JYJ’s “Multi-Talented Hyung” Kim Jaejoong. Continuing from Directing, This Time Acting. He Knocks On the TV Screen as a 2nd Generation Chaebol.
At the time of the interview with JYJ last year, the other two members, Junsu and Yoochun, all singularly pointed to Jaejoong to call him “multi-talented hyung.” They also made assurances that because Jaejoong has so many talents, his true worth will start to reveal itself one by one starting the next year. The predictions by the members hit the mark. Kim Jaejoong was the last one among JYJ to begin his solo activities, but he has been the most diverse. After acting as the executive director of JYJ’s World Tour Concert, he recently also took on the directing for the gymnastics gala show of Sohn Yeonjae, the fairy of the rhythmic gymnastics. As long as he is out, he plans to show off himself as an actor starting August. Kim Jaejoong knocks on the TV scene in the role of Cha Muwon, the second generation of the preeminent chaebol groups of Korea, in the SBS Wednesday-Thursday drama that will first air on August 3rd—Protect the Boss. He is a perfect man, who lacks not physical beauty, wealth, character, or anything else.
“The character is called a Cold City Man, but he is not unconditionally cold and cool-headed. He is an innocent man—who, even though he has a competitive mindset against his older cousin Jihun when it comes to work, shows a goofy side when they are together. He is cold only on the outside—when you get to know him, he is someone with a warm heart.”
The love triangle that will unfold surrounding the female lead Eunsul, played by Choi Kanghee, will also be a sight to see.
“Because it has not been that long since filming began, the character of Cha Muwon is not yet sharply defined. The inside of me is distracted and frantic. I had many conversations with the director-nim and the writer-nim. The acting is acting, but it seems that they were looking for Cha Muwon from inside of me, through everyday conversation. From episode 3 and 4, you will be able to catch a glimpse inside Cha Muwon of the true person of Kim Jaejoong.”
This is not his first acting. He stepped out onto acting for the first time with the collaborative movie between Japan and Korea of 2009, Heaven’s Postman. He also collaborated with Japan’s stars such as Ueno Juri and Eita in Japan’s Fuji TV drama Sunao Ni Narenakute in 2010. However he emphasized that his beginning as a real actor is with Protect the Boss.
“Heaven’s Postman was my debut work but despite that I was not able to have the mindset or the preparation fit for an actor. I went to filming without preparation, having merely memorized the lines in a rush—that was not respect due to acting. As for Sunao Ni Narenakute, I am satisfied with it because I was able to go into it with a sufficient period of preparation. But I do feel a bit wanting since the ratings were not as high as hoped for. Protect the Boss is a work that I am going into after having gone through a series of processes, and as such my attachment to the project is large. My heart is also fluttering at the thought that I am showing the work to the domestic fans.”
Kim Jaejoong discarded the thoughts that he would do overly well. He will be satisfied if he, without awkwardness, merely melds in well with the other great/superb sunbaes who are appearing in the drama. His acting teacher Ahn Naesang told him: “You should not act as if it is acting. Do not act as if it is acting.” The meaning of those words is only vague, but he plans to dwell and reexamine it as he keeps acting. Right now his head is completely filled with acting.
“At the time of Yoochun’s Miss Ripley all of the members together caught the first episode. As for myself I will definitely not have that happen. Even now, when I show something to the members, I have the nervous tension that is higher than to any other. I plan to watch it alone, in hiding. Haha.”
For Jaejoong, who says that it took him too long even to decide just what kind of musical style he likes, the question of what kind of an actor he wishes to become is yet difficult.
“It is only the beginning yet. Now is the first start of a new challenge, and as such, I want to come to know the answer as I do it step by step.”