SINGAPORE - Korean actor Lee Kwang Soo, 31, is nowhere like his has-been idol role in the upcoming South Korean remake of American drama Entourage, which revolves around show business.
"My character brags a lot. He has a good heart, but he is unable to express his emotions. He looks irritated and annoyed. In real life, I'm quite different from him. I express my feelings more than him, I don't really get annoyed and I'm not nasty to people," says Lee, who is a regular cast member of popular South Korean variety show Running Man.
Another key difference is that the lanky comedian-actor is still at the peak of his career.
His popularity has translated into endorsements - he was invited here as the ambassador of duty-free chain The Shilla to celebrate the 1st Anniversary of Shilla Beauty Loft at Changi Airport on Thursday (Oct 20).
Lee was speaking at a press conference, ahead of an autograph session at Terminal 3 which attracted more than 250 fans.
Fans came armed with signboards emblazoned with Lee's name and giraffe plushies - in reference to his Giraffe nickname, which he was given because of his towering height of 1.9m.
Young fan Karina Liswandy, 10, was one of those who turned up with a giraffe toy in hand. The contest winner not only won the chance to get up close with her idol, but she also snagged a hug and a selfie with the star.
Her housewife mother Miranda Liswandy, 42, says: "She was so excited that she knocked down two cups of drinks at lunch. Though the event only started around 4pm, she couldn't wait and we came a few hours earlier."
Primary Four pupil Karina says: "I like him because he is funny. I will print out my selfie with him and paste it on the wall of my room."