Credits: Numero TOKYO
Photographed by Leslie Kee
English translation: tenshi_akuma
A close-up Q & A of the real face of Jang Keun Suk
Q1: As an artist, what are you planning next?
A1: I’ve come to think that doing as soon as possible is not always the best. Detouring is sometimes better, I think. I’ve achieved my current success much earlier than I expected. That’s why there was days when I had fear about this early success and was thinking every day about what I should do. Now, I’m enjoying every single moment and searching for what I want to do. It means what I’m preparing for now is what I personally want to do, not as an artist. I have another dream to be a businessman. To realize the dream, my next plan is to open up a collaborative shop with brand names as a designer. While doing a lot of research desperately, I’m sometimes mixed up if I’m an artist or a business man. Lol.
Q2: Actor, Singer and businessman…, in which area will you plan to conquer the world?
A2: All of them. I want to conquer the world in all the areas. I started my career as a child actor, but I’ve never thought of the day comes when I retire from showbiz. To pursue my new dream as an actor and a singer, I will continue to work in showbiz and at the same time I want to try in my new fields. This is my stance and principles.
Q3: What was 25-year-old Jang Keun Suk like you imagined when you were a kid?
A3: When I was 5 years old, I wanted to be a boss of car repair shop just because I loved cars. After that, I wanted to be a boss of carubi restaurant and a doctor. Lol. I think I never thought to be an artist before I debuted as a child star.
Q4: How do you describe in your 30’s and 40’s?
A4: Surely a success in showbiz is important, but more important for me is to have my own family. I’ve had wishes to get married and have lots of children for some time. If I had a family, I would be more responsible and refrain from drinking too much. If I looked at my family’s pictures when I was tired from work, it would encourage me to work much harder to protect my family. Now my family consists of my parents and a dog Suni, so I’m thinking of them when I feel tired. I don’t have enough time to love someone, a potential partner…… that’s all. Lol.
Q5: As an artist, what kind of experience do you want to accumulate?
A5: For me, every moment is experience. Appearing on various TV shows is experience, but I think seeing all the scenery on my way to TV stations is also one of experiences. Finding meaning in everything and being more mature, I want to go to the next step.
Q6: Looking back over the past 20 years, when do you think is a turning point?
A6: After all, when I was 20 years old. I’ve set my goal to be a free man since I found “I’m the main character in my life”. As I just started to take the first step in becoming a free man, I’m not sure yet where it’s going to lead in the future.
Q7: So, you don’t know your life is going?
A7: I don’t know. But I think it’s OK. Because I can’t see what will happen, I enjoy my life at every moment.
Q8: Do you get depressed?
A8: Of course, I get depressed. I also experienced a slump. When I watched the DVD of SMAP concert at Tokyo Dome in my junior high school days, I vaguely thought I wanted to hold my concert in a big venue someday. Last year one of my big dreams to hold my concert at Tokyo Dome came true. But just after it finished, I wondered where to go from now. I prefer doing what I want to do rather than doing what my company asks me to do. I couldn’t find my next step soon after the concert, and everything stopped. I mean my idea of managing my company, acting and making album all stopped. But there were a lot of things I had to do. At that time, I realized again that it was really hard for me to be forced to do something. Thinking back now, what I had to do at that time was what I wanted to do. I’m afraid I alone didn’t notice that… I wonder why I forgot everything I chose because I wanted to do. I think I fell in a terrible slump.
Q9: In your previous interview, you said “I don’t know who I am”. How about now?
A9: I think my real identity is myself. Today I answer like this, but there may be times that I can’t see or understand myself in a moment. But searching for real self and going forward is my homework.