Kim Hyun Joong… [article] STAR ACTOR

By: LazerKim                         I have written several articles about Kim Hyun Joong that talks about Hyun Joong being an actor which had been gaining demands for him to work on another drama. And which I think it’s high time for him to do so, but then again this depends on Hyun Joong’s schedule and it all depends on him too. Yesterday, a news write up came out, actually it’s a cut from Hyun Joong’s documentary and the title of it is “Kim Hyun Joong Expresses Disinterest in Acting”. The title was a bit misleading though, but the write up was just the cut from Hyun Joong’s documentary as it was translated to English.

As I was reading the translation, I can’t help but feel even proud of Hyun Joong, because of his honesty. As he stated:

To be honest, and I’m sorry to all the sunbaes or people studying acting now, but I started out with absolutely no interest in acting. That’s probably why there were so many criticism on my acting in the early part of my career.”

How many actors with the same star status as Hyun Joong, would openly admit to the fact that he can not act or he was not good in acting in the past as he was just starting. But to Hyun Joong since Boys Over Flower was his first acting project, I wouldn’t say he was just lucky that the drama came out to be a huge hit.

No mam, Hyun Joong worked hard on that drama, as I have written in my article Pink Health, his health even deteriorated due to over work. Hyun Joong worked his guts out since it’s his first acting project, he doesn’t have any experience in acting and so he did double time with his effort. And that effort paid off as it was a successful drama that gained Hyun Joong a remarkable public acceptance and popularity boost.

In the documentary this was stated:

Song Byung Joon, the director of Kim Hyun Joong’s two main dramas, “Boys over Flowers” and “Playful Kiss,” added, “His (Kim Hyun Joong) reading was literally just ‘reading’ the script. He read it like elementary school students reading their textbooks in class. At first the scriptwriter was frustrated. So we talked about it and I told the scriptwriter that since Kim Hyun Joong does not know what a ‘script reading’ session is, let’s try and wait to pull out his potential.”

The guy has to start from somewhere, and it just so happen that his start was this project Boys Over Flower. Hyun Joong had no experience in acting, but the producer of BOF knows this from day one. But as a producer he can not eliminate the fact that Hyun Joong has an excellent potential in becoming a mega star. And the producer was right in his assessment of Hyun Joong back in 2009.

Speaking of reality, in showbiz what you see first hand or physical beauty is important, and the rest can follow through development. What do I mean by this? Producers in the showbiz industry, prioritized in searching for beautiful faces, and so with artist’s agents too. Rule number one, there has to be beauty, appeal and personality. Talent can be acquired through training, and that’s the role of an agent in providing proper training to their managing artists as I wrote in my article Artist’s Agent.

Hyun Joong is a good example pertaining to showbiz rules. He has a natural beauty, handsome face, tall height, a well proportioned outlook and a good personality. He is a singer and dancer, but back in time he does not have experience in acting. Which he admitted, and knowing the guy he will not pretend to be someone he’s not, and so he underwent rigid acting training. As it was stated, at first during the script reading session he reads as if just reading a text-book. But as the ball started rolling, little by little Hyun Joong acquired the talent in acting.

Even veteran actors, when they started as an actor, they were not as good as they are at present. They too underwent acting workshop and training. And so this is not something new, it’s just that Hyun Joong is very vocal and honest about his acting ability, but he takes the initiative to learn and improve himself. That until at present, he is actively attending his session with his acting coach.

Honestly, when I watched BOF I never thought it was Hyun Joong’s first acting project ever. The more I was impressed with Hyun Joong because it is even challenging to portray Yoon Ji Hoo’s role which is showing emotion than delivering lines. Everyone has to start from somewhere, good or not so good in acting, or any talent for that matter, eventually it will develop in time. Why else do we have professional talent coaches, if they can not execute their profession as teachers to artists? Producers and agents knows this quite well that talent can be developed. >>   This was stated in Hyun Joong’s documentary:

Yang Yoon Ho, the producer of “Iris,” also said “Of course I love Kim Hyun Joong, but the reason we bet on him is pretty clear. He has huge potential to become a mega star and he really takes good care of himself. His popularity now puts no pressure on him and he’s able to control everything. Even if his popularity grows, he seems like a person who will be able to handle it.”

This is another thing, that no matter how Hyun Joong gained his popularity, his feet remain  firmly on the ground, with no air of arrogance, swell headed, whatsoever, he was able to maintain himself as humble as ever. Back in time, Hyun Joong knew what was lacking in him. But Hyun Joong is a very responsible type of artist that once he accepts an offer, he is totally committed to it and will work hard to improve himself.

Hyun Joong was criticized in his lack of ability to act in his drama projects BOF and Playful Kiss. But where did these two dramas took him? The more he was criticized the more his popularity rise up!! Or they may say it’s because of his co-actors in the drama that made a hit. Maybe, just for the sake of argument, but Hyun Joong’s popularity gained even more out of the dramas he worked on, and this is a fact that can not be denied. His popularity just kept growing no matter what he does. This was stated in his documentary:

But Kim Hyun Joong been able to significantly improve his acting over the years and is now considered one of the very few idol stars with the star power to single-handedly lead a TV show.

There was a news from US yesterday which was shared by one of my readers about Playful Kiss, this is just a short briefer of the news as stated:

[News Article]    How Korean TV drama ‘Playful Kiss’ flopped locally but hit globally.

Through global TV streaming service Viki, Playful Kiss has become somewhat of a worldwide sensation, garnering a loyal audience of nearly 7 million viewers and more than recouping a modest production spend of under $1 million several million dollars to make 16 episodes.

This news is another fact, the drama Playful Kiss was filmed and aired in 2010, although it suffered a low rating in S.Korea, but it is currently a huge hit worldwide. There’s a similar news pertaining the drama Playful Kiss at CNN as Hyun Joong was featured for an interview back in November 2010. As Hyun Joong stated that he wasn’t expecting the US Europe and Latin America would watch Playful Kiss and hoping to continue supporting him on his other projects. And so his fans outside Asia responded as Hyun Joong plans his world tour in September this year.

I can still remember Hyun Joong said in one of his interviews, “If one door of opportunity closes, another door will open with better result”. Playful may not have brought a good result back in his home country, but brought a global hit instead, which is much bigger!! Hyun Joong may not be expecting anything huge from his acting career, he was simply doing his job with all his heart. Whatever is lacking in his ability, he works hard for it to improve. And all those hard work paid off more than what he was expecting.

He doesn’t stop, he just keeps going and learning. And before you know it, a Star Actor name Kim Hyun Joong is just in front of you totally renewed.

                                                                                                     LazerKim here writing                                      

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26 thoughts on “Kim Hyun Joong… [article] STAR ACTOR

  1. Heya! I understand this is sort of off-topic however I needed to ask.
    Does building a well-established blog like yours take a lot
    of work? I’m completely new to running a blog but I do write
    in my diary daily. I’d like to start a blog so I will be able to share
    my personal experience and views online. Please let
    me know if you have any ideas or tips for new aspiring bloggers.
    Appreciate it!

    • Hi there! Thanks for dropping by. Well i can only share my experience as a first time blogger that i hope it can be a help to you.

      I started with this blog last year and just like you I would just like to share my thoughts on line. It took me at least 2 or 3 articles before I finally got my first comment on my box. It felt really great that some people have read my first few articles until it became a daily habit for me to write.

      Yes it takes a lot of work and dedication because before I was able to settle down with this blog, I really did a lot of research about my subject and Kim Hyun Joong gave me a lot of inspiration to write. Research before writing your topic is very important.

      Little by little I was able to gained regular readers, and win friends on line. Just one tip which is very important to a blogger I think is being truthful to what you write and factual. Your readers can feel you and what you write. Try to internalize every time you write and winning the hearts of your readers through your sincerity I think is the best key in being a successful blogger.

      This is just my personal opinion. I do hope this can help you, you can make it and good luck, go for it girl! Take care and have a great day I do hope to be able to read your first blog. See you again! God bless..

  2. Thank you for writing such honest and heartwarming comments about KHJ. Whenever I feel like needing a pick-me-up moment, I just watch any of his documentary in YouTube and I feel better. He seems like a very well rounded and gentle person. There is just something about him that attracts people. Keep up with good work!

  3. First of all I want to say wonderful blog! I had a quick question in which
    I’d like to ask if you do not mind. I was curious to know how you center yourself and clear your mind prior to writing. I have had a difficult time clearing my mind in getting my thoughts out there. I do enjoy writing however it just seems like the first 10 to 15 minutes tend to be wasted just trying to figure out how to begin. Any ideas or tips? Thank you!

    • Hello! Thank you so much for the compliment. Your question really made me think about it since i’m not a professional writer and doing this article was just a daily hobby for me last year. I think it’s inspiration that made it seem easy for me to write other than the fact last year during the period of my recovery that I got a generous time to focus on one person, and article writing all about Kim Hyun Joong truly helped me a lot. I did a lot of research about the guy before hitting this blog and knowing him by heart.
      Honestly, I couldn’t say my mind was all clear all the time I write my daily articles, since there are times that I really feel down and writing is one way of diverting my attention that was causing me to be down and it helped! And it feels good as if I was talking to someone which I assumed to be my readers having the same interest in only one person or having the common ground of being a fan of Hyun Joong.
      Now that I’m back to my normal way of life at work, I honestly miss writing so much that I’m looking forward to have that same generous time to be back and stay focus in Hyun Joong again. I may be in the real world at this time but there wasn’t a day passed by that I didn’t think about Hyun Joong. He’s just so special to me in so many ways.
      The magic word that I can share with you is simply “inspiration” in knowing the guy better that pushes me to write all about Kim Hyun Joong. I hope this helps to answer your question.
      Thank you so much for dropping by, take care, have a wonderful day and see you again! God bless…

  4. I personally don’t know hyun jung. However, that guy seems to be the type who ain’t gd at expressing himself. Although tht might b d case, I feel he is really hard working and sincere. He reamins true to himself n I honestly appreciate him for tht.
    Hyung Jung , whatever hurdles come ur way, don’t u ever give up for wht u wish. I wil honestly b by ur side. So Fighting!!!
    Laser kim, u’ve written a wonderful article. I wish to knw u better cuz i’ve gt a gut feeling tht our personalities may b similar>>>. 🙂

  5. Thats a nice comment am sure if KHJ read it he wld feel encouraged , point off correction though ,for every 1 critic or hater of KHJ their are 100 Kim Hyun Joong fans and we r part of them. LOL,KHJ!!!!!.

  6. Hi Lazerkim
    I don’t know why people like to take words from someones mind and mouth and change all the contect or the meaning of what that person was saying… When I saw that title and read on that article I couldn’t believe why they made it like this huge news like if he had never been honest of all his beggining career in acting. He always said about how hard it was for him and others cause it was there first time. His dreams and main focus was his music and acting was a thing he wanted to pursue in the future, but like any other person it takes time to learn and be the best! Or what can someone tell me that they are perfect on anything that they do right at the beggining of doing something? We are human that learn each day and with a lot of hard work we get to be good or the best at what we do. And for me if there is more than you can do to keep learning you should. Why stop there as Kim Hyun Joong said “Believe in your future and strive towards it, when you look back, you won’t even realise that your dream has come true instead you’ll realise that you have already walked so far.Do your best in everything. Don’t become a impetuous university student.”

    They should learn from him… why if he can be friend with other singers like his old time friend forgetting about that they are in different side of music cause friendship is more important for him. Why can’t other fans of other idols can respect others also. He don’t talks about other cause for him there is place for all as we do also we don’t say nothing about others we just Love our Kim Hyun Joong. The world is full of haters and critics but like I mention before for every 1 of them there are 10 fans and supporters of Kim Hyun Joong.

    Thanks Lazerkim, I saw p2 translation of the documentary is now available hopefully will see more articles about that.
    Thanks for posting my pic, God Bless

    • Yeah I was excited when I saw it. I’ll definitely write about it probably I’ll post that tomorrow, before it might misinterpreted again!! LOL. Although I have written some part of it already. Again thanks for reading and leaving your comment, I told you my readers do read even the bottom line of this blog!! Everyone can learn from your views too, because you’re an open minded person too which is good. Keep it up girl and see you around the twitter!! Take care….God bless

  7. After watching the MBC documentary in Baidu. I learn something new about KHJ. I always know that he is a very smart person. His IQ is more than 140. He is a perfectionist. Just want to share this information to all KHJ fans.

    • wow 140!!!!!!!! ah he’s really smart. no wonder, all of his teachers, classmates and mcs said that with his school grades before his interest in music, there would be no difficulties for him to enter Seoul university, the best university in Korea.

    • Hi Dragon Lady,nice to meet you here in HJ’s world of Lazerkim’s article.And thank you for bringing us the info yesterday about HJ’s PlayfulKiss status globally,*proud* that KHJ’s power!!Am sorry but am just curious how did you know that HJ’s IQ is exceeded to 140??..hehe..mind me dear!*wink*wow!!! that’s amazing really!

      • Hi Omega,

        If you watch the MBC documentary. It was mentioned around 39:46 to 39:47 with his baby picture that his IQ is over 140. He is a Genius.

        • ohh!!..u mean it was mentioned actually..pardon me deary but as u know am not korean so i couldnt understand unless it was subtitled,the first part had been subtitled and the other with his friend..then i(we) wish someone with a big heart would do the rest too for us( international fans )..Thank u my dear Lady Dragon for letting me know..gud day and God bless us all..and so with KHJ always.

            • Somehow the link is in black highlight again: I will just type you the link:
              If you used the video from Allkpop. It talks about it around 39:40 to 39:41
              I hope this will help you.

              • YUp! thanks again dear,i got the link..but still i cant understand..hahaha!unless it was writtten or subtitled in English.nevertheless thank u for your effort appreciated much!!*wink*!!..see u here always..

                • Here is another screen shot of the MBC documentary from a forum/discussion about his IQ above 140. I have include the link.
                  The word IQ and 140 is in english. The caption is in Chinese. I can transale this part since I read chinese. It says his IQ is above 140 and that he is a smart kid. His mom and his friends in Jacksal confirm it. He would have been the valedictorian of the class if he did not quit school.

  8. No more words to say for me.You wrote the article perfectly and wonderfully with the actual facts (real truth)that no one can deny.Totally agree with you.

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