160525 [Oh Hae Young Again ②] Shinhwa Eric goes ‘Roco King’ after 13 years of acting career, “Roco-optimized actor” + Top 5 Comments
Eric has a lot of story to tell with his
eyes. Due to his occupation related to ‘sounds’ (sound director), his
sensitivity is always on full blown. Not only is he a die-hard workaholic, but
also a perfectionist when it comes to work. When a guy like this puts aside his
natural characteristic to focus on one girl, a wave of interest came rushing
into the television theater. Eric is playing Park Do Kyung, a man got entangled
in between the two ‘Oh Hae Young’ who share the same name.
Soon to be 40 years old Eric (37) has received a title for himself - ‘Roco King’.
Counting in his Shinhwa era since year 1998, he is approaching a whopping 20
years in show biz industry. In fact, he’s been acting for 13 years already.
Eric has many succeeded dramas, and there were once a time when he was the
hottest pick for the main lead role of mellow dramas.
Eric announced his multi-career as both actor and singer with 2003
drama ‘Breathless’ (MBC). That following year, he naturally
took the route to acting through ‘Phoenix’. This
particular drama left quite an impression to not only viewers, but also Eric
himself. “Don’t you smell something
burning? My heart is beating for you.” To address this cheesy line, Eric jokingly said,
“I’m being happily tortured by this for
over 10 years” (at ‘Oh Hae Young Again press conference). Thanks to ‘Phoenix’,
Eric was honored a Rookie Actor of the Year awards in MBC ‘Drama Awards’ the
Eric’s drama during 2006 ‘Wolf’ was canceled
after 2 episodes due to injuries (both Eric & Han Ji Min). His consecutive attempt, which was ‘Invincible
Ranger’ (SBS) wasn’t of much luck either. MBC ‘Que Sera Sera’ was the project
he selected a year after, and it was the drama that helped him overcome his
struggles and take over another challenge. Through this drama, Eric had his
first encounter with actress Jung Yumi (which he later was able to act with on ‘Discovery
of Love’ proven his possibilities of becoming the ‘Roco King’). This
was the era (Que Sera Sera) when his acting stabilizes itself to the point where he
fulfill the requirements of what each scene had to express without making it overwhelming.
Strangely enough, the dramas featuring Eric
had many incidents going on but these were not caused by his own wills. One of his series ‘Wolf’
had to be
canceled due to a stunt accident gone wrong
(you can read more about the accident
👉🏽HERE), and his next series got into a
controversy due to a dispute between the director and main actress in 2011.
This drama was KBS2 ‘Spy Myeong Wol’, with Han Ye Seul as the co-star. It was
an unprecedented crisis of an actress leaving the filming.
After ‘Spy Myeong Wol’, Eric took a break in acting. He went to back to the
stages doing activities as a member of Shinhwa.
‘Discovery of Love’ (KBS2) was the drama Eric featured in after a 3 year pause,
and also a drama of which portrayed his values as an actor. As the audiences
were far too familiarized with his face from the many years of Eric’s singing
and acting career, it is certainly uneasy to reappear in front of the public
with different charms and to conquer the ‘Roco King’ title. Eric was the one
who achieved this with his own power. And that first step was ‘Discovery of
In this drama he chose after 3 year worth of break, Eric played Kang Tae Ha, a
character filled with confidence and haughtiness. He had to recreate a
character of a man reflecting back on his mistakes and empowering himself
throughout a breakup with his girlfriend. The drama’s director Kim Sung Yoon
stated, “Before we started with the filming, I was a bit worried whether he’ll
adapt himself to the drama comeback, but I found myself getting more and more
satisfied within time.” Following on, he mentioned, “Immersing into characters
with natural acting skills is Eric’s biggest advantage. He is amazing both as
an actor and a person.”
Actually, there were many intersections for Eric inside the dramas. Each of the
character is an extension of one another. The flawless conglomerate (Phoenix)
and a bad guy who doesn’t take love seriously (Que Sera Sera). These were all
characters possessing high confidence and arrogance but wounded internally. A
required trait for an actor is “an eye for drama selection” (as said by Jung
Duk Hyun a.k.a pop culture critic), and Eric has the abilities to see through which
characters would fit him like gloves. To this, Eric explained, “I’m turning 40
years old real soon. A woman knows best how other women feel. I’m just
following along the script I’m given.”
Director of ‘Oh Hae Young Again’ Song Hyun Wook complimented Eric by saying, “While
shooting with Eric, I felt it deeply that he is an actor optimized for the
romance comedy and mellow genre. Rather than blowing out his emotions
recklessly, he has created his own version of Park Do Kyung by focusing on the
detailed aspects such as expressions, gestures, gaze, etc.”
Top 5 comments:
[+3,914; -96] Eric solidified his position as a Roco King by receiving the
best actor award during 2005 with “Super Rookie”, along with Kim Sam Soon and
Hyun Bin, but there’s not a single mention about that drama…
[+2,744; -61] This is a drama that makes 70 minutes feel like 7 minutes…
need I ask for more! All I want is a happy ending for Do Kyung and Seo Hae
[+2,455; -80] ㅜㅜㅜㅜㅜ Eric is so cool ㅜㅜ ㅜㅜㅜㅜㅜㅜㅜ
[+2,159; -72] He’s
so fine ㅜㅜ I fall so deeply
into him that I’m not even aware of it ㅜㅜ Eric just seems like Park Do Kyung now ㅜㅜ
My heart stops when Eric smilesㅠㅠㅠㅠㅠ
I was tagged by @anarfea. Thank you, this was fun :)
1. 3 fan arts/fics with the most comments
Short Message Service (Sherlock) A fic told exclusively by text messages between not!Anthea and Sherlock. Not much of a surprise that it’s at the top of both the comment and kudos list since it turns 5 years in October and I still keep adding to it. It might be unfair to call it just one fic.
Help us to Survive (Sherlock) The latest fic in the Eating us Alive verse where Sherlock has an eating disorder.
221 bathroom (Sherlock) Also part of the Eating us Alive verse. A collection of 221b ficlets taking place between (or during) Eating us Alive, again…and Help us to Survive.
My Soulmate’s Soulmate (MCU) Nice with a non-Sherlock fic up here too! A Clint/Laura/Natasha soulmate AU fic where your soulmates name is written on your wrist, and Laura is the one with two names on hers.
3. Oldest fan art/fic
New circumstances (Sherlock) It’s almost five years since I wrote that one. Goodness me, I’ve been in this fandom for a long time.
4. Your latest fan art/fic
Dawning (Sherlock) This might turn out to be the prologue of a longer fic, but don’t hold your breath, writing grief is really hard. Not to mention writing a child’s grief. Not sure I’m up for that.
5. Your proudest fan art/ fic
Short Message Service (Sherlock), probably. Not so much for the amazing writing, or my attention to details, or the massive amount of work I put it, because… none of those things are really there. I’m having fun writing it, and I’m so happy other people find it funny as well. And I get all warm and fuzzy when people recognise me because of this fic. This fic is me, and I’m so happy about that.
If we’re talking being proud for the sake of being proud of the actual craft of writing, then it’s
Help us to Survive (Sherlock).
The most dangerous men you’ve ever met (Sherlock/Kingsman) A Mycroft/Harry thing I threw together because my fic came to a complete standstill and I had to do something with them after seeing the movie!
Joanthea (Sherlock/Elementary) A series of Anthea/Joan… things. Because I needed that in my life then.
8. Your favourite character to write/draw in fan art/fic
9. Favourite lines or favourite scene from a WIP fan art/fic
I’m picking the one with the highest word count. It’s a MCU fic I was supposed to have finished before CACW because I didn’t want to have any new canon to mess things up. That obviously didn’t happen.
So the working name for this is Clint is dead Natasha is Danny. That’s the actual name of the document. I’m seriously toying with the idea of naming this fic There you’ll be if I ever finish it.
startled at the sound of Steve’s voice, and turned around. She felt truly
embarrassed by the fact that she hadn’t noticed him coming.
far,” she muttered. “But you might have to stop me from hitting Bruce in the
head with a frying pan if this goes on for much longer.”
smiled. He leaned against the rails next to her, his back to the garden and the
a nice ceremony,” he said.
ridiculous ceremony,” said Natasha. “It’s for the kids. Laura thought that
something should be normal, at least. I don’t see why it’d matter, but what do
you’re taking some time off.”
nodded. “I have some six years of vacation days to take out. I thought I’d help
Laura out for a while.”
all there is? Because when I talked to Hill it sounded like she’s forcing you
to take the time.”
she said, shrugging. She didn’t want people to know that. Not Steve, not
Tony, not Sam, not Bruce, not… Laura. Definitely not Laura. She was supposed to
be the strong one, she’d had over two months to process this. It was other
people’s time to work through it now.
put his hand on her shoulder. She moved away from his touch, but not from him.
Though she wished he’d stop looking at her like that. Like if she was someone
know,” he said, his voice annoyingly sympathetic, “the first time I lost my
best friend, I deliberately crashed a plane into the Arctic.”
out a huff of laughter. “Yes, that’s exactly the same as what I did.”
you told Laura about where you’ve been the last months?”
“Where’s that frying pan when you need it?” she
asked, but finally looking at him and giving him a smile.