August 31, 2022 08:39
Actor Kang Tae-oh is unashamedly delighted to have achieved many of his life goals after the global success of the TV series "Extraordinary Attorney Woo."
Kang plays a paralegal who falls in love with the eponymous lawyer in the courtroom drama, which aired on newbie cable channel ENA before topping Netflix's non-English TV show chart.
"My goal was to enable my mom to quit her job before I'm called up for my military service, and I've achieved my goal," he said. "I'm happy to be able to join the army with a light heart."
He said he always wanted to make money for his mother, who worked hard in a factory, a restaurant and a sauna to help his father, a bus driver, make ends meet.
Kang dreamed of becoming an actor since he was in elementary school, and eventually made his debut in a web drama in 2013. He first came to prominence by winning the best new actor award for his role in "The Tale of Nokdu" in KBS' year-end drama awards in 2019.
But now he will have to take nearly two years out for his mandatory military service, which starts later this year.
"Many people asked me why I'm joining the army so soon after finishing this hit series, when I could have so many opportunities. But I'm glad I had some success so now I can leave." he said.
In the future he hopes to make his comeback in another heartwarming project like "Extraordinary Attorney Woo."
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