IU attended an interview for the movie ‘Dream’ (directed by Lee Byung-hun) at a cafe in Sogeok-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul.
In ‘Dream,’ IU plays a documentary PD named So-min, who lacks passion. The movie portrays the process of homeless people competing in the Homeless World Cup under the direction of former national team coach Hong-dae (played by Park Seo Joon). It is based on the true story of South Korea’s first participation in the Homeless World Cup in 2010.
IU also learned about the existence of the Homeless World Cup through this work. She said, “I learned about the Homeless World Cup while doing the movie, so I hoped that more people would know about it. But I knew about Big Issue because I also shot a cover for it. All the activities that take place there, such as photographers and stylists, are done through talent donations. I also agreed with this spirit and took the photos. The image that started from Big Issue helped me understand this movie a lot.”
She said that she didn’t become very close with actor Park Seo Joon, whom she had worked with closely, except during filming which was also delayed many times due to COVID-19. Although they didn’t talk much during filming, they became much closer after reuniting for recent promotions, four years later. IU looked back and said, “I didn’t talk to Park Seo Joon a lot, but the tension during filming was helpful. I can say that I received a lot of help from him in every scene we shot together.”
She also praised his acting saying, “I was really amazed by Park Seo Joon’s reactions. I remember admiring him every time he acted. He had a lot more screen time than me, and he must have been through a lot. But he maintained a healthy energy rather than speaking a lot. I thought he was a really good person.”
IU did not hesitate to speak up about the questions regarding the movie, but when asked about her boyfriend, actor Lee Jong Suk, she smiled briefly and hesitated to answer. Recently, there has been a buzz about a few photos of Lee Jong Suk wearing IU’s fan merchandise.
In response to this, IU opened up saying, “I don’t know what to say, I’m a bit flustered. Fans pay lot of attention to me and supports me so much. So I think the best way to repay fans is to meet him nicely and quietly, and I’ll meet him with a healthy appearance.”
When asked if she gave the merchandise as a gift herself, IU smiled and shook her head, “He comes to my concerts and stuff like that, so we give the concert merchandise to my acquaintances who come. It’s not really a special gift, but it’s been hyped up too much, so I feel like it’s become a big deal. The photos were taken in other places (not at the concert venue), just randomly. Thank you for showing so much interest.”
“Dream” will hit theaters on April 26.