Lee Min Ho – Interview with COOL Magazine
Exclusive interview with Lee Min Ho
about acting skill
COOL: Quite a number of projects you have participated since debut, can you tell us each role’s feature and your feeling when playing that role? do not consider audience’s response, which project affect you most?
LMH: For the 2 recent projects, Goo Jupyo is very arrogant yet innocent, Jeon Jinho’s personality is cool but very human, and he’s very responsible. Actually, when I confirmed every project, I wouldn’t have any hesitation, I would just concentrate to work on it.
COOL: [花样男子]的第一集播出后，很多人都在议论你的造型，因为它很特别，但是如果说到演技，无论是你的出场，还是你坐在椅子上高傲的让家丁穿鞋的样子都完全 融入了角色。可以说“第一集里面，你是最快进入状态的演员”能呈现非常自然的演技，你私下一定做了很多准备吧？
COOL: After first episode of BOF was aired, many talked about your style since it’s very special. But if talk about acting, no matter your appearance, or when you were sitting pridefully to wait for servant to put on shoes for you, you were totally into the role. It an be said that ” in the first episode, you are the actor who get into the state the fastest”, and acted very naturally. Did you do a lot of preparation on your own beforehand?
LMH：“具俊表”是个游走在上层 社会的财阀、精英，但这些并不能让他觉得开心和满意。这个角色可能大家在生活中也很少见，无论是外在，还是内在，我为了表现出更贴近“具俊表”的样子而做 出了很多努力，在说话的语气和态度上都极力变得高傲起来。另外，我还特意去学习了骑马，设计打高尔夫球等诸多运动。
LMH: GJP is an ellite who has been living in the upper calss society, bu these cannot make him happy or satisfied. People might not see this kind of role in reality very often. No matter the outlook or in the heart, I have tried very hard to show how “GJP” look like, the way I speak and attitude had become full of pride. In addition, I especially learned lot of sports like riding and golf etc.
COOL: many said that you become famous in one night, do you agree with that?
LMH: It’s difficult for anyone to start again after you have started once. Though a lot of people support me now, I feel that there’s a long way to success for me.
COOL: Because of your handsome appearance, everyone subconsciously hope you would continue to develop as an idol. What do you think about your career and choice of role?
LMH: 当演员一直是我的梦想，现在也是如此。现在的偶像们在出道前都做了很多准备和练习，如果我想成为偶像的话估计还得多加练习才可以，而且我现在这个年纪已经 做不了偶像了吧（笑）（小编：这话听起来好欠揍啊，明明还那么嫩！）我觉得做好自己眼前的事情已经很 开心了。
LMH: It’s always my dream to become an actor until now. Nowadays idols have to prepare and receive lots of training before debut, if I want to develop as an idol, I think I still need a lot of practice. Also I can’t be an idol at my age now (laugh) (editor: that’s hurt to hear that, he’s still so young!) I think I would be very happy if I could finish my current works well.
COOL: A good actor has to understand the intention of director, and also to interpret the characteristics of the role as well as acting response, How do you think you have done on that?
LMH: I think thorough discussion with director is necessary for full and accurate understanding of a role, master the notion/ intention of the director is a must
COOL: The ones who act in idol drama” do not have good acting skill, that’s a thought of many which inevitably exist. How would you prove yourself to others that you have got good acting skill?
LMH: I will be paying more attention to learn acting, I hope every project in future wold receive good feedback. I always remind myself that though there would be a lot of difficulties to overcome, trying the best would definitely find a solution to them.
COOL: usually handsome actors would face similar problem: the appearance would limit the choice of roles, have you ever think about that?
LMH: I have never thought about that. I think even if that is the most difficult role, you would act well if you take it seriously.
COOL: What kind of role you want to challenge most? what is the role that “if I can overcome that, appearance would never be a matter!”
LMH: There are a lot of roles that I ant to challenge (laugh) Those manly role, or the role with much charisma, etc. There would be more roles that I want to challenge whenever I finished a project. I think even a vagrant would carry his own charisma, thus appearance doesn’t matter
COOL: What kind of movie you like most?
LMH: I like horror movie (I can’t understand what is 反转型)
COOL: Which movie you have watched over 3 times? What was that attractive to you?
LMH: there are 2 movies that I always watch. one is “A beautiful Mind”, which is a story about self battle; another one is “A bitter Sweet Life”, the ambiance of the movie and Lee Byun Hun’s acting are very attractive to me.
male chauvinist (I’m not sure if this is correct meaning of 男前)
it s proven that the deep impression of GJP didn’t hinder LMH a lot. The sophistication in PT made the worries about he was shortlived/ meteoric meaningless
LMH conclude his own charisma as: kind, not pretending, cheerful smile. In reality, though LMH said that he is different from GJP’s arrogance, deep in his heart he’s still a male chauvnist. His inborn manliness has made all females, no matter younger or older ones, crazy about him.
I really don’t want to be a female. there are lot of things to take care of, feel that that would be very tiring. Have to put on make-up everyday, many things have to be care about.
LMH confessed that he’s a person what do not like trouble, or it can be said that he likes living veraciously. thus apart from working, he likes travelling with family, love skiing in which he has to mask himself up, mostly going to those high-class restaurant with no one else there… only that way, he can live like himself, enjoying the LMH way of leisure
COOL: In Chinese, there’s a proverb “out of the depth of misfortune comes bliss”, looking back at the 2006 car accident which nearly ruined your acting career, what are the pros & cons to you?
LMH: I am a very positive , optimistic person, The incident brought me lots of good memories instead of just bad ones. During the time I stayed in the hospital, I always told myself that I can observe everything around me if I have nothing to do. Therefore whenever I see my family cheer for me, I would feel energized
COOL: Do you think “persistence is precious”? Through many years of studies, the great scientists in the world find out that “persistence” is a major element for one’s success. What trigger your morale/ will to fight in real life?
LMH: I totally agree with it, but it’s hard to implement. Though thoughts might change constantly, sometimes some beliefs would never be altered and would be pertained.
COOL: everyone knows it’s really difficult to persist. When there is time when you want to give up, how would you admonish yourself?
LMH: When you come across something you can never give up, I would think positively, I can be focus in this way. every time when I watch a good project or good acting by senior, I would be affected. (laugh)
COOL: persistence is very important for celebrities, since there are lots of temptation that might make you get lost. Do you think you can persist?
LMH: Whenever I work on a project or there’s pressure from media, I would think a lot. facing temptation, I think I have to be responsible for myself, thus I would think about the time when i started my career
COOL: In reality, you are thoughtful or dictatorial type of person?
LMH: I’m the latter one (laugh) Once I got familiar with, there would be no problem in communicating with each other.
COOL: After a few project, you have worked with actress who are seniors, can you talk about their charisma? What type of girls draw your attention?
LMH：我喜欢个子小小的，皮肤白点的，很可爱的女生。其实每个人都有自己与众不同的魅力，有时我也会喜欢那些小小的习惯。比如习惯性眨眼或者是理头发这 样的。（我：再再喷，那个其实是你自己吧）和我一起搭档的演员大部分年纪都比我大，我能从她们身上学到很多东西。就拿最近一起合作的孙艺珍前辈来说吧，她 在拍每一场戏的时候都会站在对方立场上思考，提出很多建设性的意见。
LMH: I like girl who is petite, fair skin and cute. Actually everyone has her own charisma, sometimes I would like those little gestures/ habits, such as blinking or touching her hair, etc. Most of the actor I worked with were older than me, I can learn a lot from them. Like SYJ I worked with in recent project, she would think in other’s place for every scene, and raised many constructive advices.
COOL: What do you like to do recently?
LMH: Currently I am learning English, singing and swimming, etc. I found that English is very important when using twitter and Facebook (laugh)
COOL: Have tried sleeping for 24 hours continuously, have you broken that record recently?
LMH: Hahaha! Though I can sleep a lot when I am tired, I would sleep around 6-8 hours a day during my day off
“为了唱好歌我进行了很多练习。”在结束[个人取向]以后，敏镐专门请了一位资深的音乐老师教自己唱歌。“希望大家看到我不同样子”，于是FM前几乎每天 都泡在应约教室。准备阶段付出了巨大的努力，但真的走上舞台还是难免紧张，延长结束后敏镐笑着自嘲：“虽然我对歌手这方面也很有野心，但是。。。。实力不 行” （笑）
“In order to sing well I received a lot of training” After PT, LMH employed an experienced mentor to teach him singing. “Hope that I can show a different side of me” so he went to the classroom nearly everyday before FM. put much effort in preparation, but feel nervous when going on stage is still inevitable. After the show, LMH said that “I am ambitious to become a singer, but….my strength/ skill is not good enough” (laugh)
COOL: Able to shrug off “GJP” label, what do you think is the most important?
LMH: I think when I take up a role, I must focus all my effort on that. “GJP” and “JJH” are totally different persons in personality, therefore I think the change in image is also very important.
COOL: PT received good response since its premiere, how do you feel about others’ approval on your acting?
LMH: First I want to thank for the support and love for JJH in PT, but I am not very satisfied right now~
COOL: finishing PT successfully, what is your plan in career?
LMH: I have decided on the next project, but I believe that once the decision is made, I will notify all immediately and show you the brand new me (laugh)
COOL: How did you spend the holiday between dramas?
LMH: I traveled with my family and close friends. I want to learn some experience from them when I have time, but end up it was me teaching them.
COOL: How do you feel after completing the FM in Seoul?
LMH: 那天我真的很开心。2009年的时候，我去过很多亚洲国家进行活动，但这次在韩国举行的FM与上一次相隔了近一年的时间，来参加活动的影迷比我想象中的多 得多，大家如此积极的为我应援，心情自然很好啦。对了，我还相对那天来我现场为我加油打气的金范，郑日宇，郑元畅，2AM，YOUNHA说声：“谢谢“！
LMH: I was really happy that day. In 2009, I went to many Asia countries for activities, but this time the FM in Korea was held 1 year after the previous one, the no. of fans coming for the event was more than I expected. I feel great for receiving so much support from all of you. In addition, I also want to thank Kim Bum, Jung Ilwoo, Joe Cheng, 2AM, Younha who came to support me
COOL: You were singing at FM, feel that you were nervous when singing
LMH: haha, I tell you in secret, I was super nervous whenever I sing
COOL: were you satisfied with your performance?
LMH: I think my singing performance have not reached satisfaction level, but I have already started formal training. I believe it wold improve over time, please look forward to~
COOL: during FM, what is the wish you want to realize?
LMH: I hope those who love me could support me/ cheer for me in daily life, because there’s not many chance to meet everyone, I tried my best to leave good memories to all during FM
COOL: through TV drama, you have got a lot of fans across Asia, how LMH see the popularity?
LMH: I feel great when seeing support & passion from fans when I visited different countries. frankly speaking, I didn’t thought about I would be that popular
COOL: what are the touching and annoying moments of fans?
LMH: I am grateful & touched when knowing them doing charity. for annoying moment…I can;t think of any, they are all very good, up till now there’s no incident that annoys me.
COOL: being a good actor apart from singing, any other areas that you want to challenge?
LMH: actually I also want to challenge musical and stage drama. There are a lot of differences with the area that I involve in now, it’s worthwhile to learn from them.
COOL: How do you want to be after 5 or 10 years?
LMH: I hope my acting would be more recognized after 5 or 10 years, and become a role model for juniors
credits to baidu +meo13@Soompi.