Park Hae Jin recently sat down for an interview to talk about his role in “From Now On, Showtime!”
“From Now On, Showtime!” is a fantasy rom-com about the centuries-long love story of popular magician Cha Cha Woong (Park Hae Jin), who can summon ghosts, and passionate police constable Go Seul Hae (Jin Ki Joo), who has her own supernatural powers.
Park Hae Jin’s comedic acting became a key point of interest in the drama. “I thought a lot about how to make it more hilarious,” the actor revealed. “In particular I regarded ‘not looking funny’ as something important.”
Park Hae Jin’s comedic spark can be found at least once in every episode, whether it be his cute antics in front of Jin Ki Joo’s character, his drunken ramblings, or his magic show mishaps. The actor named the scene in the first episode where Jin Ki Joo grabs his hair as the most hilarious scene. He elaborated, “I was trying to exaggerate the movement, so I told Jin Ki Joo to pull hard. Because I said that, she actually did pull really abruptly.”
Calling himself a perfectionist, Park Hae Jin revealed that he likes a routine life filled with his work. He shared, “Other actors will probably be like this as well, but I think I’ve worked hard throughout my life. I was really grateful to be able to work, and I never took a break from projects. I was thankful for every moment.”
For his next role, Park Hae Jin said he wants to try something fitting for his age. “I’ve been a university student, a chaebol family’s son, and a genius serial killer. Now in ‘From Now On, Showtime!’ I’ve even been a magician who sees ghosts. Now more than before I’d like to take on a more everyday role.”
He also confessed that he felt trapped inside of a preconceived role, saying, “I think my image as a ‘younger’ man still lingers. I think it’s because I played a lot of upright and honest youthful roles. While it’s a good image to have, on the other hand it also traps me. I’m trying to focus on finding roles that are right for me now.”
Park Hae Jin concluded, “Although ‘From Now On, Showtime!’ is just one project out of many, I think it will remain like a first love in my memory. I was always excited to go to the set, and it was a project that made me so happy every moment I was filming.”
“From Now On, Showtime” airs every Saturday and Sunday at 9 p.m. KST.
Start watching the drama with subtitles below!