Jinyoung of GOT7 was photographed and interviewed by Marie Claire Korea about his role in “Yumi’s Cells.” He also talked about his acting career, life as an idol group member, and his love of dancing.
Marie Claire Korea: Have you ever had your hair cut this short?
Jinyoung: Except for when GOT7 debuted, I haven’t. Because of my role in the film “A Christmas Carol,” I cut my hair short. When I shot the film, my hair was much shorter. My hair was exactly 1 cm long at the time. It’s grown a lot recently.
Q: What are your thoughts on it? Do you believe your image has shifted?
It’s a lot more relaxing. And this is more like myself. When my hair is long, I feel obligated to be a warm person (laughs).
Q: According to your filmography, you started working ten years ago. There have been more than ten films released.
Wow, I worked really hard, bit by bit. I can’t believe I’m already in my tenth year.
Q: I’m sure you’ve changed a lot since then, right?
I’m not sure what has changed. I was determined to make the most of every moment. I was embarrassed once when I went to a shoot because I had no idea what I was doing. But now, as an actor, I have a sense of ownership.
Q: Have you ever played a role in which you felt the character was similar to yourself?
Yes, in the drama “Beloved Eun-dong,” I played Hyun-Soo. I had to try to approach the characters while acting in other dramas, but Hyun-Soo was the role where I could naturally express myself.
Q: I was thinking the same thing about “Yumi’s Cells.” Babi appears to be a nice person, but I believe there is another side to him.
Haha, I’m the same way. Babi from “Yumi’s Cells” reminds me of the time when I first made my debut. It was a period in my life when I couldn’t be myself and was easily influenced by others. I felt sorry for Babi after seeing those parts. However, it is not my personality. I don’t always speak softly, and I have a fiery face at times.
Q: In the second season of “Yumi’s Cells,” we’ll probably see a different side of Babi. Readers of the original webtoon have already begun to criticize Babi. I believe you should be prepared to be criticized.
My sister called and asked, “Will you be okay?” I said, “Well, I’ll do my best.” (Laughs) If I get criticized while playing Babi, it means I did a good job, so I’ll take it as a compliment. And it’s more fun to act when there’s a twist, rather than just showing one side of the character. Because I could express my character in a variety of ways as an actor.
Q: While we wait for your new drama, we hear about GOT7’s comeback.
Yes, I’m done with the work of producing the album and am now practicing for the day it comes out.
Q: I believe it is something that many people did not anticipate happening.
I know what that means. Everyone said we’d never be able to do it. How could we get together with members from different agencies? It was not simple. I needed to find a company to release our album. But I didn’t think it was particularly difficult. Each member’s agency worked well together and supported us. GOT7 is a lucky team, in my opinion.
Q: I imagine you’ll be very busy with the release of your new album, as well as “Yumi’s Cells 2” and “A Christmas Carol.”
I enjoy working a lot. I’ve worked as a trainee since I was a child, and I’m a country boy who moved to Seoul. I’ve always thought I should put in more effort. My seniors once told me that work is about remembering who I am right now, and I wholeheartedly agree. It’s exciting to be a part of a movie, drama, or music. So I remind myself to work hard until I’m exhausted.
Q: How do you deal with yourself when you’re exhausted?
I cry alone at home…I’m only kidding. I talk a lot. I get my energy from other people. When I’m having trouble, I go talk to my manager or friends, and then I gather the courage to continue.
Q: How are you feeling these days?
“Let’s rest well and prepare well for the next time,” I’m saying to myself. Oh, I wish I could dance! That’s what I’m thinking. I had a strong desire to dance. When we were preparing for the showcase, we had fewer songs than we do now, but I asked them to add more. I told them, “Let’s dance!”
Source: Marie Claire Korea