To find a cure for OB withdrawal, one page is not enough it seems. Just in case the other page starts to slow down from all the media, wanted to have a backup page to keep sharing our love of OB. Actually it’s mostly Joowon these days.
Let’s face it, moving on from OB takes some kind of herculean will power none of us has. As soon as we start a new drama, we measure it up to OB and it pales in comparison. For a while I thought maybe if JW’s drama begins, we might be able to transfer some of our attention to it, but then I realized the two dramas are too different to completely take our attention away from OB. Just because you get the same actor doesn’t mean you elicit the same kind of fanfare for his new drama. Between now and May when his drama starts, whatever progress we made away from OB will go out the window. From what I can see, the only possible future inevitable cure would be JW heading off to the army. I know – that thought made me stop dead in my tracks the other day. Can you imagine two years without seeing him in any dramas or movies? It’s going to feel like someone slamming the door to our ray of sunlight that had been streaming into our lives. What made that thought even worse was the realization that JW, KSH, LSG, LMH, JIW, and KHJ are all the same age so they may be going into the army around the same time. There will be a drought of “talented and cute dimply faced guys” for two years and we are going to be left with guys like “hand towel” and LBH. *shudder* Thank goodness Hyun Bin will be out by then, but one great actor alone won’t be able to sustain this ever growing list of fans that loves everything about JW and OB.
She tells him he worked hard cuz he came right after finishing his fan meeting. He thanks her and says it was fun. She says he must be tired but could he sing just a little bit of that song. He tells her to be careful of her ears cuz the sound will be loud. He sings for a second. She says he sang a different song last time when he came on her show, but when he sang “this is the moment” she says how it seems to fit him more. JW: it’cuz I sang this song the longest since high school when I was 16 – no – 17. I sang it since I was 17 so to me – it’s the song I like the most and the song I can sing the best. She says she heard he is filming a drama now and asks him to introduce it so he explains about OB and his character –how that character expresses aegyo to his grandma but is professional at brusque at work. She talks about how he plays a detective so there are a lot of action scenes. did he do the stunt scene himself when he was hanging off the car. JW: yes. When I was filming that scene it was really hot. It was hot and on top of that I had a body ache” so she asks you had a fever then. He says “it (fever) was around 39C (102F). that day it took 15hrs to film that – just for that scene when I catch the criminal. So that is why I think it came out more real. I really thought I was going to collapse. Also I think in the end it came out well cuz of that. she says she liked that scene a lot and that it came out well so he thanks her. she asks if he did it without a stuntman and he says “yes.” Then she asks him to introduce his movie SIU so he talks about that and his character. Since he played a detective and crime analyst/criminal psychologist she asks if there were any difficulties playing those roles. JW: since I was playing a different occupation than the one I have, of course it was hard but the best method was for me to think “I am the best in that role.” She says with confidence. So he says: I think over 90% confidence is what I go into (the project with), if I don’t have confidence I cant become that character (play that role) and I cant do well. I have to think “I really am a detective. Of course I am not a detective but I think (in my mind) there is a detective like me and (play that role) with confidence, I think it comes out better and I think people receive it well. She asks if he learned (that mentality of) having confidence from someone or did he realize that on his own through acting. JW: since I did it – I think that’s the most important. If I think “I cant do this” then even those things I can do well doesn’t work out. I think this is the same for everything –for singing or dancing. You always have to have confidence to do well. Also you have to enjoy it. she asks how old he is so he says 25. She says that is so young but she feels like he is mature and older (acting like a grownup/elder). JW laughs and says “I hear that a lot. So that is why normally I have a lot of aegyo (showing affection in a cute way) but with my personality I hear that a lot that I am mature and seem older but I hear often that I talk like a kid. I think of this as my attractive quality (charm) and to be honest I want to joke/kid around, but it doesn’t work out well.
Since this is his 2nd trip to Japan she asks what his impression is from the first time – what’s different or did he discover something new. JW: it’s really great here. I feel good when I come here (in a good mood) when I hear I am going to Japan I look forward to it. the schedule this time around was rushed. After filming yesterday, I got on the plane directly and came here. Today I perform and I leave tm on the first plane. I barely managed to get out of my drama schedule to come here. even though my body is tired, I feel good. It feels like I am able to “shed the work” (as in get away from work for a short time) even though I sang today and there was a lot of work, I am really happy. So I want to keep coming here. I also told my manager hyung, next time I come here I want to come and have some leisure time. He promised me. That I could rest for one or two days when I come. Next time I want to come with more time. (he makes a baby face and regrets that he doesn’t have more time to spend here). Next time he comes with more free time, she asks if there are certain things he wants to do, eat, or places he wants to go. JW: when I come I don’t get to see anything. I just go to places like just in front of the hotel or around the venue (where he performs) I haven’t been able to go anywhere much. I want to eat something good and meet some Japanese people. I want to walk along the beach here. it would be so nice. She says let’s go together next time you come and we can walk along the beach and have the interview. JW: that would be nice. She makes him promise. He wrote down the top 3 new and says it could be included to the top news of his 25 yrs of life too. #1 is on the first day here he had 8 interviews so it was hard on him, but it was so fun to the extent that he didn’t know it was hard (tiring). So he remembers it the most and really liked it. #2 is today the day of his fan meeting. I haven’t had a fan meeting in korea yet. People who love me came so it was the first time standing on the stage alone. So today is a day I don’t think I can forget. #3 OB – I am filming it now but I like it a lot. I like it so much. I like the hyungs so much. I also like the sunbaes so much – the ones who come out as my mother, father, and grandmother. I am so happy filming right now. So I picked these 3. She asks him to talk about 2012. JW: after doing this what I sensed is after each project, it’s not like after one project my popularity erupts. (Doing) one project after another, I think that is my job. Also I think it’s the way to gain popularity too. Next year too, I think I will be able to “meet” (in Korean it means to say hello in a new project) on another drama and meet on a movie too. If everything goes well I think I will be able to put out an album too. So next year I think you will be able to see me in a lot of things. It’s work that I like doing. I like acting and singing so I am preparing so I can show more in the future. So next year I think I will be able to see you more so please look forward to it a lot.
Anonymous did a great job translating this cuz she knew all the hard words I didn’t know like zodiac. Thank you so much for taking the time to do this for us. :)
He was able to travel on public transport before he debuted as an actor and unfortunately he cannot do that now. He also discussed this with his manager about not being able to travel on public transport. The person also mentioned that photos of him are also seen on the bus and Joo Won said how it changed a lot. He said when he was acting in musicals, his goal was to learn as much as he could and he did not think of being able to act in dramas nor movies. At that time, he was thinking if he continued to act in musicals, maybe one day he will become successful. So he carried this kind of hope through each of the musicals that he acted and also earned money from the musicals. While carrying this kind of hope, he thinks that being able to learn through the musicals was really lucky for him and also mentioned that 2010 is a year for him to put in what he had learnt. He was also asked if there are any plans for 2011. He said that he wanted to act both in movies and dramas (where he got both) and he sounded like kind of stressed out. So the person told him that it is ok and not to worry about it. He thinks that because 2011 is the year of rabbit which is the same zodiac as him, so he thinks that he will be in a good mood. Since 2011 is the year of the rabbit, he said that no matter what circumstances he’s under, he would try his best to act confidently.
This is the same interview, but translated verbatim, but it’s incomplete cuz I ran out of time cuz of Moon finale (will finish this tm night). He kept saying “something” a lot so I had to cut some of those out cuz it didnt make the sentences flow. Our cute puppy likes to break up his sentences often with that word, but we can overlook it cuz of this smile right? :) Keep an eye out for how he likes to talk using his whole face – his eyebrows move or his expressions change depending on what he is saying. his face doesn’t stand still – it keeps doing something constantly. Not sure if it’s cuz he is nervous doing interviews or it’s just who he is, but it sure is adorable. Also, maybe cuz he was born the year of the rabbit, but he seems to share the same qualities of a rabbit – doesn’t have to do much but just sit there or hop around and they are still cute and cuddly looking.
“Long time ago I had to go around all day long standing and riding on the bus. I said that to my manager hyung when we passed by “this was where I used to take the bus a long time ago.” The bus stops were near Daehakno (college street where live bands play on the weekends) and Chongno. A woman off camera says now JW’s face is on ads on the side of the buses. JW: so a lot has changed. Back then there was so much for me to learn from doing musicals. While doing musicals, I didn’t even think of (imagine) doing dramas -but something- if I keep doing this, later I can do well.I kept getting hope after each project. After each project I felt like I was gaining this much to take away. Later if I take all this (experience that I gained) that I could become a good actor. I kept getting this hope. So each day while doing musicals working hard was all of it. That’s how I spent 2010 -I thought of it as an investment towards studying for my acting.” She asks what his plans are for next year – what he has planned. He asks “for 2011? I will probably do a movie or a drama, but I want to do both – a movie and a drama. Maybe cuz I was born the year of the rabbit- when I do work, I think I can do it with more (don’t know this word) and with good spirits. It feels like hope is getting bigger. Whatever I do – even if it wasn’t the year of the rabbit, I would have done well but since it is the year of the rabbit I feel like I will do well in whatever I do. She asks if he has more confidence. “I think whatever I do it well turn out well. So I want to try doing it with confidence.”