[Interview Part II] Lee Jung Jae on His Personal Life and His Future
This is Part II of our interview with Lee Jung Jae. Read Part I here.
What do you do when you don’t have shoots?
“I watch movies or go to see concerts or exhibitions. Recently I was so busy I didn’t get to see much.”
Why don’t you ever go overseas?
“If I had been in dramas it would’ve been easier for me to go overseas, but I think I didn’t go overseas because I usually appear in films. I do have Japanese fans, though. They continue to like me a lot.”
You’re an actor who′s mean toward his fans; you never hold fanmeetings.
“I don’t have an official fanclub or any official fansites. I think my fans would probably feel bad about that. I used to depend on my management company [to take care of such things], but now that I manage myself I wasn’t able to care for them. I’m very sorry.”
There were a lot of articles these past few years about your personal life.
“Since I’m a celebrity, of course I’m followed by rumors, scandals and gossip. I don’t act against all of them. I just believe the truth will be revealed someday. I acted against them by not acting at all, but then something came out entirely out of the blue. It was the first time something like that had happened.
"When stories about that were first released, I just thought it was funny, but when they kept coming I got mad. It felt like they were thinking I was a pushover since I was staying quiet. I kept it bottled up until then because I didn’t want to get engaged in a conflict with the press. I passed it over since I’m the celebrity. "
"One reporter, however, then wrote an article that made it seem as if he had spoken with my father. I was mad at how he had used even my family as a tool for his articles. That’s when I thought of taking legal measures, but then the company released a correction.”
You’re probably embroiled in such rumors since you’re not married.
“I don’t want to get married because of things like that, though. Many actors my age aren’t married yet. That’s what the people around me are like, and so I don’t think much [of marriage] either. I’m also used to living freely.”
Do you have any plans to venture to areas other than acting?
“No. I plan to concentrate on appearing in great pieces to put together a great character.”
How do you pick out pieces?
“I don’t care about the genre. I only care about the character. I choose those characters that I believe the audience will remember for a long time. I believed that although Popeye wouldn’t be loved much, he would be remembered for a long time.”
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