Joo Ji Hoon Talks About Being Impressed By “Kingdom” Zombie Actors + Playing A Crown Prince Again After “Goong”
Joo Ji Hoon, the lead of hit Netflix’s original series “Kingdom” and SBS’s “Hyena recently commented, “I think these days have been a time of luck.”
The star is currently appearing in “Hyena” as lawyer Yoon Hee Jae and as crown prince Lee Chang in zombie sageuk “Kingdom.” As “Kingdom” has two seasons, Joo Ji Hoon compared the two series. He shared, “Even though it’s divided into season one and two, if you look at it like a Korean drama, it is still not finished yet. If you combine season one and two, you only get to around episode 10 or 11 of a mini-series.”
In 2006, Joo Ji Hoon starred in his breakout role as crown prince Lee Shin in “Goong.” When asked how the two princes in “Goong” and “Kingdom” compare, Joo Ji Hoon replied, “For ‘Goong,’ I was picked by director Hwang In Roe even though I had not yet learned anything. Lee Shin was a shy high school student under pressure, but in ‘Kingdom 2,’ I am more mature and have to solve problems on my own.”
Joo Ji Hoon also expressed his gratitude for the “Kingdom” zombie actors. He commented, “The zombie actors go through a lot. They all wear contact lenses so being unable to see must have been uncomfortable. I also wonder how hard it must have been to run without using their arms. We even had one-takes. It was so impressive. I really saw their passion.”
“Kingdom” has also received praise from Forbes Magazine for its realistic representation of how a virus spreads. Although the situation in the show has similarities with the current COVID-19 pandemic, Joo Ji Hoon reassured, “The plans for ‘Kingdom’ began a long time ago. We cannot afford to compare this project to the reality we are facing all over the world right now. I hope the coronavirus will soon subside. I pray every day that we will be able to overcome this difficult situation.”
Lastly, he once again addressed his hopes for a third season of “Kingdom.” He shared, “I laughed at a viewer’s comment that said to hand over season three. Nothing’s been confirmed yet. If the viewers encourage it, Netflix will act as well. I would like to return with season three.”
Watch Joo Ji Hoon’s breakout role in “Goong” below!