VOGUE NIPPON Magazine November Issue – Changmin September 28, 2010
At the moment Changmin enters the studio, he conveys an aura of extraordinary elegance and shines brightly through his 186cm tall body figure and attractive big pairs of eyes. However he is polite to everyone. ‘Please take care of me.’,he told the staff earnestly and modestly.
Debuted in Korea in 2004 and become a social phenomenon in Japan, popular quintet DBSK after its group activities put on halt in April this year, the members’ solo activity has garnered great attention not only in Korea, but Japan and China.
Changmin was still a high school student when he debuted, now he is already 22 years old. He is best known as the youngest, tallest and most fluent in Japanese in the group.
It is said that he admires Takeshi Kaneshiro. ‘There are a lot of great actors, but I personally admire him very much. The reason is because he understands many languages. He is very successful in China, Taiwan and Japan. I want to become an artist who can active in international arena too.’
Lately, Changmin has taken the first step as an actor and finished his drama shooting in Korea. So we requested him to portray actors who have their names carved in the film history in vogue.
His first challenge is James Dean. From the moment he put on Bottega Veneta’s jacket, Changmin who has the instinct as a model, knows the way to display it well.
But he said he is still not good in acting. He is humble as always. While watching the film stills we prepared for him, Changmin was listening attentively to the explanation of the scene setting.
‘Songs normally last for an average duration of 3 to 4 minutes, and maintain the same feelings throughout the whole song. Whereas for acting, there’s a need to constantly convey different feelings during shooting. So it is quite difficult for me.’
‘I am not good in expressing my emotions in daily life since young. I don’t show my happiness even when I am delighted. I believe it will be recognised immediately if it is the other person.’
We invited Changmin to portray four different men with distinct images in this photoshoot. They are: wild and sexy Takeshi Kaneshiro who is not accepted by society in ‘Sleepless Town ‘; Humphrey Bogart in ‘Casablanca’ who becomes the synonym of playboy; senstive and fragile yet continue to fight against society, James Dean who is idolised by the teenagers in ‘Rebel Without a Cause’; and cool Tony Leung Chiu Wai who interpretes an enthusiastic inappropriate love affair in ‘In the Mood for Love’.
After the photoshoot, we asked him some questions related to these four actors.
Who is most similar to you?
Hmm… Tony Leung
Then, which character do you set it as a goal to achieve?
Hmm… it is still Tony Leung in ‘In the Mood for Love’. He is cool, but passionate at the same time. I want to be more positive when facing my work as well as love and relationships.’
What makes you to become more positive?
Frankly speaking, before this my heart was filled with agony and worries. If in the past, I’d continue to feel troubled and grieve. If my worries can solve problems, I will continue to do so. However, I slowly realised that since it couldn’t help much, then there’s no need to worry and grab hold of it tightly. Now I begin to consider how to better enjoy my life.’
What kind of life are you living now?
I am playing sports. Recently I am reading too, it is ‘1Q84’ written by Haruki Murakami. Whenever I have time, I will read, play basketball and boxing.’
I have asked about your ideal type of man, what’s your ideal type of girl then?
Hmm… in general, I prefer girls who like sports (laughs), girls who watch sports are good too. But it will be better if they like to play sports.’
Even basketball and boxing?
(laughs out loudly) Boxing… This may also be very interesting. My ideal type of girl is a girl who can tolerate and cooperate with me.
What will you relate to when you hear the word ‘love’?
Recently, I have been thinking of there might be difference between the love in twenties and thirties. If I fall in love in my twenties, I would like to treat what I feel now well. Along with advancing age, this kind of feelings will become part of my treasure as a valuable precious thing.
When is your happiest moment lately?
It is just a common thing. After I wake up in the morning, I attend acting class, go to gym, playing basketball and boxing. When all of these are over, and when I get home, I feel blessed at the moment I take a drink of my ice cold beer.
What’s the thing you most wanted now?
Clothes. Usually I wear T-shirt and jeans. I have grown interest in fashion gradually. There are many ways for me to express myself, and fashion is one of them. I want to try on different types of clothes.’
In times of rapid change, Changmin spends every moment of his with diligence and earnestly. After the photo shoot session, he suddeny said, ‘For letting me to put on these beautiful clothes today, I am really grateful.’
All of a sudden, our souls are purified by his sincereness.
It is needless to say more about Changmin’s music. But from now onwards, what we expect to see, is the gesture of him spreading his wings flying towards the entire world through big screen.
Credits: TVXQBaidu +百度MAX昌珉吧食物组 + VOGUE Magazine
Trans by: LoveInTheIce@DBSKnights
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