Jang Keun Suk recently spoke out about how he handles vicious comments directed towards him.
In the drama series Decoy, Jang played the role of Goo Do Hwan, a detective who is part of a team searching for a con artist who fakes his own death after pulling off the biggest scam in history.
Despite being known for his “pretty boy” image and being called “Geun-Jjang” and “Asia Prince,” Jang took a bold step by transforming himself into a rather dark character in Decoy.
When asked if he felt pressure to change his image, Jang responded, “I don’t want to regret my past and the paths I’ve taken in life. Instead, I want to embrace the image as part of who I am. I don’t feel the need to force myself to break free from that image.”
He added, “If I had felt the need to quickly change my public image, I wouldn’t have taken so long to make a comeback. I have confidence in my choices, and breaking free from my image is not a top priority for me. Honestly, I never minded being seen as a ‘pretty boy.’ After all, people’s perceptions of me may not be completely inaccurate. When deciding on my next project, I won’t necessarily avoid the “pretty boy” image.”
Actors often subject themselves to constant self-scrutiny. Jang Keun Suk shrugged and said, “I used to obsessively search my name on the internet in the past, but now I do it more casually and without letting it affect me too much.”
Jang Keun Suk revealed that he has also faced negative comments during this process. “Sometimes, among all the hateful comments, there are those that really get to me,” he said. “I take them seriously and reflect on my choices. While I’ve struggled with them at times, they’ve never shaken me to the core. I always practice looking at myself objectively.”