Kim Ji Suk Talks About His Role In “When The Camellia Blooms,” Love For Acting, And More

Kim Ji Suk recently posed for the October issue of Singles magazine!

After the photo shoot, Kim Ji Suk participated in an interview to talk about his recent drama “When the Camellia Blooms.”

“When the Camellia Blooms” tells the stories of three couples in different stages of love. Moreover, the drama focuses on the romance that blossoms between Dong Baek (Gong Hyo Jin), a woman who is trapped in a certain perception about love, and Yong Shik (Kang Ha Neul), who shows undying support and love for her.

Kim Ji Suk, who lost over 15 pounds and grew a beard for the drama, plays Kang Jong Ryul, a professional baseball player who is married to social media star Jessica (played by Ji Yi Soo).

When asked why he chose the drama, Kim Ji Suk stated, “I treasure all the projects I’ve acted in so far, but I can confidently tell you that objectively, [‘When the Camellia Blooms’] is really fun. First of all, the script is amazing. Even if I didn’t star in the drama, I probably would’ve made sure to tune in. Aren’t dramas a genre that satisfies fantasies? In that sense, you won’t be able to take your eyes off [‘When the Camellia Blooms’] the entire time.”

The actor has appeared in over 27 dramas, 10 films, and various variety shows throughout his 18-year-long career. During this time, he transformed into completely different characters, including a lovable lawyer, a mad king, and an idol group leader.

He commented, “If you’re human before you’re an actor, then of course you wouldn’t like to fall behind. Rather than a one-dimensional shape, I’d prefer showing different sides of myself. When you twist or transform the image you already have, hearing things like, ‘That was you? You’re good. It fits you well’ makes you feel like you’re on top of the world. It’s a catharsis that you wouldn’t be able to experience without acting.”

The actor approaches every role with the mindset of “What would I have done?” but there are certain things he learns from each character he plays. He stated, “As my character grows, I think I grow with him. It affects my life, and I feel greatly comforted by it.”

“When the Camellia Blooms” airs on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 10 p.m. KST.

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