Success has not spared Korean actor So Ji Sub from the inevitable question: When are you getting married?
The 37-year-old, who was in town for a fan meet at The Star Performing Arts Centre last week, told The New Paper in an interview: "In the past, I always thought I would get married by 35, but that has passed."
He laughed and added: "So recently I was thinking maybe I'll get married by 40. But then again, that's nearing soon, so I don't think it'll happen.
"People close to me are starting to ask me when I am going to get married.
"But I don't want to get married just because I am of the right age and it's the time to wed."
Standing at 1.82m, So made his debut almost two decades ago as a commercial model.
He made his foray into acting in the 1997 South Korean drama Models.
His role as a self-centred and arrogant chief executive of a conglomerate in the drama, Master's Sun, last year earned him legions of new Asian fans.
The handsome actor says he is nothing like the character he plays when it comes to dating.
The bachelor describes himself as a "nice and gentle boyfriend who usually gives into what his girlfriend wants all the time".
"I am more of a listener. I don't think I am someone who is very fun. I think girls don't like this boring side of me."
During the sit-down interview with TNP, So appeared relaxed and confident.
Instead of giving well-rehearsed answers, he joked and occasionally threw questions back at this reporter, making the interview feel more like a conversation.
When asked about the type of woman he likes, he quipped: "Well, it changes all the time for me.
Then he got serious: "But fundamentally, I hope the girl understands the job that I do, and cares for me."
He admitted that it would not be easy dating a celebrity like him, which is why he feels he must protect the identity of anyone he is seeing.
"I've been in this industry for 18 years. I am used to how it works.
"But for someone new to undergo so much scrutiny, it can be quite pressurising and difficult," he said.
So's first fan meet in Singapore comes a few weeks after his good friend and fellow Korean model-turned-actor Song Seung Heon's promotional event here.
Song, 37, was in town last month to promote his new R21 movie Obsessed, which saw him stripping completely for a role.
Speaking of Song's bold move, So asked: "Have you seen the movie? Song has a really good body, doesn't he?
"That's such a brave decision he made, and we must applaud him for that.
"But I don't think I am confident enough to take on such a role yet.
"I am not mentally ready for it."
This article was first published on August 28, 2014.
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