Which actor benefited the most from starring in tvN Mine, which ended last month? Hyowon Group’s first daughter-in-law Jeong Seo Hyeon (Kim Seo Hyung), second daughter-in-law Seo Hee Soo (Lee Bo Young), as well as tutor Kang Ja Kyung (Ok Ja Yeon), contributed to the success of the drama. But the character that went through the most dramatic course of events was Han Ji Yong. Lee Hyun Wook took on the role of Han Ji Yong, the second son of the Hyowon family and husband of Seo Hee Soo, and added vitality to the play by acting as the hateful villain.
Here’s the interview Xports News recently had with Lee Hyun Wook about his role in Mine.
Q1. How do you feel now that the drama is over?
We got lucky because the work grabbed a lot of attention and received much love.
Q2. Why did you choose ‘Mine’?
It was a great opportunity to work with awesome directors, writers, and colleagues. Plus, I wanted to take the chance because it was a role that could lead the flow of the play.
Q3. Previously, you played a despicable role in ‘She Would Never Know’. And here you are with a villain role again in ‘Mine’. How did the folks respond to your choice?
I definitely didn’t make a pleasant impression. Still, I think the fact that people hated me for my role in Mine, makes it a great show. In the past, I went by the names of characters I played. Nowadays, more people remember my name which I appreciate. All my friends and people around me despise me for my role.
Q4. In the end, Han Ji Yong sheds tears as if he saw his own death coming. What were his thoughts then?
Perhaps even then, he might have blamed the world and people. He would have probably thought to himself, “Why is everyone doing this to me?” It was very tragic.
Q5. How was working with Lee Bo Young and Ok Ja Yeon?
I learned a lot from Lee Bo Young. Her ability to focus instantly and to express emotions amazed me. And I reflected on myself a lot while watching Ja Yeon’s acting. Her getting right into the core of the role made me rethink the parts that I had missed to grasp fully.
Q6. Any memorable scene?
Many scenes left a lasting memory in me. Probably the scenes in Han Ji Yong’s office with Seo Hyeon (Kim Seo Hyeong) and Jin Ho (Park Hyuk Kwon) where they finally talk straight are the most memorable.
Q7. Your funny Instagram postings are a hot topic.
I didn’t expect it to get so much attention. I just post things when I felt like it, but I’m a little surprised that so many fans find them enjoyable. I’m glad if you liked them, but I don’t think I’ll be able to use social media solely for that purpose. I will keep posting things whenever things come to my mind.
Q8. What are your plans after Mine?
From the end of July, I’ll be shooting the Netflix original series Black Bride, so that’ll keep me busy.
Translator Cho EK: I’m a big fan of Korean dramas and movies.