[Interview] L mentions about the renewal of INFINITE's contract for the first time
Q. You drama "Ruler: Master of the Mask" recently went off the air. How do you feel?
L: I've filmed the drama for about 7 months, and I became so attached to all the actors and staff members. As it was my first ever historical drama, I feel something lacking.
Q. As you said, it was your first ever historical drama. What was it like to appear in a historical drama?
L: All the actors had meetings very frequently, and that's why we could become intimate in a short period of time. And I watched movie "Masquerade" to study about a historical drama, and it was a great help to me. I want to appear in a historical drama again if there is a chance.
Q. What was it like acting together with young actors such as Yoo Seungho, Kim Sohyun and Yoon Sohee?
L: It was an amazing experience for me to act with them because they have much experience in acting even though they're still young. I've learned a lot from them.
Q. So, you became friends with them?
L: Well, Yoo Seungho and I became best friends because both of us have cats at home. We shared information about cats, and we could become intimate in a short period of time because we have something in common.
Q. It's notable that you took part in the OST of the drama too.
L: It's my first time to take part in the drama OST in 5 years since I sang the OST of "Shut up flower boy band". I could be absorbed in the song because I knew well about my character and I was immersed in the drama.
Q. Many people have negative preconceptions about idol stars who make appearance in dramas.
L: It's just one of those things. If I do not act well, I deserve to be criticized. Actually, in the old days, I cared a lot about how people think about me. However, I don't any more because I know everything is up to me. If I act well, people will praise me.
L: As L, I perform on the stage, but as Kim Myungsoo, I wanted to act. I want to get recognition in various fields.
Q. It has been 8 years since you debuted. How does it feel to become a senior idol?
L: When I was a rookie, it was a great honor for me to appear in music chart shows together with Girls' Generation and Super Junior. But these days, most of idol groups who are active in the k-pop world are younger than us. I'm sometimes stimulated by the young idols, and I'm trying my best to become a respectable singer.
Q. What do you do in your free time?
L: I usually stay at home. I play with my cat, and I watch dramas and movies. And I like to clean up my house too.
Q. INFINITE's contract with Woollim Entertainment has been terminated in June. Do you think all the members will renew their contracts?
L: Well, I don't know. The contract has expired, and the renewal of the contract is under discussion. We didn't talk about essential issues yet, but we will discuss the details of the contract soon. I have a lot on my mind. We should think about our direction. However, all of us know the answer. Even though our minds can change countless times a day, we'll talk in a positive way. And frankly speaking, I've already made a decision 2-3 years ago. I made up my mind, and that's why the problem doesn't trouble me.
Q. Tell me about your future plan.
L: Nothing is confirmed, but I will focus on what I do. As an individual, and as a member of INFINITE, I'm planning for many things. Many projects will run later this year, and I hope I can get good results.
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