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Gumi translated some excerpts from the Jang Hyuk interview featured on the August issue of Cosmopolitan, Korea. Thank you Gumi!
During this interview, Jang Hyuk talked about acting, “The Flu”, his goals, his family, life. etc
Q. What if “The Flu” situation actually happened? What would Jang Hyuk do?
A. That situation is the most extreme choice a man could face, right? You get to decide whether you’ll be selfish or altruistic. But in a peaceful situation like this right now, I could say anything, but I can’t be sure what I’ll do instinctively if that situation actually happens.”
Q. You said you want to act for a long time. But you never know what will happen in life. Right now you like it and are passionate about it, but you might be doing something else next year, or even the next day. Have you ever thought about the next stage after acting?
A. I always think about it, but it’s not like I want to do something else. An actor is a freelancer, and you need to be ‘picked up’ so you always have to think about the ‘next’. So on the filming site, regardless of the project’s result, I try my best in the process of making it, to make others feel they want to work with this actor again. That’s the only way I get ‘next’. That’s why I still get nervous for every project even though I’ve done almost thirty projects now. How I do in this project connects to the next project. I haven’t thought about doing something other than acting, but I do worry about my ‘next. So you don’t think about what else you will do, you think about what you will do next. When I felt that most desperately was when I was in the army. That situation came true. Well, it was my own fault, but I was frustrated at the thought that there might be no ‘next.'”
Q. When do you feel attracted to a woman? I’ll change that question since you’re married. When is the moment you get attracted to your wife all over again?
A. Once we got married and had children, when we talk we talk about children, family, people around, and not much about ‘ourselves’. That’s the reality. But then sometimes when we talk about ‘ourselves’ than she becomes a woman again. I feel the same excitement and feeling from before. Something hard to explain, something emotional
Q. What’s the biggest change in Jang Hyuk after marriage?
A. The fact that I need to protect someone. Before I was the one being protected, but now I have family who depends on me, who needs my protection. That changed me a lot. When my first child was born, I thought a lot about my own father. I was really bad at holding the child at first. He was so small that I didn’t know how to hold him, and I thought ‘Ah, my father would’ve been so nervous holding me as well.'”
Q. What’s the biggest turning point in Jang Hyuk’s 37 years of life
A. There were a lot of them. When I got in college, when I quit being an athlete, when the army scandal broke out, when I was in the army, when I got married, those were all my turning points.
Q. All of those turning points were not easy ones, and you’ve dealt with them well, and I think that’s Jang Hyuk’s strength. You always showed some improvement after hardships. What made that possible?
A. Being honest. Not trying to talk around it or go around it, but just being honest with the situation. I think that’s the best way. It’s harder than just sitting and regretting, but it’s better to just go straight. It’s not easy, but that’s the right way. If I have to go that way anyway, going through it is the only way, there’s no way around.
Q. So you mean, if you have your goal you just have to go straight for it, right? So what’s Jang Hyuk’s biggest goal right now?
A. Just, living well. Not in terms of wealth, but I want to live a fun happy life. In my twenties, I tried hard to accomplish something. Digging here and there. In my thirties, I admitted that some parts were impossible to get through, and focused on what I could do well. Now, I just want to let myself do what my curiosity leads me to. Doing ‘well’ with family and friends. I want to act well for a long time, be in good terms with my family and live happily. Those rather abstract goals.There might be some changes in specific, but overall I just want to ‘live well’.”