kimdongwan:

[The Musical, September 2014] “The man who is off the road, Hedwig’s Kim Dongwan

Having returned to the judgment stage known as Hedwig, Kim Dongwan says that he has now completely fallen under the spell of the character known as Hedwig.  He says that now he likes “Wig in a Box” and Tommy’s “Wicked Little Town,” more than before, that they are songs that calmly recite Hedwig’s sadness and defend this woman’s struggles.

TN: I was actually going to wait to translate this after we got better scans and also after I got through all the other 2011 interviews for Hedwig Rewind, but the interview was just too wonderful to wait.  And while I didn’t plan for it to work out this way, it seems kind of appropriate to read this after I just before posted his 2011 interview from the same magazine with the same interviewer.  It’s long, but in my opinion, you will come out of it with a deeper impression of Kim Dongwan.

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N thats uri Kim Dongwan. Oppar thanks for ur confident, it make me realise how I want to enjoy in my life what Im gonna do for my future n how should I live for my own life.

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[Hedwig Rewind #1] [11.04.11] Hedwig’s Kim Dongwan, “I’m not how you imagine me to be” (PlayDB)

kimdongwan:

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Ahead of his public service in 2008, he had said, “I want to quickly enter service.”  At that time, 30-year-old Kim Dongwan seemed to be exhausted from his 10+ years of being a celebrity.  He longed for what seemed like a time when he could look at and give full attention to himself.  Then two years passed by before we knew it, and as an eternal member of Shinhwa, the versatile Kim Dongwan is putting on the new clothes of a musical and getting ready to appear before us.  What kind of change seeped into him before deciding to take on another kind of challenge?  Let’s start Kim Dongwan’s first interview in which he talks about the musical stage.              

Hedwig is the musical world’s triathlon?

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Kim Dongwan doing a musical, let alone Hedwig, was surprising news for many reasons.

Because I’m a singer and an actor, I had the strange preconception that I should sing just on the stage and act where I could only show my acting, whether it was a drama or a movie.  I didn’t want to do things that involved both at the same time.  Of course, it was also because musicals are difficult.

In Hedwig’s case, I have wanted to try a homosexual role and it’s a really difficult and complex role.  This production is kind of like the musical world’s triathlon.  I thought, okay, if it’s this then I can torture myself a bit, and that’s why I decided to do it.  When the offer came in, I debated over it for just two days and later on even vehemently requested that I wanted to do it.   

Hedwig is by no means an ordinary role.  It’s also difficult to just simply call her a transgender.
It’s really complicated.  John Cameron Mitchell is a person who is extremely charming and complex.  And so far, really great actors have done this musical.  There’s also the original movie.  I’m still getting to know what kind of character Hedwig is.         

Have you seen a past performance?
I was interested, but I haven’t seen it once.  When I started getting ready for the performance, I thought that that was such a relief.  It meant that I wouldn’t copy somebody else.  However, now I’m looking for all the videos. (laughs) I regret it, ah, I should’ve seen it…I don’t think it’s going to be easy.

Since it’s your first musical, it seems like excitement and anxiety would coexist.
I had always thought that my strong point was my self-confidence, but when dealing with a musical, that confidence was something reckless.  The director said that acting is also a skill.  That as much as you repeat it over and over, acting becomes like second skin, and that you need to become a master of that role because the probability that you will succeed by sense and being in a good mood becomes smaller.  I think she’s right.

Singers and idols of course work hard, but there are many cases of popularity being obtained because of things like the energy you receive from the audience while onstage and also natural talents you can show.  However, with musicals, if you don’t prepare everything from 1 to 100, it seems like it’s hard to even receive acknowledgement.  Beyond popularity, everything will be disclosed.    

Wouldn’t the various stages that you’ve stood on so far be of help?
I think the experiences of being a singer, doing dramas, and doing this and that were all to be able to do a musical. (laughs) All of my experiences are helping.  In Hedwig’s case, it’s like you’re doing your own show.  Since it’s a monodrama, you’re continuously conversing with the audience and seeing their reaction.  In that sense, I think my experiences as an MC and a DJ are helping.    

To transform into Hedwig, what kind of preparations are you making externally and internally?  Rumor has it that you are “getting rid of your muscles.” (laughs)
The thing is, my muscles aren’t really shrinking. (laughs)  I was exercising to get rid of them, but more formed.  Since my body fat is decreasing, it’s become a body on which the muscles can be seen even better. (laughs) So we decided to go with losing as much weight in the face and making it up to look like a woman’s, while having a muscular body.  

I briefly learned hand gestures from Harisu and went to transgender bars to get advice.  But isn’t Hedwig not a complete transgender?  As I went, I slightly sensed that kind of different aspect.  

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tuchoong:

IMO, this gif is an accurate portrayal of Shinhwa’s personalities.
Hyesung: Easily embarrassed prince.Dongwan: Punchable Dork #1.Andy: Cute adult maknae.Minwoo: Cool guy.Junjin: Punchable Dork #2.Eric: Silent Alien.

tuchoong:

IMO, this gif is an accurate portrayal of Shinhwa’s personalities.

Hyesung: Easily embarrassed prince.
Dongwan: Punchable Dork #1.
Andy: Cute adult maknae.
Minwoo: Cool guy.
Junjin: Punchable Dork #2.
Eric: Silent Alien.

malpabo:

Hot.. # I calmly went to the hairdresser’s and cut my hair~ the end!
- 2014-03-28 Minwoo Facebook updatetranslation by malpabo.tumblr.com

malpabo:

Hot.. # I calmly went to the hairdresser’s and cut my hair~ the end!

- 2014-03-28 Minwoo Facebook update
translation by malpabo.tumblr.com

jun-kified:

#Legendary16thShinhwa
Yesterday was yet another awesome concert prepared by you! Although it was performed by only five of you, the sixth (but also equally important) member came out for a surprise appearance! (‘:
At that time, I was ready to turn off my laptop because my mum was raising her voice at me to do so, saying that I’ve been on the computer for too long. (Honestly, I realised that she only start to raise her voice only on “important days” aka my fangirling time. I really don’t know how she knows but anyways..)
Just as I was about to turn off, I got the urge to change to my twitter tab. Imagine my surprise when tweets about Andy’s surprise appearance came out. That’s when I know, “Ahh, he’s there!?” And I cried, I really cried!
To Shinhwa, thank you so much for doing that surprise on us Shinhwa Changjos. Even though I wasn’t there personally, I felt equally satisfied. Seeing Andy after so long, the feeling is so indescribable..

P/S: Andy looks like a small kid with his hairstyle hehe ♥

Thanks so much for being Shinhwa for the past 16 years. Although I only became your fan for nearly 3 years now, I never once looked back nor regret. The joy both Shinhwa and Shinhwa Changjos gave me are never-ending. Everytime a shinmerch is released, I would complain about the money loss, but deep down I knew that I am willing to spend on you. It’s amazing how a simple DVD set gives pure joy to me. It’s like, I’m discovering yet another Shinhwa side that I didn’t know before.
I even made some new friends through Shinhwa! This is really a huge deal for me as I hardly socialise outside of my current school and class. It’s so hard for me to do so. But thanks to you, now I have friends from all over Singapore and some even around the world!
My schoolmates are saying that I’m starting to be obsessed about you, spending money and talking about you non-stop. But honestly, they’re actually doing the same thing, minus the spending (too much) money on their idols. Oh well ~ I’ve decided on this route and I’m never gonna stop. Shinhwa, you’re my source of joy and motivation!
I’m gonna make you proud and work even harder on my studies from this year onwards. Meanwhile, do include Singapore in one of the countries for your upcoming Asia Tours! (Note: tourS). /shameless/

Im also bawling n cried like a mad woman. T.T

jun-kified:

#Legendary16thShinhwa

Yesterday was yet another awesome concert prepared by you! Although it was performed by only five of you, the sixth (but also equally important) member came out for a surprise appearance! (‘:

At that time, I was ready to turn off my laptop because my mum was raising her voice at me to do so, saying that I’ve been on the computer for too long. (Honestly, I realised that she only start to raise her voice only on “important days” aka my fangirling time. I really don’t know how she knows but anyways..)

Just as I was about to turn off, I got the urge to change to my twitter tab. Imagine my surprise when tweets about Andy’s surprise appearance came out. That’s when I know, “Ahh, he’s there!?” And I cried, I really cried!

To Shinhwa, thank you so much for doing that surprise on us Shinhwa Changjos. Even though I wasn’t there personally, I felt equally satisfied. Seeing Andy after so long, the feeling is so indescribable..

P/S: Andy looks like a small kid with his hairstyle hehe ♥

Thanks so much for being Shinhwa for the past 16 years. Although I only became your fan for nearly 3 years now, I never once looked back nor regret. The joy both Shinhwa and Shinhwa Changjos gave me are never-ending. Everytime a shinmerch is released, I would complain about the money loss, but deep down I knew that I am willing to spend on you. It’s amazing how a simple DVD set gives pure joy to me. It’s like, I’m discovering yet another Shinhwa side that I didn’t know before.

I even made some new friends through Shinhwa! This is really a huge deal for me as I hardly socialise outside of my current school and class. It’s so hard for me to do so. But thanks to you, now I have friends from all over Singapore and some even around the world!

My schoolmates are saying that I’m starting to be obsessed about you, spending money and talking about you non-stop. But honestly, they’re actually doing the same thing, minus the spending (too much) money on their idols. Oh well ~ I’ve decided on this route and I’m never gonna stop. Shinhwa, you’re my source of joy and motivation!

I’m gonna make you proud and work even harder on my studies from this year onwards. Meanwhile, do include Singapore in one of the countries for your upcoming Asia Tours! (Note: tourS). /shameless/

Im also bawling n cried like a mad woman. T.T

Shinhwa >>> Discography

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jamielynng:

 

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Oppa. wrong pose. Lmao. 

Oppa. wrong pose. Lmao. 

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psychedlove:

Shinhwa 16th Anniversary Concert ~HERE press photos part 5  (cr due)

ps. decided to make it into a collage instead because it’s a lot of photos ^^

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“Because Andy exists, SHINHWA also exists.”

"I, Andy, promise to always be the same to Shinhwa Changjo’s heart. I’ll keep this promise until I’m old.

"To us, the number ‘6’ is so unique and so special. It was through all six of us being together that we became the “Shinhwa” we are now, and it is our desire to continue to be together as six and as Shinhwa… That’s why the number ‘6’ is so special to us.. When we first practiced together there wasn’t six of us, but the day we first went up on stage as “Shinhwa” we became six… it can be seen as destiny

To us, to be together as “Shinhwa” is only too natural, and we hope people will just continue to accept “Shinhwa” as we all hope to become better within that name..

And because of all this, now all our members would probably pick the number ‘6’ as their most special number… Its because there are six of us that we become a more brighter “Shinhwa”, and because its only too natural to have six of us as “Shinhwa…”

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.i'm 24, Malaysian, graduate student, female. Always think that she forever 18. Randomly reblogging/blogging (moostly arashi,shinhwa,anime). Currently addicted to Shinhwa. Slowly entering the world of 신화 창조 (SHCJ). Now trying very hard to improve her English. Enjoy being netizen rather than citizen.

 

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