Actor Hwang Jung-min attracted some 50 million moviegoers over the last 18 months, as most of his recent films became huge box-office hits or were praised by critics while achieving some minor commercial success.
Hwang played diverse characters in films such as "Ode to My Father" (2014), "Veteran" (2015), "The Himalayas" (2015), "A Violent Prosecutor" (2015) and "The Wailing" (2016).
His most recent film, "The Wailing", is a thriller set in a village where the arrival of a stranger is followed by a string of mysterious murders. The film attracted more than 5 million viewers in its first two weeks.
"I'm always nervous when shooting begins, but I immerse myself in roles quickly", Hwang said. "I put all my energy into a character, so it's easy to get carried away after shooting is done".
Asked what makes him keep working, Hwang said, "Portraying a new character can be agonizing, but it's energizing and makes me feel alive. I'm happiest when I'm working".
The prolific actor is already working on a couple of new projects, including Ryoo Seung-wan's film "The Battleship Island" set to be released later this year.
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