Source: Xina Translation note: This is an interview with the writers of ‘School 2013′, Lee Hyun Joo (who worked with Jongsuk in WIWTP) and Go Jung Won.
Reporter: When people see Go Namsoon, they joke and say that it is the character that the writers put the most effort into. So which is actually your favourite?
Writer Go: It’s Namsoon.
Writer Lee: Our love for Namsoon is too obvious. In the beginning, we already gave him all the background setups. Our drama is about the teachers and the students – Namsoon is the main character among the students. There’s deep trauma and wrongdoings in his past, so he has to be extra charismatic now to make up for it. That’s why gave all the good setups to Namsoon. Namsoon is a person who doesn’t know how to rescue himself from hurt and pain. Through ‘School’, he comes to terms with his past and breaks through. Lee Jong Suk really acted it out very well.
Writer Go: Exactly. When ‘School 2013′ revealed the title cast, there is a photo of Jongsuk leaning by the window. When we saw that picture, we couldn’t help but exclaim, “Wow, that’s Namsoon!”
Reporter: So why did you pick Lee Jong Suk to portray Namsoon?
Writer Lee: Firstly, we weren’t the ones who picked him.
Reporter: So what were your feelings when you heard he got the role?
Writer Lee: Of course I was happy! I had always envisioned Namsoon not as some rough guy, but a pure and gentle soul. Someone who looks a bit spaced up, that kind of image.
Writer Go: Especially since Writer Lee had worked with Jongsuk in her previous project, so she added Jongsuk’s own charming qualities into the character of Go Namsoon. It really helped enrich the character’s image.
Reporter: What kind of charming qualities does he have?
Writer Lee: Hm… he looks a certain way, but his character is actually very manly? There is a gap there. A manly guy with gentle and elegant features. When I worked with him on the TV movie, I thought he was quiet but then he would suddenly be very masculine. After talking with him at length, I found that he is a very masculine person; he is mature and thinks in a deep manner. However, his looks are like an idol. So I felt that if I can use these qualities in the character, it would bring more charms to our President Go.
Writer Go: It is usually tough for two writers to get immersed in the same character when you co-write a drama. However, when Writer Lee explained to me what kind of people Lee Jongsuk and Go Namsoon are, I managed to understand Namsoon almost immediately.
Writer Lee: We never could imagine it would turn out so well. Lee Jongsuk is amazing as an actor. By the second episode, he fell completely into Namsoon and would talk about him all the time. ‘Namsoon… Namsoon…’ He is more Namsoon than even the Namsoon we had written; he worked so hard, it was like he was placing his life on this.
(T/N: He WAS betting his life on it, and he won. Actor Lee, looking forward to your amazing acting again soon.)