Park Seo Joon Reflects On His Filmography + Celebrity Friends Congratulate Him On 10th Debut Anniversary
On May 15, Park Seo Joon held an online fan meeting “Park Seo Joon, Comma” through KakaoTV to celebrate his 10th debut anniversary.
The actor said, “When I looked back on the time between now and when I first started acting, somehow it had already been 10 years. There were happy times, fun times, and difficult times. I think that I was able to come this far without any major struggles because of the love and support sent from my fans. I want to share my sincere gratitude with them.”
Reflecting on his filmography, Park Seo Joon said, “‘Dream High 2‘ could be said to be my official debut. I remember that I was so embarrassed that I watched the first episode curled up alone in my room. I think that at that time in my life, I was always nervous.” The actor also talked about his work as a “Music Bank” MC, as well as his film “The Beauty Inside” and hit dramas like “She Was Pretty,” “Hwarang,” and “Fight for My Way.”
He said, “I had the honor of winning the newcomer award at the Grand Bell Awards [through ‘Midnight Runners‘]. That’s why it’s precious to me among my many projects. After that, I chose the romantic comedy ‘What’s Wrong with Secretary Kim.’ I chose it with the mindset of wanting to do the ideal rom-com.”
He went on, “I think that it would be difficult for me to return to those times. I’ve always given it my all, to the point where I’ve thought that if I went back, I’m not sure if I could show that same kind of acting.” Asked to pick his “life-changing character,” he said, “All the characters and projects are dear to me, so I can’t pick just one.” His fans, however, chose Go Dong Man from “Fight for My Way” through votes in advance of the fan meeting.
About “Itaewon Class,” Park Seo Joon said, “Park Sae Roy’s hair and clothes became a hot topic. Even before it started, I wondered, ‘Would people copy this chestnut hair style?’ Hairstyle is very important for men. I chose the style because I thought I could pull it off. It felt strange because so many people loved it. External styling is important for acting projects, so please look forward to my transformations in upcoming projects as well.”
He continued, “All my projects are dear to me, but I remember I had a lot of thoughts after the end of ‘Itaewon Class.’ I changed a lot after meeting the character called ‘Park Sae Roy.’ It’s been a year but I still remember it vividly. He was a very impactful character. A lot of people could understand his life, and he received a lot of love not only from Korean fans but all over the world.”
About his “rom-com master” label, he said, “It’s embarrassing for me to say myself, but a lot of people label me ‘rom-com master’ or ‘rom-com bulldozer.’ I think that it’s because people enjoyed my projects more than because I was really good at it. Of course, I did work hard. I’m not sure what the secret is to the ‘romantic gaze.’ I think that it’s always important to have a good working relationship with one’s co-stars. If you work well together, then you can focus on the situation at hand and look into each other’s eyes to express emotions. I work hard on those aspects. I think that’s why people say that I have a ‘romantic gaze’ or ‘romantic eyes.'”
Several celebrity friends sent in their congratulatory messages for Park Seo Joon on his 10th debut anniversary. This included BTS’s V, who said, “I heard that he had prepared a lot [for this fan meeting]. Don’t get nervous and instead make precious memories with a fluttering heart. Work hard, hwaiting!” Other members of the Wooga family also sent in messages: Park Hyung Sik said, “I hope you will have a good time together,” Choi Woo Shik said, “I spent my 20s with hyung and now that we’re both in our 30s, it feels like we’re maturing together. It’s a great source of strength for me to have hyung by my side.”
Kim Ji Won, Park Seo Joon’s co-star in “Fight for My Way,” said, “I’m glad that I could at least send my congratulations through a video for this meaningful occasion. Just like the title of this fan meeting, ‘Comma,’ I hope that this becomes a place of rest for Park Seo Joon and his fans.” Jung Yu Mi, who worked with Park Seo Joon on “Youn’s Kitchen,” said, “Congratulations on the past 10 years. I’ll be cheering you on for the next 10 years as well. I hope we can meet through a good project someday.”
Check out “Dream High 2” here…
… and “Fight for My Way” here!