[Interview] Jisuk in “OB & GYN” (2/25/2010)
During these 3 years, although he has been aspiring to perform, he returns to the filming after a long time. Now he is accustomed to acting again and returns to his original position through some frustration and shedding tears.
In the “OB & GYN”, he plays the role Wang Jae Suk, who is an Infertility doctor. Unlike his cold-hearted role in his previous drama “Pure 19”, he plays a humorous doctor in this drama. Suh Ji Suk’s smile from his eyes peculiarly makes him suitable for playing this role.
Question: Why do you choose “Ob & GYN” as the drama you return to TV screen?
Answer: This is my first drama after I returned from serving the army. To men, serving in the army is a very big job. Likewise, to women, giving birth to her baby is a very big job. For men, they are excited when they complete their military services. Similarly, women are thrilled when their babies are delivered.
Question: What’s your feeling of returning to performing after 3 years? How hard is it?
Answer: This is the 10th year after my first debut on TV (SJS’s first debut was the KBS Drama City “Hopeless Love” in 2001). After 3 years’ rest, it was quite difficult for me during the first 3~4 days of filming. Even though I prepared a lot, I fell into frozen and panic situation. For example, at one scene filmed on the first day, I didn’t even know how to use the chopstick, which made me cry alone after I went home. I felt so embarrassed and gloomy.
Question: Was it OK after that?
Answer: The next day was the same even in a scene I only had to say one word. I NGed about 20 times. So, I went home and cried alone again. I continued to practice for 2 days. I recalled that how much I wanted to return to the filming sites when I was serving in the army. Moreover, my nervousness disappeared after I stayed longer with other actors and actresses at the filming sites. Now, I feel a little bit relaxed.
Question: There is a saying that men become like iron after they served in the army. Is there any change other than the change in your acting skill?
Answer: There are not many differences. More wrinkles appear on my face (laugh). Due to the routine life in the army, I gained 10kg in the army. However, I lost those 10kg after I got out of the army.
Question: To play an Infertility doctor, you often have to say embarrassed script dialogs such as abortions and sexual behaviors. How do you deal with actresses while you are acting this kind of embarrassed portion?
Answer: In the OB & GYN, especially the Infertility doctor, sonogram and insertion examinations are performed. In addition, the script dialogs include some medical terms of embarrassing sexual behaviors which I find no one to practice with. Thus, most of the time, I practiced alone in the rest room. In the beginning, I got NGs due to embarrassment. Now, I don’t feel embarrassed even when the filming staffs make fun of me because the Infertility doctor’s job has to use these medical terms.
Question: Your role’s personality in this drama is not as serious as other roles. Is this your original personality?
Answer: Actually, I usually like to joke. I feel more relaxed to play my role this time. Unlike my previous role who didn't usually smile in the drama “Pure 19” for which I prepared a lot for grasping the emotion of the character, I feel relaxed this time to play the joyful and funny storylines of my role. I like to play those interesting scenes and have funny conversations with my partners in this drama.
Question: Previously, you collaborated with Goo Hye Sun (26). This time, you collaborated with Jang Suh Hee (38) who is 9 years older than you. Is there any difference?
Answer: Frankly speaking, I felt relaxed to work with Hye Sun from the start of the drama because she is my junior schoolmate attending the same college. However, in the beginning, I regarded Suh Hee elder sister as a senior actress with lots of career experiences and therefore I felt a little bit uncomfortable with feeling of distance. However, now it is all reversed. Although Hye Sun and I were close, we became more and more quiet during the filming time as time went by. On the contrary, I feel more relax with Suh Hee elder sister as time progresses. Especially, Suh Hee elder sister gives me many advices and she pinpoints important points. I have to say that she is a senior actress I like very much.
Question: Personally, do you like your lover older than you or younger than you?
Answer: I think that I like to date a woman two years younger than me. Nonetheless, I would like to marry a woman who is 28 years old when I turn to 38 years old. Ha Ha Ha. I would like to realize my dream of performance when I reach 38 years old. I would also like to marry one my parents like.
Question: You could play either a serious role or a comical role. Which role you’d like to play?
Answer: I’d like to play a unique character instead of an ordinary role. I like the Shin Hyun Joon’s role in the movie “Barefoot Gibong (맨발의 기봉이)” and Won Bin’s role in the movie “Mother (마더)”. I like to play clear role which I live in.
Question: Lastly, what do you want to leave to people as an actor?
Answer: I’d like to be an actor with credential. When people talk about actor Suh Ji Suk, they would say, “He is very suitable for playing the role” instead of “He is qualified to play the role.”
Ha Ha … That’s why I like Jisuk!
He is always honest, sincere, humble, and humorous!
Jisuk, Way to go! Fighting!!