My name is Jung Yong-hwa. I had it made for me at one of the places where they read your fate. It means that the face looks friendly.
I was born on June 22, 1989 in the Yeoksam district of Seoul. But I consider myself from Busan because I moved there when I was two and lived there till I graduated from high school.
My family is composed of my parents and a brother older than me by four years. Every member of my family is of the so-called timid A blood type.
After coming to Seoul, I put in a lot of effort to fix my Busan dialect. My friends back in Busan who saw the first episode of my drama called me and said that I use standard Korean now. Haha.
The scene where I say, “Come sit here. I’ve made some warm tea,” is what I acted in auditioning for my part in “Minamishineyo”. My acting isn’t good but I think the director gave me good marks for the fact that I know how to play the guitar and am part of a band. During the audition, I also sang our song “Now or Never” from our group’s Japanese single.
Since it was my first time acting I think the writers were also quite worried so they called me to the side separately and explained my character to me. They also asked me to think about how to express Kang Shin-woo’s character without making him seem too cheesy. I tried my best but I think I still ended up expressing him a bit over the top.
With Park Shin-hye who played Go Mi-nam, I’ve become friends with her but I got a lot of help because there were a lot of scenes we were in together. She was always dressed as a guy in the drama though so at one point, I would be a bit surprised when she would dress as the female she is.
Regarding Jang Keun-suk who played Hwang Tae-kyung, I was initially very worried because I thought he would be scary. Haha. But he wasn’t at all, and I’m very thankful that he acted like the eldest that he is, letting us enjoy ourselves when we should but also taking charge at the right times.
Lee Hong-ki, who played Jeremy in the drama is managed by the same agency as mine so we had been pretty good friends even before we went into shoot. A photograph of him sleeping while lying on my legs at the airport was posted on the website but that’s because we’re that close and he was tired. We also had to wait for quite a while.
A video of me acting all giddy was posted on the Internet recently. A friend of mine took that video on his cellphone while we were in the bus to go on a trip to Jeju island as juniors in high school. I say, “Stop shooting me” but I was just playing around — I had asked him to shoot the video. I think it’s good in that people will see the real me rather than as my character Kang Shin-woo.
My band’s name C.N.BLUE stands for Code Name Blue. Our agency put up prize money for the person who comes up with the best name. Our band’s goal is to become the best in Asia and to hopefully bring changes to the Korean music industry which has been see less bands.
In the band, I’m the oldest. Jong-hyun, who along with me is a vocal and plays the guitar, is manly but has an naive side to him, our youngest member and drummer Min-hyuk looks like a baby but he’s good at cleaning up. Oh, we never make him clean up though. (laugh) Our new bassist Jung-shin is the same age as Min-hyuk but he’s good at taking care of the band. And more than anything, everyone really likes music.
My band members showed their support for my acting by watching every episode of “Minamishineyo”. They even carried my bags for me when I returned from shooting an episode in Japan. Haha.
I don’t favor one music genre over another.In the case of bands, I like Bon Jovi’s brisk style of singing and the voices of Placebo and The Calling. I’m also very interested in R&B and hip-hop. That’s why I sometimes try following rap. Dancing? I want to be good at it but it’s difficult. I think it’s the most difficult.
Reporter : Choi Ji-Eun firstname.lastname@example.org
Photographer : Lee Jin-hyuk email@example.com
Editor : Jessica Kim firstname.lastname@example.org, Jang Kyung-Jin email@example.com