I had dinner with some friends last night who just went to see The Suspect in the movie theaters (one may or may not have seen it twice) and talk turned to Gong Yoo. Aside from the usual gushing one salient point emerged – the man is a specimen of perfection regardless of hair, make up, or lack thereof, and his name might actually be God Yoo instead of Gong Yoo. Catchy, huh? His movie passed the $1 million mark faster than Man From Nowhere with Won Bin which the movie pundits keeping track of the box office decreed a major achievement for this type of thriller vengeance movie. Man From Nowhere had mad legs and word of mouth kept that drama rolling at the box office for a long time which is rarer these days. Regardless of whether The Suspect ends up breaking more records, it’s already a successful film for Gong Yoo to put in his pocket and goes a long way to erasing the his failed last drama outing in Big. This week he sat down for a drinks interview with a reporter and I just love those because it feels so much more authentic like two friends chatting. The pictures in this post are from that interview and a few highlights I’ll summarize below. The reporter noted that Gong Yoo appeared very friendly and he explained that he was a skill he cultivated working in this industry but in truth there are few moments to actually be candid in conversation during a work situation which is why he treasures the people close to him that he can still share his real thoughts with. Talk turned to his marriage plans now that Gong Yoo is 35 years old. When he was younger he wanted to marry soon so that he could have a career and a family life. That time has passed and now he’s really focused on his job and being alone for so long as an actor has made him get used to the loneliness. When asked what he imagines a future family to be like, Gong Yoo’s ideal is a quiet home with a big yard. He wants to build a home in the countryside for his parents with a big yard but laughs that they are not cooperating because they love living in the city. He dreams of taking his kids to visit the grandparents in the countryside and have a big yard for them to play with and his parents wonder why they need to go move to a farm so that Gong Yoo can have his dream come true grandparents visit. Ha, this was a cute interview and Gong Yoo’s pictures are even cuter and the icing on the cake.
Gong Yoo revealed his favorite drink is somaek (soju and beer) and tolerance is about a bottle and half of soju. He enjoys the feeling of getting slightly buzzed and for awhile he drank a glass of red wine when he couldn’t sleep because his fans were sending him lots of bottles. His favorite drinking snacks are when he travels to different places to film and tries out the local cuisine.