South Korean actor Park Hae-soo explained what it was like to play the character of Jo Sang-woo in the hit Netflix series squid game.
In a recent interview with OSEN, the veteran actor shared that the psychological changes that the characters of squid game suffered is what drew him to the brutal survival drama. Park also revealed that he “never felt any differences” between his character and himself while filming the show.
Park had portrayed the pragmatic Jo Sang-woo, a childhood friend of main character Sung Gi-hoon (Lee Jung-jae). A graduate of the prestigious Seoul National University and considered a successful businessman, he eventually joined the games after a series of disastrous investments in the stock market.
“While I was working on the drama, I never felt any differences between Jo Sang-woo and myself. The choices became easier because I felt like I was not performing, so it was strange. said Park, translated as Soompi. However, the actor added that “now that filming is over, I think I look the most like Sung Gi-hoon.”
Park then praised squid game director Hwang Dong-hyuk’s characterization of his role. “He told Jo Sang-woo’s story by fully immersing himself in the character, and he explained the character’s logic from the character’s perspective,” he said. “I’m grateful for how he thought of Jo Sang-woo’s lines and edited them up to the day before.”
Elsewhere in the interview, the actor revealed that he somewhat expected the worldwide popularity of squid game. “Although these are Korean games, there are a lot of things people can relate to. I thought people would think a lot about these things while watching the drama,” Park shared.
During this time, squid game Breakout star Jung Ho-yeon has opened up about what it was like filming the hit Netflix original series. In a recently released behind-the-scenes video, the model-turned-actress said filming the show was “actually terrifying” at times.