Jung Yonghwa and Park Shinhye first acted together in You’re Beautiful (2009 SBS) and then in Heartstrings (2011 MBC). Having gone through difficult and happy times together, they have become friends at work and supportive to each other, they are friends who can simply understand each other just from each others’ facial expression.
On 16th July 2012, both of them held a Heartstrings fanmeeting in Japan. We will show you their natural sides through this interview!
Q. We have been waiting so long for the both of you to promote together in Japan! How did you feel when you first heard of the fanmeeting?
YongHwa: We have been thinking about when we could hold the fanmeeting for a long time.
ShinHye: Yesyes, I have been waiting for the chance for us to promote together, it has finally come true! The fanmeeting was an enjoyable experience!
Q. How did you feel about becoming Leeshin and Gyuwon after about a year later?
ShinHye: I did not feel any stress, but Shin seems to not be able to find his feel since the rehearsal just then.
YongHwa: (Looking at SH’s photo on page 46) Wa, you look so pretty then!
ShinHye: Thank you, (Looking at YH’s attached poster) Wa~ So handsome, who is this? Do you know him?
YongHwa: Hohoho, Shin is really handsome!
ShinHye: Can you introduce him to me?
YongHwa: I don’t know him either! (Laughs)
Q: So.. Where is Shin now?
YongHwa: Who knows where he will be…? I wanted to be Shin during today’s activities but I did not succeed eventually. (Laughs)
Q: How did you feel about performing the gayageum?
ShinHye: Even though it doesn’t happen now, I used to grow splinters during practising. I was very happy to play the gayageum after so long, it has brought up many memories!
YongHwa: We can probably play a band and traditional music band duet if you practised long enough, the atmosphere would be even more high.
ShinHye: The stupid members are too busy
YongHwa: It was a regret the stupid members could not come together and perform for everyone!
Q. Having seen Heartstrings content again, what memories did it bring back?
ShinHye: : Everything during filming! It’s amazing how everything including the NG scenes are still so clear in the mind.
YongHwa: Yes yes! Why we would laugh, oh there is such a scene and why we will act in that manner then etc.
ShinHye: (nods head) It was always hot and raining, we have suffered a lot!
YongHwa: Thinking of heartstrings bring back alot of memories, I have devoted much of my feelings in this drama. There were many same-age actors so it was always fun and enjoyable in the cast!
Q. Heartstrings have been showing in Japan, have you watched it with Japanese voiceover?
YongHwa: No, I have heard about it but I have not watched it.
ShinHye: Me too. I have watched You’re Beautiful in Papanese voiceover but it didn’t felt like me. I have thought about doing the voiceover personally so that it will sound more like me (laughs)
YongHwa: What time does it air today? 2.43am? That should be in the midnight? I think we should just see the live version instead!
Q. Has there been any moment where you have fallen for Yonghwa during filming?
ShinHye: When he was singing Because I miss you. The amount of feelings he put in the song was just right, he was very handsome! [ kkkkkkk ~C]
Q. Honestly speaking, how do you find him as a man?
ShinHye: Very good of course! Very good! Although he is not very straight forward at times, he takes good care of others and is mature, he also encourages me!
YongHwa (whispers) Shin don’t really like to talk.
ShinHye: But he tries very hard to make people laugh. (Stares at YH)
Q. Is the real Yonghwa more attractive?
ShinHye: That is definitely! Shin’s charm and Yonghwa’s are completely opposites, they are not on par!
YongHwa: Thank you~!
Q. What about comparing Singer Yonghwa and Actor Yonghwa?
ShinHye: I think the music stage allows Yonghwa to completely reveal his leadership skills and power but he can channel the reserved and quiet inner self during acting to give his character more charm. This can all be felt through the camera lens. After seeing him putting in more and more effort and growing up to where he is today, this is what I feel about him as a person who has been guarding beside him.
Is Shinhye’s ideal type closer to Yonghwa or Hongki?
Q. What are Gyu Won and Shin Hye’s charms individually?
YongHwa: Individually? Both of them have many similar aspects. They are always cheerful and hardworking.. their good points are very similar!
Q. Do you feel any difference in them?
YongHwa: When we were shooting You’re Beautiful, ShinHye is more like Minam. With all the male actors (Jang) Geun Suk Hyung, Hongki and me, she seems to be the rose amongst the thorns in the cast, but she acts like Minam and gets along well with us without any awkwardness (laughs). She is very into her character during Heartstrings so I felt like Gyu won was becoming more like Shinhye.
Q. Impressions of Shinhye during Minam era and Gyuwon era is totally different?
YongHwa: Yes! I bade goodbye to male Minam during You’re Beautiful. After a long while, Shinhye’s hair grew much longer. But during Heartstrings, she appeared as Gyuwon with shorter hair, I felt like asking? (Where have I seen her before…)
ShinHye: Although this may sound weird, those 3 actors working with me during You’re beautiful must have seen me with long and short hair. I cut my hair short after scenes where I had to act as a girl, they said that shorter hair is better and told me not to grow my hair long in the future! But recently when I had hair extensions longer than my hair today, Hongki said to me when I met him: Wawa, long hair is very pretty… Who should I listen to!
YongHwa: Take it that both short and long hair suits you! (Laughs)
Q. ShinHye once picked Jang Geun Suk as her ideal type in the final round during the fanmeeting
YongHwa: (determined) I have absolutely no problem!
ShinHye: YongHwa was also in the semi-finals..
YongHwa: Really? Then you must have put some thought in it. (Hears that he was not in the top 4) You must have eliminated me first!
ShinHye: Nono! (Laughs)
YongHwa: (Ask about his competitors) A~ So I’ve lost to Hongki, that means I have already lost in the preliminary rounds.
ShinHye: Nono, you were in the top 8. I already said you were in the top 8.
YongHwa: What a disappointment, afterall we have experienced the summer together and the same happiness and sadness… Can I have a chance to choose my ideal type also? (Explodes into laughter together)
ShinHye: Hahaha, actually it’s not like this. When I was having a hard time choosing, the audience shouted Jeremy. During the finals between Geun Suk oppa and Won Bin senior, it was also because everyone shouted Geun Chan. So rather saying it’s my ideal type, it’s more apt to say that it was according to the audiences’ tastes. (Looks at YH throwing tantrums) Why? We are not of that relationship.
YongHwa: Because I am blood group A. There’s nothing wrong, I’m contented with top 8. Really!
Q. Please share with us a memory during filming.
ShinHye: There was scene where Yonghwa had to drive, it was quite scary. He just got his lesson and could not step on the accelerator properly. Partly because of my fear, he got even more afraid, but I’ve heard he is a good driver actually.
YongHwa: Nono, it made me nervous to be driving someone and acting at the same time, the road was also very narrow and bumpy.
ShinHye: So how is your driving now? More familiar?
YongHwa: Take it that it’s better than before. (laughs)
Q. We really want to know what happens to Gyuwon and Shin after that, have you guys thought about it before?
YongHwa: Shin seem to have met Kim Dongjin (Jang Dong Geun’s character in A Gentleman’s Dignity) two days before. [LOL suddenly talks mentioned his AGD came0~ Camille]
ShinHye: Hahaha in Gentleman’s Dignity? (CNBlue fellow member Lee Jonghyun is acting in A Gentleman’s Dignity, Yonghwa made a special cameo)
YongHwa: I even met Jang Dong Geun senior. Shinhye gave me call when the episode aired, she was shocked by my appearance.
ShinHye: I saw Yonghwa in Gentleman’s Dignity when I was filming for a short drama. I immediately took out my phone and snap a photo and send to him. It was right at the moment when he was staring Jang Dong Geun sideways, the image was very interesting. [Awwwww, are they using kakao talk? LOL wanna know YH's ID!!!!! ~ C]
Relationship after acting twice together
Q. Shinhye said both of you are in a stage whereby you can both clean each other’s nails, what if you are to define your relationship now..
YongHwa: Eh.. Sending congratulatory flowers during award shows – relationship?
ShinHye: A.. I received Yonghwa’s flowers during 2012 Baeksang Arts Awards! But the cameras wasn’t filming him when he was giving me flowers secretly from behind. I told him to be more upright next time and give flowers upfront.
YongHwa: Actually I wasn’t caught on the camera a year ago. I wanted to be more upright and pass the flowers to Shinhye this time round, who would know I would get jitters at the last minute. I would be more bold the next time I give flowers!
ShinHye: My thoughts have changed slightly from previously, we are currenly only in a relationship where we call each other when necessary? (laughs)
YongHwa: Yes.. So when exactly is necessary?
ShinHye: Just joking just joking! There was no game to clean each others’ fingernails during Heartstrings.. (Think for a moment) Till now we can know what each other are thinking just by looking at their faces? Even though we have not met for a very long time, we can still remember clearly filming times, so we have not changed at all!
Q. Since both of you share a good relationship, it must not have been easy to shoot intimate love scenes because of the awkwardness?
YongHwa: Rather than being shy, we are more embarrassed.
ShinHye: Yes, the extent of embarrassment is about the same for both of us.
YongHwa: Especially during the scene when I had to chant to Gyuwon that she had fallen for me.
ShinHye: We promised to not laugh and act seriously but it was of no use. First Shin had to chant to Gyuwon, then it was during the musical when Gyuwon had to chant to Shin. I was still calm during the second time but Yonghwa was totally screaming “Woaaaaaaa” and shaking his body at the same time. (laughs)
Q. What kind of relationship are you looking forward to if there is a third chance for both of you to collaborate?
YongHwa: Wa, if we were to collaborate for the third time then we must have great affinity! But won’t the audience be too obsessed with the past dramas?
ShinHye: Yes.. we might probably be despised. Then we should not act as lovers, what about colleagues or something?
YongHwa: Shinhye will act as a young heiress while I act as her driver? (In a deep voice) Ok, Miss have arrived.
ShinHye: Police is fun too, it would be good if we were partners! [Omg this drama sounds fun!! Hoping this would happen kkk ~ C]
YongHwa: I always thought the role of pilot suits Shinhye. (To Shinhye’s manager) Isn’t it?
ShinHye: He always told me to try the role of pilot.
Q. Please promote Heartstrings
ShinHye: Handsome Leeshin acted. The Stupid members are also very handsome! They are many fresh-looking guys!
YongHwa: Handsome Junhee (CNBlue fellow member Kang Minhyuk) acted also. It’s a drama suited for the young and cheerful!
Q. What do you want to do in the summer?
ShinHye: I will be acting as a law student in the movie 23th December from end of July. I have already started preparing for my role. As this role is different from my previous role, I have been looking forward to it. I want to have a summer holiday… but I have not decide what to do. (Stares at manager while saying) Maybe I want to challenge myself to skin diving (diving without oxygen tank)
YongHwa: I will be releasing a new Japanese single Come on on 1st August, I will be back in Japan. I had a break recently, I went back to Busan for about 3 weeks. I had a great time so I will be working non-stop during the summer. [Happy that uri yonghwa had a break in Busan!! <3 ~ C]
Yonghwa, you are very very handsome & Shinhye is really gorgeous. GyuWon is now long hair:)) This interview is really good, right? I enjoyed reading it, sorry for my in between comments haha ) Suddenly missed Heartstrings kkk.. Enjoy^^