‘Squid Game’ Park Hae-soo’s new movie ‘Interviewer’
“K-contents starts now…I want to help develop”
“The year 2021 is unbearably happy”
[서울=뉴시스] Reporter Son Jeong-bin = “My parents like it. In the past, I was worried about acting, but now I am a public servant.”
Actor Park Hae-soo (41) has recently been nicknamed ‘Netflix official’. It means that it appears that often in Netflix movies and TV shows. He has appeared in the movie ‘Time to Hunt’ and the drama ‘Squid Game’, as well as the recently released ‘Yacha’ and the upcoming drama ‘Paper House: Common Economic Zone’. Park Hae-soo laughed, saying, “Somehow, he even got a nickname like that.”
On the 15th, I met Hae-soo Park through an online video interview. This was an interview that took place recently when the movie ‘Yacha’, in which he starred with Seol Kyung-gu, was released on Netflix. However, he was asked questions about ‘squid game’ and so-called ‘K content’ as much as questions related to ‘Yacha’. Recently, ‘Yacha’ climbed to 3rd place in the global Netflix movie rankings. The fact that ‘Yacha’ could receive such a lot of attention was not related to the fact that it was influenced by ‘Squid Game’.
Last year, Park Hae-soo became a global star along with Lee Jung-jae and Jeong Ho-yeon. From the end of that year to the beginning of this year, while attending various TV drama-related awards in the United States, I watched Lee Jung-jae and Jeong Ho-yeon and ‘Squid Game’ set all kinds of first records and win awards. Although she did not get nominated for an acting award, Park Hae-soo’s acting skills were praised as well as Lee Jung-jae, Jeong Ho-yeon, and Oh Young-soo. “It was an indescribably happy experience,” he said of his time in America.
“(At the awards ceremony) It was a really happy thing to watch senior Lee Jung-jae’s name being called and Jeong Ho-yeon’s name from the sidelines. I was so happy and grateful. I don’t think he’s a star.”
Park Hae-soo said that he was not a global star, but he felt a sense of responsibility. He said that it is necessary to continue the interest in so-called Korean movies and dramas, which started in earnest with the ‘Squid Game’, in a positive direction, and to do that, he wants to act as a bridge in the middle. However, Park Hae-soo said that this does not mean that the criteria for selecting works cannot be determined by how well they can work on the global stage. He said, “There is no reason to do a global project,” he said.
“In the past, when there was a certain movie, when Asians needed it, Korean actors would come in and act. Now I feel that Korean content itself is what they need. Because they recognized me when I was in the US. But they didn’t like me that much. I didn’t think I was a very villain (in ‘Squid Game’).” (Laughs)
Park Hae-soo started to make a name for himself in 2017 when he took on the lead role in ‘Wise Prison Life’. And then what happened to him is what we see now. Park Hae-soo is the hottest actor in this industry. He described last year as a blessed year and a happy year. Last year he didn’t just have a ‘squid game’. A child was also born. Park Hae-soo said, “It was an exciting year beyond what I could afford.”
“All I can do is become a good piece of a work. If I continue to add strength as a piece of art, wouldn’t it really become a global star?”
Park Hae-soo said he wanted to become an actor like Lee Jung-jae, who worked together in ‘Squid Game’, and Seol Kyung-gu, who worked together in ‘Yacha’. He was talking about wanting to learn the tolerance for embracing the juniors they showed. “Before meeting the two of you, I was really nervous. I felt a lot of pressure. My hands were sweaty. But these people came to me first. They made me feel comfortable. I want to be a person.”
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