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Korean actor Kang Ha Neul convinced us that he was the perfect actor next door on Saturday (Oct 31) but professed to being not as easygoing as what he appears to be in an closed door interview at Novotel Clarke Quay yesterday (Nov 1).
Starting off the interview with a personality test by the media, he readily agreed to being someone with a unique perspective and sharp judgement, making him hard to work with and seemingly proud at times.
Likening his personality to his role in hit drama Misaeng, Jang Baek-gi, a geeky office worker whose pride and hidden ambitions made viewers love and hate him at the same time. Yet, many were able to connect with his character because he knew that he was capable of so much more than what he was being assigned to do in his office, causing much inner turmoil especially when others around him viewed him as an all-around nice guy.
While his variety of roles in his recent projects have allowed him to show off his acting chops, the 25-year-old grinned that he would like to shoot a “psychological thriller with Twenty co-stars Kim Woo Bin and Lee Junho - and I hope to be the one who nabs Woo Bin as well”.
Having become bosom buddies after working on the movie together, the trio even spent last Christmas Eve together; it was just the three of them in a small restaurant knocking back bottles of soju.
Following Twenty’s box-office success, director Lee Byung Hyun’s declaration of a sequel, Thirty, might not be that far off after all. The first film, which follows the three boys on the brink of becoming men, explores different aspects of their lives, including love, university, the army and family.
On the possibility of Thirty becoming reality, Ha Neul chuckled, “I hope (my character Gyung Jae) at 30 years old is someone who still isn’t able to get married - he has someone he likes but just can’t seem to tie the knot (with her)”.
As someone in his mid-twenties, we wondered why he doesn’t have a strong social media presence and our curiosity was sated with his candid admission - he doesn’t want to get addicted to SNS (social networking services).
“On my phone, I don’t have any apps for Instagram, Facebook and Twitter,” he sheepishly revealed. “I think the best way for me to connect with my fans is through my fan cafe (…) there’s just too much we can’t do and have to look out for on SNS because there’s so many people watching all the time”.
Time was running out for the interview as he had a scheduled selfie taking session with fans after we wrapped up our session, but we had time to slip in one more question before we bade him farewell: what are his tips for taking the perfect selfie?
“Taking selfies is burdensome - I find it embarrassing to take them when I’m alone but I’m fine with taking them with others if they ask for it,” he confessed. As for his one and only advice when posing for your next shot, he only had three words for us: “Selfie is smile. (sic)” Point taken, now excuse us while we practise flashing our pearly whites.