Wednesday, August 18, 2010

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Upcoming KBS TV series “Sungkyunkwan Scandal,” set to premiere on August 30, has been garnering attention from viewers for a while now for two reasons. One, because it is based on hit romance novel, and two, because of its cast composed of stars Micky Yoochun (playing the role of Lee Seon-joon), Park Min-young (Kim Yoon-hee), Song Joong-ki (Goo Yong-ha), and Yoo Ah-In (Moon Jae Shin). That is why the questions the four main characters were asked focused on asking the differences between the original novel and the drama, the atmosphere on set and the teamwork. Below are excerpts from the press conference held at the W hotel on Tuesday.

Q: Do you think there have been any changes made to your character in the drama compared to the original novel?

Park Min-young: While my character was more of a lady of refined manner in the novel, she will be more of a playful and mischievous person in the drama. She has become someone who is more cheerful and lively although I don’t know whether it’s because I’m playing the role or because it’s a historical drama with young characters. My character changes more toward the latter half of the show so I think her cute and loveable personality from the first half will have a dramatic effect on it.

Yu A-in: In the novel, my character Jae-shin is so manly and comic-like that I thought, ‘Nobody like this exists in the whole world.’ So I’m keeping the elements that may help add to the fun of the show but trying to leave out the cheesiness. From a realistic standpoint, I guess you could say that he now isn’t annoying?

Park: Jae-shin in episode 8 is cuter and funnier than any guy you’ve ever seen. Like Yu just said, you’ll get to see a lighter version of Jae-shin.

Yu: I’m worried whether I’ve done a good job of taking out the cheesiness but I’m also very worried whether I’m betraying my character from the original work that viewers may be looking forward to seeing.

Q: You had said at a previous press conference that you’re working very hard to become your character Lee Seon-joon. What about now?

Micky Yoochun: The aspect in which I related to Lee Seon-joon the most was in how he feels a pressure that is invisible. I think the reason he becomes so strict about principles is because of how he always tries to read his dad’s mind, and I actually felt a lot of a similar sort of pressure from my work. It’s not something I feel as a star, not that I am even one.

Song Joong-ki: Yuchun, you are a star!

Micky: Anyway, it felt like I was starting to forget who I was although I hadn’t meant to, so I think I was able to related to him a lot in that sense.

Q: How would you rate your own acting based on what’s been filmed so far?

Micky: I’m gonna have to start building up on the points. I don’t think I’m in the position to rate myself.

Song: I realized that Micky is really a hard worker. I actually was had somewhat of a prejudice about idol singer-turned-actors but I was very moved by how hard Micky works. I once gave him advice on his acting which could hurt his pride as an actor but he listened to me with modesty. I hadn’t expected that so I was surprised.

Q: Then how do you feel Song, you who have been considered to sync the best with your character Goo Yong-ha who likes to make jokes and is interested in indulging in sexual relationships?

Park: Earlier on when the ‘hanbok’ fashion show with Miss Koreas was on, Song looked at the que sheet and said, “The Miss Koreas go out in the first part and then the actors. I guess I’ll just sneak out when the Miss Koreas go out.” There’s a reason the sync rate is so high. (laughs)

Song: (Sighs) It’s true that I said that. My mind woke up even after I had stayed up all night shooting yesterday when I heard Miss Koreas were going to be here. But this is all just part of my concept — I’m not actually like this. Um, and I’m a man too so I guess there is a side to me that’s somewhat like that. Ah, Park! You! (laughs)

Q: Then who do you think is prettier between your fellow actors Seo Hyo-rim and Park Min-young versus the Miss Koreas?

Song: Ha… That’s a really hard question. I think Hyo-rim and Min-young are prettier. It’s actually because it hurts my pride to see that the Miss Koreas are taller than me. (laugh)

Q: There are four main characters in “Sungkyunkwan Scandal” but it’s true that the attention is turned to Micky. Don’t you feel disappointed about that as a fellow actor?

Park: Our show is receiving a lot of attention because of him so I feel that we’ve all been blessed. And Micky’s fans send tributes to the set three times a week.

Yu: That’s right. (laughs)

Park: There isn’t much to eat on set because it’s in the Mungyeongsaejae Provincial Park but they sent lunchboxes from a family restaurant to every crew member. There was so much to each. It feels like we’re working with a newcomer actor who is extremely popular.

Yu: A popular newcomer? That’s kind of ironical. (laughs)

Q: But don’t you also feel pressured by such fans? Park Min-young, you in particular must be envied by them because you get involved with Micky in the drama.

Park: A fan once pinched my back on set. (laughs) It stung but I felt that she would do it again if I showed that it hurt, so I just walked by quietly. And then I rubbed it when nobody was looking. (laughs) But I think it’s so cute how she would do that to the actress her idol singer is acting with. I’ve also received notes online saying how much they envy me. But I’ve already been through that with Big Bang so it’s okay. (laughs)

Q: I heard that Xiah Junsu visited the set too with 100 fried chickens. Was it good?

Micky: It was really good, all cold. (laugh) But I was really touched. He spent his own money for it… And he’s not the type to.

Q: You must sometimes miss being a singer when you see your fans who visit the set?

Micky: I recently held a concert in Japan and the memory from it is still there because I was standing on stage with a mic for the first time in a while. I’m holding a mic right now too but holding it as a singer is very different so I miss it a lot.

Song: What are you talking about? You held a mic at a karaoke room a few days ago. (laughs)

Q: Lastly, what do you expect the ratings to be for the show?

Song: I’ll be happy if the ratings come out well and sad if they don’t but I don’t think an actor should obsess too much over the ratings. I do however, want our show to do better than “Dong Yi – Jewel in the Crown” and “Giant.” (laugh) I’m personally hoping for about 17 percent? Oh, no. I once was in a drama that hit 17 percent on its premiere episode but the ratings kept falling after that. I feel uneasy now.

Micky: It’s the first time I’m paying attention to viewership ratings. I guess you could say we’re safe if we get about 15 percent?

Song: Oh, yes, I’d like it around there too. If it looks like the ratings are going to drop, I’m thinking of suggesting to the scenarist that Micky to a bed scene. That’ll probably boost ratings, right?

Q: Didn’t you say at the last press conference that he doesn’t have such a great body?

Song: Oh, that’s right!!! Then I guess they’d [ratings] fall. Nevermind!

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Micky Yoochun revealed that the 'SungKyunKwan Scandal' OST is currently in production. 'Members of Dong Bang Shin Ki as well as other singers will be experimenting with various different things.'

To the fans who have been waiting patiently, he said 'There may be other things that they'll have to wait for in the future, but I hope they won't simply think of it as waiting and will learn to enjoy the present as well as the process of waiting. Thank for all your support, I'll give my best effort.'

The first episode of 'SungKyunKwan Scandal' will be aired on the 30th at 9:55pm.

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After JYJ Thanksgiving concert
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Dong Bang Shin Ki's Xiah Junsu was chosen by netizens as the strongest vocalist out of all male idol group members. held a poll from the 11th to 17th, surveying netizens on who they think is the strongest singer out of all male idol groups. On the 18th, it was announced that Xiah Junsu claimed the top spot.

Xiah Junsu gained 28,132 votes out of 72,498. His charm comes primarily from his powerful high notes and emotional expression; he is recognized by many music critics as an extremely outstanding singer.

Moreover, his recent role in the musical 'Mozart' earned him the Best Newcomer's award at The Musical Awards.

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Remember SixStar online shop we ever bit explained about before?

Well, it’s been a long time public talk that our Kim Jaejoong is not only just Fukutaro (SixStar’s owner) close friends, but also one of the 85 group members where Fukutaro is in, too along with other names such as:

☆ Yamashita Tomohisa (NEWS)
☆ Shirota Yu
☆ Kaneda Akira
☆ Jaejoong (TVXQ)

See there are SIX stars?? And that’s how the online shop SixStar was named :D

We never share this info since there’s no legit proof we could provide, however this ‘info’ is finally confirmed now as in Fukutaro’s blog, he mentioned all the 85 members in his profile (Jaejoong is the last name in the list):

So now you also know what’s the meaning of 85 design we posted earlier ;)

Thanks to Selenite for the tip!!

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Set in the Chosun Dynasty’s Sungkyunkwan, the youthful students’ story of growing up and romance, the drama airing on KBS2 on Mondays and Tuesdays, “Sungkyunkwan Scandal” held its production conference. The production presentation was held on the afternoon of 17 August, in the Vista Hall of W Hotel in Gwangjang-dong, and Park Yoochun, Park Min Young, Song Joong Gi, Yu Ah In, Jun Tae Soo, Seo Hyo Rim other actors as well as production staff were present.

Director Kim Won Seok PD said, “ In the original story, the 4 characters’ story was centralized around romance and friendship, and we added a little bit of a social message. In the drama, the love and friendship shared by the 4 youths as they grow up is discussed, and the youths’ ambitious fight against the existing powers is displayed. However, there isn’t too big a difference from the actual story.

When asked about TVXQ member Park Yoochun’s casting story, “Although I was not involved in the casting process, even if I was doing the casting, I would pick Yoochun. Amidst the worry and anticipation, Park Yoochun has shown good acting skills, and possesses good looks and voice. He is the best casting (for the role)” he praised. Park Yoochun said, “ Without realizing it myself, I became deeply involved in the drama, and enjoyed it. During the shoot, it was hot so that was a problem, but we were passionate about making it a good production, so we worked hard.”

Song Joong Gi said, “ Unlike Goo Yong Ha, who looks cheerful on the outside but is actually very serious, “SungKyunKwan Scandal” is a light hearted and good drama. All the actors really worked humbly and seriously during the shoot. “ he revealed. “Sungkyunkwan Scandal” is set in the Chosun Dynasty’s SungKyunKwan, the first top education institution in history, where Lee Seon Joon (Yoochun), Kim Yoon Hee (Park Min Young), Goo Yong Ha (Song Joong Gi), Moon Jae Shin (Yu Ah In), begin their campus romance story in the Chosun Era. “SungKyunKwan Scandal” is set to air on 30 August, replacing “Gumiho : Tale of the Fox’s Child.”

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At the press conference, Yoochun said that he himself is an openminded person with a free spirit, whilst Sun Joon (his character) is more conservative and principled.
However, in terms of the feeling of being confined, they are very much alike.

He said 'Sun Joon's dad forces him to become a principeled person, and he feels trapped because of that, I can really relate with that.
I used to feel trapped because of work.
It's not that being a celebrity makes me feel trapped, it's more because I feel like I'm turning my back on my own beliefs and losing myself.
Through acting, I felt like I was liberated, and I'm very glad that I was able to produce a piece like this.'

He also said that 'Since this is my first time acting, my skills may be a little different when I'm practicing compared to when we're actually filming. Even though it's hard to portray emotions, I had a lot of fun doing it.'

With regard to the name 'Park Yoochun' appearing in the credits, he emphasized that 'there is no need to differentiate between Dong Bang Shin Ki's Micky Yoochun and Park Yoochun.'

Making no attempt to conceal his longing to be on stage once again, Yoochun revealed 'Back when we were holding concerts in Japan, holding a mic again after such a long time made me feel somewhat… mournful? I really miss standing on stage and I've yet to come across anything that compares to that. The fans may have to wait a really long time, but I hope they won't just think about waiting and will learn to enjoy the present.'

Finally, he said 'For the first time, I'm actually worried about the ratings. I'm really nervous, but I think 15% wouldn't be too bad. As for awards, it's the same as when you're a singer; if you're not going to get the award, then it's better to not be nominated at all (laughs). But it really would be an entirely different feeling to get an award for acting.'

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In a press conference held in W Seoul Walkerhill Hotel for KBS2TV drama 'SungKyunKwan Scandal', Micky Yoochun very honestly expressed that he felt extremely pressured due to his long absence from Korean activities.

He said that: 'The wounds in my heart hadn't healed completely and I really did not want to start any new activities, not to mention that this is acting. When I received the invitation to take part in this drama, I started to take acting classes, and I felt I was able to reconnect with other poeple. Acting made me a happier person.'

He thought back to the days of hardship and torment caused by conflict between he, Junsu and Jaejoong, and SME and said that 'There was a time when I felt completely antisocial, everyone around me was worried, and whenever I wanted to go out, my mom would get frightened, so I locked myself up at home.'

He also conveyed that 'This piece changed me. Since I started it, I wanted to do it well. Also, all the other actors are really nice to me, and I'm truly thankful for that, it's made me work even harder.

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