Actors do not only come from The Department of Theater and Film at Chung-Ang University (CAU)! Choi Woo-sik, who has gained popularity as a cute and humorous character in 'Rooftop Prince' and is an actor currently working on a broadcasting sitcom, is a sophomore of The Department of Asian Culture.
1. In the drama 'Rooftop Prince' and sitcom 'Random Family' you play a comic character. Is your real personality similar to these characters?
-No, I am not very similar to those images. Dochisan is a very vigorous man and he is always joyful and funny, but I am kind of shy in front of strangers. I cannot talk well in front of new people. However, after I get close with them, I get along well.
2. The Chung-Ang Herald(CAH) heard that you have always wanted to play in sitcoms. How does it feel now that you are actually doing it?
-I am glad that I have a chance to appear in sitcoms. I really wanted to do it because people can watch sitcoms comfortably and laugh a lot. You do not have to be immersed in it, but you can enjoy it, unlike dramas, which are somewhat serious. I am enjoying acting in it just as I did when I was filming the historical drama 'Rooftop Prince.' However, because it is broadcasted every day, I am quite busy nowadays. I like sports a lot, but I could not watch many Olympic games, so I felt a little bit sad. However, I really enjoy shooting the sitcoms.
3. You immigrated to Canada but came back only to become an actor. What made you want to become an actor?
-Frankly, I wanted to become a director. However, one day a friend of mine recommended me to take an acting audition in Korea. He said that my eyes, without double eyelids, are popular in Korea and I should seize the chance of it. So I applied for an audition just out of curiosity. Luckily, I passed the first audition. I persuaded my mom, and I arrived in Korea the day before an audition. I was trembling a lot when I read the script. My pronunciation was bad and I was really poor at acting compared to the others who prepared a lot. Fortunately, I passed the audition. I think that the judges saw a vague possibility in me.
4. You lived in Canada for 11 years. Were there any problems related to language? How did you overcome those problems?
-While I was acting in an historical drama, it was a bit difficult because there were some words that I did not know. For example, I did not know the word 'jigojisoon (very noble and very pure)' in 'Random Family'. When I do not know the word, it is quite difficult to memorize the script. I searched on the internet to become familiar with it. Then it was much easier to memorize. However, I used Korean even when I lived in Canada, so my Korean skills were not that poor. My parents did not let me use English at home, because they worried I might forget it. I am very grateful to them.
5. Who do you respect as an actor?
-I respect Cho Seung-woo and Ryoo Seung-bum. Cho Seung-woo is very humorous in every work. He played a disabled boy, Cho-won, in the famous movie 'Mal-a-ton' and Dr. Jekyll in the musical 'Jekyll and Hyde'. He has the charisma which gets people immersed in his play. I really envy his sharp eyes. Ryoo Sueng-woo on the other hand, has a distinct and free acting style that I have always admired. I hope someday I could act like them.
6. What character do you want to play for the next film or drama. Do you have any plans for your 30s or 40s?
Because I played in light and funny shows like 'Rooftop House Prince' and 'Random Family’ for a while, I would like to act in some serious dramas next time. I would also like to direct dramas or movies in my 30s or 40s, because I have always wanted to become a director. Probably, I could do both directing and acting. I really enjoy acting right now, so it might be hard for me to give up on it.
7. Many actors major in The Department of Theater and Film, but you chose The Department of Asian Culture. Why did you do that?
- To be honest, I wanted to go to The Department of Theater and Film, but my dad told me that even if I become an actor, I will need to keep on studying. I obeyed my dad and chose the Department of Asian Culture. I wanted to learn about this culture that I could not experience when I was living in Canada. I thought that it might help my acting, because I knew I would be acting in Korean dramas. I originally planned to change my major to Theater and Film before I entered school, but it was not as easy as I thought.
8. CAH heard that you participated in Membership Training (MT) and enjoyed college life last year. Did the students recognize you? Tell us about some special episodes during your school life.
- When I was in Canada, I read an article on the campus festivals of Korea, and I fantasized about Korean college life. When I went to MT for the first time, it was a lot more fun than I expected. Students were all very nice and kind. I still keep in touch with some of them. I did not know there were so many games that you could play with alcohol. Koreans do really like drinking. Some recognized me. I should have gone there looking like a celebrity, but I didn’t. Probably some might have been disappointed with me. I also studied hard and earned good grades.
9. What do you like to do when you are not working?
- I enjoy skateboarding near The Han River these days. I wanted to ride it here, but due to the next schedule, I couldn't. I want to go to school on skateboard, but I am afraid that people might think I am bluffing. I also like to play basketball.
10. You are taking a semester off now, what do you want to do when you go back to school? When are you planning to return to school?
-I really want to go on an MT again, and also I want to make many friends. Because I usually hang out with people older than me, it was a bit hard for me to be intimate with people younger than me. However, when I return to school, I would make many friends this time. I would also like to have a blind date just like other Korean college students do. I am planning to go back to school next semester (September), but I am not 100 percent sure about it.
11. Lastly, what do you want to say to CAU students?
-I feel honorabl for having a chance to be interviewed in the school newspaper. It feels somewhat strange to give a word of advice to students around my age, but I think getting along with others is very important in our social lives. I saw some students who value school grades above everything else. I would like to recommend them to participate in MTs and seize their school lives. Work while you work, play while you play!