'Fragile' actor Gong Yoo sheds tears at meeting with Taiwan fans

2017/04/30 19:59:01
'Fragile' actor Gong Yoo sheds tears at meeting with Taiwan fans

Taipei, April 30 (CNA) South Korean actor Gong Yoo, dressed in a white suit, sang his favorite song "Myself reflected in my heart," at the start of his meet-and-greet with fans in New Taipei on Saturday evening.

Gong told the thousands of fans at Xinzhuang Gymnasium that a homophone of his name means "co-own," which has the connotation of sharing, so he wanted to share some of his childhood photos with his fans on his first visit to Taiwan.

The 37-year-old said that when he was a teenager, he wanted to be an athlete and was interested in advertising but never thought of becoming an actor.

When the fans presented self-made clips and raised banners that read, "My first love" and "Let the days be bright when Gong Yoo is with us," the actor was moved to tears.

"My heart is as fragile as if I am ill," he said, adding that he might later regret revealing his inner feelings.

He presented a letter to the fans that said, "Acting is actually a difficult and solitary job, because one would like to escape when faced with difficulties, but your words of support and trust make me think that my existence is necessary to some people, thus I must do my job."

The model-turned-actor made his acting debut in the Korean TV series "School 4" in 2001. His breakout role came in the "1st Shop of Coffee Prince," a 2007 South Korean TV drama that became a hit.

Gong rose to international stardom when he starred in the 2016 horror-thriller "Train to Busan," which tells the story of a group of terrified passengers on a suspicion-filled, blood-drenched train ride during a national outbreak of a mysterious virus.

He also starred in the Korean TV drama series "Guardian: The Lonely and Great God," which became a mega hit in late 2016 and was hugely popular across Asia.

Saturday's event was attended by K-pop singers MY-Q and Sam Kim and hosted by popular Taiwanese TV presenter Mickey Huang (黃子佼).

"I've heard you are the Taiwanese counterpart of Yoo Jae-suk," Gong said to Huang, referring to a renowned South Korean comedian and host.

"No, I'm the Brad Pitt of Taiwan," Huang replied. To which Gong responded, "I'm sorry, and I am the Brad Pitt of Korea."

Gong, who was named a special representative for the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) in Korea in November 2013, also held a charity sale of 1,000 postcards and donated the proceeds of NT$100,000 (US$3,313) to Make-A-Wish Taiwan, a foundation that helps seriously ill children.

The 5,500 tickets for Saturday's meet-and-greet were sold out within 10 minutes of going on sale on March 25, according to the organizers.

Gong's meet-and-greet attracted more fans than similar events held in Taiwan by other South Korean celebrities such as Song Joong-ki, and Park Bo-gum, who visited in 2016 and 2017, respectively.

Gong departed for South Korea on Sunday.

(By Sabine Cheng and Kuo Chung-han)
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