Credits: Hong Kong Ming Bao Weekly香港明报周刊 – 2217 issue
English translation: Aphrael77
Having shot to popularity last year based on Korean drama “You are Beautiful” (YAB), Jang Keun Suk came to Hong Kong last Thursday for his “Jang Keun Suk 2011 The Cri Show in Hong Kong” and stood on stage as a singer. Last year, JKS had expressed dissatisfaction with the Hong Kong media for pursuing him in his private life. In our interview, JKS talks about his feelings and love story; also on this trip, JKS has also filmed a video clip at the hotel’s swimming pool.
JKS was not a singer but had been invited many times to sing soundtrack for his dramas due to his singing prowess, and his good singing voice has long been acknowledged. Determined to make acting his focus, JKS only released his first Japanese EP “Let me cry” in April this year after many years in showbiz. The hit song then proceeded to top Japan’s Oricon charts with sales surpassing 100,000.
“Having been in showbiz for so many years, all along I did consider releasing an album, but as I am a young actor, I want to concentrate my energies on acting. Until I feel that I have performed well then I took on the challenge of being a singer. I am very happy and surprised to see my song topping Japan charts! I’ve never thought that I would get this kind of reward. I heard that Hong Kong fans all bought the album, thanks to everyone for their support. I also hope to release a Chinese album but I need to learn Chinese before that. The Korean album has already been produced and will be released in mid-May. My Europe photograph book and DVD will also be released.”
Last year after his Hong Kong fan-meeting, JKS returned to Korea to film drama “Marry me Mary” (M3) which has begun airing in various Asian countries and stirring up another tide of popularity.
“Although my characters in YAB and M3 are singers, Hwang Tae-kyung is a perfectionist whereas Kang Mu-gyul is a person who is free-spirited and free of inhibitions, so I am more relaxed in acting Kang Mu-gyul and have less pressure. In reality, what I have in common with Kang Mu-gyul is we both like girls (fans, Mummy and colleagues) and drinking. The difference is that JKS does not give up of his own will; he loves adventure and hopes to become a honest and sincere person.”
Last year in Hong Kong, JKS revealed beforehand that he wanted to visit Lan Kwai Fong and as a result, he was pursued by the media. That night at Lan Kwai Fong, he looked displeased and shielded his face with a bag. When he left the nightspot, he used his suit to cover his drunken state.
“I am not displeased with the media’s pursuit, but this kind of thing does not happen in Korea. I don’t mind some pushing and shoving and won’t be unhappy, but because of the language barrier and cultural differences, I don’t know what they want to do. If fans follow me around in Korea, I will warn them. There were fans who would not give up, so I posted on the internet that if they do this again, I will not let myself be seen so easily in future. After this, they listened obediently.”
Will disclose his girlfriend if any
In every country he’s been to for his fan-meeting, JKS will visit the local nightspots. There are several rumours but he dismisses them. “As we go to different countries to work, it is tough work for everyone. I just want to have a celebration with my team. It’s not what you all think. In Korea, we often go out for karaoke and barbeque too.”
Still bothered by past relationship
“I had a girlfriend once and was about to break up after 2 years of dating, but actually I didn’t want to and still miss her now. At that time, I was filming “Hong Gil Dong” and our relationship was disclosed by the media. She’s not in showbiz and was under much pressure. On the other hand, she wanted me to spend more time with her, but I really could not because I was too busy with work, so we broke up although I didn’t want to. If I have a girlfriend in future, I will definitely disclose our relationship, not because I can do what I like because of my popularity, but because I need to think of her feelings. I don’t want her to be unhappy and I feel I need to be fair to her. I hope she can understand me and treat me like a normal person, and we lead normal lives. But I am very afraid that fans will be jealous and aggressive towards her, so I decide not to date for now.”
JKS stayed at W Hotel while in Hong Kong, which has a beautiful swimming pool on the rooftop that overlooks Hong Kong’s night scenery. “Last year in Hong Kong I had lots of time to swim in the hotel’s swimming pool but when I arrived here this time, I felt the weather was cooler and so I could not go swimming.”
But after the interview, JKS finally managed to go swimming. One of the staff took a 30-minute video of JKS at the pool, including some scenes where JKS and his colleagues were drinking champagne and pushing one another playfully (all males, so there were no amorous scenes). These scenes will be included in the behind-the-scenes DVD of the Asia Tour.
香港明报周刊 – 2217期
去年，凭韩剧《原来是美男》成为人气新贵的张根硕，上周四来港举行《张根硕2011 The Cri Show in Hong Kong》，这次更以歌手身份站上舞台。去年，张根硕对香港传媒追踪他的私生活表现得十分不满，接受本刊专访首度谈到内心感受及爱情故事；原来这次来港，他曾秘密在酒店泳池拍摄一段游泳短片。
张根硕虽然不是歌手，但因唱功了得，多次被邀为剧集唱主题曲，好嗓子早被公认，不过他入行十多年，坚持专心拍戏，直至今年四月才推出首张日文EP《Let Me Cry》，主打歌旋即登上日本Oricon流行榜冠军，销量超过十万张。