Some members of many idol groups, who attempt an image transformation, used to say that ‘I want to shake off idol image’. It means that they want to break from the limitative image that an idol carries. But sometimes, it might be interpreted to mean that they are denying their own origin.
Therefore, “I want to keep being called ‘idol’”, those words of JYJ’s member Kim Jaejoong come up with a fresh feeling. Kim Jaejoong said, “Even SMAP in Japan is appraised as idol for over 20 years. Being called idol is not bad. However, the important thing is what kind of idol we should become.”
Then, Kim Jaejoong added, “I want to be an idol that can be loved by all age groups, not merely an idol who sings, dances and has a great look. And so I’m working hard to get ready for the image of a singer-songwriter by directly composing songs, writing lyrics and producing music.”
Kim Jaejoong has a new challenge ahead. He was casted in SBS’s new Wed-Thus mini-series <Protect the Boss>. This is the first time he challenges with domestic drama. He already has experience in acting with movie <Heaven’s Postman> and Japanese drama <It’s hard to say I love you>.
With <Protect the Boss>, he isn’t taking his first step in the domestic stage as a member of idol group JYJ but as ‘actor Kim Jaejoong’. In the drama, he plays Cha Muwon, a chaebol who is called ‘The Prince of Financial World’. Kim Jaejoong who received a lot of love calls (of other projects), why did he choose <Protect the Boss>?
Kim Jaejoong begins to talk, “The were some projects which made myself feel greedy.” “But there were also projects that I couldn’t participate because of schedules conflict. I received the script of <Protect the Boss> toward the end of the World Tour. I think it’s very interesting. It’s a drama which delivery a positive message. (Laugh) My character is a gentleman, who is proficient in business. Although he is a little different from me, I found him attractive.”
Kim Jaejoong showed a pretty cautious side of him during the interview. After receiving the questions, he thought about them for awhile then uninterruptedly shared his sincere stories, little by little. He expressed his true thoughts, “It has been a long time since I first entered in the entertainment world. But in the acting field, I’m just a newcomer. Since I’m still unfamiliar with this environment, I’m being very careful in order to do not make any mistake. Although I have done many interviews, this is my first interview as an actor. Therefore, I’m very nervous.”
Kim Jaejoong went through a long period of preparation. Despite the fact that his co-group members Kim Junsu has successfully become a musical actor and Park Yoochun did a very good job in dramas <SungKyunKwan Scandal> and <Miss Ripley>, Kim Jaejoong didn’t rush but diligently prepared for his next step. Answering to the question “Don’t you get any stimulation by watching Yoochun (in dramas)?” Kim Jaejoong said, “I’m really glad that it turned out great. And I also feel that I need to work hard. There wasn’t special advice but he encouraged me by saying ‘You will suffer a lot’.
Kim Jaejoong who is standing at the halfway point between ‘Top singer’ and ‘Rookie actor’, after about 10 years, where could he be standing? Kim Jaejoong said with a smile, “Even after 10 years, wouldn’t I still be a singer”. It means that he don’t want to leave his homeland. He expressed strong-mindedly, “There are still many things that I want to do. Aside from singing and acting, I also want to properly try to study stage directing. There are many things to do as a singer too. I don’t ever want to give up being singer. About acting, I can’t say anything yet because I just took my first step. But in 10 years, I want to show to everyone a Kim Jaejoong who can do his best in various fields.”
Wow. Wise, strong words from Jae. I still balk at it though. But I think my respect just rose a lot just now. Ha. As if my respect for him wasn’t high enough already! I’m so proud of you, Kim Jaejoong! 😀
wise indeed! very proud here too 😀
Same here @ Bluefyre @ SaliO3. Each time i read Jae’s wise and deep responses to interviews my admiration and respect for him grows and leaps gigantically!!! Jae keeps amazing me with his honest and wise, realistic perspectives. He is not evasive, he doesn’t hold any pretense, he is even unpredictable and every reply makes the reader REFLECT and RUMINATE and think deep too….I am so happy that Jae is growing up well and in a mature, wiser [my third mention right?] direction 🙂
day after day, I love you more and more <3.
(▰˘◡˘▰) yes and he makes us proud more and more every day
Being called idol is not bad. However, the important thing is what kind of idol we should become.
This guy really has got something inside that pretty head of his. These interviews just bombard us with Jae awesomeness on so many levels–wise, profound, dorky, romantic, rebellious, etc. etc. etc…
I believe in you ,JJ…You can do anything you set your mind to ….
Jaejoong: you’ll be showing us various sides of yourself and we will be watching you. Until the end.
Love his perspective. Makes me proud to be a fan.
wow, his words are very inspiring, you will do great JJ I am believing u ^^
He’s so wise and deep !! Makes me respect him even more
inspiring as always~<33
very proud to be a fan ^o^
Respect for JYJ ~~~
My jae i am so proud of you baby….
he really know how to speak..
love every words that came out from his mouth
OPPA, SARANGHAE!!!!!!!!! ♥♥♥
u are SPECIAL IDOL T________________T
I want to show to everyone a Kim Jaejoong who can do his best in various fields
You are already showing us ^^ … You make us proud ❤
There’s a brain in that head, and Kim Jaejoong knows how to use it. Having the freedom to put that brain to good use is the immediate benefit of the fans. Long term, the use of that brain is going to show how shallow the current ‘idol’ model is that is being used by certain entities.
“However, the important thing is what kind of idol we should become.”
The idol you should become is one who has control over his creations, his time, his money, and last but not least his life. You will make out fine KJJ. Those who are scared of your brain, should be afraid. You, and your fellow members are going to show how outdated the ‘other’ idol concept is.
Can’t come soon enough for me. You just keep on keeping on. We’ll be right there beside you.
he definitely become an idol worth of respect! DEFINITELY!
I love your comment ^^
pardon me, gotta say something in Chinese, 果然浸过东洋& 洋墨水的人，世界观真的不一样呢~~ 接触的世界广阔了，接触到的各种文化多样化了，思维模式也会随着变宽~~ 真为这样的你骄傲呢，金花花，为你那个忠于自己的根源、饮水思源的想法感到欣慰~~ 也许是我偏见了，可是我总觉得在你那个国家出世的人们，除非自己进修自己的修养，否则大部分的人都流于凡俗，很难会有你这么大气的思想呢~~ 掌声鼓励鼓励~~
wow, great comment! Also lets applause KJJ together ^^
” …not merely an idol who sings, dances and has a great look .” you’ve already proven to the world that you’re much more than that . His answers are really deep, and show that this man has a VISION in his life. KJJ is like an overload – a man gifted with talents and looks and run by a thinking brain, if he is a computer unit, both the hardware and the software are exceptionally superior.
the true essence of kim jaejoong coming out in his interviews.
my admiration for him grows deeper and deeper.
i know i made the right choice in him.
and he will do his utmost best too. and shine at it. i love reading his interviews. i love how he expresses himself and how he thinks.
Jaejoong impressed me with his interviews, like BAF said JJ has brain in his head, knows what he want, the directions in life, for a 25 years old guy, he is very wise and so mature. He’ll make out just fine.
I tried to read this, I really did! But those lips…eyes…that face *faints* I’m just going to have to read the comments to see what he’s talking about because I can’t take my eyes off that pic when I scroll to the top of the page. XD
A+ for SMAP reference JJ.
A wise man indeed.
he knows what talents he has ..
“But in 10 years, I want to show to everyone a Kim Jaejoong who can do his best in various fields.”
Yes I believe you can do everything perfectly
You will suffer a lot..lol, chunnie u re such a dork…but I know u truly support ur hyung soulmate 🙂
will support you forever~ ^^
I love this man.. he’ll always be my idol ^^ heheh
I love to read all his recent interviews…
shows his maturity and what’s really going on
in that handsome head of his.
as Jaejoong the actor, to me,
he seems to have shed off the pretty boy image
he is more handsome and manly.
he gives off that heartstopping vibe whenever I look at him. *longingsigh*~~
“Those who are scared of your brain, should be afraid. You, and your fellow members are going to show how outdated the ‘other’ idol concept is. ”
You hit the nail on the head. Yes, those who didn’t have an inkling what they are up against since July 2009, be afraid, be very afraid of what JYJ has morphed into. We have 3 boys who have leapfrogged to this new level of maturity and ability because of what those who had no heart , had done to them.
We saw for ourselves these 3 are not mere pretty boys. But talented, hardworking, matured dudes with a big heart. To me, their beautiful looks are a bonus.These boys are just indeed rare for their age. I hope they dont go the way of the dodo bird.
talk with wisdom^^ his words tell me that he know very well where he is and what he should do to achieve his dream 🙂 reading his interviews recently make me more and more optimistic about his future, and also JYJ future. proud to be their fan^^
Jaejoong has lofty aspirations, the courage to try, not afraid of difficulties and hard work.
I cant stop loving this guy. Jaejoong, lets walk this tough road together.