On May 21st, Super Junior‘s Kibum attended the production conference for his new tvN drama, ‘I Love Italy‘, and talked about his role as ‘Keum Eun Dong’.
The drama is centered around a 14-year-old boy who wakes up one morning to find himself a 25-year-old man. He falls in love with a wealthy woman named ‘Lee Tae Ri’ who doesn’t believe in love, but only has 100 days to make their fairy tale love come true.
Reporters asked, “You play the role of a nice and innocent young man. What’s your dating style like in real life?” Kibum answered, “I’m not a bad guy by any means, but I am a bit quiet in that I don’t give my girlfriend the attention she deserves.”
Co-star Park Ye Jin added, “That’s what a bad guy is!” Taken aback, Kibum replied, “Then I guess I’m a bad guy. I do admit to giving some hardships to my past girlfriends. I’m sorry about that.”
Kibum also talked about how he’s been building muscles due to his new role. “I’m not the type to really take care of my body, but since I play the role of a swimmer, I had to exercise on top of controlling my diet for six weeks.”
He continued, “I dieted for six weeks to achieve my current body, but I wasn’t able to exercise all that often. I’m disappointed because I feel like I could’ve achieved better results. The Super Junior members saw my Kakao Talk picture and they were really surprised, asking, ‘Is that really you?’ The members are all busy and overseas so we’re not able to check in on individual activities that often. I actually worked out in secret on my own in case the other members would follow (laughter).”
Park Ye Jin also expressed, “Kibum is kind of old in style so I didn’t really feel any generational differences between us. I wasn’t able to get close with him, but I think that he’d be a nice drinking buddy. He loves drinking and having conversations while doing so.”
When asked about any pressures of working with a popular idol like Kibum, she replied, “I never thought that idols had to be a certain way, so I didn’t feel any pressure.”
The drama begins airing on May 28th.
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