Nam Da Reum Talks About Gratitude Towards Lee Jong Suk, New Roles He Wants To Try, And More

Rising star Nam Da Reum recently sat down with bnt International for an interview about his career and more, and he shared some of his hopes!

The actor, who was born in 2002, has established his career so far while often playing the child version of male leads. In particular, he’s appeared as a younger version of Lee Jong Suk in three works: the film “No Breathing” and the dramas “Pinocchio” and “While You Were Sleeping.”

He will soon be taking a more central role in the upcoming JTBC drama “Beautiful World,” which focuses on the topic of school violence.

During the interview, Nam Da Reum was asked to share the story of his debut.

“When I was younger, my mother by chance was offered a job for me,” he said. “I thought it was going to be for modeling when I went, but it was an acting audition. I got the role right away and ended up appearing in KBS’s ‘Boys Over Flowers.’ Back then I just thought it would be a good memory; I had no idea I’d end up continuing it like this. I think that since I enjoy drama sets and filming sets, I’ve naturally continued on this path.”

He added with a laugh, “I’ve always been really shy and still am, so I never imagined I’d keep acting. After that, I had a lot of good opportunities so I’ve continued to do dramas. As I get older, it’s getting harder for me to act and study at the same time, but I don’t want to just choose one out of the two.”

Nam Da Reum was asked whether he’s still able to have friends, considering his job. “Most of my friends are ones that I grew up with in the same neighborhood, so they’re used to it,” he said. “They’ll watch my shows, and they don’t think my job is that special.”

It was mentioned to Nam Da Reum that he has a gentle-looking face, which might be both a pro or a con.

“The characters I’ve played so far have mostly been good-natured and innocent, and I think that’s why I appear like that even more,” he said with a laugh. “However, when an actor with a kind-looking face plays a villain, it’s twice as terrifying. I think I’d be good for that. I want to play a psychopath, which is a role that I can only have when acting.”

When asked how he chooses his roles, Nam Da Reum replied, “Sometimes I follow my own feeling after I look at the script, and there’s a lot of times when I decide after discussing with my mother.”

The interviewer mentioned to Nam Da Reum that he’s known as a child actor with a specialty in flower boy roles. “I think that’s because the adult actors are really handsome,” he said with a laugh. “I’m just grateful. I’ve played the young version of Lee Jong Suk a lot, and when we meet he greets me warmly. After the end of SBS’s ‘While You Were Sleeping,’ he sent me a message to say that I’d worked hard. I’m grateful.”

Nam Da Reum also talked more about the kind of roles he wants to play in the future. He laughed as he said, “A villain. I liked the role that Yoo Ah In played in the film ‘Veteran.’ I want to try acting in a role where the character changes all of a sudden. In addition to a villain, I’d also like to play a warrior in a historical drama who uses a sword.” He explained with a laugh, “It’s just cool.”

When asked which senior actor has been a particularly memorable co-star for him, Nam Da Reum named Lee Sung Min, who played his father in tvN’s “Memory.”

“I always thought he was cool, but it was so great to get to work with him,” he said. “I was surprised by his level of focus while we were filming, and there were a lot of things that I learned from him on set. I’m grateful that he took good care of me. We still talk once and a while.”

Nam Da Reum also sent a message to his fans. “JTBC’s ‘Beautiful World’ is planned to premiere on April 5, and I hope you will love it a lot,” he said with a laugh. “Thank you for always giving me a lot of support and love. I’ll work hard to be someone who meets your expectations in the future too.”

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