Ah In’s Recent Interview with CINE21

Hi Haveners~

How are you?  As you all know, there have been many articles about Ah In these days~ Thanks to my low-profile friend, the little birdie who whispers in my ear, here is the translation of an interview that CINE21 did with Ah In~ The interview was originally posted on October 17, 2011 at CINE21~

Please keep in mind that since there are some parts are literal translations, it might be a bit difficult to understand~ But, we did our best~ So if anyone would like to clarify anything, please just jump right in~^ ^~

Translated by the Little Birdie Who Whispers in My Ear~
Edited by mathed~
Originally Posted at Mathed’s Home~

[Yoo Ah-In] A Walking Actor Who Is Pointing at the Mask


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[ITW] Cine 21 interview with Yoo Ah In, Nov. 2010




Drama <Sungkyunkwan Scandal’s> Yoo Ah In

A good actor’s face has the power to stop time. Very rarely, if the gods allow it, they seem to turn back the hands of time (not only because they are so good-looking). Recently, actor Yoo Ah In did just that through his portrayal of defiant Guh-roh Moon Jaeshin in the drama <Sungkyunkwan Scandal>. Those who became adults had just barely captured and nailed shut the box of their pure blue [T/N: young] dreams when they were loudly shaken awake. The mirage of an utterly young boy who wouldn’t have been noticed if he had brushed by the girls he couldn’t even talk to while walking in the street floats before the eyes of the girls, now women, who sigh with regret. The time that Yoo Ah In has been longingly stirring up may indeed by the idea of youth we never had the chance to enjoy.

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November 20, 2010.

Question: What does this date mean to Yoo Ah In fans?

Answer: Both issues of Cine 21 and Esquire, featuring our very own Ah In, are dropping on the stands in Korea!! ❤

While you’re impatiently waiting for the release of the interviews and full photoshoots, enjoy these previews/teasers of the upcoming magazines– ^^

‘Guh-ro sahyung’ Yoo Ah In transforms into a sweet young man’

Yoo Ah In, whose role in the recent drama <Sungkyunkwan Scandal> has left many fans with the aftermath of ‘Guh-roh ache,’ became a model for weekly film magazine <Cine 21>. Throughout the drama, he became a hot issue and earned the nicknames of ‘Ban Goong’s Crazy Horse,’ ‘Sweet Beastly Man,’ and ‘Protecting Man.’ With the end of <Sungkyunkwan Scandal>, reporter Kim Hye Rhee met with the man who had returned from ‘Guh-roh Moon Jaeshin’ to ‘actor Yoo Ah In.’

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[2008] Cine21 Interviews Yu Ah In about his career

[UPDATED Nov 3, 2010-tinysunbl]

Are you an idol?

There is no need to ask this of domestic Korean stars, as the vast majority are easily identified as either idols or not, but in Japanese magazines or interview programs, as well as Hollywood’s entertainment programs, there are a large number of actors who hesitate before this question. Think of Narimiya Hiroki, who frowned and said “If I am called an idol, I feel wronged,” and Leonardo DiCaprio, who openly mocked that question during his <Basketball Diaries> days, or Aoi Yu, who instead replied by talking about her experiences of having been bullied in her student days. Strangely, these scenes of people unwilling to freely reply that they are idols makes the heart falter. Perhaps it is similar to the feeling of waking up one day and unexpectedly finding in the mirror a star staring back at you. Or perhaps it is the expression that if you want your heart and mind to avoid being trapped by the fixed mold of being labeled an idol, you must struggle and fight against it. The moment in which an “idol” demurs that title is one in which the star whom you had seen only as an inaccessibly cool star opens his or her heart. I thought he would obviously put on an excited and bright smile, but he is frowning. My heart is moved.

Around when <Boys of Tomorrow> was about to premiere, producer Kim Jo Kwang Soo said of actor Yoo Ah In, “As he is an idol, I didn’t think he would participate in an indie film,” to which Yoo Ah In replied, “I am not an idol.” People who saw him act in adolescent drama <Banolim> (2003) with Go Ara and Kim Shi Hoo labeled him an idol, but in truth, even in <Banolim> Yoo Ah In was a student who was cynical to the world. His was a character who buried his problems in his heart and easily gamed the school system with good grades. He is equally precocious in next year’s upcoming drama <April Kiss>, in which he will play Cho Han Sun’s child role. It begins with a scene of him reading a T.S. Eliot book, and his character is unable to confess his love because he was overly-conscious of a friend. The roles he has taken since, including those in Director Noh Dong Seok’s <Boys of Tomorrow> and Jung Yoon Chul’s <Shim’s Family> are creations that further deepen his identity as a non-idol star. Though his looks are as bright and lovely as ordinary idol stars, he is simultaneously critical, as if he is accustomed to being hurt. Like the languid and cynical Weezer song <Butterfly>, whose notes spilled out of the background of a Sunday drama targeted toward young people, behind the giftwrap of this actor’s sweet name lies a weighted, hidden darkness.

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