Yoon Sang Hyun, dependable eldest son whose family comes first.
This year Yoon Sang Hyun (41) is celebrating his 10th year of debut. Since his first appearance in the drama ‘Marrying A Millionaire’ (2005 SBS), he had taken on a variety of work without pause. Time was spent over the past 10 years running and just looking straight ahead but for life in future, his plans have shifted to a new focal point. And it is family.
This too had to do with his selection of ‘5 Siblings Of Deoksuri’. In the movie, he had taken on the role of the dependable eldest son Su Kyo who gives encouragement to his siblings to ensure a harmonious family.
He takes the lead to promote filial piety for their parents. Now Yoon Sang Hyun’s mind is as such.
This work selection criteria
The title had attracted my attention (laughs). When I read the scenario, I felt it was fun and touching.
Later in the film it gave a heartwarming feeling.
When you feel it’s heartwarming
You should have empathy. Now I feel the emotion was buried in the character.
In the movie, Su Kyo is an exemplary and straight eldest son.
Resemblance with Yoon Sang Hyun.
Actually there is a resemblance with the sloppy Dong Su (laughs). At first when the casting proposal was received and I had made a request to the producer for the role of Dong Su, it was refused (laughs).
But Su Kyo’s handling of his siblings and his wanting filial piety for his parents is like me.
Actually I heard that you are the second among 1 son and 2 daughters.
How did you understand the mind of an eldest son?
With an older and younger sister and being an only son, I am very eager to invite my parents. My parents live in Paju Gyeonggi-do. Since 5 years ago I had been living away from my parents but now I certainly wish to live with them.
‘5 Siblings of Deoksuri’ gives the impression of a movie with the highlight on family.
Right. Though it’s apparently seen as a comedy, there is a thriller element in it and eventually the things this movie talks about is on family. Siblings which stay apart, searching for their missing parents and in the process develop brotherly feelings talks about how important it is to have filial piety for their parents. Because of being busy, the days which siblings spend time with the parents are rare. I think it would be good if this movie can serve as a reminder about family.
Was there any neglect on your relationship with family?
I started acting at age 32 so my debut was relatively late. For 10 years until now, I’ve been working with little or no rest. After the ending of a drama, activity would resume after a little rest. Even with the hard work of filming, new work is taken on after a short break. Until the filming of the recently ceased tvN drama Gapdong, it seems there was no time to recharge myself. Looking back on my life now, it seems to be time to re-design the rest of my life.
What plans have you set for the rest of your life?
I will build a new house next to my parents’ home in Paju. I am discussing with the architects with my aim to move in next May. I have drawn a diagram of the house I’ll be living in. This house I’m building is one which I’ve been dreaming about since I was a kid.
Any plans for marriage?
Of course there is (laughs). There is someone I am seeing now. We connect well and she’s 6 years younger. We first met in April and have been dating. We have a lot in common, like animals, reads a lot, points similar to me.
Then we can hear news of the upcoming marriage.
Meeting of the families have been completed. Only need to set a date (laughs). Size of the hall for the wedding is for about 1500 seats and is scheduled to be set up like a concert.
(After the interview, Yoon Sang Hyun getting married next February with singer and lyricist Maybee was officially announced).
What are the points that you like about your wife-to-be?
Simple and honest. I like her look of not being extravagant. In fact, though I’ve met many women on blind dates, it’s been frustrating so far. So could the problem lie with me, is my love cells dead? I had all sorts of thoughts. Or I’ve been working so long in the entertainment industry, was it the fault of having set my sights too high?
The introduction was through my manager, we had kept in contact and after going out a couple of times, she seemed increasingly beautiful to me. It was a crush that led to the conviction and decision to get married.
In addition to your debut of 10 years and now in your early 40s, what are your feelings for major plans ahead?
The values that people have varies with age. It’s friendship during the teenage years, dating in their 20s, career in their 30s and I think the focus is on family in their 40s. As the first digit of age changes, so my outlook on life is also likely to change. During my 30s, my whole life was centered on work but now, family is more important than work. Because of this I am going to build a house near to my parents’ house.
A new role of ‘husband’ in Yoon Sang Hyun’s life. What kind of husband do you wish to be?
A husband who is a good housewife? (laughs). Ever since I was little, I like doing things at home. Cooking, decorating the house and even cleaning (laughs). I would also make small furniture such as desks and chairs. Before my debut, I was running a coffee shop in Ilsan, Gyeonggi-do. For the new house built in Paju, a cafe will be set up on the first floor. Living happily ever after with family is my dream now. I hope to realize that dream in 2015.