Lee Seung Gi And Han Hyo Joo Talk About Their Long-Standing Friendship Since Debuting On The Same Show
“Hometown Flex” is a variety program that follows Lee Seung Gi and Cha Tae Hyun around various cities in Korea as they meet up with celebrities who grew up there to help introduce them to the area.
In an interview before her appearance on the show, Han Hyo Joo shared, “I felt a lot of pressure after deciding [to appear on the program]. Since I only went back and forth between school, cram school, and my house [while I lived here], I don’t know my way around Chungju that well. However, I’ll try my best to take responsibility and do a good job of introducing the city.”
After the stars had met up, Lee Seung Gi brought up his close friendship with Han Hyo Joo. He explained, “You can look at it as me and Hyo Joo being members of the same social circle. We see each other often with our other friends born in 1987, and we graduated from the same university. We also made our debut in the same show. It was ‘Nonstop.'”
He added, “Hyo Joo was really nervous before coming on this show.” Han Hyo Joo agreed, “It did make me worry. I began to think that I didn’t know much about Chungju, so I started studying.” Laughing, she added, “While studying, I discovered the acreage and population of Chungju.”
When asked whether they had any preconceptions about people from Chungju, Lee Seung Gi mentioned that some people say it’s hard to know their true feelings. Explaining the unique way that people in Chungju express themselves, Lee Beom Soo shared, “When people ask stuff like, ‘Do you want this? Do you want to eat this?’ they never immediately respond, ‘Yes, I want it!’ as if they had been waiting to be asked.”
Han Hyo Joo added, “If someone asks something like ‘Do you want this?’ or “Do you want to eat this?’ they first say, ‘No, that’s okay.’ But you can’t end [the questioning] there. You have to ask one more time, ‘Really? Are you sure?’ Then they’ll say, ‘No, it’s okay, I don’t need to eat that.’ But you still have to ask one more time. You have to ask at least three times.”
Lee Beom Soo explained that if someone stopped asking after being turned down once, people in Chungju might think the offer hadn’t been sincere. “If that person doesn’t keep asking,” he said, “they might think, ‘So he didn’t really mean it when he asked.'”
Lee Seung Gi commented to Han Hyo Joo, “This is making me rethink everything about you.” He clarified, “For example, when I ask Hyo Joo to hang out on a certain day. [Her responses] can be a bit ambiguous, so I assume she doesn’t want to hang out, and I make other plans. But then she’ll contact me on that day and ask, ‘What are you up to?'”
Han Hyo Joo hilariously responded, “You should’ve asked me three times.” Lee Seung Gi continued, “She has a thing where she doesn’t give you a definite answer the first time.” Lee Beom Soo explained, “We don’t pinpoint exact details in one go. We think that’s too much pressure. If someone were to suddenly ask, ‘Hey, let’s meet up on August 17 at 3 p.m.,’ I’d be like, ‘Huh?’ How do I know exactly what I’ll be doing on August 17 at 3 p.m.?”
tvN’s “Hometown Flex” airs every Sunday at 10:50 p.m. KST.
Watch Lee Seung Gi and Han Hyo Joo in their 2009 drama “Shining Inheritance” below!