Byeongkyu “our rooms are never shown in the drama”[Happy Together/2019.02.21]On January 23, 2020 by Raul Dinwiddie
– “Vote for me.” / – Then who’s the best dad? The best dad. I think everyone will pick the same person, but we never know. Ready. One, two, three. Let’s see. – Choi Wonyoung. / – Oh, wait. – Jo Jaeyun. / – Jo Jaeyun too. (Where is it?) Jiwon? (Hwang Chiyoung 5 votes, Woo Yangwoo 1 vote) Only you picked Jaeyun. I knew everyone else would pick him, – so I changed my mind. / – I see. I think he’s funny and would play with his kids well. – That’s right. / – Byeongkyu, you also – chose Professor Hwang. / – Yes. – He was a great dad in one moment. / – When? Woojoo’s parents were devastated when he was arrested, and his dad said, “He said he didn’t do it!” “He said he didn’t do it!” Your acting is terrible. (Sincerely reflect on your performance.) – My goodness. / – Didn’t I do well? Well, sure. You did well. – Good. / – That’s upsetting. – Everything else is fine, / – You did well. but Saeho’s sarcasm is unbearable. (Saeho, it made me a little upset.) That was the best of what you did recently. What about you, Chanhee? I also pick my screen dad. I met him on set yesterday as well. I told him about the vote. I’ll say no more. (Was Chanhee forced to vote for him?) He received many requests. – Wonyoung was fabulous. / – Yes. – We’re going to call / – He’s a good doctor too. Wonyoung, the best dad chosen by the children. Wonyoung came on this show – not long ago. / – That’s right. He doesn’t usually pick up my calls. Hi, Woojoo. Dad. Don’t call me “Dad” anymore. The drama has ended. Hello, Wonyoung. – Hello. / – It’s Happy Together. – Hello. / – Hi, Wonyoung. – I’m Yoonhee. / – Hello. It’s good to hear your voices, Yoonhee, Saeho, Hyunmoo and Jaeseok. Have you been well? Hello. It’s good to hear your voices again. Please say hello to our viewers. Sure. Hello, viewers. I’m an actor Choi Wonyoung. My son called me. I really enjoyed the drama. When Yoonhee joined our show as a new MC, he came on our show while filming “SKY Castle”. – He’s such a loyal man. / – Right. You watched Happy Together, right? – Of course I did. / – Okay. Tell us Yoonhee’s unforgettable moment. There hasn’t been any so far. The ratings for the drama went up higher than when you came on this show. I had such a hard time after saying I would walk into a fire – in the drama. / – That’s right. Right. You told us that on Happy Together. (Choi Wonyoung plays an honest doctor.) I’m not sure. (I’m going to walk into the fire.) I didn’t mean to spoil the drama. I just wanted to say that – the drama will show many stories. / – Right. But as the drama became popular, people said that Chiyoung has a secret, and that I hinted it on a TV show. There were so many theories flying about. Didn’t the director complain about you saying such things? I avoided the director for a while. There was a rumor that you were having an affair. Yes, because he said he’d walk into the fire. – Jinhee has a crush / – That’s right. – on Chiyoung. / – She found him fabulous. The two of you make it look like that. – Who did? / – We did. We asked if he would get divorced in the drama. “There’s no way you’ll remain as a good man.” You guys wouldn’t stop doubting me. – We made it up. / – “He’ll be a bad person.” I’m sorry. Our theme today is “The Children of the Castle”. – They’re all here, / – Yes. and you’ve been chosen as the best dad. – Really? / – Yes. The other dads aren’t exactly normal. Isn’t it an expected result? – That’s true. / – Yes. Tell us how you feel since you got the most votes. Okay. Did the young actors vote for me? – Yes. / – Yes. They all grew up healthy. They’re all good judge of character. Thank you. Which children of the Castle would you like to raise as your own? – Is there anyone? / – Regardless of the vote. – A child I wish to have? / – Yes. I can’t even handle my own child. You still have to raise your own child. – This is the reality. / – Wait. This is the reality. – Right. / – Listen, Wonyoung. We mean, a grown child. – The kid grew up? / – Yes. That’s an attractive offer. (Attractive offer) Which one of them would you want the most? Well… Honestly, I like all of them. However, my son is the best. – Woojoo? / – Woojoo. This family really is a model family. On the contrary, which of them would be a little too much for you? The one who’s too much? Yeseo, are you there? – Yeseo is here. / – Yes, I am. – It’s Yeseo. / – Yes. “Yeseo, are you there?” (Professor Hwang is straightforward.) – Why Yeseo? / – Just her character. Hyeyoon is so good at acting. She’s a great actress. I felt angry at her even in real life and wondered if she treats her own parents like that. – I even thought that way. / – Because she did so well. So I… What were you doing? Sim Yiyoung made rice cake soup, so I was growing a year older. (He’s eating rice cake soup with his wife.) Lunar New Year is coming. As Lunar New Year is coming soon, he’s enjoying the weekend with his wife. – He’s a good dad. / – Yes. You don’t have to be nervous on that show. The hosts will help you relax and have fun. So just enjoy it. They’re all promising actors and actresses. I believe that the viewers will continue loving them. Thank you for your time. And I hope to see you again soon. – Come on the show again. / – Enjoy your meal. – Yes. Thank you. / – Thank you. – Thank you. / – Thank you. Thank you, everyone. I was surprised because I thought they were all students. But they’re all adults except for Jiwon. I didn’t know either. I thought Hyeyoon was a high school student. – Me, too. / – Aren’t you? I’m 24 years old this year. That means she must’ve graduated from college. I’ll graduate in February. You’re about to graduate from college already? Yes. – I knew about Bora. / – Exactly. – But not about her. / – Me neither. Bora, you played a student role many times. I’ve been in school uniforms on screen for 10 years. She’s like the ghost in “Whispering Corridors”. “Who Are You: School 2015” was aired four years ago. – “Jungle Fish 2”. / – She looks the same. (She is just as pretty as she was.) “Master’s Sun”. (It’s like she’s stuffed.) She wears a school uniform in all of the dramas. She’s like a ghost in “Whispering Corridors”. Did you audition for such roles intentionally? Not intentionally. I happen to have a teenage image, and when I got offers, I accepted most of them. I used to wonder when I could shrug off the image. – You were in agony. / – I was worried. But I realized that I have not tried everything yet, and there are many different facets of the role. So I decided to accept it. – I’ll do it while I can. / – If you get another offer, – will you play a student again? / – Yes. Everyone has her own unique personality. – That’s right. / – She may not realize, but not everyone can pull off those characters. – That’s right. / – Right? To play his part convincingly, Byeongkyu waxed his facial hair. Contrary to expectations, I didn’t play as many student roles. – Is that right? / – I guess my voice got me more adult roles. I thought you were a teenager, Byeongkyu. – His voice… / – I’m 24 like Hyeyoon. My facial hair grows fast. So I got face wax 12 times for the drama. – Really? / – But… My face becomes stubby if I don’t shave my face in the morning. Why are you looking at me while talking? Hyunmoo tried many things to get rid of facial hair. It’s unbelievable. We began in the morning, and his face is stubby now. It’s the same for me. My face looks different when a show ends. I have to carry a razor around. – My facial hair grows fast too. / – I see. I don’t usually dress up much. He saw it often. I go out with a shaggy beard. You got face wax instead of laser hair removal? – The one that you peel off. / – I see. The first time I got a facial wax, it hurt so much that when it peeled off my philtrum I fainted for a moment. – Laser removal is better. / – I’m not exaggerating. – I think I fainted for a second. / – That’s possible. (He could’ve gone to the other world.) – For a historical drama, / – It must hurt so much. I heard it’s hard to apply a fake beard. – But you don’t need it. / – Honestly, I can – just grow my own beard. / – That’s right. What if your facial hair doesn’t grow back? Since I’m still young, – I can’t get many roles / – A fake beard is better. that require a beard. I can understand him. I got laser hair removal. Laser hair removal hurts less than waxing. – You feel a little sting. / – I’m planning to try it. However, it saddens me that after enduring the pains of waxing my facial hair, the viewers criticized that I had a beard too thick for a high school student. And that is after I’d waxed my face. – I made an effort. / – It’s stressful. So I wanted to explain myself regarding this. – I made an effort. / – We didn’t know. It doesn’t help that their facial hair grow slower. – Yours stood out. / – Yes. Chanhee’s beard just started growing. – He’s 20 now. / – It started growing. (His beard started growing.) It’s only natural. It’s nice if you could grow a thick beard like mine. – Yours doesn’t grow wide, right? / – No, it doesn’t. – It’s really thin. / – Right. – It’s thin. I look sly. / – I saw it not long ago. It was so thin that he looked ugly. – His mustache is thin. / – I’m sorry. I look like a sly, disloyal official. – A traitorous official. / – It’s so thin. Like this. Hyeyoon was surprised by his facial hair too. – Were you surprised? / – Yes. It was the first scene we filmed together. Our first meeting was for the book discussion scene. We filmed the scene all day long – as many actors appeared. / – He was in trouble. I heard we’re the same age, so when we first met, I thought he looked young and handsome. But this area was dark by the time filming ended. (His beard grew back.) – I can relate to that. / – Seriously. – That’s my son. / – Our senior actors – told him to shave his face. / – I have another story. I video call Hyeyoon often when I’m bored. I didn’t film any scenes for two weeks, – so I stayed home most of the time. / – My gosh. – For two weeks. / – I made that video call, and Hyeyoon got frightened. She said I looked like Choi Minsik in “Oldboy”, and she felt like she should buy me dumplings. It seems that Byeongkyu went through a hard time. Because of your image as a teenager, you get worried whenever you drink. Exactly. It’s a big problem. Since we’re playing students in the drama… Frankly, I love drinking. – I see. / – I enjoy drinking a lot. – You must feel awkward. / – Exactly. I even feel uncomfortable talking about this, and I hate being in a situation like this. You’re old enough to drink. I can legally drink, and I did nothing unethical or caused any trouble. Anyway, I drink with my friends, and my face reddens when I drink. My fans would approach for a photo with them, and I entertain their request. And when my fan post it on the internet, – You were in a bar. / – people criticize me. (Can a high school student drink?) It makes me upset. – It’s understandable. / – Yes. Until the drama ends… Bora, do you have any similar experiences? Since my student image is almost ingrained in me, I carry my ID wherever I go. – Really? / – Yes. – Even when it says 1995… / – It’s understandable. I’m not asked to show my ID when I grow a beard. (He gains a free pass.) Bora said she was meant to meet the director. After the two rounds of the audition, the director and I had a meeting. He mentioned that prior to the audition, he and I were riding the same subway. I was on my way to the cafe I was working at. He said he watched me and found me unique, and that I made a strong impression on him. The audition was held one or two weeks after that. When he saw me walk in, – he was so surprised. / – That’s unbelievable. She brought him good luck. Hyeyoon auditioned for the young Suhjin too. – Is it true? / – In the first round, we were given the script at the venue. The character of young Suhjin had a few lines. Right. When she reminisces her high school days. – That’s right. / – That scene was in the script I was given. So I auditioned for that part too. – The famous line too? / – Yes. – Could you show us? / – Sure. How about I say, “Shall we eat together next week?” Then you say, “Shall I rip your lips off?” – I like your idea. / – I’ll do it. Say it comfortably. Hyeyoon, shall we eat together next week? Shall I rip your lips off? – That was perfect. / – Good job. It was so realistic. – It suited the situation. / – I created the mood. – It was a perfect line. / – It makes me angry. (Yeseo’s version of the line) In fact, I visited their waiting room earlier, and they seemed very close. In the drama, the two of them… – They hate each other. / – Exactly. – Are you two close? / – Tell us. (How do they get along with each other?) – Yes. / – Yes. What was that? We only saw you two in the drama. When you immerse yourself into your character, you might keep a distance from other characters. There was a scene where I fall for Woojoo while watching him play basketball. And Hyena says, “I heard unrequited love is painful.” “I don’t know because I have no experience.” (I’ve never been in one, so I don’t know.) (But I hear it’s tough to be in a one-sided love.) – There was this speech. / – She was so annoying. – She was so annoying. / – She was. Just before the shoot began, she said this to me. “I heard you are shooting the last scene.” “It’d be tough. I’ve never done it, so I don’t know.” (She became annoying.) She played with you. “I heard you are shooting the last scene.” Anyway, the shoot began, but I couldn’t stop thinking about what she said. (I heard you are shooting the last scene.) I couldn’t stop thinking about it and I got so upset. “How dare you say that to me?” – So you meant it. / – I meant it. – You actually meant it. / – I did. Why did you annoy her by saying that? – Was it to help her act? / – I wanted to annoy her. – You wanted to annoy her. / – I was going home early. – Were you going home after that scene? / – Yes. I had to stay and shoot the last scene. – Really? I see. / – I am suddenly curious. Don’t you wonder how it would’ve been if they played each other’s role? That would be fun. Why don’t you say each other’s line? Would you mind doing this? Didn’t you hear my dad? Do you want me to say it again? You’re a problem. I will show you what a real problem is. I will let you learn a lesson. Wait for it. Do you think you can intimidate me? (How can they be so absorbing?) They got into the situation right away. But Yeseo is still like Yeseo, and Hyena is still like Hyena. – They are good. / – You’re right. – They do. / – They do. They are still like their original characters. It looks like a scene of Hyena’s dream, where she became Yeseo. (Oh, dear.) What’s important is that they’re both amazing actors. They got immersed right away. It’s not easy to do that on the spot. They are amazing. – She envied Yeseo. / – Why? During the shoot. – Right. / – The weather gradually got colder as we progressed. The other kids got dropped off and fetched to and from school, but I had to walk. My feet froze and hurt so much. But they just hopped into the cars. I was jealous of that. It’s the same for modern and historical pieces. If you play someone from a rich or high-class family, – you’re always warm. / – The servants suffer. – Right. / – You’ve never acted in the cold, – have you? / – I was always exposed to cold. I always had to walk. – Really? / – I wore straw shoes. Yoonhee suffered too. I’ve never played a rich man’s daughter. You are the type to overcome struggles. (She specializes in strong characters.) Jiwon, were you happy to be playing Yebin? – Yes. / – Why? Was that role easy to play? It wasn’t exactly easy. But I liked it because my house was big. – When I entered, the kitchen was huge. / – It’s huge. – Yeseo’s room was huge. / – Right. My room was tiny. It was a three-story house with stairs. I liked it. – Did you wish that it was your house? / – Yes. There was a terrace too. – It was really nice. / – It was nice. – I didn’t like one thing. / – What was that? Yeseo’s room was twice as big as mine. – Did that upset you? / – Did you envy her? (I will take my sister’s room!) – That’s understandable. / – By the way, it seems the shoot was easy for Byeongkyu too. Donghee and I were very comfortable. We were in the sets most of the time. We rarely shot outside. He and I shared the waiting room right outside the set. There was a really nice sofa in the room – for us to sleep on. / – Really? The sofa was really long. Whenever I turned on the heater, he turned it off because it got too hot. – We worked / – It was warm. in a very comfortable place. But there was one thing we are sad about. Our rooms are never shown in the drama. – We don’t have rooms. / – Only the study room. Our study room is our room. We didn’t have rooms. We’d hide when we were pretending to go to our rooms. Whenever their dad said, “Go upstairs,” – they never showed it. / – Right. We never saw them enter their rooms. – You’re right. / – We were standing closely like this next to the stairs. – It’s like a cliff there. / – It’s a cliff. We shivered there until the part ended. – You’re told to go up and study. / – As for me, Mom followed me whenever she told me to go upstairs. She opened the door and came into the room. I thought, “Here she comes again.” We shot the drama in a comfortable environment. (They shot the drama comfortably.) Did you envy anyone, Chanhee? Me? I… Why did you suddenly ask him that? I wanted to see how he reacts. This is not your video-jockeying channel, where you gauge people’s reactions. Donghee, you envied Chanhee’s house? Yes. Our house is unusually dark. – Right. / – Right. – His house is grim. / – It’s very dreary. I had to stay on set from morning to night many times. Whenever I was there, I didn’t see the light of day. I went to Woojoo’s to shoot the making-of film, and his house had pot plants. Even the air is different. (This is it.) So I envied Chanhee’s house. Chanhee’s house is always bright. – It has many plants. / – Right.