Seung Gi’s Esquire magazine interview – 24th July 2013 (Part 2+1)

I'm posting this again because my previous entry had some overlapping text which I couldn't resolve without deleting it.
Hopefully, I'll be able to finish the rest of the interview by tonight. ^^

Translated from Korean to Chinese by: @不上你 (@Bu Shang Ni) from (Lee Seung Gi baidu)
Pics shared by: dlww1234 + as tagged
Translated from Chinese to English by: @YulingSG/

In real life, it's not possible to always win. Perhaps, it's already beautiful enough that we've got the determination to win sometimes. There'll be rain, we'll also become sensitive. We'll also fall sick because of expired fast food products, becoming undisciplined. Being a good loser is also a strength. Lee Seung Gi understands the rules of the game. He's a victorious master. In private, he expresses this aspect even better. He doesn't cross over the happy, comfortable line. He knows the stuff that needs to be complied with, the stuff that ought to be complied with and being like this, he's just like a man. This was an advice that he got from his father, following it closely and realising it. Lee Seung Gi is the only person who can do this, at least (among those) in my life. Meeting him after 3 years, his jaw line is more pronounced, a half-human half-beast with even more sparkling eyes. Ah no, he's got superior genes of the appearance of an ideal person. Between men, I can feel even more of the strong scent (exuded by him).

"I often hear that Lee Seung Gi isn't manly enough. That became a form of mental stress. However, after
구가의 서 ended, I didn't exactly work hard deliberately and I'll also often hear that I'm very manly now. I really didn't do anything. Maybe this is a gift from time. Acting together with a young Suzy, at the same time, I've naturally presented the look of an oppa.".

The smell of Hawaii is also very exciting. I'm not sure whether these are the right words to describe the vitality of his suntanned bronze skin.

"It's the first time here in Hawaii. I often hear people around me raving about Hawaii so I'm very curious. If not for the shooting of Esquire, when will I be able to come here and take a look right? There's no wasted words. Thank you for letting my eyes see it and also thank you for the sudden question, for me to have a deep reflection. After the end of 구가의 서, there were similar words which had to be repeated countless times but that's because the drama was popular and the reporters paid attention to it, so I'm also very happy. 구가의 서 because of reruns and DMB (Believe that it stands for Digital Multimedia Broadcasting, here's the link for those who wish to learn more about it: and so on, the drama ratings was in a declining state during that period. At the end, the rating reached 19.5%, it's clearly a successful piece of work.".

"Although I'll be happier with higher figures, but talking about 구가의 서 with nothing to do about ratings, it's very fortunate that there were many other aspects that became talking topics. Through this drama, it seems like I've become more unperturbed and humble.".

The Lee Seung Gi that I know, ah no, the Lee Seung Gi that the people know is the embodiment of humility!

"Actually, looking at the character, it's a piece of work that I feel the most confident about. Whether it's the amount of screen time or the advancement of the story, it's One Top with "Choi Kang Chi" portrayed by me. Under such circumstances, if it's in the past, I could only say "ah, thank you for letting me take on the lead role in such a huge drama". Apart from this, I'll not think of anything else. But the current me through this drama has learnt a lot about the necessary cooperation at the filming site, then a balance can be struck. There'll be stuff which needs to be lost, also in order for stuff to be presented. No matter what, because I'm the lead, changes in the atmosphere at the filming site will occur according to my pace. If I feel weary and moody, the pace of the filming will be affected.  This has allowed to recognise what TEAMWORK is.".

The PD for this drama, Shin Woo Chul, praised Lee Seung Gi for not complaining even once. Actor Yoo Dong Geun who acted in the drama together became his very good mentor.

"Teacher Yoo Dong Geun treats me very well, he likes me a lot. After the drama ended, he even invited me to his home for a meal. Very honoured to be able to eat the meat that Senior Jeon In Hwa and Yoo Dong Geun grilled, I'm very thankful. Honestly speaking, in Senior's eyes, perhaps he felt that I did well, that'll be really nice right! I'm very grateful that Senior spotted the possibilities of actors in their 20s and gave strength (to them). Because of this, I gained a lot of confidence.".

The way that Lee Seung Gi usually talks is pretty much the same as the maknae Lee Seung Gi in '2 Days and 1 Night'. His expressions are lively, containing his distinctive kind of innocence and unaffectedness. He's got that ability to attract people. This is what everyone can feel (about him).

He's a "good impression type".

"I'm very thankful. With such an image, no matter whether it's developed through variety shows or dramas,  no matter what I do, (people are able to) affectionately accept (them), it's my life's best blessing.". It also illustrates there's many expectations within this.

If I can't achieve that sort of expectation, perhaps as compared to others, I'll get an even more cruel evaluation. But even if that's so, being able to work with people whom I like, makes up for this expectation. Even it's only like this, I'm also very happy.".

Maybe this is not to disappoint the expectations of the people around him., controlling his own "kind man circumstances" right?

"Unknowingly, it's already 10th year since debut. During this period of time, from the general public, I've gained their basic image of me. This is not to be taken into account. I don't wish to impetuously say "It's not to be done like this", defending (myself) as there's no other alternative. If there's anything that requires a response, which method is the most capable and experienced, as compared to that, I've developed thoughts of expressing well now.".

Talking about this, Lee Seung Gi uses an instruction manual is the feeling that I personally get. No matter what others say, he who occupies the highest position, how does he restrain himself like this?

"Although there's some of my hard work involved, but being influenced by the characters of the people around me is great. From parents, that goes without saying. And when men are together, we'll be more rough and when we are together with girls, we'll become more attentive, isn't that right? For circumstances related to the latter, before problems arise, I'll be more alert on some stuff myself.".

With regards to easy understanding (of women), in his company, the majority are women. Singer Lee Sun Hee, whom he calls as his music teacher, is also a female. For another thing that Lee Seung Gi is sensitive about, that's scenes which require him to take off his clothes. Seeing him like this, I was shocked to see him revealing his upper body in his previous drama 'The King 2 Hearts' and '구가의 '. At the same time, I also feel the passion he's got for acting.

"Other stuff is okay, but taking off (clothes) is a little..but whether it's 'The King 2 Hearts' or '구가의 ' PD, they aren't people who'll be pushed around.".

If the reason isn't sufficient enough to convince them, it will look like I'm evading it through cunning schemes. During '구가의 ', I sent a text message to the writer and jokingly said, "Ah writer-nim, the taking off clothes scenes that you like, I do that in the 20th episode okay?". Because in the majority of the dramas, in the initial phase, because there's physique management, the results of taking off clothes will be quite good. However, to the end generally, it's all gone to the dogs.".

~~~~~~To be continued~~~~~~


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