According to reports, Lee Soo Kyung behaved disrespectfully to the interviewer and press as she appeared distracted and laughed randomly throughout the conference.
Netizens were particularly alarmed by her attitude towards her sunbae actors UEE and Choi Woo Sik as she denied being close to the former and called the latter a "hogu," or a pushover.
At the 1:50 mark above, when the interviewer asks Lee Soo Kyung which cast member treated her the best, Lee Soo Kyung stares at those seated next to her for a bit before saying, "The people who played my mother and father treated me the best." When the interviewer asks, "No one here?" Lee Soo Kyung says, "No, no one here."
At this Choi Woo Sik jokes, "Honestly we're not close. I should've sat like this," and turns his back on Lee Soo Kyung.
At the 2:47 mark, Seulong then states, "From what I've seen on-set, UEE takes really good care of [Lee Soo Kyung]." Choi Woo Sik is quick to agree saying, "From what I see, UEE noona takes really good care of her."
UEE then enters the conversation and after apologizing to the press, she says, "I actually spent New Years with her. She was with me on New Years, a day when we're resting from filming." She jokingly adds, "Does this make sense?" before continuing, "We ate together and I bought her a meal, so I'm really speechless. I'm sorry everyone."
Yet, while UEE explains her side, Lee Soo Kyung can be seen around the 3:11 mark saying, "No," and making an "X" sign with her arms in disagreement with UEE. She then attempts to explain herself saying, "Two weeks before New Years, UEE unni said we should all gather for something...," but is stopped by UEE when the sunbae actress repeatedly tells her, "Put down your mic please."
The girls then start listing food that they ate together on New Years. At the 4:11 mark, UEE concludes light-heartedly, "I like her, but maybe I only liked her."
At the 6:30 mark, Lee Soo Kyung is then asked out of all the cast members, why she selected lead actor Choi Woo Sik, who plays the character Hogu, as an actual hogu (pushover). Lee Soo Kyung replies, "Choi Woo Sik is exactly like a hogu. As soon as I met him I thought, 'Ah, he's a hogu.'" She continues, "Because his character is like a hogu he's called Hogu. Ever since I met him, he entered [the set] like a hogu."
According to reports, UEE jokingly followed up with, "Soo Kyung says it well. As soon as Choi Woo Sik entered, he gave off the image of a hogu. I would like it if he even changed his name to Hogu." She also added, "[Lee Soo Kyung] is like this because this is her first press conference. I ask that the reporters understand her." She continued to explain, "Soo Kyung has yet to graduate high school. She's like this because she's young."
On January 30, Lee Soo Kyung's agency Hodu Entertainment stated, "We feel apologetic about Lee Soo Kyung's alarming attitude during the 'Hogu's Love' press conference. Lee Soo Kyung is still a rookie and in a stressful situation she made a mistake." They continued, "Although Lee Soo Kyung feels embarrassed, she has told us that she is sorry and that in the future she will redeem herself via acting. We ask that you look at her positively."
On the same day, Choi Woo Sik and Seulong's agency JYP Entertainment also came out, saying, "Choi Woo Sik and Lee Soo Kyung are usually really close. The atmosphere at the press conference was, of course, amicable." They added, "When Lee Soo Kyung said Choi Woo Sik was 'like a hogu,' she was saying that Choi Woo Sik digested his role as Kang Hogu well." They concluded with, "It's regretful that this kind of controversy has arisen."