I.T: Where do you find inspiration? Can you tell us about your creative process?
Yoo: Actually, it’s not that complicated at all. I find it in things that surround me in my everyday life; in people, situations, and objects around me. All those things are a source of inspiration to me. I try and look closely at things that easily pass us by – things we often neglect – but are around us all the time. I also reach inwards to build empathy for the character I’m playing, so I can better accept and understand their existence. This internal process is my inspiration. I don’t need to go anywhere else.
I.T: How do you get in character when you’re preparing for a new project?
Yoo: Rather than “creating” a persona from scratch, I like to find traits in a character that resemble my own. I make the most out of those personality attributes. That’s my approach to building a character.
I.T: What’s next for you as an actor?
Yoo: As I accumulate experience and grow my career, I’m constantly thinking of ways to reinvent myself as an actor. This is one of my main concerns right now. As a young actor in my 20s, I played numerous characters that showed how colourful a performer I could be. The next step would be for me to show audiences a more mature version of myself. Rather than taking what’s already been established, I’m questioning how I can be creative with opportunities offered to me. That’s what’s occupying my thoughts these days.