Since InStyle has posted the interview article and photos online, hopefully it’s ok to share these scans now. 😛 And I’m including the English translation done by the amazing LSGfan:
Beige color jacket and navy color knit, inner shirt and pants are all HERITORY, beaded vest layered with jacket is VANHART DI ALBAZAR, plum color walkers are TOD’S.
“Perhaps because we’re by the beach, but even though it’s raining, it’s very picturesque. It would be great to spend this kind of day seated at a cafe with huge windows, listening to the rain and drinking coffee.”
Man of the Moment
He was broadly grinning when I first met him. And on the next day, and the day after that… His dignified demeanor despite whatever the condition, was so remarkably cool. Lee Seung Gi is that type of guy. The kind of person that makes everyone can’t help but to like him.
By Hanna Choi
Photographed by JoongSuk Oh
Camel color leather jacket and checked shirt, beige color pants are HERITORY, muffler is BURBERRY PRORSUM, bracelets and brown color boots are TOD’S.
Checked shirt and navy color knit vest, beige color pants are HERITORY, glasses are TRITY GLASSES, red color rugby ball shaped brooch is PRADA.
“I’ve been watching a lot of dramas these days. I like to monitor how other actors are acting and expressing themselves. In particular, with a strong story-driven drama like ‘The Chaser,’ I think you can learn a lot of things.”
Navy color double coat and navy shirt are BOTTEGA VENETA, grey pants and black ankle shoes are SALVATORE FERRAGAMO.
“Following my debut, I was also very interested in fashion. And I enjoy shopping just as much. I tend to buy clothes I can wear over a long time, rather than things that are too trendy. The kind of items I can later pass on to my son.”
Checked shirt and navy color knit cardigan, denim pants and knit sweater draped over the shoulders are HERITORY, khaki color fedora is from the stylist’s collection.
As soon as I opened the door to hotel room 1028, I saw him sitting against the sofa fiddling with his smartphone. As soon as he sensed I was there, he quickly got up and offered me a seat. Despite dealing with the difficult photo session amidst the storm from the day before, he was said to have woken up at 7am and already had a hearty breakfast. Soon thereafter, he turned off the power on his smartphone and after drinking some water, he indicated he was ready by making eye contact and smiling. Appearing to be quite familiar with a recorder and its red light, I placed it in front of him and we began to talk. Yesterday’s dinner menu of what he ate, the stretched out nightscape as he rode back in the car, the difficult fashion shoot filmed in the rain…
Talking about this and that, he initiated the conversation first. And realizing that he was indeed like that of a Nation’s MC, I automatically chuckled. When you’re with him, you become happy. Lee Seunggi is that kind of person. In other words, this is his most potent weapon among his charms.
This is his 9th year since debuting, and even without reciting the projects he’s been in, his existence is well-established beyond imagination for people. Thus, you can view his lifestyle as standing out in a special way. However, although the Lee Seunggi I encountered for a short period was not ordinary, he was a young adult who enjoyed the ordinary in his own life. He plays soccer with his friends every week, screams out while playing video games like others his age, and enjoys going out for lighthearted drinks. He also sleeps in late once a while, and also has friends over and stays up late talking and hanging out, enjoying the everyday ordinary life.
From a young boy who cried out ‘Noona, because you’re my woman’ and growing up well-mannered into a 26-year old young adult, as should be of a Nation’s aspirant, he now exudes a strong air of manliness, comfortably carrying his share from where he’s at.
We left Korea together with Lee Seunggi. Encountering him abroad, our lively conversation with him gets told now…
It’s been a while since you got to loosen up like this, right? Seems so. Sure, now that the photo shoot is over. (laughter) I was busy and didn’t get to rest much even after the drama ‘The King 2 Hearts’ ended. I’m the type that likes and enjoys working, but it feels great that this short break came about like this.
Don’t you get exhausted from a busy schedule? As I mentioned previously, I’m the type that enjoys working and am ambitious about it. There have been times when my body suffered due to a tight schedule, but I don’t get exhausted. Since those are goals I set and things that I myself chose to embark on.
Are you referring to work which meant passing up certain things during your youth? Ordinary school life, meeting girlfriends, school MTs… these are all things I wanted to do and longed for. However, I believe there are certain things I have to be determined about and give up, in order to do the things I want to do.
In many interviews, you’ve said that ‘The King 2 Hearts’ was a very important project in actor Lee Seung Gi’s acting career. All the projects I’ve done up to this point have been important, but ‘The King 2 Hearts’ is a project that I can say was a turning point in my acting career. While doing this project, I thought more deeply about acting and my perspective on projects broadened a lot. And compared to before, I’ve become more confident.
What’s the biggest thing you gained through the ‘The King 2 Hearts’? I myself sensed that my acting was developing. Recently, I had a meal with Yoon Yeo Jung teacher and I asked her, ‘What do you need to do in order to act really well?’ And when she said, ‘Doing a good job in exchanging the sentiments you and I are feeling right now is, precisely acting,’ my heart twinged. She relayed to me, ‘Do you know why a person who greets others well is good at acting? Greeting someone respects that other person and is an act of expressing one’s feelings. That is, in itself, acting. Expressing our sentiments exactly as is.’ It helped me to realize that good acting can come out from the basic expression of our feelings.
After wrapping your drama, you went to London to participate in the Olympic Torch Relay as a Korean representative. How did that feel? I was really nervous and proud. Participating in an Olympics Torch Relay is in itself a distinguished honor. We received the torch we used as a gift, and I carefully brought it home and had a glass encasement made for it. (laughter)
Striped shirt and navy color pull-over, beige pants are HERITORY, striped muffler is KENZO.
“Yesterday, I was surprised to see many fans waiting for me at the airport when I arrived. This photo shoot was not listed on my official site schedule. I always gain great energy because of people not only in Korea, but also those abroad, who love me. (laughter)”
You tend to enjoy exercising. Yes, first off, I really like watching and playing soccer. These days, I’ve been golfing. I first started because Seojin hyung recommended it, and it ended up being fun. The good thing about golf is that it’s a sport a family can do together. That’s why I’ve been actively recommending it to my family as well.
Seems like you get along like real brothers with Lee Seo Jin. Seojin hyung, both as an actor and as a person, is someone you can learn a lot of things from. I always gain positive energy when I’m with hyung. So I was really happy to hear that we’d be coming here together for this photo shoot. Last night, I hung out with hyung and had a drink talking about this and that. Of course, we also played some video games (he hinted that while Lee Seojin is good at everything else, he’s pretty weak at gaming).
You’re going to Disneyland tomorrow. I like amusement park rides, but it’s not a situation where I can really go to amusement parks in Korea. That’s why I made sure we went to Disneyland this time. Tomorrow, for one day, I’m going to play really hard. Actually, I get the feeling that Seojin hyung doesn’t want to go. (laughter). That’s only just what I’m sensing.
Many people in their mid-20s dream about independence. How about you? Not me, because more than anyone else, I know how precious and a big strength a family fence has been for me. Honestly, I also like it when my mother tends to me and prepares this and that for me. (laughter) For me, eating ‘mom’s cooking’ after wrapping a busy schedule is always the best!
After your drama, you enrolled in graduate school. Working and studying at the same time won’t be too easy. The passion of people on campus becomes a great motivation for me. While gaining new wisdom is also important, the indirect experiences gained from those people are valuable and things money can’t buy. That’s why I wanted to attend school a little bit more.
Being very busy, do you date? (laughter) I always think I need to but meeting someone isn’t as easy as you’d think. These days, people around me also say isn’t it time for you to meet a girlfriend. However, I want to [meet her] in a more natural way. I’m not sure if it’s because my work is more fun then dating at the moment, but I don’t feel a sense of urgency right now.
A ‘trustworthy and sincere Nation’s actor’ image is strongly attached to you, do you feel burdened by that kind of image? Having a good image is a great virtue, but I don’t want to be constrained by that. I do want to live up to the reputation of the name ‘Lee Seung Gi’ when I’m standing before the general public and I know that this requires endless hard work.
Aside from work, what else interests you these days? I like to cook. A while back, I learned how to prepare Korean, Chinese, Japanese, and Western food so sometimes, when friends come over or guests come over, I personally cook for them.
What type of food do you cook the best? I can make basic pasta very tasty. Recently, I made braised short ribs, and it was really delicious even when I tasted it. The top beneficiaries of my cooking are my friends. Since I don’t have a girlfriend, even when I cook, my friends are the only people who can eat it. (laughter)
Actor, Singer, MC, while it may be hard to pick just one, what is most important to you right now? I always think the current here and now is most important. Whatever I am doing at that moment is most important. To me, this interview is foremost right now. When I was doing ‘Strong Heart,’ variety was first, and when I was doing ‘The King 2 Hearts,’ drama was the priority.
Then, what is most important after that? I don’t have any finalized plans yet. But during the latter part of the year, I want to put out an album through a completely different kind of project I haven’t shown thus far. I’m anticipating that I will all of a sudden appear, like jjahng!
What kind of person does Lee Seung Gi want to become? Until the day my passion and stamina have been exhausted, I’d like to be Lee Seung Gi who acts, sings, and also does variety for a long time ■
Checked shirt and beige color argyle knit cardigan, denim pants are HERITORY. Grey color brooch is PRADA, muffler is TOD’S.
“While work and love are both important, my family is above all most precious to me. Especially with with my younger sister, although I’m strict, I’m trying to become a more attentive oppa. I was so proud and thrilled upon hearing that my younger sister got accepted into college this year. I guess this is what a father’s heart probably feels like. (laughter)”
Plum color knit pull-over and denim pants, vest jacket are all HERTIORY, brown knit muffler is DOLCE & GABBANA, yellow hunting cap and clutch bag is BURBERRY PRORSUM, bracelets are TOD’S.
Knit hoodie and denim pants are HERITORY, checked muffler is DUNHILL, bead-studded leather gloves are BURBERRY PRORSUM.
“I gain a lot from people observing my variety sense. Even if I were to tell the same story, I try to relay it in a more fun way.”
“The happiness I sense when I am acting, singing, or involved in a program is the source of my energy. Therefore, I don’t think I realize how tired I am, even when I’ve work without any rest. (laughter)”