9 December 2015
Joo Won, dubbed as the “Prince of Ratings” for his Korean dramas that always succeed, has held performances in Osaka, Tokyo and Nagoya. For Osaka and Tokyo, the afternoon part is the Fanmeeting and the evening part is the Live. We were asked to cover the 「JOO-WON 2015 SWEET SMILE FANMEETING」held at Toyosu PIT on 22nd November.
Joo Won in navy blue suit greeted energetically with “Annyeong! Have you eaten?” when he appeared, causing the audiences to break into loud screams. Currently 29 years old in Korean age, he will be welcoming 30 years of age in January. In preparation of this new milestone, the corner ｢My BEST3｣ starts. Fans have previously voted in various themes and the results are presented in a ranking format. It has received much active participation as we look back into his 20s.
Firstly it’s ｢Partner BEST3｣.
Joo Won thought that the results would be 3rd – Kim Taehee, 2nd – AFTERSCHOOL’s UEE, 1st – Moon Chaewon.
When the 3rd place was announced to be Shim Eunkyung who co-acted with him in ｢Tomorrow Cantabile｣, he apologized several times for not getting it correct, “Sorry~! Eunkyung is so cute and a sister whom I cherish, sorry…” causing the venue to be wrapped in laughter.
In 2nd place it was Choi Kanghee who co-acted in the drama ｢Level 7 Civil Servant｣. He revealed, “Our acting mood really matches well. Kanghee-noona can empathize as a person, and even though she is older, she is a pure person. After co-acting together, she has privately brought things to support (me) at other filming sites.”
Regarding UEE who got the 1st place, he recalled about the filming then, “As we are school senior-junior, we were close even after graduation, and I think this relationship was expressed well in the drama too.”
In ｢Favourite Style BEST3｣, large knit, white shirt and tuxedo was ranked. It seems that he dislike fashion that exposes skin, and for white shirts, he will tape up the gap when the skin can be seen in between buttons.
He also passionately spoke about his pickiness on fashion, “Because I had played soccer for a long time, my thighs are thick compared to my slim waist. So when it fits my waist it does not fit my thighs, and when it fits my thighs it does not fit my waist… my body shape is the type that is hard to wear pants (laugh) I have to get it altered all the time.” He adds, “I don’t suit skinny jeans because I’m not slim. But I’m also wearing skinny jeans. Did you know that? (laugh) I want to wear it too! (laugh)”, revealing it cutely.
For ｢Crying Scenes BEST3｣, the famous scenes could be viewed from the screen. There were fans whose tears flowed down and Joo Won himself had teary eyes. The chosen scenes were the visitation scene from ｢Baker King Kim Takgu｣, the scene where Sion blames himself and Yoonseo consoled him in ｢Good Doctor｣, and the scene where he cried to his Grandmother in ｢Ojakgyo Brothers｣. He thanked the various co-actors (in these scenes). It feels like his attitude that cherishes his co-actors’ tips will be a component to create works one after another that will attract the viewers’ heart.
Following next is the corner where he came down to the audience seats and answered questions from fans personally. Many hands were raised when he approached the audience and there were shrills whenever his gaze moved. The whole venue was in high excitement.
Q : Do you like Japanese girls?
“Japanese girls are very kind and they speak warmly, I also like their politeness.”
Q : Out of dramas, movies, variety shows and musicals, which job do you like the most?
“I like musicals the most. Although everyone had loved my dramas and movies, it is really good when the heart feels like it is going to burst when standing on the stage for musicals! Even though it will be difficult for now, I think I will want to do concerts and musicals so everyone please come and watch it!”
Q : For your love interest, how much younger and how much older can she be?
“I have never really thought about it but for the upper end, she should be younger than my mother, and for the lower end, hmm… she should at least be an adult.”
Although his mother’s age is a secret, Joo Won said, “I think I’ll bring my Mother along to the next performance!” As his mother’s height is 155cm, Joo Won humorously said, “She is really cute. She’s like a baby bear (laugh) I have to protect her”, showing his deep affection.
After that, 4 fans chosen by lottery were invited to stage for a dreamlike present – “take a 2-shot with the fan’s mobile phone”, “stroll around the audience seat hand in hand”, “princess hug” and “a love song as present”.
The interaction with fans was enjoyable. When taking the 2-shot, he made a funny face during the 2nd photo which softened the fan’s tensed look.
Expressing his thanks, “I’m happy to be able to meet so many fans. And it was really enjoyable. Thank you so much for coming.” “This is a song that I like a lot” and with that, he sang the OST ｢If I｣ from the drama ｢Good Doctor｣. In response to fans’ request, the first half is in Sion’s version and the second half was sung with Joo Won’s gentle yet powerful singing voice, touching everyone. At the end, he shyly expressed “Thank you!” while leaving the stage.
Photos: JOOWON Japan Official Fanclub
English translation: Rionae
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