After revealing in an interview with KBS’ “Entertainment News” that the cafeteria of the YG Building was one of the reasons he chose to sign with the company, Cha Seung Won revealed the second reason that he joined YG Entertainment at the round table interview for the movie “High Heel” held last May 22.
“The son of YG’s Yang Min Suk and my daughter Ye Ni are classmates in elementary school,” Cha Seung Won mentioned. “He (Yang Min Suk) also went to the school during the sports day and our families got to meet each other. Coincidentally, our children were paired up,” he added, mentioning that their meeting was very natural.
He then formed a relationship with the YG Entertainment president after knowing him at his daughter’s school. ”President Yang Min Suk’s mind is a good match to mine. He’s a person whose thinking becomes even more outstanding over time,” Cha Seung Won added.
With a roster of popular idol groups BIGBANG and 2NE1, Cha Seung Won’s daughter must have been ecstatic and pleaded to have her father in the same company but the actor reveals that it isn’t the case. “My daughter Ye Ni only likes Akdong Musician and has no interest in the other idols,” the actor shared. “And I only know BIGBANG’s T.O.P and G-Dragon,” he added.
The real other reason for his “big move” to YG Entertainment?
“I felt that they needed me there,” Cha Seung Won said, stating that in addition to the building’s cafeteria, it was what made him make the big move to YG Entertainment. “When I go to the cafeteria, the aunties who work there really like me,” he added, bringing the round table to a laugh.
The movie, “High Heel,” tells the story of Ji Wook, a detective who was swept away by a fatal accident the moment he decided to find his real self that he keeps secret from others. This project is the product of six years of production of Director Jang Jin and actor Cha Seung Won and has gained great interest from the public. The movie opens on June 4.
*NOTE: Yang Min Suk is Yang Hyun Suk’s younger brother, he is YG’s Co-CEO.
Source: Sports Chosun
Translated by: soompi.com
The two met and became close filming for the movie 71:Into The Fire in 2010.
In a recent interview Cha Seung Won talked about his recent encounter with his idol friend (and now ‘YG’ family).
“T.O.P and I keep in touch every now and then. I saw him just recently. I was filming a drama at Tazza 2’s set in Paju and my ex-manager called me. He told me to drop by for a bit since T.O.P came. My old manager is working for T.O.P now. When I went there, (Actor) Yoo Haejin was waiting for me and (Actor) Kim Yoonseok was also there. It was nice to see them.”
He continued, “Seunghyun (T.O.P) is a very extraordinary person. He’s really handsome and he has very charming eyes. He’s also very gentle and kind.”
Cha Seung Won is currently filming for a drama on SBS called ‘You Are All Surrounded, while T.O.P is currently filming for the 2nd installment of the Tazza series called ‘Tazza: The High Rollers 2”.
Translated by: bigbangupdates.com
In a recent interview Cha Seungwon talked about his daughter who loves Akdong Musician when most of her friends are fans of idols like EXO. He shared,“She says she has no interest in idols. I don’t know much about idols too. I only know Seunghyun (T.O.P) and Jiyong (G-Dragon).”
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[NEWS] Lee Seung Gi Discusses the Sexiness of “You’re All Surrounded” Co-Stars “Sexy Cha” and Ahn Jae Hyun
Lee Seung Gi discussed the other male stars of ‘You’re Surrounded,’ Cha Seung Won and Ahn Jae Hyun, during the press conference on April 30.
He said, “Cha Seung Won and Ahn Jae Hyun were both models. They’re fresh and sexy. That’s why I am putting attention into maintaining my looks. I will work hard to eat small amounts of food and take out as many calories as possible.”
In addition, he stated, “Cha Seung Won and I work well together on set.”
Many celebrities have been showing their generosity and sympathy in relation to the ferry incident by donating a large sum of money to help out in any way possible. Just yesterday, Kim Yuna and Ha Ji Won were revealed to have donated 100 million won (~ $100,000 USD). Now, actor Cha Seung Won was revealed to have done the same.
On April 22, the Community Chest of Korea said, “Actor Cha Seung Won, who is preparing for SBS’s new Wednesday-Thursday mini-series ‘You’re Surrounded,’ donated 100 million won (~ $100,000 USD) in the afternoon today.”
They are planning to use his donation to purchase relief goods for the victims’ families and those involved in the rescue work.
With rookies running around the place, SBS unveiled the first teaser for You’re All Surrounded.
The teaser came out on April 10 with comic book effects and exciting music as the drama’s stars ran around and hunted down criminals. The teaser showed Lee Seung Gi, Go Ara, Cha Seung Won, Ahn Jae Hyeon, and more.
You’re All Surrounded is about a police station located in Gangnam and a team of four rookie detectives who are led by a legendary investigator.
It will begin on April 30.
[OSEN=임영진 기자] Actor CHA SEUNG WON returns to the TV screen after three years of break, to appear in SBS channel’s new Wednesday-Thursday drama series “You’re under Siege” (working title). He said he will show a good acting.
On the 26, CHA SEUNG WON said through his agent YG Entertainment, “I’m very excited and pleased to work with the best producing staff in Korea. As I appear on TV after a long break, I’ll do my best to live up to viewers’ expectations with a good acting”.
CHA has recently confirmed his appearance in “You’re under Siege”, to come back to the TV screen three years after “The Greatest Love” in 2011.
He acts as “Seo Pan Seok”, the head of violent crimes team 2 of police’s criminal affairs division. Seo Pan Seok is the best detective and an outstanding violent crime expert, who is scouted to the criminal affairs division of Gangnam-gu Police Office at the beginning of the drama series, by the chief of the police station who was looking for a young and disinterested leader. He is a dirty-sexy and hot-tempered macho man, but an enthusiastic detective who always thinks about his cases.
“You’re under Siege” will be aired after “Three Days”, a TV series that will begin on March 5. “You’re under Siege” is a police drama that features the growth and romance of young police officers of Gangnam-gu Police Office. It’s about the growth of four first-year detectives who have never imagined of being a detective and the chief of the violent crimes team, the best detective both in reality and in name, who becomes the mentor of those four rookies.
“You’re under Siege” is drawing a big attention even before it is aired, for it is the first collaboration between producer Yoo In Sik, who has produced SBS channel’s drama “Giant”, “History of a Salaryman”, and “Incarnation of Money”, and TV dramatist Lee Jung Sun, who has written the script of MBC channel’s “Be Strong Geum-soon!”, SBS channel’s “Surgeon Bong Dal-hee”, and KBS 2TV’s “Ojakgyo Family”.
2014. 2. 26.
2014 is a special year for YG Entertainment’s founder, YANG HYUN SUK, aged 44. It’s a year of challenge. The attention to K-Pop from the world is hotter than ever, thanks to the ‘PSY effect.’ Any competitive K-Pop contents can now be a global-hit. In a recent interview with Maeil Economy, YANG commented, “Now is the time with most opportunities for the Korean pop,” and added, “This year marks a watershed for YG.”
First, YG’s main singer BIGBANG and PSY are releasing albums in the first half of the year, while WINNER, AKDONG MUSICIAN, WIN’s B TEAM and a new girl group will all be making a debut. This is surely unprecedented. YG is even building two new training rooms for this. The lights at YG training rooms never dim. Last month, actor CHA SEUNG WON joined the agency, and YG plans to expand the company to actor management. YG will transform itself into a multi-entertainment agency that cuts across the two major pillars of the Korean Wave: K-Pop and K-Drama. YANG used to be an ‘owl,’ working throughout the night and going home in the morning. That’s all going to change. At the headquarters in Hapjeong, Seoul, the building holds a banner that reads ‘HAPPY 2014 YG YEAR.’ YG Family is determined. The interview was held at a filming site in Ilsan, Jang Hang-dong.
- What has changed in the Korean Pop, since the time you were ‘Seotaeji and Boys?’
▶ It’s completely changed. Wish I could be more descriptive. Seotaeji and Boys tried entering the Japanese market, but at the time it was culturally impossible. But the market’s absolutely changed. Park Jin Young made a bold attempt at entering Wonder Girls into the American market, while I did with Se7en, and SM did with Boa. And YouTube helped, too. It aided artists like BIGBANG and PSY become popular among Asian fans residing in the States.
- What if Seotaeji and Boys made a debut now? What would be different?
▶Different times require different artists. Our time back then needed Seotaeji and Boys. I can’t say with a 100% assurance, but I think the current time needs BIGBANG.
- We can’t leave out PSY when it comes to YG.
▶What I am grateful for is that since PSY rose to global stardom, various record companies and agencies became interested in YG. Many offer to work with us. These are the people who we couldn’t meet even if we desperately wanted to. But they are the ones coming to YG. It’s completely different to when Se7en was trying to sell in the U.S. There are so many opportunities, and now we are a partner of those agencies and companies.
- PSY must be under a lot of pressure as his comeback day approaches.
▶ True. At the last concert, he said, “The global-hit ‘Gangnam Style’ took 10 years to overtake the popularity level of ‘Champion’.” As ‘Gangnam Style’ was such a huge hit, people now simply compare the follow-up ‘Gentleman’ with it. ‘Gentleman’ also attracted the highest number of viewers last year, and he did his best. I ask PSY to “slow down.” Because ‘Gangnam Style’ became instantly popular, there was much pressure for preparing ‘Gentleman,’ and we were in a rush. At the moment the album preparation is almost ready, but we tell ourselves to slow down and look over it again before release.
- Any plans for overseas market penetration?
▶The U.S. pays much attention to Asian female artists. PSY didn’t become popular because he’s handsome (laughter). America’s the land of hip-hop, but there isn’t a famous Asian female rapper. So CL from 2NE1 could sell in the U.S.
-What are your plans this year as a producer?
▶Now is the time with most opportunities for the K-Pop market. Seotaeji and Boys would not have dreamt of it. New artists like BIGBANG, 2NE1, and PSY chose YG, and I was the chosen one. They are betting their lives on YG, so it’s my responsibility to bring them success. I am going to do everything in my power as a producer to help them succeed.
- YG is expanding to actor management as well?
▶ I’m actually not familiar with the acting part. But the company is now listed, and is becoming a proper organization. So we are expanding our field. China will be an enormous market for us. Drama takes a huge part in K-Wave, let alone music. So we can expand K-Wave much further and wider. We are strengthening our actor base, and are making an organization around it.
- What is the music YG pursues?
▶I like “artists” that stand out. There are no groups in the world other than BIGBANG who does hip-hop and solos. We discovered LEE HI and AKDONG MUSICIAN in K-Pop Star seasons 1 and 2 respectively. They’re preparing album releases. These two really stood out in the crowd. There’s no other like them, so they’re perfect for YG. If we were to produce another boy group, they have to be different from BIGBANG. 2nd and 3rd BIGBANGs will not work.
- You seem very fond of K-Pop Star.
▶Being a judge on the show takes up a lot of time. There are lots of artists under the care of YG, and I also need to appear on TV. K-Pop trainees around the world watch the show enthusiastically. People like me, who’s already been there done that, hopefully will be helpful to these trainees who want to be K-Pop artists.
- Heard you became a ‘morning person’ from New Year ‘s Day?
▶That’s right. I had to stay up until 4 am as I was at BIGBANG concert’s after party. But I woke up at 9 am. I didn’t sleep much. This year is a turning point for YG. PSY and BIGBANG make a long-awaited comeback, and 4 new groups make a debut. YG takes time creating contents. We take it seriously. Fans don’t believe 4 groups are making a debut. They think we’re lying (laughter). I don’t know if it’s because it’s only January, but we are more determined than ever. Our producers are under much producer and we’re cheering them on. We have 4 recording rooms, and we’re building 2 extra. We want to make YG a music power station.
- How’s your marriage life?
▶I am lucky to be married to my wife. We get along really well. In the last 5 years of our marriage, we never fought or argued, like many other couples do.
- Do you like your wife or your daughter better?
▶(hesitant) Hmm… It’s 50:50. I think if I name one, the other would be upset. But my wife comes first (laughter).
- What is your philosophy?
▶ That is the most difficult question. I feel it’s more important to avoid things you don’t like, than doing things you like. YG’s power comes from doing things we love. I am a friend to BIGBANG, and I don’t force them to do things. We don’t do music for money. It’s not what we want to do. ‘Gangnam Style’ was created under pure will. Nothing forced. The public loves it when we love it. If you say “I love you” and not mean it, the person hearing it will know.
■ He is…
YANG became a legendary dancer in Seoul’s Itaewon. Soetaeji, who heard about him, approached him to form a group. They made a debut in 1992 as Seotaeji and Boys. In 1996 YANG founded Yang Gun Project, a former YG Entertainment, and became a producer. He successfully produced artists like Wheesung, Se7en, BIGBANG and 2NE1, putting YG at the top.
Others see him as a good-natured, thoughtful and delicate man. To YG artists he is a mentor and a friend. After 9 years of dating with Lee Eun Joo, he married her in 2010. He is known for the blind love for his daughter, showing her singing on a TV show. He never studied the field, but he is naturally talented, and whatever work he chooses, it’s done by the best of the field. He spends more than half an hour raving about a beautiful fork. America’s Billboard selected YANG as one of the 100 people who transformed the world music market—the only one in South Korea.