Park Bo Young Says She Felt Bad about Song Joong Ki′s Popularity Once
A Werewolf Boy is still in screens, and it still boasts numerous records.
The film easily surpassed Architecture 101, the romance film of the early half of the year, and on November 25 finally recorded 6 million ticket sales, becoming the Korean romance film with the biggest audience ever.
The spotlight, of course, mostly went to the actor who played the main role, Song Joong Ki.
How, then, did Park Bo Young, Song Joong Ki′s partner in the film, feel about this?
The actress opened up about this question at a media day event for A Werewolf Boy held on November 23. This day, director Jo Sung Hee and actors Song Joong Ki, Park Bo Young and Yoo Yeon Seok were present.
Park Bo Young first said brightly, "I never even imagined [the film would pass the 5 million mark."
She added to a question asking how she felt about all the attention being paid to Song Joong Ki, "I knew [Song Joong Ki would get the spotlight] ever since I received the scenario. I actually thought perhaps I would be able to benefit from [Song] Joong Ki oppa′s (big brother) popularity."
Song Joong Ki has managed to soar even higher by putting on multiple feats at once, as his drama Nice Guy, which aired its last episode on November 15, garnered a great success with 18 percent viewership ratings (AGB Nielsen Media Research). With the success of his pieces both on the big screen and the small screen, Song Joong Ki managed to draw all the attention to himself.
Park Bo Young said, "I was in El Salvador to film MBC′s KOICA′s Dream when Nice Guy aired its first episode. I thought if the drama became successful it would help our film, so I found a spot where I could get wireless internet and showed my support for Joong Ki oppa. I was happy that both the drama and film did well."
Her being happy for Song Joong Ki didn′t mean that she never felt bad about his popularity at times.
"When I was attending stage events, there were times when [Yoo] Yeon Seok oppa and I were the only actors there because Joong Ki oppa was busy filming his drama," she said. "Audiences these days are really honest. When they were told that Joong Ki oppa isn′t going to come, they sighed so loudly that I could hear them backstage. I was scared I would be attacked when I went onstage (Laugh). At the time I felt bad that Joong Ki oppa was so popular."
Lastly, she added, "I′m thankful that so many people love our film. I′m thankful toward Joong Ki oppa, Yeon Seok oppa, director Jo Sung Hee and everyone because the film has been so successful."
Photo credit: Hea Jung Min