Singer and actor Park Yoo-chun of boy group JYJ will take a break from the entertainment scene as he is scheduled to enlist next month.
The celebrity spent his 20s singing on stage or acting in TV dramas and movies after making his debut as a member of the boy group TVXQ in 2003. He’s received many accolades during his career, most recently Best New Actor at the 51st Baeksang Arts Awards, one of the most prestigious entertainment awards in Korea, in May for his work on the 2014 film “Haemoo.”
Park will begin his military service as a civil officer for two years and four months on Aug. 27.
Before he parts ways with fans, he met with Ilgan Sports, an affiliate of the Korea JoongAng Daily, saying he wants to do another interview on the day he gets discharged, as he’ll be more comfortable then.
Q. You have about a month left before you enlist. How do you feel?
A. I don’t really feel particularly sad since I think I’m doing what everyone else is doing as well.
What did it feel like to see a fellow member who enlisted in the army before you did?
I met him recently because Jaejoong [another JYJ member] got out on a vacation from the army. Surprisingly, it didn’t feel like he was a soldier. He just looks more masculine with a nicer body. He became more charming.
But you are not really serving your military duty at a base. Weren’t you ordered to serve at a public office instead?
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