February 14, 2022
Disclaimer: Article is roughly translated. It may contain inaccuracies. Please pardon any mistakes.
Q: “2021 AAA New Wave Award”, “2021 KBS Rookie Award and Best Couple Award”... you won many awards last year. Is this the first time since debut?
Na In Woo: It’s the first time in my life. I didn’t even get any award for Best Attendance. Because I was always late...
Q: You received an award 8 years after debuting in the 2013 musical Bachelor’s Vegetable Shop. Last year must’ve been special.
Na In Woo: No. For me, it’s just part of the process. But the process is different. I’ve just been constantly doing my best in life, and since I was awarded, I’m thankful.
Q: Were you not nervous when you received the AAA Award?
Na In Woo: I was so nervous because there were a lot of people. And so... I had to say something, or else I’d be bad, so I said what I felt at that moment.
Q: Was there someone you thought of first after receiving the award?
Na In Woo: I just drew a blank. There’s the pressure when you’re there standing alone, because I had to say something, and everyone was paying attention to me. Ever since I was young, I’ve always been scared of that. Still, I did a good job at stating what I prepared. I needed to score points as well...
Q: Can you choose anything special from last year?
Na In Woo: Nothing. Whenever I get questions regarding what makes me happy, what I enjoy, a special moment in my life, a sad moment, I can’t give an answer. It’s because I think it’s all the same moment. I keep living thinking, “That day was like that, this day was like this.”
Q: As an actor, at what point do you think you are right now? If you compare it to track and field.
Na In Woo: I’m currently at the moment when they just fired the starting pistol, and I’m getting ready to run. At 0.0001 seconds after I started the race.
Q: You did your first lead role on national terrestrial television through River Where The Moon Rises. You had a pretty good start.
Na In Woo: It’s not that I wanted to, but because I was given the chance to do it. The only thing I could think of was to do my best at the task I was given. I got to this point by putting in my best effort since the beginning, so whether the role was big or small, there was nothing different just because I was the lead role. Oh, and when I am the lead role, I have a lot of screen time, so when people watch and give me compliments, I think, “Ah, looks like I didn’t live life aimlessly.” But that’s how much I’m worried. When I can’t do anything even a little bit, I go, “I must have done something wrong. Was it that moment?” so I don’t think of anything special.
Q: It seems like you got more compliments through River Where The Moon Rises. It looks like you got more comments.
Na In Woo: I think I did get a lot of compliments. Among those compliments, there were viewers who knew about the situation, but I believe there were also some from viewers who didn’t know. Those who didn’t know the situation said they enjoyed watching, while those who knew about it, closely watched the drama because they know we had a hard time filming. Anyway, I may have matched that character, but that’s also a plus, so I think the viewers praised me a lot and loved (my performance).
Q: Did you feel any pressure joining the drama in the middle?
Na In Woo: I felt the pressure later on. The responsibility to save the drama came first. It was simultaneously being broadcasted while we were filming the mid to later parts of the drama, so there was no time, and I couldn’t monitor the show properly. It was a cycle of reading the script and filming. And so, the pressure to work hard until the end came later. Before that, I had no time (to feel the pressure).
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