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Lee Seung Gi talks ratings, acting, dating, loving Hangah

There was a girl that attracted Lee Seung Gi… Who?
‘The King’ hero Lee Seung Gi, his acting and life

English: LSGfan via Donga

[June 10, 2012. Reporter Lee Jung Yun]. Triple Crown Guy.  Singing, Acting, MCing. Daebak results all around, the guy known as ‘Triple Crown,’ which is even more notable than ‘Hit-maker.’  We’re talking about Lee Seung Gi (25).  Singer and actor, and MC on top of that.  Is there anything that doesn’t suit Lee Seung Gi?  Always wanting more, anticipating 3 months of filming ‘The King 2 Hearts,’ he stepped down from his role as ‘Strong Heart’ MC in order to focus on his acting.

[When asked about the drop in ratings] Lee Seung Gi replied, “The ratings dropped.  It couldn’t have been easy to drop like that. I used to have a tendency toward stressing about ratings.  How can you not?  I’ve been in situations where ratings weren’t the best in the beginning, but this was the first time I experienced it dropping like that.  But, I didn’t stress about it, to the degree that I felt apologetic to the people around me.  I even wondered ‘Do I not feel enough of a sense of responsibility,’ but that’s not all my share…  I realized that actors cannot be shaken by tv ratings.”

He was referring to the moment when one starts to think that, actor aside, one’s confidence can break down, thinking there’s nothing left.  While there wasn’t a “bonus” of high ratings during the 4 months of filming, there was a successful result in showing an upgraded level of acting and the potential of a one-top actor.

In actuality, ‘The King 2 Hearts’ storyline could not have garnered all the attention on Lee Seung Gi’s strength alone.  With the backdrop of a South Korean constitutional monarchy, this was a story that involved the love between a South Korean King and a North Korean top forces officer (Ha Ji Won), and trying to save a country that falls into danger.  However, Lee Seung Gi was able to see and carry the story forward, allowing ‘actor’ to be clearly and properly attached to his name. 

Lee Seung Gi becomes South Korean king, however, in the beginning, he was a selfish, impudent character.

Lee Seung Gi said, “He was so impudent to the degree that I seriously wanted to hit him. In the beginning, I was a little apprehensive, thinking perhaps I was being too much. But sensing that if I were to waver at this point, then the character would surely waver as well, I made a decision to be resolute about it and just go with it.”

In the drama, King Lee Jaeha and Queen Kim Hangah survive the dangers of war, save the country, and have a happy ending living happily together.  In particular, he showcased sweet scenes with Ha Jiwon who is older by 9 years.  Passionate fans and viewers even wished that the couple could happily live on in real life as well.

Lee Seung Gi responded, “Hahaha! I loved Hangah, acted by Ha Jiwon sunbae. However, if I really were to love Sunbae for real then I probably wouldn’t have been able to act? Since the drama had a happy ending, I’ll have to start trying to make sure that my real life dating life has a happy ending as well. Hahaha! I’ve now realized that love doesn’t come and find you if you don’t do anything about it.”

While there have been people I’ve felt favorable toward in the past, I wasn’t able to approach them since I wasn’t courageous at the time.  Since there aren’t any people asking for my phone number, I even wondered ‘Am I not charming?’ I’ll have to search around and put some effort in. Oh, and sunbaes say never to go public about a relationship.  Since things can get difficult for both persons.”

First off, Donga reporter Lee Jung Yun needs to go back to Journalism 101.  Who ends an article like that.  Hello, have you heard of a concluding sentence or paragraph?!  And, I would’ve loved to have seen some more interesting questions and responses included, but whatever, since she probably got her wish by getting Seunggi to fess up and talk about girls and dating!!!!

Ok~~~WHO Is this girl that he had favorable feeling toward??!!

And I think his affection for Ha Jiwon~~ it’s more admiration, respect, and crush…

Not real-life dating and love kinda stuff… at least, I don’t think so…

Younger guys can’t help but to fall for and crush on Ha Jiwon~~!!!

(Images: Donga, Tryp96)

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10 Responses

  1. I think Seung-gi also realizes that irl it wouldn’t be possible for them to work out. He’s someone who’d date a girl and be serious about her as opposed to a fling. Oh wells! They were beautiful on the show.

    Also, I read the headlines that Tryp96 translated that there’d only be 5 celebrities (female?) who’d want to talk to him and girls have never asked him out. Re the former is he being his self-deprecating self or real? If he’s being real…wow!! I feel for him….Seung-gi forget celebs just date regular girls….an awesome guy like you needs someone who shares ideals with him and his mom (who seems awesome to have raised a son like LSG).

    And, Seung-gi if you want to ask out a celeb just ask. I hope he doesn’t think that he’s not good-looking in the sea of cookie-cutter idols etc (who resort to PS). If he does I’ll need to fly out to Korea and thwack that notion out of his head.

    Seung-gi ya you’re awesome just as you are! <3 Keep pressing forward….you'll meet your woman when the time's right! =)

  2. I’m so exited for interview, but now i’m so sad, stress, why?this is a lot of question is really hard answer. Why some question all full bed feel for him? He must all.all question from fan or reporter. I like interview that make happy. It so alot for only him .about k2h, rating,?this Question is tired in talking.

  3. I’m happy he realized that he gained something so much better than ratings…the chance to work with all these veteran people in the acting and production business…and most of all, HJW.
    Also, while I’m sad to hear that he’s not in love with HJW (lol), I’m happy he’s not one of those actors/guys who falls in love and dates every co-star he has. He knows when to draw the line, even if there are feelings. He and HJW are very professional, as what all actors/actresses should be.
    I hope HJW gets these press interviews too. Is she back in korea anyway?

    • what?? where did you read that? he’s not in love with Ha ji won?
      isn’t he’s ideal type Ha ji won?

      • Lee Seung Gi responded, “Hahaha! I loved Hangah, acted by Ha Jiwon sunbae. However, if I really were to love Sunbae for real then I probably wouldn’t have been able to act?….”

        >>>i guess i paraphrased it a bit, but it I guess it sorta means the same, he’s not necessarily in love with HJW but she is still his ideal type, he defended his answer in the enewsworld article. I hope his answer never goes back to Yoona.

        >>>i think he’d be too careful to declare his mad noona crush on HJW, even its all purely innocent and harmless. k-netizens are the most gossip-y bunch ever, and he probably wouldnt want HJW to get caught up in that…he himself being also scandal-less up until now.

  4. As hjw fan, i kinda sad that he said he’s not in love with hjw 4 real..it breaks my heart..why not just say i adore her..etc..not straight words of “im not in love with her 4 real”.. Imagination go down..

    • Me too, I feel the same as you. Now my heart feels empty with a big hole instead after reading this.

      • just read in between the lines… they had so many kiss scenes. they’re just being professionals…

  5. Quote “Lee Seung Gi responded, “Hahaha! I loved Hangah, acted by Ha Jiwon sunbae. However, if I really were to love Sunbae for real then I probably wouldn’t have been able to act? Since the drama had a happy ending, I’ll have to start trying to make sure that my real life dating life has a happy ending as well. Hahaha! I’ve now realized that love doesn’t come and find you if you don’t do anything about it.” unQuote….

    Dear Seunggi, yes go do “something” about your real love in real life.hehehe!

  6. THANKS Ann for all the translation.!!Im reading it all now.. :D

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