Exclusive: Ahn Hyo Seop, Gong Myung, And Kwak Si Yang Talk Their “Lovers Of The Red Sky” Characters, Share Messages For Global Fans, And More
Also starring Kim Yoo Jung as Hong Chun Gi, a female painter who was born blind but miraculously regains vision, “Lovers of the Red Sky” is a historical fantasy romance drama set in the Joseon era.
Check out Ahn Hyo Seop, Gong Myung, and Kwak Si Yang’s interview with Viki and Soompi below!
Please introduce “Lovers of the Red Sky” and the characters you are playing.
Ahn Hyo Seop: “Lovers of the Red Sky” is a fantasy romance sageuk about the fates of the astrologer Ha Ram who reads the stars and the female painter Hong Chun Gi. I am acting as Ha Ram, an astrologer who is able to read the stars despite losing his sight. He is an unfortunate character who lives with a deep desire for revenge against the royal family after he was wronged by a series of incidents when he was little.
Gong Myung: Hello. I am Gong Myung in the role of Prince Yangmyung in “Lovers of the Red Sky.” “Lovers of the Red Sky” is a fantasy romance drama that portrays the female painter Hong Chun Gi who has mystical powers and the red-eyed man Ha Ram who reads the constellations in the sky. My character Prince Yangmyung is a sensitive person with remarkable artistic abilities and no interest in politics. He is known as someone with “three perfections” for his outstanding skills in poetry, calligraphy, and painting.
Kwak Si Yang: Hello, I am Kwak Si Yang who is playing the role of Prince Joohyang in the drama “Lovers of the Red Sky.” Prince Joohyang is a character who is devoured by a desire to become king.
“Lovers of the Red Sky” is based on a popular novel by writer Jung Eun Gwol. Is there an aspect that you especially prepared or focused on in order to act out the character from the novel?
Ahn Hyo Seop: I considered Ha Ram’s existence itself to be fantasy. Ha Ram can read the beautiful constellations, but he is also led by his ability because it affects his fate. I also had to portray his blind eyesight as well, Ha Ram’s alter ego Il Wol Sung, and the existence of the evil spirit. I practiced a lot to imagine the inability to see what I actually can see.
Gong Myung: It may be a bit different [from the novel], but I analyzed and studied Prince Yangmyung in order to understand the character better, and I also studied calligraphy and painting.
Kwak Si Yang: He is a fictional character who doesn’t exist in the novel. While preparing to play Prince Joohyang, I paid a lot of attention to showcasing the dignity and charisma fitting of a character who wants to be king.
How similar are you to your character?
Ahn Hyo Seop: As explained earlier on, I’m newly creating the character, so I think I’ll have to watch the complete version of the drama to properly see Ha Ram.
Gong Myung: Ho-ho. I’d like to give myself 90 percent.
Kwak Si Yang: In terms of being in sync, Prince Joohyang has a personality that’s very different from mine. Based on my real personality, Kwak Si Yang is someone who thinks a lot about how to live an exciting life.
Can you describe “Lovers of the Red Sky” in one word or phrase?
Ahn Hyo Seop: A rain shower.
Gong Myung: A rainbow. It’s beautiful because it has many colors like a rainbow, and it’s a dreamlike drama as well.
Kwak Si Yang: Exciting.
Novels, cartoons, or dramas?
Ahn Hyo Seop: Dramas.
Gong Myung: Cartoons.
Kwak Si Yang: Cartoons.
Horoscopes vs. MBTI?
Ahn Hyo Seop: MBTI.
Gong Myung: Horoscopes.
Kwak Si Yang: MBTI.
Are you an idealist or a realist?
Ahn Hyo Seop: An idealist.
Gong Myung: An idealist.
Kwak Si Yang: A realist.
Do you want your significant other to be an idealist or a realist?
Ahn Hyo Seop: An idealist.
Gong Myung: A realist.
Kwak Si Yang: An idealist.
Please share a message to the international fans who are waiting for the drama’s premiere!
Ahn Hyo Seop: Hello, this is Ahn Hyo Seop. Thank you to all of the fans who are always cheering me on from afar. It has taken me a long time to return with a new project. As fans have missed me a lot, I’m working hard to make up for the long wait through a good drama. I will come to you as the character Ha Ram soon. Thank you.
Gong Myung: Hello, everyone. You’ve waited a long time, haven’t you? My fellow actors and staff all worked hard to film the drama, so you won’t regret it if you watch the drama! Gong Myung will be coming to you soon as Prince Yangmyung. Please wait just a little more~ Thank you.
Kwak Si Yang: Hello, everyone. This is Kwak Si Yang. I will be greeting you through the drama “Lovers of the Red Sky.” I’m filming enjoyably with very amazing actors, so I’m expecting this to turn out to be a great drama that even I’m looking forward to seeing. I’d be thankful if you could look forward to it a lot.
“Lovers of the Red Sky” premieres on August 30 and will be available on Viki.
Check out a teaser below!