Even after the success of All of Us Are Dead, actor Im Jae-hyuk shared that he still works part-time jobs.
The Korean star relayed that though the success of the show led to an increase in his fanbase, he shared that it did not have a significant impact on him financially.
"Apart from the drama doing well, there's nothing special that changed about my bank account. I spend between 900,000 KRW and 1 million KRW (742.48 USD to 824.98 USD) for a month's rent and living expenses, so I'm only working to earn that much. The monthly rent is about 400,000 KRW (330 USD) a month, so I only have to do 5 part-time courier jobs, and I can work for a week or two to earn 600,000 KRW (495 USD) a month for living expenses," he shared in an interview in tvN's You Quiz on the Block as translated by entertainment website AllKPop.
He shared that he has already experienced working various part-time jobs such as being a restaurant server and working at a fish store.
Jae-hyuk relayed that working as a paid designated driver was the most difficult part-time job he experienced.
In the interview, he recounted one tough experience he had as a designated driver, sharing, "I have to deal with a drunken person, so there was a time I called to say I was on my way and ran for a kilometer, but the customer didn't answer the phone. The subway was about to stop running soon, but I kept calling and he answered the phone.”
He continued, “But as soon as he answered, he cursed at me saying, 'If I don't answer the phone, you should have understood that I don't need your service anymore and you should have canceled and went away.' At that time, the subway already stopped running, so I remember going to the convenience store to eat cup noodles waiting for the late-night bus.”
Jae-hyuk relayed that when his mother found out that he works part-time jobs through an article recently, it actually made his mom cry.
"The night the article was published, my mother called and cried. I was upset," he shared.
The actor explained that he wanted to be financially independent to ease the burden of his parents.
“I went to the military, but I wanted to live once without support from my parents. My parents told me to tell them when I was having a hard time, but I told them I had money. I didn't want to make it difficult for my parents," he stated.
All of Us Are Dead is a hit Netflix series that follows the story of a group of students stuck in a school amid a zombie apocalypse.
Jae-hyuk plays the role of Yan Dae-su in the series.
According to a report by entertainment website Koreaboo last February, the actor needed to gain 32 kilograms for his role to match the look of his character from the webtoon.
The show premiered on Netflix on January 28. According to the streaming platform, All of Us Are Dead achieved around 124.79 million hours of views within three days since it premiered.