ELLE (2009/09) Interview with TOP

GD called this hunk handsome. i totally agree. here’s some HUGE SCANS of his ELLE shoot.

i love the expression his eyes make. idk anyone else who can do that.  SEXY BEAST! x] my favorite is the last one. WORDDD

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“How about I mess up my hair for this cut?”  “Is my face appropriate for the image?
Should I force it a bit more?”  “Would it be okay to put on this watch or this ring for this clothing?”

TOP continuously put in his ideas for the photoshoot.  He checked his attires, and monitored test-cuts closely.  It’s been a year since TOP last posed for .  His face and body line was stronger and sharper than before.  He was smiling more and talking more this time.  It seemed as if it were a time for change for TOP.  He is filming for KBS drama , and there are talks about his solo album.
“It’s my first time shooting for a magazine by myself apart from Big Bang; except when I was posing for merchandises.  I always saved a lot of new sides of me.  Actually, I couldn’t really be in front of camera all the time.  I have this thought that I need to show new sides of me to people.  I want to surprise people.  There is a reason why I always agonize before photoshoots.  I am strict to myself.”

TOP shrugged his shoulders and continued, “That desire to be different often burdens me.  People often talk about how much effort and time they spend on something.  I want to show only with results.”

TOP is preparing himself continuously.  He has an opportunity to show people with his “results” soon. First of all, it would be , to be a aired in October.
“The filming in Korea just began.  I used to
like slim-style clothing, so I tried to lose some weight to fit myself to the clothings I liked.  However, when I thought about my character, “Vick”, I thought otherwise.  I wanted to show more healthier side of me for the character.  I really hated exercising, but it has been already a year since I started.”

Surprisingly, TOP already had the side of “Vick”.
“The CEO of drama producing company told me this.  At the Big Bang Concert, , I performed
my solo, “아무렇지 않은 척- Pretending to be Unconcerned”.  I was wearing my suit, prepared my own path on the stage, and performed my hardest.  He ws there, and he liked my eyes and gaze on the stage. Maybe that appealed to the staffs.”

How do you prepare yourself for acting, apart from the exterior image?
“When we have a meeting, we usually talk about our characters.  Because I am the youngest among the group, I do not start up a discussion myself.  But, I always think a lot inside.  Vick isn’t an ordinary assassin.”

Isn’t it hard working along side with famous and well-established actors and actresses such as Lee Byung Hun,
Kim Seung Woo, Kim So Yeon and Kim Tae Hee?
“Due to my nature, I cannot approach people well, nor can be around new people, especially with elders.  I was worried at first, but they took care of me (since he’s the youngest), and occasionally invite me to be with them.  I talk to Lee Byung Hun often.”

Looking at his sparkling eyes, it may be possible to see him more often on TV as an actor.  Two years
ago, in
, TOP was decent.
It was a very attractive feeling, that I can store my image of that age in a film.  It was also refreshing to think and challenge myself to something other than music.  Now, I am not doing it only because it is fun. Did I get more serious into acting?  If I think that way, it’s rather because of my desire to be perfect. I want to portray myself well for the younger members of Big Bang.  Many people asked me before, but my main ground is music.  I have no intension of chaniging it to acting.  If people want me to act, I will probably do it.  But if people don’t want it, it doesn’t matter to me if I don’t do it.”

Maybe it wasn’t TOP’s intention in the first place.  Although he thought only about music for 10 years,
he became a multi-player in Korean entertainment industry.  He has emceed, performed on stage and
also acted.  “The difference between each of them?  I don’t know.  I just throw myself every day for the given situation.  When on stage, I don’t think I am Choi Seung Hyun, but TOP.  Same with other things.  No matter what I do, I just picture myself to the roles given.”

Other than “Vick” of , it must be your solo album in mind.
“I have started working on it.  Ideas for it just come and go randomly.  When I had a couple glasses of alcohol, when listening to quiet music… I take a memo of those thoughts.”

Alcohol?  Although one cannot match the image of an idol to alcohol, thinking of it, TOP is of age.
“Of course I get drunk sometimes.  I am also a human-being… I like wine.  I drink with my friends or can drink alone at home.  My limit is one bottle for whiskey, and three to four bottles for wine.  I get quiet and be emotional when I am drunk.”

Being emotional…?
“I have an interesting story to tell.  Many people call me for being strong and charismatic, being ‘manly’. However, Lee Byung Hun said ‘you are so feminine in your thoughts’.”

Isn’t a man’s feminine side for people who are creative and innovative?  Apart from music, TOP has
an authentic taste in other sides of art.
“But I am not saying that I will be writing or making something… At least not now.  If I were to put out anything creative, it will be when I will be old as a grandpa.  Although my solo album is my priority,
I do not want to rush it.  I will release it when I am most satisfied with it.  When I am okay with it, and give permission for it.”

TOP is definitely a perfectionist.  But aren’t you lonely when slumps hit him?
“I often meditate in my room.  Two years ago, my grand father, who was a writer passed away.  His last words, “Strengthen your mind with meditation” definitely made me strong.  In his (grandfather’s) phrase, words such as “when tired” or “when hard” are omitted.”

In TOP, who always thinks and prepares, what would be your vision in future?
“I do not look too far ahead in future.  I used to draw my vision inside.  I think it is worthless doing so now.  But I try not to let my time go astray.  I think about tomorrow, the tomorrow that comes after today.  I think it’s because I have more desire for everything.”

The time already strikes 1:40 in the morning.  TOP left after changing into his clothings (well-fitted suit matched with bold accessories and shoes), and looking every staff in the eye.

translated by 코코마탑횽 @ bbvipz



~ by Momo on August 20, 2009.

83 Responses to “ELLE (2009/09) Interview with TOP”


  2. ~he gets emotional when drunk??~~~ cuteeeeeeeeee~~ haha..

  3. keke x] i wanna see Tabi drunk! hahahahaah that would be soooo kyooot! haha
    i wanna hang out with him xD
    adopt me TOP!

  4. wow TOP is def. something~ 😀

  5. I love his preview photos in Elle. So glad he did this interview. Shows a better side of him. ^^

    And that he is human who drinks and gets emotional when drunk. hehe. and has feminine thoughts. =)

  6. aww top 😛 You’re so awesome!
    He must’ve been really close to his grandpa…so sad he passed away 😦

  7. another great interview (:
    momo, why not post kwon jiyong’s nylon interview?
    it was already translated..and so awesome!
    tabi..i can’t wait for his solo too
    he is so much more than what he is now ^^

  8. eee~
    this is why i ❤ top so much.
    thanks for posting the translation!

  9. that’s my man!!!!
    gosh I just love the fact that they are so honest about their responses
    I guess TOP and GD are really honest people ;D
    I’m looking forward to all of those projects
    TOP fighting!!!

  10. my desire to learn more about TOP was fufilled today hehe
    i wish to know more
    oh man i luv him
    nice interview


  12. OMFG OMFG OMFG OMFG OMFG OMFG OMFG T.O.P<3 i love him!!!! i bet he's gonna do great! OMFG OMFG OMFG T.O.P<3 I LOVE HIM! FINALLY A POST ABOUT T.O.P(no offrense.i am a HUGE T.O.P<3 fan I know almost everything about him i LOVE HIM!

  13. And I was starting to think I might drift to Jiyong-oppa because of his new album…Tahaha how wrong am I?!
    Tabi-oppa is still my fave! He’s so cute, and it’s great to hear from him. I’m a tad surprised to hear that he’s such a perfectionist, but that makes him all the more amazing! xD
    I find it funny that he gets emotional while drunk…
    But this was really fun and funny to read, and I’m happy just knowing that I know just a little bit more about our Tabi-oppa now 😀
    Tabi-oppa (and the rest of Big Bang, of course!) Fighting!

  14. wow.. TOP’s a person with deep thoughts.
    amazing. 🙂

  15. He’s dayummm sexyy ❤

  16. saw this earlier and he’s such an eye candy!!
    so fcuking HOT!! ❤


  18. wow he look pretty hot

  19. Love you, TOP! Keep it up. ❤

  20. i love this interview!! shows another sides of him. Not to brag, he’s a bit of me, or im a bit of like him…

  21. I love TOP! this photoshoot is an epic win.

  22. btw his 2nd pic, looks much more better than gu jun pyo…..no hard feelings, just what i think ^^

  23. ouuuuu! ❤ my tabi. :3
    LOL he gets quiet and emotional when drunk?! now thats a first. XD

  24. I agree with gd~ He’s hunk handsome lol 😛

  25. That’s my hubby. love the pictures.

  26. Lmfao, I died when I read that he has “feminine thoughts” yet “manly” on the outside. He’s perfect xD. The fangirling isnt ending now ><. I was sorta swaying from TOP and Tae (my two fav loves ;D) to G Dragon (his new album and everything, had me fangirling for the longest). I'm back with TOP (and Tae of course) ^^. He seems so realistic. Which is what I like about these guys (Big Bang). Not the apart of the pretty, cute, or wanna be sexy kpop groups. I've rambled xD.

    Much love for TOP <3, Ill be scrolling back up to droll on those pics now ;).

  27. he’s the one i like the most in big bang, looks cool yet funny at the same time. He had put in sooooo much effort into everything he did/do, which is absolutely adorable =) Cant wait for his solo album and cant wait to see him in the new drama xD

  28. “I have an interesting story to tell. Many people call me for being strong and charismatic, being ‘manly’. However, Lee Byung Hun said ‘you are so feminine in your thoughts’.”

    i love this !! seriously!

  29. 😥 i can’t see the bigger pictures. smelly internet…

    ps; TOP is perfect.

  30. Top is HAWT !!!!! ❤ LOVE HIM =)

  31. TOP looks amazing as usual in those photos…definately getting the smoky eye hotness effect here…haha…and the interview was so cute…TOP is just GREAT!! lol…sigh

  32. TOP-oppa ❤
    damnt such a hottie. smokey feel to it
    aww TOPs a feminine, deep, perfectionist thinker. cute
    TOP fighting!
    im waiting on his solo alubum

  33. TOP is seriously what you call a true gentlemen. if only there were more out there!!! 😦 i love you TOP! ❤

  34. long time no see top…..

  35. wow !! sexy TOP .. i luv u <33

  36. cant believe u guys dont have the cute letter SR wrote to us VIPs.
    Top looks cool. lol

  37. TOP is sexy. Love reading his interview. A classic gentlemen that is for sure.

  38. OMMAGA!! he’s as hot as ever! kakakakk..
    thank for the interview!very nice..
    shows one of TOP many sides..lav him!
    Yea,why not post our Jiyongie on Nylon as well?!hehe
    wud be great if u do so..(^_^)V

  39. OMG Sooo sexy!! I always heard Tabi couldn’t hold his alcohol but crap 1 bottle of whiskey or 3 bottles of wine, that is so much unless Korean alcohol is like Japanese and is much weaker then in the U.S. He is so cute, this was a great interview for him, it really does show a different side that a lot of people might not see. I just worry about his perfectionism, I hope he continues to go with the flow, take his time and not let it get the best of him.

  40. did I just stop breathing???
    tooooo much hotness exposed >.<


  42. […] credits: BB fansite […]

  43. wowww….Tabi is so cool…i’ll like to meet him and see his eyes…
    definitely his solo album it’s gonna be a total surprise ^^ ❤

  44. Awhhh so hot =]
    love Tabi

    this is the new YG Audition Application
    can someone please help me translate this


  45. Yay! TOP finally gets his own post. :]

    I wonder if he’s ever going to go solo…but in the meantime I’ll happily support GD, Daesung, and Taeyang.

    Thank you for keeping us updated and sharing the love.

  46. TOP, the quiet and emotional drunk…I can picture that.

    This was definitely an interesting interview. Not to mention the pictures are gorgeous.

  47. OMG thanks for the huge scans! I have not seen the first pic. Dayum TOP looks so HOT! Loving his poses and expressions! ^^

    Lol… he hates exercising like I do. xP

    It’s so cool to see him acting, but I’m glad to read that music is his main goal. ^^

    He sounds so mature about the whole alcohol thing… ‘I like wine’. xD

    Rofl@the last phrase. I’d like to be one of the people that gets his stares. :]

    Just heard about his solo album plans! Not anytime soon I guess, but that’s freaking awesome to hear. =DD

    Gosh, I wish the interview was longer! It seemed too short. Thanks for the trans, 코코마탑횽! ^^

  48. SCREAMM! OMFG he looks soo hot! and sexay,i LOVE YOU TOP!

  49. I’ll be buying this magazine tomorrow!!
    xD hahaaa;)

  50. Woooooooooooow this interview was amaziiiing LOVE TOOOP A LOT!!

  51. Seriously I do need help HOW CAN I BE A BIG BANG VIP!!! SO MANY MERCHANDISE FOR ME TO PURCHASE!!! Especially the CDs Omg Top rocks!!!

  52. […] credits: BB fansite […]

  53. waaah! good luck with your upcoming album TOP. 🙂

  54. […] You can read Elle interview with T.O.P here: big bang fansite […]

  55. […] You can read Elle interview with T.O.P  here: big bang fansite […]

  56. rahhr ;D lolol i love all of tabi’s pictures except the smoking one o_O;; just in my opinion >< & lol tabi totally fits the drunk and emotional scene.

  57. TOP’s a lot older looking in these pictures. Bring on mature TOP!

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  59. haha Top is so direct to the point. :DD
    he’s in the age to drink anyways, at least he haves limitations ( :

    Hwaiting Tabii oppa!
    i’m looking forward to your drama!

  60. He’s so cute!! I loved the interview and he looks hot in those pics!

  61. Can’t help to fall in love with him……

  62. Can’t help to fall in love with him……

  63. Can’t help to fall in love with him……

  64. can’t help to fall in love with him ………

  65. omg…he’s soooooo hot….

  66. He’s like a professional model.
    Can’t help to fall in love with him…. ^_^


  68. wow this old
    the person who owns this site is so behide on big bang news

    if you want brane new news about big bang goto: ibigbang.wordpress.com

  69. u know this came up before where the writers had to say that they do have lives and other things (im sorry I forgot the gist). but i was on their side. but Now a shit load of BigBang news has happened and NONE of it has appeared on here. I miss when I’d come here and it would be like the 1st one with the latest BB news. i know schools getting to start again but come on not even a few of the billion stuff that’s happened could be posted.

    I dont wanna be mean, just disappointed. There was like virtually NO coverage here of the stuff they did in Japan. sorry i dont know the writers situations now but this is all I can go off of.

  70. He is so cute ❤ ❤ ❤

  71. he s so handsome.Different from other guys

  72. love top too

  73. Top is so sexy ❤

  74. http://jadevstaeyang.blogspot.com

    asian artist from america to korea….let’s show some support

  75. TOP.. u’re so sexy..
    I luv U so much…

  76. 탑 oppa you are so handsome wooooow
    so hot!!!!!
    ^_^ hehe
    keep up the good looking

  77. listen music and download mp3 free try visit ^_^

  78. hawt!!
    my no.1 man, TOP

    i was about to fall for GD, but… whoa… these pics (*faint*)


  80. i only have two words to say..

    Wow TOP..

    I like him a whole lot more. so much depth. =D!!

  81. OMG TOP is Hwatt man. He’s mine fav in big bang and out the big bang.. He has everything tht a girl would want as her man… 🙂 I wish Him good luck in whateva he does… Hwaitting!!

  82. he may be quiet at times, but the wheel’s always turning.

  83. hmmmm… a perfectionist huh?!
    maybe we well be getting along with in a good way…
    well, not too much of being it…
    very well said… in a way…
    a person like that… is a very secretive person like me…
    a person who reveals a little of himself and not too much…
    you would never really know the real himself…
    until he opens up…
    SCORPIO!!!! haha… my kind of person…
    but not compatible i think… maybe friends would… or the opposite!!!!!!!!! haha :D….

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