Telzone Star Interview No. 20
Kim Dongwan's Direct Answers to "50 Q&A"
"I often use the internet to communicate with fans and netizens alike
I really enjoyed answering netizen's questions in such a direct manner, it was a meaningful experience
Hopefully there will be more opportunities to communicate with everyone in the future."
Q1、Some fans call you "ahjussi (uncle)", what are your thoughts on this? It's because of your warm image, and your concern for your fans that earned you such a nickname
=I'll treat those who call me uncle as my nieces, and I'll treat those who call me oppa or Dongwan sshi as women~ ^^
Q2、It seems that a lot has happened during preparations for your solo, there were stories such as Andy not supporting your debut, please share some of these stories! Also, share some stories about happy times with your "3 Musketeers" collaborators MC Mong and Ho In Chang
=Andy was just joking when he said that, they all gave me a lot of support. Mong and Ho In Chang were the first friends I went to a night club with, and although we didn't drink, we still had a lot of fun.
Q3、Oppa, out of the Shinhwa members, in what areas do you feel you're the best in?
=Shinhwa members have always been excellent...I've never had thoughts of me being the best
Q4、Oppa started as a child actor, have you watched clips of yourself from back then? What were your thoughts on it?
=Although it's very embarrassing, but since it's from my youth, I feel very satisfied and happy.
Q5、One of your good friends Kyung Lim unnie is getting married soon. There's been rumors of you two in the past, have you ever had thoughts of regret about her getting married? ...Do you have anything to say to the soon to be married Kyung Lim unnie?
=Since I didn't know until very late, there's a little regret, but I would probably do the same in her situation (i.e. not tell anyone), have lots of kids!
Q6、Actor Kim Dongwan and singer Kim Dongwan, which do you like better?
=I'm now singer Kim Dongwan, in comparison to actors, singers are more attractive!
Q7、I hear that there's often fighting between the members, who gets into the most fights? You probably still fight even though you say you won't ever disband right? Ha ha
=We don't really fight. The first time was because someone refused to clean. If someone used my stuff or something similar, we'd also get into fights~
Q8、If Dongwan oppa was a girl, if doing chores which Shinhwa member would you go out with? And for what reason?
=None...they're all punks, I wouldn't go out with any of them!
Q9、You've already displayed to everyone your humorous side, what has been your biggest worry recently?
=None. Due to my busy schedule I don't have time to worry
Q10、You debuted with the movie "Spin Kick", which unfortunately was a flop. Were you frustrated due to this? I'm curious as to whether you plan on making any movies in the future. Please continue performing in the future~ Don't know if you plan on making a movie~
=If there's frustration then nothing would get done, I was just a little bummed out about it. After the movie ended I started going out more, drinking beer, smoking...I won't start another film project casually...I don't have the opportunity
Q11、This is an often asked question, what's your deepest impression of a fan or a fan related story?
=It's still the cute middle school fans from the 1st album...everyone's grown up now, but I still can't forget those images of them shyly handing over their fan letters
Q12、What do you admire about the other members?
=Eric's body, Junjin's athleticism, Minwoo's charisma, Andy's cuteness, Hyesung's voice and personality
Q13、What will you be doing in 20 years? Or what would you like to have accomplished by then?
=Maybe I'll still be singing and acting. Perhaps I'll have a wife and kids.
Q14、When do you most feel that your fanclub "Shinhwa Changjo" is precious?
=When I'm singing on stage...
Q15、I'm very curious which TV shows you must watch no matter how busy you are! And why you like those programs!
=EBS“Space”~I feel it's a very well produced music program..also MBC“W”，KBS 2TV“Yoon Do Hyun's Love Letter”，SBS“Inki Gayo"，MBC“Show! Music Core”..I tape it every week to watch
Q16、You've already debuted for 9, 10 years. What do you think when you see the hoobae (junior) singers now? Who are your favorite juniors?
=They look very cool. Out of the juniors the coolest have to be Dong Bang Shin Ki, they really prepare fully for their stage performances...
Q17、Your solo album title is "Kim Dongwan is", what would your label yourself as?
=Kim Dongwan is strange, I'm very strange. They all say that they don't understand me, which I thought meant I'm very cool...actually they were calling me strange~
Q18、I watched you live on TV yesterday! How does it feel being by yourself on stage? Although you've stood alone on "Yoon Do Hyun's Love Letter" stage before, it's your first time officially for solo activities
=Very nervous, I had no idea I'd be so nervous...
Q19、Who are you most thankful for this instant?
Q20、Up to now, out of all your activities as an entertainer, what decision do you regret the most and what was your best decision?
=The decision I regret the most...is ending dorm life with the other members...there was an ahjumma who made meals for us, and we didn't have to pay for living expenses...hahaha. My best decision was becoming an actor! I came across the right project at the right time, and a good director...
Q21、Shinhwa members have all split into their own respective companies, so many fans are worried about Shinhwa's group activities this coming fall. Please say a few words to these anxious fans
=Those who are worried aren't true fans, they merely know about us. Although I feel bad for saying it, but those kinds of people won't become a source of motivation for Shinhwa
Q21、Some of the negative news about oppa surfaced from Dongwan's diary, oppa's diary entries have become so sensationalist, what are oppa's thoughts on this? Should star's MiniHomy or web journals be private or public spaces?
=It's an open space. A source for attack. Entertainers most commonly have their rights as citizens violated. Since realizing this, I haven't written any articles that would cause a controversy.
Q22、Shinhwa's secrets not known to the public! Please reveal some through "Telzone Star interview"~
=Wouldn't it be a little selfish of me to reveal Shinhwa members' secrets? ^^
Q23、Since I got hooked to radio in sixth grade, I've always listened to 1010Club, which I really like. I'm now a senior in high school. Oppa is really suitable to be a DJ, have you had any thoughts of starting again?
=I also began listening to the radio in sixth grade, I will take up the challenge again...I gave up DJing because I ran out of everything I could say...I don't like being forced into doing anything...now I have many stories to tell, if I ever get the chance I will start again~~^^
Q24、I liked Shinhwa oppa when I was a student, I'm now already a mother, I've entered into society. There are many 20, 30 year old fans with an income...what are the advantages of having these types of fans? (Chosen by Dongwan as the question that left the deepest impression on him)
=Probably because we are being appraised from an adult's point of view...since we are also adults...haha..receiving such kinds of praise is a good feeling
Q25、Ah, I've been curious about this for a while now, haha, back when Andy went to America and there were only 5 people, were there any fights? Haha
=Would we do that?^^Andy went back to America temporarily due to problems with school and his citizenship
Q26、An old "Shinhwa Changjo" is proud of Shinhwa oppa. When is Dongwan oppa most proud to be Shinhwa? Especially if you have any small stories to share~^^
=When we received the Golden Disk Awards. The members were all sincerely emotional with each other, I felt proud to be a part of that.
Q27、I'm really curious! Do you like the title solo Kim Dongwan, or Shinhwa Kim Dongwan better?
=Of course it's Shinhwa Kim Dongwan, I feel that it's because of Shinhwa that I'm enjoying my current popularity
Q28、There's nothing that oppa can't do, acting, singing, MC, dancing, etc...but have you ever done something to such an extreme that you felt frustrated? When was this?
=I wouldn't do something that would frustrate me, that's my character...also if something caused me frustration I would face it with even more resolution! Not only acting, when things are said to be "really hard" "impossible", I would work hard to complete them
Q29、Up to now, what's your favorite stage performance?
=Wild Eyes, Perfect Man
Q30、If you had to come out with an album with another Shinhwa member, who would it be?
=Eric or Minwoo
Q31、What would you most like to hear from fans?
=Congratulations on receiving first place~
Q32、In the album's final Thanks to portion, you wrote the members' names in order of personality, is that true? Then why was Minwoo first, while Eric was in last place?
=Only because compared to Eric, I like the other members better, because Eric always messes around with me.
Q33、Do you come often to Telzone？Also do you often read what the fans write?
= I often come~often read
Q34、You're well-known for your self-management of your body. When do you ever lose self-control and show hesitation? Also how do you overcome that? Due to your total self-control, would you cause those around you to be uneasy?
=I never waver. Due to my level of self-control my friends start to hate me...I won't drink even at the bar...now they all understand...if I'm being forced to drink I would escape...
Q35、In your daily life how does "Shinhwa" affect you? If you could use only one word to describe it
=Source of confidence
Q36、During your promotions or in other places, when do you feel like your popularity has not vanished?
=When I see orange balloons during public performances
Q37、Do Shinhwa members go to KTV rooms together? Would you sing songs from your own albums there?
=We sing karaoke, drinking alcohol while singing~
Q38、How satisfied are you with your solo album? Any areas of regret?
=65%. I most regret not having invested more time into it
Q39、Have you ever been frighted by a fan? When and for what reason? What fan gesture has surprised you the most?
=I've actually never been frightened before..^_^Although fans' surprise events always play through my mind~^^
Q40、I hear you also read fanfiction written by the fans, which story left the biggest impression on you?
=I haven't read any recently
Q41、I really like the song “Love is Pitiful”! Any plans of choosing that as your follow-up song?
=My follow-up track is “Scream”, I will if I have the time
Q42、I'm really curious, haha, did you really burn porn CDs? Hahaha, or burn any music CDs?
=Although I've watched porn CDs, I've never burned any^^Sometimes I would burn music CDs, to listen to in the car
Q43、What websites do you visit often? Sometimes on the internet the weak become the mighty, the strong become the weak. When Dongwan sshi wants to let out stress that he is usually unable to release (through complaints, etc) what websites would you go to? Haha
Q44、Ever have thoughts of living in dorm life with the Shinhwa members again?
Q45、Any actors you would like to act with?
=Lee Jung Jae
Q46、Have you ever been hurt due to vicious comments? What comment did you feel was the worst?
=Recently all the comments on fan websites have been very complacent, there have been no vicious replies
Q47、What do you think are your strengths and weaknesses
=Strength: honest/Weakness: too honest
Q48、Have you cried recently? Reason for shedding tears?
Q49、You've already been active as "Shinhwa" for 10 years, and you've been through a lot together. Your age and experience continue to increase, you're now in your second phase! What will you be doing in 10 years?
=I hope that Shinhwa will still exist in 10 years
Q50、Please say something to your members who are still together to this day and will still be together in the future
=I love you guys..
Credit: Telzone + Ocean's Six
Chinese Translations: 东升西落@BestShinhwa
Chinese to English Translations: angeldreams