Park Gyu Young Shares What It Was Like To Work With Kim Min Jae In “Dali And Cocky Prince,” Her Real-Life Dating Style, And More
“Dali and Cocky Prince” was a rom-com drama starring Kim Min Jae as Jin Mu Hak, a man who lacks traditional schooling book smarts but is extremely resourceful at making a living, and Kim Dal Li, a woman who is intellectually polished and comes from an elite background but doesn’t know how to take care of herself.
Park Gyu Young said, “Dal Li and Mu Hak are very different people, but one of the messages of the drama is that people can be equal and open their hearts to each other regardless of age or background. I could relate to Dal Li learning to appreciate the heart more than externals and background. But in real life, I’m more realistic when it comes to my dating style. I think that it would be easier to get along with someone who has similar values and personality as me rather than someone who is my complete opposite. But that’s why I thought Dal Li and Mu Hak were particularly beautiful.”
About working with Kim Min Jae, she said, “As the scenes we had together increased from episode 1 to episode 16, we also had more personal interactions. We would discuss scenes together and help each other on set, making it easier to portray Dal Li and Mu Hak in the drama.”
She added in another interview, “Kim Min Jae is a strong and dependable person. He gave me a lot of energy as an actor, but his character also gives a lot of energy to my character, Dal Li. Thanks to him, I was able to complete filming well. If there’s another chance to work with him, I’d like that.”
Kim Dal Li is in a love square in the drama with Jin Mu Hak, Jang Tae Jin (Kwon Yool), and Joo Won Tak (Hwang Hee). Asked which of the characters was closer to her own ideal type, Park Gyu Young said, “Personally, my ideal type is someone that I can comfortably lean on. I really want to have a comfortable relationship with a comfortable person that I can share my difficulties, joys, and sorrows with, like a longtime friend.”
Park Gyu Young turns 30 (Korean age) next year. She said, “The time I spent acting in my twenties wasn’t a short period of time, but it passed by in the blink of an eye. I think that that was because I had the good fortune to play a lot of characters and live sincerely as those characters. There were many times when I would be harsh on myself, but after spending time as Kim Dal Li at the end of my twenties, I’ve learned a little about loving and cheering for myself. I want to tell myself in my 20s, ‘You worked really hard and did well.’ I also want to say, ‘Congratulations on having learned to love yourself and support yourself.’ A lot of people say that your 30s are a whole new world, so I’m curious to see what kind of mindset I’ll have.”
Regarding the short haircut she sported in “Dali and Cocky Prince,” as well as “Sweet Home” and “The Devil Judge,” she said, “I had no time to grow out my hair because I was doing so many projects back-to-back. It was inevitable that I would have to keep my hair short. I don’t really have a specific hairstyle that I think is prettiest on me. I like to express changes through my looks. I want to make people curious about whether I’m going to change up my hair for a role. I’m really proud when people tell me that they’ve heard people requesting my haircut in the salon.”
Watch “Dali and Cocky Prince” below!