Varied roles a cue to success for Joo
And now, Joo is taking on another challenge. He has been cast as an orchestra conductor in “Cantabile Tomorrow,” a remake of the popular Japanese series “Nodame Cantabile” (2006), which will start its run Monday on KBS.
“I chose this remake because it was the work I wanted to do the most, and what the public wanted me to do the most,” the actor said in reference to his ever-changing roles during an interview with Ilgan Sports, an affiliate of the Korea JoongAng Daily.
A. When I look back, I think I haven’t worked on projects that many youngsters can appreciate. I think this work could appeal to them, and it is also very dramatic and serious - just the way I like it.
How long have you played musical instruments?
I started about five to six months ago. I also practiced in the waiting room when I was still working on the musical “Ghost.” Because the original [of “Cantabile”] is superb, I wanted to match that. Many people asked me why I started to practice so early, but I felt like I needed to do much better than any other actor, so I invested a lot of my time.
Did you watch the original Japanese drama?
I was a fan of it and watched the entire show. A director told me not to, but I didn’t listen.
Do you like playing different professions in dramas?
I think that is the prerogative of being an actor. I had so much fun when I was filming “Bread, Love and Dreams.” I would bake bread and share it with the staff. I baked all day voluntarily, even when I didn’t necessarily need to do that. I also enjoyed horseback riding when I was doing “Bridal Mask.” Although I can’t dig all the way in, the fact I can try [different jobs] is at least a little bit of the fun.
You look like you lost a lot of weight.
I lost about six kilograms [13.2 pounds]. I walked distances people usually ride in cars.
Do you worry that your drama won’t get a high viewership rate?
It’s part of my worries. I wonder what the problem is since many broadcasters have the same worry. I hope, since the new work is so good, that it can help revive a somewhat stagnant scene.
BY BAE JOONG-HYUN [email@example.com]