Actor Park Bo-gum Eager to Shed 'Nice Guy' Image

  • By Ku Bon-woo

    February 02, 2019 08:48

    Actor Park Bo-gum still expressed a fondness for his latest role in a recently ended TV series at a press event on Monday.

    Despite the high expectations stemming from the casting of heartthrob Park and top actress Song Hye-kyo, the much-hyped TV series, "Encounter", wrapped up last week after failing to garner viewers' attention. Even with the combination of Park and Song, which was purportedly a formula for success as both of the top stars have a huge number of fans, their somewhat bland and even boring romance was simply unable to win viewers' hearts.

    In the "Cinderella-in-reverse" story, Park played an ordinary man in a relationship with a successful CEO, played by Song. It received poor ratings from viewers, but Park said he was satisfied with the results anyway.

    Actor Park Bo-gum poses during an interview with the Chosun Ilbo in Seoul on Monday.

    "I think it was a light-hearted but very warm and comfortable story of love, which does not necessarily have any big dramatic elements or exaggerations in its plot. I was happy as I was fully immersed into the role," Park said. "I hope viewers remember this series as something that gives comfort and consoles them," he added.

    Since achieving overnight fame mainly due to the explosive popularity of the nostalgic TV Series "Reply 1988" in 2016, he has mostly played roles of stereotypical good guys or gentlemen.

    His goal for this year is to expand the range of his acting. "As for my next projects, I want to challenge myself with some bold characters that would be completely different from my previous roles," he said.

    "I don't know when, but I'm considering working on music-related projects as well," added Park, who once dreamed of becoming a singer before making his acting debut with a minor role in the 2011 film "Blind."

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