Kim Dong Hee Talks About His Role In “Extracurricular,” His Successful Filmography, And More
Actor Kim Dong Hee recently sat down for an interview to talk about his latest Netflix original series, “Extracurricular,” and his career thus far.
In “Extracurricular,” Kim Dong Hee plays the lead character Oh Ji Soo, a quiet model student who hides a secret that no one can know. The series is about a group of high school students who turn to a life of crime in order to make money and get caught up in a series of events over which they have no control.
Kim Dong Hee said, “I’m very grateful [for the praise]. There were times when I surprised even myself. I thought, ‘This isn’t like me,’ but neither could I easily say that I portrayed Ji Soo well. I could only see the parts of me that were lacking. I feel that way because I’m still in the process of learning. Rather than thinking, ‘I did well,’ I think, ‘That’s a relief.'”
Despite his young age, Kim Dong Hee already has a string of hits in his filmography, from his debut in the web drama “A-Teen,” to JTBC’s “SKY Castle,” to JTBC’s “Itaewon Class.” He said, “I’m honestly curious [about my secret] too. I don’t know if I’ve been very lucky or if I have good intuition. I don’t start a project thinking that it will do well. Something has to pull me toward the drama. I have to think, ‘This is something I want to challenge.’ I definitely don’t think it’s because I have some kind of discerning eye when it comes to scripts.”
However, the actor has almost always played student roles thus far. Kim Dong Hee said, “I had a lot of thoughts about it myself. But now I think that it doesn’t matter if I wear school uniforms as long as I still can. In the past, I would be stressed because I always had to wear the school uniform, but now I think like this. I would like to play all the characters possible within the ‘student’ perspective. Ji Soo might wear a school uniform, but he’s very different from the characters I’d known before. If another character like that comes around again, I wouldn’t hesitate about putting on a school uniform again.”
Check out Kim Dong Hee in “SKY Castle” below!