“Lovely Runner” Byun Woo-seok “I could relate to Seon-jae, who likes only one person for 15 years”

Actor Byun Woo-seok talked about his character Ryu Seon-jae from tvN’s “Lovely Runner“, who loves Im Sol (played by Kim Hye-yoon) for 15 years. In an interview held at a cafe in Nonhyeon-dong, Gangnam-gu on June 4th, Byun Woo-seok confessed, “There are many people around me who have been in long-term relationships, like 20 years or 15 years. So, loving someone for a long time wasn’t strange to me, and I could relate to it.

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Byun Woo-seok revealed that he wanted to participate in “Lovely Runner” as soon as he read the script. He said, “From the moment I first read the script, it resonated deeply with me, and I wanted to do it no matter what. I kept asking the company director for about 1~2 months about the progress. It wasn’t that I was sure this project would do well; I just really wanted to do it. After it was decided, I kept thinking, ‘Did they really give me this character?’

Given the long duration and various situations from 2008, 2009 to 2023, Byun Woo-seok had to portray a wide range of emotions. He shared, “The focus while playing Seon-jae was to show the emotions Seon-jae had since he gave up swimming. I thought that if those emotions were well depicted, the feelings for Sol would be well understood.”

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Talking about the “unicorn male lead” Seon-jae, Byun Woo-seok said, “The writer really put everything into Seon-jae. I asked the writer ‘What project should I do next?’ and the writer replied, ‘What should I write next? I put everything into this.’ Seon-jae is such a great male lead and a good person, which made it difficult but also fun. I thought Seon-jae was really cool and a good friend.”

When comparing himself to Seon-jae, Byun Woo-seok described it as a “difference in intensity”. He said, “I tend to immerse myself in something completely, whether it’s work or anything else. Seon-jae is clumsy in expressing himself, but I’m not. Seon-jae loves Sol to the point of dying, but I’ve never experienced that. If such a situation arises, I might think about it, but realistically, I don’t know.”