It's always nice to hear of dreams coming true, particularly when they were unforeseen for before the opportunity to realise them arose.
As a member of the Korean boy band JYJ, Kim Jun-su has plenty of fans of his own. But his own idol is L.
The singer turned theatrical actor told journalists at a Death Note Musical press conference that he's long since been a fan of the manga and anime alike.
He became a part of our very own fandom during his student days.
Through his contacts in the industry, Jun-su learned two years ahead of time that Death Note was going to be made into a musical and staged in Korea. Put yourself in that position. What would you have done?
He did it.
He was straight onto his agency, ushering a representative to make inquiries and get him the role of L. Imagine the squees at both ends, when that news became known. The fanboy got the part; the production got the major Korean celebrity. Win. Win.
Well sort of. Out on the other side of the stage, there was one young actor who wasn't at all impressed by learning that the pop star was on board.
Already a celebrated actor in Korean musicals, Hong Kwang-ho had just landed the role of the century. All eyes would be upon him. After all, who didn't talk about Kira, when Death Note was the subject?
Then he found out that L was going to be played by Kim Jun-su.
Not that he actually phrased it like that. What Kwang-ho said was that though he 'didn't realize it', he had a 'prejudice' against his co-star because of the KPop background.
It took watching Jun-su perform to understand that the fame didn't come out of nowhere. The singer is really quite talented at what he does. Or, in Kwang-ho's words, "He's not just average."
He declared himself 'happy' now to be working alongside the L actor. I mean, what else could he say? Then again, I'm not there. They could be bosom buddies, genuinely thrilled to acting alongside each other, and Kwang-ho doesn't care that this is the only telling of the Death Note story ever where Kira might as well be gone.