After being discharged in the military last November 2018, Jung Il-woo is preparing now for his drama comeback and he talks about his experience after being diagnosed with cerebral aneurysm.
On January 21, Jung Il-woo attended the press conference for his new historical drama ‘Haechi’. It tells a story of Lee Geum (played by Jung Il-woo), a prince who cannot be recognized as a king during the Joseon era because he was born from a commoner woman.
Jung Il-woo said that he has a similarity to his character for finding a motivation to live even after going through a big incident. He went on to share his experiences after being diagnosed with cerebral aneurysm in 2017 caused by a car accident in 2006. Cerebral aneurysm is a cerebrovascular issue in which weakness in the walls of a cerebral artery causes localized dilation or ballooning in the blood vessel which may result to congenital issue, high blood pressure or head trauma.
“I don’t know when I’ll die in the hospital. It was like a time bomb.” Jung Il-woo said. He continued by saying that he had a change of view in life after the diagnosis. He thought that it would be okay to enjoy life and be a motivation to people who also have to endure a big accident in their lives.
Even though he was already exempted to enlist in the military due to his medical condition, Jung Il-woo still enlisted as a public service worker and was discharged last year. He said that a military service is a duty of the people and fulfilling its duty increased his patriotism and self-esteem.
‘Haechi’ marks his comeback in the small screen alongside actress Go Ara. It is set to premiere on February 11.