Jejung – “Doctor” Park Sung Soo
Q： How did you feel when you received the invitation to act in this drama?
A：”Eh? Really?!” Like that (laughs). I couldn’t believe it. How will it turn out in using Japanese to perform~ I did have my uncertainties. I told myself that I would have to carry my anxiousness and just act to the end.
Q： What is your impression on your character, Doctor?
A：Doctor is pretty pitiful，and although there are plenty of similar situations, he still has courage and a personality that has a positive outlook to continue on despite such terrible circumstances. I like the feeling of diligently fighting for your survival. But I think that in acting, it is actually harder to present that.
Q：Please give us your impression of Eita, Ueno Juri, Megumi Seki, and Tetsuji Tamayama, who act as friends that you meet through Twitter.
A： Will this be asked to the others? What did Tetsuji-san say about me? I want to know this. (laughs)
Q：I’ve heard that you defeated the others with alcohol? Everyone has said that your alcohol tolerance is very good.
A：(laughs) Ahh… yes… that did happen (laughs). Eita-san… in regards to alcohol, I’ve said this before, but Eita-san is also pretty strong~ (laughs). Although when everyone first met, we had alcohol, the next day we still had to work so we didn’t have the chance to really drink. I’ve always been thinking about how we could properly compete for victory and defeat (laughs). I was pretty nervous at that time (laughs). But Eita-san allowed me to relax, so I thought that his naturalism and tendency to not mind anything was super handsome. Juri-san is really professional (laughs). Even though it would only be the auditions, her acting and lines are truly remarkable. Just watching her act makes me feel completely healed… As for Megumi-san, her age isn’t that different from mine, so when we first met we chatted about a lot of things. She is the type of person who doesn’t really speak her mind as often, but other than her appearance, you can see her beauty on the inside as well. Tetsuji-san is like a neighboring big brother (laughs). He is also like this with his character~ isn’t he a leader? He has this type of feeling. But, not only for his character, he is like this in real life too, always giving me his support. I have a “Tetsuji-san is truly awesome!” type of feeling (laughs).
Q：How is it to act using Japanese? There must be a lot of inconveniences…
A：Yes. But Doctor in the script has certain similarities with me. So I don’t feel that it is that hard. There is definitely pressure, but I feel more at ease since after receiving the script (laughs). But what do the others say about me?!
Q： For example– “he can say jokes to alleviate the atmosphere” and “so cute”…
A： Ahh~~ so it’s this type of impression (laughs). After all, my Japanese pronunciation still has many flaws, and there are plenty of situations where I’m speaking Japanese but then can’t seem to say the next words, so people will probably think of me as “cute”. (laughs) Maybe because my character is also clownish, I’ve formed this type of series in front of everyone.
Q： So this is a form of creating an image?
A: Not really, I don’t do it on purpose. It just naturally became this way. (laughs)
Q： Is Jejung-san’s personality normally like this? Do you crack jokes to make everyone laugh?
A： Yes. Although my Japanese isn’t the best, it is actually pretty popular (laughs). When I tell jokes, it only lasts for about 2 minutes, but everyone says that it is enjoyable. When people laugh because of me, I’m also very happy. Is it truly great at the scene of the shoot.
Q： From now on, make everyone laugh during filming!
A： Ahh~ I was thinking about that too! (laughs)
Q： When you decided to participate in a Japanese drama project, how did the people around you react?
A： My family didn’t really say anything in particular, and since it’s a Japanese drama, I would have less time to see everyone in Korea. So it’s mostly just words of encouragement. Because there weren’t many people who have acted in Japanese dramas before, my celebrity friends in Korea care about me a lot, saying “it is a great opportunity for Jejung so you have to work hard”, and gave me plenty of advice.
Q： Jejung-san said before that you liked long vacations right…?
Q： How does it feel to be involved with a script written by Eriko Kitagawa?
A： Ahh, I’m very happy! At first I didn’t know that the writer for this script was Kitagawa-san. Once I accepted the part, I heard that Eriko-san had written the script, so I was like “Ahh, that’s how it is!” I was really surprised. Before, I’ve met her for work purposes… “Woah~ this is so unbelievable!” I had that reaction. I was too surprised! (laughs)
Q： How did you feel after reading the script?
A: I thought about using Twitter as well (laughs). If there really were these type of encounters… liars, bad situations are pretty common too. People using it for bad purposes are all over the place. But, using lies to earn true friendship isn’t that bad. These 5 characters are going through really painful situations in their own lives, but because of this, they were able to meet new friends, solidifying their sincere friendships… Therefore, when the 5 of them are together, they are able to receive hope and carry that frankness to overcome their troubles at work and at home. I hope that when everyone sees this stance, they are able to strive for and courageously live their lives.
Q： Doctor has an unrequited love for Juri-san’s character Haru right?
A： When you say that, I feel so embarrassed (laughs). How do I say this? It isn’t that hard to love by yourself right? I think it is really hard to just express your feelings like that. I’m pretty similar with Doctor in that sense. Be it acting it or talking about it, “isn’t it the same normally?” I have that strong type of feeling. So when I act, my face will start turning really red (laughs). Loving one-sided really doesn’t feel good (laughs).
Q： So your face gets red when you’re nervous?
A： I don’t belong to that type! But when you have one-sided love, aren’t you always like that? When you’re in front of the person you like, don’t you always blush? (laughs)
Q： Lastly, please leave a message for everyone that supports this drama.
A： How do I say this… Although I’ve already said this 6 years ago when I debuted in Korea, I really enjoy challenging new things and also liked the nervous feeling that comes with it. I’ve presented a new side to my fans and really anticipate everyone’s reaction to it. Although I’ve had some difficulties using Japanese to act in this Japanese drama, everyone’s support for this is truly wonderful. From now on I will work hard, so thank you and please take care of me.
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