Yoon Kye Sang met the journalists from Nylon at a coffee shop for their interview. According to them, he looks like a regular guy – one who chainsmokes and seems to have little fashion sense. When asked what kinds of clothes he likes, he answers, “Sweats and runners”. He doesn’t calculate his answers and his facial expressions show everything.
Nylon: Compared to long ago, it feels like [you've] become slightly distant from society’s attention. There isn’t anything about your personal life and how you’ve been living.
Yoon Kye Sang (YKS): I liked staying at home back then too. I don’t really like going around much. I went around comfortably during the 10 months I was on break but I think because I’m not really a person of issue (interest), not much news was released. I want to meet somebody now.
Nylon: To date?
YKS: Yes. I go on [blind] dates.
Nylon: Who introduces you to whom and how?
YKS: I request those around me [for introductions] but my manager hyung won’t do it.
Nylon: Probably because [you have] high standards.
YKS: Mm, I do think my standards have been raised these days. To be honest, I’ve gone on about four blind dates recently.
Nylon: Recently? [Your] manager said that you don’t even have time for interviews because of the shooting schedule for the movie Executor (집행자) and the drama Triple….
YKS: You must put in the effort if you want to date even if you’re busy. But it hasn’t been working out well.
Nylon: You know the reason why it hasn’t been working out well, right?
YKS: I get the feeling that I’ve changed. Now that I’ve aged a little, I’m starting to see flaws. Before, I would think, ‘I like that about that person’ and my emotions would run high; but now I think, ‘Everything’s good except for that’. I think I’ve become unfortunate. I guess I’ll [eventually] find someone.
Nylon: Some say that all celebrities say they don’t have girlfriends when it’s time to do an interview, but then a few days later [we]see that a scandal broke out and they say they’re getting married.
YKS: I wish a scandal would start. So I can just date them. Haha.
Nylon: It seems like you don’t fear scandals as much as you did a while ago? You tried to hide it while in the idol group (g.o.d).
YKS: Even back then I wasn’t afraid but the [management] company blocks it. It’s stranger if I don’t have a girlfriend at my age. I should tell the truth if I have a girlfriend.
Nylon: So will you publicize it if you get a girlfriend?
YKS: I’m not purposely going to publicize it. I don’t want to say things like, ‘My girlfriend is ___; I love her.’ It seems pretentious.
Nylon: You said that you don’t like being a news item. Although you say that, isn’t it true that anybody who’s a celebrity secretly enjoy being a hot topic?
YKS: Not really for me. Being a news item isn’t all positive, I think. Although you may become a hot topic because you’re loved [by the public], I think it would be a minus to my life in the end. Receiving attention is an uncomfortable matter. No matter what you’ve become.
Nylon: Have you not stuck your nose into TV programs or brand events because you don’t want to receive attention?
YKS: Yes. If there was anything that might defect my acting, I didn’t do it. Because I thought I might appear easy. I thought I would be seen as a singer if I went to those things. Even now, when I watch variety programs, I think that it would be fun. But [I'm afraid] it’ll be a scar to the work that I love doing.
Nylon: You received positive reviews right from your debut in Flying Boys so I would think that there weren’t many hardships, no? Why do you try so hard to emphasize your sincerity?
YKS: The public gaze was discomforting. There were misunderstandings about me created due to the prejudice. And I didn’t really act well either. Haha. All I wanted was [for people] to recognize my effort but people tried to judge me as a supplementary entertainer. At the production conference for My 19-year-old Sister-in-law, there were a lot of people who said, ‘You transferred quickly without delay [to acting] because the music industry is in recession’. Back then I quarrelled in interviews. I responded offensively, ‘That’s not right’. I regret it now. I tell myself, ‘Loser, you were too thoughtless. If you were more broad-minded and deep-hearted, people would have acknowledged you more.
Nylon: Do you think you’ve proved yourself now?
YKS: No. I haven’t been able to prove it yet. My heart is still the same now. I’m doing it because I enjoy it so much. But even while [acting] because I love it, there are times when it’s difficult.
Nylon: Like when?
YKS: When I acted just as I believed (hoped to) but it doesn’t come out like that in the production. There are people who invested in that production and people who worked hard on it so I’m unable to be honest. I have to say they did well when they didn’t. It’s really hard then. And embarrassing.
Nylon: Which production didn’t you like?
YKS: Beastie Boys [...]
Nylon: Why not, what was wrong with that? It was okay.
YKS: Six Years in Love was like that too and….
Nylon: Wait a moment. Or else it seems like all of your productions might come out. Do you mean that your own acting wasn’t particularly good?
YKS: Yes. I was sad that there was a lot deleted while editing. Truthfully, I rested for 10 months because of Beastie Boys. I considered not acting [anymore].
Nylon: Just because [some scenes] get edited out doesn’t mean that you can’t act. That’s the director’s personal authority so you can’t do anything about it.
YKS: That’s true [...but] I had a hard time because I didn’t understand why it had to be cut like that.
Nylon: Why didn’t you just ask?
YKS: I was disappointed even though the director was very good. Although I enjoy acting so much, I couldn’t do it because I was so stressed. It was hard. I wondered whether I could be happy as an actor again. [The stress] progressively went away after spending 10 months not watching dramas or [movie] productions. That’s why I can do this interview too.
Source: Nylon@July 9th,2009 | Translation: kpculture.wordpress.com
In Style Korea interviewed Yoon Kye Sang as their “Man of Style” for their July issue.
In Style: You are back in a drama series after a year hiatus. How are you feeling?
Yoon Kye Sang(YKS): I usually don’t get nervous but filming “Triple” has been a nerve racking experience for me.
In Style: Your character in “Triple” is in love with his friend’s girl. If this was a real situation, how would you have dealt with it?
YKS: Lee Jung Jae and Lee Hana play husband and wife who have separated and I play a guy named Hyun Tae who falls in love with Lee Hana’s character. Maybe its because I’m so immersed in the character, but it doesn’t seem like a far fetched situation to me. As I get older, I think that love and dating are very important things. Maybe its because I don’t have a girlfriend right now but these days, I really want to be in relationship. And if I were to come across ‘real love’, it would be that much harder for me to give it up so easily. I think that is the place that Hyun Tae is coming from.
In Style: When would you like to be married?
YKS: Honestly, I haven’t really thought about specifics. There is so much to live for and experience in the present… (laughter). I don’t think I am ready to assume the role of father or husband just yet. But I’m confident that when the time comes, I will be a devoted family man… just you wait! (laughter)”
In Style: What is important to you when you are looking for a role?
YKS: Who my acting partner is, who the director is, what kind of story is being told are all important of course. But the most important thing is whether I want to do that project or not. Unfortunately, I seem to gravitate towards projects that aren’t popularity with the masses aka low ratings (laughter). I want to do projects where the audience will find meaning in what they watch. I feel like that desire is what defines a real actor.
In Style: Has anything changed since you’ve turned 30?
YKS: I’ve learned a little about how I want to live my life and the things that make me happy. I’ve also learned when to give up. In my twenties I thought that if I tried hard enough and worked hard enough that nothing was impossible. Once I accepted the fact that there are just some things in life that is not won by effort alone, I’ve gained a broader view of the world.
In Style: Since your last drama series, “Who are you?”, what have you been up to besides acting?
YKS: After my last series, I realized that my body was really worn down. I traveled to different places, including a month long trip to Turkey. I am currently working on a book that recounts my time there.
In Style: Your personal style?
YKS: Since I was young, I’ve always idolized the white t-shirt and jeans look… even though you have to have certain physical requirements to carry off such a simple look (laughter). In the same way, I gravitate towards simple and modern styles. To tell you the truth, you will also find me in a lot of track suits and trainers.”
In Style: Favorite fashion item you own.
YKS: A green t-shirt I bought two years ago. It has an angel printed on the front and for some reason it just feels like it belongs to me. I’ve worn it so much now that its severely faded but I still wear it as an almost good luck charm to important events like for instance, first dates.
In Style: What do you like to do with friends?
YKS: Just eat dinner, have a drink, talk about girls. I still like to play computer games, but not as much as I used to when I was younger… Playstation 3 is super fun these days though.
In Style: Who is your acting role model?
YKS: Song Kang Ho. What ever role he plays, it’s genuine. He isn’t afraid of trying new things.
Source: In Style@July 2009 | Translation: seoulbeats.com