Although Kim Eun Sook, the writer of the massively popular drama “Descendants of the Sun,” is known for writing slightly cheesy lines, many viewers have praised lead actor Song Joong Ki for managing to pull them off and make them seem natural. At a press conference on April 15, Song Joong Ki was asked what his secret is to making those kind of lines in a melodrama work.
“I don’t have anything I’d call a secret,” he says. “But no matter what, my usual self is always going to come out on screen, and I always think to myself, ‘When you’re acting in a melodrama, don’t make it seem cringeworthy.’”
“On the most basic level, I stay loyal to the script,” he says. “I try to put myself in the writer’s shoes and think about why they wrote these lines or this scene. What about the scene before? What about the scenes in the next episode? I think about that a lot.”
Song Joong Ki is also asked about his image as a “flower boy” or pretty boy. He replies, “I have no intention of trying to get rid of my image as a ‘flower boy.’ An actor’s appearance is very important.”
He adds with a laugh, “I take good care of my skin, and do my best to prevent signs of aging.”
Watch Song Joong Ki in the first episode of “Descendants of the Sun” below!