Lee Dong Wook in Manila!

July 22, 2006

W-h-a-a-a-t? Yes, you read it right. Lee Dong Wook is here. I never knew he’s coming. I seldom watch TV. But just this afternoon, out of boredom I was looking for a nice TV show when I luckily caught sight of Willie R. noon time show “Wowowee”. Lee Dong wook was invited as guest.

They started with a song. The two girls Mariel and the other one (I forgot her name) sang their hearts out while LDW was just standing there… smiling to his Filipino fans. After the song, Willie interviewed him. First, they called an interpreter, because he doesn’t speak English. He only speaks Korean.

The Interview:
Willie asked if he has a girlfriend.

And he said “No”.
And the fans were shouting with joy. (As if they have a chance with him…) hehehe…

Question: “What do you like in a girl?”

LDW (speaking in korean): Smart and wise.

He was told, that he is famous here in the Philippines because of the Korean TV Series “My Girl.”
LDW: I couldn’t believe that I'm famous here. And I feel great about it.

Question: “How do you find Filipino women?
(I notice this question is always asked to the foreign artists. I don't know why.)
LDW: “Beautiful and Attractive.”
And then Mariel said “Ay, I like you na.”

Q: You have an upcoming horror movie called "Arang"?. How do you feel about it since it's a different genre compared to your previous films?
LDW: It’s good because it’s a challenge and a new image for me.

Then he bid farewell by saying “Mahal ko kayo” (I Love You) and “Thank you”.

And the girl fans were like going crazy. Some Philippine actresses / performers were also making “beso-beso" with him. Then he was led to the backstage for exit.

Comment during the Interview:
I didn’t like what Mariel and the other girl did. They were shouting at the top of their lungs (with their mike on) while the interview was going on. It didn't look good. I was the one who felt embarrassed for the way they acted. They were the hosts at that time not an audience. They should have at least showed professionalism and composure. I just don’t like the thought that it might give a bad impression to us Filipinos. I hope not.

Tomorrow, he will have a one-on-one interview with Kris on the afternoon show "The Buzz".

Some pics during his childhood days.


Name: Lee Dong Wook 이동욱

Date of Birth: November 6, 1981

Height: 185cm

Weight: 78kg

Education: Saejung University


TV Series My Girl
(SBS, 2005)
Hanoi Bride
(SBS, 2005)
Precious Family
(KBS2, 2004)
Island Village Teacher (SBS, 2004)
Wooden Horse Carousel (MBC, 2003)
Alcohol Land
(SBS, 2003)
Loving You
(KBS, 2002)
Live The Right Way (SBS, 2002)

Let's Go (SBS, 2002)

Drama City "천국보다 기쁜 (Happier than Heaven)" (KBS, 2001)

A Dreaming Family (KBS, 2001)

Pure Heart (KBS, 2001)

School 3 (KBS1, 2000)

School 2

Supporters of actor Lee Dong Woo aka Julian, swarmed the ABS-CBN compound for just a glimpse of the Korean hottie. His shy smile and gracious answers during his press conference yesterday made him more endearing to his followers specially the females.

Staying in the country for 4 days, Dong Wook is also in the Philippines to promote his very first movie, Arang. The suspense thriller, which also stars famous Korean actress Song Yun Ah, is based on a Korean folklore about a Minister's daughter who died defending her honor when one of her father's servants attempted to rape her. Arang will retell the tale in a more up to date setting. Lee Dong Wook will be playing one of the detectives who got involved in solving the case. He describes his character as very complex, a far cry from his character Julian on My Girl. It was psychologically hard and it was a great challenge for him as an actor. He thinks his personality is more like Julian, a bit serious and ‘shy around girls.’ His most memorable scene on My Girl was when Jasmine or actress Lee Da Hae gets the star on top of the Christmas tree. "It was really freezing that day. My hands and feet were frozen!" he shared. "But I also enjoyed our kissing scenes." he added playfully.

At only 25, Lee Dong Wook has come far from his debut as an actor when he was just 18 years old. He humbly described himself as a ‘simple high school boy’ in his junior year. He wasn’t blessed like other actors who easily entered the business when they were discovered by talent scouts. He enrolled in acting school and went to one audition after the other until he landed an acting job. "Acting isn’t really easy. That’s why I am always trying my best," he told the press through an interpreter. He likes reading books or spending time with friends, like actor Jo Insung (Memories of Bali and Spring Day), whom he has known for 7 years. (credits to beanniebaby from pex)

Toodles, until next time,
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