Actor Gong Yoo held a photo shoot and interview with GQ magazine and revealed that he enjoys anything with a classic touch, the flexibility between him as an actor and as a person, his daily routine, and more.

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Do you like classic things?

I think I’m starting to admire classic things more and not just clothes but also furniture and cars. It’s only after a certain amount of time that passes that we open our eyes to this style. Personally, I prefer basic and classic clothes rather than fancy and excessive clothes. I think classic styles also suit my age as well.

— Gong Yoo

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I know this is cliché, but why don’t you age?

I’ve aged quite a bit. You can tell if you look closely (laughs).

— Gong Yoo

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Is there something that we gain after enduring hardships?

Filming a movie that is physically difficult is a continuous series of hardships. The reason that I insisted on this was not to show a nice physical but because it was helpful for emotional training for the character. I think this process took up more than half of the expressions of Ji Dong Chul. I was able to see an unfamiliar expression of myself for the first time on the screen.

— Gong Yoo

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Actor Gong Yoo and human Gong Ji Chul seem to become more comfortable and flexible over time.

I’m not greedy. Although it’s a very conventional expression, it’s hard to find the words to substitute for this. I think I’ve always said to myself, ‘It’s ok if I don’t do that right now’ and ‘I don’t want to do things in a hurry’’. I think my age right now is the time that these thoughts can be realistically possible.

— Gong Yoo

 

Now that I have a lot of time and courage, I can do what I really want to do regardless of what people say. In the past, I hated what people would say, but now I don’t care. I began to think that I could be missing out on so many things if cared about what other people thought. I think we can become lighter once we are able to break free from this.

— Gong Yoo

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Is there anything that you do to keep your mind from breaking down?

I’m cautious in saying anything because I’ve only lived about half of my life so far, but I think that in the end, all the characters I played are also me. In some ways, people add a fantasy that I have a lot more to show than what I actually have. Personally, I don’t think that I am a broad or deep person, but the way people view me in a positive light gives me the determination to become a better person. I believe that I am organically intertwined with those that love and support me. I am grateful that we are able to grow old together.

— Gong Yoo

It seems as if Gong Yoo has finally found peace between himself as a person and as an actor. Find out more from the interview through GQ’s official website.