'This is my first time to be photographed in this old Japanese style house, it does made people feel comfortable. It has been a long time since my last time to spend time at home properly. I hope that one day, I can decorate the room with simple style and the style that suits me.'
Especially these past six months, because of his first challenge in acting, he almost had no leisure time. He had to rush between Seoul and Jeju Island to film his drama series, and had been very busy everyday. Either it was the recitation of lines, or living together with co-actors and staff, they were fresh experiences for Changmin.
'This is really an experience that I need to begin from zero, so it is very difficult for me. Before this, I always work with people who are very close to me, however this time I have to work with new acquaintances, which is a big difference for me. Since I know nothing in acting, so I always try not to trouble the others by memorizing the lines well. In every single day during filming process, while I was learning, I was working hard too. The role I played is a male character, who although has a lot of weak points, but still enjoys high popularity. The character maybe slightly different from me (lol). If according to the genre, it should be a happy romantic comedy. If there’s a chance to be broadcasted in Japan, please make sure to watch it!!’
Before this, Changmin who accumulated his abilities and showing his charm on stage as a singer, now he will have the opportunity to show everyone his fresh side which hasn’t been discovered previously, a new side which is totally different from him singing on stage.
‘Even though I am embarrased to say this, but during this period of time, I trully feel that I have grown, and have cherished myself more than before. I have always been showing myself without reservation to everyone as a singer, but through the challenge in acting this time, I begin to realise this issue for the first time, which is how to express myself in a better way. The things that I have learned by practising the acting skills, they are going to be valuable experiences in my future as an artist.’
‘I usually spend my leisure time by watching anime “One Piece”, or focus in my favourite games until I become an expert in it(lol). I refuse to give up in things I like, further more I am the type of person who will completely ignore the surroundings if I am interested in something.’
‘Work is important to me no matter when.’
‘Because of this, in order to memorize the lines well during the filming process, I need to control the desire to read my favourite book.’
‘Because my father is a Korean language teacher, hence I have been educated to read book whenever there is a chance since I was small. I am reading even in plane. Since I’m not good in Hanja (chinese characters), so I always read books written in Hangul (Korean’s characters). For example novels, philosophy books, proses, etc.
“Secret” is a book which documenting the secret of success of many people. I got the inspiration of “Able to realise your dreams if keep on working hard with a positive manner” from there. My favourite novel is Haruki Murakami’s “Norwegian Wood”. Although the generation is different, but I am same age with the lead character in the book. Haruki Murakami’s novel not only interesting, but also inspiring. I like the time when I am reading the book, I get indulged in the world created by the author. I am looking forward to his new novel ‘1Q84’.
During the interview, Changmin often showed us his bright smile. When he saw the staff who was explaining the interesting parts of the Ipad enthusiastically, he laughed and said, ‘Why do you look like a salesman?’ When he talked about a touching Korean novel he read previously which describes a Salmon’s life, he couldn’t recall the title. So he laughed and said, ‘I am really absent-minded.’ Changmin had brought so much happiness to everyone surrounding him.
One of the staff said, when the professional Korean baseball team ‘Twines’ which Changmin worships had won the match, he analysed himself as,’if compared to the others, I am consider to be the emotional type of person.’ When he was asked the way to relieve his depression, his answer was driving a car late at night. Last week I was depressed too with unknown reason, so I drove alone to Incheon’s coast at 10pm. Although I went back after just staring blankly at the sea, but the activities like hiking, going for a walk can adjust my mood, so it is very important to me.’
Changmin who had spent his 20 years in fast pace, has never thought of retreating. In his mind only appears one thought, that is to move forward step by step pragmatically. Changmin who steps on stage as a singer and actor, is only 22 years old. His adventure has just begun. In the future, he will definitely show us the side which is hidden behind his innocent smile and yet to be discovered by us.