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Compared to Superman and Batman, a man who want to become an inspiration like Che Guevara and Eric Clapton, also his parents. The man is Lee Jong Hyun who hate himself but trying to find a way to be a main character of his life.
Zoo Young Gyun
You drive yourself to the filming site today, we are curious on what car you bring. Did you ride a red sports car?
That was my dream car since I was a kid. Because <Aston Martin> is a Bond Car.
But don’t you think the color is very seducing?
I like that kind of feeling. Kind of sexy. I also decorated my house like that. Haha.
You live alone now, right? Today’s concept is an unprotected house after a sudden attack where you live. What is your real house look like?
For a man who live alone, I am a tidy and neat style. Whoever came to my house will say “Wow”, that’s how I decorated everything. I’m also good at cooking.
Wow, so you have many kind of foodstuff in your refrigerator?
There are mackerel, dried fish, seaweed and all sort of food. I also cooked steak myself. Besides royal food, I have confidence in my cooking.
What do you do when you are alone?
Almost nothing. Time to be at home is almost zero, even when I’m home I do my work sketch most of the time. Besides, I listened to music and play some guitar. Also drink wine.
You just came back from solo fan meeting in Japan. What kind of song do you sing?
Among all songs that we released in Japan, there are several songs that I made. I sang “Blind Love” along with few other songs that I like. And The Position song that was in Japanese like I Love You and One Day received a warm welcome too.
Oo, the “One Day” song that you want to sing in front of girls to impressed while you are in high school?
Yes, finally I sang it!! That was God’s Number One. Haha. This was the biggest achievement in concert so far. I am thinking of including it in the album.
It’s been 3 years since we met during your drama <Gentleman’s Dignity>. At that time, “I don’t want to give even a rose to a girl”, you seem a very blunt style. But not too long ago in <We Got Married>, you put a rose in a room, right? What happened to you?
I don’t know either. Time who made a man. Although I’m still young now but that time I’m younger than this I guess, so I said that kind of thing. That’s how Busan men mostly like, but since I live in Seoul, the fairytale of Seoul Man has changed. Mix? No, collaboration.
You are the latest to start a career in acting and entertainment. But recently, you got your first lead role in <Orange Marmalade> and been active in broadcast activities the most. It seems like recently is the time that change the most since your debut time?
There are lots of preparation process along the way. I am for the sake of CNBLUE members is very positive, the moment we were debuting, but they are more open to many area exposure. But me “I won’t do it”, “I can’t”, I will have to ask them to wait till I prepared my heart first. I cannot show people that I can’t, so sometimes I have no chance to show it. I feel burdened myself too. 2~3 years ago, I went to hospital because I feel very depressed. But as I keep learning, it’s getting better now. Now why I’m like this. Through philosophy and psychological book, I learned one by one and understand. I am not the type that into reading book, but I liked to pick a fun book to read.
So you like to read philosophy and economics book?
I read almost any type of philosophy book. Especially Marx. Last year, when I deeply fall in love with philosophy, I couldn’t differentiate which is real or imagination. Haha. When someone can talk and lead like Gandhi or Che Guevara, they becoming really cool. I think the gap is hoping those actions are right. But, after reaching the midpoint, I could accept the fact. I become a good person. I looked after the other person who becomes a great person, thinking what could change my thoughts gradually.
Among all the book you’ve read, the one that you want to recommend?
The book <헌법의 풍경>, even though the title feel really immensely, but anyone can read this book with fun. There is a saying in the book, “Body and mind are dedicated allegiance, shocking things that may appear as object together almost nothing,” we got to know the truth that we don’t know before.
What kind of book you read these days?
I read <어떻게 세계는 서양이 주도하게 되었는가> last week, and the book inside my bag right now is <금융 이야기>.
So, how’s the book change Jonghyun as a person?
My Instagram main post mostly like, “Just doing this and that and live to the fullest as a person.” Or “When I was a kid” Music is my work, I will do this my whole life. Now I find it fun, I don’t have any religion. I live thankfully and many good things will happen. I have found the ultimate goal of my life, “I’m gonna live like a free man, if you look up to artist like Eric Clapton, don’t you feel like some kind of freedom? A distinctive person who did work that he can do the best with smile.
Through CNBLUE second regular album <2gether>, you’ve made your comeback. Your title song is “Cinderella”, do you mean Cinderella inside fairy-tale?
Yes, that’s right. There is a curfew time to a relationship. When night comes, the girl has to go home, that’s when the guys go crazy. Then try to appeal the girl not to leave me alone. It can be seen as seducing the girl.
A “Honey Love” Jonghyun, that Cinderella. How did you do? Will you send your lovely girlfriend who want to go home early?
I won’t send her home. Haha. There are no better way than saying it sincerely than just roll you hair. Your partner will feel it too.
You have your own-composed song inside this album, what kind of song is that?
“Footprint” kind of Brit-Pop Style song. As you walk through this path, you will find footprint along the way of people who have the same worry as yours, you are not alone. Meaning you have to cheer up. Also ‘Hero’, dedicated to my parents. My parents are greater than Superman, Batman and Spiderman.
After your comeback, any other activities plan?
I want to show a great stage. To the people who saw it will feel “The team is still fun to watch”. I am planning to have my solo album next year.
Right! You said to your mom last year that you will have an album “Next Year”. You mean this year, right?
That ‘next year’, year 2016. Haha!
*Summary, thanks CNBJonghyun for the tips!
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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 only Jonghyun’s part
Variety Show (Exciting India) five man whose came back from an unknown country has gathered down and aims to dress up. Did they obtained some kind of energy because they had steady maturity more than before?
PHOTOGRAPHED BY : KYUNGHO KIM
This is not about a girl
In this hotel room there is common thing that could be found within the people gathered here. Not long ago they came back from India, they are all Man-Idol, and all of them are close to Super Junior Kyuhyun. Kyuhyun and INFINITE Sunggyu, CNBLUE Jonghyun, Shinee Minho and EXO Suho together for KBS variety show <Exciting India> get a note and pen instead of mike to make special K-POP tracking cover of in India. Not long ago they gathered again and busy sharing their unrealistic memories in India. Started from ‘Ambassador’s Toilet’ till dancing and singing to Bollywood movies. “We have became Beer Friends in India.” This team didn’t need any team work and that good to see, said Sunggyu. In 6th episode, members tried recruiting woman member but Suho just shook his head over and over again. “No, as man we have loyalty to put first but woman can’t”.
CNBLUE JONGHYUN To Jonghyun however we think of it, memory of toilet lingered the most. “In Ambassador’s toilet, he personally put the fuser down away.” And one more thing. “People of India enjoyed scenery in their 30s.” It is strange country but, I got to enjoy with members and had a good time there. It’s not easy to say but, in <Exciting India> teaser trailer in the midst of people sleeping, they had their hair dried but they keep on nodded their heads. Their faces showed an unfair looking expression. “I am like that because I am always the last to shower. (laugh) Compilation of evil!” Slowly they’ve becoming a good accompany for holiday I don’t know for sure but, and this year’s holiday plan if it execute as planned they’ve becoming a good one for sure. “January this year, I planned of crossing Siberia on a train during early days for a week. I brought my guitar along and thinking of making songs but I couldn’t go because of the schedule. I promised that I should go within this year. It’s really hard to see back and forth because of the dentition. I am thinking that if I go there I would’ve have time to think. “Rather than thinking about validity time of an idol I’d prefer to think of now and have fun with it and during holiday what kind of thought will I have to think of? Angelina Jolie ever said this kind of words. ‘I have to per-use my famous life.’ In fact I had lots of contradiction within myself. So I put effort on being good person. “Dream of being Eric Clapton, I want to became a cool grandpa like David Coverdale. I think I could be doing well for a long time by looking at their faces.
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EDITOR Lee Hwi Seung
PHOTOGRAPHER Mok Na Jung
STYLIST Lee Hye Young
HAIR Im Hye Gyung
MAKE UPLee Sun Mi
“First time shooting a pictorial. Because afraid of camera, I really want to runaway.” 5 years ago, one day on November 2009, <You’re Beautiful> ‘Milk Man’ along with <HIGH CUT> that’s how I recalled that first shoot. That day, the first time we saw Jung Yong Hwa, such a lively boy like his nickname. Now its time to remove that prince image inside the fairytale. It’s left with a rough male to shoot a water scene that requested exposure. “I supposed to prepared my body shape from a month ago, I want to show but there is nothing to show now” I don’t have confidence. I change into sleeveless top to show my body shape and come out “Is this really okay?” that what I asked. To calm woman’s heart with a quiet muscle. Sofa and sofa, I was told to move between space and space. With all power, I lied down on sofa and wildly breathe rested on. With two hands supported my body to show my arm muscles. Inside the black&white photos moving freely and more of variable face than in the drama. February 2015 I will remembered this day. Finally Jung Yong Hwa that becoming a male One Fine Day. Reporter Lee Hwi Seung.
About 5 hours of pictorial shooting process facing a seated Jung Yong Hwa. In this pictorial seems like a hunky man showing his forearm as a point but during interview he showed a 27 years old youth image. CNBLUE Leader and main vocal Jung Yong Hwa back with first album. Title track “One Fine Day” so different from CNBLUE. Instruments strengthen Jung Yong Hwa sweet timbre vocal. In this album from lyrics and arrangement made by himself, exceptionally among singer, 8 songs with own arrangement showing his unlimited competency as singer-songwriter. Rather than his thick lips a shy smile is more suitable for Jung Yong Hwa Interview. Reporter Jo Kyung Lee.
Few days ago, in<Radio Star>program seems to be severe. Han Seong Ho Director “Between Lee Hong Gi and Jung Yong Hwa who will be inherit this company” pointed to Jung Yong Hwa.
In fact, this is really become severe. <Radio Star> If I talk more in that program seems bad. My relationship (With Lee Hong Gi) is good and we’re doing fine.
After that program aired, reaction on Han Seong Ho Director was hot. He looked more of people from variety than person who affiliate artist and we were surprised of that.
Before his appearance, our director like any director from other company, he was also felt dignity and weight also. Somehow still it’s the company representative who went there. I hope that the program will go well through his riprap style. When it aired, none of us watched the broadcast but when we don’t packed schedule, we think of it. One representative said, I don’t want to say formal greeting here. <laugh>
There are lots of dash woman but you keep on rejecting, it was called “Incarnation of self-management”
(dash) there aren’t a lot . . . Self-Management as a Blood Type A, I don’t express my feeling much. I am on the side which will not choose the thing that I will regret later.
Your ideal type now?
My ideal type is Kim Yuna. I saw her once when filming CF, looks like I am seeing her inside a glass bar. Although we are close (in distance) but I can’t get closer. Her pose is extraordinary.
‘Our loving memories, our precious time, I still cannot forget’. You directly wrote your own lyrics for your album title track.
I wrote lyrics based on background experience. I thought that by writing lyrics though own experience, people will feeling more empathy.
All 10 songs in your album is important, other than your title track, the track that you have most affection.
All of the songs that I wrote are important but these days I like last track 27years. Old time memories, I got to remember memories when in school time or childhood.
Yoon Do Hyun, Verbal Jint, Yang Dong Geun, JJ Lin and Peter Mallick, you have collaborated with artist from many kinds of genre.
‘Cruel Memories’ I imagined that Yoon Do Hyun Senior will sing when I wrote the songs. Fortunately, I am grateful for all seniors who did great in my album. So we met that day, wrote lyrics and record together in recording studio. Yang Dong Geun Hyung (big brother) we did <The Three Musketeers>we often wrote lyrics for “Mileage”. And now that I think about that, for the rap section Yang Dong Geun Hyung wrote about 2~3 hours and send it to me.
You used to do activities as singer in group but now you do it alone.
When I won no.1, lots of people giving me support in our agency’s Katalk Room. Usually when I was doing solo activities, I don’t meet them often so we are contacting each other in Katalk. On top of it, our member did sent message vote. (laugh)
I heard that as CN BLUE leader, members are doing well on their own.
It’s not that I am saying ‘No’. But I’m the type to do things slowly one by one and I will say no if can, so the members like ‘If Hyung (big brother) don’t do it … we also…’ I think of that way.
You have participated in 4 dramas <You’re Beautiful><You’ve Fallen for Me><Future’s Choice><The Three Musketeers>.
There’s nothing to forget after filming dramas. To me it became a good experiences.
There is always something to regret regarding the viewers’ rating but in fact there is nothing to be controversy of that.
When the time as a student, learning about acting one by one, now seeing script and felt the emotion to fit the character. Somehow it will the character that I acted so I have to express the right emotion too. Sometimes we cannot get by learning. The style that I want to be, I also don’t learn songs, although I’ve learn earlier that still minus, I am the style to be gaining more by myself.
You already did the first step well but sometimes if you move to other spot you are feeling in heavier level. At that time, you want to leap over the difficult part.
Because of that, I will do it (alone). Pleasure when jump, I want to enjoy the exaggeration, I am not the style that get frustrated easily.
Your life’s motto is?
‘Time is gold’. The meantime it clicks a day’s dome I write lyrics. I thought time shouldn’t be wasted just like that. If I am doing other hobby or activities, it wil be a waste. And if I have those time I will use it to write songs and doing any other things.
We’re back to talk about your solo album, on the day of ‘One Fine Day’ released got number 1 spot on ITunes chart in 7 countries such as HongKong, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, Macau, etc. 7 February on number 1 Billboard World Chart, and on China Gaon Weibo number 1 in 10 weeks. You’ve called as‘Greater China Prince’.
To tell you the truth, I am truly grateful. Chinese fans are really passionate and active. They came to Korea and even in my birthday they put an Advertisement on subway. I also felt that way when having concert in South America. Because Korea is the motherland the feels is natural, but to received such a great reaction abroad its still fascinating to me.
After debuting 6 years ago, you finally held you solo concert titled “One Fine Day” from 27 February. You will be visiting 6 countries and 8 cities on this Asia Tour.
Doing live band instruments as background for a concert but during solo tour I will bring alongwith session and band to bring out different colours. It will be different from CN BLUE as a band. I will be playing new songs live, although it became more burden to me but I’ll challenge myself and expected much from it. I prepared the best well.
CNBLUE group activities, drama, solo album release, solo concert, etc, you have expand formidable activities.
It looks like I have lots of greed. And I want to make it happen. My solo already started and already started acting, I still want to expand and do it well in every sector.
Sure is tiring.
Few years I’ve been sowing my greed but it still not over yet. You should do it while in your twenties. Looks like bulldozer push stick. Sometimes there’s also tiring time. It led to frustration at that time but as time goes by it’ll like calluses and stay there.
What did you do to when frustration came?
I sleep, and I feel better when waking up. I am not the type to think deeply on problem so I feel better after waking up. It because I don’t have any thoughts while sleeping.
You still haven’t fulfil your greed to star in movie.
I want to try a movie. Not long ago, I met Director Kim Han Min from movie <Roaring Currents>. I said New Year greetings and got to sit beside him during one event. Although its our first time meeting, we changed phone number and sometimes called each other. After finishing my activities, I would like to give him a call and asked to join me to have soju together.
Latest entertaining movies that you watched.
I enjoyed movie <Her>. It’s about cyber love but the materials is exciting. Cinematic colour really pretty.
You took role of 1 man show MNet <Jung Yong Hwa Hologram>. Plan, composition, production, shooting, appearance you did it on your own. How was it?
It is very real. Super fun. At first I think a lot on ‘How will I shoot this’ but after shooting it becoming more comfortable. I used Go Pro at first then changed it to camera. It was a fun shoot. During reality program you forcibly had to make it entertaining made it burden to me, but I didn’t feel it at all. I don’t do it by feel. Although it becoming burden at the beginning, but there’s nothing artificial so I don’t have to talk and burden lesser. Shooting was comfortable.
Is there any actual public opinion of Jung Yong Hwa that people misunderstood?
In general it’s about my prince image, they thought I am smart. But I think that you will be surprised of my real self in <Hologram>. Its non-purpose for my prince image, it doesn’t really matter, but I wanted to normal human. Also with my close friend to create “sesame bonding”.
Before your debut, you said you liked Girls’ Generation, girl group you like recently.
Now Girls Generation has become close confederate and the feel now and then is different. I am close with Tiffany and everybody evenly close. Recently my favourite girl group of course, family company AOA, but nowadays girl group like AOA till G-Friend all sweet and pretty.
If you go to Music Broadcast, there are lots of your junior.
I’ve become a Sunbae (Senior). Nowadays, because they still young they used to 90 degrees bow when we greet. This time while promoting my solo album, I rarely can go outside the waiting room. Lots of junior came to give their CD and said greetings to me.
Because you are so busy, you don’t have time to date.
Of course, what should I say here. (laugh)
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Edited and Posted by Tara Lee @cnboicee
“After finishing schedule, I am just drinking coffee on my own and have time to think by myself, what my plans in the future, when listened to music I liked Hard-Core Music, often cook fried rice or simple egg dish, when I give my dish to people and they eat deliciously I am feeling proud.”
You are really an ice-breaker model. ‘Lee Jung Shin is a real model’ making people confused of that statement.
Haha. Really? My height is just a bit tall so there a say like that. First time in my career I did a health screening. My height is growing. 188,3cm. Now it’s left 1,7cm to reach 190cm, I don’t want to grow anymore because I am giving my waist herd more.
How will you give herd?
‘If I give herd to my muscle, I won’t grow anymore right? With that thoughts I exercise harder.
When you have a day for your free time, what are you doing?
In a day without schedule, I am just drinking coffee alone at home and do lots of thinking about this and that. I am planning what I will do next. I like listening to hard-core music.
What kind of music you mainly listen?
I liked Pop music. I also liked Coldplay like genre and listening to lots of band music. I also search for K-Pop no.1 songs on chart and often listen to any kind of songs I’ve found.
The way you turn over the fry-pan just now looks different. Did you enjoy cooking?
Aa, I always good at turning over the pan like this. Somehow because now I live with my own brother, we often cook what we want to eat. Although it’s just fried rice or egg dish but there is a basic for everything. We’re not that good but we enjoyed it much. When people that I gave my dish ate it deliciously I am feeling proud. This is how mother’s feel? Haha.
We’re following your twitter. Looks like you like to update a lovely daily look. We have fun looking at it.
I didn’t know why people enjoy SNS that much at first. Previously football coach Ferguson posted this ‘SNS is a waste of life’. I also felt motion of that words, but nowadays it really a SNS time and I don’t want to do it alone and I felt that I have to do the same thing too. And so I started twitter and it was fun. There I am bound and when I feel it I do some update too. Sometimes when man posted their selca I was just like, ‘What’s wrong with him’. Now that I am posting the same thing, I becoming them. Haha. However it will look it might be prejudice only.
But everytime celebrities posted something in SNS once, it become one article with one photo and also reported and feeling a bit inconvenience.
Of course, long time ago I don’t have that star thoughts and just posted a photos, also update what I want to write but now I have to think what kind of side I wanted to show. I also have to make sure each word I want to post first. That what I see, words that saves you later.
Do you also following other SNS?
I followed fashion brand Valentino and fashion photographers. Because I have high interest in fashion and photography. Moreover I don’t have much interest in other celeb on SNS.
In 2010, you were debuted as singer in CNBLUE and started your activities at 20, now you’ve become 25, on top of that besides being a singer also an actor. Is there any difference between now and then?
Somehow, right now I become mature than before. Of course I am thinking to grow more in the future but I still don’t know. What I will learn, what experience will I got that were a lot and now I becoming an adult. I think that the time when I started acting was my life’s turning point. Debuting as CNBLUE and carrying singer activities, it always been a dream for me to act. And finally a perfect chance came to start, and I love to carry on activities as an actor. Acting is really fun and I want to do it more.
Your last drama <Thank You, Son> a rebellious temperament repeater role, ‘cheeky’ you received praised because you did well portraying your role. What is the secret to deepen your character like that? Is there any side that is similar to your real character?
Of course not. I did a throughout research to the character and I also imagine to live as that person too. On the spot, I asked the director, writer, and others also staffs I asked them a lot on how this character should act. I attempted this and that to fit the character. I love it and happily did the role.
As we see you act, do you ever thought ‘I feeling suitable in this field’?
I don’t have that much confidence now and I still don’t know, but one thing for sure is that I love acting. I think this was what I want to do much in the future.
The more you like to act, the more you see people who worked in this field. Looking at other production, I want to do that kind of acting. Do you ever feel that way?
I really like Kimura Takuya. I fell in love at first sight? Drama <Pride>.<Hero><Hundreds Millions Stars from The Sky> through that drama production Kimura Takuya character really showing his charms. So these days I learn to act more. Later when I am older and acting to that character, I will be feeling happiness.
It’s already half way of your twenties and soon will reach thirties, do you ever think about that? What kind of man do you want to be?
I want to be a man who knows loyalty and love. I had lots of flaws and good at grabs around people and it will be great if I discover people’s flaws and engage more. It will be cool to age to be that kind of man.
In the recent interview you said that it’s been so long since your last relationship and you already had vague memory of it. In fact now is the season. Don’t you like the idea of relationship?
Of course I want to be in a relationship. Especially when I was alone at home, the thoughts come by. But I don’t really think that relationship is the most important thing right now. ‘Till now works come first, I am not the type to delay work to go dating. When the time come, I will do it.
What kind of woman that you want to meet and date?
In the past, a pale looking girl, in similar concrete way I have that kind of type, but nowadays it changed. The person who I can talk to is the most important thing now. It will be great if when we were together, we are able to talk and forget about our work for a moment.
Is there a time when you fallen into woman?
There was a time when I fall to that person’s charm during a talk once. I don’t know but I fell for that person’s thoughts, speech, and eyes at that time. At first I don’t attracted to her and through conversation and suddenly, ‘Oo, I am looking at a woman’ I think I have that kind of experience few times.
If you have a girlfriend on this year’s spring, what kind of date do you want to do?
I knew I can’t do it, but I want to do it. Meeting in the morning to have breakfast together, watching movies, going to cafe, and send her home. I really want to try that general kind of date. Men will like, ‘Aaa, I did that every single day and it’s boring’ but don’t you think it will make it more special? Since I cannot do it in usual.
Trans by Yasmine @cnboice
Edited and Posted by Tara Lee @cnboice
EDITOR : Cha In Seon (Pictorial), Park So Hyun (Interview)
PHOTOGRAPHER : Kim Young Jun
CeCi: If we look out news about CN BLUE, it overflows with overseas schedules. How does it feel to live like you are sewing the world?
If we look at the schedule, 24 hours seems to be very short. I mean if a day could be any longer that would be nice. (smile) To tell you the truth, I didn’t even check the packed schedules table. Instead, I feel that with schedules given more to be a mission that when finishing one would a great achievement. After concluding a long world tour, also finished filming drama, “I’m already grow this much”. I have developed. Finally I am much better!” I think about it every time.
CeCi: Question about your First historical drama “The Three Musketeers” cannot be missed out. It helped you grow.
Historical drama was a new challenge. Even though I was caught in overseas schedules when the Public Relations team came, I really must try this so I give it a hand. Production team for “The Three Musketeers” is the same as “Nine” the atmosphere was great, all team packed and worked well together so we can finish filming happily. Drama filming along with overseas concert schedule were too much physically exhausting as engaging those two. When both finished, I’m feeling strange. It already passed a month. I also feel emptiness even when doing concert.
CeCi: Recently you are selected as Hot People on Chinese’ Weibo, in the States public information in Mashable chosen as “2014 TOP 50 Most Tweet Song”. In 2014 you must be feeling fairly proud of yourself.
Fortunately, it was so much fun, I live hard to live. (smile) To communicate easily with fans so I’m on Twitter, it’s difficult to use Twitter in China so I started Weibo for Chinese fans. I couldn’t focused only on Twitter or Weibo so I made two version of photos and writing. I wrote in Chinese on Weibo, nowadays I depend on Chinese dictionary. It is a period for enforcement to learn.
CeCi: Finally, this year Jung Yong Hwa solo project started. The word “First time” might have a deep meaning.
As a rookie that don’t know anything, more clod and my thoughts are full of challenge. Because at that time I also wasn’t afraid. As CN BLUE getting enjoyable and the weight that we feel today is different than it was.
CeCi: That weight is responsibility?
Yes. Now because the recording has finished, my share already done and time for me to leave it release. When I’m in season to write songs, like a lion chasing its prey that cannot talk in its sleep and dreamed. Slept and woken up, a trail of eating lots of snacks and sometimes it’s shocked me. Mostly I didn’t eat in usual, but in my sleep I usual dreamt of eating snacks. The most important thing was memories flew. When the time finished, those burden now change into excited feeling. Again, it was all embarked a good night sleep mode. (smile)
CeCi: Your creative liver becoming sensitive on the tip of the dream more than breaking it.
While I was working it will become more sensitive. Those sensitivity can be the strength, when it appear to be a problem when producing an album because it becomes more powerful.
CeCi: Is there any difference while working together with other members?
As long I don’t meet their gaze I think it comfortable. We care about each other that much. If I did solo, I think that can I do it freely alone, vaguely think about that. Firstly I was given freedom, but I continued to modify every single detail till I feel satisfied. Because of that I felt lots of stress. It slowly come to resolve and I will be eating snacks all night long. (smile) I have to do my own portion.
CeCi: Last album in a cafe near Hongdae, I heard that you encounter inspiration there. How about this time?
I watched lots of movies. Like a copying charm, I don’t want to write the same way as before, so I forcibly constructed out the new way. Side by side, so human are limited and if there is something that lack of materials of course we don’t know. Every time I am attracted in certain topic it might be not an easy work to do. As I am preparing an album I constantly felt of being Blood Type A. Even while in a conversation if an idea appear I suddenly wrote a memo, or in the middle of eating or shower I am less doing it. (smile)
CeCi: Oo, a school boy type. Suddenly I am curious of your favourite sites. When you have free time what did you do.
I am curious of which songs do people listen to, mainly billboard chart site and You Tube image.
CeCi: Besides working don’t you have any hobby?
Beside writing songs if I do anything else hmm. If I did that, what did I get? Others have hobby to relieve their stress in life, for me it is more uselessly time flies so fast and build my stress. What a weird stance right.
CeCi Finishing homework must be done first and more of your character.
Very true. That’s why I thought that a day is very short. Because I have to sleep as much as possible, but when I wake up I have many things to do.
CeCi: In this album which section do you think is the most giving you power?
Through solo, the thing that I want to do the most as CN BLUE and wanted to challenge is collaboration. Meeting new people while collaborating and I remembered being a beginner. I think I don’t know when it started to feel comfortable living, in reality I am still trying to settle. I still hang on other people to detail, I am why easy-easy way to do, did I only want everything to be fast. I am reflected a lot on that.
CeCi: Do you have any hint on your upcoming album?
Title track and album title is <One Fine Day>. I am focused on using new musical instruments to create new sound, I’ve putting my effort when mixing and raising standard and combination. I collaborated with Yoon Do Hyun, YDG, Verbal Jint senior from Hip-Hop till Rock-Ballad and captured many kinds of genre. I always writing love songs in the past, I am trying to escape. I want a change.
CeCi: If we looked at the finished songs, the feeling is different.
All songs feel like my own child and I am proud of it. Compared to any other songs since they are all my child, they are the prettiest of all. (CeCi Haha, maybe if all 10 fingers burnt, might be a feeling of parents hurt heart). Even all 10 fingers all are like gold fingers must be sweet and pretty.
CeCi: Among all, what kind of praise do you want to hear the most?
‘Kyaa, no songs to be thrown away, it might be good.’ If I heard that kind of thing, I think I can sleep peacefully. That time in my dream me with Maltese were running merrily in a field.
CeCi: The man who worked hard for living. How do you want to live in the future?
I am already 27 years old. That precious time just passed by and I feel a bit of a waste. I don’t want to feel regret so I have to live with faithfulness. I don’t want to live without meaning. I have to finished each mission first, moreover have to be happy. Sleep late and wake up to watch movies, eating delicious food, for a working hard me doing shopping, and walking near Han River. I want this album to finish quickly so that I can rest well.
CeCi:I want to enjoy in this Valentine Day.
When I looked at stacked chocolate n a classroom desk ‘How can I hold this?’ as I gobble away, what a useless bluffing and pride day that how I used to be when still in my school time. But now if I have a girlfriend, attractively cutting steak and drink wine but I will give up on being romantic! That time is a waste. A waste.
The success or failure is not important. Now is the time to stack a tight and thick exaggeration of experience. Writing songs, acting, also doing concert, I want to solve this bliss through different filters. If I keep walking like this, I will be able to climb a higher mountain. ”
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