So yes, I went to 6/22 fan autograph signing event. My ultimate goal this summer was to see real Hyukie, so I kinda accomplished my goal! The details of the event itself is probably not interesting…so I’ll just briefly share my impression on Jang Hyuk in real person.
Unfortunately, I don’t remember him signing autograph for me. I know it sounds totally ridiculous but I forgot it as soon as I walked out. I guess it was just so unreal that my brain couldn’t process it? lol. I seriously do not remember how he looked like, how his voice sounded like, how his hand felt like. Arghhhh. But I did see him signing others for quite a long time, so my impression is based on that.
He looks exactly like how he does in videos, but somehow looks better in person than in camera.
I know this kinda doesn’t make sense…but that’s what I felt…Feature-wise, he is exactly what he appears to be on-screen. He has pretty eyes, sharp nose, opened-in-triangular shape-mouth. He is not any fatter or skinnier, not older or younger, paler or more tanned than what he looks like on the screen. (well he did look taller than what he appears to be on-screen, but then also looked smaller. It doesn’t make sense, right? But yeah, that’s what I felt)
But then he has this weird thing I can’t explain that makes you want to stare at him, and makes you happy while you stare at him. It’s the air he carries. The way he moves and smiles and shines his eyes and nods. Everything looks so sincere and serious, that you can’t help but find his every small action so lovely. I think even if he didn’t become an actor, he would’ve been loved by many people, by people around him.
He was sitting there signing to much more than hundred people, but he didn’t look mechanical at all. He was actually making interactions with every single one of those people.
So when I told him I came from the U.S. to watch his movie this summer, he looked impressed and showed interest by asking where in the states I was from. He also said, “Oh, but the schedule got postponed…” and had this ‘I’m sorry’ smile on him. Yes, The Flu was originally supposed to be released in June, but got postponed to August, but awww that’s none of your fault, sweetie! I told him “It’s ok! I’ll be here all summer!”
There was one Chinese fan who brought him a small gift box. He opened it on spot, and found a bracelet inside. Seeing it, he held up his arm for her and let her put that bracelet on his wrist. It was just so awwwwww. What can be happier for a fan than your star using your gift? And plus she got to have this intimate interaction with him, aww, that was just too sweet and made me super jealous. He also read her brief letter, written in Korean, on spot, and his gaze was so genuinely sincere. I was like, stupid me why didn’t I write him a ten page letter?
The way he treated little children was really too adorable as well. There were some little kids, their moms brought them apparently, and whenever it was those little kids’ turn to get autograph, I could just feel Hyukie’s warmth from 100m away. He bends over a little, put his eyes on the same eye level of the little ones, looks straight into their eyes and smiles and treats them in extremely soft and gentle and caring way. Anyone without background info could tell he’s a father, there’s no way a childless man could be that soft and caring. But even if a man has his own children, that doesn’t necessarily mean he likes other children as well. But I could just tell Jang Hyuk loves little children, finds them lovely, and seeing him like that was really too lovely.
Until the moment he left, he was nice and courteous to all his fans. When he was walking toward elevators, he made eye contacts to the fans around (I got one, yipee) and smiled and bowed. When he was standing in front of the elevator, people surrounded him and took pictures. Personally I found that scene a little overwhelming, but Hyukie was poised, he kept looking around for those who were standing there to see him, smiled and greeted them. Even when he got on the van to leave, he lowered his window and waved at the fans. During the entire event, I felt like he was not seeing us as one big mass called “fans”, but seeing us as individuals who happen to love him and support him, and to whom he is grateful. I somehow sensed that respect he held to us, and it felt good to be respected.
So yes, I saw real Jang Hyuk, and he looks exactly as he does on-screen, but carries this soft, warm, gentle, lovely air around him.