Milkcow Fansign - Report by hitoritabi (140830)
Tumblr took forever to load so I had to wait until I was home to start writing this. I was out with my parents and friends tonight, and they all mentioned how I looked like I had lost my mind. Most of this is in my Chinese fanaccount since that is the one I typed right after seeing him.
There were a lot of bodyguards today, who kept a close eye on us, so there are no photos or videos from me, I’m sorry. There were a girl who was thrown out in tears so I was extra careful.
I got to Milkcow at about 11am, which is quite late since the shop opens at 11. The line queuing up to buy thing was so long it had to be split into two (then it became three lines), I think there were about 200-300 in line in all? Some fans were from Japan and China but most were his Korean fans.
After lining up in the scorching heat for about half an hour (we were waiting on the side of the road), it was nearly my turn. I observed how the other fans were making their purchases and I seriously underestimated the enthusiasm!
Since you get one raffle ticket for 12000won, some fans were sweeping boxes of macarons from the racks, buying them by the dozens to get 10 tickets (the upper limit is 10). There’s not much else to buy at an ice-cream shop that wouldn’t melt, you see. I didn’t have he guts to do so, so just bought 8 macarons and an ice-cream. (The macarons nearly all ended up smashed in my bag though… I don’t like eating sweet things. =____=|||)
After I filled in the ticket (with my email address since I had no phone number), I felt my two tickets were probably futile against two whole boxes of them, so I went to Sinsa to find that coffee shop that Jongsuk said he always went to when he lived in Garosugil. Before I could locate it, I got the email said that I was in!
Running back like a crazy woman, I got my number at the entrance then waited upstairs on the 3rd floor. The fansign will take place on the second floor. and we all waited above; I used the two hours there to make a small booklet for him. My number was 100, the staff members said that I was lucky when I got it, but I didn’t know until later that it was actually the LAST NUMBER — which is why I got to talk to him for longer!
The fans went in in four groups - 1 to 25, 26-50, 51-75, 76-100. Since I was the last one of the last group, I got to watch him sign for about 20 minutes or so. He is unspeakably adorable — if you are older than him, he would cutely call you noona, if you were younger, he would say, “Oh come, let oppa give you a hug.” WTF LEE JONG SUK STOP.
There was a Chinese fan who asked him to write her name in Chinese, so he copied it stroke by stroke like a primary school student. Afterwards, he looked up to the fan and asked if it was right; but the fan didn’t know any Korea so just waved her hand ‘no’ — which he took to mean that the word was written incorrectly so he went back to check it again. GOD HE IS SO CUTE.
So when it was my turn, he looked at my name and asked where I was from. I said, Australia and we’ve seen each other in Taiwan fan meeting and Hong Kong fansign (I especially wore the same dress I did in Taiwan fansign to jog his memory). He stared at me for a few seconds and said, “Ah, noona! How come you are here again!”
1) He remembered that I was a noona.
2) He stared at me.
I replied, “I came to see you.”
He smiled and started signing, “I thought you were a Korean fan, your Korean in not bad.”
I said, “I learned it for you, your English is not great, right?”
He had a shocked face and said, “Eiii, no!”
So I replied, “Can you write the comment for me in English then?”
He paused for half a moment, then said, “Next time, next time..” While he said that, he wrote in Korean, “Thank you, let’s meet next time…” (I really love that he used ‘uri’ in that sentence.) He then added in English, “Next time.”
I burst into a laugh… the way he said it was so funny! The staff also smiled so he asked if he got it wrong, I said, no, you got it right. He stuck out his tongue a bit. ;_____;
He shook the piece of paper to dry the ink and gave it to me with both hands. He then stood up to give me a hug. (I checked, he is not using Burberry perfume today.)
I said, “I’m the last one, you must be tired today.”
He shook his head and said, “You guys have waited so long too.”
I prepared this line to say to him (I also wrote it in the booklet), so I said, “Don’t stay at home all the time, go and hang out with friends!” He took my hand again and said thank you.
I said, “Sorry my hand is cold…” (I was frozen with nervousness. His hands were large and soft and warm and UGH)
So that was the end.
He then left the building and a whole tsunami of fans were following him but I couldn’t focus. Amidst the sea of screaming and people saying he is ridiculously handsome, my hand still couldn’t stop shaking. I walked absent-mindedly into a stationery store and palced my signature in it… then I was able to reflect that it was not a dream!
I really came to Korea and go to meet him and talk to him, and he remembered who I was and the gift I gave him last time! How! But he is just so impossible to unstan.
As you said in your signature, “Let us meet again next time.”
And I’ll ask for that English comment. :P
P.S. While we were waiting, he had to take a 10 minute break because his back hurt from sitting and standing to give hugs. He passed by our floor to go up to the roof of the building, which shocked all of us since we were just lounging about waiting. He slowed down to greet us and said, “Let’s see each other later~”
omg this is solo cute i can’t stop smiling T _ T
hope I have a chance to meet him someday .____.
Lee Jong Suk for Instyle (Sep 2014) - Part 2
It’s been one month since ‘Doctor Stranger’ ended. What have you been doing in this time?
I’ve spent most of my time in bed. For the whole week, I just watched TV in bed, ordered and ate delivery food, then fell back and slept again — it is almost to the level where you would say, “Not even an unemployed slacker would do this.” Besides the occasional times when I had schedules, I would even give up on washing up or shaving… I actually look better than expected with stubble. (laughs) I left the house for the first time in a long time for this interview; it’s refreshing.
It’s your first time challenging a ‘one-top main lead drama’. What are your feelings behind seeing Park Hoon away?
It’s like a painful finger*. There has never been a drama for which I prepared as much as I did for this one; or had as much ambition to do well. Starting from last October, I carried the script around with me everywhere. I wanted to show many sides of Park Hoon, but it seems I was not able to convey his charisma as much as I wanted, it’s a shame.
* he has used this term to describe Park Hoon on SNS before, basically like a child that his/her parent would particularly worry about
I heard you did a lot of preparation for the role.
I worked really hard for it. I wanted to construct the character perfectly, I started to develop an obsession for it. I exercised so much so that my body would look sharper for the role. Every episode, I would fuss over how to present minor development to my character in my acting; I worried about that a lot. Since the role is one of a cardiovascular surgeon, I went to observe some open-heart surgeries and was very moved; I even got to touch a real, live, beating heart.
To touch a living heart… how did it feel?
It thumped even more strongly than I thought it would. On the other hand, when I saw the patient lying there under anaethesia, I cannot help but feel that life can be so trivial. “Why do our hearts thump so violently for us to live?” It made me think.
Through ‘Doctor Stranger’, you have received a lot of praise for your acting, saying that it’s improved so much that people see you in a new light.
Am I allowed to brag about one thing? About halfway through the airing of the drama, I received a text message from Song Kang Ho* sunbae. It’s the first time he messaged me (rather than replying my messages). The content was something like, “Your acting is very good. Go with this feel.” It really felt like my heart was going to burst. It was during a time when I felt rather defeated; that message touched me so much and recharged my energy to 100%. I was also very happy to received praises from TV viewers. When I am acting with sunbaes, I came to understand how important it is to match and adapt to the person you are acting with.
*Song Kang Ho is an A-list veteran actor who played Jongsuk’s dad in ‘The Face Reader’.
If you had to list one sunbae who you matched the best with?
It would be Kim Sang Joong sunbae. As my character’s father, he only appeared in a special casting for the first two episode, but he immersed completely in the role. Even afterwards, when there were scenes when Hoon had to remember his father, I just had think of Kim Sang Joong sunbae’s face, and I would become lonely and the sad feelings would just come flowing out. On the other hand,it was fun whenever I acted with Choi Jung Woo sunbae (Dr. Moon). Cooperation with the actors around my age was also good. The director and staff members really did a lot of hard work, I want to thank them from the bottom of my heart.
In the early days of your debut, the first piece of work where the public got to know you is of course ‘Secret Garden’.
At that time, since my role was very small, I was only on set for a short amount of time. For me, I watched the drama as a viewer. Back then, I lived on Garuso-gil and when I went out to eat, quite a lot of people would recognize me. Before ‘Secret Garden’, I didn’t even have a signature. But since people would come up to me while I am eating out and ask me for a signature, I had to make one up right then. I remember that I was so embarrassed and flustered when signing back then… now my shyness has receded quite a bit; seems like I’ve forgotten my roots. (laughs)
After ‘High Kick 3’, with ‘Korea: As One’, ‘School 2013’, ‘IHYV’, your acting has been taking steady strides forward with every project.
In every piece of work, I gather experience and add to my acting. Especially when I was doing ‘Hot Young Bloods’, it feel like something broke inside of me. It was a feeling of ‘Ah, so I could bend and twist to this extent’. Up until now, I think I’m yet unable to look at the project as a whole, but I have gained the ability to make judgment calls for the roles I accept.
In terms of popularity and general atmosphere, is ‘IHYV’ the best?
As I was filming ‘Doctor Stranger’, I recalled ‘IHYV’ so much it was almost bizarre. Maybe it’s because I was filming ‘IHYV’ around the same time last year. The atmosphere on set is really warm and the teamwork was excellent. I missed [Lee] Boyoung-noona and [Yoon] Sanghyun-hyung. I’m guessing if I went back to the filming sites of ‘IHYV’ around the same time every year, I would start missing it again.
just done translating part 2 ; ___ ; really have no time to do this 헉 ;ㅅ;
Lee Jong Suk for Instyle (Sep 2014) - Part 1
Translation note: Whoa it has been so long since I typed these words!! I will do the parts in the column first, then the text. Take out with credit. :)
His Special Friends
"My handwriting is so bad, is it really okay to publish this?" We received this handwritten list of his ‘special’ connections in the industry.
Friends who you have met the most often in the last six months?
Park Hae Jin, Kang Sora, Jin Se Yeon, you’ve all worked hard… ♥
A friend to whom you can confess when you are troubled?
Kim Bomi, we’re very comfortable friends?
(T/N: She played Kim Chi-gyu’s sister in DS.)
Someone who you’re more close with on SNS and broadcast than in real life?
Kwanghee, we’ve talked about meeting up for how many years already…
A friend of the opposite sex who you can hang out with like one of the same sex?
Kang Sora, we’re meeting for dinner tonight!
Someone who is very different from the way the public sees him/her?
Krystal, she looks cool and distant but is actually an adorable kid.
(T/N: he called her ‘aegi’, aw)
The person who you are very thankful for?
Kim Sang-joong sunbaenim. It’s almost like he is really my father? Very warm.
(T/N: He played Park Chul, Hoon’s dad in DS.)
Comments from the Guys (towards Jongsuk)
Kim Woo Bin: “His personality is extremely good and he has so much aegyo. He has a deep compassion for others and is a friend that I am always thankful to have. We are both so busy now and can’t meet up, but it would be good if from now on, we could be the kind of friends who meet up a lot and exchange our true feelings with one another.
Yoon Sang Hyun: “It’s really a fantastic fate. After ‘Secret Garden’, we got to cooperate for a second time in ‘I Hear Your Voice’. We were a great source of strength for each other in times of need. To see Jongsuk grow at such a shocking speed, I am so touched and proud of him.”