So now, are you even cooking on your own?
No! I don’t cook. Kk. Stress unleashes even when I’m just watching the show. Even in <Law of the Jungle> I only concentrate on the eating segment of the appearing guests. The looks of them eating deliciously is just fun to watch. Actually, there was once when I went into the kitchen to cook kimchi fried rice but I almost turned the rice into rice cake. I pressed it too much that it became like ground porridge. After that, I try as much as I can to not cook. I can still cook ramyeon though.
You have a new interest and hobby lately?
Mmm, I developed an interest for Chinese language. I would like to try to master it. Just recently, I sang two Chinese songs during my Chinese fanmeeting tour. As time passes, the curiosity seems to develop. After this drama ends, I will try to study (Chinese language). I hope to study until I’m able to engage in daily conversations.
A co-star whom you still contact and is close to?
Uhmm…(Lee) Taesung-hyung, (Han) Jimin noona, (Choi) Wooshikie and (Jung) Sukwon-hyung? And who else, ah, (Oh) Jungse-hyung! Almost everyone in the SBS <Rooftop Prince> family. At that time, filming was really exhausting but we all grew closer instead. Actually, we contact each other constantly but we are not able to meet. Sometimes we will invite one another to movie premiers or at times we will go for a glass of soju.
We heard of many stories that you get along well with you seniors/juniors who acted with you in previous films like SBS <Rooftop Prince>. Even in the movie <Haemoo> you were particularly close to the seniors.
It does seem like it. Previously we couldn’t click but I purposely adjusted my personality a little. Supposedly, it takes a very long time for me to get close to people and even going out for soju will take two years. Come to think of it, I was criticized a lot and caused many misunderstandings. So, from then onwards I became the first to approach others and make jokes. I also changed my personality and put in effort. Now I am more comfortable with this better personality. From then on, I started gaining more. I think in whatever that we do, the most important thing is communication and resolving matters through a relationship of understanding.
There are many great senior actors in your company like Choi Minsik, Sol Kyunggu, Lee Jungjae etc.
Mmm, I’m happy about it. While watching <My Dictator> last year, I was very touched by Kyunggu-hyung’s acting. I was drinking with hyungnim and I told him, “Hyungnim, I would also want to do well in acting.” and he said, “Thank you very much. Yuchunie, thank you for telling me such a thing.” He said, “I’m very thankful that you have such a thought after watching my film” and it made me feel touched…Haha. Having someone who is like a father to me to say it doubles the emotion. I recall that day when we drank until morning…Sol Kyunggu, Kwak Dowon, Song Saebyuk, Park Sungwoong, Choi Minsik hyungnim…their drinking capacity is unbelievable. After the VIP preview of <Haemoo> during the after-party, hyungnim said, “Yuchun-ah, go and sweep all the Rookie Awards this year.” I felt really good when they said that and in reality I was able to receive those awards. It’s something I’m really thankful for.
‘Jaejoongie-hyung, I will definitely see you off~‘
The news of JYJ family Kim Jaejoong’s enlistment was announced. Will he feel sorry about it? Firstly, how does he feel about seeing him off? Park Yuchun is surprisingly composed and cool. He thinks that the future after military service is more important than military service itself. The duty to serve in military service is something expected and it is like becoming a member of the society again but he confessed that the though of returning is more of a concern. Park Yuchun’s formidable inner endurance is seen through his discernment towards something that’s slightly further in the future than what is approaching in front of his eyes.
Kim Jaejoong will enlist on the 31st. How do you feel?
I found out about the exact date through the news. The concerned party (Kim Jaejoong) himself would probably feel a little more depressed but I’m not worried. Actually, where we’re living at right now (T/N: referring to the entertainment industry) it’s rather different so, when it comes to adaptation it can be quite a worry. Also, enlisting when we’re 30 can be a concern too but anyway, Jaejoongie-hyung is naturally sociable and is nice to people so, I believe it will go well for him.
You’re also scheduled to enlist this year, aren’t you?
Anyhow it’s something that I have to do and since it should be that way then I think it is only right to fix my mind on the good side of it. In fact, compared to my enlistment, my drama is more of an immediate worry.
For now, it should be difficult for the three of you to gather it seems. Do you always meet up?
Honestly, meeting up together with Jaejoongie-hyung and Junsu is difficult. It is almost impossible for us to meet up for a drink. Jaejoongie-hyung was initially busy with the filming of <Spy> while Junsu was recording an album and has many overseas schedules so, we could not see each other. But I’m free. Haha. Before Jaejoongie-hyung’s enlistment and right after Junsu’s concert ends, the three of us will gather for sure. The three of us share a peculiar relationship. We are close but awkward? It’s like even though we love each other a lot but we also have many solo activities and because we are aware that we should respect each other’s thoughts.
Will you be able to have a farewell party and see Jaejoong off for his enlistment?
Since Jaejoongie-hyung’s <Spy> has ended and Junsu’s concerts are ending, the three of us will definitely meet up. We are seriously considering to see him off. For now I have to commence the filming of <The Girl Who Sees Smells> but even if I have to reschedule for his enlistment, I would want to go see (T/N: to see Jaejoong off].
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(Translations are done based on the original interview in Korean)
Translated by @yochwennie
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