With 2016 marking his 10th year anniversary since debut on the small screen, seasoned actor Park Hae Jin has recently managed to tuck yet another successful piece of work under his belt: tvN’s slice-of-life drama ‘Cheese In The Trap’. His portrayal of the mysterious yet charming Yoo Jung captured the hearts of many Singaporean fans, who turned up in droves at West Coast Plaza earlier last month to catch a glimpse of the popular actor during his official Media Conference. The star’s appearance was met with thunderous applause and screams from the enthusiastic crowd. Clad an outfit true to his “guy-next-door” image, Park Hae Jin waved politely to the crowd with a brilliant smile before settling down for some questions from the media.
First off was the inevitable question about Singapore’s weather, which he said was considerably hotter than what he is used to. He then showed his appreciation and gratitude for the love Singaporean fans have shown him, noting that many showed up at Changi Airport to welcome him. Park Hae Jin also mentioned that he enjoyed food such as coconut juice and Bakkwa, a traditional Chinese barbequed pork snack. When prompted by the host to say a few words in Singlish like “Shiok” and “Chiobu”, Park Hae Jin readily obliged, much to the delight of fans.
After a quirky question to which he chose his mother as the person who he imagine would nag at him in a hypothetical dream, he was met with a plethora of enquiries about his personal life. The soft-spoken bachelor explained that though he did feel lonely at times, this was alleviated by the fact that he lived with his family. Another question about his ideal type revealed that he prefers a feminine lady with whom he can enjoy days in with. As for where he would bring a fan to for a date, he would choose Seoul’s popular shopping district Myeongdong.
The actor then answered some questions pertaining to his filming activities. Out of all the actresses he has worked with, Park Hae Jin mentioned that he had the best chemistry with ‘Cheese In The Trap”s female lead Kim Go Eun. As for the rumors about him starring in the movie adaptation of the webtoon, he said that he would be willing to take up the same role again even though nothing has been confirmed as yet. In response to a question about his rare appearances in historical dramas, he clarified that he would want to act in one before he becomes too old for a role other than a King. To him, the most memorable drama he has acted in is ‘Bad Guys’, and he also said that he would be appearing in a drama about bodyguards soon so do keep an eye out for it!
Having recently won the “Best Male Actor” award at the LeTV Awards in Beijing for the Chinese drama “Far Away Love”, Park Hae Jin has definitely become a prominent figure in China’s entertainment scene. Although he did not manage to speak in Chinese when asked, he expressed a wish to work with prominent Chinese actor Wu Xiu Bo in the future. When asked if he thought his career has been a tough journey, he humbly responded that it would be a lie to say that it has been easy. However, he stressed that he would like to maintain active in the entertainment scenes in both Korea and China and would like to give back to society in return for what it has given him. On a lighter note, he enjoys collecting things such as shoes in his spare time and his current obsession is furniture, much to everybody’s amusement.
The highlight of the event was when the management spontaneously allowed the star to walk around the barricades and interact with his fans lining the basement of West Coast Plaza. Park Hae Jin truly lived up to his gentlemanly and well-mannered image by going around the barricades slowly even though it might have threatened his safety. He even extended a helping hand to a fan who had fallen in the midst of the surging crowd. The kind and charismatic actor no doubt left a deep impression on all those who attended, and we look forward to seeing more of him in the future!
We would like to thank Faith & D Entertainment for media accreditation to this event 🙂