T/N: Translation of Yunho and Jo Jae Jin’s Interview of each other in GQ Korea Magazine-March Issue:
Jo Jae Jin (Cho Jae Jin) asks Uknow Yunho
(He is a professional soccer player who is currently playing for a Japanese league)
Q. When we meet, we drink tea and eat and talk. That’s it. Don’t people ask if we drink (alcohol) with guys? Haven’t you heard that?
A: It’s exactly the same for me. If I meet (someone), I talk about work and the future. It can become sort of serious but there are those who see it as fun, those who see it as cute, and those who see it as cool. It’s like that. To me, “family” is very important. If I decide that someone is my kind of person, from then on, I’ll talk about work, the future, things like that.
Q. However, why are you so busy? Since our work is different, it’s possible that I don’t understand but aren’t you even busy in the middle of the night (early morning)?
A: Oh, sorry hyung (older brother). You already know I’m the meticulous type. I’m the type that well prepare a lot for the next schedule. I practice at night but for example, I don’t just practice. I like walking on the spur of the moment (randomly). I like to walk around Seoul here and there in disguise and think. I’m the type to drive myself hard but there’s not enough time. However, you always call me during my practice.
Q: When I called before, you said you were walking (around). Where do you walk?
A: I go here and there. At that time, Was I walking to Noryangjin? I don’t like to go to a place I’ve been to but I like to go to places that I don’t know.
Q: Do you relax by doing that?
A: No matter how many people praise me saying I did good, there are times when I look at myself and I don’t think I did. So, I think that others really think I didn’t do good either. I feel like I can only give that feeling (doing good) if I’ve tried my best 100%. When I have a really bad cold and I have to go up on stage, I think, “should I dance hard?” I know that when I think like that, I will only be able to give the feeling of 30%. (He is very hard and demanding on himself)
Q: Because of that “perfectionism”, doesn’t it make it hard in other things?
A: As you know, in private, I act like a dummy (hehe, he’s really a dork). When I’m working and something goes wrong, I will definitely ask myself questions but when it’s personal, I just go “oh well~.” When I first met you, you appeared serious like a sports athlete but even though you seemed that way, how should I say it, you were innocent?
Q: Let’s say that’s the case, but what do you do when you’re alone?
A: Well, don’t know. Write (myself) a plan for 10 years later?
A: If not, I’ll definitely meet friends. Like I said before, I walk alone too. I also said this in last year’s GQ interview but I don’t want to lose “Jung Yunho.” On the stage, I go “I’m the best, I’m the best who can’t lose to anyone” so I can do it (perform)but when I come down from the stage, I want to be normal. If you live to this way, then it seems like your view of the world changes a little bit. I still have lots of regular (non-celebrity) friends. That’s why, going around with friends sightseeing, I’ll see mothers selecting fresh fish and trying to bargain with prices. That’s why when I do that, I will only take 3000 won because I might get weak (haha frugal Yunho).
Q: Do you want to go to the mountain once sometime? Chong Ghe Mountain is good. Bok Han Mountain is good too.
A: I’d like that. We also talked about going to the mountains a long time ago but we only talked about it.
Q: What do you dislike the most?
A: Hmm..people who lie. Lies.
Q: What do you dislike about yourself? Something like, things you want to correct?
A: Well, my dressing habit? I want to correct grabbing just whatever feels the most comfortable. Once in a while, manager hyungs will tell me to wear something nice but I don’t like it when they say that either. I also have to take care of my face. Oh, I hate taking care of my nails the most. Actually, I came today too after I got skin care/treatment. It’s hard laying still (haha knew he couldn’t just be still). Also, I keep getting blamed for broken things.
Q: What are you talking about?
A: When I touch something which has nothing wrong with it, it either gets broken, breaks, or something falls off. It does that. I didn’t mean to do that but it just gets broken. I get blamed because I don’t explain what happened so I get into a lot of trouble. (hehe clumsy Yunho)
Q: What’s your limit (alcohol)? For some reason, I think it’s 3.
A: I don’t know if my limit is 3 or not. When I drink with people who’s good at drinking, we’re all sprawled out. I didn’t know that. Truthfully, I don’t really like alcohol (but) how should I say it? When people drink, it seems like they kind of get aggressive, they argue over something that isn’t even a big deal. That’s why I usually just like talking and having a meal more. However, when I drink, I definitely drink. When it’s my birthday, that day, (they’ll say) “Yunho-yah, drink some today.” I’ll drink from a bowl this big, one shot for me, one shot for you.
Q: Do you compete with that too?
A: It’s not competing. If I say, “drink as much as you love me,” they’ll drink in one shot. The staff will pour alcohol in a large bowl like this and say, “drink as much as you love us.” It’s like that. If I don’t drink that much, it seems like I’m lying (poor Yunho, so he ends up drinking all of it)
Q: Isn’t it okay to tell that kind of lie?
A: There are times when you may lie with good intentions. However, for me telling a lie…you could see that as cute but lies don’t fit in my life.
Q: Competing is competing but there’s also the issue of self-confidence.
A: I just want to learn more. If I’m going to learn, I want to learn it right. It’s like that. When there’s someone who does something really well that I’m interested in, I’ll grab that person for sure and be next to him. (I think to myself) Let him teach me, let’s give it a try once, let’s see whether I will win or lose from the experience. I get those feelings. I want to enrich those kind of experiences. I really don’t like living only within this life (celebrity life). That’s why I want to try my best getting together with lots of people.
Q: I know what you’re talking about but don’t ask me to compete with you. I won’t do that with you.
A: A long time ago, I played basketball with Hee Jong hyung but I only made one goal (basket) and I lost big time. I was so upset…
Q: haha, I knew it.
A: I didn’t say anything (about losing) even when that happened. (haha don’t want to admit defeat)
Q: Why didn’t you?
A: I just said, “hyung, let’s do it one more time, huh? Just one more time.”
Q: Anyhow, I won’t bet with you on similar stuff. If you said let’s make a bet, would it be something like dancing? (no) You would say let’s do soccer.
A: That’s right. I won’t bet on something that I can do well.
Q: Anyways, I knew there was something in your gaze since I first saw you. No matter what it is, you will do it. Talking to you some just now makes me think that.
A: You’re a person who will definitely do something if you say you’ll do it but if you don’t want to, your style is to not do it.
Q: Are you a little different?
A: I am the type to do something even if I don’t want to.
Q: I heard it somewhere that when you’re really have a close friend, you can be in the same room and not say anything and not worry about it. How would it be if it was with me, the two of us?
A: I don’t know.
Q: I think I’ll be really uncomfortable.
A: haha, it’s because whenever I meet with you, it’s always with other people. However, I feel when it’s just the two of us, you will talk a lot?
Q: Hmm..If you were to describe yourself in one word, what would it be?
A: If I was to describe myself as an animal, it would be a leopard.
Q: Then what about me?
A: You seem like a tiger but actually I think you may be like a black leopard.
Q: It’s similar but a black one?
A: It’s similar but a little heavier.
Q: What is your dream at this moment?
A: Since I’ve come/reached a mountain, I see a higher mountain. No matter what I do, I will do my best. As Yunho, I want to always be honest and be a truthful person who gives trust. It’s easier to say than do it but eventually that will happen.
Q: How will we be 10 years later?
A: I’ve thought about this alot. 10 years later, I think we’ll be eating and drinking tea and talking. It’s possible to be together with wives too. We’re not fancy types. Is it alright to ask you now?
Uknow Yunho asks Jo Jae JinQ: Don’t you have the concept of (person with) few words?
A: I don’t know. Maybe my personality is low-key? I’m the hyung so do you think I’ll act cute next to you? If you want, I’ll show you at karoake.
Q: Are you like that when you’re with a woman too?
A: It’s all the same.
Q: We’ve never been alone, just the two of us. What do you think it’ll be like if it’s just the two of us?
A: I think it’ll be really awkward? What would two guys do together? (this just cracked me up) I don’t know if we were to drink. I can imagine how awkward it would be even if I don’t see it. However, they say that when really close friends are together, it can be like they’re there even though they aren’t. Isn’t it like that for us too?
Q: I’m not sure but I think you will definitely say a lot.
A: That will not happen.
Q: Are you good at drinking?
A: About half bottle of soju (lol guess he’s not a drinker)
Q: I think you can drink more. If you were to make a bet with me, will you really lose?
A: Of course.
Q: Even if it’s soccer (haha Yunho trying to get him to play soccer)
A: Yes. I don’t like tiresome things. You know that.
Q: Then, let’s make a bet on a (soccer) match one time. I don’t bet on something I do well.
A: It’s no fun betting on soccer. Let’s sing. (lol He’s teasing Yunho)
Q: haha. What did you think of me when you first saw me?
A: Are you asking me because you don’t know? You looked sensitive and really mean.
Q: When we meet, we mainly talk about work. I guess you think I’m really mean those times too.
A: Uhh, I was kidding. haha. I just thought that since we’re both busy and meet once in a while.
Q: Haven’t you wanted to talk about other things?
A: Of course I do. Are you close to SNSD? (haha he just kills me)
Q: Ask when it’s over and it’s just the two of us.
Q: Are you really interested in this work or are you just curious?
A: Of course I’m interested. They say you’ll be happy if you can experience many things while living.
Q: How is it having fans follow you? For some reason, I think you’ll be tired of it.
A: Umm..it can be really uncomfortable.
Q: Do you do things really good even if you don’t want to do it?
A: I don’t do it. I can’t. I decline.
Q: If I ask you to describe me in one word, what would it be?
A: Awesome guy.
Q: Then what about you?
A: A happy guy.
Q: I always talk about planning for 10 years later. How do you think I’ll be 10 years later?
A: I don’t know about you but I’m going to be married and live normally.
Q: Why are all your answers so short? You look as if you have a lot of secrets. I don’t want to pry but…still tell me just one.
A: I don’t have any secrets.
Source: [GQ Magazine Korea, March Issue]
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