Q: Did you monitor after <SNL> and <Radio Star> aired?
A: It was a rediscovery of Hyesungie, because up till now, only Hyesungie hasn’t acted.
Q: It hovers between a very high perimeter, and I’d heard that up till a few years ago, you couldn’t watch the shows you acted in. Have you become comfortable to the extent you can use “Do you smell something burning?” as the theme for a sketch?
A: Since a long time ago, it wasn’t because I was uncomfortable with the members teasing me about that or that being used as a topic in programs. I was worried about the audience getting sick of it because it has been mentioned so often. It should be mentioned in order to bring out laughter, and not brought up for the sake of being made fun of. There is no need for that. I can monitor now not because I’ve gotten better, but because I’ve done so much that I’ve been trained to do it.
Q: While watching <Shinhwa Broadcast> I realised that you’ve changed. But watching <Radio Star>, you were the same. It’s more like the difference between being in an environment you’re used to and one that you’re not.
A: Even for <Shinhwa Broadcast>, initially I was more careful and passive. I was already comfortable with the members to begin with, and now that I’ve become comfortable with the staff, that’s why it’s ok. However, when I go on other shows or varieties, I’m the same again.
Q: When I asked if you’ve done any monitoring, you spoke about your thoughts as Shinhwa. Shall I say you consciously speak as “Shinhwa’s Eric” and not “Eric”?
A: Although I really like music but honestly, what made me want to become a singer was simply because it looked cool. However, after promoting for a long time, that is really what it is. From the beginning, I became a singer because I wanted to, and started as Shinhwa, but if I lose my original intention because reactions from other places are better, that’s not cool at all. Be it an actor or a singer, apart from awards, I know that acknowledgement is also given based on durability or loyalty. The recognition of being Korea’s longest running idol wasn’t something that we worked for or even thought of. Now that the fans and the music industry look to us as role models, we’re even more careful.
Lot of tough question… and he gives such deep answers.