Kang Doo is a South Korean actor and singer. He started his career as a bass guitarist and a vocal in the modern rock band The Jadu, which has been hailed as one of the best indie bands in Korea of the time. He was active in the band from the start in 2001 and until 2006, when he left it to focus on his acting career.
Today, Kang Doo is best known for his roles in Korean TV series (K-dramas) Prince Hours (2007), Playful Kiss (2010), Full House 2 (2012) and The Perfect Wife (2017). He also appeared in Korean film My Annoying Brother (2016), and in 2018, he appeared both in Jung Hyung-suk’s film The Land of Seonghye and in Baek Jae-ho’ and Lee Hee-seob‘s film The Goose Goes South. Kang Doo successfully showcased both of his talents in the latter – he did a great job as the lead character, Woo-zoo, but also reminded us all that his musical talent runs deep.
After a successful run in cinemas across South Korea, The Goose Goes South got screened at Warsaw International Film Festival in Poland recently, and just before that, Kang Doo took the time to answer a few of our questions.
First of all, The Goose Goes South was received well in Korea and will be screened in Warsaw in October – how do you feel about the entire experience?
I am very happy that the film will be screened in Warsaw.
You shot the entire feature in Japan, and you speak in Japanese the entire time – were you fluent before or did you learn how to speak for the film?
Even now I am not that good at Japanese. Mainly, I studied the screenplay well.
What did you find the most challenging about Woo-zoo’s character?
Woo-zoo’s personality is really enthusiastic and positive, which was hard for me to portray, since in my daily life, I am different. It was difficult to express the character’s feelings of sadness or how he felt about a certain event when he himself didn’t want to express it.
Your musical background as a former member of The Jadu gave you a strong advantage to perform as Woo-zoo. Did you connect with the character also in any other points?
More than being a singer, my experience of being in an underground band since an early age helped me a lot with this role.
Did you prepare for the role in any special way?
Instead of preparing for it in any special way, I prepared by thinking about the dreams of the more pure, innocent times.
What was it like, working on a project that had two directors – was there a part of the process you found especially challenging or especially great?
It was a little difficult having two directors, but because they distributed their roles well, there weren’t any hard parts.
Compared to portraying the roles that I want, my wish is to play various characters.
South Korean TV and film industry are known to be extremely harsh – is there something about them that you wish would change?
I don’t think the industry is that harsh. I am working happily enough.
Baek Jae-ho started out as an actor, just like yourself, and is now finding success as a director. Have you yourself felt the pull to step onto the other side and try your hand at filmmaking?
Filmmaking makes me very happy. I want to make many films together with the people who have similar goals.
Do you already have other projects lined-up, or is there a specific kind of project you want to take on next?
I am preparing for a role in a drama. I am going to work hard to show a good image of me through different forms of media.
We would like to thank Kang Doo for taking the time to answer our questions!
Interviewed, written and edited by Sanja Struna
Translated by Ajda Rozina
All photos © MOVement