Eru: (JP/Sita W. Dewi)
Korean pop lovers in Indonesia may not be too familiar yet with singer Jo Sung-hyun, better known as Eru (pronounced: Iru), but the 28-year-old singer is back, this time in Indonesian movie Hello Goodbye.
The movie marks his comeback in the entertainment industry after finishing his mandatory military service in 2010.
Even though the ballad singer, who started his singing career in 2005, only plays a small role as a street singer in the movie, one of his popular songs “Black Glasses” was chosen for the original soundtrack.
“They offered me the role. When I was sent the script and read it, it touched my heart,” Eru said during a visit to The Jakarta Post’s office on Wednesday.
Besides, he said, the movie was a chance to debut on the international stage and “fortunately they also used my song, “Black Glasses”, for the soundtrack”.
According to Eru, participating in Hello Goodbye, which is the first movie he has ever appeared in, was a wonderful experience even though he had not expected it to be so easy.
“At first I was kind of worried about the language barrier, but some of the crew spoke Korean really well, while the lead actress, Atiqah Hasiholan, speaks English very well. So, we didn’t have any problems,” said the New York-born Eru.
Since acting in the movie, which was mainly shot in the South Korean port city of Busan, Eru has decided to seriously consider acting if he gets more offers.
“I never studied acting before so when I acted, it was like I changed into somebody else. I was no longer Eru the singer, but a different Eru,” he said.
He thanked Atiqah for helping him so much during the movie shoot.
“My acting coach is Atiqah Hasiholan. She taught me everything,” he said. (nvn)