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In 2004, he captured the hearts of all the noonas with his song, “Because You’re My Woman” from his debut album, “Dream of a Moth’. Since then, Lee Seung Gi has slightly shifted his focus from singing to acting.
Through the dramas, “Famous Princess”, “Brilliant Legacy” and “My Girlfriend is a Gumiho”, Lee Seung Gi proved himself as an actor. During the same time, he also showed his multi-talents in “One Night Two Days” and ‘Strong Heart”.
Before his MBC drama with Ha Jiwon, “The King 2 Hearts”, was aired, there was a lot of expectations but in the end, the ratings was a bit disappointing. So, when he returned to TV drama with “Gu Family Book”, there were mixed feelings among his fans–anticipation and worries. And, Lee Seung Gi being the pivot of a drama with a group of relatively young actors was another cause for concern.
But “Gu Family Book” swept away all the doubts and landed on the top spot in the Monday/Tuesday drama timeslot with a result that was satisfactory to all.
On June 25th, at a hotel in Seoul, Lee Seung Gi talked about his feelings on Gu Family Book. He worked till 4 am that morning to complete the final filming. He looked a bit tired but he was still very sincere in answering our questions.
On that day, he was absolutely tight-lipped on the ending. So was Suzy. It was an agreement that they made with the PD and the entire production team.
“It felt good that it finally ended. If we were to go on that way, who knows what would happen. Someone might get hurt.” Although he was physically exhausted, he had to endure as Kang Chi was the centre of the drama. And probably because of that, he felt sad to see it end.
“I was very nervous making a sageuk for the first time. With many younger actors around, I felt responsible as a sunbae to help and encourage the young actors, leading them all the way to the end of the drama.”
“After this drama, I seemed to like acting even more. It was the first time I was a “real” lead actor. In the past, I relied on the sunbaes to lead. But this time, when we were shooting, I had to help Suzy on one hand while discussing with the sunbaes on how to keep up with the pace of the drama. There was a greater sense of duty. And my sense of accomplishment came from within, knowing that I could do it, as well as from the praises of other people on my capability. I really felt like I was in charge.”
The most beautiful scenes in Gu family Book are the depictions of the love between Kang Chi and Yeo Wool. They were sweet and inseparable. The romantic scenes usually were the most-searched items on the internet. This proved how popular they were.
“I knew there would be feedback on the “bad hand” but did not expect it to be so controversial. It instantly got to the No. 1 spot on all the major search engines. It was the first time since my debut that I was fiercely yelled at. Writer-nim sent me a message to thank me for my ‘heroic sacrifice’. Haha.”
What was it like working with the ‘Nation’s First Love’?
“Suzy is a maknae. I felt more natural and at ease working with her. We discussed about things that we were not sure of, “this is how I see it, what do you think?” That was how we worked together. The role of Yeo Wool was very suitable for Suzy. It was like a dress that fitted her well.”
Lee Seung Gi is very busy in many different areas. But he put away all the worries with a direct and simple answer.
“Although the work might be different but the nature of the work is the same. It is communicating with the public, with the people. I think it is this common point that ties the singer, actor and artist together. It is really helpful. In my daily life, I spend the most time on music. Music is something I will hold dearly until the end. (laugh)”
Lee Seung Gi said that within this year, he will appear as a singer again but right now, the thing he wanted to do most was to sleep. He could still feel the aftermath of the filming.
“I wanted to do some traveling but it does not seem quite possible. During filming, because I was not supposed to cut my hair, a lot of the activities had to be postponed. Although I have received some proposals on variety, I still have not decided on anything. I don’t know what it is but I want it to be something that can bring out the novelty in me, something that is different from what we see now. But first, I want to take a rest (laugh).”
I can see that Lee Seung Gi has grown even faster and stronger than before. He will not be complacent with the current situation and will continue to look for new breakthroughs. I am even more looking forward to what he will show us in the future.
source: herald via nate
English translation by AY, special contributor to Everything Lee Seung Gi
Based on Chinese translation by dlww1234 @ baidu tieba