Star recalls tough childhood
After several years of enjoying the good life, Kim said his family had to move to a basement apartment in Sinsa, southern Seoul. His mom ran a small restaurant to support the family.
“I wanted to rebel and sometimes want to give up, but whenever I was about to do that I thought about my mom and decided I could never waver,” he said.
Kim also revealed that he started his career in the entertainment industry in a very straightforward way - he just visited movie production companies and asked for a job.
“I just felt I needed to go there,” he recalled.
It was a strange approach, but it helped him land a role in “Don Quixote on Asphalt” in 1988. He then rose to stardom after he starred in Kang Woo-suk’s “Happiness Does Not Come in Grades” the following year.
By Lee Sun-min