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Gong Yoo Gets Candid on Sci-Fi Film ‘Seo Bok’ and Working with Park Bo Gum

The ‘Goblin’ actor graces the cover of a South Korean magazine and reveals everything you’ve been dying to know about his upcoming movie, as well as his love for fishing and exercise

ICYMI—Gong Yoo is on the cover of Esquire Korea's April 2021 issue!


It's been a while since we've been able to see him, so one of the main topics in his cover story interview were his current and upcoming projects coming in the next few months. "We completely flew past the time that film Seo Bok was supposed to premiere," Gong Yoo told the interviewer. "I can't blame it on anyone and since it's a situation that everyone is dealing with, not just me, it's upsetting... but the reality is that we have to accept it." Seo Bok is now scheduled to premiere on April 15.

“The project I’m working on now is wrapping up soon and I already filmed my special appearance for Wonderland. The projects I’ve completed will now slowly be released. I’m not confident but I’ll soon be able to greet you through good projects," he continued. 


In an earlier official interview for the upcoming sci-fi film, they had described Seo Bok as “a project that discusses the life and death of humans.” Gong Yoo elaborated, “The wording is like that to put it simply and so it’s easier to think about, but I do believe it’s exactly like that. A human’s life is finite. Since it’s finite, I believe that you have desires and develop fears. Being unable to avoid that finite life is a human’s fate, but trying to escape that is also what humans do. It seems very grand but putting this into simpler words became that wording."

The interview then asked what it had been like to work with Park Bo Gum, to which Gong Yoo responded: “Since we have a bit of an age gap, I always end up thinking about myself at his age when I look at him. Although it’s our first time meeting and collaborating, I think about that age range that I’ve experienced and think, ‘What kind of thoughts does Bo Gum have now and what kind of mindset does he have as an actor?’ which creates a special kind of bond.”

“On the outside, he is extremely responsible, bright, and always smiling, but I believe there are certain worries he has on the inside. However, I also think that he’s unable to show that to others and is just blowing off steam by himself," added Gong Yoo.


Beyond his craft and being an actor, Gong Yoo also revealed that he enjoys fishing. He shared: “If I were to add another one, the one thing I can’t let go of, even while simultaneously thinking ‘How long do I have to do this for?’, is exercise. It’s because of how refreshed and addicted I feel when I sweat.”

For the full cover story, check out Gong Yoo's interview in Esquire Korea's April 2021 issue. Seo Bok premieres on April 15, 2021. Watch the trailer below.