Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Interview: Joo Woon

My name is Joo Won. My given name is Moon Joon-won. My father came up the name Joo Won for me after I made it into college. It means 'what the Lord wants and what I should do for the Lord.' 

I was born in Seoul on September 30, 1987 but I currently reside in Yong-in. 
My family is composed of my parents and my brother who is five years older than me. My brother and I are the type of siblings that if we don't talk outside of the house you wouldn't think we were related. One can say that my brother is a 'real man' because he is well-built and has a tough personality, whereas I am thinner and the soft type.
I suddenly grew tall when I was in eighth grade. Up until then I was always second or third shortest in my entire class but during vacation I grew 20 centimeters. I used to sit way up front in the classroom but moved to the back and even though my friends changed [their personalities] I was always introverted until I began theater. (laugh) Right now I am 185 centimeters tall and weigh 67 kilograms.

I take after my father personality-wise and look like my mother appearance-wise. My mother is quite the beauty. She even tried out for a talent search during her younger years and I heard that out of the three examinations she made it through the first two. 

I am currently enrolled in the School of Art for acting in theatre, film and television at the Sungkyunkwan University. I really enjoyed acting when I first started college but I enjoy forming relationships more. That is why I went to the set whenever one of my seniors had a production and I helped with the lights and making the set. I liked how more and more people looked for me. 
There are several scenes in KBS' "Bread, Love and Dreams" where I get slapped and actress Eugene hits really well. What I mean is that even though I got slapped by her it didn't hurt. I was okay after getting slapped in the face but she felt really bad afterwards. However, it hurts even though actor Yoon Si-yoon doesn't hit you. (laugh) While we were rehearsing, Yoon Si-yoon was so immersed in his acting that he wasn't able to distribute his strength when he grabbed me by the collar bone and I got this bluish bruise on my chest. When actor Park Sung-woong saw the marks, he told me that Yoon Si-yoon gave him a bruise as well. (laugh) 

Honestly, I think I am gifted in baking. (laugh) I had so much fun learning how to bake and I continued to do so on the set. The staff members told me that I should open my own bakery. I received rave reviews for the bread that I made for the people at my agency. I have the most confidence in baking red-bean bread and peanut topped bread. 

The worst thing that has happened at a performance was during "Grease." I was supposed to appear on stage looking cool while playing the guitar on the second floor but I was in hurry and I slipped and slammed both my shins on the steps. I was in so much pain that tears ran down my face but I kept smiling and just sang. 

I really wanted to make my character Melchior in the music "Spring Awakening"look like a child. I also look younger than Kim Moo-yeol who is older than me. I thought that I should try to make him look like an innocent middle school student because I gained some weight at the time. In the crying scenes I cried like a child who lost 100 things rather than just three. 
I made an appearance on Mnet's "Superstar K" last year. I saw the footage for the first time after they [cast of the show] came to our set for the musical mission. I even questioned myself saying "Who is that?" because I was a bit chunky back then and I laughed to myself reading the comments like "Who are you? I came to see Goo Ma-joon." 

The song that I sing the most whenever I go karaoke is Sung Si-kyung's "Two People." I like ballads and I like the tunes "On the Street" and Yoon Jong-shin's "Reincarnation." 

Once I sang the song "Look at Me, Gwisoon" while at a musical event. I prepared a different song during the rehearsal but the other actors didn't want me to ruin the atmosphere so I changed it an hour before the event. It was fun, even though I had to memorize the lyrics in a hurry. 

I began to hear that I looked a lot like actor Kang Dong-won after making my debut. I was quite surprised to hear that I resembled such a handsome actor and it’s great to know that I have similar qualities to someone else. (laugh) From now on I hope to add onto those qualities and show more of myself. 

I want to become a humanitarian with whatever job I take on. My mother always told me that I should be someone who has a lot of affection and is humane regardless of the job or position that I'm in. 

I recently took part in a recording for KBS variety show "Happy Together 3." I worked really hard on the show because I thought I would come off as someone who is boring since everyone on the show is so funny. My hidden talent? I didn't particularly have one but I did everything that they wanted like singing or reciting lines. I feel that being on entertainment programs are really hard. I think the show will air on September 30 on my birthday. 

Reporter : Choi Ji-Eun 
Photographer : Chae ki-won 
Editor : Lucia Hong luciahong@, Jang Kyung-Jin
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What Do You Think?:


  1. I really admire you, I'm your number one fan! Although you were bad in Bread, Love and Dreams, your still number one to me! I wish to see you but unfortunately I'm the Philippines... Good luck and more power to your career!

  2. hi! my name is maricel.watching you in bread love and dreams makes my day complete..i wish you visit the philippines so you will know how popular you are in our,re so cute even when your frawning in bread love and dreams.i wish more of you in korean dramas..

  3. you are doing well in The baker King, even if you act as the're so cute ^^

  4. I find you so amazing. I noticed you're kind of a shy type behind the camera. But you really do make remarkable things just by who you are. ;)

  5. hi joo won your so cute your my number one idol you are so cute...

  6. JOO wOn ! you're still the best. nothings gonna replace you in my life :) .. AJA ! OJAKGYO BROTHERS is amazinggggggg.

  7. You seemed to be a very shy and well-mannered person but when you give it all...even your singing and dancing is so entertaining...good luck and all the best from KSA...I'll be watching you!

  8. My older brother (oppa)'s bday is also sept 30th! He's 2 years older than you.

    I love Lee Kang To in Gaksital! He is such a complex character who had to deal with a core change in his life, yet you were a natural in depicting him in both his violent and gentle sides. Nothing felt awkward or forced. I actually didn't believe that you were such a nice guy in real life because of the depth you gave the character KangTo. Most actors put a bit of themselves into their dramas, but in Gaksital you were a totally different person on stage. Great job!

  9. this blog is awesome. please keep it up because i started to like Moon Joo Woon, when he acted in Gaksital and in 2 Days and 1 Moon Joo Woon, i hope you can set up a bakery shop one day. i want to do the same too. however, i have to learn how to bake first...*sigh*. your sincerely, Cold.

  10. I have never missed an episode from 2 days 1 night variety show because Joo Won is in!! All of them are great comedian which never failed to brighten up my days. I think they should do challenges out of Korea sometime and if this really happen, do visit Singapore! I will be first few to buy the ticket to watch all of them in real life.

    Much love, from your number 1 fan in Singapore.

  11. JW, you are one unique actor who is like an onion. From Baker's King,I remember seeing a good looking actor and dismissed as the usual shine-on-with looks type of actor. Then by chance I saw Level 7 Civil Servant and thought wait a minute, is it the same person from BK? from then on, I went back watched all your shows, Ojakgyo Brothers, Bridal Mask, and your singing on YouTube and reviewed all your interviews/articles. Went back and watched all your 1N2D episodes. Now our whole family is your fan. You're one amazing talent in every area and humble down2earth personality is making us want to follow your acting career not only now, but when you become 30's 40's 50's...So proudly enjoying your performance in Good Doc!!!