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Ju Ji Hoon Talks About the Dark Days While Filming for His Debut Drama ‘Goong’

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Ju Ji Hoon revealed the dark days he had to live through while filming Goong, also known as Princess Hours.

On Dec 9, Ju Ji Hoon appeared on Yoo Quiz on the Block and shared stories from his debut drama Goong.

First, he confessed that he auditioned for Goong director Hwang In Roi by chance because his manager had a close relationship with the director. He walked into the room thinking that it would be a simple meeting but was asked to act out a scene on the spot. Ju added that all he could think of was Jung Woo Sung’s lines in the film Phantom, The Submarine.

“I performed the scene, and I cried. Not because I was overwhelmed with feelings but because I had no idea when I was supposed to close my eyes,” he said, giving a big laugh. And the moment he was cast to play the male lead was the start of his nightmare.

Ju Ji Hoon recalled his dark days, saying, “I literally got chewed up for 8 months. And I just didn’t have a clue of what was happening, and I hated going on the set. From the moment I put on makeup in the morning, I’m dead. Every day I would think, ‘How long do I have to be reproached for this day to end?’ It was just terrifying.”

And to make matters worse, the original comic (manhwa) was a mega-hit. The actor shared, “The manhwa fans would gather at my Cyworld account and write things like ‘I’m a big fan of Goong, and I plead you to leave the drama’ or ‘You look like a farmer rather than a prince.’ So I even had to close my account.”

Yoo Quiz on the Block is a program where the hosts Yoo Jae Suk and Jo Se Ho chat up the civilians on the street and throw them surprise quizzes. In recent episodes, however, they have been meeting with celebrities or public figures and hearing their stories instead of going out in the streets due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The show airs every Wednesday at 8:40 p.m. KST.

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