[Interview Part II] The Three Changes CN Blue Has Witnessed in Its Four Year Career
CN Blue′s life 1: Acting
Jung Yong Hwa started acting before his debut, and last year Lee Jong Hyun, Kang Min Hyuk and Lee Jung Shin joined the singer-turned-actor ranks. Lee Jong Hyun appeared as Collin in the popular SBS drama A Gentleman′s Dignity, Kang Min Hyuk appeared in KBS2′s Unexpected You and Lee Jung Shin is currently starring in KBS2′s My Daughter Seo Young.
The trio received favorable reviews for their acting, expressing their characters so well that some viewers even mistook them to be professional actors instead of rookies from a band. Their good looks also helped them garner even more love from their viewers.
Lee Jong Hyun said, "I couldn′t believe my luck. I learned about life through acting. I was busy enough with music, so I kept being stubborn and said I didn′t have time to take up acting also. I think I was making up excuses because I wasn′t courageous enough. Now, I think I′ll be able to see the world with a more relaxed view."
Lee Jung Shin said, "I′ve become more confident through the drama. Confidence really leaves its marks when you′re onstage. We toured Japan in a tour that drew over 100,000 people while I was filming the drama. I became really busy, but I think I was able to express myself better thanks to my acting feats."
Lee Jong Hyun added, "[Lee] Jung Shin changed the most. Only a few people know how hard it is to film a drama and perform in concerts at the same time. Still, he got everything done without complaint. I felt he had become very mature, and I thought it was great. I wonder if he knows how we feel (Laugh)."
"Jung Shin now even makes gestures at the camera (Laugh)," Jung Yong Hwa joked.
Lee Jung Shin explained, "It′s not that, it′s just that I made gestures thinking that I should be of help too (Laugh). I became sorry with the thought that I hadn′t done much onstage up to now."
Lee Jong Hyun continued, "Also, the way I express myself onstage has changed after I started acting. Our role is to help the front man (vocalist) [Jung] Yong Hwa hyung (big brother) shine, but it was stupid of me not to take up acting, as I′ve realized that the bigger we get, the brighter the vocalist shines, and the bigger CN Blue becomes."
"I was surprised to find while I was trying to bring the mood up during a live performance that I was making expressions I had become used to making while acting," Kang Min Hyuk said.
Jung Yong Hwa said, "I′m happy now that everyone′s busy acting. Our fans, however, worry that I′m not doing anything, wondering if it′s because I′m trying to let the other members become more known (Laugh). I actually asked our agency [for some time off] because I didn′t have any time to look back on myself during the two or three years I had been chased around by my schedule, working on my songs. I was happier because I had more time on my hands."
CN Blue′s life 2: Happy times
Forbes recently said Norway had the happiest citizens in the world. Countries were ranked up to 20th place in a list, and Korea didn′t make it in.
CN Blue, however, showed it was happy in the midst of such debate. All throughout the interview the members seemed bent on giving off positive energy. Their positive and youthful energy was out to heal hearts.
Lee Jong Hyun said, "I was so happy when we were filming the music video for I′m Sorry in London. We performed on a rooftop like The Beatles, which is every band′s dream (Laugh). I don′t think we should be too concerned about anything when we′ve had so many great opportunities."
It seemed Lee Jong Hyun was the happiest member of them all. He talked in a high, elated voice about how joyful he felt.
"Fans kept getting suspicious and asked me what had happened to me when I started laughing more than I used to," he added. "I saw the expressions on the members′ faces while on tour, and they all betrayed happiness. I think we were like this since October last year. We were so happy to perform together, getting brighter with every minute."
He also said, "I sometimes thought I shouldn′t be on TV, but it′s so much fun to see myself on TV. It also feels like I′m doing good for my parents when I come out often."
Jung Yong Hwa said, "We′re enjoying our promotions. I used to care for my image when I would go on variety in the past, but now I don′t care at all. It′s fun to promote now that I′m enjoying it. I missed the camera when I took a break last year (Laugh)."
"I became scared if the four of us weren′t together so Yong Hwa hyung would appear [on TV] alone. Now, however, it′s so much fun because more people want to see us," said Kang Min Hyuk.
Lee Jung Shin said, "[Lee] Jong Hyun hyung and Yong Hwa hyung appeared recently in SBS′ Running Man, and I found Jong Hyun hyung watching the episode like it was a movie, in a room with all the lights out. He looked so happy, watching it with the sound turned up (Laugh). He had seen it that night, but he got up in the morning and watched Running Man again. I could really feel his happiness (Laugh)."
He added, "I recently realized that I′m happy while I was drinking with the members. We got together for the first time in a while because we had been busy with our dramas, and we talked and laughed and reorganized our thoughts. I was tired, but I was happy."
"Bad things may happen, but still I′m happy that the four of us get along so well and that we′re working together," Lee Jong Hyun said. "I hope this lasts for as long as possible."
"With teamwork like this, I′m sure we′ll be able to overcome any slump that comes our way," said Lee Jung Shin.
Photo credit: FNC Entertainment
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