Park Hae Soo, who played the role of player no. 218 on the now-hit series Squid Game, shared his thoughts about his character, Sang Woo, and his death.
Warning: Spoilers ahead!
Players on Squid Game faced death as they attempted to win the nearly $38 million prize money. After playing a few games, only one man managed to win but suffered trauma after that.
Hae Soo, for his part, felt strange when he found no difference between himself and his character.
In a new interview (via Soompi), the 39-year-old expressed gratitude toward everyone who had already seen the show. He also thanked everyone for sending him congratulatory messages after the birth of his child.
Apart from his milestones, Hae Soo also took his time to note how Squid Game changed his life and how his character's death left an impact.
Park Hae Soo Never Expected Squid Game to Be Hit
According to the Korean actor, the worldwide popularity of Squid Game broke the barriers between language and the film industry. He reportedly expected it to do well due to the series' extreme games, but he never thought it would be "that big."
The psychological impact the games brought to the characters seemingly hinted to him that it would resonate with people's lives — including theirs.
"While working on the drama, I never felt any differences between Jo Sang Woo and myself. The choices grew easier as it felt like I wasn't acting, so it felt strange. Now that filming is over, I think I'm most similar to Sung Gi Hoon (Lee Jung Jae)," he compared.
Despite being one of the most sought-after characters, the series' peak features his death. While the set-up is a shame, Hae Soo said his character "had to die."
Although this stole his chance to appear on the series again, the actor hopes to join the series by appearing in Gi Hoon's dream.
Squid Game's Park Hae Soo Applauds Team
In the same interview, Hae Soo grabbed the opportunity to commend his co-stars and Squid Game director.
Per Hae Soo, his co-star Jung Jae helped him through the acting process. Though the main star scored the notable role, Jung Jae reportedly approached them comfortably. In one instance, Hae Soo even visited him at his home, where the actor gave him advice about acting and how to continue afterward.
Meanwhile, he also offered high praises for Squid Game director Hwang Dong Hyuk. Before the Netflix series arrived, Hae Soo had reportedly been a fan of the filmmaker and his previous works, including Silenced, Miss Granny, and The Fortress.
"I want to keep improving and meet him again. He told Jo Sang Woo's story by immersing himself completely in the character, and he explained the character's rationale from the character's perspective. I'm thankful for how he thought about Jo Sang Woo's lines and edited them up until the day before," he went on.