Barely a year after his last visit to Singapore, actor Kang Ha Neul was in town again as part of promotions for the highly-anticipated K-drama ‘Scarlet Heart: Ryeo’. Set during the Goryeo Dynasty, ‘Scarlet Heart: Ryeo’ tells the story of a modern 21st century woman Go Ha-jin (played by IU) who is transported back in time and wakes up in the body of 16-year-old named Hae Soo. Ha Neul reprises the role of 8th prince, who ultimately falls in love with Hae Soo.
The bubbly actor was all smiles during the press conference, where he sat down with members of the media to speak about his role in the drama and his experience working alongside fellow actors such as Lee Junki and IU.
Interestingly, Ha Neul shared that he initially felt pressured to be part of the drama since it was a remake production of the wildly popular Chinese drama ‘Scarlet Heart (步步惊心)’. However, he eventually decided to take on the role as he felt it would challenge him as an actor. The cheerful star also mentioned that audiences can look forward to the cinematography of this drama, as the scenes had been shot beautifully to bring out quality content to viewers.
In contrast to the regal personality of his character in the drama, Ha Neul had a laid-back ‘ordinary, boy-next-door’ vibe as he continuously answered questions from the media. He also humbly added that Prince Wook possesses intelligence and excellent martial arts skills, which is unlike his character in real life.
When asked about what he likes about Prince Wook, he laughed and exclaimed in English, “Everything!” Ha Neul also said that Prince Wook was naturally born into the royal family hence he feels suppressed because of the environment he was brought up in. However, his character experiences growth when he meets Hae Soo and finds the freedom in knowing what to really pursue in life.
Ha Neul also shared his perspective on the sageuk (historical drama) genre and how such dramas have been modified to appeal to younger audiences. He felt that as historical dramas contain elements that differ from modern times, many people are unable to relate to them. He then said that ‘Scarlet Heart: Ryeo’ would be able to engage viewers through provoking their imaginations.
Ha Neul also shared that if he were given the opportunity to try out different acting roles, he would like to take on the challenge to portray a young father as he is often attracted to roles that bring out traits that are different to him. On a final note, he spoke of his desire to create fond memories during his short stay in Singapore and would definitely love to come back again if given the chance.
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