This is Section TV’s interview with Lee Seung Gi while he was filming the Gu Family Book. I’m in the process of moving all my postings from my Facebook group over to my blog so that is why you are seeing this oldie but goodie. I hope you find it enlightening as I did! ^^
Seung Gi: Hello everyone, Section (TV). I’ve come to shoot a CF for (Berocca) vitamins.
Background music: Will you marry me and the words “Sha-bang, sha-bang” in rainbow colors as he holds a glass for the CF ad.
Voiceover: The man you would want to marry at first sight, Lee Seung Gi.
Interviewer: You’ve been smiling all day.
Seung Gi: I didn’t think I was smiling all day. (laughs)
Voiceover: At this late hour in the evening, Lee SeungGi, you look a bit tired.
Lee SeungGi: I just came from shooting the drama…I was a bit drowsy but after eating some chocolate, I feel revived.
Interviewer: Could you smile for our viewers?
Lee Seung Gi: I thought I was already smiling for the viewers. (laughs)
Voiceover: Oh! He’s so charming!!!
Interviewer: What kinds of foods do you eat while filming?
Lee Seung Gi: I can’t sleep very much because of the shooting schedule so I’ve been eating a variety of healthy foods including eel juice.
Voiceover: Lee Seung Gi has mentioned that he has always wanted to do a particular type of CF Ad.
Lee Seung Gi: I would like to do a CF ad for coffee. I guess no one thinks that I like to drink coffee.
Interviewer: It suits you well.
They try to get SeungGi to pretend drinking from an imaginary coffee mug. He stops in the middle says, “this is really awkward”. The captions underneath him say “embarassed”.
Interviewer: If there’s anyone who’d like to hire Seung Gi for a coffee CF, please give us notice!
Cut to the 2004 scene with his first debut with “Because You’re My Woman” written by Psy: Thanks to the explosive attention of all the Noona (older women) fans, he created a “liking older women” syndrome in Korea. At that time, the song was well received. That’s why the song did well.
Interviewer: What do you think of the idols who debut nowadays?
Lee Seung Gi: I really didn’t do well back then. (Laughter) They’re way better than I was back then. (Laugh)
Interviewer: You also had many noona fans.
Lee Seung Gi: Most of them were noona fans since it was 10 years ago. (laughter) (Remember he was only 17 when he debuted)
Voicover: Lee Seung Gi’s hobby is baking.
Interviewer: What is your best recipe?
Lee Seung Gi: Strawberry cake with fresh whipped cream.
Lee Seung Gi: Do you like it as well?
Seung Gi: I originally made it for myself, but after tasting it, I decided it was too much of a waste to eat by myself. So, I decided to make it for my future girlfriend someday.
Voiceover: The more we interview him, we find him to be such a charming man!
Cut to the scene for The Gu Family Book and him working with Suzy Bae:
Interviewer: Lee Seung Gi got to work with Suzy Bae who is 7 years younger than him. His romance with Lee Yoo Bi who is 3 years younger also made viewers’ hearts flutter.
Lee Seung Gi: Because I have at least more experience acting than my younger costars, I feel the responsibility to help them out and also to act as a sunbae (older and more experienced actor) and an oppa (older brother).
Interviewer: If you could pick who the atmosphere maker is on the set, who would it be?
Lee Seung Gi: For right now, I think it’s me. I really like talking about funny things. I’m really suppressing a lot right now. Lee Seung Jae teacher also has a lot of sense. He wrote in magic marker on his slippers (the pain, Jo Gwan Woong). The younger actors are still cautious with their acting and have a certain amount of anxiety. Out of my sunbaenims, I believe they are very humorous and are able to carry that onto the set’s atmosphere.
Voiceover: Cut to the scene with Seung Gi transforming into a beast. “Given the role as half human-half beast, Choi Kang Chi, Lee Seung Gi was successfully able to portray his transformation from human to beast.”
Interviewer: I heard that you went on a diet in order to fit the role of Choi Kang Chi. How was the reaction from people around you?
Lee Seung Gi: In order to portray the speed and agility of Choi Kang Chi, I started this diet. I think the reaction was positive. I think I needed to lose weight.
Interviewer: If viewership ratings reach 25%, can you make a promise?
Seung Gi: For a fresh twist, I thought Section TV would do something for me. (as he laughs). For Section? 10 interviews, whenever, wherever.
Interviewer: But if ratings reach 30%?
Lee Seung Gi: I will dress as Choi Kang Chi and sing the OST.
Interviewer: Really seeing him like this? It is worth waiting for, isn’t it?
Lee Seung Gi: I honestly hope that day will come. In the future, just like now, I hope that you will continue to cheer me on. Thank you very much.
Interviewer: Until now, it’s been an interview with the charming Lee Seung Gi.
Korean to English translation by Elise, Lee Seung Gi Forever