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SHINee’s Minho Looks Back On His 20s And Talks About Military Enlistment On Elle Interview

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SHINee’s Minho makes fans miss him even more as he reveals his sincere thoughts from one of his last interviews before enlisting in the military.

Prior to his enlistment on April 15, Choi Min Ho was able to sit down with Elle Korea for a short interview following his dazzling pictorial for the magazine’s May issue.

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With his temporary exit from the music and acting industry to serve his time at the Marine Corps, the idol-actor reflected on his past activities during his long-running career.

“Starting work before a lot of my peers, meeting a lot of people, and forming relationships – I’ve experienced so much in my 20s,” he noted. Minho debuted as a member of SHINee in 2008 and he has then been known in the K-Pop industry as a well-rounded singer, songwriter, and rapper.

Additionally, he also made his acting debut in 2010 through the KBS drama special Pianist. Since then, he had bagged roles in web and television dramas, plus a couple of films, which include Medical Top Team, My First Time, and Hwarang.

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Military enlistment

However, due to mandatory military enlistment, he has to leave all of these for a while. Despite dreading his temporary goodbye though, Minho has looked at the situation with a very bright outlook.

READ: SHINee’s Minho Announces Enlistment To Marine Corps In April

“If you do your best in a place that is completely separate from your current job and focus on it, it can become a point where you can change yourself and grow. I thought it would be good for me to enlist in the military without any regrets and do my best. It will also be an opportunity for me to express my sincerity to the public,” he said.

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Before his enlistment, the idol-actor had wrapped up filming for the war blockbuster film Jangsari 9.15. He shares the screen with Kim Myung Min and Megan Fox for the movie, which was based on true events revolving an operation during the Korean War and is set to air within the year.

“I wanted viewers to feel the same vibrancy that was on set, so I treated every day of filming it like I was going to battle,” Choi said, explaining that the film being based on something that transpired in real life was one of the factors which drew him into the script.