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CNBLUE Kang Minhyuk Interview in SURE Magazine 2015 June Issue

As Relaxing as A Cat


One day CNBLUE Kang Min Hyuk sit down in a couch under sunlight. He angrily entered the working room along with 2 cats he raised. His face is soften, and seems more comfortable. PHOTOGRAPHER Hwang Hye Jeong

Pictorial shooting was a bit late. He already arrived in Korea from Guangzhou, China this morning, but one of two cats he raised suddenly has a skin problem so he has to take him to hospital and he can’t estimate how long will it be and apologized. Few days before he was in Osaka and Yokohama, Japan on the concert entitled “CNBLUE Spring Live 2015” for an opening anniversary, then directly flew to China and matched the schedule and couldn’t miss any time. Two days later, on the stage of family concert “FNC Kingdom” in Jamsil, digesting all the schedule moreover on tight schedule to K-Pop Star. Final day of spring and he wanted to grab that day. Receiving a warm sunlight, he greeted us with face full of smile. “I slept on the plane, so I am okay.” Seeing a smiling youth in the late spring, seems like early summer comes faster.

Min Hyuk is CNBLUE’s drummer, through an inherent highlight, the path is far but the place is there. Elongated and slim along with his handsome face, he started grabbing audience’s attention through a 40% rating of drama series <My Husband Got a Family>. A son of a Playboy in <The Heirs> added his tidy and hot man’s charm. He wanted to lengthen his way to be an actor but he was casted in variety show <Brave Family> joining Park Myung Soo, Shim Hye Jin, and Park Joo Mi and have a life as close brother in a family and more of a reality. Last month he was chosen as MC of the newly started JTBC variety <Mom is Watching>. Unexpected things comes, a sincere youth and a steady path will show. Looked tiresome, through a drowsy pupil those words are said.

It’s a deep impression of your two cats on SNS. What makes you a father of these cats?

Since long time ago, I always wanted to raise a companion animal. I think it will be great to have an inmate-like animal to live with. Both like friends so we don’t feel lonely, finally I bought two cats 3 months ago. Both are females, but their character is like cats & dogs. Given them name and hint to get quiet Kungddadda, Umchichi like a drum sound. When people fall for cat’s character people also changing. That’s true, there are charm for sure, really spoiled. I wanted to make them pretty, I really don’t want them to come. When I raised them, don’t want to be disturbed, they become very lovely. It a short as yawn “Ya-oong”. Not “please give me food soon” but more like ‘I’m hungry’, I think that is so cute. When I entered the house from afar Ddadda yawn like asking ‘You came?’, her face covered because she is afraid, on the other way ChiChi coming until the porch to welcome me. Their personality is different, but they had lots of expression. I like Chichi more for her face but weirdly my heart went to Ddadda more.

So it’s the same as you choose a woman?

I think I am more of Ddadda style. Now we watched the newly started <Mom is Watching>.

How do you feel to be the MC?

I am nervous of course. That because I rarely doing a variety show. I am just not funny.

Do you really feel you are not funny?

Since there are no replacement in broadcast, there are lots of restrictions. I am searching on the only thing I can do the best. I like to talk and I also good at listening. But weirdly in front of camera only I don’t think I could do well. When I entered the live broadcast, the feeling is awkward. I often make mistakes. I couldn’t show it well. <Brave Family> is a variety but I can just show what it looked like the way it is. At that time, I think of appearing on broadcast and going to the beach kinda different. I am upset because repeatedly making people disappointed.

Why do you feel that way?

I don’t know. I keep on challenging being an MC but every time I did, it was very hard. I am feeling frustrated. When I am about to give up, suggestions came. As I am worrying on when will I do well I am thinking to overcome the problem at least once. I can’t just do badly every time.

How do you feel when doing it?

In the past before I talked, I have loads of preparation, I am really nervous and I forgot what I’ve prepared. Now the second time shooting, I feel more at ease. My greediness is out and I feel more confident. Forget the rule, I am thinking on how to cut my nervousness.

During the broadcast Kim Boo Sun with comment sometimes crossing the line?

Slowly I got to know about it. My throat is okay but my face and hands are shaking. I am like that since long time ago. So since I was a kid, I intentionally trying to stand in front. I really want to win.

What are you doing determinedly?

I keep on following the election as class president or vice. I am always participated in any kind of competition or competition held during school events. I am also learning flute. And choir. As number 1 representative I played in front of all students. But still the nervousness didn’t go away. Do you have attention phobia? Looks like it. Shooting a show it’s not a personal matter but I am doing it with lots of people. I have to do well and I am receiving pressure all over.

You are the type that have high standard, aren’t you?

Yes, it is. I have lot of greed.

You wanted to show the perfect one?

I want to be perfect but I know I can’t so I am lowering my own expectations. But when I meet people, I really want to do it perfectly.

“I want to be perfect but I know I can’t so I am lowering my own expectations. But when I meet people, I really want to do it perfectly. “

If you don’t follow your heart, you just continuously want to win and don’t know what your progress. How did you managed to find this work?

Since I was in elementary school I learned how to play instruments and always wanted to do music. Fascinatingly in junior high, I wanted to be an actor. First year of senior high, I heard from FNC and I can do many kind of activities. And since then I am only thinking of playing drum, I don’t think of anything complex. I am really ignorant that time. Although it’s the broadcast attitude or I am showing my ability, I am just doing it well.

It’s different from what you predicted. All of a sudden I am on the show that was showing on TV, because I am so nervous my head becoming a blank paper. So while doing activities for second album, I worried and monitor our activities, on New Year’s Eve I came to know that I become a big deal. The core was seriously intoxicate. On the bottom line. Sometimes although you are a celebrity there was a time you don’t want to care about your appearance. Moreover I don’t want to be called “Chubby” on screen, so I am losing weight. Heaving hunger after. Afterthought I realized that I have to exercise too. Compared to others, I think I am more of the type that took lots of time.

Longevity of top group after 6 years of debut. It’s not a slow success. Looking at CNBLUE hyung (older brother) really cool. There are lots of good people around us. People want to develop but I am just in my place so I become worried, the lacking me always worrying. Even now I tried to fill in the place, moving slowly.

“People want to develop but I am just in my place so I become worried, the lacking me always worrying. Even now I tried to fill in the place, moving slowly.”

Interview last time, you feel that you are suitable as a nationalist or a stargazer.

I couldn’t be the masses. If I think of my work comfortably, I don’t know if other could do the same. If there are no line it will become a dangerous job instead.

“I couldn’t be the masses. If I think of my work comfortably, I don’t know if other could do the same. If there are no line it will become a dangerous job instead.”

You are a self-censorship. That is a very good character to your every day life. But not like that in a broadcast.

These days the mounted filter is not working and people’s charm can be fun and friendly at the same time. Looking like that I could see it in four weeks in the past.

What did you say?

I am not very sure. The talk about work finally come up. I really don’t want to do business. Don’t do any creative related works. Rather than new exploitation try, just faithfully do the work given like an official or teacher, I heard that were the best. That kind of work is very suitable too. The answer is that kind of work didn’t fit even a bit with celebrity. But since I was a kid I am more of making effort than being creative. (smile)

What kind of person do your friends think you are?

In middle school, I have 14 real close friends. The friends that you want to be with your whole life. And they are calling me as not-so-fun friend. I couldn’t really revealed my real self and I was sorry for that.

What did they think of you nowadays?

I am very quiet and my nickname becoming “Peaceful Min”. Moderator of a fight. Listen to other worries and giving answer. The thoughts are deep but remained unchanged. Trusted friend. Many points to learn but often hear his voice. A perfectionist yet unforeseen faces but marvelling because it cannot be seen in any show.

Why do you think people like you?

I don’t know. Maybe having no burden.

And your weapon is?

Eum, I have to find it first. (laugh) now forget about the weight in my heart and becoming more at ease.

“I couldn’t be the masses. If I think of my work comfortably, I don’t know if other could do the same. If there are no line it will become a dangerous job instead.”


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Trans by Yasmine

Posted by Tara Lee


CNBLUE, Lee Jonghyun in Ceci Magazine 2015 June Issue




Lovely couple whose beekeeping in ‘We Got Married Season 4’! One Fine Day together with this generation’s Brown Eyes Couple Lee Jong Hyun and Bear Fatal Gong Seung Yeon which overflowing with love.

Editor Choi Sung Min (Pictorial), Yoo Jeong Soo (Interview)
Photographer Mok Jeong Wook

CeCi: For today’s pictorial the skin-ship level seems to be higher.

JongHyun: I am okay with it but SeungYeon is very worried. I want to be comfortable by saying ‘It’s okay just relax’, that’s all I can say.

SeungYeon: I couldn’t adjust well quickly. Oppa (older brother) in my side said not to think about anything but I tend to concentrate on what staff said to me.

CeCi: We are curious on how you both determined on your appearance on variety show like ‘We Got Married Season 4’.

SeungYeon: Since I was a little, I lightly said ‘When I reached 20 I should get married’. Of course when I reached my 20s those dream faded away. But my thoughts on getting married in my 20s still remained unchanged. If not now, I am not sure when will I have the chance on prior learning on marriage, so that’s why I gathered my courage.

JongHyun: All CNBLUE members gradually receiving casting from this program. Up till now because of the star issue, we keep reject it, but since this year’s spring started I want to be in love. Some kind of measure which I can feel refresh and my curiosity arouse. Because the timing is right. And when I decided to do there are certain conditions. ‘I really want to be with someone that see though my feeling. If not how can we call it marriage, I cannot portrayed how person fall in love’. Perhaps this kind of person presence in reality, I demand production team to find my ideal type. And SeungYeon appeared. There are nothing to be worried about.

CeCi: At that time what kind of condition do you want your ideal type be?

Jonghyun An innocent person. I said she should be pale skin and have beautiful eyes. For sure I added this and that for it. (laugh) During our first encounter, even when we only said few words to each other entirely, the feeling is there. Not only beautiful but SeungYeon also very happy person so I liked it even more. Seems like it been quite sometimes I met such a kind person.

CeCi: In this program JongHyun positively receiving title of ‘Love Bee’ to his unfamiliar appearance.

JongHyun: When I chose and entered, I tried had to express the emotion. (CeCi: Your husband actively showing affection without hesitation, do you feel any burden?)

Seungyeon: It was a huge burden because I don’t know how to react to the situation. What kind of talk should I do, saying thank you or just let it pass with a smile, I am suffering to those inner conflicts. Now I make it fun in every situation. (CeCi: What kind of way?)

JongHyun: In our first meeting what I want to do I said it through words only and SeungYeon was really flustered but the reaction was very cute. When I see it again I keep on commenting it, but I am not sure since certain time I am being downed in to SeungYeon. These days ‘You should say this!’ At one time I want to get away from my wife’s comment. ‘Comment Bomber’ inside she obtained a nickname to my wife ‘Gom (Bear) SeungYeon’ with a smirk and reversed situation, isn’t it fun?

CeCi: ‘However we see exciting ‘Brown Eyes Couple’ there are reactions to it. How do you want to feel of falling in love?

JongHyun: I liked how I would be that time. You can see new things from me.

SeungYeon: Family, friends, and staff asking if I am really me. My two younger sisters asked how I peaceful side shifted. If they see the broadcast the question they asked the most is ‘If I’m really like that?’, I showed lots of aegyo (acting cute) than I think I could. (CeCi: So you are showing more aegyo than your usual self?) You don’t really see it right? How about you oppa (older brother)?

JongHyun: No, I could see it. I can feel it. My wife is like a Buddha Statue and with my effort I could unveil her aegyo this much.

“After I met Oppa I could feel unfamiliarly exciting. Spring has come and thanks to Oppa I don’t feel lonely and I could pass this spring excitingly.”

CeCi: In reality how about the reactions of people around you.

SeungYeon: They are saying how jealous are they and commenting like ‘I could see Heart in through Oppa’s eyes’, ‘Oppa seems like a nice person’. I am quite enjoying on how people reacted and it made me happy.

JongHyun: Rather than the person I met, it is more bothering to break up with a person you met in real life. Each of our member shared their thoughts and giving me warning on how I acted on screen. (CeCi: What did they say?) Of Course ‘Are you crazy’ ‘Are you in your right mind now?’. (laugh)

CeCi: Your character fits each other lethally.

SeungYeon: He inherit a cutesy act because he is ‘Busan Man’. There are time when he unconsciously acted and express serious and cute.

JongHyun: If there is a clock between me and other people, SeungYeon’s clock seems to move very slowly, but I liked that speed the most. I think because of that speed people thought SeungYeon looks like a bear.

CeCi: May 15, JongHyun’s birthday coming up. Do you have any surprise that you wait from your ‘Bear Fatal’ wife?

JongHyun: I want to eat Seaweed Soup together. (CeCi: Perhaps personally home-made seaweed soup?) Of Course! I am adherence to home-meal. How happy would it be to eat together on birthday. I couldn’t understand why people spent their birthday alone.

CeCi: All of you live alone. When do you feel lonely the most while staying at home?

JongHyun: Exactly started at 11 pm, I suddenly feel sad and hell’s gate was opened. ‘What have I done all this time. Why I did this alone.’ I complained a lot about life but weirdly when it reached 1 am at midnight I am feeling okay.

SeungYeon: That’s right. When the storm time passed, I finally could find peace.

CeCi: Two of you have lots in common and at some time becoming similar to each other.

SeungYeon: I am similar to Oppa (Older Brother) a lot, so I am having fun all the time.

JongHyun: We matched each other well. (CeCi: What kind?) Yes, becoming ‘Husband’s Effect’. Yeah, isn’t it normal to be more alike? (smile) We’ve becoming closer after stick to each other in Japan for 3 days 2 nights.

CeCi: Do each of you has your summer dream date course?

SeungYeon: I want to hold hands together till our hands getting sweaty! (CeCi: Is there nothing more lovely than that?)

JongHyun: A more refined looks unlike plain Seungyeon image.

SeungYeon: I have done what I want to do.

JongHyun: Everything’s all right but doing Judo together might be difficult. There are times I got cramped after doing it too hard. In summer doing awards report or hiking will be great.

SeungYeon: Although sports or walk afar are all right since Oppa (Older Brother) will teach me anyway, I want to do everything together.

CeCi: The concept shoot is “If we can love just for a day”. So, what kind of day would you like to be?

JongHyun: Doing nothing and just facing each other. SeungYeon Not need to think of the time we’ll be going our on way. I just love it now.

CeCi: Through 10 characters, please express how husband proud of his wife.

JongHyun: World’s Number 1 Pretty Wife! SeungYeon 10 character is not enough Lee Jong Hyun. JongHyun The Girl That Making Me Curious Even More! Because my wife’s character is onion.

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Trans by Yasmin

Posted by Tara Lee