“My agency didn’t want me to act in ‘Semantic Error,’ but I insisted.”
Jae Chan made his debut as a member of the idol group DKZ in 2019, but his name remained unknown until he acted in “Semantic Error.” Normally, the agency expects young idol group members to do anything in order to become famous, but in Jae Chan’s case, the opposite was true.
“Since I’m an idol, I guess the agency is concerned about me acting in BL dramas,” he explained. “Because it isn’t everyone’s favorite, and some may dislike it for religious reasons.”
“Semantic Error” was a watershed moment that made the BL genre more accessible to the general public. BL dramas started to be produced in 2020, but at the time, the dramas didn’t have a lot of realism or good acting. In comparison, “Semantic Error” naturally follows the protagonist’s emotional changes, from meeting to confusion and love.
“The reason that many people can watch our drama comfortably is that we made it less sexual than the original novel and made it like a youth campus love drama,” Jae Chan guessed.
Jae Chan discussed the differences between himself and Chu Sang-woo, with whom he acted in “Semantic Error.”
“My true personality is not like Sang-woo’s,” he explained. “Sang-woo announces the list of team members who did not participate in team projects, and I am very likely to be on it. haha”
Even though he claims that he is not a responsible person, Jae Chan is actually a hard-working person who’s ready for the next challenge. He dropped out of high school after his first year and spent the next two years practicing. Jae Chan started as a trainee when he was 17 and made his debut when he was 19.
“I was disappointed that I had to give up my memories with my friends,” he stated honestly, “but I wanted to invest my time in developing myself more than studying.”
Jae Chan has acted in web dramas and as an idol ever since he debuted. He was prepared to take advantage of the opportunity presented by “Semantic Error.”
He believes in fate. Jae Chan shared his thoughts, saying, “I consider myself a fatalist. The future has already been decided, and we will go with it. Rather than setting a lofty goal, I believe that simply doing my best with what is in front of me will produce positive results. I’m going to give it my all like I always have.”