This interview was released just prior to the airing of Episode 5 last Wednesday. Each cast member is featured, and while nobody goes terribly in depth, one gets a sense of the camaraderie between the actors, which is always fun to see (and read about).
There are a few super-mild spoiler-ish details, for hardcore spoilerphobes. (Nothing specific, but hints are made about the direction some relationships will take. Just a warning!)
“I don’t know. I just want to steal her away!”
The weather is hot enough to make one sweat even while standing still, but the view is beautiful outside the large window of Shin Hwal’s home and Bond Factory office. Youth is like that, too. Once that time passes, everything becomes difficult and painful, but watching on television, there is no more beautiful or brilliant time. Episode 5 hasn’t yet aired for MBC’s Triple, which is directed by Lee Yoon-jung, who knows better than anyone how to capture the brightest moments of youth with respect. The public’s reaction isn’t that hot yet, but mania fans are already showing a deep interest in the PD’s particular sensitive directing and unique characters. The six actors of this drama met in front of the Hongdae set location on June 24. Their careers and ages are all different, but the passion inside their hearts bubbles over in the same way; here is a new interview with the three couples.
You’re the most senior of the actors. You may not feel satisfied with the ratings.
Lee Jung-jae: I don’t really know. I think Wednesday-Thursday dramas tend to draw a bit lower numbers than Monday-Tuesdays dramas. It isn’t that the dramas aren’t entertaining, but I wonder if maybe viewers are busier doing other things on Wednesdays and Thursdays. [Laughs] For a lot of various reasons, I think viewer ratings have fallen on the whole for dramas. That’s my personal guess.
“We just film amongst ourselves without regard for the ratings”
How is the atmosphere on set?
Lee Jung-jae: That’s the problem. [Laughs] If ratings aren’t good, it’s normal for the atmosphere to be a little down, but we’re all having fun shooting amongst ourselves. In the first part, importance was given to introducing the characters and guiding the drama along. In the latter part, things get a little more serious as things progress and conflicts arise.
This is your acting debut. How do you feel?
Min Hyo-rin: Haru’s character is bright, so my voice tone is always up. I thought a lot about whether that would fit in with the other characters, but thankfully I think we mesh well. When I watch the broadcasts, I can see my weaknesses. I watch with a guilty conscience. Haru’s actions aren’t things a person can do easily. When I set fire to the house, Haru’s facial expression had to be sincere, which was a little awkward.
Ignoring that Haru and Hwal’s relationship is like that of siblings, it’s being hinted that they’ll have some affection for each other. How will that develop?
Lee Jung-jae: A direct loveline won’t happen. Haru’s still in her last year of high school. I asked the director about that before we started filming, and she said that things will develop with strong emotions. I, and others around me, are half concerned and half curious about that. Story-wise, I think it’s interesting to have a love that goes through its ups and downs and doesn’t end up together. What is this feeling that makes me squirm or flutter when she comes to sleep beside me? That’s the feeling I have to evoke, but I don’t know how yet.
If the emotions deepen from here, does this mean we’ll see a more serious side to the always-upbeat Haru?
Min Hyo-rin: When you’re younger, don’t you like your cousin oppas and such? She likes her oppa in that way, and when she finds out that he was once married, and that his wife was her coach, her emotions will show a deeper side. She’ll also wonder who her coach is — who is she that my oppa would have married her?
You appeared in the representative ’90s trendy drama Feeling. I wonder what the difference is when working with director Lee Yoon-jung, the representative trendy drama director of the 2000s.
Lee Jung-jae: To be honest, I’m not sure what’s changed. It’s like when you like somebody, you don’t really have a reason. It’s not because of a particular thing about that person — you like them because they are that person. That hasn’t changed. And I think that’s the crux of it. In Feeling, when I liked Woo Hee-jin’s character, I don’t think there was a particular reason. I think that it’s for the director and the actors to take that essential surface element and accept it and make it their own.
Looking at it, in Feeling it turned out your character was set back in love when the truth came out that you were siblings.
That’s true. Maybe it’s my fate. [Laughs]
“Hae-yoon is like the real Lee Seon-kyun, down to his temper”
How has the reaction been around you?
Lee Seon-kyun: [Yoon] Kye-sang and I look at the same messages on the same viewer message boards and wonder, “Why is there so little here?” [Laughs] I don’t think the response is that hot yet. I’m not sure if it’s because I’m married now, but my personal site has quieted a lot too. [Laughs]
This is your third project with director Lee Yoon-jung, and it seems you may keep getting similar roles. The man who clings to an indecisive woman.
Lee Seon-kyun: You can see it that way, since the character is someone hurting in love. However, I think Han-sung (Coffee Prince) and Dong-kyung (Taereung National Village) were more passive and patient, while Hae-yoon has an immediate reaction to things. There’s a definite difference. If they feel similar, I think it may be that the PD has a similar style of directing.
There are a lot of people interested in Sang-hee and Hae-yoon’s cool relationship. How will things develop?
Lee Seon-kyun: In the episodes airing today and tomorrow [5 and 6], I fall for her. She [Kim Hee] tries to appear cool, but I get sulky. According to the script, I even propose, and because of my deepening feelings I have some trouble. But I don’t know how things will turn out in the end.
The character of Sang-hee stands out with her free spirit. Was it difficult to understand her character?
Kim Hee: Sang-hee’s and my sense of values are very different. I can’t go from friends to lovers and back to friends, so it’s difficult to completely immerse myself. Still, maybe it’s her laid-back ways, but I have many similarities with Sang-hee, too. I try to put whatever I can of myself into Sang-hee as I act. If I don’t, it becomes too difficult.
As a rookie actress, you’re pretty natural with your acting.
Kim Hee: I think I owe [Seon-kyun] oppa the most. In acting, isn’t it most important to be in rhythm with each other? I’m getting more than 90% of my help from oppa. He’s somebody who makes his partner look good. [At this moment, the men actors hoot in amusement] Also, the director reflected the hair, makeup, and style that I usually have for myself in the character of Sang-hee. I think it becomes more natural because she makes it so that I can act comfortably.
This is a childish question, but which character is closest to your own ideal type?
Lee Seon-kyun: Sang-hee. I like women who can make me laugh. She makes the real me seem cooler. [Laughs]
Kim Hee: I’m always stuck with Jo-kun [Hae-yoon], but I like that he’s a person who treats the woman he’s with as a friend and family and looks after her. Even if he does go overboard scolding sometimes. [Laughs] In the drama, Jo-kun nags a lot, so oppa says he feels like an ajumma. But he’s like that because he loves her.
It seems like there are a lot of similarities between Hae-yoon and the real-life Lee Seon-kyun.
Yoon Kye-sang: They’re the same! He’s that person. Even his temper. [Everyone laughs]
Lee Seon-kyun: You, what are you saying?!
“I don’t know about love, but right now I just want to steal Su-in away”
Now that the drama has aired, how do you feel?
Yoon Kye-sang: It’s so entertaining, why are the ratings low?
Lee Hana: For the first part of filming, it was really difficult for me because I was doing Lee Hana’s Peppermint and the drama, a movie, and skating practices all at the same time. I wasn’t able to perform to my satisfaction, and I think I improve as things continue.
How is the reaction around you?
Yoon Kye-sang: Till now, I’ve done mostly heavier projects, so people like that I’m doing a lighter role.
Lee Hana: They say the men characters are all so handsome, and that they want to work at that company too. [Laughs] Really. Even you, the reporter in front of me, are nodding along.
Yoon Kye-sang: Ah, you’ve relapsed into your hosting disease. I told you not to act like you’re doing Peppermint. [Laughs]
On the whole, the drama is bright and upbeat, but Su-in is the only one always crying. It must be harder to get into it.
Lee Hana: Naturally, there are a mix of emotions in the drama. In that case, somebody has to take that role, and if I’m in that role, it’s my job to do that well. Of course, there are some scenes where people might see her crying without feeling sympathy for her, which is disappointing. But since there’s more story to come, I want to do a good job.
Although it’s difficult emotionally, it seems that the characters themselves have very complicated love relationships.
Lee Hana: I did worry a lot about how much the viewers would accept it. The director said that although Su-in is a depressed and dark character right now, later on she’ll fly like a phoenix, so I trust in her words. [Laughs] She’s not such a complicated character, and after love has left her, she comes to count on her friendships as coach to Haru and her athletes.
Hyun-tae seems to share a lot of similarities with Yoon Kye-sang’s usual image.
Yoon Kye-sang: It’s similar. I’m playing to my heart’s content. Because Hyun-tae is a bright character, rather than thinking I have to prepare myself, I act by adapting myself to Hyun-tae’s circumstances at each moment, playing freely without worries. The director also said at the time I was cast that Hyun-tae is similar to me.
You’re a character who steals his friend’s wife. Is it hard to understand him?
Yoon Kye-sang: Now that I’m past thirty, it’s harder to love. If Hyun-tae likes her enough to express it to that extent, I think he truly cares for her. Ah, I don’t know. Right now he just wants to steal her! [Laughs]
Lee Jung-jae: Eh, you jerk!
Via 10 Asia