Happy Together – Jang Nara, Seo Inguk, Choi Wonyoung & more! (2015.07.09)

Happy Together – Jang Nara, Seo Inguk, Choi Wonyoung & more! (2015.07.09)


Happy to be together on “Happy Together”! We have a group of people with some amazing on-screen chemistry. Please welcome our guests. Jang Nara, Seo Inguk, Choi Wonyoung, Lee Chunhee, and Kim Jaeyoung. (We welcome our special guests) This is the happiest I’ve been on set recently. Why? – They’re all so sweet. / – They are. I’m so pleased. We have five special guests today. They’re in the new drama on Mondays and Wednesdays. “Hello Monster”. “Hello Monster”. Nara, are you the only actress in it? Lim Jieun is also in the drama, but it’s just us two. – Really? / – I see. – I’m envious. / – Good for you. – Nara is so blessed. / – Why? These four men will treat her well. I’d say I’m blessed, but I doubt they feel the same. But if you look at it from where I am, it looks like they’re all fighting for your affection. – They’re waiting in line. / – With numbers. Inguk was on our show not too long ago. What was that for? I was on “The King’s Face”. You were on “The King’s Face”. It hasn’t been long and you’re on another drama. There’s a rumor that his father is the CEO here. I wish, but that’s not true. You don’t mind saying so. He doesn’t work here. I got my first acting role on KBS. This is my third KBS drama. – Is it? / – Yes, it is. Is this your first time acting alongside Inguk? Yes, we’d never met. – You’d never met? / – Yes, before this drama. I see. If you had to pick one of the four men here, who would you say is closest to your ideal type? I think the most handsome guy is Chunhee. Lee Chunhee? Inguk, Wonyoung, and Jaeyoung, you’re not her type. Chunhee… You pick Chunhee? In one interview Nara said that Chunhee is more handsome than Won Bin or Jang Donggun. Did she really? I think you’re mistaken. I get that a lot, though. Get what a lot? The people who say they think I’m good-looking – are few and far between. / – But? Those few like me a lot. Almost like fanatics. Those few fans really like you a lot. They say I’m better looking than Bin or Donggun. – I find that embarrassing. / – I see. – Nara is one of them. / – Are you a fanatic? Is he better looking than Won Bin or Jang Donggun? I thought so. Now that he said that, I feel embarrassed. Now you don’t like him at all, do you? It happens. I hadn’t seen Chunhee in a while, – but he told me to trust him. / – Why? – He said he’ll entertain us today. / – Did he? – He came prepared. / – He hasn’t been here in a while. – It’s been five years. / – Has it? Back when Chunhee was a model Lee Minki, Lee Chunhee and Gang Dongwon were famous. – The trio? / – The trio. – The famous three? / – Chunhee was popular. – Were there screaming fans? / – When you were a model? I was popular back then. I was popular back then. – Why did you shrug? / – I was shocked. Even nowadays when there’s a fashion show, students interested in fashion show up. They gasp and gawp when models walk by. I think that started in my generation. With you, you mean? You started it all? Dongwon was up front, then Yeo Wookhwan, Minki, and I was in the back. I got to see the crowd make way for us. When we came in, the crowd parted down the middle. “The models are here.” “It’s Gang Dongwon and Lee Chunhee.” I loved that. You loved that? He enjoyed it. – After being on stage… / – He’s so honest. – I’d never felt that before. / – You enjoyed it. Thousands of eyes focus on me when I’m on the catwalk. I’m at the center of attention. Do you act differently? I walk slowly. You wanted to enjoy the moment a bit longer. Show us the two different walks. Usually I walk like this, powerfully. What about when you notice people? – If I sense it, / – You sense it. I walk like this. – That’s way too slow. / – I pose a bit longer, as if I’m always slow. I pose a few times, then I give them a sharp glare. I don’t just leave the catwalk. I turn around one last time before I walk off. – Jaeyoung, you show us. / – Do what he did. How do you act when people notice you? You walk. That’s a bit manlier. – A bit… / – More manly. I go a step further. How much further? Show us. I entered the catwalk a little differently. – How? / – Since the entrance? I made sharp turns. This is how most people walk around a corner. I walked onto the catwalk with a sharp turn. – Pow. / – You wanted to show off. I was swearing in my mind the whole time. I’d walk thinking, “What are you looking at?” I wanted to make sure that I had this glare. People ignore me if I look normal, but if I walk by with a “back off” glare, they stare back. – Do you swear at the crowd? / – I do. You should apologize. I apologize. Did you ever make a mistake? My other model friends would come by to watch. They were in their seats, but they’re so noisy. They’d cheer like that. – Did you talk? / – I said, “Be quiet.” I said, “Be quiet.” What? – You meant to think it. / – But I said it aloud. It got out of hand after that because no model should swear on stage. That’s when I decided to tone it down. I realized I’d gone too far. After having a charismatic presence on the catwalk, you must have felt so frustrated on variety shows. Did you not take off your makeup to show you were a model? Isn’t model makeup really thick? Yes, it was, but… I felt so small without my modeling buddies. We were in the same modeling agency. – Without Dongwon and Minki? / – People noticed us, but when I was alone, I felt like people doubted that I was a model. – You felt insignificant. / – I did. I hated the subway trips home after a catwalk show. “Earlier on thousands of people stared at me.” “I bet no one here even knows who I am.” “I’m a model.” That’s how I felt. Then I thought, “There’s a way to show them what I am.” “I’ll keep my stage makeup on.” – And eyeliner? / – Something that makes an impact. I stood like this in the subway. I stood exactly like this. – He’s reenacting it. / – With “Seoul Collection” here. I posed, wearing an official “Seoul Collection” shirt. How did people react? They’d recognize him. “I saw him in a magazine.” That’s when I started to enjoy my work again. Do you still go home with your makeup on? Your skin has deteriorated. These days… sometimes… – Sometimes? / – Even now? On days that I wear bloody makeup. – You go home like that? / – Yes, I do. – I don’t take it off. / – Why not? My wife knows what that makeup feels like. – It’s gross. / – It’s sticky. “You must have had a long day.” “Did you get beaten up? Did you do stunts?” I do that sometimes. I go home looking like a zombie. I want to show my wife what I do to make a living. To show her it’s not all fun and games but actual work. I’ll hire a makeup artist after taping this. – For a zombie costume? / – Yes. You look like one already. The Grim Reaper? Can I call you sometime? All four men are really tall. Are you all over 180 cm? Wonyoung, you’re tall, too. Yes, I’m 184 cm. – Inguk is tall, too. / – I’m short compared to them. – How tall are you? / – I’m 180 cm. – You’re very tall. / – He’s short. He’s 160. Watch your tongue. Am I a hobbit, then? Nara, is it any pressure being around tall men? I think my neck will snap. I had no idea there was so much white in my eyes. You have to look up. My pupils were all the way up. Nara, you worked in China for a very long time. How many years? – About… ten years. / – Ten years? Aren’t you the original Hallyu star? There were others before me. Even now I’m not that popular over there. – You are. / – Many people just know of me. Isn’t there a Jang Nara Zoo in Qingdao? – She’s incredibly famous. / – I’m not. I posed for a photo with a small white tiger. They printed it onto a tile. You’re famous enough to be on a tile. How did you end up working in China? I was duped into it. Duped? – Were you duped? / – Duped? – Really? / – What do you mean? You worked there for ten years, and now you’re saying you were duped into it? I heard that Koreans con fellow Koreans sometimes. I was duped by my dad. – You can’t beat that. / – But you’re famous. – What did your father say? / – What happened? I thought staying abroad for extended periods just for work was too hard for me. My dad suggested I do a Chinese drama. He said it would be fun and take two months. I thought it would be a good experience. The people were so good to me that I got attached. That’s when they suggested I record the soundtrack. He said I’d record a couple of songs. After that my dad said, “Why don’t you record two more songs to make an album?” It’s not that hard to record two more songs, so I recorded four and released a single. Then he said just six more songs would make an album. – That’d be ten songs. / – Yes. That is how the pyramid scheme works. You’re a diamond member. Then after that he suggested another drama. You ended up not being able to come back here. – That went on for ten years? / – Yes, it did. Is your father still suggesting projects for you? I was really lucky because I met only good people and we grew to like each other. We joke about it now, but I wonder how your father had that idea – ten long years ago. / – He was a pioneer. Now that I think about it, I earned quite a lot for a Korean actress at the time. When we flew over, I went there thinking it was just for one drama, – but he had a plan. / – He had a grand dream. We spent all of our money. – Over there? / – Everything you earned here? – I didn’t have an agency. / – You supported yourself? Yes, I covered my own expenses. If you fly over there for a drama, doesn’t the company provide expenses? We were in the red until the second drama took off. – Really? / – She was unknown. You had to make your own investment at first. Let’s stay on this topic for a while. Aren’t the sets and circumstances different from ours? – They’re very different. / – How different? – It’s like a full-time business trip. / – A trip? You can’t come and go as you please. – What do you mean? / – It’s so far from home. Do you have to stay put? Even if we film in Busan, we can fly back that day. But China is so huge. When we film in the countryside, we rent out a whole inn or a hotel. – You live there. / – Everyone does. That’s not that interesting. Is there anything more interesting? What’s wrong with you today? – She’s getting there. / – He’s displeasing. Did I say something wrong? I heard that the Chinese have a filming tradition. – It’s a cultural thing. / – What is it? What I found interesting was if you’re seriously hurt or you die or shed blood or fall sick, they give you a “hongbao”, a red envelope with money. For compensation? It’s for that and to chase away evil spirits. If your character dies, you mean? If your character dies or is hurt. Not die in real life? Just the character? I thought you meant it was for people who died on set. I was shocked you said that so calmly. How much do you get? It was 100 or 200 yuan. – It’s between 30 to 50 dollars. / – From the director? It’s from the production company. – Other than your pay? / – Yes, it is. – They give it to you immediately, on set. / – Really? Since no one wants to play such a role. – War films must be crazy. / – It gets insane. “The Three Kingdoms” would be rough. That could become your bonus. – You, too? / – Did you ever get one? – Yes, I did. / – When? It was when I was poisoned. Were you poisoned? My character was. I got it when I was poisoned and tortured. Were you tortured? – The production company gave you one? / – Yes. While filming this drama, did you almost give Inguk an envelope? – I created a pretty dicey situation. / – How? There was a scene where I threw a bag at him. I tried to be careful. I meant to aim at his torso. – But? / – The bag flew at his face. It was harder than I thought. But if you say or show that it hurts, – the other actor begins to hesitate. / – Okay. They feel bad so I pretended that it didn’t hurt. But as soon as I heard her stomping toward me, my face started to twitch like this. – That hurts your pride. / – You’re afraid. I found myself wince at each take of that scene. I thought you were a manly guy. That happens, though. Something similar happened before. I model a clothing brand with actress Park Minyoung. It’s an outdoor clothing brand, so we do some dynamic poses. We shoot with a high-speed camera, too. Once we had to jump up together. Minyoung ended up slapping me. We had to shoot the pose again. It was the same pose at high speed. I jumped up nicely, but then I saw Minyoung’s hand. I ended up going… – You’re a scaredy-cat. / – At high speed… I messed up the shoot about five times. Scaredy-cat Guk. – Scaredy-cat Guk. / – Seo Scaredy-cat Guk. – Scaredy-cat Guk. / – Scaredy-cat Guk. I like that nickname. Nara, you said, while watching “The Producers” that the drama was about you. I caught an episode while taking a break. There was a scene where producer Ra Junmo has a chat with agency CEO Ms. Byun. I ended up crying at that part. I rarely cry. Was it that sad? They were talking about Cindy. I know you’re trying to show off. You’re starving a girl who barely weighs 45 kg and making her sleep outdoors for the ratings. Now you give her a quiz to force her to skip breakfast. How many commercials did you shoot? I honestly don’t remember. Hwang Seonhong, score us one more goal. Good luck, Korea. Yes, cheers! Including cellphone providers you filmed various ads. It was a huge privilege. I earned a fortune that very few people my age dream of so I’m grateful. I did get a lot of hate, but I also got a huge amount of love. I received much more than what I already had. What I feel really guilty about is that… because I was so overworked and stressed out, I don’t remember anything. It was because all you did was work. Why were you so stressed? First of all… if you lack sleep for extended periods, – you lose track of things. / – How long did you sleep? I’d work for five days without any sleep. – Five days? / – Yes, so when I was about to pass out, someone would keep nudging me awake. You weren’t always fully conscious. I’d find myself acting out, knowing that I shouldn’t. Once, on the fifth day, I was in the van with the door open throwing everything outside. – You didn’t realize what you were doing? / – Yes. – What did you throw? / – Whatever was in the van. I can’t believe that I did that. I was in a park and people were staring at me. I was tossing everything outside in full view. I was really… You were extremely stressed. Because at the time, Nara had the image of being cute, adorable, lovely and sweet. She still has that image though. But she was a slave to work. You begin to wonder if you’re a machine. Wasn’t your father your manager at the time? Didn’t he look out for you? – You know the culprit. / – Your father? We were in the same agency. I don’t want to name the culprit. Our agency had no choice but to put us to work. We had nothing. We had no celebrities, no funding… No one in our agency was famous and no one had any connections. – It was all up to you. / – We had to earn our keep. Although you were at the same agency, – Nara was the only one working. / – Wrap it up. At the time I had a manager. I barely broke even, but then we signed Nara, and she became a huge star. We had to take advantage of that. She did a lot for us. I’m actually a coward. I get a lot of harsh criticisms for this at times, but I get scared very easily. If something is set to blow up on set beside me, I lose control. I freeze completely. At the time variety shows used – explosives. / – Fireworks? The penalty is something blowing up or someone flying. – That happened a lot. / – That’s right. I flew every week. Me, too. I got injured, too. Whenever it was my turn, – I’d freeze. / – You panicked. After it aired people said, – “Is that the best you can do?” / – “You’re arrogant.” I also have a fear of heights. If I’m in a really tall building, I can deal with that but I once had to get into a window cleaner’s seat. It hung outside a tall building without any rails. There was just one flimsy pole marking the edge. – You got into that? / – They lifted me up. It was a windy winter day and I had to dance. That happened a lot. – Was I the host? / – No, you weren’t. If you work with Nara on the set, she freaks out at the smallest things. We’re busy setting up for a scene when we hear things like “yikes, dad, save me.” I don’t know what does it, but she scares so easily. She jumps when something brushes her foot. She’s clumsy, too. We met in the restroom and she hit her head on the dryer. It’s not something you’d hit your head against. Sometimes, even though I notice the doorframe I hit myself on it as I go through. I can’t judge the distance. That’s a mystery. You bump your shoulder against a door as you enter? Is that why you can’t park? Yes, I can’t judge the width of a space. She can’t park. When you went through all that, did you ever blame someone for it? Not really. – No? / – No, I haven’t. – All right. / – Wrong answer. Didn’t you blame someone in your life – as you tossed things out of the car? / – Then, yes. – Then? / – I did when I cried alone. Then I told myself I’d never cry because of that. I’m so thankful. – I see. / – You should be. I received so much love and attention and fortune. I shouldn’t complain about the hardships. (She was much loved after her debut in 2001) (Nara entertained us though her many films and dramas) (Good luck on the second peak of your career!) Wonyoung and Chunhee have something in common. You both married actresses – you worked with. / – Shim Yiyoung and Jeon Haejin. You acted alongside Yiyoung and Haejin. – You have that in common. / – You’re right. It’s possible to fall in love on set. You two are now working together. You could end up falling in love. There’s an age gap. She’s six years older. – That’s nothing. / – I don’t mind that. – He’s a real man. / – That’s what you say now. You’re blushing. Your cheeks are red. – He’s sweet. / – Why are you blushing? – Nara looks young for her age. / – Totally young. – Way too young. / – You do look young. Even now, I’d say you look like his little sister. I disagree. Even I’d have to disagree. – Did I go too far? / – You did a bit. He looks young, too. Chunhee, don’t you and Haejin have a large age gap? We have a nine year age gap. – She’s younger? / – She’s nine years younger. In the drama, she called me “mister”. – Did she? / – My character was much older than hers. Mister. Come here. (SBS drama “Smile, You” in 2009) People think we fell in love and started dating on set of that drama. – You didn’t? / – No, we didn’t. – Then when? / – No? – It was purely business then. / – Really? I never called her “Haejin”. – What did you call her? / – By her character’s name. – I called her “Jisu”. / – What happened? The party? I went looking for her at the post-filming party. “Jisu, Jisu.” “Jisu, Jisu.” You liked her. I went on a trip thinking that I needed time to get over her character. After I got back, I met up with the team. She was there. She had a totally different hairstyle. She was back to being herself and not her character. She was so pretty. “Why do I care about her?” This is fun. I couldn’t call her “Jisu”. – Did you say her name? / – I couldn’t say her name. “How have you been?’ – “Did you have a nice trip?” / – You liked her. That’s when I started feeling butterflies around her. “Is this how she usually looks?” Before I’d thought of her as a kid. Then I started thinking of her as a woman. – That’s how it goes. / – After that meeting, I suggested we go out for another drink. – That’s when… / – It started? We started to talk about our lives. That’s how you fell in love. Wonyoung, when did you fall in love with Yiyoung? From the beginning? When we first met, I was already in the drama. Her character entered the drama halfway through. The director asked me for a read-through. I went in, said hi, and did the read-through. As I left, apparently I said to my manager, “She’s my ideal type.” At first sight? It was love at first sight. I don’t know. I guess I said that without thinking. I heard you got busy before the drama ended. You got up to something on the set. On the set? – Whispering. Is that true? / – Whispers? I guess that’s what my wife told other people. – You’re blaming her. / – No, I’m not. Blame Yiyoung. – The truth is coming out. / – It is. What happened? I was already attracted to her by the time she joined, but work is work so I was focused. When it came time to leave the set, I got crazy. After you left the set? What did you do? When we’re in a drama, we dress up and have our makeup done. When at work, I did my best. But when we changed into our clothes after work, – After you changed? / – my emotions came out. (MBC drama “A 100-Year Legacy” in 2014) What did you do to me? What? You’re just like Chunhee. – You have that in common. / – It’s so similar. Did you ask her out first? – I did. / – You asked her out. We were working together and she lived nearby. Things move faster if you live close by. – You can take her home. / – That’s right. We got on and communicated well, so I decided to breach the topic. I was told that you both got your wives pregnant before the wedding. – Right? / – Another commonality? – It happened so fast. / – Is that wrong? Oh, Myungsoo, too. I shouldn’t have brought it up. How random. Now that we’re on the topic. Wonyoung, would you like to defend yourself? Well, we… Let’s see… Our plan was… Should I not have brought it up? Don’t ask about it. My father always wished I would marry young. – I’m the only son. / – I see. He thinks a grandchild is his real bloodline. But I was getting older and still single, so whenever he visited he’d talk to himself. “Other men manage to make children in a few days.” “What are you not getting up to?” “How long will it take for you to marry and have kids?” I was just an obedient son. – Who, you? / – You’re such a filial son. The shotgun wedding was his father’s wish come true. He just did as he was told. – He’s showing off. / – I’m a good son. – Chunhee, your wedding… / – Yes, mine, too. Was it your father’s wish? My father… He… His father wasn’t even considering that. – Why do you keep going there? / – Making an excuse. My father was pleased to find out, though. – Of course, he was. / – The atmosphere changed. He couldn’t exactly commend us for what we’d done. “I shouldn’t say this…” – But? / – But still… He whispered “well done” then left the room. It’s a bit different for women. How come? If my daughter said she got pregnant, I’d probably want to kill the guy. – She was young. She was only 24. / – That was young. I wanted to tell her mother that we were serious. On the way to meet her mother, Haejin told me the news. I had this feeling when she said, “We need to talk.” I wondered what it could be about. As I was driving to her home, I kept wondering, “Is it? Yes? No? Could it be?” I couldn’t think, but as soon as I saw her walk over… “I’m right.” I prayed I was wrong until she got into my car. That’s how I felt. “I have to be wrong. I have to be.” Then Haejin got in. – As soon as she told me… / – She was pregnant? All my worries just melted away. She just looked so beautiful. “It’s all right.” Then this thought hit me. I couldn’t say, “I’ll take care of everything.” I wasn’t sure such a young actress could handle it. This is what I said. “If you’re okay with marrying me and agree to do so,” “I’ll not give up on you or this baby.” “I was going to tell your mother that” “I planned to marry you in around two years’ time.” When I said that Haejin burst into tears and cried for a while. Then she said, “What should we name our child?” We both got over the shock right away. You’re both pretty easy-going. That’s when we decided marriage was our goal. “We’re going to get married. This is it.” We weren’t sure how to break the news. I said I’d think about it and figure out what to tell her parents. But she called me later and said, “I told them.” “I told my parents. They want to see you.” “Do they? Okay, I’ll come right over.” I stopped by all the fruit stores on the way. I bought pomegranates, apples. I couldn’t buy enough. Why didn’t you go in full makeup? I went over with this much fruit. I practically crawled in on my hands and knees. My father-in-law had lost his mind. He wasn’t ready. He hadn’t even met you then. Haejin’s older brother is younger than I am. He’s seven years younger. When I came in, he glared at me like this. He gave you your catwalk glare. “That scumbag Lee Chunhee… I should just…” – I was on my knees. / – Because of a younger guy. After a long silence Haejin’s father said, “Do you love Haejin?” When I said yes, he got up and went into his room. He’d given his permission. That’s when I started drinking with Haejin’s brother. I expected a head-on fight. I was really scared, though. I was afraid he would hit me. It was because of what you’d done. I was scared, but it ended well. – I thought that was the end of it. / – It wasn’t? Her father had a slipped disc, and her mother was bedridden for days. They had both pretended that all was well. – But they were that upset. / – I found out much later. Did you? Even now, I feel guilty when I’m around my in-laws. Make it up to her for as long as you live. That’s the best you can do. Fortunately, though, our child is such a blessing. We both adore her to no end. I’m experiencing a happiness I wouldn’t have known had I not met my wife and gotten her pregnant. I’m so thankful that Haejin went along with it. Well done. Don’t stories like this make you want to get married? How about you, Nara? Don’t you want to get married? – Sometimes I do. / – But? – But I change my mind the next day. / – Why? Sometimes I want to get married, sometimes I don’t. What makes you feel like getting married? When I’m in the home appliances corner and I’m looking at the larger, more expensive models. A woman consulting with the salesperson says, “I’ll discuss it with my husband and get back to you.” I think, “She has someone to discuss things with.” That’s right. That makes me want to get married. – But then… / – We can consult with you. What makes you have second thoughts? I don’t think I can handle being a wife yet. – I think you’d be fine. / – Are you seeing someone? No, I’m not. What does your father say? He started getting impatient when I turned 29. About marriage? – I didn’t think I’d be single at my age. / – Sure. – That’s when someone appears. / – That’s right. Wonyoung, what do you tell your juniors? Do you tell them to get married or take it slow? Whenever anyone asks me about it, I say this. “Death and marriage, the later the better.” You say the same thing as Myungsoo. I got goosebumps. That was scary. What a shock. Do you read the Talmud? He reads the Talmud. Jaeyoung, what about you? He’s still young. – I want to get married at 42, 43. / – How old are you? I’m 28. People who say they’ll marry late get married first. Chunhee was like that. I envied Yoon Sanghyun when I went to his wedding. Why? He’s older and so… He got married late. That’s what you envied about him. He did everything he wanted to. He enjoyed his life. – He enjoyed his life. / – He married a young woman. – Is that it? / – That’s what I think. There’s so much I haven’t tried yet. I want to be stable and prepared. I want to be ready to care for a woman. So will you continue clubbing into your 40s? Me? Maybe. – You want to release your stress. / – It’s a culture. “It’s a culture.” Wonyoung, how did you propose to your wife? – I’m curious. / – You’re the quiet type. I didn’t do anything flamboyant or grand. I got her a small ring and wrote her a letter. I left it on the dashboard behind my driving wheel because she had plans to drive my car. I think this is what I wrote. “It’s not much of a car, it’s more like a cart.” “Would you mind being my passenger for life?” “Here’s a ring. I hope you’ll wear it.” You must have known she would. Chunhee, did you propose? – Yes, I went all-out. / – How? – All-out? / – All-out? At MY Q’s concert, I asked MY Q if I could sing – a song Haejin liked. / – That is all-out. We think that’s lovely, but some women would be embarrassed. I heard that a lot of women hate public proposals. It would be best if it were private. Did Haejin like it? We had everything confirmed. We were positive that we would get married, but I hadn’t been able to affirm that publicly. I always said things like “I’ll look after you,” but I thought I should take the extra risk, so I went on stage and sang a song. Which song? It was “When Dawn Breaks”. I messed up on the first note. Everyone else present burst out laughing, but Haejin burst into tears. – She knew it was coming. / – She said I looked good. – I looked… / – You did your best. I was so nervous I couldn’t see the crowd was laughing. She was all I could see and she was crying. That’s when I thought I’d seriously messed up. My hands were trembling so hard. We had a plan. My manager was supposed to give her a note, and that note said “marry me.” She couldn’t open it. – The note? / – She was crying too hard. “What’s wrong with him?” The photos went viral. “Chunhee. Get off the stage.” She thought it was really not like me. I’d never do something like that for someone. Singing on stage when I know I’m a terrible singer? And proposing with a song? She must have felt sorry for you. We have it on tape. (Chunhee’s concert proposal) (How bad was his first note?) I don’t… I don’t know exactly how I feel. My love, please show me the way. I thought I’d be embarrassed if that happened to me, – but I liked this story. / – Did you? Only if there’s less than ten people. How many were there? Around 300? How about a crowd of 300? You would really end up appreciating the effort. Think about it this way. You have to watch the rest of the concert after that. That’s right. You can’t just leave. – Inguk, didn’t you do that for a girl? / – A surprise. I once sang for someone and it ended in disaster. But you’re a great singer. When I was in junior high, I liked an older girl. A friend and his girlfriend kind of set us up, and we went to an amusement park – just to have some fun. / – As teenagers do. My friend and his girl put us on the Ferris wheel. The Ferris wheel? – It’s a great location. / – You scored. – The thing that spins? / – How sweet. Each car was meant for four people, and we sat facing each other. It was larger than I thought. – I thought this was my chance. / – Of course. I was so nervous on the way up. I idolized Wheesung at the time. I sang “Can’t We”. Oh gosh. – That’s how I felt. / – In a Ferris wheel? – At the time… / – That’s too… I sang in the Ferris wheel. That song has this desperate, yearning feel to it. That’s how I felt at the time. That took a lot of guts. Did you sing the chorus to her? I said… – I can’t stand it. / – Keep going. She was in front of me. “I have something to say.” She said, “What?” At that point… I can’t believe I did this. If I’d gone “this is so hard” which is the first verse, then it would’ve been less awkward, but I skipped that. Can’t we? Can you not love me? Can you not accept my love for you? – I went for the climax. / – On the way up? – We weren’t even halfway. / – Okay. We were barely at the nine o’clock mark. It’d be fine if she liked him, but if she didn’t… – You’re right. / – It’s torture. She’s forced to listen to a song, and wait until they’re let out. – Face-to-face for ten minutes. / – Ten long minutes. Stop acting, will you? You always pretend to be the girlfriend. I had to wrap it up. I said, “Be my girlfriend.” What did she say? “Thank you, but…” “Thank you, but…” Chunhee, do you like to go camping? – Yes, I do. / – I see. How did you embarrass yourself in front of Haejin? When I first took her camping… My tent was only big enough for one or two people, so I bought a bigger one so I could take her camping. We decided to go over the two days we both had off from the drama shoot. Haejin had caught a cold and wasn’t feeling well. I thought it was a risk, but I really wanted to go. There was a camping ground outside Haejin’s home, so I said I’d bring everything over and nurse her back to health in the tent. Nurse her at a camping ground? Because it was near her house. “I’ll set everything up so you can rest.” – “You just be there.” / – That’s nice. I’d never pitched an eight-person tent before. – An eight-person tent? / – It was huge. – That’s hard work. / – For you two? I struggled for a while. “How long will it take? I’m sick.” You tortured a sick woman. “Sit still in that chair.” She sat and waited for an hour – while I struggled. / – For an hour? It doesn’t end with the tent. You have to set up the interior, too. I finally finished and let her go inside. She thanked me and was finally settling in when the manager of the camping ground came over. “This is your spot, not here.” “Someone reserved that spot.” I asked if we couldn’t swap. “No, the reservation was made long ago” – “by someone who likes this spot.” / – Oh dear. That’s so sad. – She’d finally settled in. / – She waited patiently. She just got in. “Haejin, can you help me move the tent?” That’s terrible. It was for love, but that’s terrible. – Really? / – It’s not easy. I felt really bad, but it was fine after that. Camping is fun, and a lot of people I know want to go camping. If a group of girls go camping, some guys come over to ask for sugar, then stay to play the guitar and sing. That sounds so ancient. Isn’t that what you happened in the 70s? – The 70s? / – Or in a drama. Don’t you still borrow things nowadays? People still do, but not condiments or sauces. They ask for chargers. – That’s much more plausible. / – Times have changed. There are many child-rearing variety shows. Chunhee, did you get a lot of offers? We’ve gotten calls ever since our child was a baby. (Chunhee and Haejin’s daughter Soyu) (She is adorable and perfect for TV) How do you raise your child? Haejin is very free and easy-going. She lets Soyu do what she wants, so Soyu always knows what she wants to do and when. The same goes for mealtimes. Moms follow their kids around with bowls of food. They won’t eat. “You don’t have to eat but you will go hungry.” That’s what Haejin says. Now Soyu knows she can’t’ eat if she misses mealtimes – She eats her fill. / – It’s like in the army. It’s not that easy. Most moms would give in. A lot of parents want to do that, but they can’t. If the child won’t eat food, we feed them fruit. She doesn’t do that. She’s slept alone since she was six months old. – Away from home? / – No. Come on. Who leaves home at six months? Maybe she crawled outside. Maybe if she were a genius. Sometimes, when you have a child, you wonder if your child is a genius. Have you ever felt that? It’s natural for children to read children’s books. My child prefers books for adults with no pictures. She stares at the pages and flips them while mumbling as if she’s reading. How old is she? – She does this. / – You liar. Like this? You realize you were mistaken when she eats the paper. Kids eat paper? Children’s books are printed on thick paper. – Some kids eat paper. / – They tear it up. What about you? We were actually worried about our child at first. She was slow. She learned to walk at a later age. Other kids her age were walking around, and she’d just sit and stare. “Why won’t she walk?” – “Is something wrong?” / – You’d wonder. We decided to think our daughter was stubborn. “She’d rather run than walk like a penguin.” Then one day she started to walk, and she walked like an adult, not like a child. – I doubt that. / – I’m serious. Anyone can tell she’s a child. Before she talked, she mumbled a bit then stopped. She spoke clearly after a while. You exaggerate. Is this a cartoon or movie? Seriously. – I’m serious. / – Did she suddenly say mother? Come on. She can even write her own name. – We never taught her. / – You didn’t teach her Korean? She saw her friends read Korean and taught herself. Suddenly one day, she wrote her name. Are you sure it was her name? It said “Lee Soyu”. She drew it as if she were painting. My child isn’t a year old yet. – She got up one night… / – The brag battle is on. She’s still a baby, so she sucks on a pacifier. She needs that to fall asleep. If that falls out of her mouth, she looks for it until she finds it. Then she sucks on it and falls asleep. Also, if she wakes up because she’s thirsty… – Bottles have lids. / – Does she open it? She tries to, but she can’t manage. She calls “mom”. She says “mom”? She isn’t yet one, and she says “mom”? Her pronunciation isn’t as clear as mine, but her mumbling sounds a lot like “mom” to me. – You exaggerate. / – I’m serious. She did a few days ago. She isn’t even one. Are you sure she didn’t say “ma”? Ma? If it was on the floor, she washes it. She rinses it before putting it in her mouth. – Does she? / – She rinses it in the sink. – It’s getting worse. / – She doesn’t suck it back on. She puts it in the sanitizer first. That’s enough. She’s really odd. Does this make you want to get married or not? – Today I want to get married. / – Do you? Why? Stay married for one day, and break up the next. Try it out for one day, then call it quits. That’s an idea. We actually met up with Yiyoung. – Really? / – Yes. we did. Why did you meet my wife when I’m the guest? He’s suddenly very concerned. We asked if we could meet up. Yiyoung? Ta-da. I’m so grateful for this sudden opportunity to tell you how I feel about you. I plan to say a lot that I wasn’t able to say before. I really didn’t want to talk about this. I really have no grudges against you. We’re all about love. I said our house is full of love and nothing else, but the crew said that’s nonsense and begged me. You might not have done this, so don’t take this too personally. Now it sounds really serious. Say it’s a special day like Christmas or a birthday. I prepare and set up a lot of things for you. I buy some decorations and set things up so we can take photos, but when I show you what I prepared for you, your reaction is so… “Oh? What’s going on? What’s all this for?” You’re so indifferent. We never got to spend a special day together. We dated only for a short while and didn’t get to spend much time together, so I prepared everything with the hope of having a good time that we could remember. However, your reaction wasn’t the one I’d hoped for. That upset me this much. – It was a little bit. / – It would. That sounds like something my wife would say. – She says that a lot. / – Does she? “Is that it?” I should react more enthusiastically. Unless I’m acting, I don’t really show my emotions in real life. Even in my social life, I rarely get angry. – You’re kind of flat. / – You’re low-key. When everyone else is in bed, you take selfies with the sparkling Christmas tree. – That’s worse. / – He’d rather do that. He’d rather do that alone than show he’s embarrassed. – Maybe he would brag about it. / – Of course he would. Wonyoung, when you’re angry, does Yiyoung do something to patch things up with you? If I look very tired or upset after a long day at work, or if I look stressed, she puts on a little show for me. – Does she? / – Really? She acts like a fool. – That’s nice. / – A fool? What does she do? Let’s say that I’m sitting in silence, very exhausted. She stands in front of me and acts like a fool. – I can’t impersonate her. / – Does she go “hello”? She does something like that. – “Did you have a long day?” / – You’re good. You make it worse. Now that I’m used to it, it helps a lot and puts me in a better mood. – There’s a disadvantage. / – What’s that? If my wife doesn’t do anything to entertain me, that makes me really nervous. It’s scary. If she goes, “Hi, welcome home.” “Is she in a bad mood, too?” It’s my home, but it doesn’t feel like it. – You were expecting a fool. / – “What’s wrong?” I’ve been going to work really early in the morning and when I do, I tend to leave without eating breakfast. A few days ago, just as I was leaving for work, you gave me a small plastic bag with slices of apple and a small fork. I was so grateful. I was so moved, too. Our daughter has been sick with a cold recently. She hasn’t been able to sleep well. As soon as I told you, you left your dinner party. That’s not easy. I was so thankful when you came straight home. I think that now, compared to when we started, we are learning to look after each other. We’re learning to accept each other, too. We rushed into becoming a family in such a short time. Preparing for the baby and having her, and then having to learn to cope with her, we were so inexperienced. During our struggles… (She tears up as she looks back) But now those times have passed. Now we have each other and we can… Now we’re able to see each other’s true colors. I’m so thankful, and I love you so much. I wish us and our family luck. That was so sincere. She cried. I love you. That was so sweet. Wonyoung, when did it get really tough for you? – The tough times? / – Yes. Every day is tough. We accept that answer. I can’t name a certain period. Life is tough. When did you debut? I was very old at the time. I debuted when I was 28. It was when I started acting. Were you an art major? – Yes, I studied art. / – Fine arts? How did you go from studying art to acting? I happened to shoot a commercial. As a model? It was an ad for lactobacillus you add to milk powder. – Were you the lactobacillus? / – Was he what? You know. No, I played the new dad who had just gotten off work. – I know what you mean. / – Me, too. – Daddy is home. / – Daddy. You forgot again? That was an experience. Then I wanted to be in a film in my 20s, so I went around to film companies to audition. How did that work out? It didn’t. I knew nothing about acting. I had no basic knowledge. I might have had the image they wanted, but I didn’t have the skill, so I didn’t make the cut. You, Chunhee. Did someone cast you in a role? No, I majored in stage acting in college. I was an acting major. I’d always wanted to be in a movie, but I became a model because I couldn’t make a living. I see. Then I got a small role. I was in just one scene in “A Good Lawyer’s Wife”. That was my first role. I was just really lucky. I did try my luck at a lot of auditions, and most of them worked out – because I went for small roles. / – It’s a niche. – The small roles. / – The insignificant ones. I slowly aimed higher. – Wonyoung failed because he dreamed big. / – No. Compared to what little skills he had… – It was going so well. / – He aimed way too high. Chunhee you were in “Family Outing”. – People loved you as Chunderella. / – They did. Smash it. (The adorably clumsy Chunderella) (Chunhee became a household name) Did that backfire in a way? Nothing I did on that show worked out. I had this silly, clumsy character. Strangers would hit me in public. Why? – They just did. / – They took him for a fool. Of course, I glared at the person out of surprise. They’d go, “Why is he glaring?” They expected me to laugh it off good-naturedly, but I acted like I was offended. That made some people turn against me. On TV, the people who hit him are close friends. They’re strangers. On TV, it’s a close friend hitting him for fun. People didn’t take me seriously. I couldn’t understand why people treated me like that. I think I need to clarify something. Our characters on variety shows are part of us, too. We have that side in us, but… – It’s exaggerated. / – It is. It’s exaggerated. – What you see isn’t everything. / – There’s more. You need to pick carefully. I don’t greet people. “He’s just like on TV.” I had a great first impression of Myungsoo. How come? This late-night radio show had a talent show corner. I applied when I was young, but I passed the first round and failed the second. I was upset because I’d been so sure I’d make it, so I moaned and sulked in the elevator. I had no idea he was there beside me until he asked, “What’s wrong?” I was so surprised. I said hi and explained that I’d failed the audition. He said, “That’s too bad.” Then he said, “See you around” as he got off so I chased after him and said, “I’ll come see you when I become a singer.” – I said that. / – Did you? I think he mistook you for someone he knew. (Nailed it) He isn’t that good with faces. He has trouble recognizing faces. He has seen my manager every week for 20 weeks. Every week he asks, “Who are you?” Inguk, did you have a hard time after your debut? I don’t think I had a hard time after my debut. I’d have to say preparing to debut… Was that harder? The auditioning process and living in Seoul, too. I’d moved to Seoul alone and I was always hungry. There’s a limit to leeching off your friends so one day, I went through all my pockets. I collected the coins I found. All the quarters and dimes amounted to 80 cents. I decided to eat ramen, so I bought a packet. I had a portable gas stove at the time. I put the pot on and turned it on. I was out of propane gas. That’s so annoying. I was incredibly optimistic back then. I was with a friend at the time. We decided to gather pieces of wood or cardboard to light a fire and cook the ramen, so we succeeded. I thought it would be delicious. It just took too long to cook. – The fire was too weak. / – That, too. We did eat it, but what I liked about that was I did it with a friend. I thought, “When else would I ever” “do something like this with a friend?” Because of the many such incidents and the incidents I got into, my mindset has changed. “What will it be like to look back at this time?” “Say, laughing over a drink with some friends.” “I’ll be able to say ‘those were crazy times’.” That’s how I try to see things nowadays. I’ve changed. I learned a lot during that time. Jaeyoung, Chunhee went from modeling to acting. Do you think he’s your role model? I didn’t know how to act around him at first. – Because he was a model? / – He’s a senior model, not just a senior actor. – He debuted way before I did. / – He’s much older. That’s why. He’s the same year as a manager in my agency. – That’s how much of a senior he is. / – The age, too. He’s old, too. He’s years above me. Jaeyoung wasn’t always this slim. – Weren’t you? / – No. I wasn’t. I weighed over 100 kg in school. – Did you? / – At that height? This is you? Where’s your face? That looks like me. Isn’t that Saeho? It looks like you. – When was this taken? / – It doesn’t look like you. I think that was me in sixth grade. Not in college? We’re assuming it’s you because you say it is. – I can’t tell. / – I can’t, either. It’s worth dieting if someone could look like you. – We call this an un-scratched lottery ticket. / – Yes. Did you reveal your abs on TV? – I saw it in person. / – Did you? I was on the show once. – Could you show us again? / – We just want a glimpse. – I haven’t been working out. / – Let’s see. – It’s still there. / – There’s still a hint of it. – That’s not bad. / – Here you go. (Incredible) That takes a lot of work to maintain. Nara liked what she saw. Nara, are you addicted to the home shopping channel? Yes, I love it. – Home shopping? / – I like shopping online. – What did you buy recently? / – I bought the usual. – Food and cosmetics, things like that. / – I see. I’m very easily persuaded. I fall for things people write in their blogs. – Blogs? / – The comments. – I heard some bloggers are paid a commission. / – Yes. – Per post. / – For posting. I didn’t know that, so I got duped. I once read about this straightening perm. The photos on the blog looked perfect, so I bought that product and tried it at home. – I had to cut off this much hair. / – Why? It was fine after I’d washed my hair. But as I was drying it, it started to crumble. It melted. – Can hair crumble? / – It was too toxic. Was the chemical too toxic? A clump of my hair fell off and crumbled in my hands. I wailed over the phone to my stylist at night. – I fall for things like that a lot. / – It seems so. Do you enjoy baths? – Did you buy a tub? / – Did you? I like bath bombs. Bath bombs? The things they sell on TV? Isn’t that what grannies use? Around the time I was slaving away working, – You were exhausted. / – I suffered a lot. My legs and feet would swell up just one at a time. They would take turns. – Poor blood circulation. / – On really bad days, I couldn’t even clench my fist. – I was too weak. / – That’s not good. Bathing the lower part of my body helped me a lot. – It helps your circulation. / – Your skin, too. You still have amazing skin. People wonder why you don’t age. There’s a rumor that you’re a vampire. It went way downhill. I worked extra hard last year. – It deteriorated. / – It’s still so clear. I got pimples now. – Do you have pimples? / – Yes, I have many. If this is what you say is bad… I always have these tiny bumps so I’m cautious. We have a video to show you. Her secret skin regimen? Here’s my kind of secret cleansing regimen. I massage my skin when I use a cleanser. First, use your fist. Massage your chin as if you’re pushing it upwards. If your muscles are clenched to the point where they make a noise, you need to massage that out. This makes you look like a monkey. Pull down the top part of your lip. Then with the second joint of your fingers, push the skin outward. Now use the side of your pinkies. Massage the sides of your nose in a circle. Not too hard because the skin under your eyes are thin. Now for the eyebrows. Can you feel the part where the bone gives way? Press that spot with your knuckles and count to three. And then… with your fist, press along your eyebrow. It’s so refreshing. That is how I massage my face when I cleanse it. – It looks like it takes ages. / – Five minutes? The whole thing takes me ten minutes. – That’s it? / – Yes. It’s all in your genes. Maybe in our next life. There’s no next life. We’re cursed. Chunhee apparently makes his own furniture. – I like that. / – Really? Don’t you like to make stuff? I make furniture and closets. – For sale, too? / – Yes, for sale. Isn’t this store-quality? I made this for my daughter. – Did you? / – For Soyu? – You’re good. / – It’s so well made. – It’s solid wood. / – I cut the wood and designed it. What’s this? That’s just your average plastic crate. It’s a partition. You take it out… That’s a great idea. If you flatten it out and hook it to the side… – What a great idea. / – You can lock it in. This is great. Is it for sale? – Wow. / – Yes, it is. I need that kind of a thing. Put that back in your car right now. Keep it away from her. I need just like that one. – It’s not furniture. Household items. / – I like them. Did you sell a few? I have a store. I started two years ago. You must sell quite a few, then. (Handmade by Chunhee himself) Who was your first customer? My first customer was actor Gong Yoo. “I heard you started making stuff.” “I’ll buy a table from you.” My first project was Gong Yoo’s table. Then he introduced me to people he knew. I sold 14 items through him. He’s a great guy. However, I’d sold him the table at a really low price. – No profit? / – Just enough to cover the costs. He kept telling people I sold stuff at that price. I made nothing on the first 14 items, so I changed my tactics. Now I don’t sell to people I know. Welcome to Late Night Cafeteria. I can’t wait to see what today’s snacks are. Inguk, are you a taster today? – Yes, I am. / – You can cook. Didn’t you say you couldn’t cook? The writers didn’t ask me anything about food. I found out today that they appointed me as taster. Wonyoung’s last dish was a huge hit. That’s right. We just loved your “jjachigye”. Ever since that episode aired… I’d been an actor for around ten years by then. People know me as Jjachigye Wonyoung. It sounds very bad until you know it’s a food. – That was a concern. / – It’s a dialect. It means “to get in the way”. Can we expect something great from you today? I did put in a lot of effort. The production crew informed me that his communication with the writers was very one-sided. More focused on the food? Nara, are you a good cook? No, I’m not. – Are you not? / – No. – Then do you like men who can cook? / – I do. Can you cook? – I’m not bad at it. / – He’s pretty good. – He’s awesome. / – Is he? I’m not an expert, but I’ll try to make what she wants. What’s the age gap between you two? – We’re a year apart. / – Are we? That means nothing, though. What if you’re a year apart? – You never know. / – We know how this will end. How this will end is so painfully obvious. Good for you. – Let’s see our first dish. / – Let’s see it. – It’s five dollars and takes 12 minutes. / – Too long. – That’s a long time. / – 12 minutes? – That’s not good. / – It smells great. – It looks so good. / – What is it? (The best kind of late-night snack) (Jokbal Nara Veggie Princess) It’s pig feet. – It’s a dish. / – Isn’t this a dish? – This isn’t a snack. / – You can order this. What about the sauce? Pour the sauce over it. Pour the sauce over it. – Is it yours? / – Is it yours, Nara? – All of it? / – Pour it on the top. – Drizzle it. / – Like this? Pour it on the meat, too. Oops. And this? – Isn’t that a mustard sauce? / – It is. That stung. Did you have to do that? – Do we mix this in? / – Yes, you do. You should’ve mixed the two. You should’ve mixed the two. The two sauces? – Like this? / – Try it. – We’ll see. / – It’ll be fine. Nara, we haven’t tried it, but I can imagine the taste. – I think I can, too. / – Can’t you? Cold pork salad? I tried to think of a way to enjoy the leftover pork. My mom used to cook me pork in five spices, so I tried that with the vegetables and mustard sauce. Chopped vegetables and mustard sauce is easy to make. If you mix that up then… This recipe can’t really go amiss. Is this called “Five Spices Nara”? What are you talking about? – What did you say? / – I’m sorry. – Are you serious? / – “Five Spices Nara”. He got a clump of mustard. – I love mustard. / – I didn’t mix it enough. I got a huge glob of it. What is this called? “Jokbal Nara Veggie Princess”. – Oh, no! / – It’s Myungsoo’s turn. I didn’t mix it properly. You’re supposed to mix the sauces, then pour it in. It’s meant to be a soy sauce and mustard dressing. Oh, no! I’m sorry. – Is it your mom’s secret sauce? / – Yes, it is. Soy sauce? – It looks nice. / – It’s delicious. Is it good? When you were working in China for extended periods, there are times when you can go to Korean restaurants, but what do you do if you can’t? I pack whatever I can’t find over there. What did you miss the most? – I missed soondae. / – Soondae? They come in airtight packs these days. – Do you pack those? / – Yes, I do. I steam them and stir-fry them. – Stir-fried. / – Or cook a soup. Do you know the sweet and sour noodle sauce? Pour some of that on the soondae and grill it. It’s fantastic. – Grilled on a fire? / – That sounds nice. You should’ve brought that. – You should’ve brought that. / – You should’ve. I’m sorry. It tasted good, but wasn’t that special. It’s over three dollars and takes around nine minutes. – What could it be? / – What’s that? – That looks nice. / – What is it? (Think outside the snack box) (Cream Potato Pancake Steak) Today’s snacks are… that looks good. – What’s this? / – It looks luxurious. Is this made with potatoes? I love being a teaser. It’s “taster”, not “teaser”. – He loves to eat. / – Junha is the real teaser. Is this a potato dish? – Whose is this? / – The smell, wow. It’s mine. It feels a little like baby food. – Doesn’t it? / – Potato? – It’s a potato pancake. / – Potato pancake? It’s a potato pancake topped with creamy pasta sauce. Cream pasta mixed together with potato cakes. He tasted them. What do you think of the potato cakes with cream pasta? I don’t see why they had to be mixed together. Try the one with cream. – You like anything creamy. / – I do. – Try the cream. / – The texture… I guess it’s the same for us all. – It’s dry. / – Is it? It doesn’t taste as good as it looked. – I thought it looked like a steak. / – It did. I thought there would be something to chew. – It’s just mashed potato. / – Mashed potato. Is it something you feed your daughter? I don’t think even babies would eat it. It’s a bit like… – We go “wow” because of the cutlery. / – That’s right. We get excited thinking it’ll be like a steak. What are the fork and knife for? It’s pointless. The second dish, too, was kind of a letdown. – It wasn’t good enough. / – This is bad. It might be a long day. Wouldn’t you say Nara’s was the better dish? They were pretty much the same. Hers wasn’t that much greater in comparison. It wasn’t that much worse, either. – On the same level? / – It looked so nice. Something with a strong flavor would be nice now. Now we’re down to Jaeyoung – and Jjachigye Wonyoung. / – It’s exciting. He has this arrogant look on his face. Okay, it’s in the bag. It’s in the bag. – This is it. / – I’m the best. This is it. What’s that? Tuna sashimi? (Do you want something appetizing?) (Diet Steak) – Tuna? / – Watermelon? It looks like tuna. Is it raw meat? It looks like raw tuna. I’ll be very honest. It’s in the top three dishes that I don’t want to try. What is it? What is this? – Wonyoung? / – It looks like meat. Is it tuna? It’s mine. – Tuna? / – It’s watermelon steak. Watermelon steak? The name alone turns me off. Try it. – But looks can be deceiving. / – They can be. Ji Sung’s Dumpling Rice is like that. – We thought it looked bad. / – It looked weird, but we all fell in love with it right away. If you served this to guests, they’ll think it’s tuna. The smell… The smell is strange. What? What? What? He’s drooling. I can’t try it now. I can’t try it now. I must ask you this. Why must it be served like this? I was on a watermelon diet. – It’s a diet food. / – I tried cooking fruit. I’ll tell you what it’s like. It’s just hot watermelon. – It’s undercooked. / – What? This is undercooked? It’s already… Warm watermelon… Warm watermelon… – Isn’t it disgusting? / – Is it that bad? I can totally understand why you drooled. The second you chew once, – you don’t want to do anything else. / – That’s it. You don’t want to chew anymore. He ate this when he was on a diet. – Anyone would lose weight. / – I see. It kills your appetite. Is it worse than Bbung Noodles? – Bbung Noodles. / – Bbung Noodles? – It’s different. / – That was bland. Bbung Noodles was tasteless. This is tasteless and unpleasant. Can I try some? It’s very unpleasant. Can we try some? This one… This is a failure. Try it. It’s a failure so we’ll let you try it. How can something be this unpleasant? Stuff it in whole. – That’s how we felt. / – You don’t want to chew. – Just put it in your mouth. / – Do it. – You won’t want to chew. / – Don’t hesitate. Don’t hesitate. Put it in all at once. It’s so unpleasant. See? Isn’t it a terrible feeling? – It’s like a tongue. / – Tongue? – Your first French kiss. / – That’s it. You can’t chew. It’s warm and soft. – What is it called? / – It’s like mackerel. – Jaeyoung. / – “Remember the Watermelon.” We won’t let you forget this. It goes on the Wall of Shame. We had just one space left. The honor goes to Jaeyoung. At last. Now for the legend that will follow “Jjachigye”. I hope this one is good. It’s cheap. It’s around two dollars. – That’s cheap. / – It’s very cheap. It’s around two dollars and takes four minutes. We have high hopes. The three previous dishes weren’t too great. I think they overthought it. Experienced people know what we like. We believe you will help us out here. (It doesn’t look too appetizing) (It Tastes Shocking) I don’t know about the look. Anything that looks like a ball… – I smell seaweed. / – How do we eat this? You can eat it with kimchi if you want. – If you want. / – What is it called? – “Shocking Rice.” / – “Shocking Rice”? Is it shocking? They seem to like it. Their expressions aren’t too… It is nice. What’s the spicy stuff? The sauce has some Cheongyang peppers. If you have nothing but warm rice at home, you can melt some butter and mix jangjorim sauce. Then add that to a dip I use when I eat cuttlefish. It’s a mix of mayonnaise and soy sauce. To that I added some diced Cheongyang peppers. I mixed all that up. It tastes slightly odd if you eat just a little. – You keep wanting more. / – You do. – It’s very nice. / – It’s clean. The spiciness of the pepper lingers. It sharpens your appetite. It tastes even better with kimchi. It’s much better. The dish with the most shocking look was the tuna watermelon. – Didn’t they all taste good? / – No, they didn’t. Some didn’t taste good. – Two dishes. / – Two dishes? – That many? / – Two, right? Yes, two dishes. – How many did you not like? / – Me? Two. (Bitter) It’s time to vote. Pick one of four. One, two, three. Wonyoung, Wonyoung, and Nara got four votes. Nara goes on to the final. (Jokbal Nara Veggie Princess) Show us how it’s made. Start. I’m so relieved that Jaeyoung’s dish didn’t reach the final. I almost voted for him out of pity. It’s out of curiosity. – What are these? / – They’re vegetables. Okay, they’re vegetables. I love sesame leaves. – The more the better. / – Thinly chopped? Do you use ice water? Yes, to cool down the vegetables. That would make them crunchy. – The texture… / – Yes. You look like a newlywed. Goodness. Now for the sauce. – Is that fermented bean paste? / – It’s brown sugar. Brown sugar? – She’s adding a lot. / – Brown sugar is fine. The vinegar smells pretty strong. Add two spoons. – That’s a lot. / – You add mustard. – It was spicy. / – It was. There’s a lot to do. I’d rather get food for delivery. – I’m almost done. / – The delivery guy is almost here. – What’s that? / – It’s salt. You put in a pinch of salt. – I can’t do this. / – It’s so simple. That’s it. Is it nice? Yes. You winced. – Are you all right? Another spoon? / – Yes. Now you lay it out. Do you do this at home? That sounded so insincere. You’re supposed to be Korea’s best host. Do you cook at home? I’m not too bad if I have a recipe, but I’m bad at food that requires water. – Water? / – Food like ramen and rice. – It’s hard to judge the amount. / – Ramen is easy. I’m a ramen expert. The noodles disappear if I cook it. I keep thinking, “That’s not enough. Is that enough?” Then in the end… – Chopped cabbage? / – They’re sesame leaves. It’s much easier to make than I thought. It’s so simple. It’s done. I bet this one tastes different. – This one will taste better. / – Won’t it? It’s delicious. Can we have some? Nara made it, but the chef guarantees the taste. Anything tastes better when made by hand. Isn’t it nice? It’s sour. – It tastes different. / – Does it? – It tastes different. / – Oh dear. I messed up the mustard earlier. – This one is nice and sweet. / – Is it? – It’s not too salty. / – It’s lovely. – Not too sweet. / – Is it? – It’s just right. / – The more vegetables the better. It’s really lovely with a lot of sesame leaves. Nara, you should taste what you made. – Can I? / – Of course, we’re done filming. With chopsticks. – She was hungry. / – Forget the vegetables. – What do you think, Wonyoung? / – It’s good. – Chunhee? / – It’s nice. It tastes familiar but with a hint of five spices pork. It has the flavor of China. I see what you mean. Jaeyoung? It’s a familiar and common taste, but so easy to make. – I was surprised. / – I could make this at home. Watermelon is best served cold and fresh. Misun? Single men might have trouble chopping vegetables. Supermarkets sell washed and chopped vegetables. I didn’t think the sauce would be so easy to make. Let’s put this dish to the final vote. “Jokbal Nara Veggie Princess”. Why don’t you say it in English? “Jokbal Nation” sounds worse. “Jokbal Nation” sounds worse. “Jokbal Nara Veggie Princess.” Change it around. “Nara Jokbal Veggie Princess”. Nara Jokbal. – Nara Jokbal. / – That works. – It wasn’t that hard. / – Nara jokbal? If you think it’s worth going on the wall, raise your spatula. One, two, three! – It’s unanimous! / – It was good. “Nara Jokbal Veggie Princess”. Yes! We’ll see you again next week. – Thank you. / – Thank you. – Thank you. / – Thank you. Well done.

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