From TVXQ to Rookie Actor Kim Jaejoong. “Acting is Difficult.”
Doctor (Kim Jaejoong) in Sunao Ni Narenakute of Japan’s Fuji TV. He is a salesman of a medical equipment company and he confesses his heart to Haru (Ueno Juri) with whom he fell in love at first sight. Doctor, who holds Haru in his arms to confess shyly “Joahe” (T/N: Korean for “I like you”) was enough to make the female heart tremble.
JYJ’s Kim Jaejoong who has already debuted in Japan as an actor is undergoing an initiation ceremony as an actor through a Korean drama. He is taking the role of Cha Muwon in the new SBS Wed-Thurs drama that will be aired in coming August, Protect the Boss. Cha Muwon is Ji Sung’s younger cousin.
I met Kim Jaejoong who is being reborn as an actor in the office of OhMyNews located in Seoul, Mapo Gu, Sangam Dong, on the afternoon of the 12th. Kim Jaejoong who was the youngest person on the shooting set was a fresh-faced newbie actor who seemed to have forgotten that it has been 8 years since his debut. I talked with him, who was saying that “It is my regular trade after all—singing is easier than acting.”
Q: You did appear in Heaven’s Postman in 2009 but it seems that after Sunao Ni Narenakute there were many fans who were awaiting “acting Kim Jaejoong.” Why was your debut in the domestic acting scene so late?
“I did try to challenge myself (at acting) a bit earlier. But because of activities as JYJ which was my center and due to circumstances around me, I was unfortunately not able to hasten the time. I came to come visit you (as an actor) only now. If I had done a drama in Korea immediately after Sunao Ni Narenakute I don’t think that the anxiety would have been to this degree. It’s been more than a year and the feelings with regards to acting and everything else feels too new. I am trembling as if I am beginning all over again.”
Q: Did you become close with the actors who will appear together with you in Protect the Boss?
“I am the youngest on the set. Also I am a rookie actor. All of them make me so comfortable. I do not look very fresh-faced on the outside (laughter. He is born in 1986 and is 26 this year) but I am very fresh-faced in spirit.”
Q: Before the first filming, did you watch a lot of dramas and movies?
“I have watched many movies recently. I saw Dung Fly, Suspicious Customers, My Lover Who Seems a Gang. I like sci-fi movies also and I find fun movies that deal with stories that may happen in real life. It seems that they were really people living in that situation so I felt that they were amazing.”
Q: I heard that you got acting instructions from the actor Ahn Naesang. Did he give you much advice?
“I came to know him through the Director-nim (Sohn Junghyun PD of Protect the Boss) and received acting instructions about 3 times. He said that “even though lines are spoken through memorization, acting must be done as if real life” but that is quite difficult.”
“I wish that instead of being satisfied I will keep being anxious. I like the tension.”
Q: Which is eaiser, acting or singing?
(Laughter) “Of course it is singing. Singing is my regular trade. Acting is much more difficult.”
Q: Is the method of production of Japanese dramas very different from that of Korean dramas?
“The systems of production are slightly different. I have only had one filming with Protect the Boss and so I am not sure yet. I am filming a drama in Korea for the first time after all. Would it also not vary even more according to the styles of the PD?”
Q: Park Yoochun, a member, is also appearing in the MBC Monday-Tuesday drama Miss Ripley. As a sunbae in acting, what kind of advice did he give?”
“He said that ‘you are going to suffer from now on.’” (laughter) He said that once filming begins I will be tired for a while. As this is really the beginning now, I need to maintain my health very well.”
Q: In the drama, the title of Cha Muwon is “Director of the Headquarters.” Miss Ripley’s Park Yoochun’s title is also the Director of the Headquarters. How is Cha Muwon of Protect the Boss different from Song Yoohyun of Miss Ripley?
“Before we compare the characters, the genres of the two dramas are different. Yoochun’s drama is a serious, traditional piece. We are a romantic comedy. Since the atmosphere of the dramas are so different I hope that the viewers will not regard the two characters to be the same just because the titles of the Director of the Headquarters are the same.”
Q: Then what are the points of similarity with Cha Muwon, the Prince of the Financial World, and Kim Jaejoong, the human being?
“I think the variety in personality is probably similar. Even though I say that, I am not saying that I have multiple personality disorder. (laughter) My actions and my expressions are all different according to whether I am with the members, when I am with the fans, and when I am in front of those that I’ve never seen before. I think the definiteness of the change is perhaps the common trait
(of Cha Muwon and Kim Jaejoong).”
Q: The title of the drama is Protect the Boss. What is the thing that you wish to protect for sure in your life?
“Ah. There are so many. With what shall I begin. First, the relationship with the members, I want to protect as long as I live. I also want to protect the fans. Also I wish that the projects at which I must challenge myself and the hope that stem from in between them will not disappear. I wish that instead of being satisfied, I will keep being anxious. I like the tension. I felt this while I was acting as the executive director of the Asian Regions of the JYJ World Wide Concert and (the rhythmic gymnast) Sohn Yeonjae’s gala show. It is easier in a variety of ways to just appear in works instead of creating them myself, but I want to keep challenging myself without end.”
Broadcast is the means by which entertainers can appeal their existence the most.
Q: The topics that come in conflict continually not merely in dramas but also in life is “love and success.” To Mr. Jaejoong, which comes first?
“Love and success… would they not be proportioned according to age? One could say that “you have succeeded” but in truth there is no end to success. There is no such thing as satisfaction. I do not even hope for the peak. At the very least, before I marry I want to do as many things as I possibly can.”
Q: Weren’t you someone who was on the side of wanting to marry early?
“Even this year I am thinking that I want to marry early. Because my parents are of age, I feel that to marry early is to refrain from being undutiful/thankless. However my sisters say that “your life is important.” Well, does marriage happen merely because you wish it.”
Q: Do you have any plans to sing for yourself the OST?
“As of now I do not know. I think they are in the process but the song does not seem to have been produced. It should be a problem to decide after the song is produced.”
Q: At the time of the first airing of Miss Ripley there was a lot of talk with regards to appearing in variety programs. If opportunity allows, do you have plans to appear on variety programs as promotions for Protect the Boss?
“Our intentions do not come first. (At the reporter who asked “did you not show us a variety of activities despite the limits on TV appearances) Broadcast is the means by which entertainers can appeal their existence the most. But we are fighting having discarded the most important weapon.”
Kim Jaejoong who is taking the first steps from TVXQ to JYJ and again as a “rookie actor.” When I asked him if he has desires/hopes of the “Best New Actor Award,” he answered: “Geez, I don’t even think about it.” Continuing, he renewed his determination: “Since I have begun, I will do my best.”
I become curious as to his future path, as much as (I learned of) his powerful aspirations.
Translation Credit: JYJ3
Tagged: Interview, Jaejoong, Protect The Boss
” My actions and my expressions are all different according to whether I am with the members, when I am with the fans, and when I am in front of those that I’ve never seen before”
yup me too. Makes me think JJ is a very cautios person and seem to be very careful before trusting people.
I´m curious too … I wonder how he acts when he is when YC an JS only ….
This is a great interview. His answers are so sincere and smart! Love it!
Oh jae… I always do love his interviews, he can go from being completely random and just out there to articulate, thoughtful and insightful the next.
“Since I have begun, I will do my best.” I don’t doubt that jae baby ;-;
You have just said all the words of my thought. A+++++++++
I feel that JJ is into philosophy. It shows in how he carries out his answer and the type of books he chooses to read. Is he wanting to be a philosopher? Great answer and interview.
this interview is LOVE!!
“you are going to suffer from now on” hahahahahahahahahahah Yoochun LOOOOOOOOOOOL
Spoken like a true professional. I like that he’s not resting on his laurels and not allowing himself to be complacent, but constantly strives to improve himself. My respect for him increases every day. I just hope that he can balance work and rest and not push himself too hard.
“Our intentions do not come first. Broadcast is the means by which entertainers can appeal their existence the most. But we are fighting having discarded the most important weapon.”
-so weird hearing such wise words come from him after the sleeping in underwear story lol even in their tweets, i wonder, do all koreans write/speak so poetically naturally or is it just them?
I know right~ Sometimes I think it his natural eloquence. I’ve read interviews of other Korean artists/idols and they don’t sound like he does. Some even sound weird/exaggerating.
“Love and success… would they not be proportioned according to age? One could say that “you have succeeded” but in truth there is no end to success. There is no such thing as satisfaction. I do not even hope for the peak. At the very least, before I marry I want to do as many things as I possibly can.” Very interesting.
I am older, and I pride myself of being quite smart one (from my peers) for answering life questions. But his answers put me into shame. How can a man have it all?
lmao same here same here!
Very smart, fun..mature!! what can i say more?? that is JJ…
Awww….Jaejoong. We the fans will always protect you too.
great interview, but i can’t help but notice the pictures. it seems like jaejoong doesn’t even have an ounce of fat on his face anymore. you look handsome as always but please take care of yourself baby :X
Ah, JaeJoong you speak so well… Your experience shows during this interview.
very nice interview JJ make me excited..all answer …
omg baby looks WAYY too tired >.> gotta eat more Jae!!
That aside, can I just say how much I LOVE Jae interviews? Its things like this that makes me feel like he has such good leadership qualities.
Witty, smart, elegant, and very interesting. Jaejoong character is full of colors. This interview is a very good interview. Makes me fall in love with Jaejoong all over again. I found their interview very unique and distinct. Reading interviews of him, Chun and Su give me a very happy feeling and I feel they had grown up so much Ahhhhh~~~ and JJ never failed to bring his members in his interview which i found heart warming and Jaejoongish ahahahaha
I anticipate this drama a lot coz I believe he will show us the more different side of him. JJ keep it up!
but omg look at this bags, he looks so tired
please don’t overwork yourself bb ;__;
He has always had bags under his eyes but now they are so prominent. I think i part it helps “age” him for this upcoming role but I still don’t like it.
love his answers in this interview!
shows his maturity and depth in thinking.
he dont give direct answers but analyze and make us think further
than what is being asked.
“I become curious as to his future path, as much as (I learned of) his powerful aspirations.”
seems like the reporter has fallen under his intriguing charm…^^
Woo… This is why I love to red his interviews .. he is an awesome person …
My favorite part:
[…One could say that “you have succeeded” but in truth there is no end to success. There is no such thing as satisfaction. I do not even hope for the peak. At the very least, before I marry I want to do as many things as I possibly can.”]
I’m glad he thinks like this … Nobody will stop him or his dreams .. Do all what you wnat to do my dear Jae … Stay always there where I can see you ❤
ganteng, cakep, keren .. a.ka Handsome, cool, .. i have no word to explain again …
And THIS is why i broke my own rule and fell for him! XD
Lovely interview ❤
he’s such an inspiring person…
I love all his interviews, they’re truly inspiring, he is such an interesting man ♥
‘you are going to suffer from now on.’ Lol Yoochun, you meanie XD
Jaejoong’s interview always make me refelct upon myself. He’s so mature and eloquent..