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Jung Hae-in teases DP return

CNA – Renowned South Korean actor Jung Hae-in has sent ripples of excitement through his fanbase by hinting at the prospect of a highly-anticipated third season of “DP” and unveiling details about a forthcoming project.

During a special fan meeting event held in Singapore, Jung Hae-in didn’t just engage with his supporters; he delighted them with an impromptu serenade and even distributed autographed paper planes, invoking fond memories of his role in the popular series “Snowdrop”.

These revelations have set the stage for heightened anticipation among fans eagerly awaiting his future endeavours.

The event was held on Sunday (Oct 29) at the Suntec Singapore Convention and Exhibition Centre to celebrate the 35-year-old actor’s 10th year as an actor, having starred in several notable shows including Snowdrop, with Blackpink’s Jisoo; Something In The Rain with veteran actress Son Ye-jin; and two seasons of DP, where he plays the main protagonist.

“So DP is on its second season, and I don’t know yet when it’s going to be, but hopefully we’ll have season 3 soon,” said Jung, who plays Private Ahn Jun-ho, in the show revolving around Korean military police. He added that also hopes to see his character get promoted to the status of corporal.

Jung, whose last trip to Singapore was in November 2022 to promote the show Connect, also hinted at a couple of new projects next year: An unnamed movie he’s set to film (“I’m not in perfect shape at the moment for next year’s filming!”) and a concert.

Though he’s primarily an actor, singing seems to be Jung’s side quest. After all, he once took part in the Korean reality show Begin Again, where his sweet voice was heard – and at the meet, where he did a few songs including the theme song for DP; Carla Bruni’s Stand By Your Man, which was part of the Something In The Rain soundtrack; and K-pop star Hyolyn’s I Choose To Love You.

“I love to sing, and when so many fans tell me that I’m a good singer, it gives me a lot of confidence. I’m actually planning a concert, I can promise you that I’ll be singing a lot more then,” he said.

As for what genre he’d like to try in the future, Jung mentioned comedy as his pick. “I haven’t actually tried comedy. If given the opportunity to, I would like to act in a comedy or a rom-com,” said the actor.

Jung also shared fond memories of his past K-dramas with his fans. His baseball scene with Kim Go-eun in Guardian: The Lonely And Great God – involving him catching the ball with one hand, unfazed – is a fan favourite. But he admitted that particular scene was rather awkward for him. “No one in the world can catch the ball while standing still like that,” he joked.

On a more serious note, Jung also shared how he felt every time he finishes a project. Following the final heart-breaking scene in Snowdrop, Jung told his fans he was still tearing up as he left the set for the last time.

Elsewhere, he touched upon other moments throughout his career, including 2017’s While You Were Sleeping, where he caught the attention of K-drama enthusiasts – not least for this perfectly crafted eyebrows and his abs in one scene.

“For this scene, I remember not drinking water for 2 days prior to the filming. Once the scene was over, I drank a lot of water to quench my thirst and hydrate myself,” he recalled.

Jung said he’s a big believer in a good diet, and claimed that while working out was important, he pays more attention to what he consumes. This includes alcohol as well, the whiskey lover reveals: “I like drinking, but I don’t drink too often because it can cause ageing”.

As for the rest of the fan service, Jung was as thoughtful as one gets. Fans who wrote him letters were brought to the stage and rewarded with some comforting hugs.

Jung also threw autographed paper planes and rolls of bandage from the stage to his fans – both of which were a nod to his K-drama Snowdrop, making the gift all the more meaningful.

Many fans were also invited onstage, by way of a lucky draw, to receive special gifts from the actor. One fanboy, named Aeyli, even got the chance to play the Korean game of ddakji with Jung. “To be honest with you, up close, he looks so young that he doesn’t look like his real age,” he told us. “Being so close to him was an experience I never imagined would happen, and it’s nothing like what I’ve ever felt before.”

And the feeling was mutual. “You guys are so loud…it makes this fan meet feel so intimate. Thank you so much,” Jung told the audience.

K-drama star Jung Hae-in was in Singapore for a fan meet on Oct 29. PHOTO: CNA SOURCE
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