South Korean actor Park Hae-soo opened up about how he felt like playing 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 in Squid game suffered is what drew him to the brutal survival drama. Park also revealed that he “never felt any difference” between his character and himself while filming the series.
Park had portrayed the pragmatic Jo Sang-woo, a childhood friend of the main character Sung Gi-hoon (Lee Jung-jae). A graduate of the prestigious Seoul National University and considered a successful businessman, he ended up joining the games after a series of disastrous investments in the securities market.
“While working on the drama, I never felt any difference between Jo Sang-woo and myself. The choices got easier because I felt like I wasn’t acting, so it was weird. Said Park, translated by Soompi. However, the actor added that “now that filming is over, I think I look the most like Sung Gi-hoon.”
Park continued to praise Squid game the characterization of his role by director Hwang Dong-hyuk. “He told the story of Jo Sang-woo by immersing himself completely in the character, and he explained the logic of the character from the character’s point of view,” he said. “I’m grateful for the way he thought of Jo Sang-woo’s lines and edited them until the day before.”
Elsewhere in the interview, the actor revealed that he had somewhat expected the global popularity of Squid game. “Although these are Korean games, there are a lot of things that people can relate to. I thought people would think about these things a lot while watching the drama, ”Park shared.
During this time, Squid game Breakout star Jung Ho-yeon shared what it felt like to film the hit Netflix original series. In a recently released behind-the-scenes video, the model-turned-actress said filming the show was “really terrifying” at times.