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[Ask an Actor] Namgoong Min

Who’s the next actor on Dramabeans’ interview list? Namgoong Min is currently starring in the KBS drama Doctor Prisoner as Na Yi-je and he will be sitting down with us for our Ask an Actor video series. Namgoong Min’s career has spanned many genres and his recent hits include Handsome Guy and Jung-eum and Falsify.

If you have any questions for Namgoong Min, leave them in the comments! We’ll select some of the most interesting questions and include them in our interview.

Deadline: We will cut off accepting questions on April 11.

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You don't seem to shy away from trying extremely diverse roles: What motivates you or incites you to chose one role over another? (Do you identify with the characters? Or is that that you they're so different that you want to try them?)

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Along the same lines:

What do you enjoy about acting in dramatic/serious/intense dramas versus comedic ones; what do you enjoy about comedic roles that you don't get in the more intense ones?

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Have you ever felt so immersed in a character that you asked yourself, where does the personality of my character begin and where does my own personality begin? As if you felt that character was really a part of you

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What has been your most challenging role so far, and why?

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i really like your character in Remember, it's really suits you, and many people hate you because your character in the drama and so do i, you really got the chaebol bad guy vibe, is there any trick how do you really get immersed into the character? is there any specific rituals or whatsoever to build that character?

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Which actor have you enjoyed working with the most, and why?

Can't wait for this interview, love him!

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Are there any dream role/s that you want to portray in your future projects? If so, what kind?

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What is more fun to play? Antagonist or Protagonist? Why?

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ooooOoo love this question!!

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What was it like playing Maru in Can You Hear My Heart ? What was your thought process behind it. Has your acting perspective changed much since then ?

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Beautiful Gong Shim is one of my favorite dramas of all time. Part of it is the over the top silliness that flowed so naturally to make it feel authentic. It seemed like the director just let you be free to act without limits. How much do you ad-lib vs. sticking to the script in your dramas?

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Why do you get handsome with each role?

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☺️ tee hee hee

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You beat me to it.

And how is it he is not aging. Whose blood is he drinking.

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Same.. I was gonna ask the same question.
Guy is really aging like fine wine!

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Ahhhahaha please let us hear his response to this question!! 🙏🙏🙏

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Been following you in many dramas. Perhaps you could star in a romantic drama next as we have not seen your "gentle" side as yet in a full drama series.

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he did a romcom last year. it's called the undatables & he's a lovely kind guy there.

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Favorite character you've played?
Favorite food?
Would you play a second lead/villain character again if you really like the project & the role?

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I wanted to know if he really cares about the broadcast stations as he chooses his next project? like there are good cable channels which most senior actors would like to work with, but he's been working with mostly SBS and now some KBS too. I know the project and the character come first but I was curious to know if he really thinks about that.

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Would you like to have a pet?

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It's been almost 3 years since you're playing lead characters, I wanted to know if you would like to play a character which is not a lead but you find very interesting to play in future?

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What activities he does when he has spare time and what hobbies does he have?

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Which senior actor/sunbae has influenced you the most? Also, which junior actor/hoobae have you enjoyed advising and guiding?

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Also could you ask himif he took the mbti test? If he didn't can you ask him to take it? 🥺 That would be fun

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what's the mbti test? *curious*

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@gmelenco Mel,

The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator. It is a personality assessment.

There's a dandy book that was used at the outplacement firm where I worked: Please Understand Me, by David Keirsey and Marilyn Bates.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Please_Understand_Me

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ohh!! hahah that's so interesting!

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We know that you took a 2-year hiatus after 'Can You Hear My Heart’. What did you do during that period & how did you spend the time?

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Ah, I thought of another one.

Which role offer did you regret declining the most & why?

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I'm curious, out of all the roles you've played, are there any that stayed with you for a longer period time even after the show has ended? Are there any stories that you acted in that felt so real to you that it feels like it was part of your experience as well? If so, which characters are these and what are the experiences?

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What led you to start acting? Was it based on impulse or was it a desire you had for a long time? Also, you seem to balance antagonist characters as well as protagonist characters( I absolutely adored Chief Kim), on what basis do you select or choose characters to play?

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Thank you for organizing this, @stroopwafel. ;-)

I'm enjoying your current drama, DOCTOR PRISONER, very much. It feels like a million years since you portrayed physician Yoo Do-ji in GU AM HEO JOON. I would love to watch you in another sageuk (preferably set in the distant past).

Do you have any interest in portraying another historical role? If so, do you prefer a particular era or dynasty?

Is there a particular historical figure whom you would like to portray? Why?

As a viewer, do you have a favorite sageuk? What is special or memorable about it?

Is there a sageuk screenwriter and/or director you would like to work with? Why?

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Which is your favorite drama? (Not one in which you've acted, but one you enjoyed watching.)

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Were you a good student?
Before you started acting, you studied Mechanical Engineering. Why did you chose this major?
Do you get scared when watching scary movies?
Have you ever cried while watching a movie/TV show?

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He studied mechanical engineering? Wow this is new info to me. Now I feel like I can relate to oppa since we share the same major. Hahaha

My question: what made him decide to jump into acting? Does he apply his engineering studies somehow in his daily/acting life?

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Would you like to get married & have kids?

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Some dramas and/or roles are written or directed in such a way that allow the actor to improvise ...... to add or change something while filming, that was not originally in the script. In the variety of roles that you have had, have you ever improvised perhaps dialogue? a gesture? or anything else that was not in the script because you felt it suited the moment or character better?

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The name. If I may be so bold . . . why isn't it Nam Goong-min?

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He has a rare 2-character family name: Namgoong. His personal name is Min.

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Thank you! I've been wondering about that for a while.

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We've watched you take on a variety of roles already, but is there a specific type of role or drama that you still dream of achieving in the future? And if so, any co-actors in mind that you want to work with?

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I've noticed when he plays villainous or straightlaced roles, such as in Doctor Prisoner, he plays with his nose alot. Is that a particular acting quirk or does he not notice it at all? He does it less in his funny roles, so does it help him get into character?

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Some of your favorite books or authors?

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are you aware that a 00 liner idol (Jaemin of NCT) has a uncanny resemblance to you? do you see your younger self in him?

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1. is there any personality of roles you took that somehow affect your real personality?
2. what's your favorite song in karaoke room?

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Of all the genres you've worked in, which one did you have the most fun doing? Which genre that you haven't tried yet would you like to try?

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Which of your sunbaes, if any, gave you the best acting advice, and how did that advice affect you?

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- What part of being an actor do you find the most interesting / fascinating?

- Does your on-screen chemistry / click also translates off-screen? ( *cough* the real question actually is... are you friends with Junho??? *cough* 😆).

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What would be your worst nightmare in your acting?

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I like your goofy characters, really detest your evil ones and absolutely love your charismatic chaebol ones. You seem to always get the character quirks right so you are convincing. Sometimes you play all in one role and I marvel at the spectrum of my reactions to each face you show - all in an episode. How on earth do you change from one to another so deftly?

Ps: your evil ones make my skin crawl :)

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I can't wait for his interview!! He is one of my favourite actors and the way he owns every character he plays is super impressive!

My question to him would be-
" Sir, as you are playing the role of a doctor, do you have any past experiences with doctors that left a lasting impression? They may be fond memories or scarring experiences! "

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I’m sure you start off with a lot of passion for the profession and industry of entertainment. Does it wear off later, once it starts getting too hectic or repetitive? How do you keep yourself passionate to keep doing well in something as tiring as acting?
Lots of love!

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Out of all the roles you have portrayed so far, which character is most similar to your real self? When portraying a character unlike yourself, what’s your special way of immersing yourself in character?

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Describe your ideal girlfriend

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How do you think your life would have been if you didn't choose to be an actor? Any other professional path you have considered or you were interested in other than engineering and acting

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The first time I admire him is when he played the bad guy on The Girl Who Sees Smell I hated him there that’s how good of an actor he is, then saw him as a weird tenant/atty. on Beautiful Gong Shim I respect him as actor. How does he play all this character and which one is the closest to him from all the characters he portrayed?

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Are there any characters that has already been played by other actors, that you wish you could've done?

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Do you watch the dramas in where you starred? Do you keep a copy of them? If so, which one do you like to watch over and over again? 😁

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You have amazing skin! What’s your skincare routine!?

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When you see that the rating of your drama hits the bottom low, how do you cope with that situation?

If one day you stop acting, what profession you wanna take?

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Any plans to get married?? love you!!

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Hiii love you so much❤️
The question is
Which Actors Or Actress of Hollywood would you like to work with in a future? 😘❤️

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Have you ever relate to one of your characters you acted before?

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