South Korean actor Joo Sang Wook is not just serious about his job, but he is also serious about his characters being serious about their jobs.
On the acclaimed TV series Ten, he relishes playing a brooding cop for one major reason: The character actually does his job. That is a far cry from many of his previous screen personae, who are so often distracted by romance, says the 35-year-old actor in an e-mail interview with Life!.
"I've played a lot of characters in middle management positions who are more interested in love affairs than actual work. But in the series Ten, my character Yeo Ji Hoon is really focused on chasing criminals. I like that Yeo Ji Hoon focuses only on his work."
Some of the actor's previous roles include a film producer on romance drama hit The Thorn Birds (2011) and a mayoral candidate in romantic comedy series The Accidental Couple (2009).
Ten, which airs on Kix (StarHub TV Channel 518, SingTel mio TV Channel 309), is a gritty crime drama about a special criminal investigation unit named Ten that handles the most violent criminal cases in the country. The series is now into its second season.
The character of Yeo Ji Hoon is a tough detective who has a knack for intuitively reading other people's motivation and behaviour.
For a serious crime drama like this, Joo had to do adequate preparation and he admits that it was "difficult to understand" the role at first, given how little he knew about the nature of criminal investigations.
"For the role, I watched many movies and TV series to prepare myself, and also talked to the producer to find out more about Yeo Ji Hoon's image and personality.