How Baekhyun, Sehun, Taeyoung, and Jaehyun became trainees [Happy Together/2018.11.22]On January 16, 2020 by Raul Dinwiddie
While doing the opening, – Someone is here. / – someone came. He is the gossip boy of Cheongdam-dong. Key of SHINee. – Hello. / – Welcome. – He’s relaxed. / – Hello. – He’s relaxed. / – Hello. I will take control of all the gossips. Do you know a few? By the way, I’m not interested in who is going out – with who. / – I see. I’m more into things like album sales. You’re more interested in that. There are different categories of gossip. – There are categories. / – There are. “When are they releasing the album?” – Gossip like that. / – They are important. We will edit this part. Tell us one gossip. – The hottest gossip. / – Yes. There are some older generation artists who still haven’t left the agency. Do you want me to leave? That’s what it sounded like. If this was a smaller company, they would be a board member by now. – “Growl” built this. / – Right. (“Growl” gave them this nest.) – Okay? / – This building? – “Growl” built this. / – Is the procedure… I built that building at 521 Apgujeong-dong. Right, she did. She built the building at 521 Apgujeong-dong. – “Ring Ding Dong”. / – There is that too. We built four elevators. – Four elevators. / – That’s amazing. – You are very precise. / – All right. BoA built the building at 521 Apgujeong-dong. “Ring Ding Dong” built four elevators. “Growl” built this building. How about NCT? – We are working on it. / – We did about this much. This much? This is a dollar. It’s only a dollar. They are very humble. They are humble. BoA. – I have to talk. / – Wait. – What is it? / – Why does the flow – get cut whenever you talk? / – I didn’t mean to. It’s about time to change the subject. Your talk is precise like your bangs. It’s cut perfectly. – Right. / – Like a slate. – It’s like a slate. / – Yes. He talks so well. It’s time to change our subject. Let’s talk about how you got into the agency. There is a fun anecdote about BoA joining SM. I heard Sehun’s story is just as fun. When they were joining the agency… Are you doing a play? Are you in a play? The question is too long. Hey. I need it to be shorter. You have to say it in one breath. I thought you were doing a play. – What are you doing? / – It was like a play. My head hurts. Just don’t say anything. Just do your job. – I will do my job. / – Right. Anyway, I heard something fun happened – Right. / – when you entered SM with the casting director. – What happened? / – What happened? – What happened? / – What happened? (What happened with the casting director?) I was in elementary school then. I was eating tteokbokki. Some ladies shouted and ran towards me. – In elementary school? / – Yes. – Ladies? / – Yes. Ladies came to an elementary school kid? – And they even shouted? / – Were they your age? – No. / – Were they little girls? – The ladies? / – The ladies. – They were adults. / – Yes. I didn’t know what was going on. They gave me their business cards and asked for my mom’s number. – That’s amazing. / – I didn’t have a phone. I told them that my mom said not to give my number to a stranger. Of course you shouldn’t. That’s precisely what I said. Then I went home. They followed me for five minutes straight. So I gave them my mom’s phone number and left. So they talked to my mom and we got in touch. And you got into SM. You didn’t listen to your mom, then. Right. (Embarrassed) She was desperate not to miss him. Baekhyun, how did you enter SM? I joined SM really late. – I joined when I was 20. / – Really? I went to a college to audition for a position. I was warming up with a score in hand, when someone suddenly tapped my shoulder. I looked at the person, and they asked, “Don’t you want to become a celebrity?” But honestly, since middle school, many people get picked up in front of the school. – Really? / – You got picked up. I was asked many times. If someone tapped my shoulder, I’m getting beaten. (Follow me.) The business cards I received were about loans. – “Lower your eyes.” / – “Lower your eyes.” Nothing good ever came when someone tapped my shoulder. Whenever someone cast me in middle school, they asked me to pay 3,000 dollars to train. There are a lot of scammers. You should watch out for those people. When that person tapped my shoulder and asked if I wanted to become a celebrity, I asked, “Which agency are you from?” That’s daring. He had been through a lot of people like that. “Which agency is it this time?” I asked which agency she was from. She said I didn’t have to know and asked for my number. I thought, “She’s bold.” So I gave her my number. She sounded confident. “Okay. You got my attention.” – Okay. / – Okay. That night, someone called and said he was calling from SM Entertainment. Why would SM Entertainment call me? I thought it was another scam. Coincidentally, I was on my computer. So I searched for SM Entertainment’s address and asked him. I kept asking him questions. – You wanted to check. / – You are very smart. I went to the audition and sang in front of TVXQ. (That’s how he became a trainee at 20.) – It was destiny. / – How about you, Key? They at least had the luxury of being able to suspect the casting director. I knocked on the door of the agency and begged, “Please let me go in!” “I will really do my best.” You were desperate. I never got picked up by anyone in front of my school. There has to be people like him too. – He’s humane. / – He is. How did you join SM, Taeyong? I got picked up in the second year of high school. – That’s crazy. / – They don’t say which agency they represent. I didn’t know about the agencies then. They really don’t tell you. They said it was one of the three major companies. The only major companies I knew were MBC, KBS and SBS. – So… / – That’s why. – That’s nice. / – Right. That was a good one. That’s what normal people would think. I thought it was one of those companies. – So… / – Open recruitment? – After that… / – Was it an open recruitment? They kept coming back to meet me and bought me toast. I thought they had to be good people, so I went. It was my first time ever to go to Apgujeong-dong. I found my way there and sang the national anthem because I didn’t know any other song. You weren’t training to be a singer. You didn’t even know SM Entertainment. I joined with the national anthem and popping dance. How did you join SM Entertainment? I was on cleaning duty and had to stay behind. As I was leaving the school, I ran into the casting directors – in front of the school. / – I think… They are always in front of schools. Perhaps they hear rumors and go to that school. They hear rumors. They wouldn’t go to a school for no reason. Sometimes, they just wait for no reason. – In front of any schools? / – They just wait. If there are rumors, there is a huge chance the person is already taken. We try to find unpolished gemstones. You visit randomly to not be biased. How did you get picked up, BoA? – In my times… / – She said, “In my times”. – Is it BoA time? / – It’s BoA time. – Is it BoA time? / – “In my times”. Please make it sound nice. It was in the late 1990s. (Welcome to the 1990s.) I had a chance to dance at a dance competition. After that, I received cards from a lot of agencies. SM was the agency that booked the audition first. (SM called her first.) At the time, – there’s nothing like video-sharing websites. / – No. – Then how… / – I thought it was a scam too. Right. That’s understandable. They told me to come, so I went. I was only an elementary school student. So I was very suspicious. Mr. Lee was there. – Really? / – Yes. When I saw him, I said, “It’s Lee Sooman.” Is that when you started talking casually to him? No. That’s crazy. (The rookie was talking casually to the CEO.) She’s been doing it for a long time, then. (Were they like friends even 20 years ago?) I was so fascinated. That’s how I auditioned. (The Star of Asia was born.) – I think they exude certain energies. / – I think so. It’s fascinating. I heard Key defined his position at SM in one word. What is it? Mr. Steady. (Mr. Steady?) – Mr. Steady? / – Mr. Steady? That doesn’t sound like Key at all. – That’s a little weird. / – I agree. It’s been a while since I’ve heard that. People may think I like to act in a silly way and make people laugh, but I’m not one to take center stage – and seek attention. / – You’re not? You do, though, – at the Halloween party. / – Well, that’s… – You even won first place. / – You won. Yes, I won first place this year. – It was amazing. / – His photo shocked me. You trended online because of it. – It shocked me too. / – Actually, he’s the one who started the trend – of costumes at parties on Halloween. / – Yes, I know. Our group was the first to attend the party in costume. Mr. Lee saw it and said we should all dress up. The party got bigger every year, and that prompted me to take on a stronger look. I wanted to win first place so badly, but the others came in great costumes too, so it made me want the prize even more. I lost to Chanyeol last year. Did Chanyeol win last year? – Yes, as Iron Man. / – That’s right. – He came in the suit. / – Really? – Where did he get it? / – I’m curious too. He said it costs 20,000 dollars. – What? / – 20,000 dollars? 20,000 dollars? He ordered a costume from overseas again, – but it got held up at Customs. / – What a relief. – It’s such a relief. / – He wanted to attend the party, but he got upset by the delay. What costume did he order? A Deadpool costume. (Chanyeol prepared a Deadpool costume.) – That would’ve been cool. / – You might’ve lost. I was extremely lucky this year. He once dressed up as the character of a fast-food joint and received a gift card – for doing so. / – Right. You look a lot like the character. I was the model during that time, but I never received anything. – I received this much. / – Really? – Really? / – It was to thank me for promoting the brand and – its image. / – Of course. However, I lost to Luna that year – who did “Mad Max”. / – Luna? That’s when I learned I had to dress up as a trending character. This year, I wanted to do things properly, so I asked the makeup team of “Comedy Big League”. The makeup artist who helped me is the one who works on Park Narae’s segment. – She’s good. / – I hired her to do my makeup. That’s amazing. And thankfully, I won this year. The prize for first place is worth the trouble. – What is it? / – Isn’t it a plane ticket? – A trip to the Maldives. / – A trip to the Maldives? Round-trip business class ticket… – And accommodation. / – That’s right. – It’s a four-day trip. / – Who was dressed as a mummy? – That was Baekhyun. / – Baekhyun? Yes, this year. We kept asking everyone who he was. Nobody knew it was him! You shouldn’t cover your face. Nobody recognized him. I didn’t even make it on the ranking. – Really? / – It was of good quality. – It was. / – It took a lot of effort. Who’s this? – Me. / – It’s BoA. (BoA in a cheetah print.) Were you dressed as Harisu? – BoA wore it in her music video. / – That’s right. You get what I mean, right? I wore the outfit from my music video and dressed up as a cheetah from head to toe. Did you win a prize? No, I didn’t make the ranking either. When I attended the party, she was dressed as a nun. She sat in a corner in her nun’s robe and kept chugging down drinks. – She went… / – You did that again? – Yes, with my beads. / – Oh, dear. It was quite memorable.