11:12 pm - 04/26/2012

Changmin's Interview for Dazed & Confused May Issue

Min



Q: Do you have any principles you go by when wearing suits, or any styles that you like?
A: I like suits that are fitting. Today’s suit is slightly different, but it is not bad as well. The shooting process was very interesting.

Q: Which is your favourite among the sets of clothing today?
A: I like the suit that appears a bit faded. The set with short sleeves and the hat was also not bad. Ah, what was that thing called again?

Q: It’s called suspenders. Simply put, it’s overalls?
A: Yes, a staff said earlier on, “These are overalls?”. I said, “Don’t go around saying that.” (laughs)

Q: Do you still feel shy when people give you compliments such as, “You really look very good” and “You are really handsome”? Even just now, you kept saying, “Who am I (to be considered good looking)?” and “No, no”. Should you not have gotten used to it since you hear it so often?
A: Since I was young, my father seldom praised me. Awhile back, when I was drinking with my father, he suddenly said, “I did not praise you much when you were young, sorry.” Because of this, I feel embarrassed every time I hear such compliments.

Q: Have you ever seen yourself as good looking?
A: It would be a lie if I said no right? Rather than being good looking, I think I am not bad looking?

Q: When mentioning Changmin, the thing that people most commonly say is “He is the only person who is unaware of the singing abilities he has.” What do you think about this?
A: Yes, I am rather strict with myself.

Q: It has been almost 10 years since your début?
A: I used to be have a “model trainee” complex, thinking that I should never allow others to see any negative sides of me. In the past, I would be very conscious of the words I used during interviews, and I would talk about morals and beliefs. Now, even under the packaging by others, I still want to show a true kind side of myself. Working hard blindly, but ending up closing yourself off will just create a lot of stress. I do not like telling people, “I am this kind of person.” I would rather not have people have false expectations of me simply because I say something which sounds good. I do not wish to be seen that way, I would be more comfortable if things were not that way. Nowadays when I make mistakes, I will think, “Ah, it’s okay, I can actually do better than this. It is not as if I didn’t work hard… ” Rather than saying that I am confident in my own abilities, I guess it can be said that I started to believe in my own efforts to some extent. During these two to three months, during the 20-odd concerts we have had while on tour in Japan, there has not been a single time when I have been stressed out or upset because of a mistake I made. Every time, every moment when I made a mistake was interesting. It surprised me as well.

Q: But those mistakes are not as big mistakes as we think right?
A: When we were in Hong Kong for a performance a while ago, I lost my voice. If it was in the past, I would have went “Argghhhh” and gotten stressed up, and it would show on my face. 2 weeks before that, some things had happened at home so my body was in a bad condition, when I tried singing before we went on stage, my voice could not come out. (So I thought to myself) “Ah, it seems like something is going wrong today,” and asked the manager for a preventive shot.

Q: When things are hard, how do you make yourself feel better?
A: By drinking. I drank a little today as well.

Q: You are strict with yourself, but it seems drinking is an exception? But drinking does not affect your state of mind right?
A: Oh, it does. Because of the sudden changes to the body and physiological changes. I do not cause any inconvenience to other people at all though.

Q: Who do you drink with?
A: It is difficult to meet up frequently with friends from the company, so I often drink alone at home or with my manager.

Q: Are you not afraid of getting a beer belly?
A: It is true that a beer belly may appear, but I think it is all right as long as you drink in moderation.

Q: Do you go to places like bars to drink?
A: I sometimes go to beer pubs.

Q: Are you not afraid of being recognised by people?
A: If someone recognises me, I greet them. Then I just drink without letting it bother me, and without worrying about what happens outside the shop.

Q: Beer aside, what is the biggest gift you have given yourself?
A: I do not seem to have given myself any big gifts. I am the type who distinguishes between something that I want to buy on impulse, and something that I would use for a long time.

Q: I am reminded of the Confucian sayings which were written on your arm during the filming just now. It is just like Confucian teachings.
A: There is a car which catches my eye, but right now I do not particularly feel the need to change my car now. It was a car given as a gift by the company. It is not like I do not have one, and it is something still working well, so I do not think there is a pressing need to get a new one.

Q: When was the time when you remember spending the largest amount of money?
A: The monetary wedding gift I gave three to four years ago to our manager, who has suffered a lot. Although the definition of what a large amount and small amount is varies from person to person, but for me that is the time when I recall spending the most.



Q: Looking at recent news, they say that you are the no. 1 4th-dimensional artist. Why is this so?
A: Among the fans, there are these sayings (about me), such as “The high-schooler has returned.” and “Is this guy crazy?” Shinhwa’s Dongwan-hyung has a famous quote, saying “Shinhwa cannot possibly take responsibility for everyone’s life.” And this is exactly how I feel. I do not sugar-coat my words, and I refuse to be the influence of these children. I do not have the power to be responsible for them. The “me” that you see is a result of packaging (laughs). This is not to say that I do not care about everyone, it is just that I do not wish for people to waste their time on meaningless things, which is why I say such words.

Q: You are appearing in Director Izutsu Kazuyuki’s “Soar with the Gold,” filming together with Asano Tadanobu and Tsumabuki Satoshi. Is it because of TVXQ that you are able to appear in this movie?
A: It is a little embarrassing for me to say this myself, but the director said that when he was looking at the shortlist, he felt that I could pull off the idol look, or exude a more fresh-faced image. I don’t even know if this is a good or bad thing (laughs). I asked him, “Is this a compliment?” and the reply was, “Hmm..not necessarily..”

Q: Working with Asano Tadanobu and Tsumabuki Satoshi, were you afraid?
A: Yes. It wasn’t to the extent of fear, but due to the language barrier, it was really difficult and there was a lot of pressure. I haven’t reached the level where I can live just by speaking Japanese, and the co-stars were speaking in dialect, and I had to react quickly, so that was hard to adapt to. I’m also not very familiar with the everyday terms that is used by the Japanese. For example, in convenience stores in Japan, they sell alcohol in transparent cups. It is cheap and convenient and an alcohol that anyone can drink, but when the other party recommended it to me, he called it “nitroglycerin”. I just took the word in its literal sense, so the impression I got was that of an “explosion”. No matter how you look at it, isn’t the equivalent of explosives nitroglycerin? Due to various factors, such as knowing that right before filming started, it made me nervous, even though I knew what the director wanted, and what the character was supposed to be like. I was nervous because although in my head I knew (what was required of me), I was afraid I would not be able to translate it into actions, and thus not be able to do it properly. That was the most stressful for me.

Q: Having to (film) concurrently with the ongoing of the tour must have been quite hard?
A: The role I play in the movie is one who is isolated by the world, and has also isolated himself from the world. Then the very next day after filming, I am required to become the performer who performs happily in a venue which can hold an audience of 550,000. This way, it is not easy for me to immerse myself in the movie. It was also challenging physically. Thus, when thinking about how (the movie) was a really good production with a really good director and cast, it made me think, “Ah, this is really frustrating.” I have learnt many things and it has been very rewarding, yet as much as I do not want to admit it, there are regrets. What is it that I feel regretful about? I learnt a lot. The feeling of inadequacy which I felt made it a valuable experience.

Q: So if that movie were to be filmed again, would you film it?
A: There is a culture in Japan for bouquets to be given to actors and actresses after filming has been completed, in recognition of their hard work. When the bouquets were passed around, the (cameraman) filming the making clip asked, “How do you feel now that filming has ended?” While glancing at the director, I replied, “If I had known earlier on that this was such a tough job, I would not have done it.” (laughs)

Q: In fact, your acting in “Paradise Ranch” was rather well done right? Did you not feel regrets such as “I did not get the recognition I deserved for my efforts,” because the viewership ratings were low and there wasn’t that much interest?
A: As it was my first time (acting), I did hope that things could have gone better, but it was not to the extent where I felt that it was a failure. Anyway, I was not criticised too harshly since it was my first attempt at acting. (laughs)

Q: You feel strongly about not wanting to be criticised no matter what it is you are doing?
A: Yes, I don’t really like that. I also do not want to be seen as someone who does not take things seriously. I really dislike that.

Q: Have you ever heard people says things about you “not taking things seriously”?
A: Yes, I have heard it a lot. When we first made our debut, (they said) I could not dance. To be honest, I have never dreamt of becoming an expert in dance or anything of that sort, and even now I do not have such hopes. If I say things like this, will the company not like it? Anyway, I do not like hearing things like “He can’t make it.”

Q: Before becoming an artist, have you ever been such a fan of someone that you did things like putting his/her poster up on the wall, or collecting his/her photos?
A: Nope, I had to play games with my friends, and go play soccer, I had many things to do. Haha.

Q: If you were born again, would you still be TVXQ? If the same opportunity were to arise?
A: To be honest, till awhile ago, I thought that I would like to live an ordinary life. Rather than saying I dislike this life, it is more like having experienced this once already, I would like to try living a different life. I am really enjoying work recently. Dancing and singing. Right now, in my heart, I think I would do this again.

Q: What are the inconveniences of living as a celebrity? Is it bearable?
A: Recently there aren’t that many fans (laughs). Just kidding. In the early stages of our debut, it really bothered me. No matter what, it was not my dream, and I was doing a job I could not even have imagined. “Ah, this is not a job that I want, so why am I here and getting all stressed out?” I blamed myself a lot. But now I really enjoy it.

Q: What makes you enjoy it so much?
A: Working like this, singing, learning to play the guitar, going overseas. If it were not for this job, how would I have accumulated hundreds of thousands of mileage? (laughs) And we seem to be living pretty good lives.

Q: We saw a photo of you buying a book at the airport. Did you finish reading Steve Jobs’ biography?
A: Ah, because I bought a book with more than 900 pages (laughs), I have read about two-thirds of it.

Q: And if you were to pick something from that which left the deepest impression?
A: Usually, when books are written about people who have passed on, they usually speak of that person’s achievements or good points, but this book was not like this at all. “Ah, what’s wrong with this person? Does he have a split personality? Why is his family history like this?” Unexpectedly, I think it was because it covered these bad points, that made it interesting. Steve Jobs’ train of thought itself is very different from ordinary people. He looks at things from a different angle, and he is very observant. It may seem like an obvious choice, but the line “Stay hungry, stay foolish” really left an impression. This world was created by crazy men.

Q: If a book were to be written about Changmin-ssi, what do you think the first line should be?
A: I would like for something crude sounding to be included. Is it ok if I say things like this? “He really lived magnificently like a dog.” Haha. I think that would be good.

Q: Have you really lived “magnificently”?
A: First off, I think that for me to have been born as the son of a Korean teacher was a mistake in itself (laughs). It is not easy.

Q: Do you think it would be alright for you to live even more “magnificently” in the future?
A: Gee, of course. I would like that.




Source: [Baidu + Dazed & Confused Magazine]
Translated & Shared by: dongbangdata.net 1 + 2

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chimpansee 26th-Apr-2012 04:34 pm (UTC)
I read every single word and I do not regret it, love him.
allthingsgood 26th-Apr-2012 04:34 pm (UTC)
it worries me a little that he says he drinks when things get hard D:

i liked this interview.
chimpansee 26th-Apr-2012 04:37 pm (UTC)
Yeah, the drinking part shocked me a bit too.
shunluv 26th-Apr-2012 04:35 pm (UTC)
Q: If you were born again, would you still be TVXQ? If the same opportunity were to arise?
A: To be honest, till awhile ago, I thought that I would like to live an ordinary life. Rather than saying I dislike this life, it is more like having experienced this once already, I would like to try living a different life. I am really enjoying work recently. Dancing and singing. Right now, in my heart, I think I would do this again.

wow this comeback must make him so happy to finally making him change his mind and say he still want to be TVXQ again if reborn<3
this is such a big change and im so happy he really start to enjoy his work now<3
anconeous 26th-Apr-2012 04:43 pm (UTC)
Changmin has always struck me as someone who just happened to be a celebrity simply because of pure luck that he was good at something, not because he wanted it. Unlike Yunho, Jaejoong, or Junsu, who wanted to be a singer so damn badly that they willingly went through hell just to debut, Changmin just happened to be good-looking enough to be scouted, happened to be able to sing well enough, happened to debut in group that nobody expected would be as famous as they were. Unlike Yunho who has early on obviously embraced the good and bad sides to fame, I feel like it's always been a struggle for Changmin to do that, especially since he's living a life he never really thought he'd have.
uniqlos 26th-Apr-2012 05:38 pm (UTC)
sme were so lucky he turned out the way he did lmao it could've been very tragic.
drfaith101 26th-Apr-2012 04:48 pm (UTC)
" I refuse to be the influence of these children. I do not have the power to be responsible for them. The “me” that you see is a result of packaging (laughs). This is not to say that I do not care about everyone, it is just that I do not wish for people to waste their time on meaningless things, which is why I say such words."
yukino23 26th-Apr-2012 04:50 pm (UTC)
Changmin ♥


I was also a bit shocked about the drinking part; fortunately it gives me the impression he can manage it well (in a sense that he kind of knows what's he doing and so) :/
hibohabu 26th-Apr-2012 04:57 pm (UTC)
I really enjoyed the breadth and depth of this interview, bits of insight into his older activities and even the most recent ones. It's just like Changmin to talk honestly and straightforwardly about himself and remain a mystery at the same time. Knowing this lean, mean all-in-one machine knows he's happy and proud of himself in TVXQ! makes me happy and proud of him too.

It's also nice to know he's still plucking those guitar strings. Keep those fitting suits coming.
simplynonsense 27th-Apr-2012 12:28 am (UTC)
It's also nice to know he's still plucking those guitar strings

yes! I feel particularly happy when I read that too! :DDD
zeldas 26th-Apr-2012 05:09 pm (UTC)
i mostly loved this interview because he/they haven't had one filled with dull recycled questions in over a year.
uniqlos 26th-Apr-2012 05:41 pm (UTC)
i'm glad he's really enjoying himself now.
periodpains 26th-Apr-2012 05:42 pm (UTC)
he's such an interesting person
bimpossible 27th-Apr-2012 07:08 am (UTC)
Pipita~
mishi07 27th-Apr-2012 09:35 pm (UTC)
I've always found him the least pretentious on camera pre-2009. It can be attributed to solid upbringing and principles, but I felt there was also less need for him to do so with threefour hyungs already navigating TVXQ (If Changmin whipped that sadistic tongue of his when they were five though, they'd be on their knees lol).






yeocheon 26th-Apr-2012 05:52 pm (UTC)
i love everything about this interview.
hyukjies 26th-Apr-2012 06:18 pm (UTC)
I like dbsk a lot but i haven't heard that much of one of the member. Changmin is very manly, I like his honest personality. :3
tha_x 26th-Apr-2012 06:47 pm (UTC)
wich member? o_o
nickymin 26th-Apr-2012 06:47 pm (UTC)
This is why I love him ;;


I don't know if he has but I really do wish he would buy his own house, he can't live in a dorm forever and it's always good to have a back up, a car is reall not necessary with how much he travels but a house is a good investment for the future...

Edited at 2012-04-26 06:53 pm (UTC)
pekojan 26th-Apr-2012 06:56 pm (UTC)
His parents live in Seoul and he always has that back up.
we_rob_banks 26th-Apr-2012 06:59 pm (UTC)
I really enjoyed reading this interview; Changmin is always just so intriguing to me though.
supplanter 26th-Apr-2012 09:07 pm (UTC)
I barely know dbsk (shocking, right?) or changmin in particular, but he seems really modest and sincere and hardworking. I approve of "I am not your role model, plz :|", frankly, since I think it's stupid to have entertainment celeb role models (unless you're an aspiring entertainment celeb, I guess). But the whole bit about drinking made me go D: . He doesn't seem like he'd ever dream of causing ppl problems with it, but it's worrisome, and there were so many questions about it. orz
umbrella_smile 26th-Apr-2012 09:25 pm (UTC)
"Now, even under the packaging by others, I still want to show a true kind side of myself.
I would rather not have people have false expectations of me simply because I say something which sounds good."

Love you.
lobotronic 26th-Apr-2012 10:14 pm (UTC)
dirtystache changmin?

hmmmm. unexpected feels
simplynonsense 27th-Apr-2012 12:23 am (UTC)
This was a good interview! Had fun reading it! :D

It is a little embarrassing for me to say this myself, but the director said that when he was looking at the shortlist, he felt that I could pull off the idol look, or exude a more fresh-faced image. I don’t even know if this is a good or bad thing (laughs). I asked him, “Is this a compliment?” and the reply was, “Hmm..not necessarily..”

Oh Changmin, so bluntly honest. I love you so. When I began stanning him five years ago, most of my friends asked me why; 'he's not even good looking!' and when I told them that I adore his personality, they just stare at me as if I'm bluffing >:|
I've always find his personality endearing. I appreciate his honesty in not wanting to be an idol in the first place, and how he'd grown to like performing. Wasn't surprised with his drinking confession though, he'd been going on saying how he's proud of his liver lol.

Can't wait to see Fly, Holding the Gold (though, I'm mainly excited to see Tsumabuki Satoshi and Mizobata Junpei, sorry Min :P ) and they just released the movie poster and the teaser today!
jayceeee 27th-Apr-2012 02:36 pm (UTC)
OMG I THOUGHT I WAS THE ONLY ONE EXCITED TO SEE SATOSHI AND JUNPEI more than min hahahahahahhahaha.
khuntflap 27th-Apr-2012 01:19 am (UTC)
He's my bias for a lot of reasons, besides his ravishingly good looks and giant cute dumbo ears. He's got a great head on his shoulders, and he's to the point as much as he's '4D'. Love it.
doovlynsidhe 27th-Apr-2012 02:23 am (UTC)
MOST PERFECT MAN.
yunchunnified 27th-Apr-2012 04:26 am (UTC)
The brain of TVXQ. :)) i love you so much bebe!!! :)
aoza 27th-Apr-2012 05:08 am (UTC)
Rather than being good looking, I think I am not bad looking?

God love this man. And I do too. <3
bimpossible 27th-Apr-2012 07:08 am (UTC)
This was a very interesting interview. I enjoyed reading it.
Changmin, I still love you the most~
joy_twinz 27th-Apr-2012 07:26 am (UTC)
I'd like to congratulate myself for reading the whole post. LOL
I love you Changmin.:D
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