If I could express my feelings it was as though they could be cut by a
knife. In front of me was the man who had skin as white as snow and I
wondered if it was just as cold as well. However his large eyes had a
sense of ambiguity, as though they contained a mystery. I found myself
becoming increasingly curious; who was this man, what kind of person was
This cool facade was the image of Kim Jaejoong that could be publicly
seen. However when you talked to him it was a different story; the
feeling around him was very relaxed and friendly, his warmth reminding
you of how misleading appearances could be.
Journalists who had met Kim Jaejoong before said that he was a very
emotional man. A man who was pleasantly sweet and even had never-ending
laughter. They also talked about his unstoppable talent. How he was
hidden like a dark horse among the entertainment field. And I can agree
that whether talking about music or any other art, the title of “Dark
Horse” fits him well.
Though he has faced many circumstances that can be referred to as
“unfair” [Kim Jaejoong] has maintained a true and humane aspect about
him. He said he often causes worry to his management company because of
his frank nature. But because of his honesty he is able to circumvent
his perfect outward appearance and show reporters his true, human side.
♦ A Man Like Doenjang [T/N: Deonjang is a Korean fermented soy bean paste]
The funny thing is, Kim Jaejoong is familiar with the impression his cold outward appearance leaves.
“Although you may only be able to see the outward appearance at
first, it’s just as important to look carefully at the inner appearance
as well. This is like the case of a person who can grow more charming
each day. I feel like I’m just like deonjang; at first it makes the room
smell terrible and no one would want to eat it. However, once the
deonjang matures for a long time, people start to see it as something
that is comforting”.
This Deonjang-like man Kim Jaejoong made his first film debut last
month in the movie “Jackal is Coming”. More than just box office
results, this movie became a source of personal satisfaction for him.
“There are two things that I was very glad about. First is that the
character I was able to play was very good. And secondly, it is very
rare to get an offer of a leading role for your first film, so it was a
great joy to be able to get this type of experience”
The character of Choi Hyun, being a top star, was something that
could feel very relatable and comfortable. The character went through a
variety of obstacles including being kidnapped by a killer and even
dealing with a sasaeng fan. Though the movie was different from reality,
it was also very similar in some ways.
Here is a funny episode Kim Jaejoong told about the premiere.
“For the VIP premiere, I invited Seol Woondo and Tae JinAh
songsaengnims (T/N: Seol Woondo and Tae JinAh are both famous trot
singers). However, the whole time they were laughing that such a famous
movie star invited them and not No Hunah or Ju YoungPil (T/N: other trot
singers). Afterwards, Seol Woondo seongsaengnim came up to me and told
me to proudly tell [other singers] that ‘I asked Seol Woondo and Tae
JinAh to come out and see me’. Haha”
♦ I Would Die Without JYJ
As an actor Kim Jaejoong had not only been in movies but also dramas
such as “Protect the Boss” and “Dr. Jin”. As a member of JYJ, he has
also received a great amount of love for his musical talents. However
there are always some complaints when a singer transitions to the
occupation of an actor.
“As a singer, you can suffer and work hard for 3 months in order to
produce something that is 3 minutes long. And then you repeat the
process. And for a drama you can work a whole year in order to see
results. Though they both require hard work, I think there is a
different sort of satisfaction that you receive from producing music
than the satisfaction you can feel from acting.”
Kim Jaejoong is known to have a very close relationship with his
fellow JYJ members. Sometimes it seems like Kim Junsu and Park Yoochun
are more like family to him.
“It sometimes feels like a crisis of identity (laughs). [Our
relationship] is just really beautiful. It’s something like…without them
I would die? Who could dream of having friends that you could
experience all the joys and hardships with as you work towards the same
dream. We are like partners who have been together for a long time,
they’ve become more precious than brothers to me.”
Though he mentioned his members with much affection, Kim Jaejoong has
actually suffered through many tough times as a singer. Events
concerning sasaeng fans being one of the best examples. However he has
never thought about giving up.
“It’s hard for me to think that I want to quit or give up. To give up
means letting go of something that I truly love. It can get difficult
to live this sort of life, but even when it is hard, you have to be able
to sort through the hard things. Right now, my life is very good. But
when I feel it’s too hard, I look at how others are hurting too and
think my life is very good in comparison.”
♦ Single or Not?
An amazing fact about Kim Jaejoong is that many of his fans are girls who are still middle or high school students.
“I still have lots of fans who started following me when they were
young girls at the time of my debut. However the funny thing is, now
because of dramas, I find myself surprisingly once again having fans who
are middle or high school students. I was really surprised to know that
and I felt a bit reminiscent. Nevertheless you always feel worried
about being able to stay interesting to them.”
Kim Jaejoong was born in Janurary of 1986, which makes him 28 years
old right now. So of course at this age he will be thinking about dating
“Right now, I am not dating. I don’t think I can. But the fans can be
very funny” Kim Jaejoong said “some of them tell me that it’s okay to
date but not to get married. However I don’t think I can be a bachelor
forever. Because I am the only son of the family…”
I could tell that Kim Jaejoong was getting a little stressed while
talking about marriage. So instead I asked him more about his acting,
wondering which senior were the most influential to him.
“Park Yoochun and Kim Junsu sunbaes? (laugh). I was joking. The
senior who truly helped and influenced me a lot is JiSung hyung. He
aided me a lot during my first Korean drama. Every time I am looking at a
new drama he will tell me “When you are thinking about taking a new
drama, remember to let me see the script”, and then he will look over
it. This hyung really puts in a lot of effort to help provide me with
good advice and recommendations”
Kim Jaejoong truly regards JiSung as a mentor to him. Also, they have
recently met together in the audience of the VIP premiere for “My PS
Jaejoong told me “Hyung was worried that I would have no time to come
to his premiere. Because hyung was too busy filming so he missed the
‘Jackal’ premiere, he thought it might be a similar situation”. But, as
expected, Jaejoong was able to attend the premiere of JiSung’s movie.
He appeared in the theatre and watched the movie with a bright face,
one that underneath it hides a playful and warm heart of a person who
makes you want to meet him again and again.
The casting of Kim Junsu’s ‘2012 XIA Ballad & Musical Concert with Orchestra’ was announced.
C-JeS Entertainment revealed that the casting and staff of this
concert was confirmed. The famed composer Choi Jooyoung put together
[T/N: literal translation is “constructed”] a heart-warming concert, and
the musical actor Kim Sunyoung will perform with Junsu numbers from the
musical ‘Elisabeth’. Also, Tang Joonsang from the musical ‘Mozart!’
will perform the role of young Mozart.
This concert is the first-ever solo ballad and musical concert that
will be performed by an idol singer. A special presentation of musical
numbers, ballad songs from albums and OST songs that Kim Junsu has sung
as well as his favorite songs is being prepared. In addition to this,
120-minute long all-live performance with an orchestra will be presented
[on the stage].
An associate relayed, “A top quality show is being prepared. This is
the first time ever [for this type of concert] to be attempted in Korea.
We expect dramatic experience through musicals and drama OSTs and
romantic memories through heart-wrenching yet warm ballad songs”.
Musical actor Kim Sunyoung performed together with Kim Junsu in
much-talked-about ‘Elisabeth’. She has shown that she is the top musical
actor in Korea in ‘Miss Saigon’ and ‘Jekyll and Hyde’.
Tang Joonsang played the role of young Amadeus in ‘Mozart!’ and is currently performing in the musical ‘Assassin’.
Kim Junsu’s year-end solo concert will take place on December 29th
through 31st at COEX. 21,000 tickets to three performances have
completely sold out.
01 The genuine good looking guy of ancient Korea is me!
The stills of JYJ’s Jaejoong who tried acting in a period drama for the first time has been revealed.
He excels at his first attempt at a
period drama, where he played the role of a police officer, Ki KyungTak
who is good at martial arts and has a strong desire for victory, but
behind those personalities, he holds the pain that no one could
From that layer, he was said to readily
bare a passionate acting and the interest of fans from within Korea and
internationally heightened. To make sure that he could grasp the way of
talking and actions of ancient times, Jaejoong devoted a lot of time
practicing enthusiastically, and of course, he had also worked hard
learning how to ride a horse.
Credit: Jeroica via JJ DC Gall Translated by: Helly of JYJ3 Shared By: JYJ3