Lee Joon Gi Named As Fantasy Period K-drama King— Here’s How The Actor Reacted

Much to his fans’ delight, Hallyu superstar Lee Joon Gi returned to the acting scene with the new season of “Arthdal Chronicles.”

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The actor took on the challenge of playing a two-character role, making him the king of fantasy period K-dramas. Keep on reading.

Lee Joon Gi Gets Candid On Playing Dual Roles In New Drama

In an interview with Allure Korea, fan-favorite actor Lee Joon Gi bares his heart out and reveals his honest thoughts on his brand new acting roles.

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This September, the actor returned to prime time with “Arthdal Chronicles 2,” which tells the struggles of Arthdal natives as they protect their land from its destroyers.

In the series, Lee Joon Gi plays the two-character role of Eunseom and Saya, two identical twins who are born with different purposes and goals.

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Lee Joon Gi

According to the actor, Eunseom and Saya are his favorites in his filmography as he got to show two different stories through different yet similar characters in a drama.

To prepare for the roles, Lee Joon Gi paid attention to his characters’ nuances and facial expressions. Because they are twins, he wanted the viewers to be able to tell them apart easily.

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Lee Joon Gi

In addition, he said that he embodies the two characters as he has the great desire to pursue his goals just like Saya but he also wants to be loved by his people like Eunseom.

“Lee Joon Gi as an actor resembles Eunseom but I’m just like Saya when I’m all alone. They both exist in me,” Lee Joon Gi shared.

Lee Joon Gi Named As Fantasy Historical K-drama King

Since 2005, Lee Joon Gi has taken countless roles in various historical K-dramas including the highly acclaimed film “The King and The Clown” where he played an effeminate clown.

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“Illjimae,” “Scholar Who Walks the Night” and “Scarlet Heart Ryeo” are some of his most noteworthy works as of this writing.

This 2023, he added his new work “Arthdal Chronicles 2” to his collection, contributing to his grandiose fame. With this, Lee Joon Gi is named the king of historical fantasy romance series.

When asked whether he prefers “sageuk” series over shows set in modern settings, Lee Joon Gi said, “I naturally gravitate towards the genre. I love the preparation and effort put into the show.”

He shared that 80% of his work is fantasy, and he is most of the time surrounded by art, stylish designs and unique makeup looks that help set the mood of a project.

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“There’s no reason to turn down the work,” Lee Joon Gi said. “Besides the project, I also love working with Shin Se Kyung, Jang Dong Gun and my junior actors.”

Lee Joon Gi then concluded by telling Allure Korea that he is certain about his future. Even after 10 years, he’s still doing what he loves the most, which is acting.

Catch “Arthdal Chronicles 2” every weekend at 9:20 p.m. KST on tvN, Netflix and Disney+.