10 minutes with Lee Dong Wook

What could we possibly have learned in the short span of time? As it turns out, we found out quite a bit about this actor

10 minutes with Lee Dong Wook
10 minutes with Lee Dong Wook
20 Apr 2017

10 minutes with Lee Dong Wook

Video: Tay Yixuan

It was a blistering hot day as throngs of fans flocked to the outdoor atrium at Plaza Singapura. With brollies in hand, they waited without complaint for hours just to catch a glimpse of one of the most in-demand actors these days: Lee Dong Wook.

Making his appearance for a short 10 minutes – including the time spent walking the red carpet to get to the stage – he made sure to thank his fans for waiting for him despite the intense heat, tackling questions posed by the host before calling it a day.

Even from that short period of time, we managed to get a hint of what the 35-year-old is like: he’s a straightforward person (fans’ screams for him to pose with finger hearts were rejected with a playful “no”) who takes his responsibility as a public figure pretty seriously (he explained that he blitzed past at the airport during his arrival last Friday as he was aware that it is a public place, and that he didn’t want to cause inconvenience to the public by having the fans crowd the area for an extended period of time.)

(Continued on next slide: How different is Lee Dong Wook in public and in private?)

How different is Lee Dong Wook in public and in private?
How different is Lee Dong Wook in public and in private?
20 Apr 2017

How different is Lee Dong Wook in public and in private?

Fast forward to two hours later, we waited backstage at the MasterCard Theatre at Marina Bay Sands for the actor to enter the room. As he entered with his entourage, he first greeted our team with a bright smile before confirming the flow of the interview. He even took special care to remind his staff to have those in the corridor outside keep their volume down as we would be recording the entire exchange. Ten brownie points to him.

Despite his immense popularity, Lee Dong Wook remains down-to-earth and approachable, earnestly thinking about our questions prior to answering them. “Naturally, I’m a little different when I’m with my friends, when I’m alone and when I’m in front of the public,” he explained. “But I’m not someone who is very straightforward (see, what did we say) so I can say that the person that you see now is 50 percent the same as my personality during my personal time.”

Admitting that his popularity has surged greatly since his role in hit drama Goblin (also starring Gong Yoo, Kim Go Eun and Yoo In Na), he chuckled that he’s felt the impact of his skyrocketing fame in the most mundane of ways.

“I’ve gone to the same gym for about five to six years, but it was only recently that there have been people who started to take photos of me. It was then when I really felt, ‘Wow, the power of Goblin is pretty amazing,’” he grinned.

(Continued on next slide: What more is there for Lee Dong Wook to achieve in his career?)

What more is there for Lee Dong Wook to achieve in his career?
What more is there for Lee Dong Wook to achieve in his career?
20 Apr 2017

What more is there for Lee Dong Wook to achieve in his career?

Having dreamed of being an actor since he was in his second year of high school, Lee Dong Wook wryly mused, “I really can’t see myself in any other occupation… But if I weren’t an actor, I guess I’d have to find a way to feed myself.” He chuckled after hearing his own response, but added that he really can’t see himself doing anything else.

Having fulfilled his almost-lifelong dream, he shared his wish list of upcoming projects: firstly, he’d like to take on a project that has a more real-life element to it, especially since Goblin was a fantasy drama, pinpointing a medical drama as something he’d like to challenge himself with. (Lee Dong Wook in a doctor’s gown? Count us in.) As for a character he’d like to challenge again, he choose his 2009 drama, Partner, where he played lawyer Lee Tae Jo as one he’s most keen on reprising.

Before we wrapped the interview, we asked him to rank his much-talked about physical appearance on a scale of one to 10, to which he chuckled at before answering, “No comment. This question is for you, the viewers to decide, not me.”

As for any physical attribute he’d like to change, he briefly considered the prospect before giving us another wry smile, “I don’t think there’s anything I have to change, right?”

Witty, confident, conscientious and a talented actor to boot? I think we just ran out of brownie points to give.

Click on for more photos of Lee Dong Wook’s interview and press conference.

Lee Dong Wook gladly tackled all our questions during the interview
Lee Dong Wook gladly tackled all our questions during the interview
20 Apr 2017

Lee Dong Wook gladly tackled all our questions during the interview

Unfortunately, he didn't have time for a short photo call after the session wrapped as he had to run off for rehearsals. 

Lee Dong Wook was genuinely happy to see his fans brave the heat for him
Lee Dong Wook was genuinely happy to see his fans brave the heat for him
20 Apr 2017

Lee Dong Wook was genuinely happy to see his fans brave the heat for him

Lee Dong Wook was amused with the fans' reactions, which were explained to him by the translator
Lee Dong Wook was amused with the fans' reactions, which were explained to him by the translator
20 Apr 2017

Lee Dong Wook was amused with the fans' reactions, which were explained to him by the translator

Despite the sweltering heat, he put on a suit in order to look good for his fans and the media
Despite the sweltering heat, he put on a suit in order to look good for his fans and the media
20 Apr 2017

Despite the sweltering heat, he put on a suit in order to look good for his fans and the media

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