Lee Joon Gi says he is not as “prince-like” as Kang Ha Neul
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Text: Priscilla Wu
Photos: UnUsUaL Entertainment

South Korean actor Lee Joon Gi melted hearts across Asia with his role as Wang So in the SBS fantasy-period drama Scarlet Heart Ryeo, but he confessed he might not be as “prince-like” as his co-star Kang Ha Neul.

“I think I have the least ‘prince-like’ traits. I was inspired by Kang’s role as Wang Wook because he was the closest to what a proper prince should be. He portrayed the character very well on the show,” he said at a press conference held at the Amara Sanctuary Resort Sentosa on March 3.

The 34-year-old star was in town for his ‘Thank You’ concert at the HSBC Women’s Champions Music Festival on March 4. Prior to the Singapore stop, he has performed in other cities in Asia, including Taipei, Seoul, and Osaka.

Based on the Chinese television series Bu Bu Jing Xing, Scarlet Heart Ryeo tells the story of Go Ha Jin, a woman who has transported the Goryeo Dynasty and falls in love with a royal prince. The star-studded ensemble cast includes IU, Hong Jong Hyun, and EXO’s Baekhyun, and when Lee was asked to recount funny incidents on the set of Scarlet Heart Ryeo, he said he had so much fun with his co-stars, he did not want the shoot to end.

“I had so much fun working on this drama with the junior actors and actresses. As most of them are at least 10 years younger than me, I was worried that there might be a generation gap between us. However, when the shoot started, we interacted very well and our chemistry was great. They brought a lot of creativity to the set, which I thought was refreshing.”

And does he think Wang So would adapt well to the 21st century? “Even if he is in the modern era, he will probably still be a good-looking character. But he may not fit into the culture well because he has a controlling and aggressive personality so the inconsiderate side of him may make things hard for him to get along with people.”

Following the broadcast of Scarlet Heart Ryeo, Lee made his Hollywood debut in Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, the last installment of action-horror series.

“I am a little embarrassed to call it a debut because it is not a major role. It is more like a cameo, but the entire experience was enjoyable and inspiring. I am honoured to be part of the production, and I still keep in touch with the director, Paul Anderson. He jokingly said that the film may not be the final chapter of Resident Evil, and he may create a series where I return as a zombie.”