If Korean actor Sung Hoon looks familiar to you, you might have perhaps seen him as the suave CEO in a K-drama. Or perhaps you saw him lounging on his sofa in Korean variety show I Live Alone. Both sides are very much his public image.
The actor, who used to be a national swimmer before he had to hang his goggles due to a spinal injury, made his acting debut in 2013. When he’s wearing a crisp shirt with his makeup and hair done, he is Sung Hoong “at work”. When his hair is not styled and he’s hanging out with his teddy bear Wilson, he is Sung Hoon on I Live Alone.
But he’s not embarrassed to show the latter side of him. The actor, who is currently in town to attend Starhub’s Night of Stars, said during a press conference today ahead of the event, “When I first had the meeting with the I Live Alone team, I told them if I had to show a certain image on the show, it’s not something I want to do. But the team said they want to show me as myself. I think that’s why it’s more comfortable for me to film I Live Alone at my house because then I don’t have to pretend that I’m a certain person or say something that make me have a certain image.”
In fact, he’s now comfortable with having cameras in his house.
He said, “I started the show with a comfortable mindset and after filming it, I became more comfortable because I’m actually telling people how I live in my normal life.”
He added, “Whether it’s Law of the Jungle, Running Man or I Live Alone, they are all not filmed on a set and require me to display some personal talents within a reality programme concept …. which was something really comfortable for me. And especially for I Live Alone, I can show my whole day and how I live, and that is why it was very comfortable for me.”
And we can pretty much say his personality on I Live Alone is similar to his personality IRL based on the few minutes we spent with him because five minutes into the press conference, he suddenly realised that there was a livestream taking place and said, “There’s a livestream taking place now, right? I forgot there was a livestream so I need to be aware of what I say,” much to the amusement of the media.
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Images: Sung Hoon’s Instagram