Kim Woo Bin graced the cover of the July issue of Esquire Korea and sat down with the magazine for an insightful interview about his career, new thinking, and more.
On the subject of what it felt like to do his first interview in five years, Kim Woo Bin said, “When you say it’s five years, I realize it’s been a long time, but to be honest , it doesn’t feel that long. I thought it would feel strange, but now that I meet you I still feel familiar. So it was when I was filming my film. I was very nervous about it that long ago, but when I actually came to the set, I thought, “It doesn’t feel as unusual as I expected.”
The interviewer mentioned to Kim Woo Bin that he didn’t do many photo shoots at the beginning of his modeling career after becoming an actor.
“That’s right, I’ve done less than I thought,” he said. “There were a few years when I couldn’t do it. Sometimes I’m on projects and I can’t take a break, which can be a reason. To be honest, since I started as a model, I’ve felt like doing a photo shoot to go back to my hometown, so I wanted to take pictures that felt a little more relaxed. “
Kim Woo Bin was said to be meeting fans in his upcoming film, and was asked if he had any plans or preparations.
“Nothing special will be different,” he said, “since it’s my job to devote myself to my projects. I think about it as much as possible, talk a lot with the director to make sure the film comes out well, and discuss a lot with the other actors on set. The only thing could be that my mindset is a little different; what should I call it? I think I have a lot of good energy because I will be welcoming my fans through a project for the first time in a long time “I am grateful and excited just because of this fact. I like to go under lately.”
The actor was warned that there wasn’t a lot of information available about his new film, except for an article that said it was a “science fiction thriller about an alien living in today’s Korea.” Kim Woo Bin replied, “I can only say it’s a science fiction thriller about an alien.”
The actor also held a fan meeting late last year. “It was just so great,” he said about it. “I was really grateful and felt like I was meeting people who are really on my side as it was an event where every participant was really someone who was waiting for me.”
When asked about his charm as an actor, Kim Woo Bin said, “Maybe I look a little unique? There are a lot of beautiful and handsome people, but I think I look a little unique. I also think that directors liked me because of that since I was younger. “
The interviewer suggested that this could be the reason why he ended up playing a lot of criminals, and Kim Woo Bin said with a laugh that he played characters five or six times that could best fight in their school. “I wanted to play roles that were a little different,” he commented.
When the interviewer said they heard that he wasn’t the guy fighting in school, Kim Woo Bin replied with a laugh, “Well, I wasn’t the best fighting in school.”
Regarding deviant behavior, Kim Woo Bin said, “There was nothing big. I never ran away from home or anything, but at the same time I wasn’t a model student. Was I somewhere in between?”
On the subject of which of his characters are closest to him, Kim Woo Bin said: “There is a lot of me in all my roles, and over time I think the spectrum changes. Compared to my 20s, my real life is maybe it’s because I’ve rested for a while, but now I’m even looking for the tree species in front of my house. In the past, I wouldn’t have known what the tree in front of my house was , and I wouldn’t even have been interested in it. I really hated going to the mountains. ”
The interviewer noted that this could be due to the fact that he is getting older rather than taking a break, and mentioned a friend of a photographer who turned from photographing models to focusing on flowers.
“I was really not interested in flowers or trees, but now I like them,” replied Kim Woo Bin. “I also find it really great to find out what species it is. I was not like that before, but I use an app to check which plants I see in front of my house every day. “He announced that the app is called” Moyamo “.
“The best thing about this app is that so many users respond within five minutes of taking and uploading a photo,” he said. “I just have to type to get an answer, so I look at it and go, ‘Oh, so that’s a lilac. I’ve heard the name Lilac before, but now I know what it looks like. “
When the interviewer said that they developed a similar interest in flowers later in life, Kim Woo Bin said, “I see, that’s because I’ve grown older. But I really enjoy it. When I see the seasons change change, I think, “This month a flower will bloom like this.” I think, “It’s April, so lilacs will bloom now.” I will be able to smell its scent. “It’s a feeling of waiting, like” Plums will soon be on the plum trees. “
Kim Woo Bin later said that characters like “the best fighter in school” were not like him, but he enjoyed it. He said: “Ever since I was in my twenties, I’ve been wondering if I can show a new way of thinking and a face that has changed a bit in my 30s.”
When asked if it felt like “Kim Woo Bin Part 2”, Kim Woo Bin said, “That’s right. Since my attitude has changed, I really haven’t felt any stress lately. I am doing very well these days. “
The interviewer asked if his 20s seem like a nightmare when he looks back on them because of all his ambitions and a lot of thoughts.
“Even so, my 20s were really great because I was busy and had an intense life,” he said. “In the past there was even a point where I lived in a sauna. When I was 20 I had no money and didn’t want to get help from my parents, so I lived in a sauna, but I also really enjoyed those days. However, there is something that has become clear to me. As I was resting and looking back at that time, I realized that I wasn’t living in my 20s but in the future. I was hard on myself and pursued my goal. “
“I don’t think I could really enjoy the present then,” he continued. “For example, if you exercise, you should enjoy exercising, but in the end you focus on your goal. I think when you think about the present, you feel less stress, more happiness and more gratitude. “
Kim Woo Bin also told a story about becoming an actor after starting out as a model. “My debut project was a drama called”white ChristmasAnd most of my co-stars were models. The director always gave us notes. He said, “Don’t stand cool, don’t go cool.” We stood and walked cool without realizing it. After that, I started thinking a lot about how to go. For example for my character Heung Soo in “School 2013“I thought about it a lot myself and said to myself:” I think Heung Soo would go like that. I think Heung Soo would run like that. ‘”
Kim Woo Bin recently signed with a new agency, AM Entertainment, which also houses his longtime girlfriend Shin Min Ah. After taking a break in 2017 to focus on treating nasopharyngeal cancer, he is preparing for a comeback. Last year Kim Woo Bin was warmly welcomed by the industry and his fans when he returned to the public as a presenter at the Blue Dragon Film Awards. He also recently told the MBC documentary program “Humanimal. ”
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