[INTERVIEW] 120206 Now, He Is Very Pleased To Welcome Challenges – Kim Junsu‏

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The meeting with Kim Junsu was done after his continuous interviews since the morning and only started upon sun sets. The continuous of interviews and practices, what is going to happen if he is exhausted? To this, I was worried but in the end he replied easefully with, “I am in my best status now!”

Currently 26 years old, he said so himself, “As compared to the age, I went through much more issues.” Once as a high schooler, he debuted in TVXQ in 2004, becoming the top idol group in Asia and also a star; The fight and lawsuit against his agency in 2009 initiated an alarming storm. After which, he debuted in musical field and can simply said that it stirred up a sensation. The 3000 seats in Sejong Cultural Centre were sold out in a flash and he was born as the top star in musical field.

‘Elisabeth’ is his 3rd musical and also another challenge. Unlike the previous works, this lead needs to direct the whole musical alone; It is also unlike the innocent, pure male leads that he had acted before. Thus, he, who embraces sincerity towards musical, is once again welcoming the brand new world. 

Q: Seems that you lost a lot of weight.

I exercise a bit, and only ate one meal a day. The other meals are just chicken breast meat. In the beginning, I only had chicken breast meat for all three meals but some ulcers starts to grow in my mouth and I became listless. Though the motive of dieting is for reaching the ideal weight, one should take care of the body too. I am now nursing my own health.

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Q: Was the reduction of weight for this musical’s role?

The outfit for the role of ‘Death’ is a bit revealing, thus I wish to slightly sculpt my body shape. Even not for this musical, I have been thinking if I should exercise since a year ago. This (musical) provides the opportunity for me to have a try at it.

Q: It is different from the image from before, it seems to be more masculine charming.

Due to the character this time, it seems a mandatory to have such an image.

Q: ‘Elizabeth’ is starting its run in a few days’ time, how are you feeling now for this 3rd musical work?

Before the start of ‘Mozart!’ and ‘Tears of Heaven’, rather than anticipation, it was more of worry. But this time round, it seems that I’m feeling more of the anticipation. Probably it’s the 3rd time and thus (everything) seems more familiar.

Additionally, it could be the better adaptability to the musical stage and facilities, thus felt more relaxed. In the previous works, it was upon the reaching of the actual stage that I starts to get in touch with the equipments. However for this work, the rotation stage etc were already being used in the rehearsal room and in fact the worry was reduced.

Q: Regarding which part of musical that you felt better adapted?

During ‘Mozart’, I was eager to memorize the lines and movement. Compared to then, I was more able to indulge in the enjoyment of it, I felt more well-prepared. Thus as a whole, the meticulous details that I have not thought of, it all felt that I am able to consider it well now.

Q: Seems that it is not only the facilities but also the emotions that were lesser of a burden now.

In the past when was being taught by others on what to do, I would feel blushingly embarrassed. Though it will not be the case when I’m on stage, but when I was practicing, I would feel embarrassed. For example in a scene where I am supposed to cry, with everyone staring, even though they did not see me as a singer, such watching would still made me felt burdened. Additionally, due to shyness, thus I wasn’t sure what to do, standing in front. Right now, I am able to do it unsurprisingly and care-freely well. Seeing such oneself, I would actually be surprised and thought that I indeed changed a lot! Looks like I am getting closer to be a musical actor. I frequently had such satisfying thoughts appearing.

Q: The role of ‘Death’ seems to be a lot different from Kim Junsu’s playful charm that everyone knows.

To everyone’s impression, it seems that my image has been optimistic and bright. Though it was not the intention, but it (the image) seems to have deepened in everyone. My appearance in fact has more than that side. It also have another side of it and I wish to display the look that was not shown before and displaying it through this work.

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Q: Was ‘Kim Junsu’s musical concert’ of 2 years ago, a premonition that you would be acting in ‘Elisabeth’?

At that time, though composer Sylvester Levay said that I was suitable for the role of Death, it was not confirmed that I was being casted. It was during rehearsal practices that upon singing two musical pieces that I felt that it is comparable to the excellence of ‘Mozart!’, it is really splendid! It was just a thought then. Afterall it is not a project of the following year but the year after and it doesn’t felt near-dated. When he came to ask about my wishes this time, it was at the timing where I was not satisfied with role-playing a similar character and had wanted to try a newer challenge, thus I wanted to do this even more.

Q: Though this is a challenge, aren’t the two previous works challenges as well?

‘Tears of Heaven’ was a huge challenge as well. Though everyone might not know this, but on the day of performance, the lines and movement lines changed and after I was on stage, it changed again. However when acting in ‘Tears of Heaven’, it made me understood musical even more. It was not a character created meticulously and it was like a painting freely painted on a white piece of paper with no specific ways of doing it. Therefore I started to learn and slowly changed the lines into my own accent. It was a piece of work that gained me a lot of experiences.

Q: In this work, ‘Elisabeth’ is a factual character yet ‘Death’ is a imaginary character. It seems difficult right?

As the other characters are of factual, thus was able to capture the feel of the characters. However it is very difficult to capture the feel of ‘Death’. Therefore I thought in a reverse way, how does Elisabeth thought of Death? After thinking like this, I had a grasp of it.

Additionally, I asked Sun Young noona and Joo Hyun noona about their interpretations of my character during acting. Though everyone’s thinking are different, this also shows how the impression of Death’s presence varies. As there are no correct answer to this character, there seems to be a restriction upon acting. On the other side, I felt that I can kept in touch with a variety of looks. Compared to (memorizing) lines, I have to emphasize on displaying my body and facial expressions.

Q: The past works have become topics of discussion, were there a lot of musical proposals proposed?

From what I know, there were rather a lot.

Q: What criteria do you based on for your choice of musicals?

Recently I have watched a lot of musicals and possibly watched all of it. After watching, if there are any works that I had wanted to try or felt that the work is outstanding, however might not be suitable for me. I based on these to consider. However after watching it all, I felt that there are many good characters that I had wanted to act as. No matter in future be it a solo lead or not necessarily be in a huge theatre or even in a small theatre, I would like to give it a try.

Q: You have watched quite a number of musicals, which musical do you think is interesting?

‘Jekyll & Hyde’ (with Cho Seung Woo as lead). I have been hearing about it being very very famous but after I watched it, I finally know the reason behind it.
Though ‘Billy Elliot’ is not a character that I can act in, I find it very amazing. I have watched ‘Zorro’ twice and watched both Gun Hyung hyung’s and Seung Woo hyung’s.

Q: In 2010′s ‘Mozart!’, the appearance of Kim Junsu caused an uproar, we heard that before you decided to be casted, you was troubled for a period of time.

It was a very difficult period back then. It is possibly till now, my most troubled and totally lack of self-confidence period in my life. The emptiness of six months and to stand in front of the public , I felt scared. And I was the first in the three members to step forward with the activity. The uneasiness from being a singer and this stranger-alike work that I have never tried before, plus I ever heard of bad impression of musical towards artistes’ participation. These were my worries. I would walk around for the whole day thinking “Ah, do it!” and the next minute thinking, “Ah, not doing it!”

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Q: In the end, you did it.

Because I really love music. Through ‘Mozart!’, I got in touch with musical for the very first time and get to know that there are such music around. It was a brand new feeling, it has a totally different charm from ballad and pop.

And the character of Mozart attracted me. Though his life looks magnificent, as he is a genius, on the contrary he had doubts with life. That look made me felt the same way. At that time, though TVXQ seems to be glamorous and charismatic, I had doubts towards myself as an artiste. Therefore I want to portray the levels of how I felt and the emotions in it.

Watching this song ‘Gold von den Sternen’, I thought about where I should advance in this world. The lyrics moved me too. During the performance as well, though I was not supposed to cry while singing that song, I often cried. Though Young Su noona sang very well, (laughs) she cried every performance too. Even though you didn’t want to go into that kind of mood, you probably end up sinking into that situation naturally.

Q: Moving forward towards the world bravely, it seems nothing regrettable after-all.

If I didn’t do it at that time, there won’t be me performing in musical now. Although it was a very tough decision back then, I felt that this was one of the best decision I’ve done in my life.

Q: Looks like it seems to be a place of difficulties too.

As everything was a first, and I was skeptical of meeting people. Thus the thought of standing in front of so many people and the way to present what was to be presented, it was rather difficult. Additionally, I was worried about the everybody’s evaluation towards artistes; Luckily, I seems to have good rapport with people and this is very great, and I get along well with the actors.

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Q: What do you think of singing?

In the beginning, I was troubled with the opera way of singing and I have never sang like this before. Everyone were using the opera way of singing and it seems that I was singing the wrong way. During the practice, I would think that I have practiced in vain and worried a lot.

That time, the director told me, “There are Park Eun Tae, Im Tae Kyung, Park Gun Hyung and Kim Junsu in Mozart. The audience has their own preference of Mozart and not a uniformed and totally alike Mozart(s). Just relax and do it naturally!” These words gave me strength. Therefore though I felt difficult in the beginning, I gradually adapt to it . No matter when I was supposed to cry, I would cry. When I should be happy, I will be truly happy. Though it is not perfect, I relayed what I had wanted to relay, gaining self-confidence.

Q: You mentioned that you are very worried about the public views on artistes. In fact you felt a lot right?

A lot. But I thought, if they were to see my improvements in works, won’t they like me even more? The reason I’m saying this is that even if it happens to your own child, everyone will be thinking, as compared to level 1, level 2 will be better, compared to level 2, level 3 will be even better. Therefore if were to be given love since level 1 and to watch as one gradually grow, (others) should be liking it more and more, right. As there are people who watched me began as a musical actor while slowly accumulating my own abilities, thus I would certainly not disappoint them and will work hard.

Q: Due to the idol status and acting as the lead right from the start, the prejudiced looks weren’t just against Kim Junsu only.

Compared to the singer industry, the market for musical is much smaller. To enter (the musical market) as an artiste and immediately being the lead actor, even to say that “I am a musical actor” will still be prejudiced. I can totally understand such views and therefore I have to maintain the thoughts of working hard and to consider the factors where I have to do well. At least, I have to maintain the thinking of “I did it because I love musicals.” I have to keep in mind that as time passes by and I was able to present what I had wanted to others, it will be left in others’ impressions.

Q: (You) don’t wish to be seen as an idol.

It’s not to throw away the status of an idol singer but my dream is not to be seen as an idol when I am performing in musical.

Q: If were to choose a role model for musical?

It should be Cho Seung Woo hyung. Though currently I like a lot of musical actors and the actors in ‘Elisabeth’ were great as well, Seung Woo hyung was able to act in both musicals and movies, balancing both sides This is what I wish to be.

Q: We heard that JYJ is releasing new album this year.

The worldwide album was released the year before and it was a worldwide release. Currently there is a plan for the second album. Though the actual schedule is not out yet, it is probably going to appear around summer? Currently, I am writing lyrics and composing during my free time.

Q: Is there no plan for a solo album or concert?

Currently there is no plan for such. Of course we wanted to create an event where we can interact with fans but our criterion for choices are different from other singers. In fact the choices are limited but we wish to do our very best with every single thing that we can have.

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Q: The restriction in broadcasting due to the contract issues resulted in the loss of chance of standing in front of the public as a singer.

It is indeed difficult to not being able to be on broadcasting programs, it is due to unable to do it, not because we don’t want to do it. Since we can’t do it, why not find other ways to fulfill it? This is a positive thinking. It’s just that as a Korean singer, yet not able to gain the recognition in my own country and not able to participate in activities. It is indeed saddening. (I) am especially apologetic to Korean fans. Though the current situation has turned better a bit, we cannot take a back seat and easily give up. That’s what the members thought so.

Q: As it is difficult, thus the relationship between the members seems to be getting closer?

Now we can understand each other just by looking each other in the eyes, because we only have each other to hold on to. Therefore we became closer and work hard in not hindering each other. The things that we are able to do, we will do it to our very best effort and not becoming each other’s obstacle. I think that having such thoughts will attain the best result.

We also compose for our own album and we even participate in the planning of concerts. Though it is very tough and at times felt exhausted, we felt great happiness while doing it. Because of such sentiments, it made the three of us more united.

No matter when, I felt grateful. It seems that no matter in the future whether we are married or had children or even when we became old grandfathers, we would still sit together in the old folks’ home, playing chess.

Q: What is difference between Xiah Junsu and Kim Junsu?

Nothing. It’s the same. It’s alright to call me Xiah Junsu, though that was my name in TVXQ but Xiah Junsu is still me. I have never dreamt of leaving the idol status.

In the other countries like Beyonce and N’ Sync, aren’t they idols as well? It just seems that only in our country that the views and image towards idols are restricted. I think that no matter be it an idol image or a singer image, it can be created. Though I ever thought of changing an image of an idol I have never though of removing the idol packaging.

Q: You are already in the late twenties, and gained many experiences in the past, was it helpful with your singing?

When singing, you really need to sing it sincerely. Though it is a simple and easily neglected factor, it’s not to be lightly handled. Though I experienced a lot more than others who are of the same age, I am still sentimental in my twenties. When in my thirties, I will gain that feel suitable for that age and when I’m in my forties, I would be able to sing naturally the songs of a sentimental forties.

Q: Your hopes for this year?

I hope for good results in both musical and album. Right now I am not attached to awards and (sales) figures. Though I am still very grateful for my award in musical, but it seems that I have yet to make the musical work received an award. I am a bit sorry for this. If only ‘Elisabeth’ can receive an award for its work, that would be good. (laughs) So, next year is roughly like this. My members and I will sincerely do everything to very best amongst the tough situation and truly enjoy the satisfaction received .

Source: playdb | Credit: loveissammi
Trans by: rachui@sharingyoochun | Shared by: SYC + JYJ3

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62 thoughts on “[INTERVIEW] 120206 Now, He Is Very Pleased To Welcome Challenges – Kim Junsu‏

  1. Now we can understand each other just by looking each other in the eyes, because we only have each other to hold on to ♥ T_T

  2. i mentioned this before but i seriously am in love with how he does not shy away from talkin bout his past in tvxq..he’s straight forward and speaks his mind..personally, i find this characteristic very charming 😉

  3. Junsu nah I got gastric ulcer by my last diet,take care.All your interview have very deep thought,I have great time reading but I wonder how many interviews did u have to do in these days.
    Grandfather JYJ playing chess,in old homes,still bickering,how sweet is that.
    Yes u have much more than cutie Junsu,show them.

  4. My personal favorite :

    Now we can understand each other just by looking each other in the eyes, because we only have each other to hold on to. Therefore we became closer and work hard in not hindering each other. The things that we are able to do, we will do it to our very best effort and not becoming each other’s obstacle. I think that having such thoughts will attain the best result.

    We also compose for our own album and we even participate in the planning of concerts. Though it is very tough and at times felt exhausted, we felt great happiness while doing it. Because of such sentiments, it made the three of us more united.

    No matter when, I felt grateful. It seems that no matter in the future whether we are married or had children or even when we became old grandfathers, we would still sit together in the old folks’ home, playing chess.

    • ^________^ i really love his words… Such an optimistic guy.. Always try his best no matter what he does.. I also can see how much he love his other forever best friends jae joong and yoo chun,..also changmin and yunho ^___^

    • No matter when, I felt grateful. It seems that no matter in the future whether we are married or had children or even when we became old grandfathers, we would still sit together in the old folks’ home, playing chess. <—– THIS!!!!

  5. “Although it was a very tough decision back then, I felt that this was one of the best decision I’ve done in my life.” — there is happiness in freedom.
    ” It seems that no matter in the future whether we are married or had children or even when we became old grandfathers, we would still sit together in the old folks’ home, playing chess.” –> I can totally imagine JYJ being still very close brothers even if they are old grandpas.. then they’ll make their kids and grandkids marry each other in arrange marriage LOL!

  6. ‘It’s alright to call me Xiah Junsu, though that was my name in TVXQ but Xiah Junsu is still me’ …i feel like cryin…show that how much he value the name that he created with TVXQ..I like the way he never forget the past but at the same time keep on move..I love this interview because it show how positive he thinking about everything that happened to them..

  7. “As the other characters are of factual, thus was able to capture the feel of the characters. However it is very difficult to capture the feel of ‘Death’. Therefore I thought in a reverse way, how does Elisabeth thought of Death? After thinking like this, I had a grasp of it.”
    Very clever thought indeed, I myself have not realized until you said it, Junsu…

    Thanks for sharing your always insightful mind with us Junsu!! I pray that God would make all your hopes come true!! ^^

  8. What a deep thinking man Jun is, soo intelligent and wise beyond his years. He knows easy does it, in this World if life throws you a curve ball you accept all the challenges and make good use of it and beats the odds, that is success. We are here to go through a learning process, Junsu and his two other members should know heaven choose them for a reason, so Xiah Junsu you can take any challenge that comes your way and still be yourself. Hardcore Experiences, makes you stronger and wise to understand the human conditions here. A nice person gets a lots of goose eggs on their faces, but in the end analysis you will prevail my good man and have a blast. This is a training to prepare you for the tedious jobs for being Ambassadors and International Diplomats but please your R&R is very important take care of the body, mind and soul and be at piece with yourself. Fighting

  9. Every word is so meaningful and easily make everyone fall in love with.
    Don’t worry whether you are Xiah Junsu, Kim Junsu, Junchan, Xiahzart, Death Tod…… You are the best for me.

  10. There are indeed more sides to Junsu than just the cute image that fans tend to associate him with. I can only imagine the inner conflicts, doubts and fears he had about the future (post-dbsk split), when everything was bleak and uncertain. A lesser man might have given up long ago, but based on sheer determination and a never-say-die attitude, combined with his natural talent and hard work, he has triumphed over those difficulties one by one. Go Junsu! The best is yet to be.

  11. you guys said it all and said it well. junsu is very mature and deep thinking. i love to read his words. i love his optimism and determination to make every minute count and the best it can be and not regret. they have turned a scary situation into opportunity and growth . i love the growth they are making with a good attitude and looking forward without forgetting the past. you are what you do. dbsk is a part of them and now jyj is and musicals and acting and so much more.

  12. He’s said so much I could comment on, but my overall feeling is that I can’t help but love him when he speaks with such sincerity. I’m so glad he got the courage to accept the role in Mozart and keep moving forward. Though he is more than just a cheerful and optimistic guy, his way of looking forward to the future seems to be a very powerful factor in shaping his life, and I’m sure it’s a source of great strength to his members who struggle with optimism. Love you, Junsu. Hwaiting!

  13. “Q: Seems that you lost a lot of weight.

    I exercise a bit, and only ate one meal a day. The other meals are just chicken breast meat. In the beginning, I only had chicken breast meat for all three meals but some ulcers starts to grow in my mouth and I became listless. Though the motive of dieting is for reaching the ideal weight, one should take care of the body too. I am now nursing my own health.”

    As a Nutritionist, this made me hella worried :/ going into this kind of strict “dieting” without any supervision from a professional, eating such few calories and a not balanced diet to lose weight in such a short period of time, it’s not healthy at all :/

    And he said he wanted to reach his “ideal weight”, well for me he’s always been in his ideal weight, honestly speaking :/

  14. “I wish to slightly sculpt my body shape.” – I am so looking forward to this, Dear Junsu, I will make sure to keep O-O wide open.

    “Due to the character this time, it seems a mandatory to have such an image – masculine charming.” – omo, my Dear Junsu, don’t you realize you already have that masculine charming in you?

    “Right now, I am able to do it unsurprisingly and care-freely well. Seeing such oneself, I would actually be surprised and thought that I indeed changed a lot! Looks like I am getting closer to be a musical actor. I frequently had such satisfying thoughts appearing.” – yes, Dear Junsu, you are closer to be a musical actor, so keep going, do not stop learning.

    “Though ‘Billy Elliot’ is not a character that I can act in, I find it very amazing.” – Dear Junsu, why not? Some of the JYJ Family even call you Baby Su! *joking*

    “(2010′s ‘Mozart!’) It was a very difficult period back then. It is possibly till now, my most troubled and totally lack of self-confidence period in my life. The emptiness of six months and to stand in front of the public , I felt scared.” – T_T Thank God you decided to do it, Dear Junsu, even your representative said “Our Junsu can do it”.

    “Seung Woo hyung was able to act in both musicals and movies, balancing both sides This is what I wish to be.” – ho ho … movie Dear Junsu …ho ho *grinning from ear to ear*

    “It also have another side of it and I wish to display the look that was not shown before and displaying it through this work.” “Compared to (memorizing) lines, I have to emphasize on displaying my body and facial expressions.“ “As there are people who watched me began as a musical actor while slowly accumulating my own abilities, thus I would certainly not disappoint them and will work hard.” – to any JYJ Family who come to see Elisabeth musical, please, please, please share your fanaccount.

  15. I love the way Junsu expresses himself and I am so happy he never forgets who he is. Xiah Junsu I love you ❤
    btw for the question of solo album or concert is the reporter asking of junsu solo or JYJ concert? I thought JYJ was going to have a world tour later in this year? 😦

  16. This interview made me respect and adore Junsu so much more. I’ve always loved his interviews because he speaks from the heart. I’ve always viewed him as the optimist of the group. The 3 of them have great dynamics since they balance each other’s personality out and at the same time have the same goals and principles.
    On a side note, I wish Junsu would try to take on the role of Danny Zuko from the Grease musical. Hip thrusts overload if that happens!

    • I think they will go on tour as soon as their new album comes out. Junsu only said it’s hard for them to have concerts in Korea because of SM. The situation is something like in Japan. It’s difficult for them to find a location for their Korean concerts…

      • oh! I did not understand the answer to the question from the interview. So the reporter asked Junsu if JYJ was going to have a concert in Korea?

  17. “No matter when, I felt grateful. It seems that no matter in the future whether we are married or had children or even when we became old grandfathers, we would still sit together in the old folks’ home, playing chess.”

    i can so picture this. and this brought tears to my eyes.

  18. Yes, I agree that there is more to Junsu than the cute image fans associate with him. I myself love this deep thinking and optimistic side of him. I already love him to death but the more I read and learn about him the more my love for him deepens. I love his way of viewing life. Instead letting hard times stop him, he learns from them, and keep on moving on. I think he is an awesome person!

  19. In his TVXQ days, he has the role of being the group’s charisma, making everyone think of how adorable he is and how he can make everyone giggle and smile, yet I’ve always seen Junsu as a wise man. With every interview in the present, it only proves my belief more. He is really intelligent, and he knows how to express himself well. He doesn’t stray away from the questions or puts things in smaller or bigger proportions, but answers them directly with honesty and sincerity.

    I wish Junsu the best. I wish his musical will to go well, and that he receives an award from it if he happens to perform great, which I think he will. He is a professional. JYJ members are professionals. They deserve the best kind of treatment, among a few. And I hope they get that soon.

    Junsu knows how to take care of himself, and I’m trusting he isn’t starving himself as what he said. 😉 And oh look, daring scenes in Elisabeth? Now where can I find the showing schedules….

    • yes he’s i deep thinker the first time i notice this was when he was doing a photo-shoot back in the TVXQ days, they were talking about what does it mean to be a man , his answer made me realize he is a deep thinker and very manly in character , cause his face still makes feel like pedophile its just all baby faced, and all his behavior is innocent even when he dances sexy : P , he’s puuuuuuuuuuure and i didn’t know a man can be both pure and a real man at the same time , the charm of the creature man is when a man is not effected by others contemplations and beliefs but comes to be a character formed from within himself what he contemplates he shapes himself to be, not shaped by others shaping him, and here is the strength of mind he isn’t fickle or provoked he stands true to what principals he stationed for himself to behave in accordance, his behavior i notice he acts according to principals that defines him ” . seriously Junsu
      makes me glad i’m a woman. i love how he forms his own ideas and ideals and own understanding of things instead of waiting to be guided and goes with what he hears from others, he guides himself. am not confused by this i am confused by the child like innocent pure side of him, and Junsu has an air of naivety that comes from that innocence printed on his face . so yeah i know he’s a deep thinker and a very attractive man we can see that in interviews like these but its the child side that is a mystery.

  20. the more i know about this man, the more i love him. Junsu ur such and amazing and beautiful person, i wish u the best, not only on musicals or JYJ, but in all aspects of ur life. Im always praying for ur happiness.
    I love this interview, thank u so much ^^

  21. reposting my comment cause it seems for it to be written here :

    ” Q: In 2010′s ‘Mozart!’, the appearance of Kim Junsu caused an uproar, we heard that before you decided to be casted, you was troubled for a period of time.

    It was a very difficult period back then. It is possibly till now, my most troubled and totally lack of self-confidence period in my life. The emptiness of six months and to stand in front of the public , I felt scared. And I was the first in the three members to step forward with the activity. The uneasiness from being a singer and this stranger-alike work that I have never tried before, plus I ever heard of bad impression of musical towards artistes’ participation. These were my worries. I would walk around for the whole day thinking “Ah, do it!” and the next minute thinking, “Ah, not doing it! ”

    OWE my heart owe owe, he was at a very fragile state , the realization of being banned and for six months and being the first to have an activity before the other two, fearing people throwing words towards him, knowing their bad impressions towards him feeling he is unwelcome in the musical field, first time tasting the heavy storm and rumors caused by the law suit , anti fans , broadcast bullying , restrictions on going punishment , alone singer (JYJ alone) and of course when offered this role ” if u didn’t know it wasn’t planned that Junsu play a role, he was casted at the last minute because one actor meant for Mozart got ill or something so he had to be replaced and Junsu had so little time to prepare and memorize the script maybe two weeks at the most if i recall correctly but it was a poor time so think about this hardship too on top of everything he suffered he hadn’t even time to prepare well for the first most delicate chance for his future because if he screwed this first chance and didn’t perform properly and well no one would give him another chance maybe, so its just emotional pressure and pain when he also wondered about himself , lacking confidence at that fragile period of time, we saw him smiling all the time and seeming cheerful but he was ” my most troubled and totally lack of self-confidence period in my life ”

    Junsu didn’t run away and hide and cry in a corner i respect him so much for taking on everything without complaint and instead marching towards with his efforts instead of being put down by others, working and working things out, grasping every chance to achieve whatever positive result he can, he wasn’t self loathing and surrendering , he kept optimistic during his most difficult of times and just suck it up while marching forward with a brave heart. ” SALUTES to Junsu “

  22. well said, junsu.. i really like this line “In fact the choices are limited but we wish to do our very best with every single thing that we can have.”—very encouraging, i’ll make the most out of what i have and give my best shot in everything i do.

  23. I love this line.. “If I didn’t do it at that time, there won’t be me performing in musical now. Although it was a very tough decision back then, I felt that this was one of the best decision I’ve done in my life.”

  24. *speechless*
    All I cud say after reading this, my love for them three grow even bigger and bigger.
    Jaejoongie, ParkYoo, Jungoo, saranghae …..

  25. “If I didn’t do it at that time, there won’t be me performing in musical now. Although it was a very tough decision back then, I felt that this was one of the best decision I’ve done in my life.”

    We are proud of you Junsu ❤

  26. Amazing ❤ But can someone explain something to me? I've seen clips of his Elizabeth performances from months ago but it says the musical is premiering soon…

    • @ guest musical elizabeth will be shown this february,i think the one you saw most probably from mozart musical concert in which he performed one of the theme song of elizabeth.

  27. An absolutely amazing Q & A ~ I really love reading his interviews and his honesty in them. Each interview feels like peeling back another layer to the person that is Kim Junsu. Thank you very much for sharing!

  28. Such a lengthy interview, and all his answers show how smart and intelligent he is. He has depth and sincerity.

    “No matter when, I felt grateful. It seems that no matter in the future whether we are married or had children or even when we became old grandfathers, we would still sit together in the old folks’ home, playing chess.”
    God bless these three young men. Aside from a successful career, I really wish them to have a happy family , to have children to play and sing with, and they will still be JYJ (“Being Together”) even if they are grandpas already.

  29. ‘Now we can understand each other just by looking each other in the eyes, because we only have each other to hold on to. Therefore we became closer and work hard in not hindering each other. The things that we are able to do, we will do it to our very best effort and not becoming each other’s obstacle. I think that having such thoughts will attain the best result’

    i’m glad that JYJ have each other to hold on in every uncertain and hard situation
    In union there is strength. ~Aesop

  30. Junsu…. A+ for this interview
    it reflects how mature Junsu is and how close JYJ is
    I really like that JYJ is not entrapped in idol image, questions themselves as artistes, grows more mature, and stays positive despite challenges
    best wishes for your Elizabeth musical and looking forward for the next album

  31. This is one of the best interviews Junsu has given. We don’t have to wait for his musical performance to see another side to him- we’re seeing it now. He doesn’t come across as cute and funny; but intuitive, sincere and courageous. I wish for greater success for Junsu and his JYJ brothers. Oh, and about Junsu’s unmistakable ‘air of innocence’; I think it’s the touch of a Divine hand. 😀

    • Amen to what you said!!!

      Also, THIS is the longest interview I’ve read done by Junsu or any JYJ member… LOL! As usual he presents himself as a wise man.

  32. I just feel like any interview junsu has he always answers with so much care that it shows how wise and sincere he is. He may come across to some as just the happy optimistic one but im glad in situations like these he can show another side to himself that we the fans become even more respectful and at awe at his intelligence and intuition. I love you very much junsu, keep thriving for the best, I will always support you and JYJ ❤

  33. Awwww… Junsu! So sentimental… playing chess together in the old folk’s home, understanding each other just by looking each other in the eyes. JUNSU FIGHTING!!! SARANGHAE!! You are still young with many years ahead!! Your fans will always be behind you!!!

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