Actor Ahn Jae-wook Accepts Mature Roles, Both On and Off Screen

      April 22, 2016 08:19

      The heavy workload was starting to show on actor Ahn Jae-wook during a recent shoot on the set of the TV soap "Five Children."

      "We shoot six days a week for this 50-episode series. Then when I go home, my 2-month-old daughter keeps me busy," said a weary-looking Ahn.

      As one of the first Korean stars to earn fame across Asia, Ahn's popularity predates the rise of the Korean Wave phenomenon in the mid-1990s.

      Ahn Jae-wook

      Now, he said, his main worry is putting on weight, as he simply doesn't have time to exercise. In "Five Children," Ahn's first TV series in four years, he plays a single dad with two children.

      Best known for roles in melodramas, Ahn confessed that he initially balked at the role of a married middle-aged man. "But naturally I accepted it, along with the changes in my life -- getting married and having a child."

      Ahn, who also pursues a musical career as seriously as he does acting, underwent an operation to treat a subarachnoid brain hemorrhage after collapsing while in the U.S. three years ago. Last year he married a musical actress who paired with him in a musical and the couple welcomed their first child, a baby girl, early this year. "After the operation, I was angry and resentful. But now I think perhaps I've been given a second chance at a happy life," Ahn said.

      "I don't handle constant public attention very well. That's why I take long breaks between projects and wait until fans start to wonder what I've been up to," Ahn said. "I want to be a mentor to younger actors, and continue to build my long-term acting career."

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