[TRANSLATION] 140719 IU’s message on official Japan website
Japanese uaena, thank you for all the pretty flowers! Looking forward to seeing all of you at the event tomorrow too ♡
Translated by squishy with love
Japanese Magazine “Crazy for Asian Star” Vol.23
Starting from June 27th, the Korean drama ‘Pretty Man’ starring Jang Geunsuk will be broadcast exclusively in Japan on KNTV! Below is the interview with IU, who acted as Kim Botong in the drama, the average girl in love with Mate (Jang Geunsuk).
Q. Tell us how you felt when you first read the scenarios in ‘Pretty Man’, and why you decided to act in the drama.
A. I acted as the girl, Kim Botong, who had a crush on Dokgo Mate for 10 years. The character Botong is lively and full of charm, so I thought to myself that I definitely wanted to take up this role. It’s based on a comic and when I read it, I found it so interesting that I lost track of time. That made me want to do this even more.
Q. You were acting as a lively character and on TV you seem to have an outgoing personality too. Are there any similarities between you and Botongie?
A. We fly into a rage easily. If I don’t sleep well or if someone takes away something I was going to eat, I’ll get angry (Laughs). When Botong has her eyes on Mate, if anyone gets in her way, she gets angry. I think we’re similar in that we get really angry when someone gets in the way of something we like.
Q. Botongie is really animated and certainly adds an element of fun to the drama. The love lines are also enjoyable in my opinion. Botongie is infatuated with Mate, but on the other hand, the pure Choi David appears. What was it like acting as Botongie, caught between Mate and David?
A: Botong has been looking only at Mate for the past 10 years, so she has never been loved or shown her female side. It’s the first time she’s been loved by anyone, so she doesn’t think of it as love. She only sees David as a soulmate that she can click with. But one day, she receives a confession from David, so she feels really confused and caught between the man she likes and the man who likes her. I feel that this conflicted side of her is very much human and empathised with her. Objectively speaking, I felt impatient that Botong couldn’t sense David’s feelings towards her. But eventually, she went back to the side of the man she likes. I think it’s really cool of her to make that decision. Just that David’s pure love was really beautiful too, so if she got together with David, they would have made a cool couple too. That was a bit of a pity.
Q. If you were Botongie, who would you choose between Choi David and Dokgo Mate?
If it were up to me, I think I would have chosen David. I like it best when someone tells me they like me (laughs) and Mate ignored my feelings for 10 years, going out with many pretty and stylish women. So I think I would feel hurt and since David is a really cool guy, I would have chosen him.
Q. How did you feel when Jang Geunsuk was cast as Dokgo Mate and Lee Jangwoo as Choi David?
Jang Geunsuk is the famous ‘Asia Prince’, so it was amazing and I felt realy honoured to be able to act alongside him. Lee Jangwoo and I got along really well from the first shoot. We have the same interests in dieting and food (laughs), so we hit it off straight away and he always made me feel comfortable at the filming site. Jang Geunsuk is really mischievous, so he’s the moodmaker at the filming site. I’m the youngest, so I should be the moodmaker, but I get embarrassed easily, so I can’t do it. I’m really thankful towards Jang Geunsuk for covering that part for me.
Q. You mentioned that the mood was joyful at the filming site, so were there any interesting episodes in particular?
There were lots, so it’s hard to pick one… Jang Geunsuk was using his own car to film. During filming breaks, I rode in his car and he drives really well. Although it was only a short period of time, because he brought me for a spin, it helped me to relieve my stress. When I filmed with Lee Jangwoo, because we both like food, we kept making bets like “who would lose more weight by tomorrow” and had dieting contests.
Q. The drama will be broadcast in Japan in June, so tell us more about what there is for us to look forward to.
A. Botongie and Mate’s romance, Botongie and David’s romance. I think it’ll be interesting to observe how Botongie changes when she’s with each of them, as well as how she develops as she is loved and loves someone. Since it’s based on a comic, there are many scenes that are comic-like. There are many lines or expression-acting and other comic-like over-the-top scenes that are different from other dramas, so people who like those will enjoy it.
Q. There’ll be a ‘Pretty Man’ fanmeeting in June. Could you say something to KNTV viewers and others who are looking forward to the event?
A. KNTV viewers, the ‘Pretty Man’ cast will be meeting everyone in Japan in June, so do give us your support. Please give lots of love to ‘Pretty Man’, especially Botongie. Thank you.
Translated by squishy with love (using 유우p’s jap-kor translations)