On the February 1 episode of SBS Good Eating, Good Living — Did You Eat? Actor Yang Dong Geun reveals that his shyness is actually a defense mechanism.

Yang Dong Geun explains, “When I was a child actor, in situations where I wasn’t sad or felt like crying, I would have to cry.”

He continues, “When I couldn’t make myself cry, the director would yell at me to cry. He would even use cigarette smoke in my eyes. After that, I started to talk less, and I became shy around people.”

Yang Dong Geun states, “No one protected me in these circumstances, so it was my way of defending myself. I wasn’t able to easily get out into the world.”

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