Han Hyo Joo (한효주) is a highly acclaimed actress, having won “Best Actress’ Award” at the 2013 Blue Dragon Film Awards for her role in “Cold Eyes” (2013). Despite being recognised for her movie roles, the 29-year-old actress has also starred in notable drama series including “Dong Yi” (2010) and “Brilliant Legacy” (2009).
Recently, she made her big return to the small screen via “W-Two Worlds” (더블유), a K-Drama that has been receiving high ratings since its premiere.
In “W-Two Worlds”, a love story which happens between the reality and the virtual universe, she stars alongside K-Drama heartthrob Lee Jong Suk (이종석), a new wave Hallyu actor who is best known for his leading role in many acclaimed TV series including “My Love From The Star” (2013) and “Pinocchio” (2015). He was awarded “Best Actor” at the 2015 Korean Drama Awards and “Most Popular Actor” at the 2015 BaekSang Arts Awards for his role in “Pinocchio”.
The synopsis is as follows:
“Yeon Joo embarks on a perilous search for her father who disappeared without a trace. During her search, she risked her life and saved a man who claimed that he didn’t belong to this world. Now she asks herself if parallel universes really do exist.”
Thanks to our friends from Oh!K, we managed to get hold of an exclusive interview with Han Hyo Joo, where she talks about her big return to the small screen through “W-Two Worlds” and what it’s like to work with Lee Jong Suk.
Why should viewers catch W-Two Worlds?
“W-Two Worlds” is a drama series that will get viewers craving for more. Once you start watching “W-Two Worlds”, you will always wonder what happens in the next episode and look forward to it. With a fresh concept backing this drama, I’m certain that this series will appeal to its viewers.
What motivated you to be in this drama series?
I personally love being a part of dramatic drama productions and since I haven’t been acting for a while now, this was an opportunity which reached me at the right time! I knew I wanted to be a part of this drama series after reading the script for the first episode.
Can you tell us why you haven’t been in a TV series for such a long time?
There isn’t any specific reason, but I’ve always considered the script to be the most essential part when it comes to choosing which series I should be a part of.
How is working together with Lee Jong Suk like and what was your first impression of him?
I met Mr. Lee Jong Suk for the first time through this series and my first impression was the same! He is fair, tall and handsome. His character in this drama is portrayed as an extremely charming person – good looking, sexy, well-mannered and rich. This sounds a lot like him in real life. I have definitely never been in a drama with this many kissing scenes and I’m sure viewers will be drawn in by the stunning kissing scenes in the later episodes!
Were there any difficulties when you had to film scenes that transport between reality and the world of web-toons?
As this drama involves happenings in two different worlds, web-toon and reality, the fantasy aspects of the story have so far been directed and filmed realistically which makes it easy for me to act as if the events were truly happening. I believe viewers will be able to watch with the same set of feelings that I had felt while filming and empathise with my character. I think that acting is defiantly hard but definitely enjoyable.
In reality, you are older than Lee Jong Suk. Do you feel pressured portraying a couple in which the female is older than the male?
Since our characters are the same age in the series, I do feel some pressure. As such, I try my very best to look and act young beside him. Sometimes, I do make fun of him by acting cute and joking around!
Do you feel nervous returning to the screens after 6 years?
To be honest, I was so nervous when we first started filming that I could not sleep at night! But as filming progressed, I started to really enjoy myself and feel like I’m getting into the momentum of acting again.
I have never really thought about that. I focus on my work to make sure that I perform well. For an actress, it is really important that you enjoy the filming process. This way, viewers can easily identify with your passion and the series. I am very thankful and want to show my best so that I can live up to their expectations. I think our society often incites competition but for myself, I would rather spend time on challenging myself to reach greater heights in my acting skills rather than compare myself with other actors.
Be sure to catch the sizzling chemistry between Han Hyo Joo and Lee Jong Suk in “W-Two Worlds” on Oh!K (Astro Channel 394). New episodes of “W-Two Worlds” will air every Thursday and Friday at 8:55pm, within 24 hours of its Korea premiere. English, Simplified Chinese, and Bahasa Malaysia subtitles are available.
For more information, hit up Oh!K’s Facebook page.