Kim Young Kwang, the star of the new Netflix original series Somebody, sat down for an interview with News1. Somebody centers around three women who get caught in a web of murder and crime involving the dating app and a mysterious man lurking close by.
Q1. How did you feel after the series was released?
I felt a bit awkward seeing it right away when it was first released, so I just chatted with my friends. I was worried about how the viewers might take it and wanted them to enjoy it. I couldn’t bring myself to watch it on the first day.
Q2. I could feel your thirst for transformation.
After I talked to Director Jung Ji Woo about the series, I knew that it was going to be an adventure-slash-challenge for me. I just wanted to carry out this mission well.
Q3. Where did this thirst for transformation come from?
From way before, I’ve said in all my interviews that I wanted to try out various roles. And I was happy to be able to show my new attempt in Somebody.
Q4. What efforts did you make for the role?
I thought of Yun Oh as someone huge, so I put on weight. Then I thought I’d gone too far, so after discussing it with the director, I reduced my size again. The process of preparing my body was also fun. I gained so much weight that my face was all plump (laughter). But I wanted Yun Oh to have a sharp, piercing image, so I lost weight, only eating sweet potatoes once a day.
Q5. Many were surprised by the extent of the sex scenes.
I don’t think it went that far. The Yoon Oh that I’ve shown has a creepy vibe, but at the same time, I thought the drama told an affable yet “eerie” love story.
Q6. Was there any pressure in filming the sex scenes?
I had no hostility toward the sex scenes. (The scenes) were part of the story, so I didn’t feel any pressure.
Q7. What kind of appraisal do you want to hear?
“He’s scary” or “That’s a new kind of serial killer.” I talked with the director about how to make him visually scary. For example, the bathtub scene. We made it, thinking, “Wouldn’t it be the first time people have seen such a shape?”
Q8. Any expectations about ‘Somebody’ being a Netflix series?
It was an opportunity to get my name out here, and especially since K-content is on the rise in the global market, so I couldn’t help but get my hopes up a little. After I post photos or videos on Instagram, I translate the comments, and I love reading ones like “I’m impressed that you shot this series.”
Q9. What do you want to say to the viewers?
There’s something I want to say to those who’ve already seen it once. Please re-watch it twice more. The more you watch it, the more fun things about it you’ll find. You’ll really see the “eerie love story.”