130301 Ha Jung Woo’s self-interview
A completed translation of Naver Entertainment’s Star Column, featuring Ha Jung Woo~
Text by Ha Jung Woo
Edited by Issue Daily chief editor Hwang Yong Hee email@example.com
Photographs by Issue Daily, still cuts from Ha Jung Woo’s movies
~ Editor’s Intro ~
It is not an exaggeration to say that Ha Jung Woo lives every single day for his movies. Through his endless research and analysis, he is determined to create better works, to present better performances. For Ha Jung Woo, all his efforts, from painting to film-directing, are all for the sake of being an “actor”.
Because of his desire to continue making films, Ha Jung Woo is determined to hone his craft to perfection. Because there is Ha Jung Woo, the future of Chungmuro (i.e. Korea’s film industry) is promising.
In this 3rd segment, we will drop his “actor name” for a while, and instead focus on “Kim Sung Hoon” the person. How does Kim Sung Hoon live, for the sake of actor Ha Jung Woo? And what are Kim Sung Hoon’s honest views about marriage?
Ha Jung Woo, the actor whose next move we all have the highest anticipation for, I wish you the best in your future endeavors.//Chief Editor
◆ Ha Jung Woo’s other name, Kim Sung Hoon
As I have mentioned in the earlier interviews, I had been busy doing promotional events for “The Berlin File” and filming “The Terror Live”. I have since finished both activities, and intend to take a break for about a month.
Over the lunar new year, my dad also asked, “What are you going to do after your filming ends?”
I’m going to a warmer country
Um.. I have traveling plans. Firstly, I will start from Japan, and after that to New York, before heading for my vacation destination, which I haven’t finalized yet. From what I have planned, I will travel for about a month before I return. I really intend to do nothing during that time. Haha.
However, I’m going to New York for my painting exhibition. The exhibition will open in New York in early March, so I’ll fly there once the dates are confirmed. After that, I’ll be heading for a warmer country to have a good break before I return.
The filming location is always a place overflowing with vitality! Where I can be serious, where I can have fun!
◆ Kim Sung Hoon vs Ha Jung Woo
It has never been easy being an actor ever since I began this career. There will always be obstacles. Every time obstacles occur, I will try to control and overcome them, and it’s also my responsibility to take up roles that will enable me to improve myself.
It’s the same in films. Of course, the director is present, but as an actor, I control the character, moulding it through my acting performance. Thus, “Ha Jung Woo” (his stage name) is being managed by “Kim Sung Hoon” (his real name), and Kim Sung Hoon continues thinking hard about “what I should do to present a better interpretation for this movie?”
Kim Sung Hoon lives through his daily routines, thinks about the usual things that people his age think about, and always asks himself whether he is living well. In a way all these are useful for Ha Jung Woo when he’s at work, and he tries to show that through his works too.
As befitting my age, I do have the same worries of my age group, with regards to marriage.
Firstly, if people marry to have stability in life, I will wonder – “Does marriage eventually lead to stability?” I feel that stability from marriage comes after the individual reaches stability within him- or herself, thus stability from marriage is a secondary consequence.
And upon this conclusion, more questions come up – “Am I emotionally prepared for marriage?”, “I say that I will be getting married at this age, but will that bring me happiness?” Although I do not intend to get married currently, I may meet someone in the future, and I could change my mind.
Deep in my heart, I hope to get married by the time I’m 38.
My ideal type…? Firstly, I hope that we can communicate well with each other. For me, the main priority isn’t about her character, but I think it’s more important that we are compatible with each other.
In the past, I would like someone who has a similar character with me, who have similar hobbies, but if our characters are similar, it would cause conflicts all the time. That’s why we need time to our individual selves, and that wouldn’t happen if we had similar hobbies.. I believe that anybody must be able to have time alone to themselves.
Therefore recently I changed and prefer to have someone who has different hobbies from me. How much time I can spend alone with my hobby, and if I have to do the hobby together with my wife, I will wonder “where’s the time for myself?” Thus there’s no need to have similar hobbies, we just have to communicate well when we meet up.
It will be even better if we could give each other freedom, to a certain extent to leave each other alone, in our daily lives or during our work.
One of my hobbies is painting. Although I’m involved in script-writing and directing, and many other things as well, all of them are related to films.
Paintings are also a way to face our innermost feelings honestly, for example in my case, I’ll probably face myself with questions like, “What should I do to improve my acting?” I also do this for the sake of my health. When you paint, there’s a place for you to rest your mind. It gives me comfort and strength, that I have such a place to “detox”. Thus there’s no need to brood and despair in loneliness.
◆ Me, 10 years later
10 years later…
I guess I will still be an actor, exactly like what I am now.
My paintings are already being displayed in exhibitions, although I started barely 3 years ago. “Rollercoaster” is my first directing attempt, thus I think that it is only right if I continue to learn more about directing too. To tell the truth, besides these, I have no interest in anything else.
One day, I hope to be able to act with my dad and younger brother – “A Father and his 2 Sons” – that seems pretty interesting. Actually I had received such a proposal before, but I felt that the timing then was not right. I don’t really know when the timing will be right though. Haha.
And then, in the distant future, I hope that people will remember me as Ha Jung Woo the film professional, and the storyteller. In order to continue making movies, I work with endless determination, and do the best that Ha Jung Woo can ever be in my works.
And thus, Ha Jung Woo hereby humbly ends this column. Initially I felt embarrassed and awkward about pouring out my thoughts here, but now that I have finished, I feel kind of relieved. Haha. And if the reader could feel my sincerity conveyed through this, that will be great.
Please look forward to my next work!
I wish to be remembered as a film professional… and story-teller