Do you remember the first time that you want to take on the career path of an actor?
I had a lot of things I wanted to do before I entered the military. I thought I would regret it if I didn’t. That’s why, I signed up for an acting academy. To be honest, I tried many other things before entering the acting academy. I prepared to be an announcer, broadcast PD and press representative. Back then, acting was one of the things I wanted to do and I wasn’t sure. However, I have confidence now and it’s become my all. When I first registered at an academy institute, I didn’t tell my parents beforehand. It wasn’t until during the middle of the term when I couldn’t pay for the tuition fees that I told my mother the truth and also received her support. I was lucky that I was able to sign a contract and make my debut, but my father thought I was an immature son. He thought that I would give up pretty soon. (Laugh) I thought that I was able to continue with this career because, through acting, I was able to earn money and I saw that people enjoyed watching my acting. I don’t want to hear that I changed because I became popular. I want to continue working as an actor. Maybe not now, but I want to be an actor who’s able to tackle any kind of role convincingly. I’m nervous just thinking about what my future self would be.
You’ve never had a time to rest since debut?
No matter how tough things are, I have the tendency to be optimistic. Even today, I was only able to sleep 2 hours because of drama filming and promoting for my movie. Of course I would think of rest because my body is so tired. However, I believe that I’m lucky to be in this kind of situation. There’s a lot of things I’m dealing with that I couldn’t have fathomed as a rookie. But for an actor, having a busy schedule is happiness.
Do you want to be an actor for the rest of your life?
Do you feel nervous that your popularity might fade?
It’s inevitable that popularity fades. That’s why I must always be prepared. I don’t want a meteoric rise in popularity. It’s because I know that it will fade. This is an statement from the Minister of Culture’s book, “A life’s peak is not made.” I think it’s right. If now is the peak in Song Joong Ki’s life, then I must find something else and climb to the peak again. I want to be an actor who can quickly get back on my feet after a fall.
How do you feel when you look at your past?
I was a rookie actor 7 years ago, but now I can stand confidently as a protagonist. I’m proud of myself. I worked really hard so far, but I also compliment myself as well. If I want to have a long career in acting, I must be careful with my choices. That’s why I think “Werewolf Boy” was a good choice. I want to pat myself for being able to fully immerse into the difficult character. (Laugh) I think all of my hardships from this filming would fly out the window if the public loves this movie. I’m really curious on what the masses will think.