Ahn Hyo Seop shared a story of the encounter with Hyunbin when appearing in Cosmopolitan pictorials and interview to celebrate the magazine’s 20th anniversary.
The actor, who won the Best Male New Artist award at the Baeksang Arts Awards in June, introduced an anecdote in which he met Hyun Bin at the awards ceremony. “I’ve loved Hyunbin since I was young, and he sat behind me. My back was tense as if my back was sticking out. There were Son Yejin and Nam Goong Min behind me. I wanted to say hello, but it felt like 2m away. Everyone is like a celebrity to me, so I wondered if it would be rude to talk to them all of a sudden,” he said, expressing his affection for senior actors.
Ahn Hyo Seop also expressed his gratitude and respect for Han Suk Kyu, whom he worked with on “Dr. Romantic 2.” He said, “Rather than me being able to see the forest, I think it would be more accurate to say that I’ve now found the forest. I’m still unsure and confused about my acting, but I can now see that there is a forest in the middle of it. I’m often reminded of the advice Han Suk Kyu gave me, ‘The better you get, the more fun it becomes.’ I can’t express just how charming those words are to me. Because how much effort I put in will determine how well I do, I just try to absorb everything and learn.”
Revealing that he’s recently grown an interest in philosophy, Ahn Hyo Seop said, “It’s a chance to deconstruct the way you think and understand it,” and added, “I’ve begun thinking about how I’ve been placing rules upon myself that even I didn’t realize, and it may have been stopping me from seeing a bigger world. Now that I’m trying to set that aside, I’m able to see a side of me I haven’t seen before. It’s like I’m discovering my real self.”
He also pondered about the values that people in their twenties and thirties should have, and he said, “Regardless of gender, I think it’s important for people to keep searching for who they truly are. The process of understanding what thoughts cause you to act the way you do is quite painful. It’s really difficult to objectively understand how your mind works, but I think you can find peace once you’re able to do it.”