Quite some time.. I had been missing to post this interview. This is back to 2009, it is a very good interview on his beginnings. Hope you enjoy and help you to get to know a little bit more about Lee Min Ho. He’s a nice man.
Q : You debuted with the ‘Secret Campus’, and how did it feel?
LMH : At my acting debut, I think I was very nervous, totally lost and just busy speaking my lines without any time to breathe. My memory isn’t clear on the details, but I think I was so nervous that the shooting was done without me knowing how I was shot.
Q : What was your hardest and enjoyable parts of the shooting?
LMH : The drama had many soccer-playing scenes. So I enjoyed my shooting the most because I like soccer and I’m confident of playing parts like that. As for the difficult parts, it seems that every moment was hard. Once I broke my forefinger while performing a fighting scene with my fist colliding with the other’s, and I still remember that. That’s why I appear all of a sudden wearing a cast in the later part of the drama, though it wasn’t included in the story.
Q : I wonder what you were actually like in high school like the background of ‘Secret Campus’
LMH : I also seem to have had not a little rebellion. For example, I don’t think that I liked listening to others. But I think I grew up faster, because I didn’t make any big trouble when I was in the second and third year of high school. It seems I spent my adolescence very quietly.
Q : Which subject were you good at and poor at when you were in high school(senior high)?
LMH I was good at PE(physical education) and poor at math.
Q : In high school, did you have anyone in mind like whom you did or didn’t want to be a person in your future?
LMH : It seems that I didn’t want to be the type of adult who talked big or showed off some success of them, but I just wanted to be a quiet and naively honest adult.
Q : You played the role of a student with a dream of being a soccer player. How well did you play soccer?
LMH : When I was in elementary school, there were eleven classes in all. I made the entry list after having selected better soccer players in each class, and they just came along with me without complaining. Whatever I said, there was no one to grumble about me.
Q : Was it because you played soccer well or you were good in fights?
LMH : Maybe because they recognized me as a good soccer player. I’ve bragged about myself for no reason (feels embarrassed). But I can’t play soccer well now.
Q : Then, were you the best soccer player among all students in your elementary school?
LMH Yes, it seemed that I was really good at playing soccer at that time.
Q : The following question your fans are interested in genuinely….Have you ever dated with anyone when you were in high school? If yes, what kind of date have you had?
LMH Yes, I have dated with someone during high school. Dare I say how I did, we usually went to the movies. As being high school students, many places were not allowed to go so watching movies were what we did most while dating.
LMH Yes, what we did were wholesome
Q : In the drama, Du-hyeon had something confidential, but I wonder if you have a secret of your own..if you had some secret which you didn’t want to tell to others.
LMH : I don’t think I had any secret. It seems I’m not the style of having a lot of secrets.
Q : Are you the type of person who tells their friends anything?
LMH : I don’t tell everything to my friends, but because I didn’t have any particular things I did secretly, it’s hard to remember what secret I had from my friends at that time.
Q : You are saying that you didn’t really have any secrets, but you don’t relatively tell important things to others?
LMH : No, I don’t. I don’t try to hide them, but I’d rather not tell others about me very often.
Q : Now we’ll ask you something personal. Maybe your fans like it better.. Are there any hobbies you often enjoy personally?
LMH : I usually tend to enjoy playing online games. Because I can’t go out a lot lately, I mainly enjoy computer games, which I have liked since high school.
Q : Aren’t there many kinds of games available like sports and RPG games?
LMH : I prefer RPG, because computer games cause me to desire to win, and I hate to lose. Besides, there are rankings and positions in online games, and once I begin to play an online game, I can’t help playing long (to raise my level). Now, I’m trying not to play online games deliberately.
Q : It’s possible, I know….
LMH : (laughing) It could be called ‘addiction’, which seems to make me more competitive; at least, make me not want to lose. When I began playing with someone once, I got a bit tired with the gap getting wider against me
Q : It’s not limited to only games, but applies to everything, right?
LMH : Right. Maybe because I played sports in childhood, but I’m relatively competitive in everything.
Q : Do you have any special talent besides soccer and computer games?
LMH : I’m so sociable that I become close to people pretty fast. I’m not really free from being shy, but I think I’m more sociable than ordinary people. Is it sort of special talent, too?
Q You bet.
Q This interview is for Japanese fans and are there Japanese words to learn for them nowadays?
LMH : Do-jo Yo-ro-si-ku Oh-ne-ga-yi-si-mas (I expect your favor)
I can memorize simple idioms as I speak them.
Q Which country would you like to go among those countries you have never been before?
LMH : Venezia
Q In Italy?
LMH I have heard that Venezia is sinking. Is it true?
Q I have heard it before ,too
LMH Before Venezia sinks, I’d like to go. I also want to go to Las Vegas.
Q Haven’t you been Italy?
LMH No, I haven’t.
Q Which food do you frequently eat recently?
LMH I frequently eat bean-paste pot stew and kimchi pot stew. For health reason, I also eat beef.
Q Do you like meat?
LMH When I eat at home, I always eat more than one kind of meat.
Q Do you know how to cook?
LMH I can cook several kinds of food.
Q What are they?
LMH I am good at cooking kimchi pot stew, rameon(Korean noodle), fried egg rice and fried Kimchi rice ^^
Q If your girlfriend come to your place, what food can you confidently make for her?
LMH : I’m confident of cooking ramyeon (laughs a lot), because chances are I won’t fail. I can succeed 100 %. If I cook a big dish, it will be fried rice.
Q : This time, what is the dish you want your girlfriend to fix for you?
LMH : Just a few side dishes and rice…like those my mother makes.
Q : Then, you mean just a warm meal rather than a luxurious meal?
LMH : Yes. It’s okay if it’s not delicious, but it’ll be better if it is.
Q : Won’t it more difficult to make side dishes?
LMH : Yes, I think so. (laughs a lot)
Q These days you might well find no time to rest enough, yet how do you spend your holiday?
LMH I often hang out with my close people and friends, just chatting and having meals together, or I watch rental DVD movies, or play online games.
Q : What’s the first thing you do in the morning?
LMH : I go to the bathroom still half asleep and brush my teeth. While I begin brushing with my eyes half open, I wake up.
Q : Reversely, what are the things you do before you go to sleep.
LMH : I turn on TV or my computer, and listening to music from the computer.. or watching a program on TV, I fall asleep.
Q : You mean you fall asleep with TV or the computer on?
LMH : Yes. I hate all the time until falling asleep except that I’m so tired as to get to sleep. Because I come to think too much, I like going to sleep using TV or the computer so that I don’t have my head in the clouds.
Q: Do you remember what you dreamt recently?
LMH It’s been like a long time since I dreamt something. It seems that I haven’t dreamt any dream ever since BOF was started.
Aha! I did..(as if something came to his mind) One time when I was sleeping in my car, I dreamt of a fire starting. As soon as I woke up, I started beating my coordinator, shouting to her, “Put it out!”. And what’s more, at another time, I ate Kimchi pot stew in my dream, and then upon waking up, said to someone next to me, “Give me some water. It’s too salty.”^^
Q Your dreams felt like reality ?
LMH Yes, they were very much like reality.
Q Do you wear pajamas while sleeping?
LMH I sleep in short pants or pajamas. When I am alone in my house, I often sleep only in underwear. But I prefer wearing short pants and a short T-shirt when my mom and sister stay with me at my home.
Q : This is a difficult question.. I wonder when you feel lonely, or listless and a little down, what you do, for example, take exercise on purpose or talk with your friends on the phone..
LMH : I think I do various things: do exercise, or watch TV programs or movies to give impetus to me, or a special program about a person to help me empower my life. When I’m spurred by watching them, I feel somewhat energized.
It could happen that a person sometimes feels bored and uninterested while working. In that case, I watch such movies, which make me think, ” Oh, I should not slack in my work. I should work harder”
That helps me motivate myself.
Q: If you have any life mottos or philosophes from Korean proverbs, …
LMH “Winners never quit, and quitters never win!”
When I was in my childhood, my parents gifted me a flat spoon-shaped wall-souvenir from their wedding anniversary trip. This motto was written on it. I was very touched by the words even though I was a kid. Up till now, that has been my personal motto.
Q Which book would you recommend us, and would give us the reason why?
LMH : Lee Oi Soo’s essay, Ha-Ahk-Ha-Ahk (Korean book).
Even young kids can understand it easily. It presents many useful ideas expressed in a simple and fun way. That’s why I recommend the book.
- Translated to english by: loveminho.com
- Pictures: Secret Campus DVD/by Jewel
- You can find a video in YT, but there is no translation to english yet. We are working on this through Minoz México Official and will advise once ready.