For popular actors in the TV and movie industry, it's normal to get offered roles instead of having to blindly audition for them. This is especially true for those who have already established themselves as in-demand stars. Hallyu heartthrob Lee Min Ho is no exception after his 2009 romantic comedy drama Boys Over Flowers turned him into a household name.
Landing his character for Apple TV+’s upcoming global drama Pachinko, however, was a different story. As GQ Korea’s February cover star, Min Ho revealed in an interview that he indeed had to audition for his spot on the series—and it's his first one in almost 11 years, mind you.
“It’s been about a decade since I auditioned, but the situation has changed from then. I thought it would be so embarrassing if I failed the audition, and I was determined to get the role, so I worked really hard to prepare for it,” shared the 33-year-old actor. “I felt very pressured about having to do well. I was really nervous and excited, and I was really happy when I got the part.”
Set for eight episodes, Pachinko is based on the best-selling novel by Korean-American writer Min Jin Lee. The plot centers on four generations of a Korean immigrant family as they traverse their turbulent years after immigrating to Japan amid racism and prejudice in the 20th century. Min Ho will portray Hansu who’s described as a “rich and powerful merchant with ties to organized crime.” Korean media have reported that he’ll play an important role in the story: “He’s an opportunist who’s true to his own desires while wanting to be pure when it comes to love. He’s a mysterious character who hides a secret and pursues a forbidden romance.”
In a video with fellow actor Lee Seung Gi for Min Ho’s official YouTube channel, he mentioned that filming for Pachinko in Korea had already wrapped up last December. He still has to shoot more scenes in Canada by February, though. We can't wait for to see his performance on this new project!