Joo Sang-wook talks about the new season of K-drama series TEN 2.
WHEN Joo Sang-wook decided to star in Korean drama series TEN 2, he never imagined that shooting it would be so challenging.
In an e-mail interview, Joo said he was attracted to TEN 2 after reading that Team TEN – the special unit featured in the show – mainly investigated serial murders.
He found the investigation process to be very exciting.
“When I first read the script, I was amazed by the bizarre twists and turns in the plot, so I am sure the audience can feel the tension as well.
“To be honest, I was worried about the ratings when I found out that TEN would be shown on a cable channel, but demand for another season proves that the effort of both the production team and actors paid off,” said Joo, 35.
In TEN 2, the actor reprises his role as Yeo Ji-Hoon, the leader of Team TEN.
Joo described Yeo as a mysterious man who has many secrets and that he works hard to investigate cases for personal reasons.
“Yeo Ji Hoon is a perfectionist who only focuses on his work. He has been chasing a murderer (and is intent on catching him). He is always very serious, so he never smiles, but frowns a lot.
“People would think that he’s very selfish, and that he thinks only of himself and doesn’t care about others,” said Joo.
Among the most challenging scenes Joo had to shoot were the ones employing “Computer Graphic Filming” techniques.
“They were high-speed scenes, so I had to stay perfectly still. Even the tiniest movement could ruin the take.
“When I had to do the same take over and over again, I got really tired. I felt like I was being punished,” Joo revealed.
He added that the filming schedule was very tight so everyone was pretty exhausted at the end of each day.
The actor also said that he had to spend more time learning the script, since he wasn’t familiar with his character’s job and wanted to be sure he got everything right.
“TEN is a crime drama and the screenwriters have done much research on the world of criminal investigation.
“There is a lot of special terminology used in the show.
“At the same time, my character is also a professor of criminal psychology and he uses many difficult terms – his lines are very long!
“While it wasn’t difficult to understand the script and my character, it was sometimes hard to memorise my lines. Every time before filming, I need to revise the script at least 10 times to ensure I won’t say anything wrong. Many scenes were filmed at night so it was physically exhausting,” lamented the dashing South Korean actor.
Joo was last seen in the K-drama Good Doctor which finished airing earlier this month.
He is currently busy promoting his new movie The Punisher, which will be released in South Korea tomorrow.
> TEN 2 airs every Thursday at 10pm on KIX HD (Astro Ch 729).