the following is an interview released today. I’ve translated most of the interview and rearranged it slightly by giving it subsections. (Parts that were omitted are marked with “….”)
On the character Cha Muwon…
When asked if he was similar to Cha Muwon in any way, Jaejoong first said that he didn’t think he had any similarities with him, then answered modestly when the reporter insisted.
“Cha Muwon is very much a cool person. Of course he has great ambitions, but he is kind to everyone and is a person with a large bowl, who seems to look at everything in the world. Instead of saying that there are ways I’m similar to such a character, there are things that I want to be like [Cha Muwon]. If there are things of myself that overlap with Cha Muwon, if there comes a time when I can shine the light in my eyes freely, than it might be that moment.”
With such a reply, I come to have great expectations for the character Cha Muwon and Jaejoong, who will act for the character. However, he says that in reality, he doesn’t have the confidence to grab Chae Kanghee, who will be part of a love triangle with Jaejoong and Jisung.
“If it was me, I would go to Jihyun, Jisung’s character. If you spend a lot of time together, you grow fond of each other, and like the saying that a fondness that results from fights lasts longer, it looks like the characters Jihyun and Eusul, played by Chae Kanghee, grow fond of each other after bickering amongst one another.”
Jaejoong’s opinion on older women…
In reality, Chae Kanghee is also a woman that’s older than Jaejoong. Kim Jaejoong gave noonas a message of hope, saying that he is okay with both dating and marrying older women.
“If I think about marriage, right now I think I am okay with women that are up to ten years older.”
Working with older actors on set…
…it’s Jaejoong’s first time in a Korean drama. Therefore, there’s that much more tension and anticipation. However, thankfully, he’s getting passing scores from fellow actors. Senior actors like Park Younggyu and Cha Hwayun, especially, showed their high expectations for Jaejoong, stating that he is “someone that will become great in the future.”
“It’s hard and there’s lots of learn. I’m trying to quickly adapt to the atmosphere on set. But more than that, I get strength because the senior actors on set really care for me. They also give me lots of advice. Senior Park Younggyu, especially, makes me feel really comfortable, reading the lines with me multiple times, despite being tired after a night-long shoot.”
Jaejoong’s physical fitness…
….On the question if he is confident in his physical fitness, Jaejoong said that contrary to what others may think, he isn’t too confident with his physical fitness.
“The filming itself is progressing with a happy atmosphere with everyone looking after each other. Also, I’m not the type to have great confidence in my fitness, but because I do have basic level of physical fitness, I’m trusting on that. I’m not too confident about night-long shoots, but I’m going to try my best, and because senior actors really don’t show how tired they are, I keep thinking that I must work even harder.”
….I was curious what the biggest difference between singing and acting is.
“First of all, singers spend all of their energy on the two, three hours that they are on stage. Actors, on the other hand, regulate their use of that energy [for a longer period].”
Jaejoong thinks he’s UGLY?!?!?!
I was really curious about Jaejoong’s (who’s the first in “airport fashion” and an icon of fashion) everyday look. But while talking about this, Jaejoong said something completely unexpected… that he is ugly. Staff nearby made an out cry and asked if he was purposely making a ludicrous statement.
“I think I’m ugly. My personality itself is very free and unaffected, but the reason why I couldn’t say this was because if I said that I thought I was ugly, I would feel sorry for fans that like me. But now I can say it without concern (laughter). I think most of my fans like me for my easy-going personality, and only a few like me because of my looks.”
These statements would most likely be surprising for fans, because he’s so milky and full of charm. But his ludicrous(?) statements continued. We couldn’t help laugh in this part of the interview. The words that he said as if nothing was wrong was quite fun to hear.
“When I am working as a singer, my hair style is very fancy and I wear a lot of accessories and my skin’s very white, so I cared more for the clothes that wear… but now, I go around in very comfortable clothing and look. And once in a while, I look at myself in the mirror and think, ‘You’ve lived well by decorating yourself well.'”
Two sides to modesty…
Since he debuted in 2004, 10 years is fast approaching. What’s changed the most since then?
“Of course on stage, I am now more relaxed. My surroundings have changed quite a bit… and in my opinion, I think I’ve re-found my sense of modesty. But there’s both a negative and positive side to that modestly, and in my case, I feel like it may be more negative. It’s good to have confidence while having modesty, but modesty which takes away even your self-confidence I think is a bad thing. I think at one point, I had become modest, but lost my confidence. Right now, I’m trying to recover.”
How Yuchun’s success affects Jaejoong…
JYJ members are all distinguishing themselves in acting. Park Yuchun, especially, have been receiving high scores as an actor. It seems like it would both encourage and pressure you.
“It does stimulate me a lot and also pressure me as well. Yuchun is a senior actor and I think it’s a good thing that he started. I am starting now as well. I am really going to try my best.”
The words that Jaejoong lives by…
….Jaejoong says the words he lives by changes constantly, and revealed the phrase he currently has in his heart.
“It’s to live the best as I can. And to not become greedy. I think that those that become too greedy may end up getting punished.”
…I asked what his dream was. I was given an unexpected reply. I felt his passion and confidence to do the best he can today from his reply that he doesn’t have a dream.
“I don’t have a dream. My goals constantly change as well. Up until this point, when I set a goal for myself, I accomplished it. I had as much luck as how hard I worked. It was also possible because of the fans’ love. In different moments, I get different goals, and as I work hard to accomplish these goals, my dreams become a reality.”
Last but not least, Jaejoong didn’t forget to promote his drama. I highly anticipate the color of the new world that he will showcase at this new starting point.
“My dream ratings is 50% (laughter). Our drama can be watched by teenagers and older generation. I ask for your love.”
The original article can be found here (in KOR)
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