★ What is the reason that made you decide to participate in IRIS 2.
The first part was an excellent drama that received a lot of popularity. I also kept up with the drama and thought this was a good opportunity.
★ There were a lot of action scenes so you would have prepared for it; were there any special training you undertook or advice from the seniors?
I attended action school, practiced and also listened to advice. In particular, I was given advice most by Jang Hyuk sunbaenim.
★ What advice did you receive?
It’s hard to explain it in details through words… Jang Hyuk sunbaenim is an excellent action actor. Since he’s one, he taught me the know-hows in detail and it helped a lot.
★ It would have been some help having Lee Joon appear (on the show) with you. What do you talk about on set?
We talk about CD, albums and personal stuff. We are around the same age. Lee Joon hyung is a little older but we are close. We talk about going to eat – those ordinary stuff.
★ You have a judo scene with Lee Dahae-ssi. Your opponent is a woman so I’m sure there are some things you were wary about. How was it?
If I couldn’t control my strength properly, she could have gotten hurt but Dahae-ssi matched (my strength) well so we were able to finish it without any accidents.
★ According to Dahae-ssi, Doojoon-ssi’s thighs are sturdy. What kind of exercise do you do?
I like soccer.
★ Ah a sport that works on your thighs.
Yes, it seems like it (laughs).
★ Do you do anything else apart from that?
Lately, I’ve been boxing too. Mostly soccer and boxing.
★ IRIS 2 is generally a serious drama, what about the atmosphere on set?
Enjoyable. Jang Hyuk sunbaenim loves to joke around so there are a lot of jokes but sometimes the atmosphere falls flat (on his jokes) too (laughs). There are many junior actors in the drama so the sunbaes lead us.
★ Seems like filming the action scenes would be difficult. Was there any episode was that extremely difficult for you?
It would be the filming in Cambodia. I filmed with Lee Bumsoo-ssi but the weather was extremely hot that it was difficult. In additional, Bumsoo-ssi had a huge injury so I was really worried.
★ Shooting overseas is difficult. If there was a best scene you could choose?
A best scene that I would choose? Although every scene is impressive, I think of the scene where Jang Hyuk sunbaenim acted as Yoogun in Japan. Ah, this is the appreciation of a viewer (laughs).
★ What about a scene that you yourself appear in?
Talking about the scenes I appear in… I keep a close eye on the scenes I appear in. But I’m not able to speak objectively about the scenes I appear in.
★ If there’s a ‘best scene’ there would also be a ‘legendary scipt/line’. What would it be?
The line that I remember the most would be the Korean words Yoogun said to Ray after speaking in English -“I’ll kill you.” It was really suave. There was an impact too.
★ You’re a singer and an actor so what do you think of the proportion of activities you’re doing for both? Please tell us which you would concentrate on, being an actor or being a singer.
Because my career as a singer is longer and the breadth and region of activities is wider, my main activity is as a singer. Speaking of acting, it hasn’t been long since I started so I’m really still inexperienced and I need to learn much more.
★ Are you thinking of continuing to act.
If there are opportunities.
★ I will anticipate that. Hearing about your appearance in IRIS 2 what did the BEAST members say?
Because they all watch the first part, they were happy and shocked. They also encouraged me.
★ Lastly, a word to the viewers.
Although it looks like a serious themed drama, there are a lot of things to see so I think you’ll fall for (the drama). Please watch it till the end.
❖ Translation by @yongjunna. Source by @a8sun. JPN-KR: @KongKongXD. There may be mistakes. Take out with full credits.