On September 28th, 2015, KSTYLE published an interview with Yunho, discussing his role as the greatest swordsman, Mooseok, played in Night Watchman’s Journal.
Q: Tell us your thoughts when you received the offer for the role?
Yunho: When I received the synopsis of Night Watchman’s Journal, I got the impression that this is a drama that used a Korean ancient legend or the traditional culture. You can learn about Korea overseas because of a historical drama, and most of all I liked the role of Mooseok. I decided to appear because I fell for Mooseok’s masculinity.
Q: How was the character of Mooseok made?
Yunho: Because Director Lee Juhwan trusted me, he only said that I can remarkably show Mooseok’s loyal image. Since this is a drama where there’s a lot of romance that is rarely seen in a historical drama, I was worried where I should place the point (of acting) at first, but I was able to act enjoyably thanks to the help of my seniors around me.
Q: What type of character is Mooseok, the one Yunho played?
Yunho: Mooseok is a military officer of the Investigative Department under the direct supervision of the King. He lost both of his parents at an early age, and also lost his sister whom he loved. For that reason, he became a person who does not show his emotions and is called “Icy Mooseok,” but in fact he is an owner of a warm heart. Also, he is a character that is full of the sense of justice and has a strong sense of loyalty.
Q: In filming this drama, what do you remember particularly?
Yunho: Something memorable, it was my growth as a person when I met the character of Mooseok. This drama became an opportunity for me to develop my own self. If this is the case of the camaraderie of working together with everyone, I had the unwavering confidence that I can do it. I got to think again about family affection.
Q: What are the similarities and differences between Mooseok and Yunho?
Yunho: I am also stubborn, but Mooseok is more stubborn than me. While looking at it sometimes, I don’t listen to the opinions of others that are oppressive. But when I do that, Mooseok does it to a greater extent. However, I don’t know if more people feel that sense. I think that my personality is a little bit more flexible, and more active compared to Mooseok.
Q: Do you feel sympathy for Mooseok’s martial arts training?
Yunho: The martial arts scenes were overflowing with power, right. It was the role of the best swordsman, so there’s a lot of training. And I’ve also thought about why Mooseok had to do martial arts training. I guessed that it’s not just in order to protect someone. Because he experienced losing an important person to him, he doesn’t want it to happen again. The training together was done with action stars, but I was able to concentrate well although it was only a short time. And about the part of sympathizing with him, it was camaraderie that I learned from Mooseok. And I think that he was similar to me on the part when I try not to cry alone when I am hurt. We are strongly similar in always training hard.
Q: Mooseok was loyal to the tyrant Gisangun, how did you understand Mooseok’s feelings?
Yunho: To Mooseok, while Ginsangun is his only friend before he became a king, I thought that they are colleagues who share secrets with each other. Besides, he will protect him no matter what happens because he is a person whom Mooseok gives his complete trust. Although even before Gisangun committed mistakes as a king, he is the only lord for Mooseok. He would not betray him even if you try and persuade him and he made that image of loyalty. He expressed frustration as a loyal subject on the conflict and worry of not guiding the tyrant to the correct path.
Q: What is the surprising point of difference between the contemporary drama and trying historical drama?
Yunho: I had more difficulty with historical dramas, but I really did it. I tried acting, and worked hard in order to dissolve the worry if I did it correctly or not. And the historical drama became mental training. I was able to learn what I didn’t know about good manners in the past. The outdoor set was inside a mountain where it’s full of nature, but even if the disadvantage of it was the heat and cold, I had a good study and became aware of Korea’s unique culture. And, I also realized that historical dramas have a lot of preparation. This is a drama where I was able to see from a different perspective that the needed elements in a drama are teamwork and quickness (agility), etc.
Translation: jp-kr: kyoumo0206; kr-eng: paulisteu