‘I’m not really shy,’ Gong Yoo tells CNN

movie & TV May 22, 2017 15:00

By The Nation

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Star of the hit television drama “Goblin” and the zombie blockbuster “Train to Busan”, Gong Yoo has achieved rock-star status both at home in South Korea and internationally.

Well of course you want to know more about the actor, whose real name is Gong Ji-chul, so plug into CNN’s “Talk Asia” on Thursday (May25), where he has a nice long chat with host Anna Coren.

They talk about his personal life, the roles that made him a superstar, and why he’s a “reluctant celebrity”. 

Gong also reveals the moment that changed his life, explains why he’s not on social media, and answers perhaps his fans’ biggest question.

The 30-minute show airs at 3.30pm and there’s a trailer here – http://cnn.it/2rBeklw – but keep reading for some cool excerpts.


On becoming an actor

“I never thought about becoming an actor. Even when I was applying for university, I didn’t choose that major in order to become an actor. But after I got in, I hung out with friends who had dreams to become actors. As I studied with them, I became more interested in the art of expression. I started to think maybe I could become an actor, but I didn’t have the confidence.”


On fame and attention

“In the end, because of fame, ‘Gong Yoo’ exists. It’s the driving force that keeps me going. But if there’s something you gain, there’s also something you can lose. I want to separate my life as an actor from my personal life because of the fame. But I know it may be hard for people to accept that.

 “It’s not about the money and it’s not about honour – they’re not important to me. It’s about the fans, who’ve been supporting me all this time. Because of them I have to improve as an actor. I have to be a strength to them.”


On his private life

“As an actor, you have to face the public all the time. It’s a job that gives people fantasies but also creates prejudices. These prejudices are the scariest things. It makes people judge you on your personal life or your image – it can also affect the characters I play. 

“Therefore I try not to showcase my personal life too much. In some ways, I think I may not have the best personality to be an actor. It doesn't matter when I’m in character in front of cameras, but when they go off I feel embarrassed to expose my private life. I like being natural, but I’m worried there may be misunderstanding, so that’s why I tend to come off a little shy.”

On the future

“I think planning a film would be quite interesting. I think it would be fun to professionally plan out a film, without being an actor. In Hollywood, where they have massive capital, actors get to produce a lot, and I envy that. Normally a movie tells a message that the director wants to tell, not what the actor wants to tell. So I think it’ll be great to produce a project that can get my own message out – with my favourite director and my favourite actor.”