ACTOR TYPECASTING: BOXING MY FAVORITE ACTORS INTO CONVENIENT CATEGORIES

So many dramas, so little time. Along with all these dramas come my never-ending list of actor crushes. I would love to list them all down but that would probably take me about a week or so to write up. My love for all these actors knows no categorical limitations. I don’t care if the actor is young or old, tall or short, with a background in musicals or the catwalk – all I need is sizzling onscreen charisma and I’m yours.

So here I attempt to group my favorite Korean actors into convenient categories. Let the sorting begin…

1. The Idol Actor – A lot of people cringe at the thought of all these idol stars making their way into Korean dramas and movies, but not all idol actors are bad news. There are several handful of idols who have given acting a shot with successful results. World Star Rain, himself, is an idol who has made quite a name for himself as an actor, not just in Chungmuro but in Hollywood as well. Following in his footsteps are some of today’s hottest young stars, and my favorites have to be JYJ’s Park Yoochun (Rooftop PrinceI Miss You), Big Bang’s T.O.P (71: Into the FireCommitment), Beast’s Lee Gi-kwang (My Friend Is Still AliveMe Too Flower), and Seo In-guk (Reply 1997The Master’s Sun).

2. The Model Actor – Having models in our dramas is not a new thing. A lot of actors started out gracing catwalks and fashion spreads before hitting the screens. Stars like Cha Seung-won, Jo In-sung, Gong Yoo, and So Ji-sub first found success as models before being cast in dramas and movies. The trend of turning models into actors is far from over and the past few years has churned out quite a number of successful crossovers. And there’s no point in guessing who my favorites are. It’s quite easy. They’re all of your favorites too, you see: Kim Woo-bin (School 2013The Heirs), Lee Jong-suk (School 2013I Hear Your Voice), Lee Soo-hyuk (White ChristmasWhat’s Up), Hong Jong-hyun (Dating Agency: CyranoWhite Christmas), Sung Joon (Shut Up Flower Boy BandI Need Romance 3), and Ahn Jae-hyun (You From Another Star).

3. The Ahjussi Actor – It doesn’t matter how old they get, a hot man is a hot man is a hot man. It doesn’t help either that most of these men have kept fit, if not fitter now than they were 10 years ago, and have quite the chocolate abs to prove it. And the wrinkles, I actually find sexy. Don’t you think? I mean, take a look as some of my favorite ahjussis: Cha Seung-won (Greatest Love), Kim Seung-woo (Miss Ripley), Lee Beom-soo (Prime Minister and I), and Jung Woo-sung (Cold Eyes). There are several actors whom I love that I’m not quite sure falls under the ahjussi category quite yet (specially since I’m not a hormonal teenager but a rational adult,psych!) but would not be considered an oppa to a majority of k-pop fans. Actors like So Ji-sub (AlwaysThe Master’s Sun), Uhm Tae-woong (Architecture 101Equator Man), or Choi Won-young (The Heirs) are not quite old enough for me to call ahjussi, but are not quite oppas either. But they’re all gorgeous, nonetheless.

4. The Musical Actor – Loving music and loving dramas is one thing, but I’m also a huge fan of theater and Broadway musicals, and seeing all these actors in productions of Grease or Spring Awakening is just too much for my little fangirl heart. And I don’t mean actors who eventually found their way into theater. I’m talking about actors who started out in theater but now have veritable drama and film careers, like Joo Won (Gaksital,Good Doctor), Jo Jung-suk (The King 2 HeartsYou’re The Best Lee Soon-shin), Kang Ha-neul (MonstarThe Heirs), Lee Sun-kyun (Coffee PrinceMiss Korea), and Oh Man-seok (What’s UpThe Vineyard Man).

5. The Jailbait Actor – Unfortunately, there are a handful of child actors who I love that are way too young for me to even be looking at. Even more unfortunate, for me, is that some of them really don’t look their age. Take Yeo Jin-goo (I Miss YouPotato Star 2013QR3) for example. The kid is 16 years old but looks and sounds like a man in his 20’s. There’s no doubt that kid is going places. At 16, he’s already romancing 23-year-old Ha Yeon-soo in their sitcom where he plays a 24-year-old web developer. Although, technically not jailbait anymore, these kids are still off limits: Yoo Seung-ho (Arang and the MagistrateI Miss You), Lee Hyun-woo (To The Beautiful You)and that other Lee Min-ho (Rooftop PrincePrime Minister and I).

Sharing a little more of Yeo Jin-goo just so y’all better understand my frustration over this kid. 
He’s only 16 years old. I can’t even.

I feel like I’m missing out on a bunch of other actors, but only because I couldn’t find a category to fit them into. Actors like Park Ki-woong or No Min-woo or Kim Soo-hyun are not on this list. Maybe a new category should be made just for the likes of them? The Pretty Actor? But aren’t they all?

source: surfingthehallyu

‘My Girlfriend Is an Agent’s Joo Won, Choi Kang Hee, 2PM’s Chansung, and more come together for their first script rehearsal

Choi Kang Hee and Joo Won have finally met for the first script reading rehearsal for their new MBCdrama, ‘My Girlfriend Is an Agent‘, which has recently changed its name from ‘The Secret Lovers‘ to match the original movie version title.

The cast met for the first time on November 13th at the MBC Dream Center to break the ice and rehearse their script. Choi Kang Hee, who’s taking on the female lead ‘Kim Seo Won’, commented, “It’s been a while since I’ve been in an exciting drama such as this. I’m happy to be working with senior actors whom I’ve always respected.”

Joo Won, who will be playing the male lead of ‘Han Gil’, said, “I’m still lacking in areas so I’m grateful to have been given an opportunity to play a great role like this. I’m looking forward to learning a lot of acting from my amazing new seniors.”

2PM‘s Chansung, who will be playing ‘Gong Do Ha’, a special agent, earned a round of applause from the cast after belting out “Hands Up” at the scene. He greeted everyone by saying, “I’ll do my best not as 2PM’s Chansung but as actor Hwang Chansung.”

‘The Secret Lovers’ will begin airing in January of 2013.

 

Source + Photos: Star Today via Nate

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1 Night 2 Days: Episode 412

EPISODE 412. Broadcast on November 11, 2012.

girlfriday: The boys start a new trip with a cheesy sing-song opening, but Seung-woo saves it by going the extra mile and making it totally ridiculous. Go Seung-woo.

javabeans: It also sounds like the new nicknames are sticking. Or at least, they’re doing their best to make ‘em stick. I do love Sungchoongi, and Joo-Rodin. It cuts down two top game-players a bit, which I really think they needed in terms of just being more relatable and easy-going.

 

girlfriday: Yes, their characters needed some color, and well, embarrassment is really the backbone of a good variety persona. They note how cold it’s getting and do a roll call for long underwear, for some reason. Tae-hyun raises his hand and says he’s spending all his time flying on rooftops so it’s become a necessity. How practical. I’ll try not to think of it while you’re trying to be a badass.

 

javabeans: Bird PD explains today’s trip concept, which is the poetic-sounding “great inheritance.” To put it plainly, nature (our inheritance from the earth). I do love how he goes into this spiel about the grandeur of the vista and the beautiful mountain peaks, and Tae-woong just cuts right to the chase: “So… we’re hiking then.”

girlfriday: I think it’s Bird PD that lends to that kind of undercutting. I’m sure he’s a smart person, but it’s his delivery — it makes him sound like someone smarter wrote him a script, and he doesn’t really know what it means.

javabeans: Oh totally, and used hard words that he can’t say without stuttering. I freaking love how awkward Bird PD is. If you can’t be Na PD and can’t hold up to that comparison (you know, ruthless robot), then be his total opposite.

girlfriday: The boys confirm that they will indeed be hiking, and Shi-kyung fakes concern for Seung-woo. Are you thinking you’ll get out of it if he can’t make the climb? Seung-woo: “Well I can’t just quit and go home.”

 

javabeans: On the big map of the mountain course, there are two starting points, meaning two teams. The blue line is shorter, takes only one hour, and can be traveled “in just your regular shoes like you’re going for a walk.” For the red course, Bird PD says they’ll be sweating up the two-and-a-half-hour trek. They name them the Sneaker Trail (easy) and the Hiking Boot Trail (hard), but I think the colors say it all.

girlfriday: Red for pain and danger?

javabeans: Also for anger, blood, revenge, alert, stop… If these were dramas, blue would be Playful Kiss and red would be Gaksital.

girlfriday: And now I’m scared. Bird PD divides them into familiar OB and YB teams, only there’s a moment of confusion when Tae-hyun gets put on the YB team. Heh, there’s a skip in his step, all Am I one of the young’uns?

javabeans: Turns out the producers were wrong, and Tae-hyun’s an OB after all. They guys jump on the chance to wring something out of this and ask for compensation. Shi-kyung holds out his hand and demands 500 won, which is like 50 cents. It’s funny how Bird PD has no idea why, but he also has no objection so he just heaves a big sigh, like, “OH ALL RIGHT.”

girlfriday: HA, are they actually getting him to compensate for emotional damages? They could con him out of anything.

javabeans: But it only works if you catch him off-guard, because once he knows what it’s for he ain’t budging. He gives one team 200 won and the other 300, and Shi-kyung asks for just a little more because vending machine coffee costs 250. Bird PD: “If you keep your eyes peeled, you can find 50 won on the street.”

 

girlfriday: They get into their cars and Shi-kyung worries, “Watching the hyungs suffer and climb up the hiking trail while we take the easy road… will be great for broadcast, right?” Hee. I love his deadpan delivery.

javabeans: In the OB car, Su-geun wonders what the mission will hold for them. Seung-woo just sighs, “Don’t try to predict anything… it’ll be worse than that.” They arrive at the base of the mountainside to play their first game to decide which trail they’re walking today, and when Yoo PD says it’ll be timed in three rounds (fastest team wins), the young boys high-five and cheer — physical endurance games, they can do.

girlfriday: The first leg is a relay where they have to put on different articles of clothing and pass them on to the next runner. Problem is, the YBs start with Shi-kyung, and he can’t even get his ajumma flower pants on over his feet.

 

javabeans: Yes, his big… feet. He runs back later than expected with flower pants and gloves, and passes them to Jong-min, who has to then add more farmworker gear and pass them to Joo-won.

girlfriday: Dude, after Joo-won puts all that on, he goes in and finds a giant pumpkin to carry on top of his giant pail of water. Sure enough, he goes crashing down in about two seconds. Aw, if he spilled the water, is he out?

javabeans: This is so sad, and also really funny. I think it might still count, but the team has taken so long it may not matter.

girlfriday: I think it’s strangely the broom that puts it over the top. He finally reaches the finish line and does a pouty it’s-so-heavy dance.

 

javabeans: This gives the OBs a bit of time to strategize on how to streamline their process. I do think it’s an unfair game construction since the surprise factor was such a big part of the first team’s struggles, but when is this show ever fair, right? OBs win handily by a minute.

girlfriday: The next round is a human pyramid on top of a giant marshmallow-looking thing, about chest-height tall. The YBs are impressive with their 7-second pyramid, while the OBs struggle… but not by much, time-wise. They take twice as long but that’s only 14 seconds.

javabeans: The clock is cumulative through the games so by the time we get to the third one, the OBs are ahead by 45 seconds. The producer assures the YBs that it’s possible for them to make up the difference in this game. Sure enough, it takes a while. The game is to fling off your shoe into a tub set at a distance until someone from the team gets it in, and if you run out of shoes you just have to go back, retrieve them, and try again.

 

girlfriday: That’s gotta be the hard part. I mean, getting your shoe in the bucket is a long shot anyway, but in the meantime you have to keep chasing your shoes.

javabeans: Su-geun actually starts getting pissy (since he’s sitting this game out and is playing backseat, uh, shoe-thrower?) and yells at them all these instructions that basically don’t matter. Ha.

girlfriday: I love that he’s yelling, “Don’t hurry!” in this tone that totally sounds like, “HURRY!” I assumed this would go on forever, but Tae-hyun actually manages to get one in off the bounce, and the OBs do a four-way running hug in the middle of the field.

javabeans: The OBs win, which means they get the nice easy course today. I’m actually happy for Seung-woo, who always seems to get stuck with the shortest stick in these situations, working the hardest and getting fed the least.

girlfriday: It would’ve been too easy if the YBs won the speed game and got the easy hike anyway.

javabeans: They’re given food before the big climb, and that huge bowl of bibimbap has me hungry. At least it’s the same meal for both teams, though Shi-kyung says, “How can you just give us one serving?” One Shi-kyung-sized serving, that is.

girlfriday: His teammates had better eat fast if they want their share. The YBs head out first since they have the longer journey, though when the OBs get to their trail, they’re a little taken aback by how far their destination is. You didn’t think it’d be that easy, did you?

javabeans: The young boys are already huffing and puffing early in the trip, and meet lots of hikers who recognize them. Well, Joo-won and Jong-min, at least. Hee, Shi-kyung’s starting to get annoyed that he’s being ignored, or called the wrong name. He comments how they see Jong-min and immediately know his name, and gasp to see Joo-won and call him good-looking, and then see him and go, “Sung… you’re Sung…” Right afterward that exact scenario unfolds, which is uncanny.

girlfriday: Aw, poor Shi-kyung. It’s okay, soon everyone will be calling you Sungchoongi… which might be worse, but at least they’ll know who you are? It’s interesting to see that in this trio, Jong-min is actually the most recognized and most popular, because he’s been a variety star the longest and will be recognized by every small-town ajusshi and ajumma.

javabeans: They even hear the party behind them wonder loudly, “Who’s that on the end?” (Meaning Shi-kyung. Haha.) They practice their reaction takes to the mountain peak, which is cute and also terrible, but maybe that’s why it’s cute. Shi-kyung’s awed reaction is deemed straight out of a ballad, while Joo-won looks like he’s just discovered Antarctica.

girlfriday: I love that the old boys just take a squat and start bullying Bird PD for chocolates. Both teams are actually stopping for a trivia quiz, giving them a chance to earn another measly 500 won per question.

javabeans: Both teams play for pocket change, and so far they’re about evenly matched. Ha, when Joo-won doesn’t know an answer he looks like this lost child, like a kid in a mall looking for mom. Then the OBs pick up steam, and it’s hilarious how Bird PD actually tries to fake ‘em out by asking, “Are you sure? Is that your real answer?” It almost works and the other boys all reconsider, but Tae-woong insists on his answers multiple times, and he’s right. I want to see a shot of Bird PD’s pouty face.

 

girlfriday: Ha, how funny — Seung-woo sings this hilarious song for one of the answers and then insists the PDs edit it out, and Bird PD buys it back for 200 won. And then they get the evil idea to stage a fake quiz, all to see Sungchoongi’s bewildered face.

javabeans: My favorite part of this is how Seung-woo tells the silent PD, “C’mon, listen to us,” assuming he’s not game. Cut to Bird PD, who laughs, “It’s a good idea!” Although Tae-hyun’s fit of giggles is pretty great too. So they get to thinking up the questions, and when they can answer readily they complain that it’s too easy. The questions have to be super hard, so they can fake knowing them, so they can shock and unsettle Shi-kyung. Duh! Eye on the prize, Bird.

girlfriday: The two teams meet up and climb to the top to take in the view, and then Su-geun gets down to business. He says there’s instant ramyun on the line, so they might as well bet all their money on another quiz and have one team get to actually eat. Shi-kyung senses something’s off about Su-geun, but Jong-min gets swept up in it and insists Shi-kyung can beat the hyungs at a quiz. Trap laid.

javabeans: How does Jong-min look at his teammates and say, full of confidence, “A quiz? We’re definitely winning!” Did he forget how Sungchoongi and Rodin came by their names?

girlfriday: I know, and did they forget all about Tae-woong, Trivia Master? They line up to start, and Shi-kyung argues that it’s unfair 4:3, and picks Seung-woo to sit the game out. Seung-woo beams, “Do I seem the smartest?”

javabeans: Are you cracking up and cringing? How is the OB team — THREE ACTORS — so terrible at acting? They’re totally giving it away, being too eager and giddy. But Shi-kyung’s facial expressions make it worth it.

girlfriday: They’re terrible at hiding the con, but Shi-kyung is so upset at losing that he can’t see it. This is going to end in tears, isn’t it? So the OBs get their three questions and their prize money as planned, but here’s the part they didn’t plan out: how to tell Shi-kyung that it’s a fakeout.

javabeans: Right? Do YOU want to tell him what you did?

girlfriday: They’re walking away whispering, “He’s gonna be REALLY MAD,” and “Should we just let him find out on TV… alone?” Hahaha, they are so scared. Why didn’t they plan this part better?

javabeans: Because they got too excited about the funny. Hehe. I think even Bird PD’s a little scared. Why does this amuse me so much?

girlfriday: Meanwhile on the YB team, Jong-min jokingly tells Shi-kyung to bring his college diploma next time to prove that he really went to school, and Shi-kyung sighs that he drank too much in his twenties, ‘cause he doesn’t remember what he learned.

javabeans: At the snack area at the top, Seung-woo starts to offer the ramyun cups to the losers. What’s funny is that he doesn’t say WHY, it’s like, “Oh, this? I’m being nice.” Haha.

girlfriday: But there’s no such thing as a free meal on 1N2D, so of course they’re immediately suspicious.

javabeans: Seung-woo says, “It seems like you’d love to eat it.” And Tae-hyun adds, “Also, yunno, there’s the part where we cheated.” While the YBs are still blinking in surprise, he says, “The next answer is Silmido.” Haha.

 

girlfriday: Shi-kyung blinks about a million times like his CPU is still processing it all, and then turns to Bird PD in shock, “Bird hyung, were you that kind of person?” Hahaha. The OBs do the dirty rotten trick, and Bird takes the fall?

javabeans: Bird PD isn’t even good about asserting himself and just ducks his head sheepishly, saying, “Sorry.” He doesn’t even pin it on the guys! You know, it’s really fortunate that this bomb was dropped with the offering of ramyun, because what can Shi-kyung say with his noodles cooling in front of him?

girlfriday: I was just gonna say, it’s like they waited to soften the blow (and also distract) with food.

 

javabeans: Even as he’s eating, Shi-kyung is blinking madly, trying to process. He’s not even mad, he’s just so confused. “W-why… did… you do that?” He’s like, it wasn’t enough that they came on the easy trail, but you had to give them the chance to mock us too? He’s so serious. I guess it really was a triple-whammy for him: The bad trail, the mocking with food, the jab at his intelligence.

girlfriday: Now he’s all fired up and angry. “Now that I have food in my stomach I can think straight!” He turns to Bird PD with a scary, pissed-off look on his face, “What the hell did you do?!”

javabeans: I actually think this reaction eases the tension, because now he’s reacting. It was sort of nervous there while he was just sitting there. Now he’s back to his normal self and making bargains, saying that he’ll let his grudge go if the PDs buy him what he wants from the store. And Bird just plonks down the money. He totally reminds me of the Dad in the family who looks stern, but is actually totally clueless and just doesn’t want to make a mistake to upset the mystical balance of his family. It’s adorable.

girlfriday: And apparently all Shi-kyung needs to cool his fiery rage is a box of cookies to munch on. Hee.

javabeans: He’s totally back to happy again. Nyam-nyam, smiling and laid-back.

girlfriday: He adds bitterly that he’ll share his cookies, with everyone except Su-geun. Ha. They watch the sunset and then head to basecamp, where Bird PD tells them that one of the members has something to say. Su-geun can tell with one look that it’s Tae-woong, who’s facing them with a heavy expression. It’s so funny to watch him play up the seriousness since we know what he’s about to say. He starts in with the “I’m sorry…” and “I should’ve told you sooner,” which only points to one thing: quitting the show. Everyone freezes, and Tae-hyun starts to cry. Aw.

 

javabeans: It’s totally his delivery, the awkward, “I don’t know how to say this,” the sighs, the clenched jaw, the avoidance of eye contact… Now he’s all smiles and SO pleased with himself for the fakeout. And yeah, also for the whole marriage thing. Apparently he did talk about his girlfriend to the guys, but he had them all fooled, totally in the dark that they were at the marriage stage of the relationship.

girlfriday: I know this isn’t about Shi-kyung, but I feel like he’s having one of those is-everyone-lying-to-me days.

javabeans: Mind blown. It’s like one more shock and his blinking won’t stop ever.

 

girlfriday: The guys grill Tae-woong on his bride-to-be, and he says that his noona introduced them, and that he did propose, but without any fanfare — he just asked her to marry him in a parking lot. Fifty bucks says he mumbled it too.

javabeans: I love the way he laughs when he describes the proposal, and how he words it — like he knows he bungled his way through it. Then we get clips back to “bachelor Tae-woong” — eating expired foods and taking his mattress camping with him. Hahaha.

girlfriday: It’s so cute how red in the face Tae-woong is. He says he wanted to pull their legs a little more, but he looked at Su-geun’s face and had to spill the beans. Su-geun gets all teary-eyed at just the fake idea of Tae-woong leaving the show and says he can’t do that to him ever. Awwwwww.

 

javabeans: Jong-min gives a little speech on how Tae-woong, to him, is a really decent and affectionate guy he can vouch for, then tacks on quickly, “You can’t return him!” The others chime in on how the wife has to keep him till he’s busted-down and used up, haha. Tae-woong addresses the camera and speaks to his bride-to-be, telling her how he’ll try to be a good husband and how he loves her. He’s the happiest little boy ever.

girlfriday: *confetti*

javabeans: When we pick up again, it’s outside to do dinnertime bokbulbok. For added incentive (or maybe just torture), the meat is already cooking away on the grill, within sight. Ah, and they get a tantalizing taste. A tiny, pea-sized taste.

 

girlfriday: Oh, that’s torturous. Good one, Bird.

javabeans: It’s ball games tonight, from teeny ones to huge person-sized ones. There’s a Wheel of (Mostly Mis)Fortune all set up to decide various configurations of the game play, with one tiny sliver for “everyone eats dinner.” They spin… willing it to land on red…

girlfriday: But they land on Cans vs. Cannots. Drat, no easy dinner for them. Though I suppose we win, since we now get silly games.

javabeans: The Cans do a little dance of joy, while the Cannots… just stand there in dismay. Tae-hyun looks like he’s already lost, Seung-woo says they shouldn’t have had the taste to start with, and Tae-woong says, “I ate that a lot before,” as though he doesn’t care for it anymore. It’s hilarious to me, as the show points out, that earlier today the teams were almost in this same configuration, only with Su-geun switching sides now to join the Cans from the OBs. Yet you tack on the moniker “Team That Cannot Win Anything,” and suddenly it’s a bad thing. Go figure.

girlfriday: I like the math equation with Su-geun’s dancing face.

javabeans: The one that basically says that Su-geun makes them old but competent? (It’s OB – Su-geun = Cannot.)

girlfriday: Yup. Hopefully this time the Cannots won’t become a self-fulfilling prophecy. At least this meal will be played per round for a serving on the grill, as opposed to all or nothing.

javabeans: First is a simple round of who can keep a volleyball in the air for the most number of hits. The Cans win, and Tae-woong says, “It has lots of cholesterol.” They cast sad, longing looks at the guys who are eating. GUH I am starving.

 

girlfriday: I know, it looks crazy delicious. The next game is ping-pong-ball-spitting. It’s a distance game, so the one guy who spits it the farthest wins it for his team.

javabeans: Hm, I think the singers have the edge on this one, and all two-and-a-half are on the Can team (Joo-won has his musical background). In fact, I’m a little worried Seung-woo’s going to choke on his.

girlfriday: They actually make Joo-won sit this one out, and then Seung-woo goes first… and his ping-pong ball doesn’t even leave his mouth. Um…

javabeans: Haha, Su-geun tries this fancy backflip entry, but can’t even stand straight after that. So he revises, and does a vaguely shot-put-like entry.

 

girlfriday: I’m pretty sure it travels more sideways than forward. And then Tae-hyun goes, and manages a huge lead.

javabeans: Shi-kyung is last, and manages a huuuuge spit-shoot-whatever, but it bounces back. Phew, the Cannots get to eat!

girlfriday: Hahaha, and then while the Cannots eat, Joo-won tries it out, and blows everyone out of the water. I guess they picked the right guy to sit out.

javabeans: The Cannots are all, “Good job Joo-won!” because that doesn’t change the fact that they get to eat. Everyone congratulates Joo-won, but he’s wearing his grumpy I-wanna-eat-too face. Aw, is he getting pissy again?

girlfriday: It’s hilariously annoyed and grumpypants.

javabeans: Looks like a good episode next week, with a hide-and-seek mission that looks like a full-on war game, with walkie-talkies, strategizing, and intense hunter looks on everyone’s faces.

girlfriday: Whooo! Did Seung-woo say into his walkie-talkie, “Good, I’ll tie him up”?

javabeans: Stay tuned, folks!

credit: Dramabeans

Joo Won Looks Suave in Black and White For Arena

Joo Won Looks Suave in Black and White For Arena

Actor Joo Won from the popular drama “Bridal Mask” opened up about life after the hit drama and his thoughts on fashion in an interview for Arena Magazine.

“I’m in the midst of transitioning out of my Lee Kangto character.” He stated in the interview. “To prepare for my next work everything I do, from crying as I watch a movie by myself or talking to my friends, is part of the process of me moving on from being Lee Kangto.”

For the interview Joo Won was dressed in a simple tracksuit that is not usually seen on celebrities. “I’m not someone who cares so much about style. I feel like my head will burst when I have to think too much about fashion,” he confessed truthfully to the fashion magazine.

While he may have been comfortably dressed for the interview, Joo Won was all class and style for the supplementary photo shoot. He exuded charisma and looked nothing less than a model as he wore contrasting black and white suits.

A staff member from the magazine praised Joo Won for his modeling. “Joo Won comes off differently on entertainment programs like ‘Happy Together’ or ‘1 night 2 days’ compared to his character in ‘Bridal Mask’ but through the photo shoot we were able to see the real Joo Won. Although we dressed him up in suits instead of comfortable clothes like jeans for the photo shoot, Joo Won displayed a variety of poses like a professional model.”

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[Interview] “I have never quarrelled with my girlfriend.”

 

Joo Won had a Q&A session where he took questions from fans and requests for songs. Below is the Q&A session which the MC posed to Joo Won

Q: What is your hobby?

JW: Drinking coffee, haha

MC: What type of coffee?

JW: American coffee

Q: What will you do when your girlfriend is angry?

(they got a fan up to act a skit and the girl really looked very angry with Joo Won)

MC: Ahhh….You really hate Joo Won-ssi?

JW: Looks like she really doesn’t like me ah? Haha

MC: Just like this, when your girlfriend is in a bad mood and wants to let it out…(what will you do?)

JW: Can I share my own experience?

MC: Your experience? Of course, we want to hear your experience

JW: We never quarreled.

MC: With your girlfriend???

JW: Yes

MC: How long was your longest relationship?

JW: Two and a half years.

MC: In that two and a half years, you never quarreled once?

JW: Not once

MC: Then why did you break up?

JW: Hmm… we just drifted apart…

MC: Then, what is your secret to having not quarreled.

JW: Understand her better

MC: Understand?

JW: Hm..That is, no matter what I will empathize with her.

MC: Wow….

JW: I like whatever she does

MC: Ya…..

JW: And also understand.

MC: A very warm-hearted man

Q: Oppa, when was your first love and first kiss?

JW: High School year 1

MC: Year 1?

JW: Yes

MC: It was a co-ed (boys & girls) school?

JW: Yes

MC: So that’s how you started the relationship?

JW: Hm..It was like that. My girlfriend was in the same school, she was an especially cheerful friend.

MC: Ah…People say that first love is unlikely to be realised. Did it?

JW: Ah? No.

MC: You didn’t have a relationship?

JW: No. I did have a relationship.

MC: You have a relationship?

JW: Yes.

MC: Ah. Yes. Let’s take a trip down the memory lane. What was your deepest impression?

JW: It should be because I was in Arts school, I took on the responsibility of being the director of a play. So the performance was my deepest impression.

 

Chinese translation: minidadalove on baidu

English translation: mrdimples@soompi

Source:  이하린(나래) @ 1막1장

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Song Joong Ki, Park Yoo Chun, Joo Won: The 3 Actors to Watch in Their 20s

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During a time when the more experienced actors in their 30s and 40s are hitting their peak, the actors in their 20s are also showing their prowess.

During a time when the more experienced actors in their 30s and 40s are hitting their peak, the actors in their 20s are also showing their prowess.

 
These three actors have successfully captured the hearts of audience members everywhere and have been very key in drawing ratings for their dramas. Starting with Jang Keun Suk, Kim Soo Hyun, Yoo Ah In, Lee Seung Gi, Park Yoo Chun and Joo Won, the actors in their 20s are poised to take the stage.

Song Joong Ki, Extends His Acting Range

It wouldn’t be an understatement to say that the hottest actor is Song Joong Ki (28). He is currently starring in KBS’s drama “Nice Guy,” playing the role of Kang Ma Ru, who has been betrayed by love and now is the typical bad boy.

Last year, he received amazing reviews in the SBS drama, “The Tree with Deep Roots” and this drama was his comeback after a year hiatus. He defeated all the worries that people had about whether he would be able to play a heavy role like this and is now known as an actor’s actor.

His challenge didn’t stop here. His movie, “Wolf Boy” recently premiered and he also turned people up on their heads with their assumptions that he would play just another pretty boy.

Many who have closely watched his acting say that his dynamic expressions and charming low voice is key to his appeal. He has a very big range, from comedic performances to these serious types of roles and even playing a wolf. He is constantly challenging himself and people are wondering what his 30s will bring.

Park Yoo Chun, No Longer An Idol

Park Yoo Chun, who first garnered attention with SBS’s “Rooftop Prince,” will star in MBC’s drama “I Miss You” which is set to air in November.

“I Miss You” is a love story between a man and a woman who have both been hurt by their first loves that left them heartbroken at 15 and Park Yoo Chun plays Han Jung Woo, who becomes a detective who is still unable to forget the woman who stole his heart. His first love will be played by Yoon Eun Hye.

Park Yoo Chun started his acting career with KBS “Sungkyunkwan Scandal,” and was awarded the New Face award. He continued onto MBC “Miss Ripley” and SBS “Rooftop Prince,” solidifying himself as an actor in the industry.

He was able to pull of a comedic performance in “Rooftop Prince” and the way that he portrayed his feelings towards his counterpart Han Ji Min was incredibly real and very romantic.

Park Yoo Chun also dispelled any doubts about him as an actor and people are anticipating just how much of a change he will undergo yet again in his new drama.

Joo Won, Fast Growth As An Actor

Joo Won has proven himself to be lucky when it comes to ratings.

After many successful dramas including KBS “Baking King Kim Tak Goo,” “Brothers of Ohjak Bridge,” and now “Bridal Mask,” he has transformed himself into a very legitimate actor.

“Bridal Mask” was a very good match for him. He had to portray Lee Gang To and Bridal Mask in the movie and had to show two extremes of emotions in those two different characters. He warranted very positive reviews for his performance and shocked people with every episode.

He has been cast in MBC ‘Secret Male Female Story’ that will air in January of 2013. The drama will portray young intelligence officers who experience love, friendship and conflicts within their working environment.

Joo Won will play an agent who has always dreamed of being a secret agent and had had a very smooth life thanks to his wealthy father. He’s relatively positive about life and nice to people but faces many challenges once he gets into the organization of his dreams.

After “Bridal Mask,” Joo Won said, “I want to try roles that are appropriate for my age. I think romance is definitely the hardest thing ever but I have to try it now while I still can. Whether I can do a good job or not, I still want to try it.” Whether he will be able to bring his increased acting ability to the screen in the romance is still a mystery but viewers will be excited to see him when he comes back.

Source: KPOPStarz, Sharingyoochun, Song JoongKi Philippines FB Fan Page

via: Purple Dreams