “I was watching TV in Korea, but I felt as if my body was in Laos. I remembered the time I got shocked because of the hidden camera and felt the emotions I felt back then all over again. I’m anticipating tomorrow’s broadcast too. In the case of movies, you can sort of guess what you will see because there is a scenario butYouth Over Flowers is different. Other than the fact that we had no baggage to carry and had a low budget, it was just like taking a trip so I’m curious to see how I appear.”
Rising to star status after acting as ‘Chil Bong’ in tvN’s Reply 1994, Yoo Yeon Seok showed off his charms through a variety show before presenting another acting project. After just one episode of Youth Over Flowers aired, Yoo Yeon Seok’s popularity rose as the viewers excitedly saw how Yoo Yeon Seok’s actual personality matched that of ‘Chil Bong.’
About this, Yoo Yeon Seok said, “I’m grateful that people are seeing me in a good light. My real name is ‘Ahn Yeon Seok,’ and I was able to live as ‘Ahn Yeon Seok’ instead of Yoo Yeon Seok for a week in Laos. I was worried about how people would take it, but I’m happy for the positive response. But am I really that similar to Chil Bong?”
“I naturally began taking care of Ho Jun and Baro since they were inexperienced in traveling. Ho Jun especially had a hard time adjusting to food. It was only natural for me to take care of Baro because he is young,” said Yoo Yeon Seok.
When commented that not everyone has the sweetness to peeling mangoes for others, Yoo Yeon Seok said, “I was afraid that I wouldn’t be able to eat any if I left it up to others. Mangoes were quite hard to peel off. I’ve peeled many fruits until now since I like them but it was my first time peeling mangoes. It was fortunate that I was able to peel them off well.”
“Whether it’s a movie, a drama or a variety show, it’s hard to predict the viewers’ response. So I’m more grateful. I could think of it as luck. But I don’t think I should just take this luck for granted. I will work hard so I can show you my good sides through my hard work.”
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