They say that love is all about timing, and I’m so stoked that, just a couple of weeks after falling pretty dang hard for Junho (my Junho k-love post is here!), he has a fan meeting that includes an online option. Meaning, I COULD ATTEND, without having to fly to Korea! 😱 Eeee!!! 🤩😍🤩
What are the chances of that, yes?
So here I am, fresh off the fan meeting, and I have thoughts – and screenshots! – to share. ❤️
How was it?
Well, it was a generally good time for sure, but I will say that, because of covid restrictions and precautions, the fan meeting wasn’t all that it could have been – and you could see that Junho felt it.
The live audience appeared to be on the small side, and aside from clappers which they could use to signal their enthusiasm, they were not allowed to shout, or scream, or anything, really. So while all of these would have allowed them to interact with Junho in a normal, pre-covid sort of setting, the restrictions resulted in a very different dynamic altogether.
Even though the live audience was there, Junho had very little to work with, in the way of audience energy and synergy.
I feel that this inevitably affected Junho, both as host and performer. If you’ve ever been a host or a performer, you’d know that it’s hard, when you don’t have much audience energy to work off of.
I think Junho did an admirable job, particularly since he took on the dual roles of host and performer, which I wasn’t expecting.
For context, I have very little experience with fan meetings. The only other fan meeting I’ve been to, is Gong Yoo’s fan meeting in Tokyo, back in 2013. In that fan meeting, there had been a host to run the program, a translator (since this was in Japan), and Gong Yoo himself.
Not here. I’m guessing that this was to reduce possible covid exposure, but Junho did everything himself, and I honestly felt tired for him.
In my own much smaller context, I’ve been a host, and I’ve been a performer, and it’s hard enough doing just one of those things, let alone doing BOTH, and with limited audience energy to work with, on top of that.
What happens then, is that the host &/or performer has to give more of their own energy, in order to at least attempt to make up for the lack of audience energy.
Considering that Junho had just completed a fan meeting the day before, under similar circumstances (and therefore already used up a bunch of personal energy), and considering that he’s an introvert at heart – who does love to feed off audience energy, but who would also need to recharge himself after giving so much of his personal energy – it’s understandable that he looked a little tired, during the fan meeting.
I know I just said it, but I’ll say it again: Junho did an admirable job, given the circumstances.
Junho as host
In my recent deep-dive into many things Junho, I’ve watched him in a good number of videos, and I’ve noticed that he’s quite the natural, when it comes to facilitating things.
As someone who’s facilitated professionally, I personally think that Junho has what it takes to be an excellent and natural facilitator, whether it’s managing a group conversation, or hosting a fan meeting. He seems to instinctively know how to keep things flowing, and how to draw out responses from other people as necessary, which are both keys to being a good facilitator.
The only thing that I think was working against him, I feel, was the set-up, where, due to covid restrictions, the audience was purposefully limited, not only in size, but more importantly, in terms of how and how much, they could respond to him. You just can’t banter with an audience that’s not allowed to talk to you, y’know?
That’s difficult to work with, as a facilitator, and tiring too, like I mentioned earlier.
Junho as performer
Junho’s a consummate performer, of course, and it was a joy to watch him be in his element, singing and dancing for his fans.
At the same time, there are two key things that I think were working against him.
1, it’s a different kettle of fish, commanding the stage by yourself, versus having 5 other group mates to share the stage with. This means that there is literally no break, because you singlehandedly drive the performance forward at all times, versus tag-teaming it with your group mates.
2, Junho’s doing basically everything, this fan meeting. Instead of having the chance to take a breather while the host talks to the audience, he has to shift between being host and performer almost instantaneously, and that’s hard, y’all.
There’s no breathing room to catch your breath and arrange your thoughts, or gather your energy. You just keep going and going, and it’s exhausting – and unfortunately, it does show, a little bit.
Junho just being Junho
What I appreciate in all of this, is that it’s clear that Junho’s aware of all this.
At one point during the fan meeting, he talks about how it had bothered him to realize that this fan meeting would have to be held with so many restrictions.
I feel like the reason he stops to ask, a number of times, whether everyone’s happy &/or enjoying themselves, is because he’s aware of the limitations of the event, and he’s concerned that he’s not giving everyone the best time possible. Ahh, he’s as thoughtful as ever.
To that, I just want to say, “You did well, Junho-sshi. We couldn’t have asked for more, from you. You’ve worked hard. Thank you.” ❤️❤️
What went on during the fan meeting?
Here’s my blow-by-blow account of the fan meeting, so that, if you couldn’t be there, you can at least kind of imagine what it was like? And, if you were there, I hope this works out to be a fun way to relive the moment. 🥰
The fan meeting starts with a cool photo reel of Junho, and here are some screenshots!
Doesn’t he look great? 🤩
Junho performing “Nobody Else”
The lights dim, and the spotlight comes on, on just Junho. And the minute he appears to the audience, Junho launches into a performance of “Nobody Else.” I’m slightly stoked that I actually recognize the song, since I’m a brand new fan of all of a few weeks old. 😁
He’s smooth and impeccable in his delivery, as can be expected of him, but I did feel the relative lack of fizz and pop, from when he has more stage and audience energy to work with.
Still, he looks and sounds great.
Plus, check out his profile, which looks as beautiful as ever! 😍😍
Here’s a clip of the performance (thanks to Martina, for sharing it with me!)
Greeting the fans
After the performance of “Nobody Else,” Junho stops for a while, just to let everyone soak in the moment (and probably take pictures as well), before he introduces himself, as always, as “2PM’s Lee Junho,” and bows to the audience. Aw.
He also talks about how he wants to make the fan meeting memorable for everyone, but also feels the burden of talking all alone, despite having more than 14 years in the industry.
Still, he asks for everyone’s support, and hopes that everyone will have a good time.
Film The Moment
Basically, this is a celebration of Junho’s acting, with various memorable scenes from his dramas behind each letter. The audience gets to pick the letter that they’d like him to reveal the scene of, and he talks about each scene, as it shows up.
First scene: San and Deok Im
Egad. It’s a scene from The Red Sleeve, which everyone who’s finished the show would recognize, but which is a spoiler for me, since I am still watching the show. 🙈
At this point, I kind of give in to the fact that I will likely come across more than a single spoiler of The Red Sleeve, given that the show was such a success, and with Junho receiving so much praise and recognition for his role as Yi San as well. 😅
After the snippet airs, Junho talks about how he’d found the ending of the show very beautifully depicted, and couldn’t help crying, even though he’d tried not to cry, during the shoot itself. Aw. I love how immersed Junho is, in the role of Yi San. The passion and dedication of a true actor! 🤩
Surprise mission: Junho is given the same lines to deliver again, and he teases that everyone just wants him to cry already, ha. He does a fantastic job of getting into character and delivering the lines though, like the pro that he is – before breaking into a chuckle. Cute!
Here’s a clip of Junho doing the special mission, many thanks to Martina for sharing it with me!
Second scene: San’s outcry to the King
Ack. Again, it’s a scene that I haven’t watched yet (the agony of always being behind everyone else! 🙈). It’s the scene where the King mistakes San for his father, and San cries out to the King, that he is San, before him.
I have no context for this scene, since I haven’t watched it, but I still marvel at how deep Junho digs, to deliver the scene.
Junho talks about shooting the scene for several hours, and spending those several hours on his knees (yikes), and also, how Lee Deok Hwa, who plays the King, released all his acting skills on him, and made it a very interesting time.
Aw. I like how Junho looks on the positive, learning side of things, even though his knees must have hurt after kneeling for several hours like that.
Plus, he even talks about how he’s looking forward to spending time fishing with Lee Deok Hwa, when the weather turns warmer. Cute!
Third Scene: Junho in action
Ahh! Finally, a scene that I have watched, heh! I loved this action scene, and I loved hearing Junho talk more about it.
He says that he’d told the director that he was keen to do as many of the action scenes himself as possible, but in prepping for the shoot, he hadn’t been able to practice at the action school as much as he wanted to. As a result, he did the training and learned how to use the swords and bows between shoots.
Oh wow, considering his schedule constraints, I think Junho did excellently, in the action scenes! No wonder his action coach was happy to work with him even between shoots.
I do love that Junho says that he enjoyed every shoot of the action scenes – and then jokes that the next time, maybe he’ll get to shoot a gun.
Heh. He’d look cool every which way, I say!
Fourth scene: Good Manager
I haven’t seen Good Manager myself, but it’s the scene where Junho does the TT dance with Nam Goong Min.
Junho talks about how Nam Goong Min really seemed to enjoy the shoot, and how Nam Goong Min had been the one to encourage him to do this dance.
Special mission: Junho is tasked to do the TT dance, pfft!
Junho looks kind of sheepish about it, but dances anyway, and looks super adorable while doing it too!
Junho wraps up the segment, saying that seeing each clip really reminded him of how he felt when he was filming them, and expresses that he’s glad to see how everyone enjoys seeing him act.
Yes. Yes we do, Junho-sshi. Please consider taking on more acting projects! 🤩🤩
Junho’s Balance Game
Ahaha. Turns out, it’s Junho vs. Junho for this segment, where the audience picks their favorite Junho. 😂 HOW DOES ONE PICK A FAVORITE JUNHO, you ask? I have no idea. I’m glad I’m not playing this game. 😁
At this point, though, the hair and wardrobe guys come out to, inexplicably, affix a set of moving cat ears to Junho, and it’s finicky and takes a looonng time. The hairstylist puts on so much hairspray on Junho that I start to worry for Junho’s lungs. 😱
And the whole process takes so long that Junho even asks how much longer it’s going to take – while expressing that he’s not super sure why he has to wear the ears, except for the fact that the fans seem to like ’em.
Aw. Ok, I personally could do without the ears myself, but I have to admit that he does look cute in them. But.. of course he would, right? He can rock just about anything?
Junho teases the audience about finding him cute in these ears, meaning, they’re in trouble for having questionable taste. HA.
Junho vs. Junho
Each round of Junho vs. Junho is introduced, and here are the various pairings:
1. Winking Junho from “Greasy Melo” vs. Ending Fairy Junho from “Make It”
The audience picks Ending Fairy Junho from “Make It,” and so did I, because I didn’t finish Greasy Melo (that was in my pre-Junho-smitten days), and “Make It” lives rent-free in my head.
Surprise mission: Junho is tasked to wink, and he protests that everyone says they didn’t like Winking Junho (ha!). He also confesses that he’s never been very good at winking or giving hearts, but has grown better at it over the years. He does a cute job of the winking anyway. 😍
2. “No Bangs” Junho from Good Manager vs. “With Bangs” Junho from Canvas
The audience is evenly divided, which makes sense to me, because I think Junho looks equally good with or without bangs. In fact, could I pick something in-between, like how he tends to wear his hair now?
With bangs, but not the mop-like bangs; the relatively neater, somewhat parted bangs. I like those on him. 😍
Junho teases that he should maybe have half bangs – like, keep only one side of his hair swept up. Pfft. Silly cute nonsense man. 😍
In the end, Junho himself picks Junho with bangs. I’ll take it! Good choice, Junho-sshi. 😁
3. Shirtless Junho in The Red Sleeve vs. Shirtless Junho in “I’m Your Man.”
Ooh. Both are excellent shirtless Junho’s, as even Junho himself admits. 😁
There are video clips of each one, before the audience votes, and it’s unfairly skewed in favor of “I’m Your Man,” for the simple fact that that clip features Junho dancing, and Junho dancing is ALWAYS going to get a reaction from the fans, y’know?
So, the winner was clearly Shirtless Junho from “I’m Your Man,” though my personal pick would be Shirtless Junho from The Red Sleeve, because I just dig his new maturity, and I love how lean and sculpted he got, for that bath scene. 🤩
Junho performing “Fire”
This song is new to me (remember, I’m a brand new fan and I still don’t know a lot of things! 😅), and I’m impressed at Junho’s ability to hit those high notes. I think he can sing higher than I can! 😛😄
I like that Junho really looks like he’s enjoying this performance. He looks (and sounds!) so in the zone, through the whole song. 🤩
Here’s a clip of the performance, many thanks to Martina for sharing it with me!
We get a bit of a highlight reel of a photoshoot next, and here are some screenshots!
Also, Junho takes some selfies, and talks about how bad he is at taking selfies. And this is also the moment when he talks about preparing for the fan meeting, and realizing that there would be a lot of restrictions in place, and how that made him feel sad and wistful about it.
After that, we see Junho rehearsing in the dance studio, for the fan meeting, and he talks about how he wants the fan meeting to be a time of friendly conversation, where he can show what Junho is like now.
Junho performing “Canvas”
Junho gets a wardrobe change, and now, he’s wearing a cream-colored cozy looking ensemble. It’s not my favorite thing ever, but I dig how snuggly it looks. 😁
I’m not familiar with this song, but again, I like how Junho looks so comfortable performing it, like it’s a welcome, homey space to him.
Plus, he breaks out some dance moves, and it’s always entrancing, to see him dance! 🤩
Here’s a clip of Junho’s performance, many thanks to Martina, for sharing it with me!
Previously undisclosed photos, courtesy of Junho’s manager
Junho talks some more about how he’s bad at taking pictures, particularly selfies, because he gets too shy (aw!), but his manager does a great job of it, and so, in this segment, we’ll get to see some previously undisclosed photos, taken by Junho’s manager.
Junho talks about how this was at the first shoot for the cover of 2PM’s comeback album “Must,” and how happy he’d felt, to be with his 2PM mates and managers again. He also mentions how it hadn’t felt awkward at all, even though it had been a long time since they’d all worked together.
He also talks about how he’d gone on to shoot his episode of I Live Alone the next day (episode 397, on Viu here!), the very next day.
I do love how vividly Junho remembers all these details.
Junho talks about shooting this scene at Changduk Palace, and how it had been a really hot day, and how he was supposed to run gleefully in the palace grounds, after misunderstanding Deok Im’s declaration of adoration, and he wasn’t sure whether he did a good job of it or not.
He also talks about how wearing a hanbok in summer was really hard, because he’s the kind of person who gets hot easily. I so identify! I’m that kind of person too, heh.
Junho talks about filming this scene, where San has to kneel for forgiveness after killing the tiger, and how he was actually running between the drama shoots, and 2PM’s comeback activities. Dang. That’s a busy schedule!
Also, he talks about the beautiful hanbok, and emphasizes several times (heh) that he’s not talking about how good he looks in the hanbok, please don’t misunderstand. 😁
Junho talks about how this photo was taken on the day 2PM shot for their “With Me Again” Japan album. He also says that he brought his camera hoping not to miss a moment of his life, but.. he’s still not a good photographer, and ends up mostly taking pictures of his cats. Hee.
Junho says this photo was taken backstage at MBC Show Music Core, and he also talks about how, during the performance, the camera got reaaally up close to his butt, and how he feels sorry to audiences for it. 😁 Tee hee. He’s so cute.
And then he tells everyone that if they’re going to look up that performance, to maybe not watch it on the subway. 😂
Junho explains that fans had requested for a photo of a 21st Century item being featured in a sageuk setting, and that’s why he’d taken this photo with his mobile phone.
Aw. I like how Junho actually responds to fan requests like this.
Junho talks about how this photo was taken on the shooting day for fan content for HOTTEST WEEK “A Confession Room,” and how this is him diligently making a heart. Lol. I like how he’s so diligent, even in making hearts. He has said that he’s not the heart-making type, so I appreciate the effort! ❤️
Junho talks about how this was shot in September, at the tail end of summer, and how he spent the entire day in the pond, basically, and how the water had gotten cold, later in the day.
Still, he talks about having fun, and he also reveals that during the scene, when Deok Im keeps grabbing onto San and asking if he’s ok, he’s actually laughing, even though he’s not supposed to, and therefore he was trying to hide it as much as possible. He also says that we’d probably be able to spot him laughing, on a rewatch. Heh. Cute!
Junho talks about how this was in October, for his L’Occitane CF, and how he had a shoot for 2AM’s music video the next day, and how he had a shoot for the skipping stone scene for “The Red Sleeve” the day after that – which is why he remembers hardly sleeping much, during this period.
Ooh. The bath scene!! Junho talks about how he was in the water all day, and how he thinks of it as a unique experience, since he doesn’t foresee being escorted to a rose petal bath again, ever, in his life.
He also talks about working out and eating well, in preparation for the scene. I hafta say, all that effort really paid off – Junho was magnificent in that scene! 🤩🤩
Surprise mission: Junho needs to successfully play a finger jumprope game, in order to unveil a bonus photo – and despite 2 tries and a very competitive personality, Junho fails the mission. Aw!
But, he reveals the photo anyway:
Junho explains that he’d wanted a picture in front of the palace in the red dragon robe, because he didn’t think that he’d ever have the chance to take such a picture again. And he’d realized only belatedly, that he still had his earmuffs on, heh.
He also talks about how it was so cold, that just removing the earmuffs for a short while, would make his ears go all red. Aw! Poor cold-eared baby! 🥺
Ask Junho anything
Junho reveals a handful of questions that had been gathered from fans before the fan meeting, and proceeds to read them out, deciding to answer them as he goes.
The questions range from, “What is your night and morning routine?” (getting slept on and pawed by his cats, heh), to “How did you feel the night before the fan meeting?” (hoping that he’d be in good condition), to “What’s your favorite thing to hear these days?” (that he’s living diligently).
The nugget of information I personally love the most from this segment, is the fact that Junho always brings some cat treats with him, when he goes to outdoor shoots, so that he can give them to any cats that he meets. Awww! I love that, so much. Isn’t he the cutest cat lover?? 😻😻😻
The other nugget of information that I really liked, is the fact that Junho always warms up before doing anything, and that includes not only a body warm-up, but a voice warm-up too. I’d actually been wondering about that, because he sings and dances, but I’ve only seen footage of him doing stretches before performances. I think it’s great – and professional! – that he makes it a habit to warm up his voice with vocalization exercises, while doing his body warm-ups! 😍
Ah, and last but not least, I liked finding out that when choosing an acting project, it’s most important to Junho that he finds the script interesting. Spoken like a true actor. 😍
Here’s a video clip of this part, many thanks to Martina for sharing it with me!
Surprise birthday cake!
“Congratulations” starts to play, and someone wheels out a birthday cake, while everyone in the audiences waves birthday placards in unison, as a surprise birthday celebration for Junho. Aw, that’s nice.
Junho teases everyone that it was quite funny from his perspective, because he could see everyone suddenly duck to reach for something underneath their chairs. Ha. Yes, I can see how that would’ve clued him in, that something was up.
Because the audience can’t sing for him, Junho ends up singing himself a birthday song, while everyone claps along, and it’s kind of weird, but y’know, what can you do, with covid restrictions in place, and a fan meeting, where everyone wants to wish you well? I think Junho’s a good sport for singing himself a birthday song, all by his lonesome.
And then he asks to take a picture with everyone, and the cake, like so:
After this, Junho starts to wrap up the fan meeting, saying that it’s about time to leave.
He says that he’s about to sing one last song, but before that, he wants to know if everyone had a good time, and everyone claps their wildest, to let him know that they did.
Junho says that he hopes to see everyone soon, when they won’t have to wear masks, and would be able to shout, sing and talk to each other freely. He says he’s sad that they can’t do that now, but he’s glad to be able to just spend time with everyone. He says he wants his fans to smile when they’re happy, and to cry with him when they’re sad.
He sincerely thanks everyone for spending time with him on this day, and making it a very happy moment for him.
Haha, Junho says that he’s going to sing one last song, and that turns into FOUR songs! Clearly, he wants to treat his fans to the best. ❤️
Here’s a clip of his performance of Hyper from Day 1 of the fan meeting, many thanks to Martina for sharing it with me!
It’s finally time for actual goodbyes, and Junho asks again, if everyone had a good time, while shooting finger hearts in every direction. He thanks everyone, both at the venue and also, online, and then asks everyone to stay healthy, so that we can all meet again when covid is over.
He asks everyone to be happy, wishes us all Happy New Year, and says that he hopes we can all do the things that we want to do.
And then he takes his final bow, signing off as 2PM’s Lee Junho – before heart-ing his way off the stage. Heh, for someone who keeps saying that he’s not good at making hearts, he’s sure getting lots of practice! 😁
Finally, he takes out the mic one last time, to ask everyone to get home safely, before he waves and exits the stage.
As the livestream ends, it dawns on me that while the fan meeting had been scheduled for one and a half hours, it had actually gone for two and a half hours. Wow. Thank you, Junho-sshi, for spending an extra hour with us.
While I still think Junho deserved so much more, in this fan meeting – ie, more support, and more interaction with his fans – I also think that, ultimately, we all got what we most wanted and needed, from it.
Junho got to spend time with us, his fans, and tell us more about what’s on his heart and mind, and we got to see him, and we got to know him better. Stripping away everything else, those are the most important things in a fan meeting, right?
So, despite what this fan meeting could’ve been, without covid restrictions, I’m still glad for it, and I’m still so grateful, that I got to be a part of it, online.
Thank you for sharing your heart with us, Junho-sshi. All of the love to ya. ❤️
Ahhhh I couldn’t resist reading your account of the online streaming of fanmeeting day 2! I did refrain from watching any of those videos. But come 20th February I will be tuning in.
Reading through this post I just felt so joyous and had a big smile on my face. It is a shame that covid restrictions met he had to be up there on stage alone, even without an MC. I’ve been to other online fan meetings and those ones they at least had someone else to MC. Hats off to him for navigating his way through. (That all said, it is impressive that there were even THAT number of people in the room. I am also amazed by the compliance by everyone in the audience to follow the behavioural rules. Fasinating cos I just can’t imagine that happening in Aus).
I had done a quick deep dive into his solo albums one day – they played for most of a work afternoon. (Nobody Else is just such a bop and I think I have watched his concert performances of this so many times. Frickin’ dig this song so much. It’s my favourite of his). I do also like the other songs you mentioned he performed so really looking forward to seeing them perform them.
Thanks again for your account and thoughts on the fanmeeting!
Thank you soooooooooo much KFG!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂
Thank you so much for posting this it makes me feel like I was at the fan meeting also keep up the great work!!
@KFG – Thank you sooooooo much for your notes! I feel as I didnt miss anything since you were there and have shared everything with us 🙂 WOW! 2.5 hours of Junho. How delicious 🙂 Ops, 🤭 there I go saying things OUT LOUD again. 🤭
I know they said something on the site about a restream, but I couldnt figure out if that was for people who already purchased tickets OR if they would make that available for purchase later?
Thank you again for posting this for all of us!!!!
It feels as if I attended the event–thank you so very much for sharing all the details KFG! What a great job of describing the program and your reactions.
I have never been to a fan event and even read your post on the Gong Yoo event that you attended. I am amazed that these actors take time to reach out personally to their fans by adding these events in their schedule.
I’m hoping that Junho’s promise to dance in a hanbook will be filmed soon. I love Bombastico with Park Bo-Gum and hope Junho’s is just as much fun.
Dear friends I also watched the fanmeeting on line. KFG, thank you for having excellently reported the event and for having given us beautiful screen shots. here are some thoughts:
fter less than four hours after the event I started to feel an incredible homesickness for Junho: I missed him.
Now you may think I’m exaggerating, I didn’t expect it either but it was really important for me to see Junho in a different way than usual (what you see in music videos or reality shows). As soon as he came on the stage I noticed some tension/tiredness and KFG informs us that “Junho had just completed a fan meeting the day before”, Aaaah! So it was because of that and because of the covid restrictions.
All of this instead of making the viewing less exciting was incredibly engaging for me. “Why?” you may wonder.
As a psychogical profiler of Junho (partly as a joke partly really) I have to say that I understood (like KGF) that Junho is an introvert, I’m sure he was a quiet, unchatty kid, very cooperative and kind to others. The tension he had at the beginning allowed him (fortunately for me I must say) to put the “persona” aside and to have a very fluid conversation in which he showed a lot of his inner self. the role of star and to have a very fluid conversation in which he showed a lot of his inner self. And you can see that he consciously decided to do this! It is true that he puts himself at the service of others to make the conversation flow, I completely agree with KFG and he was genuinely and constantly concerned that for the fans it could be a good experience despite the limitations.
He showed us so much about himself without concealing it which makes him generous in spirit. When he talked about “The Red Sleeve” you could see in his eyes and in his voice and manner of telling that for him it was like climbing a mountain but with the satisfaction of having succeeded. Despite being a perfectionist he seemed satisfied with what he did but not in a proud way, in a moving way that struck me.
It was fun to see his competitiveness emerge in the ball game: he was really really annoyed at losing or rather performing poorly….
He was very intimate and honest when answering the fans’ questions, for me he could have talked for hours for how mesmerized I was…and what about the image of the cat Jana that sits on his chest in bed and wakes him up in the morning (I hope I understood the Korean correctly…KFG…).
I felt so emotionally close to him (because he decided he wanted to be in the show!) that by the end I already missed him and I know I’m unlikely to see that part again in the videos.
a little note on the performance: he danced in a different way than I see in the videos on youtube, a beautiful side anyway, I hope he will shoot some clips and we can talk about it together.
Ooh, thanks for sharing your thoughts, @Martina Conte!! I love your insights. You’re right, he did show a lot of his natural self during the fan meeting, and that’s a great point, that because of his tiredness, it made it easier for him to put his public persona aside.
I totally agree that when he shared his TRS experiences, there was a deep satisfaction that came from within him, that you’ve described beautifully.
As for the cats, he said it’s Cookie that sleeps on his chest, and then Jani will paw at him, particularly in the morning.
Aww I’m kinda bummed that some TRS scenes were spoiled for you. But it was very cool to hear some of the backstories from Junho. Squeee! Bless you for the recap & screenshots, I VERY much appreciate it (lol at the game of which Junho pic to choose…I would have been like, is there an all of the above option?) 🤣
I am so hopeful that this will open up more doors for him for acting opportunities and that he gets to try even more interesting characters. I know he like many others in the industry work so hard, and it’s so nice when they get recognized. one of the videos that made me like him was one where he met a fan and talked about how difficult it was for him as a trainee and it is so 🥺 to see him get all the love now: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w_zZ0Hvcevc
Ahhh!!! Thanks so much for sharing the video, Uyen!! That is so, SO, SOOO~ sweet and kind of him, and I’m melting all over the floor as I type this. 😍😍😍 The gentleness and compassion is just beautiful. 🥺🤩❤️
Also, yeah, I was a little bummed at being spoiled, but ah well, if that’s the price of attending Junho’s fan meeting, so be it! I will attempt to employ selective drama amnesia, when I get to those scenes during my watch! 😁
And YES, we think alike, girllll! Like, where is the all of the above option??? HOW CAN YOU ASK ME TO CHOOSE A FAVORITE JUNHO…?!?? 🤗
Such a great job, describing the fan meeting experience, KFG! I didn’t know what one was like, and now I have a real sense of it. Except for the little issues of, you know, no audience participation nor on-stage support for Junho. 😲 I was tired just reading about his responsibility for the event. It seems that Junho handled it like the pro he is, though. Thanks for the play-by-plays, and your interpretation of what was going on – very fun.
Your screen shots are great. I’m trying to figure out how you watched, processed, fangirled, and shot screens all at once. But, we know you have your ways. (You don’t have to share the magic with us. 😉 I’ll just believe it was all about a wand.)
Were there any closer shots of the live audience? Could you tell what their level of enthusiasm and satisfaction was? Were there any streaming comments for those watching on line? Just curious.
Thanks for sharing this fun experience with us, and so promptly. 🥳🎉
P.S. The shirtless bath scene wins, hands down.
I’m so glad you enjoyed the post Leslie!! ❤️ And YES, I felt tired just thinking about Junho’s responsibilities for the fan meeting, and I also felt tired for him, watching him go and go, for 2.5 hours! 🥺 I mean, I was GLAD to have him for 2.5 hours, but I also felt tired for him, at the same time. 😛
There weren’t any really close shots of the audience.. The slightly closer ones showed that everyone was in masks, and waving their clappers, but you can’t see if people are smiling or anything. I also think they might have put the audience slightly further away from the stage, for safety, which is a whole other thing for Junho to overcome.
There was a chat/commenting function for online fans, but I don’t know if people used it.. As in, you can’t see the chat box once you opt for full screen, and I was DEFINITELY opting for full-screen Junho! 😍
YESS. The shirtless bath scene wins, hands downnn. You just can’t beat that combination of sculpted beauty, paired with his upgraded gravitas and maturity! 🤩🤩🤩
Leslie, since you’re new to fan meetings, I’m guessing you haven’t seen my post of Gong Yoo’s 2013 fan meeting? I think you’d have fun with that too! You can find that here. ❤️
@KFC – I’ll be clicking on that Gong Yoo link shortly! 🥳
Or, @KFG, as the case may be. 🤣 (That edit button doesn’t seem to do much. 😆)
A delightful tribute to Junho’s livestream, kfangurl 😊 It’s very clear he deserves every moment of his growing recognition and success, which doesn’t happen without tireless effort. It certainly is difficult to “command” an audience with such restrictions and the lack of feedback is very interesting when you come across it. All in all what a true delight Junho is. And yes, you should watch Good Manager (Chief Kim) sometime (perhaps during the next 5 years 🤣), because it is that good – and the interaction between NGM and Junho is priceless 😉
@seankfletcher Ahh, thanks for enjoying the post, Sean! You are very kind! ❤️
I so agree that Junho’s worked tirelessly, over the years, and it’s so great to see him receive more and more recognition for it! Also, YES, I can imagine it is SO hard to command an audience with all the restrictions in place. I felt the strain on his behalf, but that’s also possibly because I’m more attuned to these things. Perhaps other fans might not have picked up on Junho’s struggles during the fan meeting. 😅
I will have to put Good Manager on my list, now that I’ve grown to appreciate both Nam Goong Min AND Junho.. 😁
Fangurl – I am so glad that you enjoyed it! I love to hear the little backstories about his schedule and the conditions he dealt with on the Red Sleeve shoot. What a schedule! He really does need to take care of his health to avoid getting sick.
I did watch a clip of the I Live Alone episode, the one about his closet. Maybe he can auction off his older pieces of clothing to raise money for charity. Doing so would, of course, mean that he needs someone to work with him to get it all organized. I think you would be a perfect choice!
@phl1rxd Aw I’m glad you enjoyed this post!!! And YES, he definitely needs to take care of his health, with that kind of schedule. Hopefully, now that the drama has wrapped, he can have a bit more breathing room. 😅
Ahhh I would LOVE to work with Junho and help organize his stuff for auction (what a great idea, on how to deal with his overflowing closet!)!! Although I’m not a professional organizer of anything, I’d be there in a second, if he called! 😁😁
OK not too sure what happened to the comment I posted a few seconds ago … but Lee Junho is a special wee nugget indeed. Have just binged on Good manager and loved his character arc! Thank you for sharing your experience … had no idea fan meetings were a thing!
@Sharbani Ah, I think it was just a server cache issue, ie, the server caches need to refresh, sometimes, before new content or comments show.
Glad you enjoyed this post, and yes, Junho is definitely special! 🤩🤩 Fan meetings are most definitely a thing, and if you like Gong Yoo too, you might like to check out my post on his 2013 fan meeting in Tokyo here! 😄
Woah!! Thanks for sharing this experience with us! I had no idea that fan meetings were a thing! But like a lot of peeps right now, I’m watching everything Lee Junho right now … binged Good Manager over the last two days … loved his character arc! He’s is special nugget, isn’t he?