An interview with Bae Yong-joon

Top Hallyu star Bae Yong-joon talked to the Korean press after a very successful The Legend Premium Event 2008 in Osaka, Japan on June 1.

The 36-year-old talks about administering his own injections, shampooing his long tresses, his future projects and marriage plans. Check it out!

I am Legend: Bae Yong-joon thrilled fans by
appearing in his character’s costume

1) Thoughts on today’s event where 35,000 fans turned up?

It was sad when filming came to an end but at that time, director Kim and I said that it wasn’t over yet. However, now I feel that it is finally over.

It was nice today. I was able to meet my Asia family face-to-face. It was made even more meaningful as I shared this moment with the director and co-stars of The Legend.

2) You were hurt while filming The Legend. Have you recovered?

It’s still a little uncomfortable to walk. I am getting shots in my knees. For my shoulders, I’ll have to wait 1-2 months before going for surgery.

Ten days before filming ended for The Legend, I was seriously hurt, but I wouldn’t go to the hospital because I thought I would have to put on a cast, which would stop filming.

It hurt so much, I couldn’t sleep and had to take painkillers so I could continue working. Once, I went to a hospital and all the nurses were too busy attending to emergency patients. I had to administer the painkiller shots on my own (laughs).

3) While filming The Legend, there was talk about tension between director Kim Jong-hak and you.

That’s not true at all…and that’s all because of reporters (laughs).

My relationship with director Kim is very good. He is sometimes like a friend and sometimes like a father to me. During filming, we also talked about medicine that was good for us (laughs).

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4) You will be lending your voice to the animation of Winter Sonata, which is set to air next year.

That’s right. A Korean version has been planned, but I’m keen on doing a Japanese version as well.

5) When you arrived in Japan, you filmed your fans with a digital camera.

I really like taking pictures. I wanted to take pictures of my family (fans). I am also thinking of publishing a book that introduces famous places in Korea to foreign tourists. It will contain pictures that I’ve taken.

6) Are you planning to keep The Legend hairstyle you have on right now?

When my next work is decided, I will change my hairstyle accordingly. There are many uncomfortable aspects about long hair, like using a lot of shampoo and taking a lot of time to dry (laughs).

7) Marriage plans?

My friends and juniors are all marrying, and I do have thoughts about it…but it’s not working out the way I want it to (laughs).

Even at home, my parents are talking about marriage. Last year at the MBC Acting Awards, I said I wanted to marry within three years, and I still have that desire. Introduce me to someone! (laughs).

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8) Your message to fans in Korea and Asia.

I believe that the love I receive not just from Korea, but from Asia is undeserved. If I cannot repay the love I receive through my acting and movies, I want to repay it some other way. When I find out how, I will let you know.

Source: StarNews with translations at HanCinema

Bae Yong-joon in Osaka, Japan
Bae Yong-joon lends voice to animated version of Winter Sonata