[Part 3] The beautiful times of Kim Hyun Joong and me: 〈A virile man with Peter Pan staying in his heart〉

25 Sep


[Part 3] The beautiful times of Kim Hyun Joong and me: 〈A virile man with Peter Pan staying in his heart〉


Once, a colleague asked me out of curiosity, is the difficulty level high when doing interview with Kim Hyun Joong? Being asked like that, it aroused my curiosity instead. Why such a question? Colleague laughed and said~ because Kim Hyun Joong is well-known for his 「4Dness」, is it difficult to carry on the conversation or unable to understand his replies?


I gave it a serious thought and tried to recollect, it seem I’ve never came across such situation before. But if I must pick a moment when I felt difficult or perplexed when I’m interviewing Kim Hyun Joong~ hmm……I think it’s when many times while we were chatting, and suddenly I had signs of 「age sense capability」confusion.

在訪問過那麼多的韓國藝人,經過訪問之前必要的做功課階段,都可以準確的確認對方的年齡,所以是年紀比我輕或者是比我年長,又或者是同齡朋友,其實是可以分得很清楚的,在真正見面之後的訪談,通常也不會有太多的落差。惟獨金賢重,總讓我出現混亂。實際上,好啦~我承認我是「姐姐」,畢竟我真真確確的比金賢重大了好幾歲。只是從第一次訪問他開始,我的認知一直錯覺他是我的「同齡朋友」,而會有這樣的感覺,我想大概是因為跟他很「男子漢」的那一面有關係吧!其實就算不是跟他面對面的談話,光從金賢重的第一張個人迷你專輯《Break Down》開始,就不難發現,他一直以來想要展現的某個部分,就是比較有男子氣概的那一面。並不是說他刻意想要這麼做,而是那比較接近他自己的樣子。畢竟他一路以來,就是一個「拼了命的男子漢」,為了自己歌手的夢想也好,為了後來踏上的演員之路也好,金賢重始終沒有停下來,盡自己最大的可能做好每件事情。依循著他規劃好的計劃前進,他也是我訪問過的眾多藝人當中,唯一一個可以不假思索的一次回答出自己接下來半年的工作計畫,然後近乎一步不差準確達成的。也就是因為金賢重自己是這樣的人,所以對於那些還在為夢想猶豫不前的人,他著急的說:「已經來不及了!不管你的夢想是什麼都快點開始行動吧!然後拼了命的去做吧!」他的這一番話,對當時採訪他的我而言,其實也帶來了很大的勇氣和鼓舞!

Among the many Korean artistes I’ve interviewed, I can accurately guess the age of them when I’m looking up the materials before the interviews. So whether they are younger than me or older than me, or if they are like friends with the same age as me, actually I can tell the difference clearly. Even when it’s at the actual interview, usually the difference won’t be very big too. Except Kim Hyun Joong, whom always caused confusion on me. In reality, okies~ I admit I am 「noona」, afterall I am really a few years older than Kim Hyun Joong. It’s just that since the first interview with him, my cognition kept having misconception that he is my 「same age friend」, and how I have this feeling probably is because of his very 「manly side」! Actually even if not having a face to face conversation with him, just from Kim Hyun Joong’s first mini album 《Break Down》onward, it’s not hard to discover the side which he has been wanting to show, and that is the more manly side of him. It’s not saying that he purposely wants to do this, but it’s that it is closer to he himself. Afterall he has always been a 「tough guy who does everything with his might」, be it for his dream as a singer, be it the actor path which he later stepped on, all along Kim Hyun Joong has never once stopped, he tried to his best in each thing that he does. He move forward based on the plans he made, he is also the only artiste among the many that I’ve interviewed who is able to tell what are his plans for the coming six months without hesitation, and then almost without fail he was able to achieve them. And also because Kim Hyun Joong is such a person, thus for people who are still hesitant to achieve their dreams, he said anxiously: 「There’s not much time already! No matter what your dream is, hurry up and take action now! And do it with all your might!」These words he said, to me who was doing the interviewing with him back then, actually it gave me very huge courage and encouragement!


And his 「virile man’s cells」also reflected on how he get along with his friends. I remembered asking him does he go for a cup of coffee or high tea with friends when he got free time? He said he don’t drink coffee and seldom drink tea, so he usually meet up with friends for dinner or a drink, then he asked me: 「With guy friend sitting opposite drinking coffee together, isn’t it weird? And also I don’t drink coffee, if we drink water together, it’s even more weird?」 His puzzled expression with his head slanted to one side has left deep impression in me even till now.


But yet this 「virile man」will keep 「reminding」me ─ that actually he is a big boy. For example, every time after the interview ends and at a 「Timing」 most unexpected, he will let himself go and start practicing his dance choreography. Or during photography session, he’ll suddenly go up the chair handsomely and posed in position of what we’ve wanted him to do so, then looking at us who are in a daze and revealed a smile that is even brighter than the sunlight. Or it could be when he talk about his idol, the eyes shone with brilliancy and innocence……


Although I do suspect that he is an alien that has his own planet, but I’m more convinced that there’s a 「Peter Pan」staying in his heart ─ one that doesn’t wish to grow up. Or else he won’t be saying in his concert:「Everyone had also aged 5 years like me, really so sad.」 A naughty boy who is not even 30 years old, it is 「grown up」5 years,not 「aged」5 years! What are the sisters going to react to your sad words? And also~ asked if he has lose weight? He replied me with a serious face:「It should be because I’ve aged, so the baby fats were gone.」

所以請大家評評理,我說金賢重是「心裡住著彼得潘的男子漢」可是一點都沒有說錯他吧?如果還是想要驗證這個說法,我非常建議大家可以把金賢重從《Break Down》到最近這次的最新韓語專輯《TIMING》全部拿出來,從頭聽過一遍,在他最真實的音樂裡面,你一定可以發現他想要展現屬於他的男子氣概,還有住在他心裡的彼得潘,也許聽完之後,你可以告訴我,你喜歡金賢重的哪一面?

So I ask for everyone to judge, I am not wrong to say that Kim Hyun Joong is 「a virile man with a Peter Pan in his heart」 right? If you still want to verify this saying, I suggests that everyone can take out Kim Hyun Joong’s albums starting from 《Break Down》 to the latest Korean album 《TIMING》 and listen all over again. From his music you can definitely discover the manliness he wanted to show, and also the Peter Pan that is in his heart. Maybe after you’ve finish listening to the songs, you can tell me which side of Kim Hyun Joong do you like?


Eh?! I think I’ve asked a very difficult question, because I think I……also can’t pick my choice! Haha~ in that case I’ll leave the difficult question to you all!



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