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From a cute youngster, Lee Jang Woo who received love through his character Park Tae Kang in MBC’s drama <I Do I Do>, turned into a valiant hot-blooded young man actor. Soon he will be acting in the new MBC daily drama as the 1st male lead, Oh Ja Ryong. Lee Jang Woo as Oh Ja Ryong, just like his name, is a healthy, hot-blooded young man and a kind 2nd son-in-law that brings harmony to the family. This is also the first time when Jangwoo participates in the drama that uses his male lead’s name as the title of the drama.
Jangwoo smiled and said, “When I acted in <Smile, Donghae> before , I was very jealous of Donghae, I thought ‘In my whole life how many times can I act in a drama that uses the name of my character as its title?’. Even though it’s not a mini-series, I won’t feel regrets for having to return to a daily drama.”
“It doesn’t matter whether it’s a daily drama or a mini-series. During filming I’ve already knew this. I really learned a lot from <Smile, Dong Hae>. Now, everything I do is the things I learned before. I can even act more natural during filming and also learn how to control attitude due to the long hours of filming. The professionals and directors, I’m working together with, are good, everyone is happy. Even with the female lead, Oh Yeon Seo, we get to know each other pretty fast too.”
It was the police officer, Baek Ma Tan, from the KBS2 daily drama <Three Brothers> (2009-2010) and the son of a chaebol family, Kim Dojin, from KBS1′s popular daily drama <Smile, Dong Hae> that made the viewers remember him. In fact Lee Jang Woo has ventured into acting career since he was in high school participating in various cameo supporting roles where he was self learning before becoming an actor. Not forgetting that his popular cousin, HwanHee, that debuted in ‘Fly To The Sky’ as a singer inspires him the most.
“When I was in 6th grade, my cousin debuted as a singer. I was very envious of him but I couldn’t win him by being a singer. Then I tried acting only to find the fun of acting. This is why I have chosen acting as my career.
I used to attend acting school what embarked my career of supporting characters. My retired from army father used to say, ‘Go and do the things you like.’ He respects my decision. Holding my mother’s hand I went to the acting school to register. There were so many other experienced child actors.” Even though the life of cameo appearance actor is tough, he still feels that acting is very good. After studying in Dongguk University with major in Acting, he gains his experience through plays and musicals.
MBC’s family drama <Tae Hee, Hye Kyo, Ji Hyun> (2009) where he acts as a singer and also has a proper name (he was always a nameless cameo before) is the first drama where he becomes an official character. He then joins Noh Min Woo and Kim Hyun Woo who also acted as singers, to officially debut as trio group – 24/7. When the reporter asked him whether is this a part of the memories you want to be erased? He said, “It actually made me feel proud.”
“The three of us had a lot of good time together too. We went on diet together, sang at the Gangnam Station, and also fought among ourselves. Not long ago, I have returned as a solo singer (‘Words I Couldn’t Bear to Say’) and felt that singer’s path is really not just for anyone. (laughs) I have thoughts of making my own music, putting my own feelings into the song then it would produce another kind of charm.”
Variety show <We Got Married> that ended a few months ago gave Lee Jang Woo a chance to show the viewers a different side of him. Together with T-ara’s group member Ham Eun Jung as a virtual couple, Lee Jangwoo’s ‘upper hand man’ character caught viewers’ interest. Full of manliness to lead EunJung, driving his own car, and enjoying camping, it was very different from his previous bad image in <Smile, Dong Hae> and <Man In Honor> and discovered a new side of him that gave a him a chance to act in the upcoming daily drama .
“A rich man’s son, arrogant and self centered person is by now the furthest away/most different from my original personality. However to act as a healthy, optimistic character is not easy too. I have to control my weight and act as very cool, it is not something easy to accomplish but the burden is being lessened by a little. Instead, acting as a comedic person I have to keep on laughing and can’t have a good sleep, energy will get lessened a lot so I have to constantly be re-energised. This time this Oh Ja Ryong character is really no joke. He is a valiant young lad.”
He didn’t hide his wish, “I really wish that this time the drama will succeed.” Giving his thoughts on his previous work <I Do I Do>, “My acting partner is famous Kim Sun Ah. The script looks good too, and I think to myself, ‘Ah, this time will succeed.’ However, the drama ratings were worse than I expected. I felt very dejected. Then Kim Sun Ah sunbaenim told me, ‘How can a young man be controlled by his own desire? Will you succeed at the first try?’ Then I decided to find back my initial resolution. Even though ratings are important, they’re not everything.”
“After the filming ended, I had been resting for three months. I am the type of person that will want to go back filming again just after resting for three days. If the next time I have my vacation, I want to tour around Russia and Europe with motorbike but it’s not easy to accomplish. So during resting time, I drove my own car and started my journey from Incheon then went to Busan and TongYeong visiting interesting places and meeting up with friends I haven’t seen for a very long time. I really had a good rest. (laughs)
During my vacation I also encountered lots of interesting things. For example, during the summer I went camping and fishing on the beach. Suddenly a typhoon came and blew all of camping stuff here and there. I ended up having to pick all of them up and put them back into the car. Because I rested well, I have gained 10kg. When I returned to filming, I lost weight again.” Lee Jang Woo is a man who loves travelling and camping. He says that he wish to go travelling around the world with his future wife.
Lee Jang Woo mentioned that Jung Woo Sung is his role model. Jangwoo has watched his movie <Beat> for about 1000 times already. He claims that he is number one fan. There was one day they coincidentally met in a gym. Jangwoo ran away after meeting eyes with him. The reason is ‘He is too handsome.’ Jangwoo also wished that one day he can become a charismatic actor just like him.
He feels that he didn’t choose the wrong career. “Other career won’t hurt your self esteem but acting will. Because when you work hard, you will want to hear compliments ‘You did well’, and only actors are able to receive this. Now it’s only the starting. I have 6 more months to go (I’m guessing is the duration of the filming of new drama.) With burning desire, I always wanted to display a different side of me to the viewers.”
During these 3 months of rest, Lee Jang Woo has become a solo singer with his debut single <Words I Couldn’t Bear to Say> which he performed in the music program he emcees, KBS ‘Music Bank’, and also ‘Yoo Hee Yeol’s Sketchbook’. It’s really different when you are standing on the stage. It’s really a big deal being a singer because you can sing for the audience. “The live broadcasting of music program is not as easy as you think but other singers can still do so well on the stage. As expected being a singer is really cool.”
Recently, Lee Jang Woo has joined in other korean idols who are addicted to the smartphone game Anipang (Kakao Talk Game) <– (Hyomin plays this too =P) He always competes with his friends to see who got a higher score. He said that the highest point he could get is 190000 points which is considered a middle low score. Among his Kakao online friends, Park Jung Ah (ex-Jewelry member) who acted as his wife in <Smile, Dong Hae> got the highest score. (Seriously this game is really addicting =D)
“Jung-ah noona is one of the friends who achieved high points. Because it’s too high, I used to not believe her. Then when I met her in a waiting room she tried playing it in front of me. Then I started to believe that it’s possible to achieve the marks she have gotten.” (laughs)
Lee Jang Woo showed a different side of him than the character he portrayed in dramas due to the pairing with Ham Eun Jung as a virtual couple which gained interest of the viewers. He said, “Being able to date publicly, I feel that WGM’s virtual marriage has its own attraction.” He then confides, “It’s not a feeling of dating but a feeling of being married. It felt good even though there are times when I felt bored, but it made me feel wanting to get married faster.
Besides, marriage seems to have made my life more secure. Even though it’s a virtual marriage, for example staying at home and having a simple chat together, feels like after being married I can go to work with ease. And after being married I can also personally understand some of the things that man can’t (e.g women). Our country seems to feel burdened by the fact that actors are being married. Because I am still young, I have thoughts like, ‘Why don’t I be the first to do it (get married)?” (I don’t think Jangwoo is considered the youngest to get married. Look at Han Ga In, she too got married early. If he wants to say korean idol marry at a young age, EunJung will definitely be the first XD)
This year August, they ended they virtual marriage. He said, “WGM brings a lot of beautiful memories into my life. And thanks to WGM, I have gained a lot of overseas fans (He is mentioning us XP) and felt amazed. My mother and EunJung’s mum too have known each other through this program. Until now they are still in contact. To the two mothers, it’s a precious memory too.” <– (Preparing to become in-laws? =P)
“Besides wanting to get married faster, I also can’t wait to have children. I hope when I got home from work, there is someone (family) waiting for me. And also I don’t want my wife to work outside. Instead she will focus more on her cooking and prepares a variety of delicious meal for me,” Jangwoo said while laughing.