Hours after landing in Manila, Jung Hae In took a few minutes to meet media and select lucky fans at a press conference at Marco Polo Ortigas a day before his One Summer Night fan meeting.
The last time Hae In went to Manila was for his Smile fan meeting on June of last year, and he is happy to be back in the country. However, if given the chance, he would like to visit Boracay or Cebu, this time for a vacation.
On projects and dream roles
Jung Hae In worked on numerous drama and films, but he also had an opportunity to make a cameo on Guardian: The Lonely and Great God (or Goblin).
“When I was tapped to take a role, it felt really surreal,” he said. It was also his first time meeting Gong Yoo in person.
Hae In co-starred with Goblin leading lady Kim Go Eun for the film “Tune In for Love,” which was released in Korea last August.
Of all his roles, Hae In shared that his memorable one was his role of Yoo Ji Ho for One Spring Night. “Playing a father was a new and interesting role for me,” he said. “[Yoo Ji Ho] operates from a place from pain.”
If given the chance, though, he would like to play the role of a CEO in his next project.
Not a Hallyu star
Despite the increasing popularity of Korean pop and drama, and the stars involved with them, Jung Hae In said he never considered himself a Hallyu star.
“I’m just grateful that I get to do something that I love. It’s so embarrassing to compare myself to other [Hallyu stars in my generation].”
He’s also grateful for the opportunities of being able to fly out of Korea to meet fans, but he understands the sense of responsibility that comes with it.
Of course, K-Pop was included in the mix, and screams filled the room when Hae In mentioned that his favorite artist is BTS.
“I listen to [BTS] a lot when I travel from one work schedule to another, and at home. I get a sense of healing from them.”
On Filipino fans
The reactions on the room were pleasantly incredulous when Hae In mentioned that Filipino fans were
“a little on the shy side,” but he added that they are also very warm.
“The moment I stepped on the airport, I smiled the moment I saw the fans smiling.”
When asked to make a message for his fans, Hae In said:
“Acting is something I do because it makes me happy, but knowing that there are people who enjoy my work makes me so thankful. The fact that you’re all here, I’m so grateful for all of it. Thank you for all your support.”
Jung Hae In tells fans to expect behind-the-scenes footage from his projects, as well as his “upgraded singing skills!”
Jung Hae In “One Summer Night in Manila” is happening today at the New Frontier Theater. Tickets are still available on TicketNet’s website and at all outlets nationwide.