Korean actor Jang Geun Suk flies into town for fan meet
By Liaw Lee Sun, channelnewsasia.com Posted: 26 April 2010 1518hrs
SINGAPORE : A slew of Korean artistes have been heading Singapore's way over the last year, and the latest to hit town is rising Korean actor Jang Geun Suk.
In town for a fan meeting over the weekend, Jang was overwhelmed by the warm reception he received from fans at Changi Airport on Thursday evening.
Describing the welcome he received as "unbelievable", Jang went on to tell media in fluent English, "I've never been to Singapore before, but many fans were waiting for me at the airport. I don't think I'm famous overseas. So until now, I still cannot believe it."
Making his debut as a child actor at age 10, Jang established himself as a serious actor after winning praise for his work in the drama "Hwang Jin Yi", and a Baeksang Best New Actor award for his role in the acclaimed Korean movie "Happy Life" in 2007.
Although he has appeared in scores of movies and dramas, it was only after a starring role as a rock/pop singer in the 2009 hit K-drama "You're Beautiful" that his popularity skyrocketed across Asia.
Decked in a fitting black suit and his chin-length hair stylishly tied back, the charismatic star has been working out since touching down in Singapore on Thursday.
"I went swimming last night, from 12 (midnight) till 3am this morning," revealed Jang.
Believe it or not, the 1.82-metre tall actor who's currently tipping the scales at 63 kilograms - is on a diet routine!
It's part of his preparation for his role in upcoming movie "You're My Pet", where he plays a ballet dancer.
"Right now, I'm working on my next movie. My character is a ballerina, so I have to diet more... My waistline is 27 inches now, and I need to shed six kilograms. I just need (to lose) three kilograms more," said Jang.
A self-professed perfectionist - a trait which he said is similar to the character he played in "You're Beautiful" - Jang's dedication for his acting career is unmistakable.
The actor harbours big dreams. He wants to be a top star in Asia, like his peers such as singer/actor Rain, whom he looked up to.
"In Korea, it's Rain. In Japan, it's Kimura Takuya. In China/Taiwan, it's Jay Chou - I like his movie. That's my dream, so I have to be working (harder)," said the 22-year-old celeb.
Apart from acting, Jang, who's also blessed with a rich and deep voice, is keen to stage a vocal presence as well.
Viewers who've seen and heard him in the musically-themed movies and series such as "Beethoven Virus", "Happy Life", and "Do Re Me Fa So La Si Do" would know that Jang can hold a note and more.
"I don't have any plans right now, but it's my hope. It (may) be next year... I don't know, it's a secret," smiled the actor.
And when asked if there's any chance that he'll fall for a Singaporean woman, Jang's reply sent hearts a-flutter.
"There's no boundaries in love, so that's not going to be an issue. If I go back to Korea with my girlfriend from Singapore, I'll bring her to ... my home. Obviously, my hobby is cooking, so I'll bring her home and cook for her.
Below is Chinese to English translation done by daily_tofu . Thank you Soompiers for sharing.
South Korean environmental pretty boy Jang Keun Suk rides bicycle to work for one hour
The famous actor Jang Keun Suk, besides leading the activity to support the environment protection “URBAN FARM, he himself sets an example, he does not drive, often ride the bike for an hour to go to the office.
South Korea's hottest new generation of star Jang Keun Suk is dubbed by the Japan media as one of the “New Korean Four Heavenly Kings”. Last week, Jang Keun Suk came to Singapore to hold his Fan Meeting, he accepted an interview, he exposed his life and his ideal girl.
Jang Keun Suk likes a “feminine” girl, but doesn’t have to look too beautiful, and one who doesn’t mind to eat at inexpensive hawker center.
Protects the environment, considers himself macho
Jang Keun Suk has beautiful facial features, fair complexion, considered as the standard for male beauty idol in Korea. At 5 years old, he became a children's clothing model, at 7 years old he won South Korea's "Beautiful Child Contest".
But Jang Keun Suk still modestly said: "I am not a pretty boy. I have a wide shoulder, should be quite macho. I think the eyes are very important, especially that I'm an actor, I have to be able to speak through eyes."
Recently, he joined environmental protection activities "URBAN FARM" pictorial, apparently he’s also environmentally friendly in his private life.
Jang Keun Suk: "I like riding a bicycle, do not like to drive a car, so I often ride the bike for an hour to the company. I usually bath using particular soap with natural ingredients to reduce environmental pollution."
Girlfriend must have slender neck, wear white and pink clothes
Jang Keun Suk truly believes that true love needs courage. He said: “if I can meet someone I can love, it’s a blessing, I will bravely love. But if I can’t meet her, I will not care about what other people said. (have you met her?) if I said I’ve never met her before, then it’s a lie, but right now I don’t have one.”
About his ideal girl, Jang Keun Suk describes: “he must be feminie, I don’t like a girl who looks like a boy. I always pay attention to the girl’s neck line, the best neck must be slender, not too thick, so she looks very feminine, but doesn’t necessarily to be too pretty.
Character wise, I like a cheerful optimistic girl, also doesn’t mind to eat at the hawker center. Also, I like girl who can look good if she wears white or pink clothes.
All taken from lovesears @ blogspot