SHINee’s Choi Minho (21) talked about the difficulties of shooting romantic scenes with f(x)’s Sulli, who is under the same company roof as he is.
At the press conference of “To the Beautiful You” at the Imperial Palace Hotel in Seoul, he said, “I always thought of Sulli like a little sister because I saw her since she was just in elementary school and training at the same management company as I’m with. But with the project and shooting scenes together, we’ve gotten a lot closer.”
“Sulli is playing a character who likes me but who I don’t like but over time, my character starts to open up to her more. I wasn’t sure if I could do a good job because she feels like a little sister to me but now that I’m seeing her every day, I can definitely feel some romantic feelings like the character would.”
He also talked about a scene involving a kiss. “We filmed a kiss scene recently and we had to shoot it 15 times. I didn’t know how to go about it at first because I was on the giving end of it, so I needed some confidence. It was quite awkward and nerve-wracking at first but after 10 times, Sulli was really comfortable with it and didn’t make a big deal about it. So I tried to follow her example.”
Regarding their chemistry, he added, “My character is a little rash and cold so sometimes I’m like that to her in real life, which I have to apologize for. But after a month of shooting together, I think we have fun on our days on set together.”
Minho portrays a high jumper gold medalist Kang Tae Joon, who is on the receiving end of the love of many fangirls, treats everyone coldly and is a man of very few words. Though he held the world record for high jumping for his age category, he was injured and he swore off the sport after the incident. However, when he meets Koo Jae Hee, he finds his smile again.
This is a first leading role for Minho and he expressed his concerns. “I definitely feel the pressure of being an idol actor. I started with the knowledge that I wasn’t qualified enough and it was especially hard when it’s such a big role. I want to make sure that I leave a good impression and do a good job in order to get another project in the future.”
Producer Chun Ki Sang said that he planned on making sure that he played to each actor’s strengths. “When I was offered to direct this project, I thought a lot about who would be best for these roles. Because the characters are in their teenage years, Minho was naturally on my list and when I interviewed and auditioned him, I knew he was the person for the role. We cast him after going through all the steps to be sure.”
He also praised Minho for doing some of the high jump scenes himself and for going through the necessary preparation to be fit and physically able for the role, which was helpful.
The series, “To the Beautiful You” premieres on August 15.