Ji Hyun Woo
Born: 1984 November 29
Family: Parents and Older Brother
Height and Weight: 187cm and 75kg
Blood Type: B
Education: Sung Kyun Kwan University, Department of Performing Arts
Hobby: Watching movies
Skill: Playing Guitar
Ji Hyun is the type of man that I instinctively gravitate towards so he has always been on my radar. His stature and smile is so my type. Unfortunately, none of his older acting projects were captivating for me. I’m so happy that he found “Queen In-Hyun’s Man” because his smile and height really shines in the drama.
Ji Hyun Woo debuted in 2004 as an actor but he is also a guitarist and singer. He was the guitarist for a band called “The Nuts” and he released his first solo album in 2011. Titled “Crescendo,” it consists of songs written by Ji Hyun Woo himself. It was produced by his older brother. Truthfully, I can’t say that Ji Hyun Woo is a great singer but his voice is unaffected and straightforward. That holds its own charm.
I have found some clips of him performing to promote his solo album, and I translated the interview in which he reveals a lot of background information about himself. The clips are from a late-night Korean music show hosted by composer/singer, Yoo Hee-Yeol, and the show is called, “Yoo Hee-Yeol’s Sketchbook.”
YHY: You’re height! Can you stand for a bit?
YHY: You must be 206cm?! You’re really tall!
YHY: Welcome, Ji Hyun Woo.
JHW: Hello, everyone. I’m Ji Hyun Woo.
YHY: Your performance (referring to “Sexy Back”)…What has happened to you? What song was it?
JHW: It’s Justin Timberlake’s “Sexy Back.”
YHY: It’s the first time I’ve seen anyone pose so much holding a guitar. What is that performance, where you look back and forth? Did you see the male audience member’s face? It looked like he was saying, “Wow, that is hard to watch.” It was a face full of jealousy. I didn’t know you had that in you.
JHW: I thought I always showed everyone the same type of performance so I wanted to show a different type today.
YHY: It’s was awesome. Please, let’s applaud him.
YHY: It’s your first time appearing on “Sketchbook.”
JHw: Yes, it’s my first time.
YHY: How do you feel?
JHW: I always came on these type of shows with “The Nuts.” It’s my first time coming out with my own solo album, the first time in the ten years since by debut, so I’m feeling good.
YHY: Long time ago, I appeared as a guest on JHW’s radio talk show. Do you remember?
JHW: Of course. You guys may not know but YHY is like “Jang Dong Gun” or “Won Bin” among radio talk show writers.
YHY: Because it’s radio.
JHW: He is really popular. The writers try really hard to have him as a guest. So we waited for him to release an album and you appeared as a guest on my show.
YHY: I was so surprised when I saw you for the first time that time. He was so handsome, seeing him personally. You look even better in person than on screen.
JHW: Ahhh…it is so.
YHY: Right now, you are more known as an actor who can play the guitar well but you were a guitarist first, weren’t you?
JHW: Yes, in the group called “Moonchild.” I wasn’t part of the band. I was a session guitarist. I think my first broadcast show was here in this studio. I sat over there, and even though I wasn’t part of the band, I kept on thinking about what I would say if I was every interviewed.
YHY: When did you start playing the guitar.
JYJ: First grade of elementary school.
YHY: You played the guitar today. Do you still play the guitar often these days?
JHW: I don’t play/practice as much as I used to. After I turned twenty, I put more effort in acting. I only compose songs with my guitar.
YHY: Doesn’t music help when you are dating?
JHW: When I’m dating? Yes, it does.
YHY: Like what?
JHW: Like when I think this is a critical point in the relationship but nothing’s happening, I write a song and give it to her.
YHY: Do you sing a song to her over the phone.
YHY: Like, “This is a song for you.”
JHW: Yes, I suppose so.
YHY: So from now on, it’s your room. I’m the girlfriend. “Ring ring. Hello?
JHW: Hi Hee-Yeol. What are you doing?
YHY: I’m just hanging. What are you wearing right now?
JHW: I’m just wearing comfortable clothes
YHY: I was just worried you might get a cold. I just wanted to know if you were dressed warmly. Why’d you call?
JHW: I have something I want to say.
JHW: Why are you in such a hurry today?
YHY: Because I’m hungry.
JHW: I wanted to sing you a song.
YHY: Why so suddenly? Alright, what kind of song?
JHW: I made this song while thinking about you. (Plays and sings)
Lyrics to song: The Hee-Yeol I know is too bright. Too beautiful. From the first time I saw you, I fell in love. Sometimes like a father; sometimes like a friend; sometimes like a child, I’ll act cute in front of you. I love you, anyway you are. Thank you. I’ll always be by your side.
YHY: Hyun Woo, don’t ever makes calls like this! Haha, really, the song is good! What did the girl say when you sang like this for her? She really likes it, right?
JHW: She’s at a loss of words
YHY: She must have hung up.
JHW: I just hang up too
YHY: Because it’s embarrassing.
YHY: (To the audience) Don’t you think it would be great to receive this kind of present?
YHY: You’re still acting these days. What are you goals in regards to music?
JHW: I have released “Crescendo,” and a single. I composed and wrote the lyrics, and even designed the album. It was really fun. I think I will continue to do that from now on.
YHY: We’ll look forward to it. Finally, I’ll ask a couple of questions to conclude this talk. Don’t think to hard, just answer quickly and instinctively. First, what is music to Ji Hyun Woo?
JHW: A friend?
YHY: What is acting to Ji Hyun Woo?
JHW: A way to make a living. (Laughs)
YHY: What is the guitar to Ji Hyun Woo?
JHW: A friend? A longtime lover?
YHY: Lastly, what are older women to you? (Ji Hyun Woo has famously played against older women in many of his acting roles. That’s why he is asked this question.)
JHW: THey have made me the person I am now.
YHY: My goodness, that answer makes you imagine a lot of things. Alright, I hope you you continue to grow as an actor and musician with your own distinct color. Please introduce your next song.
JHW: It’s a song from my album, called “Baby Elephant.” Do you know the theme song to the baby elephant? I thought of that song while writing this. While I am dating, I tend to nag a lot. This song tells why I nagged, because of so and so.
YHY: That’s cute. You wrote the lyrics yourself?
JHW: Yes, composed and wrote the lyrics. Males might hate this song.
YHY: No, many males, while watching you, will…hate it. Alright, we’ll listen to the song and say goodbye to Ji Hyun Woo. Thank you!
JHW: Thank you!
Ji Hyun Woo playing the electric guitar:
Ji Hyun singing English songs and playing the guitar:
Ji Hyun Woo Music Videos:
Performing with “The Nuts”
Ji Hyun Woo and cast interview for movie “Mr. Idol” (it already has English subs)
Ji Hyun Woo dancing
AND A GEM! Ji Hyun dancing and singing in musical piece (Grease) “You’re the One that I want”
I couldn’t resist