A big thanks to Ay for bringing us this terrific translation of a terrific interview! 😀
SeungGi dressed in Dior Homme of C.Dior:
In the words of sunbae Midae Hyung, Seung Gi is “a hard-worker who works hard at everything”, it shows his appreciation for his hoobae. To Seung Gi, it simply does not feel like there is a big age gap between him and Midae Hyung. When I was looking at the two having fun arm wrestling, I detected the air of royalty that was displayed in Yi San spontaneously flowed from Midae Hyung.
–A very close relationship!
Seo Jin (SJ): I met SeungGi because we are in the same management company, but I became close with him because he is so well-mannered and likeable. I always feel that I want to do something for him. After all, drinking together always makes people better acquainted, doesn’t it? (^^) We have also travelled overseas together. It feels more like we are in a family rather than being just friends.
SG: We first met on a Christmas Eve. I was lazing around at home with nothing to do. Hook and Seo Jin sshi were having red wine. They felt my loneliness and asked if I wanted to join them. Although I did not know him then, I went anyway. That was how it started. We were together on Christmas Eve the following year. And since then, we have always spent Christmas together.
–So, it is a relationship in which you can spend Christmas together.
SG: Actually, I want to spend Christmas separately this year. (^^)
We respect each other’s talent, so we do not want to interfere.
–Seung Gi is an actor as well as a singer. How does Seo Jin feel about that?
SJ: I think he is a good actor. He is good at everything he does. Of course, he is a good singer too.
SJ: He sang while we were waiting just now. I was surprised he was that good.
–It was the first time you heard him sing?
SJ: No, I went to his concert. But just now he sang without any equipment or accompaniment. That was not easy.
–How does Seo Jin see Seung Gi?
SJ: Extremely earnest. When I was at his age, I could never have done what he is doing now. But I feel a bit sorry for him. Being so well-known at such a young age takes his freedom away. My school life was very happy and free. I also went to the military, just like everybody else. But would his fame make a difference to that?
SG: Hahaha (^^)
–How does Seung Gi see Seo Jin?
SG: Seo Jin sshi is always ahead of the times. He often tells me things about the world that is different from the world that I know. Of course, they are not bad things. It is more like how a man should see things. For example, in sports, I seldom take advice from other people. But Seo Jin sshi taught me a lot of things. He is a sunbae I can trust and talk to. I feel comfortable with him around.
–Is there anything that needs to be improved?
SG: …..Recently, he has been obsessed with golf. If he could cut down on that, it would be good (^^)
SJ: HaHaHa (burst of laughter). For me…it would be nice if Seung Gi can play more (^^) because he is so earnest.
–Do you have any common hobbies other than sports?
SG: It’s alcohol (^^)
–Do you discuss you love life?
SJ: I don’t talk to Seung Gi a lot about that. It’s usually him who raises the topic. But it’s only chatting, not really discussing.
SJ: Just like a friend. Someone I can get along comfortably with.
SG: I change my ideal type every time. (^^) Of course, looks matters. But I like someone who can give me strength and is positive and optimistic.
–Once, when Seo Jin was filming the drama Gye Baek, Seung Gi went there for support. You seem to root for each other.
SG: Rather than just sending food or gifts, I felt that going to the shoots would give them even more strength. Shooting a drama is indeed tough work. Although I could not make it easier for them, I wanted to bring them some snacks and give them more power.
SJ: But because of my schedule, I could not make it to the TK2Hs shoots.
SG: Yes. At first he planned to be there but the location was changed. It was too far.
–How did it feel to have Seung Gi showing up at the shoots?
SJ: At first, I didn’t want him to come. But I was very grateful and happy he did.
–As Seo Jin is a sunbae in acting, what advice would you take from him?
SG: We don’t discuss acting much because we ourselves know best about our own drama. But he sometimes gives advice on the styling. For example, when I was shooting TK2Hs, I had a really short haircut to make me look more like a soldier. After Seo Jin saw it, he said my face looked distorted. It was better not to keep the look. Although it was something minor, it was important.
–Any plans for marriage?
SG: It will happen someday. But right now, it is still very far away.
SJ: Well, I guess it is not possible not to get married. But I have no specific plans now.
–TK2Hs is now shown in Japan!
SG: It is a very new type of drama and is different from the Korean drama that Japanese viewers are used to. Some people might like it and others might hate it. But it would be great if people say “Oh, they have dramas like this in Korea!”. Can Japanese viewers accept and identify with the idea that there is still a monarchy in Korea in modern times? And the experienced senior actors in the drama is also a big attraction.
–In the 9 years since Seung Gi debuted, what gave you the deepest impression?
SG: I have heard this question many times. There are too many moments and I can’t think of one immediately. Although I want to say it was the time when I received the Best Newcomer Award but the first thing that comes into mind is something more recent. I am in a hiatus now with variety shows but when I look back, I feel that I am very lacking. I will think: ‘was I trying too hard to be good? Maybe, it is more meaningful to do it this way’. Since I debuted 9 years ago, I have been running along. This is the first break I have to slowly calm down. This is the state I am now in.
–What kind of preparations are you doing in your break?
SG: A lot of things. Not just singing, but also drama and variety shows. I will probably shoot a new drama in the first half of next year. I really like variety shows, so if there is a good show, I will want to take part. My next album will be very different from everything that I have done in the past. I want to sing the songs that I like, something that is peaceful; something that people want to keep listening to.
–You are working on so many things and are still in graduate school?
SG: Now that I’ve started school, I regret a little bit doing some useless things. Am I able to do everything? But I think this is the time for me to contemplate. I feel that I have reached a bottleneck and want to learn more. If I say I have done everything based on intuition so far, from now on, I need to be more systematized. My major is ‘cultural contents”. I can do academic research on the entertainment industry. I am really looking forward to a script-writing course.
–So, you are interested in production?
SG: I have not given it much thought. When I am an actor, I know what the director thinks because he is there but the scriptwriters are not on the shoot, so it helps if I can understand what the scriptwriters are thinking.
–Have you ever thought about what it would be like 10, 20 years from now?
SG: I hope I can still be doing interviews like what I am doing now, filming, appearing on shows and keeping busy with all areas of work.
SJ: I think I will still be acting 10 years from now but I am not sure what will happen in 20 years because 20 years ago, I was still in college and I did not even dream that I would be an actor.
Standing on the stage , as sunbae and hoobae, as partners, and sometimes as rivals but still respecting each other is something we would like to see.
Based on Chinese translation by dlww1234, Korean translation at DCLSG
English translation by Ay, special contributor to Everything Lee Seung Gi