Just recently, "Scarlet Heart: Ryeo" star Hong Jong-hyun sat down for an interview and talked about experience filming the period drama - as well as the secret behind the popularity of his co-star EXO's Baekhyun!
Speaking about the process, the actor revealed that it was a very comfortable atmosphere on-set, which was undoubtedly due to the relatively close age of all the cast members:
“Honestly, there were many times when I depended on my younger co-stars. Because there wasn’t a big age gap, it felt like we were all meeting as a group of friends. Unless we were filming intense scenes, there was always a friendly atmosphere during filming,”
Hong Jong-hyun also talked about his first impression of the drama's leading lady, IU, saying that he had "listened to a lot of her music" before meeting her and that he thought (and was proven correct) that she was a "very delicate person".
But when he first met Baekhyun, the actor was completely surprised. Not only was Hong Jong-hyun a little taken back at Baekhyun's cuteness, but he also managed to understand how the star's popularity stemmed from his ability to be playful and a perfectionist when required!
"In Baekhyun’s case, I was completely surprised. It was the first time I looked at a guy and thought he was cute. I finally understood why he was so popular. Though he was very bright and playful on set, he also has an aspect of perfectionism. He practices a lot."
Looks like that's one more reason to add to the list of reasons why Baekhyun is so popular!