Model and actor Ahn Jae Hyun recently joined Daily Sports for an interview, answering questions about his previous roles in dramas, his past before becoming an actor, and future roles he would like to pursue.
Ahn Jae Hyun made his acting debut in 2013 with the popular SBS drama, You Who Came From the Stars, as the little brother of lead actress, Jeon Ji Hyun. He managed to steal the hearts of many young girls all over the world with his role as Cheon Yoonjae. He continued his acting career by assuming the role of a chic new police officer for another SBS drama, You Are Surrounded. However, his success didn’t end there. Ahn Jaehyun became an MC on Mnet‘s music show M! Countdown, and has also been cast as a lead role in upcoming film, Fashion King.
Q: In You Who Came From the Stars, You Are Surrounded, and Fashion King your roles are mostly cold and chic guys. Is that like your real personality?
A: “Not really, I often hear people tell me I am chic, but that’s partly because of my appearance. Those notions usually go away once I get close to them.”
Q: What kind of student were you in school? You must have been popular.
A: “Not at all. I went to the same high school with Seulong of 2AM, and he was very popular. I was normal. I didn’t excel at studying, and my friends were just regular guys as well. We just studied, did homework, and hung out after school. There is really nothing special about me.”
Q: I bet your friends are surprised that you’re a celebrity now.
A: “None of them thought I was going to be a celebrity. And truthfully, I thought I would just be working a desk job like most people at this age.”
Q: Do you have any regrets on departing from a normal life, and becoming an actor?
A: “None. I think being an actor teaches you that you have to work hard and live harder than anyone around you because in order for people to cast you, you must let them see your worth. I feel like it has given me a new drive in life.”
Q: In the film Fashion King, you are very clingy when it comes to your girlfriend. How are you with girls in real life?
A: “It depends, but generally I’m like a campfire. I am not extremely or over dramatic, but I give enough warmth to be comfortable.”
Q: Does it bother you that you’re tagged as a ‘model-turned-actor’?
A: “I actually like it. It just shows that I worked hard as a model. I think it’s sort of like a tag that marks the previous stage of my life. I think it’s more important to show people new sides of me rather than care about what is in the past.”
Q: You seem really optimistic about everything.
A: “I think happiness comes when you are thinking happy thoughts. When misfortune strikes I try to think that ‘even in this situation I’m probably happier than some’. It has become a habit, and I tend to be optimistic.”
Q: What do you do when you’re stressed out then?
A: “I read. I’ve figured out that that staying angry and stressed doesn’t really help. I like to read anyways, and when I do my anger and stress usually just dissipates. I don’t like alcohol so I don’t really drink when I’m stressed out.”
Q: Is there a type of role you would like to act in next?
A: “Something different. Something like a town degenerate. A guy who just goes around, and bugs little kids all day because he has nothing better to do.”
Ahn Jae Hyun also made an appearance on KBS2‘s Happy Together 3 for their “Fashion People” special. On the episode that aired October 30th, the actor shared childhood pictures that were taken with his mother, earning a lot of attention from viewers and fans. He also spoke about actress Jeon Ji Hyun complimenting him during filming for You Who Came From the Stars.