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The reason why JW was bending down and looking at the man. Cr as tagged. Many asked me why I like JW and why I like him for so long?  THIS. Plus his acting. 

12 minutes ago, kittyna said:

Shoutout to Park Jin Gyeom here, although I think that there are several characters from JW's dramas who match that description.

Yeah, cha yoo jin is  strong contender for this category. And I was surprised that PJG made it to this list along with other characters from drama which are quite popular. Which shows us that joo won's acting as PJG  is on par with other popular characters.

15 minutes ago, kittyna said:

Yep, now we have pictures of Kim Hee Sun that he took from that big Alice reunion

It seems like Joo won has decent skills in photography.And on top of that its Kim Hee Seo and she looks fabulous all the time :love:

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11 hours ago, kireeti2 said:

Yeah, cha yoo jin is  strong contender for this category.

 

Not just a "strong contender" - Cha Yoo Jin's practically the poster child :getmygrooveon:

 

But I also wound up thinking of Hwang Tae Hui as a "prickly on the outside, soft on the inside" sort of person :) 

 

11 hours ago, kireeti2 said:

It seems like Joo won has decent skills in photography.And on top of that its Kim Hee Seo and she looks fabulous all the time

 

lol - He is a good photographer :) I'm reminded now of the discussion about his Instagram page on Radio Star, where he started off with more artsy pictures and people thought his captions were boring :P I also know he took a ton of candid photos of Shim Eun Kyung during Nae Il's Cantabile filming, but can't find any examples to share right off the top of my head.

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Hi everyone!

 

So many Joo Won stuffs are online in these few days..And there's coming!

From Today--

 

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He looks so damn handsome!:wub:

 

More at https://twitter.com/DazedKorea/status/1331036148131500034

There are some behind the scene picture and video uploaded by his staff and other production staff as well.

 

Anticipating the editorial already.. I had so much fun reading his interview in Theatre plus October issue. His interview shows in sincerity. 

 

This is from Joo Won's latest IG updated

 

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It's been a while. It's very cold. Wear warm clothes.

#Product sponsorship #National Geographic

 

https://www.instagram.com/p/CH-Dsh-ANgR/?igshid=1gdsd71vs9tfm

Main Post: https://www.instagram.com/p/CH-Dsh-ANgR/?igshid=1gdsd71vs9tfm

 

I was wondering why he's wearing Nat. Geo jacket and the translation had answer. 

 

23 hours ago, kireeti2 said:

It seems like Joo won has decent skills in photography.And on top of that its Kim Hee Seo and she looks fabulous all the time :love:

 

It's good to see Alice Family had a mini reunion.. :heart:

Before Kim Hee Sun took Joo Won's photo is alice filming set and JW uploaded in on IG..now it's Kim Hee Sun's turn. While KHS would look beautiful either way Joo Won's angle was quite good.

I also Think JW has a knack for good Photography. Specially he likes to take artsy style. He may not be able to take good selfies but he's good at regular one.

@kittyna kindly share those candid of Shim Eun Kyung by Joowon you're talking about if you later find those. I'm curious.

 

Speaking of Shim Eun Kyung I recently found this video in YouTube probably uploaded by TC Camera Director. I don't know if you guys have seen it before but i saw it just now.. JW and SEK being silly in Austria.. Specially JW because SEK was a bit shy and embarrassed by whatever they were try to do. :lol:

 

 

These two are such babies.. we know JW loves to be engaged in silly and child like fun.. looks like JW and SUK's sense of fun clicked right away. As far as I know Austria scenes were one of the first scenes filmed in Tomorrow Cantabile. I adored all of JW-SEK behind scenes and pictures because they looked like two innocent kid playing together.. ha ha..

 

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Tons of new updates today!

 

Photos from JW's upcoming feature in DAZED

 

Behind the scenes from said photo shoot - Part 1 and Part 2 and Part 3 (Long story short: he's got a very excited staff ;))

 

JW's own newest Instagram update - His message is, as always at this time of year, a reminder for fans to dress warmly :fullofhearts:

 

A compilation of comeback dramas - Which ones have you seen so far?

 

The hat JW wore at the Alice reunion

 

[EDIT]

 

It seems like @flutterby06 and I were sharing some of the new pics simultaneously :lol: So there's some doubling this time

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22 minutes ago, flutterby06 said:

I was wondering why he's wearing Nat. Geo jacket and the translation had answer. 

Yeah, he was pretty candid about it :lol:

24 minutes ago, kittyna said:

The hat JW wore at the Alice reunion

So, now that you mentioned the hat, everyone guy in the photo seem to be wearing hat. It makes sense for actors to wear it, since they are trying to promote, I don't know why the director is wearing one

26 minutes ago, flutterby06 said:

Specially JW because SEK was a bit shy and embarrassed by whatever they were try to do. 

I think lot of scenes from Austria were edited out. Editing was major draw back of this series

28 minutes ago, flutterby06 said:

He looks so damn handsome!

I think his facial features have changed a lot after joining the army, maybe training and diet had to do a lot with his manly facial features. Out of all the discharged actors, I find joo won went massive transformation with his facial features.

40 minutes ago, flutterby06 said:

These two are such babies..

Don't know about Joo won, but SEK sure was a baby back then, I think it was her first drama and on top of that it was really a complex role , in which she was able to do a decent job. :blush:

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Also I don't know if it has been mentioned here but JW previously shared this-

 

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link: https://twitter.com/mymoonjunwon/status/1329695135643226114

 

 

JW was probably mentioning about his interview on SBS news corner 'Nightline' here. The news of this appearance came after JW's IG Post. According to news it will be broadcasted today.

 

Joowon, appeared on SBS'Nightline' today (24th)
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[Daily Economy Star Today Reporter Shin Young-

eun ] Actor Joo-won will appear on SBS'Nightline' today (24th).

Joo-won will appear in the invited seat of'Nightline' broadcasted at 12:30 this night.

Joo-won announced a successful return after military service through the recently ended SBS drama 'Alice'. In addition, after 7 years, he is appearing in the musical 'Ghost' and is performing a hot role.

Meanwhile, Joo-won, who debuted with the musical 'Altar Boys' in 2006, started with the 2010 drama 'Bakery King Kim Tak-gu', through 'Ojak-gyo Brothers', 'Gakshi-tal', '7th grade civil servant','Good Doctor' and'Yong Pal'. I received a lot of love.

shinye@mk.co.kr

 

News Link: https://www.mk.co.kr/star/broadcasting-service/view/2020/11/1207063/

 

 

Also Joo Won's Ghost waiting room vlive has English subtitles.. It's mostly done with my sloppy English and very limited Korean vocabulary. 

There were some places where I got stuck because I had idea of what they were talking about I lacked the exact understanding. You guys probably know this account from IG @meyahmjw. She was very eager for subtitles as she knows it from IG how much fans look for it. She contacted some kfans and they helped us with the correct korean words and one even helped us with explanation of those parts. So translation translation was a combined process but lacking will be all mine. Thankful to those sweet kfans who helped.

 

I sometimes share some Tid-Bits of JW staffs with translation in my tweeter account when I found those very interesting but never really thought of translating such a large one because I do not have the expertise.  But saw some fans here and there very eager for English subtitles for JW stuffs but sad because there's a lack of it.. But v fansub, tho time consuming, still is easy to do. In times like that I dearly feel the need for skilled sub team of Joo Won soompi thread.. They did such a good job with subs before. They did a great job and actually I'm very thankful to their subbed videos because many of JW's frequently used Korean words translation stick to my mind because of JW cutie subs.

So BIG THANKS to Joo Won Cutie International!:heart:

 

@kittyna and @kireeti2 if you guys watch it and have any suggestion let me know. So far I didn't even share it on my twitter account because I'm lacking some confidence. ha ha.. :sweatingbullets: 

 

https://vlive.tv/post/0-19212436

 

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2 hours ago, flutterby06 said:

 kindly share those candid of Shim Eun Kyung by Joowon you're talking about if you later find those. I'm curious.

 

I don't remember if I saw the actual photos, but I do remember seeing footage of JW taking the pictures...which, as of right now, I haven't been able to track down again :P All I know is that it was one of the many little snippets from the Japanese behind-the-scenes feature that fans posted on YouTube several years ago; I seem to recall it being at some point while filming this scene, but I can be wrong.

 

In the meantime, while trying (and failing) to find that clip, I did come across some other behind-the-scenes footage from Nae Il's Cantabile:

 

 

 

 

And, while cycling back through the JW fan accounts on YouTube I do know about, I also came across this old clip from a 2014 interview he did:

 

 

2 hours ago, flutterby06 said:

Speaking of Shim Eun Kyung I recently found this video in YouTube probably uploaded by TC Camera Director. I don't know if you guys have seen it before but i saw it just now.. JW and SEK being silly in Austria.. Specially JW because SEK was a bit shy and embarrassed by whatever they were try to do. 

 

:loolz: This video never gets old! Every single time I see it, my reaction is just to go, "Omo - Cha Yoo Jin, what the heck are you on right now?!?!"

 

2 hours ago, flutterby06 said:

As far as I know Austria scenes were one of the first scenes filmed in Tomorrow Cantabile. I adored all of JW-SEK behind scenes and pictures because they looked like two innocent kid playing together.. ha ha..

 

2 hours ago, kireeti2 said:

I think lot of scenes from Austria were edited out. Editing was major draw back of this series

 

I don't know about scenes getting cut out, but Nae Il's Cantabile is the clearest example from JW's dramas as to how live-shoot dramas can really go awry with characterization and storyline if you're not careful.

 

Long story short: the footage that was shot in Austria was among the first overall, because the producers needed it for promotions, flashbacks, opening stills, etc. What matters here is that JW and Shim Eun Kyung filmed their scenes there at a point when the emphasis was really on keeping the slapstick comedy of the original Japanese version. We see this in the more exaggerated performances in the first few episodes of Nae Il's Cantabile: both in Nae Il's really over-the-top proclamations of love and Yoo Jin's rough treatment of her.

 

However, my guess is that that didn't go over so well, which is why by the time we're in Episode 5 (maybe even Episode 4), there's a noticeable shift in both JW and Shim Eun Kyung's acting towards more realistic and nuanced versions of their characters. It's a drastic change that, under the circumstances, was handled rather smoothly: we see Yoo Jin starting to think twice about just pushing Nae Il aside, and Nae Il hesitating as her infatuation slowly begins to become something deeper.

 

And the rest of the drama progresses smoothly along those lines until we get to Episode 16. Once Yoo Jin and Nae Il are in Salzburg for her competition, the show starts using all the rest of the footage from Austria and the contrast between the two different styles was a mess :P If you watch closely, you can even figure out which scenes were actually shot in Austria (i.e. most of the outdoor and more slapstick scenes) and which ones were shot in various locations in Korea that could pass for being in Europe (i.e. most of the indoor scenes, with the one comic scene being the hotel room bit). Looking at comments from that point in time, I could see that fans really struggled to have all the little bits of footage make sense in their minds, especially re: Nae Il's character. Realistically, everyone knew they couldn't exactly go back and re-film those scenes (some people did suggest that the show should've just cut it out entirely, though); and for Seolleim in Salzburg purposes, I personally wound up going with the interpretation that Nae Il was just that excited about the thought of staying in Austria with Yoo Jin.

 

2 hours ago, kireeti2 said:

Don't know about Joo won, but SEK sure was a baby back then, I think it was her first drama and on top of that it was really a complex role , in which she was able to do a decent job.

 

It wasn't Shim Eun Kyung's first drama by a long shot. She was a really prominent child actress, so even though she was cast maknae (or close to it) in Nae Il's Cantabile, she was pretty much everybody's sunbae as well :P What is different here, though, is that this was SEK's first lead role as an adult, and the transition from child to grown-up actress was harder for her than most, given that Nae Il's Cantabile was something of a flop in terms of ratings, and much of that was pinned on her performance.

 

2 hours ago, kireeti2 said:

I think his facial features have changed a lot after joining the army, maybe training and diet had to do a lot with his manly facial features. Out of all the discharged actors, I find joo won went massive transformation with his facial features.

 

Generally, I find that many Korean actors suddenly physically mature at some point in their late 20s or early 30s. Not all, by any means (some stay baby-faced through it all), but I think it's a part of the natural aging process that just happens to coincide really nicely with when they tend to enlist :) 

 

For JW personally, I think the shift in his features started around 2016, but it's definitely more noticeable now after his comeback.

 

I haven't had a chance to respond to your latest post, @flutterby06, since it went up while I was writing this one. But I will later!

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1 hour ago, kittyna said:

What is different here, though, is that this was SEK's first lead role as an adult,

That's what I meant when I said it was her first drama, as an adult. Like you mentioned in your previous posts that she was a prominent child actor

1 hour ago, kittyna said:

. We see this in the more exaggerated performances in the first few episodes of Nae Il's Cantabile: both in Nae Il's really over-the-top proclamations of love and Yoo Jin's rough treatment of her.

 

However, my guess is that that didn't go over so well, which is why by the time we're in Episode 5 (maybe even Episode 4),

Yeah, I did notice that comedy was toned down a bit and concentrated more on the musical story. But it really did not help with ratings though, maybe its because lack in depth of the story line and writers choose to concentrate on Nae-il's story line at very end of the drama, which I personally think was a major set back.

 

2 hours ago, flutterby06 said:

@kittyna and @kireeti2 if you guys watch it and have any suggestion let me know. So far I didn't even share it on my twitter account because I'm lacking some confidence. ha ha.. :sweatingbullets: 

Thanks for sharing the link, there was no information about this on Joo won's Instagram though. Ans I finally get to see the other actor who is playing as Sam and when I see him and joo won side by side, they look like siblings and have same facial features and he seem to be close with Joo won(due the skinship between them):blush:

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7 hours ago, kireeti2 said:

I think his facial features have changed a lot after joining the army, maybe training and diet had to do a lot with his manly facial features. Out of all the discharged actors, I find joo won went massive transformation with his facial features.

 

Training definitely did change some of his physical features.. But honestly I found him good looking before and now in most of his style he adopted for projects. He looked well all sorts of style or may be his stylists did a good job in styling him. And now his physics became a bit more well built which I find handsome but still miss my old cutie JW. the fats around cheek.. ha ha.

 

But I was a bit scared inside when JW was doing Gym crazily and getting bulky with his packs.. Because I'm not that fan of well built body. But this is it went well with his character in Alice. personally I did miss his smooth hands while watching Alice.:sweatingbullets: Due to fitness training and his veins in hands were almost always popping. :lol:

 

But the thing with JW is the moment he opens his mouth he became the cutie again regardless of how strong he looks.. That is enough for me. ha ha..

 

7 hours ago, kireeti2 said:

Don't know about Joo won, but SEK sure was a baby back then, I think it was her first drama and on top of that it was really a complex role , in which she was able to do a decent job. :blush:

 

JW's inner baby comes out when he's in his comfort zone with people he can connect with. That's what I was talking about when I mention JW as a baby. Usually JW is a Sunbae of SEK and She's the female lead if it was another person he might act cute but may not be this silly always. JW also likes to be a bit reserved in his silliness when he is working with Younger People like how he did it with Uee and Jin Se Yeon. But he become childlike with SEK. Most of their bts were pure kiddy adorableness rather than romantic heart fluttering. I wouldn't say there were none of heart fluttering moments but what I'd say is that they were people who seemed comfortable in a friendly and Brother-sisterly way. JW did pick SEK as his type compared to Sulli and Park Se Young as he prefers cute personalities.

 

Also I think overall TC had a fun and friendly environment because most of the young actors are in close age group. I think that helped them to be more relaxed and carefree.

 

One thing I noticed is that JW shows different side of himself with different age group. It's just comes naturally from him. In MSG I found it interesting that his rapport with Oh Yeon Seo was like they were two friends. They literally teased each other like bickering friends would do. She used to tease him then about his upcoming Military service while he'd say Yeon Seo is sassy and she didn't act as a female lead actor in the set.

 

In Alice we did see how close he is with KHS which is almost how he used to be close with Kim Tae Hee, Choi Kang Hee or Jeon In Hwa. I saw some KHS and Alice fans commenting with a cutely why he's being so adorable with KHS when she is Married, he can't gain anything by being like that with her( I thinking this is the problem with Shipping  culture --- all they see is drama chemistry not a person to person friendly chemistry). I was like "This is exactly the reason he could be this adorable with Hee Sun noona because he didn't have to be careful about showing her attachment and respect for her as she is married. If she was unmarried and JW was like this there will be news like "JW aging fell for his co-actress!" He has enough experience of that. Though KHS played the role of his mother he can't really call her mother considering their age differences isn't much and she's still young and it can be taken as disrespect to her. So he likes to express his adoration as much as he can calls her "Goddess." and other takes it as if he's flirting with her!!

 

He likes to be as genuine as he can be depending on his relationship with other female lead but media will always try to take it in romantic view.

 

Sadly we didn't get many behind clips from how Joo Won and Lee Da In was in behind scene.. I believe it was because Alice didn't want to focus on them as genuinely romantic. Alice Production's focus was always on two main characters  (which I fully understand) so they didn't give us many of their one to one behind scenes. From few scenes we saw he did have a bit easy going sunbae like relation with her which is my take from how he teased her when she was acting in the scene when DY told to JG "It's not easy to say such a pretty face in early morning!" and JW found her hand gesture quite skilled and Da In was asking him "Why're you laughing!" Also he talked with Da In in informal tone at press conference. So they may not become that close but comfortable enough that he uses informal tone with her.

 

When anyone who is new to how JW interacts with female co-actors questions if he has any ulterior motives I feel like suggesting them to watch how he acted with Jeon In Hwa and Grandmother from Ojakgyo. Jeon In Hwa was senior yet popular actress and one of the strongest star cast of Baker King even tho she played antagonist. JW a just newcomer because enough close to her that he used to call her literally Omma and they used to be in regular contact for a long time. She even sent food truck in My Sassy Girl set. Also with Grandmother actress how he used to share his coffee with him and they bonded over their love for coffee. 

 

And there also people who used to question him because he expressed his adoration for his Hyungs. It's just he doesn't care much when he express genuine adoration to people he close with.. I love this side of him.

 

Speaking of good relationship you guys remember the Emoji quiz video from Seensee Company. I must say the way JW interacted in that interview it just shows how he's comfortable and carefree around them. He used his natural+ agyeo tone.. ha ha.

 

Sorry got carried away.. But it's just I get so defensive when I saw such comments that questions his genuine sweet nature.

 

5 hours ago, kittyna said:

I don't remember if I saw the actual photos, but I do remember seeing footage of JW taking the pictures...which, as of right now, I haven't been able to track down again :P All I know is that it was one of the many little snippets from the Japanese behind-the-scenes feature that fans posted on YouTube several years ago; I seem to recall it being at some point while filming this scene, but I can be wrong.

 

In the meantime, while trying (and failing) to find that clip, I did come across some other behind-the-scenes footage from Nae Il's Cantabile:

 

Those footage posted by cantabilecouplefan are too cute. I remember watching those too when IG was accessible without having an account .. Honestly Tomorrow Cantabile and Good Doctor are top on my comfort drama list. when I feel like watching nothing I some times go through random episodes and bts videos.. TC cast were quite adorable and fun.

 

5 hours ago, kittyna said:

And, while cycling back through the JW fan accounts on YouTube I do know about, I also came across this old clip from a 2014 interview he did:

 

Thanks for sharing the interview.. I think I probably have seen it before but it feels new.

 

5 hours ago, kittyna said:

And the rest of the drama progresses smoothly along those lines until we get to Episode 16. Once Yoo Jin and Nae Il are in Salzburg for her competition, the show starts using all the rest of the footage from Austria and the contrast between the two different styles was a mess :P If you watch closely, you can even figure out which scenes were actually shot in Austria (i.e. most of the outdoor and more slapstick scenes) and which ones were shot in various locations in Korea that could pass for being in Europe (i.e. most of the indoor scenes, with the one comic scene being the hotel room bit). Looking at comments from that point in time, I could see that fans really struggled to have all the little bits of footage make sense in their minds, especially re: Nae Il's character. Realistically, everyone knew they couldn't exactly go back and re-film those scenes (some people did suggest that the show should've just cut it out entirely, though); and for Seolleim in Salzburg purposes, I personally wound up going with the interpretation that Nae Il was just that excited about the thought of staying in Austria with Yoo Jin.

 

Yes.. I remember reading about it.. Aah.... the struggle drama productions has to go through.

 

Joo Won's appearance today in Nightline. 

 

 

And Again.. He looks so so good!

 

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I actually wasn't planning to watch this real time because I was excepting it to be on YouTube anyways and also I was busy in writing this post. But after half an hour of the show I looked at watch and thought may be I could stream and see if it's still on.. and 20 seconds after my streaming JW's segment started!! Talk  about luck!

He started talking about Alice and then it was mostly about Ghost. His comeback in Musical Stage.

It he was there on for around 8-10 minuets.

 

Here's a bts photo with news staff may be--

Times like this he looks sooooo long..I mean tall. :yum:

 

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8 hours ago, kittyna said:

Behind the scenes from said photo shoot - Part 1 and Part 2 and Part 3 (Long story short: he's got a very excited staff ;))

 

His staffs are like semi fans.. "My oppa is back and busy. .Let's share updates palli palli."

 

3 hours ago, kireeti2 said:

there was no information about this on Joo won's Instagram though. Ans I finally get to see the other actor who is playing as Sam and when I see him and joo won side by side, they look like siblings and have same facial features and he seem to be close with Joo won(due the skinship between them

Did you just saw this vlive now?

You mean notice about Ghost vlive on JW's IG? It was notified in Seensee Company and Agency IG I guess. But I saw the notice on JW's vlive channel and Seensee twitter account.

 

Spoiler

 

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Yes.. I also noticed JW seemed to be really close to this hyung. And He also was all praise for JW in the vlive interview of Ghost cast. That JW comeback as a more cool and handsome Sam Whit.

 

I also recently saw somewhere that Maknae Sam, Jin Wook IG (Aquaz0203) posted a masked  in his IG story tagging JW saying "Joo Won is the best..I love you Hyung." and JW probably shared it in his IG story. But I can't give the reference because I'm not in IG.

 

So looks like old and new Ghost Sam's have good relationships with each other.

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Haven't had the time to sit down and watch the V Live broadcast yet, but since you guys are sharing stories....

 

1 hour ago, flutterby06 said:

Training definitely did change some of his physical features.. But honestly I found him good looking before and now in most of his style he adopted for projects. He looked well all sorts of style or may be his stylists did a good job in styling him. And now his physics became a bit more well built which I find handsome but still miss my old cutie JW. the fats around cheek.. ha ha.

 

Generally, I think JW and his team do a great job figuring out a "look" that works for each of his characters, so I've never had reason to complain or go, "Um, what the heck is he wearing?" or anything like that. I remember writing up a longform post about this months ago while we were waiting for Alice news and I was scrambling to keep the content flow going :P - obviously, it doesn't include Alice, but if anyone wants me to do a similar blurb on Park Jin Gyeom's look, please do say so.

 

1 hour ago, flutterby06 said:

But I was a bit scared inside when JW was doing Gym crazily and getting bulky with his packs.. Because I'm not that fan of well built body. But this is it went well with his character in Alice. personally I did miss his smooth hands while watching Alice.:sweatingbullets: Due to fitness training and his veins in hands were almost always popping. :lol:

 

Same. I prefer a lean/wiry build to a really bulked-up one, but at the same time, it's 1) a matter of what works for the role, and 2) a matter of JW's own personal preference for how he looks. 

 

1 hour ago, flutterby06 said:

Sorry got carried away.. But it's just I get so defensive when I saw such comments that questions his genuine sweet nature.

 

lol - Don't worry; I feel you :) To be honest, I feel much the same way regarding JW's relationships with his co-stars: i.e., why can't we just take them as the friendships they are and leave it at that?

 

1 hour ago, flutterby06 said:

Usually JW is a Sunbae of SEK and She's the female lead if it was another person he might act cute but may not be this silly always. JW also likes to be a bit reserved in his silliness when he is working with Younger People like how he did it with Uee and Jin Se Yeon. But he become childlike with SEK. Most of their bts were pure kiddy adorableness rather than romantic heart fluttering. I wouldn't say there were none of heart fluttering moments but what I'd say is that they were people who seemed comfortable in a friendly and Brother-sisterly way. JW did pick SEK as his type compared to Sulli and Park Se Young as he prefers cute personalities.

 

I definitely got more of an older-brother-younger-sister vibe watching JW and Shim Eun Kyung's behind-the-scenes footage - not to mention their characters in the drama itself - than anything that could be taken as romance. 

 

By comparison, he was a bit more reserved during Ojakgyo Brothers and Gaksital filming, although I'm not sure as to why: whether that's simply how his personality meshed with his co-stars' or if there was another reason.

 

1 hour ago, flutterby06 said:

Also I think overall TC had a fun and friendly environment because most of the young actors are in close age group. I think that helped them to be more relaxed and carefree.

 

Yeah - since the entire main cast were 20-somethings, I think they did away with a lot of the age/seniority-based hierarchies and just hung out and got along as equals :) 

 

1 hour ago, flutterby06 said:

In Alice we did see how close he is with KHS which is almost how he used to be close with Kim Tae Hee, Choi Kang Hee or Jeon In Hwa. I saw some KHS and Alice fans commenting with a cutely why he's being so adorable with KHS when she is Married, he can't gain anything by being like that with her( I thinking this is the problem with Shipping  culture --- all they see is drama chemistry not a person to person friendly chemistry). I was like "This is exactly the reason he could be this adorable with Hee Sun noona because he didn't have to be careful about showing her attachment and respect for her as she is married. If she was unmarried and JW was like this there will be news like "JW aging fell for his co-actress!" He has enough experience of that. Though KHS played the role of his mother he can't really call her mother considering their age differences isn't much and she's still young and it can be taken as disrespect to her. So he likes to express his adoration as much as he can calls her "Goddess." and other takes it as if he's flirting with her!!

 

Personally, I think that JW's more comfortable around older actresses when he knows they're taken. I saw a similar vibe with Yong Pal filming as well, when Kim Tae Hee was already widely known to be Rain's girlfriend, and those who followed his Instagram immediately after his enlistment know how close he was with Lee Si Young :) 

 

But yeah, Alice was a bit chaotic in the chemistry department, because there was already so much questioning and speculation around the relationships between the characters that it was bound to bleed into how people viewed the cast as well.

 

1 hour ago, flutterby06 said:

And there also people who used to question him because he expressed his adoration for his Hyungs. It's just he doesn't care much when he express genuine adoration to people he close with.. I love this side of him.

 

This, I think, stems from a general lack of awareness of how same sex friendships work in Korea. Different things are coded as being homoerotic in different cultures, so there was a good deal of confusion when Western fans saw how JW behaved around his hyungs on 1N2D. But the thing is, though, that if any of the hyungs had reason to believe JW was gay, they would most likely have not allowed him to get so close - it's like, the skinship we saw in Korean variety shows was only possible under an unspoken belief that everyone was actually straight and only meant the hugs and whatnot out of friendship.

 

1 hour ago, flutterby06 said:

Those footage posted by cantabilecouplefan are too cute. I remember watching those too when IG was accessible without having an account .. Honestly Tomorrow Cantabile and Good Doctor are top on my comfort drama list. when I feel like watching nothing I some times go through random episodes and bts videos.. TC cast were quite adorable and fun.

 

I just went ahead and got an Instagram account for the sole purpose of looking at stuff - I don't post anything of my own, but use it in order to see things :) 

 

1 hour ago, flutterby06 said:

Here's a bts photo with news staff may be--

Time's like this he songs sooooo long..I mean tall. 

 

Yikes - makes me wonder where I'd end up if I were standing next to him, since even most of his shorter co-stars are taller than me :P It'd be like looking up at a giant or something!

 

2 hours ago, kireeti2 said:

Yeah, I did notice that comedy was toned down a bit and concentrated more on the musical story. But it really did not help with ratings though, maybe its because lack in depth of the story line and writers choose to concentrate on Nae-il's story line at very end of the drama, which I personally think was a major set back

 

I actually liked the story more after those changes were made - it made the characters feel more like actual people than caricatures. And Nae Il really did need to mature as a character before any chance of a romance would have been even possible, so I was glad to see that storyline too. It's not perfect - I feel like the point where the drama ends is actually where the real story between Yoo Jin and Nae Il begins - but it's allowed me to imagine their road ahead all by myself ;) 

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44 minutes ago, kittyna said:

Generally, I think JW and his team do a great job figuring out a "look" that works for each of his characters, so I've never had reason to complain or go, "Um, what the heck is he wearing?" or anything like that. I remember writing up a longform post about this months ago while we were waiting for Alice news and I was scrambling to keep the content flow going :P - obviously, it doesn't include Alice, but if anyone wants me to do a similar blurb on Park Jin Gyeom's look, please do say so.

 

Just went through the post. It was quite nice write up :thumbsup:

It's more critical because you had to consider the character and their fashion sense.

 

But hands down Cha Yoo Jin is at a level in fashion that goes so well in my opinion that I would always like to biased and put him on top regardless of his interest or lack of it in trendiness. I think I either saw or read from some interview that JW's suits are usually tailor made specially the one he wears in award functions but I feel like those shirt's he wore in TC was so for him. I loved everything he wore there and the vibe he tried to give.

 

And Next is Joseon City Boy Lee Kang To..

 

ha ha..

 

Anyways, Joo Won's team is doing such a great Job with styling him according to the respective characters that there are times I feel off about other people's styling right from the start of a drama (even tho I look forward to their projects) because they don't even do half of what JW does to be a character. I mean he has so far played 2 profiler, 3 detectives and 2 Doctors and none of them look same let alone act. He changes his hairstyle every time in each of his projects. He and his team is so meticulous about this that it's surprising each time. And I think most long time JW fans looks forward to how he'd look in his next projects because we know he'd look different. A big part of why we can see the particular character in JW when he's playing that is because how he styles himself. Next comes how he maintains his posture, gesture, tone and other details in acting.

 

I almost came in term with this that I wouldn't find 50% of this in others but I still sometimes bugs me specially when I see someone's hair is exactly like his previous character. Usually If women changes hairstyle just a bit sometimes it's enough to make a difference. But if men don't do so, they look same all the way at least to me.

 

So Joo Won and his hair and styling team :thumbsup: Thanks for taking care of our Joo Won. :fullofhearts:

1 hour ago, kittyna said:

By comparison, he was a bit more reserved during Ojakgyo Brothers and Gaksital filming, although I'm not sure as to why: whether that's simply how his personality meshed with his co-stars' or if there was another reason.

 

1 hour ago, kittyna said:

Personally, I think that JW's more comfortable around older actresses when he knows they're taken. I saw a similar vibe with Yong Pal filming as well, when Kim Tae Hee was already widely known to be Rain's girlfriend, and those who followed his Instagram immediately after his enlistment know how close he was with Lee Si Young :) 

 

 

And yes while everyone knew about KTH and Rain, Yeojin and Taehyun's chemistry still shined. And I think I saw news that he was one of the few who was invited to their wedding but couldn't attend because he had filming schedule.

 

Like he's comfortable more with Noona, Hyungs and even Senior Actors, he's is a bit reserved and careful when he's with youngers. He himself also said it that he tries to be a good example to the younger so may be try to carry himself with some sort of carefulness with them. Also During Gaksital and Ojakgyo JW was till a new comer so he had to be careful with his actions. But he seems to be a person who'll loosen up after he's done observing the other person and decide find his comfort zone. 

 

The way JW these days talks like "I want to be good Sunbae to youngers like how my Senior Sunbaes who I look up to, are with us." tells me that he is now a sunbae that young actors can feel closer to considering they have good attitude towards acting and acting environment and seniors. He just looks like so ready to be taking care of others. 

 

 

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3 hours ago, flutterby06 said:

But hands down Cha Yoo Jin is at a level in fashion that goes so well in my opinion that I would always like to biased and put him on top regardless of his interest or lack of it in trendiness. I think I either saw or read from some interview that JW's suits are usually tailor made specially the one he wears in award functions but I feel like those shirt's he wore in TC was so for him. I loved everything he wore there and the vibe he tried to give.

 

Oh, if I were to rank the boys on "Best Dressed", it'd be Cha Yoo Jin, hands-down for me as well :glasses: But the ranking in that list is based on how much I thought each character cared about fashion/appearance/etc., and I just don't see Yoo Jin like that. I mean, some viewers would - and they definitely have good reason to - but I just don't.

 

But, yes, the clothes that JW wore during Nae Il's Cantabile, like, really suited both the character and how he himself looked at the time. For example, JW as Yoo Jin could pull off a more "slim fit" shirt compared to how he's built in subsequent roles (e.g. Yong Pal or Alice), especially tucked into his pants like that to emphasize his waist - it actually made Yoo Jin look slimmer than JW actually was, and it added to the whole "tall, thin scholar" vibe I think the drama was aiming for.

 

And speaking of pants, I remember that being one of the items that JW said was rather frustrating to shop for: because he's got this naturally slim waist, but also really muscular legs (hey, he said it first - not me!), so he couldn't wear the slim/almost skinny jeans that were popular among 20-something-year-old guys at that point in time. He's luckier now that the trend has shifted to a more straight-fit cut (e.g. all those jeans we see Park Jin Gyeom wearing), as that style actually fits him quite easily.

 

Also, I've said this before re: Cha Yoo Jin, but I'll say it again: JW's the actor who I think can best pull off that hairstyle out of all the ones I've seen. And I'm sometimes happy to see him whenever he ends up reviving it (like he did right before enlisting).

 

3 hours ago, flutterby06 said:

Anyways, Joo Won's team is doing such a great Job with styling him according to the respective characters that there are times I feel off about other people's styling right from the start of a drama (even tho I look forward to their projects) because they don't even do half of what JW does to be a character.

 

There are a couple of factors at play here. One is whether the styling suits the character - and some dramas are more successful than others in that regard. I can't think of any bad examples off the top of my head right now, but when it does match (i.e. when a character's style does hint at who they are as people - yet not so obviously that it looks fake), viewers will notice, as you pointed out.

 

So, for instance, out of JW's dramas, I particularly like what the stylists ended up doing for Nae Il's CantabileYong Pal, and Alice. Not just for JW, but in general - whether I actually like the clothes or not (some characters' fashion choices in Cantabile were rather questionable), I do think the clothes match elements of each character's personality.

 

3 hours ago, flutterby06 said:

He changes his hairstyle every time in each of his projects. He and his team is so meticulous about this that it's surprising each time. And I think most long time JW fans looks forward to how he'd look in his next projects because we know he'd look different. A big part of why we can see the particular character in JW when he's playing that is because how he styles himself. Next comes how he maintains his posture, gesture, tone and other details in acting.

 

The other factor is what you described here: that JW and his team put a lot of thought into creating an entire persona for each character he plays. 

 

The bit about JW's hairstyle is, if I recall correctly, a carryover from theatre: hair plays a huge role in getting into a character. So, for instance, even a blond actor playing a blond character might wear a wig with the character's style on stage - and after finishing a show's run, one of the things many stage actors immediately change is their hairstyle as a way to bid their character(s) farewell.

 

Sometimes, for JW, that's not always possible - like if he's juggling multiple projects/roles at once - but you can see when he actually does it (e.g. dyeing his hair immediately after finishing My Sassy Girl).

 

3 hours ago, flutterby06 said:

The way JW these days talks like "I want to be good Sunbae to youngers like how my Senior Sunbaes who I look up to, are with us." tells me that he is now a sunbae that young actors can feel closer to considering they have good attitude towards acting and acting environment and seniors. He just looks like so ready to be taking care of others. 

 

I get that sense from him, too :) It's disappointing that he wasn't able to do that with the My Sassy Girl auditions (since that was his intention for casting the female lead), but at least he's getting those opportunities to build up his hoobaes now.

 

JW's agency's pic from his interview

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Joo Won's 6 minutes appearance in SBS Nightline

 

 

It looked really cool to watch him in a news set. I think we've seen him before too (in korean as well as in a Thai news channel) but not in this scale I guess(correct me if I am wrong). Anyways I loved watching him with large picture of him in the background screen. He also talked very well. Well done. :thumbsup:

SBS also released a Q/A pattern article on the whole conversation. I will upload it later after a bit tuning from Google translation result.

 

 

and JW interviews keeps coming up...:issohappy:

 

 

뮤지컬 [고스트] 주원 인터뷰 Part 1_무대를 사랑하는 배우 2013년, 드라마로 큰 사랑을 받던 그가 무대를 선택했던 이유 오디션을 봐야했던 이야기부터 전역 후 7년만에 <고스트>에 다시 돌아오기까지! 그의 이야기를 들어볼까요?
 
 

Musical [Ghost] Interview with Joowon Part 1_Actor who loves the stage The reason why he chose the stage in 2013, who was loved by drama From the story of having to audition, 7 years after he was discharged < ghost > Until he come back to! Shall we listen to his story?

 

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This is the original Post from Seensee: https://twitter.com/i_seensee/status/1331516840477028353

 

 

The video Link: 

 

 

Joo Won talked about how he missed working in stage. After TV debut in 2010 he used to be always busy with working in dramas and films and he kept fearing if he could stand in stage again. To relive his attachment for musical stage, he wanted to join in Ghost when he got the opportunity to audition back in 2013. Though he felt happy working in Ghost Musical in 2013, he had some regret for his performance and in some other aspects. He couldn't enjoy his stage comeback as much as he wanted to at that time because his concentration was divided due to other works.

 

That time the members of Ghost team jokingly said "Let's do it again after Joo Won comes back from military service." That stayed in his mind and due his personal attachment for this musical he always kept listening to Ghost songs. So it was easy for him to decide to join in Ghost again in 2020 because of all happy memories from last time and this time he wants to concentrate more on this so he can enjoy performing in this stage as much as he can.

 

The reason he keeps looking forward to work in stage is because he feels like it purifies him and it keeps away unnecessary thoughts away from him.. That's what stage means to him.

 

 

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And they said it's part 1. So looking forward to Part 2.

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[Invitation seat] Actor Joo-won returns to stage with musical 'Ghost' after 7 years

The actor who received fans' love from popular SBS drama Alice, which ended recently, will stand on the musical stage this time. He is said to be returning to the musical after 7 years, and today (25th) we have actor Joo Won.

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                                                          Actor Joo-won
Q. The drama 'Alice' ends in popularity... What do you think?

[Joo Won/Actor: First of all, the ratings were basically good, and many viewers loved it, and personally I am proud and satisfied that I made a attempt in something new.]

Q. Why did you choose it as your first comeback after being discharged from the military?

[Joo Won/Actor: First of all, I wanted to try something new. Any genre or content or character would be a little new. So, looking for such things, there was Alice. In addition, the script itself was very solid, and I decided to choose it because it seemed that it could arouse the interest of the viewers.]

 

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                                                                  Drama 'Alice'
Q. Acting as a congenital apathetic person... Wasn't it difficult?

[Joo Won/Actor: It should be seen as apathetic character to the viewers, but the role of an actor is also the role of expressing exact emotions ... In fact, it was very difficult in that part, and if you are an actor, I think it was a very good opportunity to be a high school student and an old man in one work.]

Q. A character whose personality changes... Any tips for acting?

[Joo Won/Actor: Actually, there is no trick. There is no trick, but anyway, I have to focus on the other side instantly, and it was a role that listens to a lot of sounds from other dimensions. So I think it was a part that definitely needed a change of my thinking about that particular part. So when I filmed that scene, I talked a lot with a lot of directors and filmed.]

 

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Q. Musical return after 7 years... What kind of work is it?

[Joo Won/Actor: Yes, this time, after 7 years, I've been working on the musical 'Ghost' again, based on the movie 'Love and Soul'. I did the musica; premiere 7 years ago, but this time I did it again.]

Q. The same role as 7 years ago… What has changed?

[Joo Won/Actor: I was 27 years old when I played that role 7 years ago. So, in fact, I think I was younger at time to play Sam Whit. But I think I'm at my best age to play Sam Whit right now... There seems to be a more masculine and solid appearance than 7 years ago, and I wonder if there was a more relaxed appearance on the stage.]

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Q. The premiere actors join together... How is your breathing?

**(I think by breathing they means harmony or synergy)


[Joo Won/Actor: Breathing is so good, in fact, because we were together 7 years ago, we know the parts that we liked each other, and we also know the parts that we were disappointed with. So we tried to fill in the parts we were disappointed with this time, and we tried to strengthen the parts that were good. Anyway, because I have good breath, I think everyone is doing a happy performance.]

 
 

 

Q. There are many pleasant scenes with psychics( Oda Mae) in the play?

 

[Joowon/Actor: Sam and Molly are actually lovers, and Sam dies early in the play, so there is no scene that can be shown for comedy. However, Oda Mae scenes have a lot of gag codes. In particular, Choi Jeong-won and Park Jun-myeon are very pleasant in regular life, but they are really free and really flying when they're on the stage. So, they do ad lib a lot. So, when the audience sees our performance, they laugh a lot when they see a character named Odamae.]

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Q. The movie is the original... How did you implement 'soul'?

[Joo Won/Actor: Our musical ghost set itself is actually a front LED set, the stage moves freely, and there are a lot of magic effect. So, even those who don't know the original movie of 'Love and Soul' come and see the stage equipment, magic, etc. and they feel content and drunk by watching those. So it's very cool.]

Q. Is there a scene you would like to recommend in 'Ghost' ?

[Joo Won/Actor: Musical Ghost, as many of you may remember, there is a song called Unchained Melody in original movie, and it comes in 4 versions in musical. So, in fact, those who remember the song will probably be interested in seeing this song being expressed in many different ways.]

Q. Why keep the stage even in difficult times?

[Joo Won/Actor: In my personal opinion, I can't really ask the audience to come to the concert hall at this situation. But if there is a way I can directly comfort someone other than the screen, I thought that it was a stage. I
 am working on acting with this mindset every time. ]   


Reporter Pyeon Sang-wook ( pete @ sbs.co.kr )

 

News Link 1: https://news.sbs.co.kr//news/endPage.do?newsId=N1006089965&plink=SHARE&cooper=SBSNEWSMOBEND&plink=SHARE&cooper=SBSNEWSMOBEND

 

News Link 2: https://n.news.naver.com/mnews/article/055/0000856792?sid=103

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Extra-special goodie today: the video feature of JW's DAZED pictorial!

 

 

I think my favourite looks on him are the final one with the light-coloured trench coat and brown sweater, as well as both of the ones with white sweaters :) 

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So, I know that things have been quieter here than usual - although I do feel like we're on the cusp of things picking up once December comes around and the awards season really starts in earnest. JW's got the recent interview and magazine feature (both of which are awesome), but other than that, it's mostly just Ghost until either 1) it finishes its run next year (which we want :) ); or 2) it ends up closing early because COVID-19 finally manages to get out of whack in Korea (which none of us want :().

 

So I've been taking advantage of this lull to get some fic-writing done (finally!), but maybe I've been inspired by JW's own Ghost run, as I also managed to put together another Musical Theatre Challenge.

 

This one's more like the first one I did than the villains/antagonists special from Halloween, in that I'll end up spreading this out over several rounds. To start, a quick reversal, as I'm actually beginning with the girls.

 

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Musical Theatre Challenge, Take Two: The Girls (Round One)

 

So, the question here is the same as always: which female character from JW's dramas do you think of when you hear each song, and why? Any female characters (main, supporting, minor) are fair game; the only rule is that you can't repeat any of them (i.e. 8 prompts = 8 girls).

 

(Also, it's come to my attention from previous rounds that video links that work for me here in Canada may not work everywhere due to YouTube's zoning restrictions. Given that, if any of the videos don't play for you, please let me know, and I'll try to find an alternative audio-only source if there is one :thumbsup:)

 

Again, there are no right or wrong answers here - it's all just for fun! :) 

 

1. "In My Own Little Corner" from Cinderella (Lyrics)

 

Character: Ella

 

Context: Stuck with an abusive stepmother and stepsisters, Ella copes by withdrawing into her vast imagination. (What's funny about this video in particular is that the actress seems to have filmed this at home while in COVID lockdown.)

 

 

2. "Helpless" from Hamilton

 

Character: Eliza

 

Context: The middle daughter of a wealthy family falls in love at first sight with a poor (but clever) soldier at a ball hosted by her father.

 

 

3. "Requiem" from Dear Evan Hansen

 

Character: Zoe

 

Context: After the death of her troubled older brother by suicide, a teenage girl wrestles with social expectations that she'd be grief stricken and her own knowledge of just how much pain he had brought the entire family while he was still alive. After all, if she remembers him as a monster, how could she cry for him?

 

 

4. "I Don't Need Your Love" from Six

 

Character: Catherine Parr

 

Context: Forced to marry King Henry VIII (a tyrannical man she doesn't love), Catherine has to give up the man she truly loves (he's the one she starts off addressing) and her own career as a rare (for her time) female scholar. However, that doesn't mean she has to like it - nor does she believe she should only be known for having married a king.

 

 

5. "Stepsister's Lament" from Cinderella (Lyrics)

 

Character: Charlotte

 

Context: Watching as the Prince dances with a mysteriously beautiful girl (actually her stepsister, Ella - but she doesn't know) at a ball, Charlotte and the other jilted attendees console themselves by deciding there must be something wrong with him.

 

 

6. "I Have Confidence" from The Sound of Music

 

Character: Maria

 

Context: On her way to her first day at work as the Von Trapp family's governess, Maria attempts to pep talk herself out of her own nervousness.

 

 

(By the way: since this was actually filmed in Salzburg, I should point out that the ending of this scene - when she finally arrives - inspired a moment in this installment of Seolleim in Salzburg. Excerpt below if anyone's interested.)

 

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“Where are we going, Orabang?”

 

“It’s a surprise; you’ll see when we get there.”

 

Nae Il shoots me a strange look for that, but then settles back down in her seat on the bus. She has, as is usual for her, taken a spot by the window, while I, sitting beside her, also peer over her head to get a look outside.

 

To be fair, there is not much on this bus route that indicates what our final destination would be. But that is how I want it.

 

Knowing Nae Il, the longer it takes for her to realize where we are going, the greater the payoff will be once we arrive.

 

Just yesterday, on Friday night, I had gotten a text from Muhammed confirming that our proposed Whitsun performance at the Schloss Frohnburg has been cleared with the university. He had also told me that, after consulting with the other strings instrumentalists in the ensemble, they had decided to add Bach’s Violin Concerto in E Major, with him, naturally, as the soloist.

 

It is thus time for me to put forward our suggestion to Nae Il that she add a solo piece to our programme. Under any other circumstances, I know that she will readily accept; in fact, she has often joked with me that I should just become her manager and make any such decisions for her. But that won’t do for someone who really should be thinking ahead to creating a solo career; experience from Haneum has taught me that it is best for her to make such choices on her own terms. However, that doesn’t mean that I’m unaware of what factors Nae Il may take into her decision, and that is why we are on the bus right now on this mild Saturday afternoon.

 

She does not know it yet, but I am taking her to the Schloss Frohnburg itself.

 

The bus lets us off in a rather ordinary-looking suburban neighbourhood. Getting off onto the sidewalk, Nae Il turns in a circle, looking curiously around her.

 

“Is this it?”

 

I shake my head. “Ani. We’ve still got about a ten-minute walk.”

 

Taking her by the hand, I lead Nae Il along one of the house-lined side streets branching off from the main road. We follow it along for several minutes before the houses give way to a large open park.

 

The weather today may be mild, but we are still in the first half of March, and the early spring breeze picks up now that we are out in the open with no buildings to block it. Quickly, I untie the belt keeping my long outer coat closed, opening up one side to drape it around Nae Il with one arm.

 

“Komapsumnida,” she murmurs as she burrows in, snuggling up close to my side.

 

I tsk softly at her in response. “I’d told you: you should have brought a warmer coat.”

 

“But when the trade-off is that I get to stick to you like this,” she replies, shifting to place one arm around my waist and pulling me in closer, “I think I need to be careless a bit more often.”

 

I am tempted for just a moment to rescind my offer, to pull back away from her and let her deal with the cold herself. But I don’t. Instead, I point straight ahead with my free hand.

 

“You see those red-roofed buildings over there? That’s where we’re going, so let’s hurry.”

 

Together, I still sheltering her from the wind, we jog towards the buildings. I guide her past the first one we come to, making a right towards a tree-lined road just up ahead.

 

By this time, we can get a good view of our final destination: an estate surrounded by yellow walls. But it is still hard to peer over them at the building inside, and even if we did, I know that we will not see the part that Nae Il is familiar with. However, just short of stepping out onto the main pathway, I come to a stop, causing Nae Il to stumble to a halt beside me.

 

It is only at this point that I step back away from her, retying my coat in the process. Coming around to stand in front of her, I ask her to close her eyes.

 

“Wae?”

 

“Just trust me,” I answer, taking one of her hands in mine once she has obeyed. “You’ll like this; I promise.”

 

Silently, I lead Nae Il around the corner of the walled complex and along the tree-lined road until, finally, we stop at the wrought iron gate flanked by two grey stone columns. On one side of the surrounding wall, there is a large metal plaque: “Schloss Frohnburg Universität Mozarteum.”

 

I let go of Nae Il’s hand just long enough to step behind her and place both hands on her shoulders. Then, bending down so my head is just next to hers, I whisper, “We’re here, Nae Il-ah. Open your eyes.”

 

I can’t hold back a grin when I hear Nae Il gasp audibly beside me. “Or- Orabang, this – this is…”

 

“Geu rae. It’s exactly what you think it is.” Reaching out past her to push the gate open, I continue, “This is the Schloss Frohnburg, the outside of which was used for the Von Trapp villa in The Sound of Music.”

 

Unlike the young Maria in the film, who had carried a guitar case in one hand and her luggage in the other, Nae Il is empty-handed when she runs through the gate into the front yard. However, just like her predecessor, her arms are also spread wide in excitement as she dashes along the circular driveway up to the main entrance. I follow along at a slower pace, and reach the door just in time for her to turn around and look at me, eyes wide and hands clasped in front of her in rapture.

“So, what do you think?” I ask, reaching out with one hand to lightly stroke the back of her head.

 

Immediately, she lunges forward and wraps her arms around me in a fierce hug. “Komapsumnida, Orabang!”

 

Quickly, my hand moves down to the small of her back, holding her in place before she could try to jump up and give me a kiss. “All right, Seollebal – keep it together for me for a second. I didn’t just bring you here because you’re a big fan of the movie. I’ve actually got something I want to ask you.”

 

“Jinjja?” she asks in response, following me as I open the door and guide her through into the main foyer. It is a simple but brightly lit space, painted a sunny yellow with a warm brown and white checkered floor.

 

I let go of Nae Il so that she can continue into the room herself. As she turns to look around her in wonder, seemingly indifferent to how the interior differs vastly from the set used in the film, I wait for the right moment to pose my question:

 

“What do you think about performing here someday?”

 

It takes a moment for my offer to sink in, but once it does, Nae Il’s eyes dance once more in delight. “Omo – can we?”

 

“Can you, actually,” I retort, crossing my arms in front of my chest. “I just heard back from Muhammed last night; this is where our ensemble will be performing during the Whitsun Festival this May.

 

“But what I’m asking is whether you could play something for that concert. Not a duet with me or an ensemble piece with the others. A solo piece, just for you – Seol Nae Il.”

 

7. "Rainbow High" from Evita (Lyrics)

 

Character: Evita

 

Context: After becoming Argentina's First Lady by promoting her husband to the descamisados (the working poor) through channeling her own working-class roots, Evita now completely transforms her image into one of high glamour and sophistication in hopes that it would appeal to both the masses and international politicians.

 

 

8. "Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again" from The Phantom of the Opera (Lyrics)

 

Character: Christine

 

Context: Caught in the crosshairs of a conflict between the two powerful men who love her (and hate each other), Christine visits her late father's grave, mourning that she can't ask for his advice when she needs it most.

 

 

 

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10 hours ago, kittyna said:

So, I know that things have been quieter here than usual

Well, fortunately we have active members like @kittyna and @flutterby06 , who always bring something new in the forum and keep it interesting and fun forum to visit :approves:

10 hours ago, kittyna said:

1. "In My Own Little Corner" from Cinderella

Well, I tried to find the right character which fits the description of this musical, but I did not find any main or supporting character from the drama which fits in this situation. The closes one I could think of is "Princess Hyemyung". She does acts like  the character in the musical, sometimes she acts like lady like and sometimes she acts like drunkard. So, I think princess is best fit for this musical,her character matches with ELLA  minus the step sister and cruse

10 hours ago, kittyna said:

2. "Helpless" from Hamilton

Koo Ja-Kyung, although she is the eldest daughter her situation is similar to the character in the musical, but in different way, like she as the ability and competence to run her father's business but because she is a woman, she is not given a chance to prove herself and was expected to be married-off. Just like the character in the musical, she is expected to stick with the traditional role i.e as good woman .

10 hours ago, kittyna said:

3. "Requiem" from Dear Evan Hansen

Han Yeo-Jin-  Well, it's the closest character I could think of and on top of that, her situation matches with the situation of the musical. Although she was not the one who was responsible for her brother's death but she was involved indirectly in his murder. And did not regret it one bit, and she was also convinced that her brother was a monster who tried to kill her and destroyed her life knowingly. So, I think she is the best fit for this musical

10 hours ago, kittyna said:

4. "I Don't Need Your Love" from Six

Shin Yu-Kyung-  These have similar situation, just like in the drama, Catherine Parr marriage was against her choice, but in the end, her marriage with Henry VIII, was best one out his six marriages he had. And I did not know that she was in love with other man, which makes these two characters situation similar. So, I think Yu-Kyung is the best fit for this musical

10 hours ago, kittyna said:

5. "Stepsister's Lament" from Cinderella (Lyrics)

Jung Da-Yeon- Now that, I think of it Da-Yeon was like one of the step sisters of Cinderella. She was jealous of the women who were close to Gyun woo and had her own cruel schemes for Princess Hyemyung.

10 hours ago, kittyna said:

6. "I Have Confidence" from The Sound of Music

Cho Min-Hee - For some reason I think Min-Hee would be nervous on her first day of work and would do something like this to calm her nervous

10 hours ago, kittyna said:

7. "Rainbow High" from Evita (Lyrics)

Queen Park- Only reason I choose her because she was the closest character to this musical character.

10 hours ago, kittyna said:

8. "Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again" from The Phantom of the Opera (Lyrics)

Mok Dan- Again, I am taking the similar situation criterion to choose this character. Although, both the men who love Mok Dan doesn't hate each other, but both of them always try to hurt each other in every given situation.

 

And coming to the Fan fiction review, it is a good read and also, I came to realize that Cha Yoo jin is really not good at surprising anyone, while reading the story it almost felt like Cha Yoo Jin was dragging Nae-Il to a school, like a mom who is dragging her reluctant toddler to school  and not like someone who is trying surprise his fiance :joy:

 

By the way, I thought this musical challenge would be a cakewalk, since we have already done this before. But, I couldn't have been more wrong, the musical characters were diverse and there were lot less similar with female or male leads and I had to think deep in order to find a suitable character for the musical. It was a tough exercise and also surprisingly satisfying by the time I was done with the challenge :hwaiting2:

 

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