Follow-up: Jang Dong Gun’s CNN interview
Following up on this earlier report on CNN’s “Eye on South Korea” special broadcast, actor-superstar Jang Dong Gun‘s interview on Talk Asia aired on CNN on the 14th. I missed the segment, but lucky for us, CNN has the entire interview available for our perusal.
I’d been hoping for a meaningful interview, and although I wish it had been just a bit longer and more in-depth, I enjoyed reading it. Like, for instance, the following exchange:
Question: Now you recently found yourself on the cover of Time magazine. You’re the first Korean actor to do so. How much did that mean to you?
Jang Dong Gun: Sure, I felt very happy and proud of being on the cover of such a global and widely read news magazine. I also have questioned myself if I am actually worth all the fuss. On the other hand, I’d be grateful if you happen to know, and could kindly tell me how many copies were actually sold, as I’m quite curious about it.
Hee. And also:
Q: I was reading also that you know when things just get a bit too hectic, that you say: I’m going traveling. How does that help?
JDG: At the end of each piece, I tend to go out, I tend to go on a trip, because in my everyday life I don’t really have much time or opportunity to be completely isolated on my own. So at the end of each piece, if I go somewhere it’s a great chance for me to be introspective and go over my thoughts, and also plan for what I’m going to do in the future. In everyday life, I think through these opportunities I may be able to go back to being human being, Jang Dong-gun, and just go back to daily life. I also believe in the saying that in order to have big dreams, one must look at big landscapes and beautiful scenes. Through this scenery, I think it’s a good opportunity to think about different things I probably would have overlooked if I had just stayed home in my everyday life.
(You can also read the Korean press’s take on the interview here.)
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