Daniel Snoeks │ Australia
t/n: I’m still not over the fact he’s just 20.
Looking at you on set. You’re definitely a model. Were you originally a model?
Indeed. I came to Korea and did many photo shoots for magazines. My original job was to be a model.
Your tattoos are the first thing that catches our attention.
I had my first tattoo when I was 14. My father and my sister, they both had tattoos, so there was no hostility against it. To be honest, you must be over 20 to get tattoos in Australia. So my first tattoo was illegal. I have so many tattoos that it may look like there’s nothing behind them, but each of them has its meaning. Like the numbers on my finger are the years of birth of my dad and mom. The tattoo on my hand is the name my grandfather gave me.
Most of your body is covered with tattoos, is there one you did yourself?
Those I have right now were made here and there. However, I started studying the tattoo procedure not long ago and I’m planning to open a tattoo shop in Hongdae with my friends next month.
You already have a lot of tattoos now, you’ll be able to get more if you can do them yourself.
Maybe. Getting a tattoo hurts, but it hurts as much as it has a meaning for me. Because it’s like telling a story on my body. Later on, I want to be a father with a story he can talk about with his kids.
You seem a bit thin. Wouldn’t a tattooed body look even better with a bit more muscle?
This is also what my father told me. He said that I have many tattoos but no muscle. I’m working out. I did taekwondo and boxing before. Whenever I have time, I go to the gym and work out.
I’m curious to hear how you get to know about Korea.
I did taekwondo when I was in Australia, but I didn’t have particular interest in Korea because all I did was coming to Korea once for a taekwondo competition in 2010. Then, I stopped by again because of my Korean friends in April last year and I’ve been here until today. I didn’t know I’d stay that long back then.
What do you think of Korea? What do you think of Korean women?
They’re cute. They have a lot of aegyo. I dated a Busan woman, she always showed me aegyo, so it was funny.
Do you like this kind of woman? What’s your ideal type?
I like when a woman is a chic but who is kind when she’s with people she likes.
Will we be able to see you around?
I think I’ll keep doing TV activities and variety programs. However, it’s more important to me to succeed as a model. And I’ll do tattoos until the day I die. I’d like to do my own tattoos and do tattoos for many other people. Creating something that will remain on a body for a very long time. Isn’t it cool?
Zhang Yuan │ China
I was surprised when I saw you here. You seemed 10 years younger compared to when I see you on TV.
That seems to be the reason people don’t recognize me. The number of my Facebook friends keeps growing, but no one recognizes me when I walk down the street. To be honest, I feel like the show made me more popular, but nothing has changed at all in my daily life.
According to the staff, you kind of look like actor Yoo Duk Hwa.
Well, it’s a bit embarrassing. To be honest, when I was in my 20’s, I was used to hear often that I was good-looking, so I thought it was the case. However, since I’m in my 30’s and I’m older, I don’t really care about my looks.
Looking at your business card, it seems that you do various jobs. You did dubbing and radio activities.
To be honest, I’m an entrance examination teacher. I’m an entrance examination Chinese teacher and teach mostly to high schoolers in their 2nd or 3 year. I teach at a private academy in the morning. In the afternoon, I either do radio programs or commercials in Chinese, or I do Chinese dubbing for animation movies.
So it’s actually the first time your face is seen on TV. You must be caring a little bit about your looks.
Not really. I only use skin lotion. And it’s a gift from school parents, so I don’t use a fixed brand. I don’t really exercise. I live alone, so I don’t really care about what I eat. I like Korean food, so I mostly eat Korean food.
I heard you were an announcer in China. I’m curious to hear your reason to give up on a good job and come to Korea.
I graduated from college in 2007 and I got hired right away at the broadcasting station in Beijing. However, it was right before the Beijing Olympic games and I was on night duty every night. After going to work at 7 AM and going home at 2 or 3 in the morning every day, my health really got bad. So I turned in my resignation and I came to Korea for vacation because I have a couple of friends who live here. I didn’t know I’d end up staying in Korea and working here that long.
How do you feel about Korea?
Korea is kind-hearted. There’s this family atmosphere. Korean people really know how to take care of others like a family. The food is delicious. My mom was against me being there at first, but she also loves Korea now.
What do you think of Korean women? Do you find them charming?
They’re very beautiful. They look good in the clothes they wear, their make-up is nice and they have a sweet personality. They have their own mind. And I think they really know how to take care of themselves.
What’s your ideal type?
When I was in my 20’s, looks were very important, but now I just like a kind-hearted woman who is sincere. Physically, I like women like Han Ga In. Women with this beautiful style that gives off this traditional vibe.