INTERVIEW: Joo Sang Wook reveals his thoughts about his drama Cunning Single Lady and talks about his perspective in marriage and relationships
Actor Joo Sang Wook took the lead role from the recently ended MBC drama Cunning Single Lady. He often portrayed manly roles from his previous dramas and movies but from his recent drama, we’ve witnessed his sense of humor.
In an interview, Joo Sang Wook shares his experiences in his role in Cunning Single Lady, talks about his co-stars and his personal life.
Q: Tell us something about your comical character in the drama.
Well, I think it’s quite fun to have that role because it’s almost similar to my personality. Though I know it’s a great opportunity, I really thought about it because I know I still needed to make a lot of effort acting out the role. Well, in fact, I was acting quite seriously this time. But people seemed to find it really fun and interesting. Acting is not very easy and you really have to be flexible and natural. Personally, the role that I portrayed in “Good Doctor” was one of the roles that I freely and comfortably portrayed.
Q: So what was your role in the drama?
Hahahaha, at that time, I was the CEO. When I saw what role it would be, I told myself ‘Oh, so I’ll be a CEO’. It was not actually a burden to act it out. Well, at that time, my role seemed to be very different from my previous characters and as well as the atmosphere. It was actually not a very big deal having that kind of role. That such role gave me the opportunity to contribute my own ideas to show that kind of image.
Q: Can you rate your chemistry with Lee Min Jung?
Well, I met Lee Min Jung from the drama we both worked together eight years ago. By that time, we had been friendly to each other and we worked comfortably together. When I knew that I would be working with Lee Min Jung again, I was really happy. We didn’t feel much burden or pressure working together so I want to give a high rating. Hmmm personally, I think it should be 90 points? Well, of course, Lee Min Jung is a beautiful woman too.
Q: Unfortunately, the ratings weren’t really a hit.
I don’t care much about the ratings but rather care more about what the story would be and how the audience would like the story. Honestly, I did have some worries. Well, I also thought that it would get high ratings too but at that time, the 1st and 2nd episode of the drama was competing against the finale of ‘You Who Came from the Stars’ which was really getting high ratings at that time. I told myself, ‘Oh I am not good.’ I thought something like that all the time. But when I met people and told me ‘You look great!’, I felt satisfied and relieved.
Q: As Seo Kang Joon’s senior, how would you rate him as an actor?
Rate? Oh, that’s hard. We first met in the drama ‘Good Doctor’ and Kang Joon just appeared in a cameo role at that time. And at that time, I was not able to greet him personally. But when we met in ‘Cunning Single Lady’, Kang Joon told me ‘You look much better’ and then he told me memories back in our previous drama. Kang Joon is still young but he’s a fast learner and he’s very confident and positive. I’ll give him 100 points for that.
Q: You’re every girl’s Ideal Guy now because of your glamorous looks and many have thought that you’re in a relationship. Do you have a girlfriend now?
No, I don’t have. The word ‘glamour’ is how people often describe men with roles like what I had in the drama, as a CEO. Maybe because of the looks and wealth. It is the typical impression but I actually don’t know what glamour is. Anyway, having a girlfriend is not my priority now. However, men and women should think about it carefully. For me, I don’t think it’s the time yet. My career is my priority for now.
Q: Do you consider yourself as a funny person?
Yeah, maybe a jolly person but I think I am between serious and funny. The funny character that I showed in the drama is something that I really need to portray. I am somehow like that but not as funny as that.
Q: What can you say about marriage and divorce?
It is true that in a marriage, there really are troubles and problems and most of them end up divorcing. I have a close friend who got married but it seemed very sudden though it was because of love. I also want to get married someday. It is very important to get to know the person carefully. But then, I want to be a good man for my future wife.
Q: Do you think that the drama about a divorced couple is realistic?
Before the drama starts, I was also curious about it. It is usual for couples to part ways when they’re in just in a relationship but marriage is a different matter. I think the situation was not very easy like getting married then divorced then get married again. It is not a usual set up but it could be realistic somehow.
Q: Your rival in the drama is younger than you. Have you thought of more threatening or intimidating actor who’d take that role?
Hmmm to compete with? I think there’s no competition hahaha. But seriously, Kang Joon was really good at it. Anyway, I’d never thought of competing with somebody but maybe, Lee Min Ho and Kim Soo Hyun would also be intimidating rivals.
Q: Do you want to an older actress as your leading lady?
Well of course. Just like with the actresses I worked with in the historical drama ‘The Great Queen Seondeok’. They are all beautiful and very good in acting. If there would be another opportunity to work with an older actress, that would be great.
Q: What character would you like to try?
Doctor which I once had in ‘Good Doctor’ so it was a dream come true. Also as a King which I also tried once. I really like dramas and the role of being a king in a historical drama seemed to be a great portrayal. If I would be given another opportunity, I want to portray a role of a king again.