MAMAMOO started from the bottom to the top [Happy Together/2019.11.28]On February 3, 2020 by Raul Dinwiddie
Solar, your group MAMAMOO is now into its sixth year. Is it true that you lived together in a rooftop apartment when you were trainees? Hwasa is from Jeonju, so she didn’t have a place to stay in Seoul. She persuaded us to live with us. I was already living in Seoul, but I joined them since I thought it’d be fun. We didn’t have a lot of money, so the three of us lived in a rooftop apartment. Every night, we’d see cockroaches about this big. They’d be everywhere. I’d turn on the light in the bathroom, and they’d scatter. – They’d hide. / – Yes. So I’d shower in the dark. There were so many cockroaches that we’d decide on a day to burn them all. We’d burn them with lighters to exterminate them. We burned them to a crisp. All that mounted to a successful career though. I hear you gave back to your parents too. I started my trainee years at an older age, so I kept training until I was in my mid-twenties. My friends were already getting jobs and earning money, but I still had to receive money from my parents which meant that I didn’t have a lot to spend. I always felt guilty about that, so when I started to earn my own money… (They made a name for themselves) (as a talented girl group.) I bought a car for my dad and helped my parents – buy a house. / – Right. – I give them money to spend now. / – I see. – It feels really good. / – That’s great. Your fans love to see you smile. You’re confident when it comes to your smile. My mouth is on the bigger side. When photographers ask you to flash a big smile, others go like this, while I… (Laughing) – Like this. / – That’s cute. I make noises too. It’ll be scary to watch on a rainy day. (Watch out for her on rainy days.) When I’m asked to look happy… Solar, look happy, please. (Laughing) Over here! So I always look bright and happy – in my photos. / – That’s right. You look great in your photos. Are you really a certified laughter therapist? – Really? / – Is that true? – Well… / – It’s quite nice. I happened to become a certified recreation instructor. – That’s amazing. / – I didn’t expect that. While studying for that, I also applied to become a certified laughter therapist too. I tend to laugh a lot and when I do, others laugh too – because they find it funny. / – Right. Just like now, if I laugh… (Her laughter is a cure.) – Like that. / – Even Lee Byunghun is laughing. (He flashes his straight white teeth.) (He’s fully cured.) Even Lee Byunghun is laughing. MAMAMOO is known for their improvisation on stage. You’ve got more calls to perform after that improvisation with Jung Woosung. – What is this about? / – We performed – at Blue Dragon Film Awards. / – Right. Right. It was at that event. We performed there. – It was a serious occasion. / – Right. But we wanted to entertain them because it was a celebratory event. – Byul rapped this. / – She did. “Hey, Woosung.” “Will you go out with me if I finish this drink?” She said the line from his movie. – “A Moment To Remember”. / – She said that line. Then… (They entertained the audience.) Then the cameraman caught him on the screen. He put on a bright smile. (Byunghun smiled too.) That drew a lot of attention then. We got invited again to perform for the ceremony a year after that. Other award ceremonies wanted us to perform and say those things on the spot. They asked us to say these lines. – It earned great responses. / – Right. It was great. One day, we ran out of those lines because we did so many. We couldn’t think of more lines. So we just said anything. We discussed before performing. “Should we link it to a radish because we’re MAMAMOO?” “All right. Let’s do that.” (What is this radish?) (We are MAMAMOO.) (Young radish, dried radish) You’re smiling big because you are embarrassed. (She smiles when she’s embarrassed.) (Everybody, have a radish party.) – But I think it’s fine. / – It seemed fine. But the audience was quite… – “What’s the matter with them?” / – The singers… Even the cameraman looked startled. We felt quite intimidated.