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The word “versatile” fits perfectly with this man. He has been showing off his abilities as a singer since his debut in 2004 and now has even laid his hands on directing. Starting in August (forewarned to be extremely hot), he will covet the title of an actor. He’s a man with lots of ambition.

By now, fans have probably guessed this interview’s main character. This man, Kim Jaejoong, has appeared after fighting through a monsoon.

At the moment we exchanged our greetings, I couldn’t even remember [Jaejoong] as the past young man and picked “Jaejoong-sshi” (“sshi” is added to the name of someone older) instead of “Jaejoong-goon” (“goon,” on the other hand, is added to the name of someone younger) In response, Jaejoong playfully said, “I’m still young. I like Jaejoong-goon. Haha.” This response had a great effect in brightening the mood, which was a bit gloomy because of the bad weather.

Starting now, I will unravel the honest and cheerful conversation we had with laughter from start to finish.

# Actor: “I feel burdened because Yuchun and Junsu have been doing so well.”

Starting August 3rd, Jaejoong will star in SBS’s new Wed-Thurs drama special “Protect the Boss” (written by Kwan Kiyoung, directed by Son Junghyun) and start his real attempt at transforming into an actor. Although he has acted before in “Postman to Heaven” (2009) and “Because I can’t be honest” (2010), it is Jaejoong’s first time acting in a Korean drama and thus likely that he is both excited and feeling tension and pressured at the same time.

Honestly, [at first], I felt no burden. Because people looked forward to [me acting], I did feel that I should work hard and there was that tension at experiencing new situations and environments. However, I started to feel burdened when people started to tell me that Yuchun’s drama did very well and Junsu attained great success through muscials. Sigh~

The character Kim Jaejoong will play, Cha Muwon, is being introduced as a “prince of finance” with great abilities. When I told him that such a title fit with his looks, Jaejoong shook his head and left a ludicrous statement.

No absolutely not. In my point of view, my face is sometimes ‘too much’ (T/N: JJ is referring to the fact that his features are very strong and well-defined) because I have a unique look. When I saw myself sweating profusely at a concert, I wanted to break my mirror. I’m uncomfortable with the way I look. I had this conversation with Junsu and the CEO of our agency told us that he’s going to record [the conversation] and release it into the public. You think it’s a ludicrous statement? But I want to show off a pure and gentle look instead of [my] strong face.

If you think about it, Cha Muwan is similar to Mondo Group’s Director Song Yuhyun, played by JYJ member Park Yuchun in drama ‘Miss Ripley.’ When I pointed this out, Jaejoong shared an anecdote after replying, “yes, they are similar. When I saw Yuchun’s drama, his company was more well-off than our company in our drama. They had helicopters… maybe we should fly one too (hahaha).”

I met Yuchun at our hair salon wearing a suit. Yuchun was wearing a suit as well. The moment we saw each other’s face, we had a play where we referred to each other as ‘Director Cha’ and ‘Director Song’ from the dramas and said ‘long-time no see.’ It was fun (laughter).”

# Director: “Now I want to try Idol Groups”

Jaejoong has also done stage directing. He had his debut as a director in April through JYJ’s World Tour Concert and right away showed off such skills through Son Yeonjae’s Rhythmic Gymnastics Gala Show. At the time, he received a lot of attention just by the fact that Kim Jaejoong and Son Yeonjae were meeting.

I ended up directing Son Yeonjae’s gala show through my agency. I ended up participating after attending a meeting, but didn’t have a lot of time. Thankfully, Son Yeojae’s side seemed to be happy with it. Oh~ I also participated in music editing. You know right?

There must be fans who are looking forward to Jaejoong working with other sports stars. It seemed likely that Jaejoong thought about doing a gala show for some other athletes. But at the moment Jaejoong became an inexpressive person (T/N: I think what the interviewer means is that Jaejoong froze at that moment). To help him, I mentioned other famous sports stars, but Jaejoong made me laugh with an unexpected answer.

Park Taehwan? I want to do a Park Taehwan gala show. I want to design swim suits with a new feel to it (Ha ha).

Jaejoong expressed his desire to continue performance directing outside of gala shows for sports stars. He showed off his versatile talents by revealing his desire to “also [direct] performances of idol groups].

# Singer: “We will release a new album within this year”

Although he has started his real attempt as an actor and has also directed on stage, Kim Jaejoon’s main job is singing. Last October, he released his first album, “The Beginning,” as JYJ and held [promotional] activities. However, the problem was that it was difficult to find JYJ on television.

Jaejoong expressed his hopes, saying “even now, we haven’t let go of our efforts to appear on music or entertainment programs. I hope that it becomes possible for us to appear when our new album is released.

Recently, the Korean music industry has been heated since the story of kpop enjoying great popularity in Europe hit the news…. Because JYJ also is receiving a lot of love outside of Korea, I felt this must be of interest for them.

Beforehand, we had thought of a showcase in Europe. Because of time, we couldn’t go to Europe, but later, if we have the time, I do have thoughts of wanting to go there. Am I afraid? I think I would have had a hard time instead of being afraid. Going somewhere for the first time is really difficult. Like how BoA hardened the road for us by going to Japan. I’m happy because I feel like they’ve opened up a road for us.

Since “The Beginning,” there hasn’t been news of a next album for more than a year now. I asked because fans were probably also curious and Jaejoong replied with a news like welcome rain. We are preparing for it. First of all, good songs must be written. Of course, within that, there would be songs that I made. The album will probably be released soon… within this year… preferably quickly.”

8 years since his debut. Now, Kim Jaejoong is living his second life from Hero Jaejoong to Kim Jaejoong. Compared to the past, he must show that he is more mature inside.

The name Hero Jaejoong itself is the name of DBSK’s member. If I was still using the DBSK title, I would be Hero Jaejoong even if I was doing other work. However, I became Kim Jaejoong the moment I became JYJ. I think the improved part of myself is that I can find and do things on my own. Because this isn’t yet perfect, I am also both looking forward to and worried about the future.”

Along with this, he needs a blueprint which he will follow. Jaejoong responded, with an unchanging serious expression, “there’s no change because I’m going to live as a celebrity. Our fans now seem to want to make our future for us. Because I see and feel things like that a lot, I want JYJ to succeed and live a life without regrets.

Through the many difficulties he had experienced, I could verify a Kim Jaejoong who has matured and become stronger. As he said, he reached this point because of his fans, and it’s time for him to show something to repay them. It’s show time, Kim Jaejoong was looking forward to the curtain to quickly rise.

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The following are excerpts from Jisung’s interview with “Oh My News” where he speaks about Jaejoong.

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Jaejoong is a famous singer who is now JYJ after going through DBSK. But he’s not just rushing into this light-heartedly, with the thought ‘why don’t I just try acting now,” but actually has his own philosophy on acting and a firm goal. The entire thing can be scary and frightening, but I was impressed by how Jaejoong thought of his role as an honor and prepared for it.”

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According to Jisung, spends time with Jaejoong by inviting him to his house and eating and reading the script together. Despite the all-night filming that has already started, the two are getting along like real brothers. Jisung stated, “all I can do is help Jaejoong feel comfortable and natural. Through <Protect the Boss>, I really hope Jaejoong will get the ‘you’ve made the right first step as an actor’ response.”

Through Jaejoong, it seems likely that Jisung may see himself when he was younger. However, Jisung stated, “because I had nothing back then, I was different from Jaejoong. There’s a definite difference between just saying that you want to do well and actually trying to do well. And Jaejoong, despite being so popular, always bows and greets people and works really hard, so I can’t help but like him.”

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(+) The signature Jaejoong left for Sachoom:

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The following is a translation of an excerpt from Jisung’s (Jisung is the other male lead actor in “Protect the Boss”) interview, where he talks about Jaejoong. :)

How Jisung became friends with Jaejoong…

Jisung explained, “before starting our shoot for the drama, the entire staff and cast went to a retreat together. I met Jaejoong for the first time there. I ended up sharing a room with Jaejoong when I went to bed after having a bit to drink with dinner. The room only had one king-sized bed. We didn’t really want to sleep on the floor, so we ended up using the single bed together. But because it was so hot, we both just went to bed in our underwear. We naturally grew closer together [after this] just as guys tend to become friends after going to a public bath together.”

Jisung’s opinion of Jaejoong and his acting

….Jisung wasn’t stingy with his praise on Jaejoong’s passion for acting. Jisung explained, “although Kim Jaejoong is at the top as a singer, Jaejoong thinks that this is his first step in acting and therefore is living up to his roll as the youngest on set. He analyzes his character diligently. He has the mind of a pro and is very responsible.”

Furthermore, he said, “because Jaejoong works so hard, everyone including me, seniors Park Youngkyu and Cha Hwayeon, and the staff try to help him get used to acting. Jaejoong is that much hard-working and is therefore loved by everyone on set. I hope he will be able accomplish his first try at acting smoothly.”

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The official page of “Protect the Boss” is open! You can visit it here :)

The pictures of Jaejoong as Cha Muwon are seriously the best pictures available on PB’s page +0+

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Senior Actor Yuchun’s Advice to Jaejoong

In “Protect the Boss (PB),” Jaejoong has been cast for the roll of Cha Muwon, a director of headquarters and “prince of finance.” He’s Cha Jihyun’s (Jisung) cousin and will compete with him to take over a large company. JYJ members were, of course, the ones who were happiest with Jaejoong’s casting in PB. “Recently, I met Yuchun at a hair shop and he started creating a made-up situation.” Coincidentally, Park Yuchun currently plays director of headquarters Song Yuhyun in MBC’s “Miss Ripley.” “We’re both director of headquarters. To me, he said ‘Director Cha. I am Director Song. It’s been a while, Director Cha.’ (laughter)” Jaejoong also said that Yuchun advised him to take care of his health since he won’t be able to sleep a lot and [filming] will be difficult.

Staying physically fit is essential for actors who star in dramas. Recently, Jaejoong has become interested in “Gong-jin-dan” (type of traditional medicine)…. “I’ve been eating ‘Gong-jin-dan,’ given to me by fans, regularly. It’s supposed to be very expensive and when I eat it, I feel like I’m getting healthier.”

Atmosphere on Set is Great!

The prediction that because it’s still in the early stages of filming, actors will be awkward with each other was quite inaccurate. Apparently, the PB team has already been to a retreat due to Jisung’s suggestion. “The atmosphere is really great. At the retreat, the actors and staff became close by exchanging phone numbers. Since then, we’ve been sending each others text messages. I’ve slept on the same bed with senior Jisung at the retreat. (Chae) Kanghee noona told me, ‘I’ve heard quite a bit that Jaejoong’s a bit ‘out there’ [T/N: more accurately, she used the Korean phrase “4차원,” which means that you have a unique/strange way of thinking] and you really are’ (laughter).”

Although Jaejoong is the youngest on set, the person who creates the happy atmosphere is Jisung. “Since script reading, Jisung has been making a fun atmosphere for everyone. I’ve very thankful that Cha Hwayung and Park Youngkyu have been giving me lots of advice. Because the genre’s romantic comedy, laughter doesn’t stop during script reading.”

Which female character in PB is closer to JJ’s Ideal Woman?

In “PB,” Jaejoong acts with Chae Kanghee (character No Eunsul) and Wang Jihae (character Suh Nayoon). Which character is more similar to Kim Jaejoong’s ‘ideal woman?’ “Eunsul is easy-going and blunders a lot. Nayoon has ambition and is proud and harsh. If I must compare the two, Eunsul is more closer to my ‘ideal woman.’ If [my girlfriend] was very ambitious and possessive like Nayoon, I feel like it would be difficult. Of course, the best is a mix of the two.”

For a while, Jaejoong has said that his ideal woman is ‘a woman who gives him a good first feeling.’ “When I was young, I watched the drama ‘Petticoat Government’ and got very into it, so my ideal woman was seniors Kang Sooyeon and Jun Inhwa, who star in the drama… and there hasn’t been much change since then.”

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