28 Interview Questions That Joo Ji Hoon Answered Regarding His ‘Mask’, Ga In And Others

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The model-turned-actor, Joo Ji Hoon, made his return to the TV screen in SBS drama Mask after his last TV drama Medical Top Team in 2013. Joo Ji Hoon plays as Min-Woo alongside his co-star Soo Ae, who plays two characters Byeon Ji-Sook and Seo Eun-Ha. He plays as the successor of a large corporation which his family ran, and met Eun Ha as the story goes on.

In conjunction of his starring in the drama, ONE HD (Astro B. yond Ch 393) has released an interview with Joo Ji Hoon. In the interview, the actor shared more about him that fans may not know; his career, personal life and relationship. Joo Ji Hoon also revealed he does not get mad or fight with Ga In, does not like meeting up with friends and think Rain and TVXQ’s Yunho are great dancers!

Mask is currently airing through SBS on every Wednesday and Thursday from May 27. Out of Korea, international viewers are able to catch the drama on ONE HD channel, which airs on every Thursday and Friday.

Soo Ae

Soo Ae

Q: Why did you choose to act in this new drama Mask?
I like the message which the drama is trying to convey. It is about the things you do not want to end up losing in life. I also heard that Soo Ae was chosen for the lead, and that gave me great faith in the show.

Q: The drama is about people hiding their true identities to get what they want, what do you think about the premise?
I was drawn to the motif of masks. I think we all wear some kind of mask in our daily lives. It is inevitable; you can’t say everything that is on your mind.

Q: It’s been 9 years since your hit drama <Princess Hours>, how do you feel you’ve come so far?
‘Princess Hours’ was my first acting role, so I would not say that my acting skill was good or impressionable at all. I was like ‘going with the flow’ back then. Now that I am 33 years old, I am taking my acting career a lot more seriously. Now I am taking more responsibility and that feels good.

Q: Talent vs hard-work. What do you think is more important for success?
People who work hard, will do whatever it takes to make their dreams come true. It does not matter which profession you are in, as long as you work hard, you will do well in life.

Q: You started your career as a model, how is being a model different from being an actor?
When I was still a model, I could go out all by myself and no one would recognize me. Now I find myself ‘mask’ing and hiding. Some time back I went to E-dae to catch a movie, and I sat outside on the bench and I was glad that no one recognized me.

Q: Apart from <Mask>, what other productions are you involved in?
I am also in the movie ‘The Treacherous’, it is about a man who made political moves by offering women to the king during the Joseon era.


Q: Love, dreams, passion and loyalty. Which is the most important to you?

I always think that you cannot live without love. Love is life, and vice versa. And my goal in life is to live a blissful and happy life, one that is always fulfilled. It is impossible to not love at all.

Q: What is happiness to you?
What I understand about happiness? If you can love, love. That will make me a very happy person.

Q: Do you hang out with friends and colleagues?
I do not really like meeting up with people or friends, unless I am already very close to that person. If not, it is very likely that I will not want to meet up.

Q: Can you share any of your ‘first’ in life? For instance, first love and first kiss?
(Laughs) I don’t know if I should share.

Q: Alright then, how would you describe the feeling when you first fell in love?
It was like a dream, a dream that you share with this person. But it was such a long time ago, some are sweet while some are bitter memories.

Q: Are you a good boy or a bad boy?
I want to be a good boy, to be upright. I will try to keep making myself a better person, it is not an easy task.


Q: You stand at 187cm, and that is incredibly tall for an Asian guy…

Sometimes I have to split my legs so that I will look like I am just slightly taller than my co-stars. (Laughs) It’s easier for the camera crew too.

Q: Tell us something interesting about your family?
You know how usually mothers ‘scream’ at you, to wake you up for school? My mum doesn’t. She would give me a hug, then wake me up.

Q: What do you do when you are not filming?
Well, if I have nothing to do, I just stay at home. Jog a little, exercise a little.

Q: What are some of your hobbies?
Computer games, basketball and swimming

Q: What are some special talents you have?
I would say speed reading, singing, dancing (Laughs) and hapkido (a highly eclectic Korean martial art)

Q: What are some ‘short comings’ of yours?
People who are tall like me, find it difficult to dance. So I think people like Rain and U-Know Yunho are great.


Q: How has life been since the ‘drug scandal’ in 2009?
If I did not admit to it (taking drugs), I would live the rest of my life feeling miserable and that is not what I want. I did not know how lucky I was. It was after this (incident) that I realized how important my friends and family are.

I always feel that I have an eternal debt to those around me. It’s been years but I always think about what had happened. I am filled with an apologetic and sorrowful heart. My smile is no longer the same. It is my job to look happy and comfortable, even when I am not feeling the same way inside.

In the end, I concluded that I should just work hard and become a better actor. It might sound selfish but if I want to right my wrong doings, I should do it the way that I do best. I will work harder than I first debuted; I will give it my all and my best.

Q: What kind of relationship works best for you?
I prefer if my other half can concentrate without me and doesn’t bother me. My need of personal space comes from my childhood; my parents worked two jobs then. So I spent a lot of time by myself and I like it this way.

Q: What is your take on marriage?
I am a little scared of marriage. I have never heard people saying good things about marriage. Park Myung Soo once said that it is good to postpone death and marriage. Also, if you get married, and no one is there because she is working, which is no different to begin with.

Joo Jihoon in Ga In's MV, Fxxk U

Joo Jihoon in Ga In’s MV, Fxxk U

Q: How your girlfriend Ga In (from Brown Eyed Girls) feels about you filming intimate scenes with other actresses?
She doesn’t really care about what I do. She is in this industry as well, so she knows that it is a job requirement.

Q: Do you seek her advice before taking up any drama or roles?
Ga In is a singer and I am an actor. Our area of works are different, so there is no need for advice from each other. We both have our own dreams and are working hard to achieve them.

 Q:You seem like you are hot tempered. Are there times when your girlfriend makes you angry? What do you do when it happens?
Regardless of whether it is my girlfriend or another person, I will give them three chances. Only when the three chances have passed do I say something about the matter.

Q: Do you fight with your girlfriend Ga In?
I would like to think that I am a considerate person. The moments when we’re together are precious to me, and I don’t want to ruin it by fighting. I don’t like her feeling pressured or stressed, so I will call her before I pick her up from her home. I used to be a model, so I know how long women take to get ready. I call her thirty minutes before I get to her house, and I check in with her every now and then.

Q: So you do not get mad at her at all?
I don’t get mad at her because I don’t want to spend our time fighting. Say for instance, if you’re late, it’s fine by me as long as you apologize. When people blame other people for their mistakes, that’s when I become angry.

Q: You worked with Running Man star ‘Lee Kwang Soo’ in a movie before, what was your first impression of him?
I thought he was stupid. (Laughs)

Q: You went on the hit variety show Running Man, how was the experience like?
It was difficult, because I could not adjust to the variety programme format. Since I am (traditional/ old-school) Korean style, I really value manners. So to me, when someone else is talking, I have to listen to everything they have to say before I cut in. I think that is why I found it hard for me to jump in while others were speaking.


Mask is directed by Boo Sung Chul, who has directed some of the biggest Korean drama hits, namely The Heir, Jang Ok Jung and My Girlfriend is Nine Tailed Fox. Mask is a melodrama about a woman, who assumes another’s identity and enters the elite “chaebol” (a family-owned industrial conglomerate) world. Standing out from the other aristocratic ladies, she captures the eye and eventually, the heart of a charismatic but repressed young heir. Mask features a star-studded cast, including international award-winning actress Soo Ae (King of Ambition), leading heartthrob Joo Ji Hoon and Hoya (My Lovely Girl), a member of INFINITE.

New episodes air on every Thursday and Friday at 8.55pm/ 7.55pm (JKT), first and exclusively on ONE. ONE is available in Malaysia on: Astro B. yond Channel 393.


Source: Direct Correspondent (ONE HD)

Editing by Adrian Cheng

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