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Korean heartthrob

With his stylish long hair and smoky eyeliner, Korean actor and singer Jang Keun-suk's homme fatale attraction pierces the screen and captivates the hearts of hundreds of thousands of fans around Asia.

Due to his background as a child actor, Jang has many years of acting experience though he is only 24 years old. After the airing of television drama "You're Beautiful" in late 2009, he gained stardom across Asia and was given the title "the new generation Hallyu (Korean wave) star."

Jang also distinguishes himself with great language abilities. He studied in New Zealand when he was 16, so he can speak fluent English. In high school he started learning Japanese and now he continues to work on his Chinese and Thai.

The pop heartthrob will perform a concert in Shanghai in July.

Q: What made you decide to turn to singing after gaining great popularity as an actor?

A: In my teens, I never thought about cutting an album. In fact, I had received invitations from a few record companies in Korea. However, at that time I was still searching for direction as an actor, so I didn't accept. To date, people know actor Jang Keun-suk through my characters. After deliberating over it anxiously for a long time and acting as a singer in my recent drama "Marry Me, Mary," I just feel that now is the best time. Another important reason is Korean dramas airing in China and other parts of Asia often use voice-dubbing. I hope everyone can see the real Jang Keun-suk without dubbing and subtitles.

Q: You've impressed fans by going from an arrogant and cold-hearted role in "You're Beautiful" to the cute guy in "Marry me, Mary." What is your secret to switching between different roles?

A: I often change my image due to the drama. My next role is a modern dancer in a Japanese film adapted from a comic. So I'm dieting and keeping my hair long to be closer to the character. Many people treat me as an "idol." But I don't think I am. I am gradually getting rid of the image of a bluffing young man. I don't care about my appearance so much that it really depends on what kind of role I am in. But will this kind of pretty boy image find me a position in China? If it does, I will keep it.

Q: Describe your ideal partner. If you are in love with someone, will you make your girlfriend public?

A: Mmm… I don't know because I've not fallen in love. My ideal female Chinese artist is Taiwan actress Hsu Chi. She is frank, beautiful and sexy. If I fall in love, I'll fall so deep that I won't ever give up until my heart is broken into pieces. And I won't make my relationship public in order to protect her. I don't want her to be under so much stress, and it does not bring any benefit to our relationship.


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