On the morning of 14 November, an interview with Ji Chang Wook was held at a cafe in Yongsan-dong, Itaewon, Seoul.
On the final broadcast day [12 November], Ji Chang Wook discussed his impressions of the end of the broadcast, saying, “The last shooting ended around 4 o’clock in the morning. I fell asleep, woke up, and started realizing ‘that was the end of the drama’.”
Ji Chang Wook says, ” Although I’m very thankful for the praise I’ve received, ‘The K2’ is a work that I became regretful over. I wanted to show lots of interesting things about the character. I was worried about whether I could persuade viewers, or if I could not persuade viewers in certain parts.”
He added, “There was something unsatisfactory in the flow of the love story. There needed to be a reason to convince the audience at some point how Anna (YoonA) and Jae-ha (Ji Chang Wook) became attracted to each other.”
He also told about the trouble with acting in so many action scenes. Ji Chang Wook said, “I thought that it was not just an action drama. I thought that the composition and relationship between the people was interesting; I had determined that it would be an attractive work just by that. I think the action is one of the highlights. However, it was too much. I think that for right now, I am probably not going to act in action again.”
“I also remembered the action scene in the public bath, I was worried many times for over-exposure. I also told the director that that it is hard to maintain [the same] body proportions everyday,” he said. “I was afraid of that fight with our clothes removed. Although I was worried that among viewers, some people would feel disgusted, but it was good that it turned out to be a unique scene.”
He also talked about chemistry with Song Yoon Ah in the drama. Ji Chang-wook said, “In the role of Choi Yoo-jin, I was thinking of Song Yoon Ah sunbaenim in my heart, it was really fun when I saw it on the screen,” and “It was serious when acting with Song Yoon Ah sunbaenim. The energy that I feel when acting. It was a feeling that had a high degree of concentration. It is not easy to keep up being interrupted [while filming].”
“I tried to see YoonA of Girls’ Generation without as much (idol) prejudice as possible, so I only just saw YoonA as Anna.” Ji Chang Wook found out from the director about the ending’s kissing scene with YoonA at the Barcelona airport in Spain; he was very startled and told YoonA “we need to get to know each other well really fast.” He laughs, “It was a lot of added pressure.”
In the end, he revealed his schedule of entering the army. “I think the notice will arrive around the end of February next year,” he said. “I think it will be difficult to postpone. I’m thinking about my next work; my head hurts looking at scripts. I would like to appear in another work before going to the army. I wonder if a good ro-co [*romantic comedy] will be available, but I will more than likely not take on another action show.”
Translated from Japanese to English by cherkell. Please do not reprint, repurpose, translate, or otherwise copy our content without written permission from Ji Chang Wook’s Kitchen.