[MAG][TRANS] KOREAN WAVE 39 magazine interview

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Beautiful perfectionist Jang Geun Suk, not only does he possess a handsome appearance, his acting has also received high praise.
In the romantic comedy drama, “You’re Beautiful”, he has transformed into a popular idol and has fully shown his charm. From the interesting happenings at the set of shooting the drama to his personal views on love, this interview on Jang Geun Suk, which is equal to a beautiful photobook shall be presented to you.

“You Are Beautiful” is a Drama that can beautify the soul
Regarding Jang Geun Suk, what is your impression of him? Is it the nobleman’s son who is loyal to his love in “Hwang Jin Yi”, or the lonely Prince Chang Hui in “Hong Gil Dong”, or the passionate music genius Geun Yu in “Beethoven’s Virus”?
From cute to calm, and then to passionate. With the varying changes in his characters, he will display a different appearance. Due to the varying nature of his characters, there is no fixed image, therefore that is probably the impression Jang Geun Suk has on people.
Compared to Jang Geun Suk himself, the characters portrayed by him are more capable of leaving an impression on others. Jang Geun Suk is this type of actor.
Regarding the experience and capability of Jang Geun Suk who has debuted as a child actor, veteran actor Jeong Jin Yeong who has previously worked with Jang Geun Suk in two movies gave this comment :
In the characters that he has portrayed as up till now, they are very similar in terms of personality and age compared to Jang Geun Suk himself. “You’re Beautiful” has also enabled him to fully display the charms that he possessed.
This is a drama which is based on a popular idol group consisting of three “Flower Boys” as the main characters. In the drama, Jang Geun Suk plays the talented yet eccentric leader Hwang Tae Kyung.
Regarding this drama, Jang Geun Suk has immediately decided to take part after reading the script. The biggest reason lies in the similarity of age between his character and himself. As the roles he has played before are usually older than his actual age, in fact there are some times of reluctance for him as well. Besides, in “Hwang Jin Yi”,”Beethoven’s Virus” and the movie “Case of The Itaewon Homicide”, Jang Geun Suk’s characters portrays a lot of sadness and darkness.
“Compared to those characters, I feel that Hwang Tae Kyung in this drama is a role that can best show my style in the first half of the 20th century. The idol character is a role that will not come again after i exceed my current age, besides its the first time for me to take part in a romantic comedy which is similar to girl comics. Therefore I felt that i should take part no matter what. The other reason is, I have worked together with the Hong Sisters before in “Hong Gil Dong” and I feel that they are scripwriters that can be trusted.”

All productions by the Hong Sisters are sure to be popular, it is a best seller script. To them, it is also the first time using one actor to take part in two consecutive productions. However for this drama they have decided to select Jang Geun Suk to take up the role. Therefore trust is not only the main factor, but in a scriptwriter’s eyes, Jang Geun Suk is also an actor that can be trusted completely .
“Regarding the portrayal of the character, I have undergone discussions with scriptwriters and the director while improving my way of thinking. Trying hard repeatedly, and forming it little by little. The unique use of eyeliner too, and also clothing styles has followed Hwang Tae Kyung’s emotional development. Changing according to the situations, and also making changes. Starting to fulfil the requirements as an idol, and selecting glamorous clothings. Slowly, following the complicated twists of pain and love in his heart, choosing clothings with darker and duller colours to effectively portray the feeling that has to be expressed. And also, the hairstyles has been changed repeatedly and I have discovered hairstyles which I have never expected, it is very meaningful.”

And so the hairstyle which suits Hwang Tae Kyung the most is?
*Points to the DVD cover* “I think its this hairstyle. Although it is a perfectionist’s style, but in some places it expresses hidden pain and the gloom of sadness, and also strength that cannot be seen by others. Its the best expression of Hwang Tae Kyung’s character and personality.”
“Other than that, while calling out the female lead’s name “Ko Mi Nam”, I have tried various tones and in the end chose the tone which is similar to that of ordering a subordinate around.”

As seen when trying to completely get into his character, the current Jang Geun Suk is a perfectionist, just like Hwang Tae Kyung.
“Hwang Tae Kyung’s perfectionist thinking is mostly channeled into his work and is highly dedicated to his work. From this point of view I think that it is worth learning from. I also have this side to myself, but sometimes I get exhausted.” (laughs)

Of course, being with the perfectionist Hang Tae Kyung can get tiring (laughs), but the amazing thing is, you will feel loved, feel attracted. Why is that so?
“If Hwang Tae Kyung was only the son of a rich man, only believed that he has the talent, but never believes in what others say, then he would have been an irritating person. But not turning into that kind of person, I feel that he has a heart that craves for his mother’s love, but hides it well from others so that it is not visible. Therefore his biggest charm is that when he thinks he is perfect, sometimes he reveals his vulnerable side. In fact, he is a person who cannot memorise roads and gets lost easily, and also frequently makes mistakes. Its just that he is unwilling to admit it. Or he simply acts as if nothing has happened and let the matter pass (laughs). This cute side of him is also an important point, and I have put a lot of attention on this during acting.”
“Regarding things other than work (music), unexpectedly Hwang Tae Kyung is clumsy. This goes for his love life as well. He is a slow person who is late to realise Mi Nam’s feelings for him, and also his love for Mi Nam.”
“As for me, I don’t understand love that well either (laughs). But once I fall in love, I’m dedicated. I will love someone passionately. I am also attentive when it comes to observing someone. If there is anything, I would have discovered it immediately. Therefore if someone like Mi Nam disguises as a girl, I would have seen through it at once.”

Haha, that seems a little like Tae Kyung. If you were to advertise a little about the drama, what would you say?
Within one hour of watching this drama, the dreams and romantic fantasies during a girl’s teenage times will resurface after being forgotten in the bustling and stressful daily life. From this point of view, its like a lemon which is full of vitamins, it is a drama that can beautify one’s heart.

On the other hand, portraying the american-korean muder suspect in “Case of The Itaewon Homicide”, you have shown the scary two-faced side of people. This is another negative role which has left a deep impression on people.
A lot of people have the cute “Flower Boys” image, but I did not want to have a fixed image. Instead, I will take on challenging roles which are different and varying.
This character seems to be very different from myself, but through portraying this character, my acting skills have taken on a new development and I have gained confidence. There will be a big twist of styles in my next project, I will challenge the japanese comic-inspired movie, “You’re My Pet”. It is a brand new image, and I am looking forward to it.


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. RR
    Apr 03, 2010 @ 02:15:51



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