Jo Jung Suk Talks About His Chemistry With “Hospital Playlist” Cast, His Public Image, And More
On May 29, Jo Jung Suk sat down for an interview with OSEN about his drama “Hospital Playlist.”
“Hospital Playlist” aired its final episode on May 28, setting a personal ratings record with 14.1 percent. In the drama, Jo Jung Suk plays the character Lee Ik Joon, who is close friends with Yang Suk Hyung (Kim Dae Myung), Ahn Jung Won (Yoo Yeon Seok), Kim Joon Wan (Jung Kyung Ho), and Chae Song Hwa (Jeon Mi Do).
Jo Jung Suk said that he did not hesitate when it came to accepting the casting offer. “I heard that I was the first to be cast. I didn’t know what the script or the rest of the cast would be like, but I accepted based on my faith in the director and writer.”
To prepare for the role, he said that he visited a hospital and watched doctors interact with patients. “These experiences helped a lot when it came to filming. Instead of focusing on playing a doctor in itself, I tried to focus on what Lee Ik Joon would be like as a doctor. Within the job of ‘doctor,’ there are many different types of people, from those who give warm comfort to those who are blunt and honest.”
He continued, “There are scenes when I had to talk to patients. At times, I got so choked up that I couldn’t say the lines. I couldn’t look the patient in the eye. I’m just playing a role, but I couldn’t help thinking, ‘What if I was the patient in that situation?’ In that moment, I could deeply relate to the feelings of doctors and patients.”
Jo Jung Suk also talked about the chemistry between the cast members. “The atmosphere between the actors on set was so good that I think it translated to the screen,” he said. “After filming ended, I realized more than ever how precious those four friends are. Each of us was a perfect match for our characters. Each one of us is different and unique, so it was a lot of fun when we got together. As filming progressed, we became more and more similar to our characters. I wonder if the director and writer had this in mind when they cast us.”
About future seasons, he said, “There are five main characters and they take turns taking the lead in each episode, so I’m not afraid about the pressure of multiple seasons. As for the potential of future seasons, my thoughts are the same as the director’s. We all want to do more seasons, but it depends on the love and interest of the audience.”
The actor also shared his thoughts on his public image. “I’ve never worried or felt cautious about the fact that I might have a fixed image,” he said. “I believe that if I start to feel pressure or concern about these things, then I will not be able to properly express the character. I don’t think of things like, ‘I did it this way in the past,’ or ‘I’ve played characters like this in the past.’ I do try to avoid characters who are exactly the same as previous characters I’ve played. When I start a new project, I do my best to immerse myself into it. The results build up over time, and nobody knows what will happen. I try not to worry about in advance.”
Catch Jo Jung Suk as the villain in the film “Hit-and-Run Squad” below!