[Interview] Lee Je Hoon Looks Up to His Fellow Actors
No one can turn back time. This is why everyone needs to live every moment at its best. This is also something Lee Je Hoon feels deep in his heart in the busiest moment of his life. He works hard, because he knows these moments won’t be coming back.
The actor used to be virtually unknown on the small screen, but after appearing in the rare popular romance film Architecture 101, he became one of the hottest actors in the scene.
His popularity from the film pushed more interest to him when it first became known that he would be appearing in the drama Fashion King, which aired its final episode on May 22.
The cast with Yoo Ah In, Shin Se Kyung and Girls’ Generation’s (SNSD) Yuri made viewers all the more expectant of the piece.
Now that the drama is over, however, Fashion King is said to be far from successful. The surprising death of Gang Young Gul (Yoo Ah In) and the shipwrecked story had viewers sighing in discontent.
No one, however, denied that the actors had worked hard for Fashion King.
“I was physically exhausted from shooting The Front Line, Architecture 101 and Fashion King on end. I always wanted to be at my best, so I feel sorry that I wasn’t in some moments. Dramas are like live mini-series. The scripts are rushed out, and some of the content is edited on the spot, so actors can’t help but feel sad about that. We had to act with the rushed script in our hands without knowing where the character would go next," said Lee Je Hoon.
"I think actors are incredible in that aspect. When I learned that this was the reality behind Korean dramas, I started to look up to those actors doing their best in these conditions," added Lee Je Hoon. "I worked hard with the thought that I shouldn’t be a burden but a help.”
Like he said, Lee Je Hoon worked hard in the conditions given him. He especially didn’t want to let down the trust of the directors and writers that had chosen him when he had nothing to show.
“Directors who give me scenarios when I’m nothing are giving me chances after seeing my potential. I have to work hard to prove that the chance they took on my potential paid off.”
He was a person who loved himself, and who worked harder to meet the expectations his loved ones sent him. He was an actor who worked not only for his own satisfaction, but who had a heart warm enough to care for those people who had chosen the actor Lee Je Hoon.
Of course, these thoughts serve as his means in becoming the actor he ultimately wants to become.
“I want to be an actor that makes people choose my pieces just because I’m in it. It won’t be easy to become a trustworthy actor, but because of that I feel more passionate toward my work," said Lee Je Hoon.
Because of this, even in the short break given him after working with three pieces in a row, he said he wanted to be in another as soon as possible. He found the time to work on another piece, and he’s looking toward another film premiere this year.
“I started up even though I was late because I just liked acting, but I’m given more concerns and goals as time passes. I need to continue to appear in front of the public as an actor, as a character, but sometimes I find limits or laziness sprouting inside myself. Whenever I see that, I try to organize my thoughts again. Now, I can’t talk about myself without talking about acting.”
He started acting at age 25, a late age in Korea, but for him, acting has already become something he can’t live without. Lee Je Hoon is now sprinting as fast as he can toward becoming an actor that does his best in any situation.
Photo credit: Hea Jung Min
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