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[Interview] Sung Jun Feels Pressure Over Being a Model-Turned-Actor

Newsen by Park Ah Reum Oct 22, 2014 17:11 Updated Dec 20, 2017 14:04
Having acted as Han Yeo Reum (Jung Yoo Mi)’s boyfriend Nam Ha Jin in KBS 2TV’s Discovery of Romance, Sung Jun shared his thoughts about being called a model-turned-actor in a recent interview with Newsen.

After making a small screen debut through KBS 2TV’s White Christmas in 2011, Sung Jun acted in numerous dramas, such as tvN’s Shut Up Flower Boy Band, JTBC’s Can We Get Married?, MBC’s Gu Family Book, tvN’s I Need a Romance 3, as well as the films Pluto, Dangerously Excited and Horror Stories 2, leaving behind the title of ‘model’ and becoming an actor.

Although the title has faded, Sung Jun emphasized that he still feels pressured about being called ‘model-turned-actor’ since the beginning of his debut. Sung Jun said, “I didn’t like the title. I think people call me that since I’m tall but not many people remember me as a model.”

Although many model-turned-actors have become top stars, such as Cha Seung Won, Zo In Sung, Kang Dong Won, Yoo Ji Tae and more, Sung Jun revealed that he doesn’t have a specific role model.

“I don’t think I’m following someone else’s footsteps. There must be my own way to do things. I think I have to work hard in whatever I’m good at to achieve success. I began acting coincidentally but I tried harder out of spite after getting negative feedback. Then I began thinking that I wanted to be good at it.”

Sung Jun has been keeping in touch with other model-turned-actors who began their career my modeling. He especially worked with Kim Woo Bin, Kim Young Kwang, Lee Soo Hyuk and Hong Jong Hyun in the debut drama KBS 2TV’s White Christmas.

About their friendship, Sung Jun said, “We don’t really do anything special when we gather. We meet up often when we’re on break and since I just finished a drama, I think I’m the most free.”
About his plan to go on variety shows, Sung Jun said, “When I feel confident and feel like I’m an actor then I will go on [variety shows],” revealing that now is not the right time. Although he began acting out of spite, his desire to be recognized as an actor has been rising along with his filmography.

Sung Jun said, “Sadly, many people still see me as an entertainer. I would like to become an ‘actor’ instead of an ‘entertainer’ now. No one calls Song Kang Ho sunbaenim an entertainer instead of an actor.”

Photo credit: Newsen
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