When INFINITE’s L isn’t busting out synchronised moves in perfectly coordinated outfits with his fellow bandmates, the Korean heartthrob is busy flexing his acting muscles under his real name, Kim Myung Soo. But wait, is that all there is to the rising actor? Recently in town to promote his latest drama The Emperor: Owner of the Mask, the 25-year-old proved that he’s more than just an idol – turns out, he’s got some pretty impressive hidden talents to boot! Here’s what we found out during the two-hour fanmeeting.
#1 He’s obsessed with Singlish (Abuden?!)
It has pretty much become a ritual for any K-pop idol who visits Singapore to take a stab at Singlish, but this cutie takes our colloquial slang up a notch. It started with the basic ”lah’ before morphing into a full-blown ‘abuden’ fest when the host taught him the term, which had fans tickled pink. “Okay I got it, I understand!” he exclaimed adorably in English, evidently amused after understanding the context and proceeding to plug his new favourite word whenever he could.
#2 Nobody can beat his fan service game.
After years of covering K-pop events, we can safely say that Kim Myung Soo tops the list when it comes to dishing out fan service. Don’t let the stoic image of his INFINITE alter-ego fool you though; the chap can be quite the charmer in real-life. During the games segment, four lucky fans were called up on stage to reenact scenes from The Emperor: Owner of the Mask – think back hugs, holding hands, etc. As if these moves weren’t intimate enough, he gave each of the girls a warm hug and gifted all of them autographed postcards (even though he was supposed to choose only one winner to receive the personalised gift). How do you not love him?
#3 His photography skills are on-point.
To say that we were impressed with his photography chops would be an understatement. Showing off his self-taken photographs around the world – from the beautiful sunset in Los Angeles to the breathtaking night scenery in New York – he shared a mandatory tourist shot of the Merlion and even included a snap of our traditional kaya toast, quipping that he actually purchased a few tubs of kaya jam to bring back home. But since fans have informed him that the Ya Kun outlet at Gangnam sells it, looks like he’ll be stocking up on his kaya stash pretty soon!
#4 He gives solid life advice.
(yes, even cat-related problems)
Have a problem? Kim Myung Soo is here. The actor held a counselling session with the fans, who were asked to write down their worries on a slip of paper prior to the fanmeeting. Three entries were chosen, to which he personally went up to the fans – literally leaping down the aisle just so he could be closer to them – to offer his two cents. “I usually have a lot of negative thoughts, but I think having a positive mind is important,” he assures one fan. “Never give up, because even if it’s not working 99 per cent of the time, there’s still a one per cent chance that it will happen.”
Aside from human issues, he’s also adept at solving feline dilemmas. What does a fellow cat owner do when her own cat ignores her? As the bona fide cat whisperer of his very own Russian Blue named Byul, he advices her to “give him more love” before cutting the affection completely, so he might “be surprised and get excited the next time you approach him”. Will Myung Soo’s tip work? Only time will tail (sorry, we had to).
#5 Did we mention his flawless vocals?
We’ve always known him as the visual of the group, but his singing voice certainly deserve more recognition. Despite feeling under the weather and was even caught coughing several times, Myung Soo showed no signs of wavering and stayed on top of his vocal game. His melodic vocals were on full display as he sang the soundtracks of Reply 1988 (‘A Little Girl’) and The Emperor: Owner of the Mask (‘It’s Okay Even If It’s Not Me’), before ending the night with an emotional rendition of INFINITE’s ‘Love of My Life’.
Photo credits: PTO Entertainment Pte Ltd, Teenage Magazine
By the end of it all, consider us smitten by his endless charms. It’s not often we come across such a genuine celebrity, and it’s even more heartening that he’s still humble as ever even though he’s already seven years into his career. Whether it’s INFINITE’s L or actor Kim Myung Soo, we wish him nothing but the best in his future endeavours!
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