An Interview with Park Yoo Hwan

My new favorite newcomer star. He’s the only male that deserves all my love and attention in A Thousand Days’ Promise. It helps that he’s also better at acting than his brother, Micky Yoochun, when he fell into the career more unexpectedly. Park Yoo Hwan says they have a very close relationship – much like Seo Yeon and Moon Kwon in the drama – but because of their respectively busy schedules, they barely have time to see each other. Even though they live together.

Park Yoo Hwan only moved to Korea five years ago – mainly to be with his brother and live with him – but ended up starring in Twinkle Twinkle and Gyebaek before landing A Thousand Days’ Promise.

My name is Park Yu-hwan.
I was born on March 9, 1991. JYJ member Park Yoo Chun is my older brother.
When I first started acting, Yoo Chun gave me a lot of advice about work. He told me, ‘You must not forget that you’re the youngest so you need to approach people first and greet them properly as well.’ I think he told me a lot about such things because he knew that I wasn’t used to using the honorific form of the Korean language from having lived overseas for a long time.

[I think Yoo Hwan is past the point of needing advice from his hyung.]

In “Thousand Days Promise,” I wanted to seem like the perfect younger brother. I wanted my character Moon-gwon to be the reason that his older sister, with Alzheimer’s and depression, wanted to live. And I think I succeeded since people have been saying I’m the type of brother that’s likely to be from outer space. [laughs]

[He also notes that Yoo Chun is jealous that Yoo Hwan never treats him with the same amount of kindness as he treats Su Ae. Heh.]

That’s why more people recognize me as actress Su Ae’s brother instead of Yoo Chun’s brother. And it feels good that people like the character I played but it also makes me feel like I should be sad and eat my food quietly. [laughs]
The person I clicked with the most on set was Su Ae. We had a lot of scenes together, from beginning to end, so we became very close and I learned a lot from her. Even when the camera was shooting me, she’d immerse herself into her emotions and respond to mine so it helped me shoot my scenes with more ease.
For this drama, I acted in the way I wanted to. I didn’t know anything when I worked on “Twinkle Twinkle” and “Gyebaek” so I received acting lessons and did what the director told me to but this time, my seniors left it up to me to act out my character, saying that I’m the person that would know my character best. It felt like I’d finally become a real actor.
I practice my lines at the Han River a lot. At first I started going to the river because I was too embarrassed to practice in front of my mom and it’s actually become more comfortable now. I think it somehow helps me memorize better. I’ve even gone at midnight.
I’m the type that doesn’t tan easily. My skin actually turns even more pale. When I peel, I peel here and there with some parts coming out white and other parts red. It comes back to normal in about a week but during that week… I kind of look like a zombie. [laughs] People looked at me weird when I went to the convenient store. [laughs]
I’ve been interested in entertainment shows ever since I was in the U.S. I watched all the episodes of SBS’ “Law of the Jungle” and MBC’s “Infinite Challenge” that I had missed out on after I got done with “Thousand Days Promise.” I even have the calender from “Infinite Challenge.” But I don’t think I’d do that well if I went on entertainment shows. I’m so shy that I’d have a hard time talking and would fail at showing my goofy side. Everything that I do for the first time makes me nervous.
I’d like to try playing an arrogant character which I know doesn’t suit my looks. I know that I look like a nice guy right now because of my fair skin and from playing Moon-gwon but I’d like to try filming a movie like Kim Rae Won’s “Sunflower” when I get older.
I think that even tough and bad experiences are good for actors. Of course it’s better not to go through such experiences but having experienced them first hand would be better than having heard about them from someone else. I may have a hard time when I’m going through such moments but I think everything gets better over time.

And now – a photo spamazz.


source: asiae 1, 2, 3

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