Actor Lee Jong-suk played a villain in a crime thriller released last week.
In the film "V.I.P". he plays a North Korean defector who is suspected of being a serial killer in South Korea.
Asked why he chose this very tough and unusual role, which is quite different from his previous parts on television, he said "I just wanted to do it, I didn't feel any pressure to do something different this time. In fact, some of my friends told me not to do this, advising me to keep my current 'nice guy' image for a while, but I thought it was a rare challenge, and it was quite appealing to me and perhaps to many others as well".
As for his personal life, Lee said he tries to go out often and hang out with people, rather than staying home alone.
"I tend to be shy and introverted, so I used to stay at home all day long and watch one TV series after another in my spare time. But now I try to go out as much as possible and meet people because I realized that would be a way to destress from work".
Meanwhile, Lee recently decided to postpone his plan to start his mandatory military service.
"I always meant to join the military sooner or later, but I had to defer my enlistment for a while due to conflicting schedules mixed in with the release of "V.I.P" and other projects".
Unlike his role in "V.I.P", Lee will appear as his typical heartthrob character in a new TV series set to be aired in late September.
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