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Hello everyone, I am EXO’s voice Chanyeol. Firstly, I feel extremely honored because I get to participate in such a meaningful event due to (Roommate) GaYeon’s nomination; I hope everyone will become more aware of ALS and become more involved— to bring some strength for ALS patients. I will participate in ALS donations as well. In the following, I nominate @johnmayer @realisshoman @조석.

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EXO Tao accepted the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge
# Ice Bucket Challenge # Thank you @ Zhou Mi ge for inviting me to participate in such a meaningful charity event. The chill from the ice cold water is not even one ten-thousandth as  painful as in compare to the suffering of ALS patients. Therefore, i’m not going to nominate/tag anyone. While being caring, raise awareness to this rare disease, as well as  showing love to the ALS patients, I hope everyone don’t forget to take care of their own health, too.

about the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge:
The purpose of this challenge is to raise awareness for ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) and encourage donations towards research and cures. It relies on a simple dare. You have 24h to videotape yourself being poured by a bucket of ice water on your head or donate $100 to ALS research. (In many cases, participants do both). To keep the cycle going, you tag/nominate 3 other people.

[FULL TRANS] TOP for ARENA HOMME+ MAGAZINE (September 2014)

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Boom. One man stands in front of the camera. He’s chatting as he is touching the back of his hair that grew out behind his ears. It’s Choi Seung Hyun. Now that name is as familiar as the name TOP. He has already filmed 3 movies. He poses with his hands and feet towards the camera. He relaxes his shoulders and takes over the space. The yellow sunglasses look like it is a part of his body. He was not like this in the editor’s memory. It was when he was shooting for the cover of a movie magazine with his movie, <71: Into the Fire>. He looked a bit stiff. His piercing eyes were as sharp as an arrowhead, but his body was hardened like a stick. It was understandable. Since it was his first movie and he had to be shoulder-to-shoulder with some big actors. However, he existed in his own way, apart from them. TOP, who came down from the stage, looked like that. Like an awkward fish that just got out of the water. Of course, this is about his past. Now, he has gotten used to the environment to the point he can freely move out of the water. At least it looked like it. In an evolutionary point of view, he is very successful. Because he has survived the sudden environmental change called <Tazza-Hand of God>.

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Q: You were very worried about looking too cheesy while shooting. Why is that so…
TOP: We decided to make the retro concept photoshoot more fun by putting long hair extensions on me. I always usually wore a suit during photoshoots. Since I’m trying to show my new side with this long hair, retro-style clothes, and manly faces, it’s very easy to look cheesy. So I was worried.

Q: Looking at the results, do you think they came out okay?
TOP: I think it contains various new sides of me. I don’t try new concepts very often because I want to save them. If I show too much, I could run out of it. I always save some concepts to increase the freshness of them. But I tried to unleash those concepts through <ARENA>. The character in this movie is very different from the characters that I have acted out before, so I was more eager to show the new sides of me. And I also thought that I should show some new stuff since I’m having a photoshoot
for the first time in a while.

Q: Watching you during the photoshoot was something new. You looked a lot more relaxed than you looked when you were promoting <71:Into the Fire> a while ago.
TOP: I’ve become too relaxed now that it’s becoming a problem, haha. I fundamentally like doing photoshoots and I enjoy them. The pictures come out better when I enjoy it. I follow the given concept, but I learned how to show a more sophisticated side of me in that given concept. You have to be greedy to get good results. I actually keep my guard up to avoid getting lazy. Because if I get lazy, new things won’t be made. I always hide my cards and stay ready.

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Q: Your new movie is exactly like that. It’s like you’re showing us the cards that you’ve been hiding!
TOP: When I was getting interviewed about <The Commitment>, I said that this will be the last movie to show my character and that I will be choosing a shocking, unexpected character for the next movie. While looking for it, I encountered <Tazza-Hand of God> but, I hesitated at first. Because I could be harshly criticized by the manias(fans) of the original <Tazza> comic series. But now, I don’t gravitate towards things that don’t stimulate something in me. Even though I knew that it’ll be hard, I still wanted to challenge myself. I continuously tried to draw out the sides of me that I didn’t have while filming.

Q: Daily life, delicate emotions between sexes, fights in the gambling world, humanity, etc. You had to show a wide range of things while acting. It’s completely different from your previous roles that were just mostly emotional.
TOP: Even from the moment I saw the scenario of the movie, I thought that I wouldn’t be able to do this movie without taking off a few layers of me. And because of that, I had to fight with myself a lot. If I try too hard to draw something out that I don’t have in me, the audiences will think, ‘Uh? Why is that person doing that?’ and think that I’m trying too hard, so it’ll be hard for them to focus on the movie. You must never let the audience see that. The night before we started filming, I was very troubled, thinking about that. How could I express my character more exclusively without making it banal? I thought about that a lot. I didn’t really want to draw a line to indicate how far to go, but I just wanted to take off all the layers of me.

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Q: Do you like gambling?
TOP: I just don’t play games at all, including cards. I’ve never even played any electronic games since I was little. I have a serious desire to win, so I feel like I’ll see the end of it once I start. I always keep that in mind, and never play games. I practiced Hwatu very hard this time, but I have decided that I will only like it for acting purposes. I promised myself that no matter how good I get at it, I will not play Hwatu. Haha.

Q: So you don’t want to do it at all cause you get furious when you lose, right? I understand what you mean.
TOP: That’s right. I will even bet my life over it. Haha.

Q: Actually, your movie this time is like a gamble as well.
TOP: I thought that this movie will definitely be a nice growing period for me. Since I had to act out the sides of me that I’ve never shown before or didn’t exist at all, I knew that I was taking a huge risk. But because I knew that it was risky, I gravitated more towards it. Now I don’t gravitate towards things that aren’t risky.

Q: Now that you’ve finished filming the movie, in what way did you grow?
TOP: Honestly, I’m not sure about the appropriateness level here. Haha. As I was filming, I tried to catch all the unique features of each actors, and I was sure that I could show what I learned in the next movie. I gained a little more confidence in a good way. They say that when you work with someone, you can see the spectrum of the life they’ve lived. Through this experience, I could see their spectrum to a certain degree, and I received a lot of good energy.

Q: Since so many famous senior actors were in the movie, were you intimidated at first?
TOP: I actually gained more confidence. Through this movie, I met some deft, amazing people and that stimulated a desire to win inside of me, so I received good vibes from them. They say that there’s a war of nerves between actors during filming, and singers on the stage. But I’m not good at doing something like that. In contrast, I try to feel the good vibe of other people. I try to receive good, powerful vibes and return it to them. I did that a lot while filming this movie.

Q: <Tazza-Hand of God> is a movie for Korean Thanksgiving. When they say “A movie for Korean Thanksgiving”, that means that it’s highly anticipated. It must be a different feeling being in a movie like this.
TOP: I never actually thought about that. It still doesn’t feel real to hear things like “A movie for Korean Thanksgiving” or “Highly-anticipated film”. The movie itself was a burden to me, so I did not have the energy to think about that. Because I already knew that it was highly risky. Ham Daegil was a character from Mr. Heo Young Man’s <Tazza> series that was read and loved by many of the senior generations. I thought and thought about how I could make the character more interesting. I still feel like I was a “substitute” of Daegil that was created by Director Kang Hyung Cheol and Mr. Heo Young Man.

Q: Despite all those burden, you must feel a lot more relaxed now that you’re done filming.
TOP: Not really. My face is breaking out pretty bad right now. I usually don’t really get pimples. I was shocked when I looked at my face in the photo taken during the photoshoot. The moment before a movie’s release or an album’s release is when my skin is at its worst state. Finishing something and waiting to present it to people is the most anxious moment in the world. It’s very nerve-wrecking, and I become more sensitive. I get nervous, and I can’t sleep. So I drink a lot by myself. Right now is the most anxious time for me. Because it’s a movie that I poured out all my energy and emotions into, plus a year of my life.

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Q: There’s some ‘sexuality’ in the original comics. You probably had to act that out too, and weren’t you worried as an idol?

TOP: There was never a time when I said, “I can’t do this.” The director also doesn’t really like to show things explicitly. I think he thought that since the story is already very explicit, it would make the original series ‘not-so-classy’ if we were to film it explicitly. But there are some intense scenes too. I filmed a scene where all the actors were naked, I filmed a bed scene, and I also filmed only in my underwear for the first time since I was born. Even though I’m someone that doesn’t even wear short sleeve shirts…

Q: Did you feel a sense of freedom after doing that?

TOP: No, I was so nervous. But I couldn’t even let it show. If I tense up, all the other staffs and seniors would feel that negative vibe too and feel nervous. On the outside, I acted like I was fine, but I was actually very nervous. Just like what I said, I really hate showing skin. I don’t even wear short sleeve T-shirts in the summer. But when I filmed (without clothes on), there weren’t that many thoughts in my head. Haha. Maybe this will be my first and last movie with such exposing scenes.

Q: Why are you talking so conclusively like that
TOP: There is a reason why I decided to show skin in the movie. For example, in an action movie like <The Commitment>, it would have been too much if there was a scene where they showed muscles to look cool. People might say, ‘Is he taking his clothes off to look cool in the movie?’ But in the movie, <Tazza- Hand of God>, they didn’t control the lighting to make my body look cool, it wasn’t that type of a scene. As I read the scenario, I thought that ‘the more clothes I take off, the more fun it adds
to the story’. I thought that taking the clothes off makes the movie’s plot more interesting.

Q: True. The scene where you guys play Hwatu naked symbolizes the theme of greed and doubt.
TOP: Because I felt that would be important, I gained the courage to willingly take my clothes off. Hmm.. Looking back at what I said, I feel like I talked like an actress. Haha.

Q: Haha. So you’re more focused on the character rather than the scene?
TOP: I don’t think I’ll take my clothes off if it doesn’t seem essential to the narrative of the movie. I felt that even more through this movie. I think I hate it(exposing skin) psychotically. I always wear long sleeves at home. I hate it when my skin touches objects. It’s been over 10 years since the last time I wore shorts. I wouldn’t say that I’m sensitive; I’m just very shy. To me, “showing skin” is a very embarrassing/shy act. When I was filming (the bed scene), I asked the director, “Do you want to take my underwear off too?” Haha. I thought there would be no difference in wearing underwear and not wearing underwear since I already showed my skin. Haha. It was fun though. Experiencing something like this in my life time.

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Q: There are a lot of worries about the movie <Tazza-Hand of God>… Like some comments.
TOP: I read them but I don’t get hurt by them. Even when Bigbang released albums, there has always been hateful comments. But afterwards, I learned that people’s thoughts change over time. It’s also pretty interesting to watch that change. And I feel like I don’t have that many ‘anti’ fans up to now. Haha. Ah, this time, (while I was reading the comments) I did see that people were criticizing me for something that I’ve never been criticized for before. Haha.

Q: Musician and Actor. I think you have a good balance between the two. You’re not leaning towards one, and you’re not doing too much either.
TOP: My main profession is a musician, but I try to find a balance
between the two. I think it’s been about 8 years since I first appeared in a drama. I think I’m someone who carefully goes ‘all-in’ in one specific thing. Not someone who tries a lot of things and finds one thing. I’m the type to put a lot of effort into something and prepare heartily and sincerely one by one. So I think that I am capable of achieving that balance.

Q: The circumstances that allow you to do that must be very nice.
TOP: Well, not necessarily. I know that I should be working more at this time, but I’m the type that can’t easily put something into action. I feel like I’m always saving things. Even when I’m acting, I still sometimes watch music shows. And I watch what people these days do. I don’t really like to jump in, and I really hate showing weaknesses, so I don’t try to get involved in or jump into something that I don’t feel the need to.

Q: Because there’s a risk of losing even though you’re skilled?
TOP: I meant the exact opposite of that. I don’t really want to do things when there aren’t any “strong” ones in the field. Hmm.. Am I being too honest here? Haha. It’s my first time doing an interview in a while… So yeah, I’m someone who makes a move when I feel something stimulating inside me. I slowly became more like that. The fact that there’s a lot of risk in the movie, stimulated me even more. That made me gravitate towards the movie more.

Q: Because it’s a “High-risk, High-return” movie.
TOP: I’m still not sure about what I can get in return from the movie. Compared to the risk I’m taking, I actually don’t think that I’ll be gaining something big from it. If I don’t do well enough to deserve an applause from everyone, this is certainly a risky movie. I know well that the original series was a piece loved by a lot of people. But I still wanted to challenge myself.

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Q: As I was listening to you, I noticed that you work very hard.
TOP: I try not to get lazy. Since I’m still young, I try to work while looking at the future. If I don’t take risks and try new things now, I feel like I’ll be an old-fashioned person in 10, 20, 30 years. Even if you fail, if you always look for something new, wouldn’t you be someone who can set the trend even when time passes? If one always takes the safe road without any risks, he will have no change in his life. People will certainly get sick of that person.

Q: Because it’s easy to run out of ‘change’. In that aspect, it seems like your strategy to not show yourself often because of that is not that bad.
TOP: But it’s not a very practical strategy for these days. I don’t show myself a lot also because there’s nothing to show off about me. If I was a highly confident person, I would take ‘selcas’ and post them. But I’m too strict to myself to do that. My problem is that I’m too thoughtful.

Q: You have to be thoughtful to avoid encountering external dangers. If you show/expose too much, it could make risks.
TOP: I never do anything that would lead to dangerous situations. When I rest, I seriously just stay at home. If I could have 2 weeks off to rest, I will not come outside of my house for 2 weeks. Even when I meet with my friends, I bring them to my house and drink wine together. I try not to make mistakes any where. I know that I’m like a loose cannon that is unpredictable, so I try to restrain myself even more. Haha.

Q: It must be difficult to wait.
TOP: There’s an expression, “showed all the cards one had” (meaning that one showed everything about oneself). I always have conviction that I have some cards left unused. I always try to save them. As a public artist, I can picture what I should do at this time. Because of that, I’m not anxious or anything. There are still so many things that I can show. Even with music. That’s also the reason why I have never released a solo album, even though the group, Bigbang, has been around for almost 10 years. But of course, that wasn’t the only reason - I did miss the timing to
release it since I had to promote as an actor and as Bigbang. So I am gradually collecting more cards now. And I’m also saving some songs that I have worked on.

Q: So you’re calculatingly planning to release the cards when you need them?
TOP: I’m not calculative. I’m actually a very emotional person. Honestly, I think I’m more of a coward. Since I am an emotional coward that can’t live a calculative/premeditated life, I always try to hide. I also feel like I lack some confidence inside me. Gradually, I will wait and show more things to people when I get stronger. If I were to calculate my talents and skills in percents, what I showed up to now is merely 5% of what I have in me. I know that for sure.

Q: Are you waiting for the moment of explosion after boiling up?
TOP: I like being patient. I’m actually a very enthusiastic person. But as I suppress that enthusiasm, I feel a sense of catharsis. Sometimes when I look at some people, I feel that they don’t have anything left in them because they showed too much. You can tell if you work in the same field. But I’ve always resisted those things. Even when people around me tell me to do more and try to stimulate me, I restrain myself even more. I want to show more of myself when I become more “full”.

-The End-

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Translated by bigbanggisvip (twitter: bigbanggisvip)
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Otomedia August translation (Part 3)

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Speaking of Summer and sleepless nights… what do they wear when they go to sleep?

Nice : Pants | Murasaki : Cute pajama | Birthday : Nude | Ratio : Luxury pajama | Art : Tank Top

HigaP : Nice is pants and murasaki is pajama! he seems like he’d wear the cute type of a pajama (laugh)

OgoP : Ratio is pajama as well. The one with a collar the classy one.

HigaP : and birthday is nude? (laugh). Art would be short boxers and a tank top. or maybe a sweatpants.

OgoP : in terms of pants, nice would be shorts i guess.

HigaP : Ratio is pretty rich, so he would probably wear a good speedo.

OgoP : if you think like that, then nice would but those 3 in 1 cheap set underwear (laugh).

HigaP : Murasaki wearing a brief is likely too. Because they focus on functionality, he would probably look lame but he’d properly wear them while trying not to be seen/hiding them.

Please tell us how they spend time in the summer.

HigaP : Nice would eat ice-cream, Murasaki would say “It can’t be helped” and endure the heat.

OgaP : Ratio will use a hand-held fan, Birthday will cool off using the fan. Art has that image about him that he would leisurely listen to sound of wind chimes while siting on the veranda.

HigaP : and he would sprinkle water in front of his house (Laugh). unlike Murasaki he would go with the flow and accept the hot weather.

- (Next to Art’s picture) his laid-back afternoon consists of wearing a matching yukata while leisurely siting on the veranda listening to wind chimes’s sound and taking it easy.

The Men of Hamatora are on sea trip!! Who is more likely to get hit on by the girls(or the most likely that girls will flirt with)?

HigaP : Ratio is wearing an eye patch so girls may find him somewhat unapproachable…… 

OgoP : by their appearance, the ones who will be popular are either Murasaki or Art i think?

higaP : Even if Art gets hit on it seems like he’ll evade/dodge it neatly. Murasaki will be embarrassed, the girls won’t pay attention to nice* 

OgoP : Birthday in reverse will go flirting with the girls.

HigaP : but surprisingly, It would throw off his balance if he gets hit on (laugh). even though he’d do it continuously, when someone approaches him he’s the no good type.

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Translation Notes

1.Sprinkling water in front of the house is something called Uchimizu in short it is watering the street to cool it down and cover the dust (done in summer while wearing a yukata). see here and here you can also read about it more here.

2.Get hit on by the girls, it originally was written as Gyaku-nan, a japanese slang which is the opposite of nanpa (flirting with girls) , Gyaku-nan is when the girl approaches a guy, read about it here.

3.hand-held fan (so there’s no misunderstanding) is this.

4.Thank you very much good7luck for the photos again!! 

* “Nice won’t pay attention to them” was wrong i’m sorry! the accurate would be that “girls won’t pay attention to him” (But in the sentence itself it’s not clear which one they mean, the way it was said could mean both, which is why i got it wrong first time)

140821 JonghyunTwitter Update

  • 움직일수있게 동기와 용기를 준 모든 분에게 감사합니다. 웃음으로만 끝나지않는 본질을 전달할수있는 영상이 되었으면 해요. 루게릭병 뿐만 아니라 희귀 질병으로 고통받는 많은분들에게 관심과 사랑을 나누어 주세요.

 Thank you to my colleagues and everyone who gave me courage to be able to take action. I hope this can become a video that will not just end with laughter, but deliver the essence of the cause. Please share your interest and love with not only those diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s disease, but the many people who suffer from illnesses.


  • 140822 SHINee JONGHYUN + CNBLUE JONGHYUN ‘Ice Buc…: http://youtu.be/te9fawLlkTY 얼음물이 절 감쌀때 전 그 어느때보다 따뜻함을 느꼈습니다 행동으로 함께할때 알수있는 것들이 있죠

When the ice water covered me, I felt a warmness more than ever before.
It’s something that can be known when we do things together through action.

  • 사실 이수만선생님 박진영선배님 양현석선배님을 지목하고싶었지만… 세상의 모든 종현이들이 함께하길 바라는 마음에  모델 홍종현씨와 틴탑의 종현씨 뉴이스트의 종현씨를 지목했다… 종현이들은 다 착하고 잘생긴거같다

I actually wanted to tag Teacher Lee Sooman, Park Jinyoung sunbaenim, and Yang Hyunsuk sunbaenim, but…
with the hope that all the Jonghyuns in the world can do it with us,
I tag model Hong Jonghyun, Teen Top’s Jonghyun (Changjo), and Nu’est’s Jonghyun (JR)…
I think all Jonghyuns are nice and handsome

  • 너 같은친구를 둬서 참 감사함 이종현

Jonghyun: I’m really thankful to have a friend like you, Lee Jonghyun

translation by: shiningtweets

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George Harrison, 1987

Photos: Peter Figen

"Even a hard-nosed music journalist such as myself trembles in reverence when he is given the chance to sit across from George Harrison. Even if it may only be for a few minutes. He wasn’t the smart ‘charming boy’ like Paul McCartney, not the clown like Ringo Starr, let alone the cynic and do-gooder like John Lennon - but he was George Harrison. In his quiet and spiritual way, George Harrison moved me more than all the other Beatles combined. His wonderful melodies, his clever texts about growing closer to God, his calmness in the chaotic situations with McCartney and Lennon - how centered he was. And I always knew: if I could ever meet a Beatle, probably more likely on a professional than on a personal level, then it should please be George.

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My love for You and Yoru has multiplied exponentially. You and Yoru are just the coolest and cutest devil and angel ever!~~!!!!!

Lee Jong Suk for Instyle (Sep 2014) - Extras

Source: DC
Translation note: Instyle is the gift that keeps giving, lol.

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Things That Make Him Happy

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The perfume he uses every day: Burberry ‘The Beat’ Woman. Although it is a perfume for ladies, but I’ve started using it in my early twenties and there’s a lot of memories in its scent for me.

Fashion item: Alexander McQueen shirts. The sleeves are long and the cutting is fine, so I like wearing it.

The movie that brought him on the path of being an actor: “It was watching Kang Dong Won sunbae’s ‘Temptation of Wolves’ that made me want to be an actor.”

Interior Design: ‘The yellow light of a standing lamp makes the living room seem warm.”

The car he wants: “Compared to other people my age, I really know nothing about cars. If you must have me pick one, I’d pick the batmobile from the Batman movies! Isn’t it so cool when it becomes a motorcycle?”

A movie you are very into lately: “I’ve been waiting for ‘Amazing Spiderman 2’ for so long but didn’t have time to go to watch it at cinemas while the drama was filming. After IPTV uploaded it, I immediately bought it online and watched it twice.”

Food that makes him happy: “Short-ribs kimchi stew made by my mom. I love this so much I could eat it every meal for two days without getting sick.”

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Editor’s Note (DC)

It was the day before we set off for New York. Late in the afternoon, Lee Jong Suk entered the coffee shop, a ‘flower smile’ on his slim, unique face. “No matter how good it is to be home, lying on the bed for more thanaweek is really too much, my back’s almost broken…” As he spoke, he broke into a chuckle that was like a scene in a CF.

Wearing a purple, spray-dyed Vivienne Westwood shirt and dark navy trousers, his shoulders seem more broad than before. He ordered his favourite iced latte then apologized for being late for 10 minutes, since it has been so long since his last outing from home. He felt that he must give a good impression for official work business, so he went to get a facial and make-up done before arriving. (For a person like him, it is such a ‘privelege’ for us to receive such honour.)

To be able to lie at home and do nothing for a  whole week is very rare for Lee Jong Suk, who has been working nonstop for 4 years straight. Since his debut in ‘Princess Prosecutor’ and breakout role in ‘Secret Garden’, both in 2010, his acting career kickstarted. He did ‘High Kick 3’ in 2011, ‘Korea: As One’ and ‘R2B: Return to Base’ in 2012. As for last year, he was in four projects, dramas ‘School 2013’, ‘I Hear Your Voice’, movies ‘The Face Reader’ and ‘No Breathing’… it can definitely be said that he is the most busy out of actors his age. For the first half of this year,he has already completed ‘Hot Young Bloods’ and ‘Doctor Stranger’, before earning this long-awaited holiday.

"I really didn’t do anything and just stayed at home." This famous ‘home-dweller’ continued to say these cute words, "I felt like I should do something so decided on this New York trip, but when it’s come to the day before the tip, I want to be lazy again." Even so, since he is out anyway, he decided to make the best of it. A dinner with Kang Sora and drinks with business associates later in the day, his excitement can be seen in his expression.

For his first interview after ‘Doctor Stranger’, he answered our questions with his own friendly style and without any reservations, for two whole hours, un-distracted and completely honest.

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