In an exclusive interview, Ahn Hyo Seop reveals several things about Ha Ram, the character he plays in his recent Kdrama, Lovers of The Red Sky, with Kim Yoo Jung.
Here are several things about Ha Ram (Ahn Hyo Seop) in Lovers of the Red Sky
1. Ha Ram is an unfortunate person
When Ha Ram was a kid, he got into an incident that made him blind. The incident totally changed his whole life.
2. A lovely person with a grudge
Because of his wisdom and skill, Ha Ram became one of the most trusted people by the king. However, deep in his heart, he wants revenge on the royal family for what happened to his family.
3. Ahn Hyo Seop’s reasons to star in Lovers of The Red Sky
In the interview, Ahn Hyo Seop revealed that he is eager to work with Director Jang Tae Yu for Lovers of the Red Sky drama. Moreover, he wants to work with Kim Yoo Jung, who is more experienced in Kdrama world.
4. Ahn Hyo Seop was nervous about meeting Kim Yoo Jung
Despite the chemistry shown on screen, Ahn Hyo Seop revealed that he was pretty nervous when he first met Kim Yoo Jung. He said that Yoo Jung is much more senior than him that he should learn more. However, they finally can build such chemistry that Kdrama lovers would like to ship them in real life.
5. Ahn Hyo Seop watched Kim Yoo Jung’s previous dramas
To prepare himself, Ahn Hyo Seop watched Kim Yoo Jung’s previous historical dramas, such as Moon Embracing the Sun and Love in the Moonlight. He does so to measure his acting skill before he meets Kim Yoo Jung in person.
6. Being blind is challenging
As mentioned previously, Ha Ram, the role played by Ahn Hyo Seop, is blind. Therefore, he needs to learn how to be blind, although he can see everything.
“Acting as a blind person while I can see everything around me is not easy. So, I keep practicing to be blind. I blindfold my eyes at home.”Ahn Hyo Seop
However, during Lovers of The Red Sky filming, Ahn Hyo Seop needs to keep his eyes open. He said, “The hardest thing is to pretend to be blind while I can clearly see what in front of me.”
7. Ha Ram wears contact lenses
Ha Ram’s blind eyes are red, filled with the evil spirit. Ahn Hyo Seop needs to wear red contact lenses during the filming of the eyes. However, he takes it off whenever it’s not necessary.
By putting on and taking off the contact lenses, Ahn Hyo Seop makes sure that his eyes are comfortable during Lovers of The Red Sky filming.
8. Ha Ram is a complicated character
Ahn Hyo Seop doesn’t only play as Ha Ram in Lovers of The Red Sky. His role is quite complicated. There is an evil spirit in his body so that there are scenes that he needs to convey how an evil spirit is.
“The character itself is challenging for me. I have to understand the character from the beginning though there is not enough reference of what or how the evil spirit is. I need to work on it by myself from the very beginning.”Ahn Hyo Seop
At the same time, he also plays as the wise blind astrologist that the emperor trusts. Not only that, but he is also the mysterious Ilwolseong, the owner of Wolseongdong, who always wears a mask.
9. New skills gained by Ahn Hyo Seop
Not only his acting skill is challenged, but Ahn Hyo Seop also needs to learn several new things for Lovers of The Red Sky. Ahn Hyo Seop learns to play geomungo*, ride a horse, and other essential skills in historical action dramas.
*geomungo is a traditional Korean music instrument that is played by scholars for self-cultivation
10. Scholar Ha understands constellations
As an astrologist, Scholar Ha knows a lot about constellations. That is the reason Ahn Hyo Seop learns more about constellations for his role in the Lovers of the Red Sky. He also finds out that astrology is interesting and can affect our lives.
11. Perfect body posture
Ahn Hyo Seop revealed that Ha Ram is described as a very handsome and charming person in the script.
“Even the director emphasizes that Ha Ram is extraordinary handsome with good posture.”Ahn Hyo Seop
To bear a resemblance to Ha Ram described in the script, Ahn Hyo Seop needs to build a better body posture.
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