[T/N: As you can see through the use of first person, this is an editorial by a news reporter. Enjoy~]
I don’t really know Micky Yoochun as a singer very well. But I do know something about Park Yoochun as an actor. To tell you the truth, I don’t really know just how amazing Micky Yoochun was in TVXQ, an idol group that conquered(?) Japan and Asia.
To make an excuse for myself, I say that it’s okay that I don’t know much about Micky Yoochun as a singer because when TVXQ was most active, I wasn’t a reporter for the entertainment sector and I was well past the age for liking idol groups. I do know that he and two other members left SM Entertainment and formed a new group JYJ, only to have a hard time finding opportunities for TV appearances as broadcasting companies continue to be hesitant due to SM’s influence. Right now, I will be talking about Park Yoochun as an actor rather than Micky Yoochun.
Last week, Park Yoochun beat fierce competition at the ‘Baeksang Arts Awards’ to win the Best Male Newcomer Award and the Popularity Award for TV dramas. He looked quite radiant as he held his trophies and smiled brightly. To be honest, I had prejudices stacked against Park Yoochun even before I met him. The source of this came from the fact that he is from an idol group.
Though I admitted that the role of these beautiful male and female idols in the industry was to dance on stage and please the eyes of the viewers, their domination of the music industry made me wonder if the ‘Ga’ of Gasoo(singer) actually meant ‘Beautiful(佳)’, leaving a sour taste in my mouth as I saw the reality of what this industry had become.
Recently, Lee Minho of the drama ‘City Hunter’ stated, “There was a time when I would get upset at the fact that idol group members got lead roles with such ease when I had to go through countless auditions to receive a small role.” I agreed with his sentiments.
This was what I thought about as I saw Park Yoochun making his acting debut through ‘SungKyunKwan Scandal’. I thought, ‘They’re making a youth drama with young actors who are popular with teens,’ and ‘They must have included Park Yoochun in the cast list for these young fans.’ But to my surprise, I saw this guy take his role seriously and subconsciously show off such a high level of concentration. His great acting that went well above my expectations made me see Park Yoochun in a new light.
I recently met Park Yoochun for a while during a report on MBC’s ‘Miss Ripley’. His sincere and serious explanation of the drama and his character made me think that he must have done a lot of preparation for the interview. In the back of my head, there was also the thought, “This is a facade that will soon slip.” But he answered the shower of questions directed at him with sincere and deep answers. He also replied to all questions with a humble manner and a smile.
When I heard that he gets an hour of sleep a day as he juggles his World Tour with filming for his drama, I felt my heart go out to him in sympathy. Even being considerate of the other actors with him, his replies and attitude during the interview were perfect. When we asked him questions regarding JYJ’s inability to appear on TV, promising to not publish articles if he answered truthfully, he smiled brightly and left us with the answer “I want~ to!”
Park Yoochun! He is the first person to break the stereotypes I had about idol group members. This may be one of the reasons why I’m anticipating his work in ‘Miss Ripley’.
Source: [Busan Daily]
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