Woo Do Hwan, the lead actor of Netflix’s upcoming original series “Bloodhounds,” recently shared his heartfelt journey during an exclusive interview at a café in Seoul’s Gangnam-gu district.
“Bloodhounds” follows the gripping tale of two young individuals entangled in the treacherous world of loan sharks, where money takes precedence over human life. As they courageously battle against a formidable web of evil, risking their lives, director Kim Ju-hwan takes on his first series challenge, exploring the growth and camaraderie of youthful protagonists. The series is based on a diverse range of themes, from the action-packed youth investigation of “Youth Police,” which captivated an audience of 5.65 million, to the Korean-style fantasy occult “The Lion,” and the heartwarming bond with pets depicted in “Good Boy.”
According to Netflix’s Top 10 website (Top10.netflix.com), within just three days of its release, “Bloodhounds” garnered a staggering 27.97 million hours of viewing time, securing the second spot in Netflix’s Global Top 10 TV category (non-English). The series received immense love and acclaim not only in Korea but also in 40 other countries, including Brazil, France, and Mexico, placing it on their respective Top 10 lists.
Expressing his gratitude, Woo Do Hwan remarked, “I feel incredibly fortunate that ‘Bloodhounds’ has finally been unveiled. Witnessing the positive reception from viewers in the morning brought immense relief. I am genuinely thankful to those who have shown their support. Despite the potential challenges and discomfort, the unwavering support we have received has helped us triumph over adversity. Our remaining task is to persevere and ensure that ‘Bloodhounds’ leaves a lasting impact as a remarkable work.”
Reflecting on the series’ global success, Woo Do Hwan shared, “I am immensely grateful. To be honest, it was a moment where I couldn’t fully rejoice. The journey was arduous, and at times, I couldn’t hold onto the belief that success was within reach. This project has been a culmination of years of struggle for many involved, and I am genuinely thankful for its realization. There were moments when I doubted whether we would be able to complete this work, and as a result, I experienced a myriad of emotions.”
The actor’s reflections also touched upon the controversy surrounding Kim Saeron, a fellow cast member, who was involved in a drunk driving incident that led to a temporary halt in filming and her subsequent departure from the project.
Woo Do Hwan emphasized the importance of avoiding harm to others, stating, “Once again, I realized the absolute necessity of not causing harm to others. Committing a crime is an unforgivable act that should never be justified. This understanding has always been deeply ingrained within me, and I strive to lead a life that does not inflict harm upon others.”
Furthermore, he added, “At times, I wonder if my portrayal on screen may discomfort or cause harm to others. If these thoughts persist, it may jeopardize my ability to pursue this career. However, I am immensely grateful for the support I have received from those who enjoy my work. Rather than becoming overly cautious due to this incident, my guiding principle remains unchanged: to avoid causing harm to others.”