Onew and Kim Ian was close during trainee days

[SM Actor Kim Ian- “Been through thick and thin with Henry, Onew….Savouring the ‘taste’ of acting…very happy/blissful

Even though they were both trainees during the same period (of time), Kim Ian who is older than Onew reminisces: “When (I was a) trainee, we would learn dancing from 10 in the morning to 10 at night, singing, acting, rap and among the trainees, only Onew stretched out his hand to me and went, “Hyung, let’s go practice/rehearse~”

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Onew and Kim Ian was close during trainee days

Onew – Cosmopolitan Magazine February Issue 2015

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Q: Both of you had some time off. I’m curious about how you spent that time.  

As you know, I had to take a long break due to my health condition. I really missed being on stage. Fortunately, the concert took place as planned last year, and in March SHINee will hold an exclusive concert at Tokyo Dome. We’re currently working hard to prepare for that. In the midst of that, I got invited to be in this pictorial, and so I excitedly boarded the plane to come here.

Q: Actually, before you guys took off and were in the lounge area, I heard that the both of you were very awkward with each other.

Leeteuk: Onew and I were of the relationship where we’d only just greet each other. Truthfully, I am sorry to SHINee about something. When other groups like f(x) or EXO were debuting, I helped them out by hosting their showcase or helping them make their slogan, like EXO’s ‘We are one.’ However, our timing didn’t work out with SHINee’s debut, so we weren’t able to interact with them in this way. So after thinking about who I should go on this trip with, I wondered what it’d be like to go with Onew. Onew-yah, see there is a deeper meaning as to why I wanted to come here with you~

Onew: Hahaha. I knew that I would be going with Teukie-hyung a while back. The first day on the plane, it was so awkward that we just kept watching movies. But on the other hand, I think our fans will like our collaboration, and so I look forward to it. Personally, this would be like a vacation for me so I definitely wanted to come. It was awkward at first, but hyung is good at leading, so it was fun. The staffs were especially good at responding to my humor.

Q: The 2 of you have your first vacation together, how do you feel?

Of course I had visited Singapore whenever we had a concert here, but this is the first time I’m here on vacation. I’ve always liked humid and warm places, and so as I got out from the plane with my padded jacket I shouted “It’s so nice!” I was worried that I would hurt my throat with my yelling. Hahaha. Because it was raining season, it rained for 4 days, which was a such a pity, but I’m very happy that I’m in a warm country.

Q: What would you say is the most memorable thing on this 4 days and 3 nights vacation?

When I had my solo shoot at the Movenpick hotel, I took a picture with the Merlion. I was told that was the daddy merlion. I wanted to take a picture with the other 2 Merlions, but I couldn’t find it. It was such a pity. When I had nothing on my schedule, I woke up early and swam in the beach, but I got tired within just a few minutes and had to go back. I rode the monorail, did indoor diving, ate ice cream at the shopping mall, and when I was at a toy store, someone asked “Do you want to buy this for someone?” I thought about it for a long time and wanted to buy everything! Although it was on a schedule, it was a good vacation. When the manager hyung and I wandered around, we walked beyond the tram by mistake, but that’s the fun part of going on vacation. There was one time when it rained pretty hard when I was on the way back to the hotel, I had to wait at the train station for quite a while and got caught in the rain while coming back. What is the most memorable thing for you, Teukie-hyung?

Q: I think Onew prepared a lot for this vacation on your own

I actually asked a friend who used to live in Singapore to recommend places that I should go. He recommended Dempsey hill which is located just behind Ochard road. On my first day here, we went there together and it was very nice. It isn’t just a seafood restaurant, it has an open-air cafe feel to it. It was nice. Ah! I heard it’s gorgeous at night. It’s a pity that I couldn’t go to Clarke Quay.

Q: Please say a few words to the fans, who you’re meeting through this pictorial in a long time

The collaboration between the 2 of us is very unique, I hope that the fans can feel a different kind of charm as they look at this pictorial. This year SHINee album will be out again, so please look forward to it. We’re currently working hard to prepared for the “SHINee World 2014~I’m Your Boy~Special Edition in Tokyo Dome” on March 14-15 at the Tokyo Dome. In addition to the concert, if opportunities arise I will show you various sides of me! Please give Onew a lot of support in the future!

tumblr_nih6yuRPtl1r8fs1io1_1280“Still awkward with hyung but lets have some champagne first”






tumblr_nih765YZEV1r8fs1io1_1280“I heard that there are 3 merlions in Singapore. They say one behind me is the daddy merlion”







“If you walk a bit from the resort, you’ll see the
Palawan beach. It’s cold in Korea, but it’s warm here, I like it!”





tumblr_nih72n2hK61r8fs1io1_1280“This is the beach tram that runs around Sentosa Island. It’s very vintage and picturesque”






tumblr_nih6vqNZBa1r8fs1io1_1280“Traveling freely on my own is nice, but I like to travel with others. Other people can offer better suggestions. I’m still lacking as a traveler, but I think walking around a bit is very good for relaxation, and the fascinating thing is seeing a new world unfolds around you. It’s a pity that I can’t meet the fans during that time. It’s so great to be able to meet everyone through this pictorial”




“It’s so great to be able to meet everyone in a long time. From now on, let’s meet more often”






Credits for HQ photos: Mon Cher, S#1214/다일

 All credits for translations goes to: Only Jinki 


Onew – Cosmopolitan Magazine February Issue 2015

CECI Interview 2014 – Onew

CECI: People assume that if they don’t see you around, it means you’re resting. Like today, you took a time off from your schedule to come back to Korea for a while. How have you been?
Onew: As we released our 3rd album in Japan, we’re currently having our Japanese tour, SHINee World 2014 – I’m your Boy, with 30 dates. At every district, we’re performing live stages close to the audience who attends. As a closure to the tour, we’ll be performing our first exclusive Tokyo Dome tour for 2 days from next year March 14 – 15. We’re all excited with our good luck to give a good performance

CECI: It’s been few months since you underwent a surgery on your vocal cords. How’s your health (/body)? . For a singer, vocal cords must be a sensitive area
Onew: Thankfully, I’m much better. There were a lot of people who were worried about me. Because now I have to show a good form in Korea too. So I need to work harder.

CECI: (You) must have been shocked with the surgery decision
Onew: It wasn’t a matter which I had a choice in. I accepted it because there wasn’t any other option. Because they cut a little of my vocal cords, I could’t even make a sound immediately after the operation. I was lying down for about 3 and a half months.

CECI: You took care of yourself well during recover, right?
Onew: Because I couldn’t talk, I stayed at home. Eat, sleep, wake up and watch TV, then sleep again. Because they said sleep is good for my recovery, I hibernated while pretending to be a corpse. Luckily there wasn’t a time when I was bored because I kept sleeping (laughs). Lately I’ve been drinking a lot of water and speaking less to take good care (of myself)

CECI: You look composed (/calm) in any situation.
Onew: Actually, I’m not like that. Because I’m human, there are times when I’m like that and time when I’m not. Because a lot of people see me as a calm person, I’m not sure if it’s a good image or not. Maybe because my personality itself is gentle (he used onyu here. onyu = gentle/tender)

CECI: In order to excite a calm person like you, what are the necessary conditions?
Onew: Suggesting that we go travelling together, or suggesting a tasty restaurant. I would definitely try out tasty restaurants at a travelling place even if it’s far. Might as well eat something tasty while I’m at it.

CECI: Seems like you enjoy travelling alone
Onew: While I was resting, I traveled within the country. (CECI: Since a lot of people can recognize you, wouldn’t it be uncomfortable traveling alone?). The impression (/sense) I give before and after stage make up is very different than you think. Even though I can’t say I’m happy about the before and after make up being different, there’s definitely a merit during times like this.

CECI: if you were to express yourself in one sentence? Try writing one
Onew: I’m not really a useless person ((this sentence doesn’t sound so negative in Korean and it’s quite hard to translate the /exact/ meaning ><;;))

CECI: Where would you like the “usefulness” to shine at?
Onew: My voice has to shine but since I can’t now, it’s sad (/regretful)

CECI: The you after 10 years (would be)?
Onew: I will definitely be needed wherever I go? (laughs)

credits: vanillahaato

CECI Interview 2014 – Onew

ONEW – 50-Questions Interview [SHINee – SEEK Vol. 4]

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1. What kind of book are you currently interested in?

A: A book on world cultures. I have a deep understanding of our country as compared towhat I know of the world. So I thought that I should learn about the different ways of thinking of the rest of the world that I don’t know. That’s why I read it.

2. What kind of movies do you like?

A: I love horror films!

3.When you were in school, what is the subject you’re weak at?

A: Math…

4. When you were in school, what is the subject you’re best at?

A: Science!

5. If your girlfriend cooks for you, what dish would you like her to cook?

A:Dakdolitang! (spicy simmered chicken and vegetables)

6. What is your ideal type in a girl?

A: A girl with a cute aura.

7. Which hairstyle do you prefer in a girl? Short, bob, semilong, or long?

A: Short hair.

8. What is your favorite number?

A: 2. I feel like it has a sense of stability.

9. If a girl could give you a message, what words would make you happy?

A: I would be happy if I were told, “Your voice is really beautiful.”

10. What Korean dish would you recommend to your Japanese fans?

A:Samgyetang. (Chicken ginseng soup)

11. Please wink for us.

A: (photo)

12. What SHINee song would you recommend to lift someone’s spirit when they’re feeling down?

A: 321

13. What if you invited a girl you like to a date, how will you approach her?

A: I think that instead of asking her out boldly, I will do it secretly and in private(LOL).

14.Recently, is there anything that made you feel happy or energetic?

A: I took awalk after a long time! The trees were so green, and when I saw them I can feel the nature. The wind also felt really nice.

15. What is your treasure?

A: My family, myself, my fans. And the people around me who support me.

16. What is your favorite (Japanese) word?

A: Smile.Because a smiling face is the best.

17. What is your recent favorite fashion item?

A: Fedora hats.

18. What is a food you dislike?


19. Please hold out your hand.

A: (photo)

20. What is your favorite smell?

A: The smell of trees. They have a calming feeling.

21. What is your ideal age to get married?

A: I wonder how old would be good…about 35 years old? (LOL)

22. What is your latest hobby/game that interests you?

A: Bowling! I even bought My Ball! I’m thinking of seriously doing it (LOL).

23. What is your special skill?

A:Hmm..ttakbam (LOL)

24. What is your favorite food?

A: Chicken! I love chicken! I like any dish with chicken!

25. Please give us a flying kiss!

A: (photo)

26. Please make a crying face.

A: (photo)

27. What is a book you like?

A: Poetry. It is an accumulation of unsaid feelings and is easy to read.

28. How do you relieve stress?

A: I guess this is also by walking. Like, taking a walk through a place I’ve never ventured before. Since it’s a place I’m unfamiliar with, I become observant of the things around me and it’s exciting, discovering a lot of new things. With that, my mood becomes better. I recommend it to everyone!

29. What is your charm point?

A: My voice!

30. What is the most interesting dream you had?

A: Hmm..I forgot. LOL. I may have had dreams but I don’t really remember them?

31. What did you eat last night?

A: Ramen!

32. If you’re taking a walk with your girlfriend, what is better? holding hands or linking arms?

A: Holding hands would be better, I think~

33. What present would you give your girlfriend if you’re celebrating your first anniversary?

A:Hmm…what would be nice? …Will you give me suggestions? (LOL)

34. What is your weak point?

A: I get easily influenced by other people’s opinions.

35. What is something you want to do before you die?

A:Something that seems to feel really good–Skydiving!

36. What do you wear when you sleep?

A: T-shirt and shorts.

37. What is your dream when you were young?

A: To be a scientist or architect

38. When you go out, what item should definitely be in your bag?

A: My phone, wallet, and room keys

39. What is the first thing you do upon waking up?

A: Check the time.

40. What is something that you are secretly proud of?

A: No matter what I’m going to start doing or no matter where I am going, I always prepare for it.

41. Which do you prefer, roller coaster or haunted house?

A: If I can choose, then roller coaster.

42. Please make a gesture showing, “keep it a secret”!

A: (photo)

43. What is your favorite sport?

A: Favorite sport, I don’t have one (LOL).

44. What do you buy in a convenience store?

A: I often buy sweets or drinks.

45. Are you the type of person who eats his favorite food first or last?

A: Either. It depends on what I feel during that time.

46. How do you spend time in your room?

A: If there is time, I sleep a lot.

47. What is your favorite animal?

A: Giraffe

48. What is your favorite color?

A: Blue!

49. What is your favorite season?

A: Although they pass by easily, spring and autumn.

50. (Q fromSWJ): Onew-san always has a smiling face, but if a problem comes up, what do you do to calm yourself down?

A: First, I sleep (LOL). But I don’t sleep to forget about it. I sleep mainly to”reset” and regain my presence of mind. Then I think it over again,what I lacked/missed and what I need to do.


credit: keihissi


Onew x Taemin: Always making each other smile, the warm, fluffy, and healing pair.

Taemin: Onew-hyung has always been a listener and has talked with me a lot regarding various things. After this, I will continue to depend on him.

Onew: Taemin is really my cute younger brother. Our ages are far apart and the difference in our ideas are surprising, but in that sense, it is interesting.

Taemin: Am I interesting?

Onew: Thanks to Taemin, there are times when we encounter “miraculous experiences” I wouldn’t have even imagined.

Taemin: Did you mean…Is that because I always destroy stuff and people call me “magic hands”?

Onew: Well, there are times like that, too. (LOL)


Taemin: I’m always depending on Onew-hyung.

Onew: With Taemin is a fresh experience every time.

Taemin: How are you smiling like that?

Onew: Because of Taemin I’m always laughing/smiling



Onew x Minho – Like in soccer, they’re the defense and attack pair

Onew: Whatever happens, he is by our side and calls out to us. Minho is really a person who becomes our strength in any situation.

Minho: Ohh! *high-fives*

Onew: It’s not only with me, even with other members, he is our heart aid and is a very important existence to all of us.

Minho: Ohh! *high-fives* For me, Onew-kun is our immovable defense.

Onew: Eh? Is it a soccer reference?

Minho: Since he is always very steadfast, all of us depend on him.


Onew: Minho becomes our strength in whatever situation.

Onew: We’re always reassured by his courage.

Minho: Onew is SHINee’s super defense!

Onew: Eh?!



Onew x Key – SHINee’s Leader and SHINee’s brain.

Key: Recently, Onew seems to be so obedient. I think I know the reason for it.

Onew: What is it?

Key: Although we always seem to forget, you’re already 25 years old (LOL). But you sometimes act younger than the rest of us.

Onew: Key is just more mature than I am. Key’s mindset is to take out the parts that cause us (SHINee) uneasiness/anxiety and use them as an opportunity to try out new things.

Key: (seriously) We weren’t really aware of it, but we really have grown up… (*)


Onew: Whatever in Key’s head (his ideas/thoughts/etc) is very important to SHINee!

Key: Onew will catch up eventually (LOL) (**)

Onew: I want Key to talk about opportunities always.




Jonghyun x Onew: The seniors who understand and worry for each other.

Onew: I like Jonghyun’s mouth.

Jonghyun: Mouth?

Onew: Because he can put his own thoughts into his own words and convey them properly. I think his power to express things is amazing.

Jonghyun: Then you like my words, you mean. Not my mouth (LOL). As for me, I like Onew-kun’s funny side (how he makes people laugh). But actually I wish that Onew-kun will fix a part of him, too.

Onew: Where, where?

Jonghyun: Sometimes, your jokes are hard to understand so it’s bothersome (LOL).

Onew: …….I’m sorry (LOL).


Jonghyun: Onew-kun! Sometimes your gags are hard to understand! LOL

Onew: I think it’s amazing how (Jonghyun) expresses in his own words.

ONEW – 50-Questions Interview [SHINee – SEEK Vol. 4]

Onew’s Voice is Popular among Indie Singers/Bands

1. Be sweet – in an interview with a Ceci Magazine she mentions Onew as good choice to have a duet with.

2. Vanilla Acoustic – one of the member of this trio band, Sung Ah says Onew’s voice is good.


credits: 0new_kpoplove

Onew’s Voice is Popular among Indie Singers/Bands

{TRANS} Onew’s Interview for Singles Magazine 2012

There is no emptiness in SHINee’s stages. In fact, it’s so perfectly filled that this is the homework that SHINee will have to solve. The Onew we met offstage was so easygoing. The 24 year old Onew is a peculiar young man who says he is happiest when he buys food for his friends with the money he made and falls asleep on top of an anatomy book.

“I developed an obsession with time after I debuted. When I’m free, I think about how to use that time. There have been many instances when I went out to drink coffee or rode the subway around alone. When I have time, I should know to savor the leisure feeling but I’m not good at doing that.”

The idols of South Korea grow through similar phases or processes for the most part. After their debut entrance with somewhat awkward and cute appearances, they begin to slowly show off their mature side and become polished. Then the time comes for the men to start emphasizing on beastliness and women on sexiness as they exude deadly charms. However, seeing them rush and become adults too quickly isn’t all that pleasant. SHINee is a popular group even amongst idols for debuting at a young age. Around the time of their debut, maknae Taemin was a middle school student and the rest of the members were all high school students. It’s true that I thought it was impossible for SHINee to become sexy guys or homme fatales within 2~3 years. It’s obvious that fans were hoping “Please don’t change. Don’t rush to grow up.” Fortunately, Onew has no plans to pretend to be an adult already. Seeing him say “I want to be a boy for as long as I can” made me feel at ease. If he answered “I’m disappointed that there are still so many people who see us as babies,” I would have been mopey. The conversation with Onew was warm and comfortable. The reason is because I felt that he’s not an idol who wants to grow up forcibly but rather takes what he has now and tries to enjoy it. So I think SHINee’s fans can be happy for a long, long time and not just a flash.

SHINee’s maknae is now also twenty but SHINee still looks like a fresh young boy band. Are you dissatisfied with this image or are there times you want to shed out of it?
Ah, even our maknae is twenty so we have grown a lot. It’s true that the boy-ish image still comes before a macho image. When I eat or perform on stage, I get so happy that I smile like a little boy unknowingly. I smile automatically so I don’t want to just stop and pretend to be strong, cool, and tough. That’s why I’m still enjoying our current image. Although I get worried at times when work becomes burdensome, I smile again like a little boy on stage.

There’s a K-pop fever. When you go on world tours, what’s the excitement at the venues like? Aren’t you conquering the world at too young of an age? I feel like you can even get cocky sometimes.
The phrase conquering the world really does not suit me, Interviewer. Hahaha. It’s definitely a good opportunity and experience. I try to get full vibe of the passionate stage. A performance is a performance but I’m really happy that I can travel to many countries and choose delicious foods to eat. Cocky? There’s barely a chance of it happening. On TV, we’re surrounded by an incredible amount of cheers and fans. But there have often been times when there weren’t many fans at the airport so I was disappointed. Hahaha. I can’t forget the concert we held at the New York Madison Square Garden. To think that I went and performed at the place I found out through “Rush Hour 2”. I still can’t believe it.

Is it because of your title track “Noona, You’re So Pretty”? It seems like SHINee, especially Onew, is the fantasy of noonas.
There are a lot of noona fans who like my voice more than my looks. To be honest, I really hated my voice before. It’s because a unique voice tone cannot express various feelings. When I was young, I preferred voices with a lot of technique for no reason. Now I’ve come to like voices that can emphasize emotions. Maybe that’s why I think there are strengths about my voice which has a comfortable and unique feel to it even though it lacks special techniques.

That’s right. No matter which song you listen to in SHINee’s albums, you can hear Onew’s voice right away.
I’ve heard many times that I have somewhat of a distinctive voice. This unique tone that some people don’t have is what gives life to the song. Even though I am not the main vocalist, I am happy to have this role in the team. Talent in singing? I’m not sure. I liked to sing since I was young is all. I didn’t have many definite thoughts on becoming an actual singer. When my dad played cassette tapes in the car, I did my best to sing along and I occasionally sang in front of my family. I never dreamed of being a member of an idol group. I wanted to be someone who writes lyrics and sings songs. My dream was to win the “Yoo Jaeha Music Contest” and make my debut.

Who are your close celebrity colleagues and what do you do when you meet up with them? I’m curious about what kind of person Onew normally is at personal meetings. Do you perhaps have a mentor in music?
In personal meetings, I go back 100% to Lee Jinki! I mainly hang out with Lee Joon and Go Ara but everyone is really kind. My behavior at personal meetings depends on the atmosphere. Maybe it’s because I’m a sensitive blood type O but a different side of me emerges every time. That’s why I might appear like I do what I want. Musically, it is Kim Yeonwoo sunbaenim. I personally met him while working on music so I want to become more emotional like him. I told people I met that I like Kim Yeonwoo so the fans put together a CD with songs that I sang and gave it to Kim Yeonwoo sunbaenim as a gift. I actually think he’d want to receive a girl group’s CD like Girls’ Generation. Hahaha.

I hear that for days like idols’ birthdays, they receive a ton of presents! It doesn’t seem like you’d be lacking in material items. What do you need the most right now?
I definitely receive a lot of presents. That’s why I rarely buy clothes. The clothes I’m wearing now? The clothes I’m wearing today are actually bought by me. I bought them in Hollywood… Woohoo! I pick out and wear comfortable styles out of the clothes that the fans give me. I receive various types of presents like a computer, bicycle, CD, headset, and more and they fit my taste for the most part. That’s why I don’t lack anything. In fact, I receive things that are too expensive that I have returned them on many occasions. What do I think I lack? Ah! It’s time. I’ve developed an obsession without realizing it. Even if I have a little bit of free time, I always go out of the dorm.

It’s already been 5 years since your debut. What has changed the most between the Onew back then and the Onew now if there is anything?
I have become more social compared to when I debuted. I’m open and get along with the staff as well. I used to just be polite but now I’m more comfortable.

The Onew that we know has a smart image. You look like a nice son at home and a sentimental lover to your girlfriend.
To my girlfriend? To my family? I’m normally not that style so at some point, I actually developed a fixed idea that “I should act like Onew.” As soon as I felt that, I thought I had to break away from it. That’s why I’m trying hard to show my true bright, active, and nonchalant self recently. I’m not sure what an unexpected appearance would be. Reading an anatomy book? Hahaha.

If you lived a normal life as a student, where would you be and what would you be doing right now? Perhaps studying hard in a library? Or enthusiastically dating?
I have a lot of curiosities so I do many things that I end up regretting. That’s why I don’t know what I’d be doing now. Studying was fun until my 3rd year of high school. Lately, I miss the days when I used to study. I’m still interested in geology, astronomy, and more. If I didn’t become a singer, I probably would be studying?

How does it feel to live as an idol member and the leader of a group on top of that? You don’t seem like 
Before and in the beginning of our debut, I had many burdens of being a leader. I thought that I should always pull the group. But then I looked one day and saw that the members were taking care of themselves. Hahaha. Aside from every day and minor issues, things get settled without me having to step in. I have a rather optimistic personality so there’s no sense of rivalry with the members or other groups. I have interests and curiosities like “Oh, you do these kind of things too?” There’s no jealousy so I’m not even impatient.

Is there an ideal type or female celebrity who has captured Onew’s heart?
This is a hard question. It’s because I don’t have a specific ideal type. There are just times when I briefly think “Wow, this person is alright” when someone passes by. But I forget about it after a little bit and I think the same thing about a different person the next day. Rather than there being a pattern [of types I like], I like people who have good vibes. A basic quality is a woman who is also interested in music. It’d be even better if she can sing together with me. If I had to add one more, it’d be a woman who has qualities that I don’t so she can help me improve. It’s even better if she has pretty hands. An actress I’ve been attracted to lately is Lee Nayoung noona. I fell for her after watching her on “Infinity Challenge”. Ah! And Kim Jungnan noona! We recently filmed “Radio star” together. I like people who like me. Noona, are you reading? Hahaha. ♥

credits: kimchi hana and jennyjjong.

{TRANS} Onew’s Interview for Singles Magazine 2012

Onew – Arena Magazine Interview


Q1: Usually when there is no schedule,  what do you do?

A: Usually sleep, sleep, sleep or go outside. I like playing darts so I’ll go out alone.

Q2: You go there alone? Don’t you feel uncomfortable when people recognize you, say hello, or ask you for autograph?

A:  Is there any problem with going out alone? I have no discomfort going out alone. I don’t care much about such things.

Q3: There are many games to play, but why specifically do you play darts?

A:  I tried playing billiards and bowling, then I moved to playing darts. It is attractive. These days, darts machine developed so that you can play it with stranger on line. It is totally fine to play it alone.

Q4: not long ago, the sitcom ended. You set your foot on the field of acting.

A: at first, it was a bit burdensome. Being a singer, the thought of ‘how should I act?’ kept arising in my head. Actors are people who are trained for acting from the beginning. There are people like them, but I just got the good chance; I didn’t want to be a harm to them.

Q5: Have you fallen in to the attraction of acting?

A: I had fun, but it was hard for me not to express at the same time as I express.

Q6: huh? What do you mean?

A: As a singer, I always try to find the camera. Not looking into camera and do something is very difficult.  Furthermore, the shooting of the sitcom was done in a theatrical way. It was  taken straight uncut from the beginning  to end. If I forgot the lines, I had to do ad-libs but I have acted in musicals before so I could overcome the mistakes naturally.

Q7: You are the leader of the group as well as the eldest. What is the privileges of being a leader?

A: A privileged leader? For example, when I go (abroad<- not written in the korean script, but bc of the context we can assume that he goes abroad) to hotels for performances, I get to use the room by myself. Usually we are divided into groups of two, two and one, so I get to use the room alone.

Q8: If so, what type of elder brother you  are, aside from being leader?

A: It seems like I just embrace everything. In the past, I wasn’t that sort of person, but at some point I changed. Or else, I get stressed out. But it does not mean that I compel them to follow my directions.

Q9: Do you hang out with your group members?

A: I see them 24/7, why should I see them for another occasion again? What kind of topic do I have to talk about with them? I should make topics to talk about outside the group. Each group members have their own friends.. I hang out with my friends from elementary, middle, and high school.

Q10: Do you open purse when you play with friends?

A: Yes, our rule is whoever is able to pay pays.

Q11: Then Onew, you must be a great friend among friends.

A: When I could not visit my parents for 2 to 3 years after the debut, my friends even postponed the serving in the military duty to behave like sons to my parents. They were very considerate, and they visited my parents’ shop and they even visited my parents in holidays because they were worried about my parents who must have felt lonely. That’s why I do not feel any wasted (when I open my wallet for them).

Q12: They are such amazing friends. Are your friends nice or did you just maintain good relationship with them?

A: It’s because they are nice so that I can maintain a good relationship. Hmm. Because they got their girl friends, they are starting to neglect me than before.. When a friend brings his girl friend with him, we hang out together with her. I sit next to them saying “Are you feeling happy?”. To my real friends or close acquaintances I tell them “do not think of me as a celebrity.” I don’t have to meet my friends feeling awkward.

Q13: You changed your hair color. Even such a thing is a hot topic among fans.  Your every little move attracts attention and don’t you feel as if you are the center of the universe?

A: Not at all. Before I became a celebrity I thought like that but not anymore. I  am only a small part of this world. Th  place I’m sitting now, is not visible from a far. Performing in front of  thousands of audiences? It will also look like nothing and can’t be seen from the far; it’s nothing.

Q14: It has been five years since you debuted. What do you think has changed?

A:  I became bold. At first everything was hard and awkward. But now when I work, I think “Oh, I have done that before.” Then now though I have something I have never done before, I think ‘If I do this now, I would do it better next time.’

Q15: You have become more handsome,  don’t you feel it?

A: Not long ago, I looked at the photos from my elementary school. There was a picture of myself laughing, and it was the same as the present. It was highly amazing because I could tell that the structure of my bones were the only thing changed. My look, it’s because the staff members take a good care of my hair and make-ups. Everyone can be handsome if you make your mind and get cared of.

Q16: Does it mean that you don’t feel proud of yourself when you look into the mirror?

A: To feel proud of myself, I take care of my fashion these days. I’m aging- it doesn’t mean that I became old- I wanted to dress myself up a little since I am of an age that can bloom. In the past all I did was to think about it, but now I am trying to take action. I ask this and that, and I try them on.

Q17: Idol’s necessity, the good shaped body. Do you build up your body?

A: You mean, training? Yes, these days I do a bit.

Q18:  Do you have good body shape?

A: no.

Q19: Come to think of it, never saw you naked.

A:  I don’t take my clothes off. Even my body becomes more masculine, I don’t think I will show it to other people. It does not always feel great when other people see my body.. well if I like my body myself and be pleased, that is a different story. Thus I think now a days people have good body shape but they look alike too much. I have the body of my own.

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Onew – Arena Magazine Interview