Kim Jae-wook in Japan
Talk about shooting to fame. Kim Jae-wook is still a relative newbie, currently acting in Kingdom of the Wind after breaking out as “Waffle Sun-ki” in last year’s Coffee Prince, but already he’s had his first overseas fanmeeting.
On September 27 in Tokyo, he met his Japanese fans for his Kim Jae-wook’s 1st Japan Fan Meeting. He shared anecdotes about his past and how he got his start in show biz:
“I grew up in Japan until I was 7 years old, then returned to Korea. I started out performing in a band, but when I was 17, I started to model. In 2002, I debuted in the role of a member of an indie band and learned the difficulties of theater. Afterward, I quit modeling and concentrated on my studies as a vocal major at music college.”
After graduation, he auditioned for and won the part in Coffee Prince. However, he said, “At first I had no idea I’d get this much attention.” The shooting atmosphere was positive, and “Even when we weren’t filming, we’d all go out to eat or drink together, and everyone got along. We’re still friends now.”
Some random bits of trivia: He likes to cook kimchi chigae, “And when friends come over after drinking, the next morning I make them haejangguk” (which is a traditional hangover breakfast).
He counts Goong and Devil star Joo Ji-hoon as one of those friends, with whom he’d worked on the movie Antique Bakery and now considers a good friend.
On his current role in Kingdom of the Wind: “We film all over the country, so I haven’t been able to go home. At first, I thought from the director’s words that this would be a family story, but now as an action drama, it’s very hard work. I’d like to make it through the end without getting hurt.”
He also sang a few songs, including The Calling’s “Wherever You Will Go” and Mr. Big’s “Shine,” to much audience applause.
To wrap up, Kim Jae-wook said, “I had a lot of fun today. I’d worried because I don’t usually like standing up in front of others, but I really enjoyed talking here today. I hope you’ll enjoy Antique Bakery,” after which he took pictures with fans.
Antique Bakery — which aside from Joo Ji-hoon also stars Strongest Chil Woo‘s Yoo Ah-in and Time of Dog and Wolf‘s Choi Ji-ho — is set for a November 13 release.