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Jo Hyun Jae Post-Yongpal Interview (30) – JHJ lost 10 kilograms for the drama… deposit completed?

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We learn a new concept in this article: Deposit Completion / Deposit Completed
Let me explain the concept first before we go on to the article so that we will understand it a lot better.
“Deposit Completion” (Hangul: ‘입금완료’ / Romaja: ‘ibgeum-wanlyo’), as defined in the article, is a terminology coined by Korean fans which jokingly refers to celebrities’ before and after transformation in a sudden manner which they accomplish in a short amount of time. This basically means that when an actor is not working they would eat whatever they want and just relax. However, once they start working then they go into the ‘deposit completion’ mode in a 180-degree manner which completely changes their looks.
“Deposit completed” can also be translated as “payment received”. I think the phrase is the Korean fans’ naughty and joking way of saying that actors begin to exert effort to look better only after they have received the payment for a professional contract.
In the article below, Jo Hyun Jae and the reporters keep using the word “deposit” but actually they are talking about Hyunjae’s professional fees. Hyunjae is actually being cheeky and funny.
Our translator, Jenny Park, explains that Koreans have the tendency to discuss things in a roundabout way or in an indirect manner, especially when it comes to money matters. Hence, Hyunjae and the reporters using “deposit” or “deposit completed” as a substitute for professional fees is understandable.
Based on Hyunjae’s answers, it seems that as of the day the interview was held (October 8), Hyunjae hasn’t received his professional fees for “Yongpal” yet. Yikes! Let us hope that by now, Hyunjae has already been paid for his services.
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Article Title: Jo Hyun Jae said he lost 10 kilograms doing “Yongpal” compared to his last drama… deposit completed?
[Sports Chosun Lee Yuna, Reporter] 2015.10.09. 11:39
“No deposit yet, but I lost 10 kilograms.”
Handsome male actor Jo Hyun Jae, with a serious face but mixed with chattiness and a dash of humor, used the term “deposit completed”, which caused great laughter among those present.
Jo Hyun Jae met with Sports Joseon on the 8th of October at a cafe in Nonhyun, Gangnam, Seoul to talk about SBS drama “Yongpal” and Han Do Jun, the first villain role that he has portrayed in his acting career.
“Compared to the days of “King’s Daughter, Soo Baek Hyang” (KDSBH), I lost 10 kilograms for “Yongpal”.
When asked if deposit has been made already, he replied, “Even if deposit has not been made yet, I still put a lot of effort into losing that much weight. However, if deposit has been made, I would have been more energized.” He added, “Yongpal” has not deposited yet,” he said this with a straight face while releasing his sense of humor at the same time.
(Editor: Substitute the word “deposit” with “payment” where payment refers to Hyunjae’s professional fees, then you will get what Hyunjae is saying and that he is being cheeky and funny.)
‘Deposit completion’ is a terminology coined by Korean fans which jokingly refers to celebrities’ before-and-after transformation in a sudden manner which they accomplish in a short amount of time. This basically means that when an actor is not working they would eat whatever they want and just relax. However, once they start working then they go into the ‘deposit completion’ mode in a 180-degree manner which completely changes their looks.
Jo Hyun Jae said that since he finished his previous drama, MBC’s KDSBH, he went to the gym a lot to lose weight so he could show a new version of himself. After the role for “Yongpal” was confirmed, he immediately changed his diet and meal plan completely so he can start losing weight. His diet for “Yongpal” consisted mainly of vegetables and multi-grain rice.  He decided to lose weight for “Yongpal” so he could pull off a sensitive and sharp character like Han Do Jun.
Jo Hyun Jae said, “My average weight is between 72-74 kilograms, but ever since I started working for “Yongpal” my weight went down to 60 kilograms.”
To express his boundless effort for this drama, Jo Hyun Jae revealed, “Aside from changing my outer appearance, I also didn’t joke around with anybody on the set because I wanted to immerse myself in my character who goes around doing evil.”
In his 20s he was one of the members of the “5 Heavenly Kings in Japan” and lived a breathless life. But how is he now in his 30s?
(Editor: According to Jenny Park, the “5 Heavenly Kings in Japan” refers to the top 5 Korean male stars that the Japanese female fans like so much to the point that they are put on a pedestal or a throne and are treated like kings. Aside from Hyunjae, I don’t know who else belongs to this select group.)
Jo Hyun Jae said, “In my 20s I was a little sloppy like a child. I didn’t have room to spare for anything. I also didn’t have the wisdom to handle people either. I think I have always liked the name ‘Hyun Jae’.  As an actor, ‘immaturity’ is the force of energy. I would like to maintain it somehow but I want to be emotionally flexible as well so that even if I act as a person befitting my age, life could still be fresh and exciting to me.”
(Editor: “Hyun Jae” in English means “now” or “present” or “current”. What JHJ meant in the above paragraph is that he would like to have the energy he had in his 20s (youth=immaturity) but have the emotional stability he possesses now in his 30s so he could make wise decisions but still find life fresh and exciting.
Jo Hyun Jae was able to pull off a villain character and through “Yongpal” he broke away from his typical roles of a well-mannered and nice young man.
There is some curiosity regarding his next challenge. Jo Hyun Jae revealed, “Through my previous role in KDSBH I discovered a different side to myself, I found out that I have a playful side also. KDSBH’s PD Lee Sang Yeob liked the Jo Hyun Jae even off camera too. He even encouraged me to try doing a romantic comedy.”
Jo Hyun Jae continued by saying, “I think that deep inside me there are a lot of things that are funny and corny which could make people laugh. As long as there is no explicit nudity, I am willing to do anything, even make a fool of myself.”
Jo Hyun Jae played the villain Han Do Jun in the weekly drama “Yongpal” which had the highest viewer rating. He received positive reviews for his performance despite this being the first time in his acting career that he played a villainous character.
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Comments: It seems the PD-Writer combo of KDSBH have had huge influence in Hyunjae’s recent career decisions. In previous articles, it was revealed that KDSBH Writer Hwang Jin Young encouraged Hyunjae to take on a villain role. And, now Hyunjae mentions that KDSBH PD Lee Sang Yeob has encouraged him to do a romantic comedy. I hope Hyunjae follows PD Lee’s recommendation in his next career decision.
I remember during the KDSBH wrap-up party Hyunjae said that he matured as an actor while filming the drama. Well, we saw the truth in that statement in his performance in KDSBH, but even more so in Yongpal.
Hyunjae was really intense in Yongpal. While watching the drama I felt as if Han Do Jun is going to explode at any moment. Though Hyunjae’s scenes are few, the viewers can feel his menacing presence while his character was still in the driver’s seat.  And when Han Do Jun lost it all, Hyunjae’s acting easily gained for Han Do Jun the sympathy of viewers.

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Credit: Photo as labelled. English translation by Jenny Park. Thanks! Editing by Prissymom. English translation is not verbatim.
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