Im Si Wan is the first star to emerge in 2012-an impressive feat among the many celebrities who were born in the Year of the Dragon. Im, who is member of idol group ZE:A, pulled off his first attempt at acting in MBC’s The Sun and The Moon by playing the child Heo Yeom.
Heo Yeom, graced with both looks and brain alike, wins first place in a state examination. Im drove many viewers wild by skillfully portraying the heart-throb character. Prouder Kim Do Hoon highly spoke of him, “[The popularity of the character] would be impossible without Im Si Wan.”
Im Si Wan brought into belated limelight
The nine-membered ZE:A had its second anniversary on January 15. The group has released seven albums, including a full-length album, and in the meantime it has had many interviews with several news outlets. Most of the spotlight, however, went to members like Hwang Kwang Hee and Kim Dong Jun.
But with the drama The Sun and The Moon, things have turned around.
What Si Wan has said in the past is now being brought back into the limelight. He spent his childhood in Busan, and has been a class representative through his schools days. In high school, he served as president and vice-president of the student body, and he was also admitted to the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Busan University. His comment in an interview, “Since I don’t have any dating experience, I think all women are attractive,” also became a hot topic.
To this, Im said, “I’m surprised and perplexed that the things that were already opened to the public became a hot topic much later. I′m sad when I think, ‘I′ve really been unknown to the public until now (laughs).” I want to please as many people as I can Though he′s been a member of ZE:A for two years, it′s undeniable that Im Si Wan has earned recognition in a short amount of time through acting. It might be natural for him to consider turning into a full-time actor, but his answer was unexpectedly simple and clear. “I’m kind of greedy, so I want to juggle both singing and acting. I want to please all my fans, but I don’t think I have that ability and I’m not perfect. But I want to please as many people while pursuing two goals.”
He also revealed the special affection he had for ZE:A. “I was born to be a singer. I think I’ll keep that in mind forever. I think I was able to take up an acting career thanks to ZE:A. My priorities can change depending on the situation, but I’ll never give up my singing career.” Friendship is more important than being at the top As we complimented Si Wan on his looks and sincere personality, he kept denying it with modesty statments like“I still have a long way to go,”and “I was just lucky.” He seemed to be different from other stars who quickly forget their rookie years and demanded to be treated as top stars. In particular, he enthusiastically praised his teammates and boasted about their close friendship. Si Wan expressed his gratitude for the other ZE:A members who monitored his acting on the drama, as even he couldn’t watch it because he was too embarrassed. “In the old days, I wanted to be at the top. But I′ve changed. I think the priority of ZE:A is not to be on the top but to maintain our teamwork. And then mabye someday we’ll be able to take the top spot.”
[São Paulo] An audition for ZE:A fans in the Brazil was held at São Paulo Bom Retiro and 700 fans were present.
Arirang TV was in charge of the planning and preparation. Arirang TV will be naming the event as an audition as part of “Star Date with ZE:A in Brazil”. In the event, 2 fans were be able to date ZE:A members Dongjun and Kevin.
On that day, 30 Brazilian fans joined the audition and 700 fans were present. This figure was able to prove the Hallyu Wave in Brazil.
The show will be broadcasted in March via Arirang TV in 188 countries.
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ZE:A’s Siwan has captivated drama fans with his role on MBC’s ‘The Moon That Embraces The Sun’.
Siwan plays the character of ‘Heo Yeom’, who’s been acclaimed as best and brightest of the Joseon Dynasty. His genius was also bolstered by his great personality and handsome looks.
The idol/actor appeared on the drama’s first episode on January 4th for only 20 seconds, but he left a strong impression. In the second episode, which aired on January 5th, Siwan lead the plot firmly, yet successfully, causing a new wave of fans to experience the ‘Siwan fever’.
Siwan’s name has become the ‘most searched’ on various sites, and remains strong in that trend even after the episodes aired.
After the broadcasts, netizens commented, ‘Devilish Scholar’ couldn’t suit him any better, “My eyes were happy looking at his good looks”, and “I thought he was a new actor with perfect acting skills’“.
Siwan stars as the young Heo Yum in the drama, while participating in overseas promotions with ZE:A.
Source – K pop news
 Junyoung’s twitter update:
First: 2012년에는 새해부터 신발선물을 받아 아마 좋은길만 걷게될것같은 기분! 감사합니다!! 와이드할때 그날 컨셉에 맞춰서 신겠습니다.아 그리고 월요일날 와이드,녹화있어요^^
[Trans] Received shoes as a New Year gift for 2012.While wearing the shoe,I will feel like walking more! Thank you! Wide concept will be changed.Ah and also there is recording on Monday for Wide^^
Second: 허염이다ㅋㅋㅋ아근데 왜 내가 찍는거마다 이렇게 나오지?
[Trans] Its Heo Yeom ㅋㅋㅋ Ah but why did I make this appear like that?