Naeun originally auditioned for Do Hana’s Role? [Happy Together/2019.01.10]On January 13, 2020 by Raul Dinwiddie
– But some kids these days don’t know them. / – True. Sam, did you not know H.O.T.? (Did Sam not know about H.O.T.?) – Right. But I… / – He lived abroad. He’s been living abroad. I came to Korea for the first time about five years ago. I was born and raised in the US. (He’s a genius guitarist and a singer-songwriter.) Did you hear about H.O.T. and Chakra just today? No, not exactly. I researched them before coming here. – You did? / – Yes. What did you think about them? They were very excited. Music from that time was very exciting. We were very excited? Did we look very excited? “They were excited.” – When we were talking, / – We looked excited. did you think we were excited? “These old people are still young at heart.” “They are excited.” I mean that I was excited reading the lyrics and hearing their songs. How did you know Heejoon and Tony? I met Heejoon through “Immortal Songs”. How about Hwangbo? We’ve never met. This is my first time seeing her. You just met her. What do you think of her? What was her impression? She looks like a foreigner. She’s been hearing that for years. I want to be a Korean. Paul, are you from abroad as well? I studied abroad. I am not too far off from your generation. – Really? / – I am 31. – Really? / – Really? So I grew up – listening to your songs. / – You are not too young. – You look young. / – He looks very young. – I am close to Lee Juck. / – Right. Juck once went to a cafe in his town, and the part-time staff there – asked him if he would listen to his song. / – Really? – That was Paul. / – He gave his song to Juck? Before the debut? – I’d worked at the cafe for a long time. / – Right. He came to the cafe. I heard he was a regular customer, but I had never met him until that time. – He came that day. / – Really? I hid under the counter and shivered. I was so happy. I mustered up my courage and told him that my dream was to become a singer. I asked him if he could listen to my songs. On the spot? I let him listen to the song I wrote using my phone. When he heard it, he said I sounded like I was copying Jungyub. (Laughing) If he only praises you, it means he’s not interested. – Right. / – He could’ve just said, “Well done.” “That was lovely.” He could’ve just listened to a part of it, but he listened until the end. (He’s great.) A lot of singers must go to that cafe. – He met Park Hyoshin. / – Did he? That was when I was working in a restaurant. – It was in a restaurant. / – He’s lucky. He was a regular customer there. I introduced myself. He knew I wanted to become a singer. Did you let him listen to your song? He listened to my song – and gave me advice. / – Really? They are special to him. – Yes. / – Right. If both Lee Juck and Park Hyoshin ask you to sing a duet, who would you choose? – We love these questions. / – Yoonhee is good at asking difficult questions. Can’t we all sing together? – You can form a trio. / – There’s no such option. Since Juck said I sound like I am doing an impression, I will go with Hyoshin. That’s a clear choice. (His grudge made him make a clear choice.) – Hyoshin won. / – Yes. Juck lost. (I love you, Juck.) He had no choice. I heard Tony struggled the most while preparing for the concert. The concert went on for two and a half hours. On the first day of practice, – A two-minute song… / – Did it nearly kill you? I collapsed. – I couldn’t breathe. / – Oh, dear. I collapsed. I don’t know if this is appropriate for broadcast, but I even stopped smoking tobacco. – Really? / – Yes. – Tobacco? / – Why not say “cigarette”? – I was trying to use a better word. / – Sir. He’s like an old man. You can just say that you quit smoking. You quit smoking cigarette. Soon, you will be talking about short pipes too. – I switched to electronic cigarette. / – I see. I realized that the dances we did – are clearly different. / – They are different. – The moves are big. / – It’s tough. As we saw earlier, dances these days don’t have big moves. Dances these days are more focused on details. But dance moves in the old days are big and powerful. It’s just like doing a cardio workout. After performing “We Are the Future”, you run out of breath like you’ve done a sprint. Running out of breath is one thing. – But there’s this too. / – What? We have to constantly sit down and get up. – Right. / – So… It was really funny. All five of us did this. (Groaning) (The sound comes from his 20 years of experience.) – You groaned. / – Everyone did it. I could hear it. That made me realize that you can’t hide your age. There are several moves – we can no longer do. / – What are those? – There are several. / – What are those? There’s a move where we kneel down and spin. You go on one knee and spin once. Everyone has bad knees now. This is how it’s supposed to go. – Is it that bad? / – You kneel and spin. – He can do it. / – He can do it. – You did it. / – That’s only because I did it gently. My knees hurt too much if I fall hard. We couldn’t do this move, so we had to change it. – How did you change it? / – How? What we did was… Three, four. And one, two. (It’s completely changed.) We didn’t spin. (The highlight was the powerful spin.) (17 years later) (Moving their head up and down) We didn’t spin. We just ducked down. – I see. / – We changed that particular move. – Wouldn’t the fans know? / – Of course they do. You still delivered that powerful feeling. We gave that feeling without the spin. – You modified it. / – Yes. I couldn’t lift my knees. – It’s your time now. / – It’s your time. Please welcome Naeun of April. (Naeun of April) With the cumulative view of 150 million, she was the lead actress of 2018’s hit drama, “A-TEEN” and a rising star with beauty. – She is Naeun of April. / – Naeun! 150 million views. – She’s amazing. / – She’s incredible. I heard the character Do Hana was actually your role. – Yes. / – Really? Actually, I originally auditioned for Do Hana’s role. – You got the role. / – Yes, but my main job is as an idol singer. In order to play that role, I had to cut my hair. But I couldn’t do that. Also, at the audition, I thought Yeeun suits Do Hana’s character better, and I fit into Kim Hana’s role better. Recently, Yeeun from “A-TEEN”… – She was here. / – She was a big hit. – Did you really teach her to dance? / – Did you? When shooting a drama, you have to wait long sometimes, so we danced and played when we were bored. It turned out Yeeun loved dancing. She loved to dance, and asked me to teach her. I’m not that good either, but I taught her some moves – and she copied them. / – She copied you. May we see how you dance? – Can you do that? / – Sure. (Yeeun’s dance teacher will dance for us.) Go, Naeun. (“Side to Side” by Ariana Grande) – Her movement is light. / – She’s wearing heels. (It’s the dance time of the view count queen.) You’re so bad. Sam, you’re bad. He didn’t show any reaction until now. He got struck by Cupid’s arrow. – My gosh. / – I reacted to everything. – She’s good. / – She’s good. She’s good. Sam is finally smiling. What did I do? – My gosh, Sam… / – Sam. – Yes? / – You are thrilled. You are thrilled. Sam… – Can I reveal this? / – What is it? – Naeun’s boyfriend / – Wait. is here. – No way. / – No way. He couldn’t be here. He must be on this side. Why are you dismissing me? – Her boyfriend… / – What does it mean? – couldn’t be here. / – The same name? Do they have the same name? – It’s him. / – I knew it. – Actually… / – He looks so happy. – He’s so happy. / – Honey-to-your-ear boyfriend. – I see. Honey-to-your-ear boyfriend. / – Right. I listen to his song “Me After You” so much. – It’s so good. / – I only listen to children’s songs. Paul’s song is the only pop song I listen to. Paul. – Yes. / – Can you sing it for us? (His fan is excited.) – I will sing a part. / – Oh, dear. (“Me After You” by Paul Kim) (Her ear is getting cleansed.) (I was able to love this much) (His voice fills the space.) (Paul’s “Me After You” warmed our hearts.) Your honey-to-your-ear boyfriend sang right beside you. I love listening to the two Kims’ songs. – They take care of my ears. / – Is that so? – One ear each. / – Yes. Are they like ENT doctors? They test her hearing. Hwangbo had a question. Your last names are pronounced differently, but you’re both Kims, right? – Yes. / – Yes. – But they are pronounced differently, right? / – Yes. I think the pronunciation doesn’t really matter. Sam wants his last name – to be pronounced like Paul’s last name. / – I see. There’s a chef with the same name. – I need to differentiate myself. / – That’s why. How about we call you “Kim Sam”? (Kim Sam?) “Kim Sam” sounds fine. – “Kim Sam” is… / – Is it bad? Is he a teacher or what? – Why “Kim Sam”? / – He teaches how to play guitar. (Kim Sam’s Guitar Class) May I ask what your real names are? – My name is Kim Gunji. / – “Kim Gumji”? – “Kim Gunji”. / – “Gunji”. Not the index finger. Not “Kim Gumji”. – ♪ Kim Gunji ♪ / – ♪ Kim Gunji ♪ (Why would you suddenly mention Kim Gunmo?) (Laughing) Go back to who you were at the concert. I hate that. – I like this. / – I like this too. I like this too. – How about you, Paul? / – Kim Taehyung. Taehyung. There’s a member of Sobangcha with that name. – Sobangcha? / – FT Island. Let’s stop talking about the things only we know. There’s Kim Taehyung of BTS too. (BTS V’s real name is Kim Taehyung.) We are a completely different generation. – We are. / – Sobangcha is so old. I think he’s trying to make us look bad. Why would you say that? “There’s a member of BTS too.” – Don’t be offended. / – That was his intention. Everyone here belongs to a group except for you two. Don’t you envy groups sometimes? I do envy groups. – You two… / – Before the shoot began, I told him that I want to be in a group and asked if he ever wanted to be in a group. – Did you? / – You should do a project. I got an idea for their team name. – How about “Double Kim”? / – “Double Kim”? What is that? “Two Kim”. “Two Kim” is better than “Double Kim”. “Double Kim.” “Duo Kim.” – “Duo Kim”? / – “Duo Kim.” How about “Handsome”? “Handsome”. Isn’t that nice? “Handsome”. How about “Sam-Paul”? – Excuse me? / – “Sam-Paul” like “sample”. (Everyone jeers at him.) Are you booing me? – That was the worst. / – I liked it. – “Sam-Paul” is the worst. / – You’re working hard. – You are working hard. / – Worse than “Double Kim”. – It’s worse than that. / – I apologize. When do you envy people in a group? We once performed together. – Lovely. / – We performed together. We shared a waiting room together, and we practiced together. That made me really happy. There is a poster we made for the performance, and it’s still at my bedside. I had a great time then. It made me really want to form a group. You should do a project together. You go together well. It was really fun. These days, people come here just for this. We erase a bad memory from your past right away. There’s someone who actually believes it. – Who is it? / – It’s just a joke, but Naeun thought we actually hire someone to erase all the data on the internet. – Yes. / – Is that right? We don’t have that much time. That’s what the writer said during the interview when I asked her if it was true, so I asked her to make sure to erase it all. We cast a spell so that the viewers will keep it a secret. – They keep the promise. / – Yes. Everyone considers it a secret. Shall we start with the strong one? – Shall we? / – I hear that Heejoon’s is the worst. – Let’s check it first. / – I can’t wait. – Let’s check it. / – Let’s check the worst. I’m curious. It might be easy if it’s a footage from KBS. Meanwhile, mine is from a show on SBS. – We can still erase it. / – So I thought someone would sneak in there, and burn the source video at the end. – That’s not it. / – So I hear. – We erase it for you with a spell. / – A spell? Even though it’s been a few years, my juniors would say that they enjoyed watching it. They brought it up even though it happened three to four years ago. People still mention the Fatty incident from “Running Man”. – This… / – Please, guys. I was on set during this incident, and it was Kim Jongkook who said it. To be honest, I was deeply annoyed then. – Exactly. / – I didn’t think that my outburst would be aired on TV. I couldn’t believe it. I’m sorry, but I saw this even yesterday. – See? / – It keeps getting uploaded on social media. I wish to be finally free from it. – Let’s take a look first. / – I can’t wait. (The embarrassing memory is recalled.) – You have to come down. / – But… (Get down, Fatty!) Wow, he called you Fatty! That was harsh of him, though. (Deeply disturbed) (Fatty?) Are you kidding me? (You muscular old lady!) – Muscular old lady. / – Fatty? My mom is watching right now. (My mom is watching “Running Man” right now.) – The Fatty incident. / – It’s funny. – That was the Fatty incident. / – Again, please. I was a bit bloated at the time. He was quite sensitive about his weight back then. – That’s right. / – But Jongkook said it. Naeun is still laughing. – I know. / – Tell me. Do embarrassing memories really get erased here? – Yes. / – It feels like – the memory only gets a reminder. / – No. – We erase it for you. / – We do. – Don’t worry. / – They’ll be memes now. You seemed genuinely upset in that video. The video reminds me again that I was really upset that day. I was able to refute because I was nowhere near him. I wouldn’t have if I were next to him. – He was at a distance. / – As he said, there was some distance between them. If Saeho was the one to say it, I’m sure things would’ve been different. – If so… / – I couldn’t have because I’m a fatty too. “My fellow fatty!” “My fellow fatty!” – Then… / – I would’ve just laughed. – “My fellow fatty!” / – If he had said that, I would’ve treated him as a fellow too. It’s how I would’ve reacted. (Everything about this surprises him.) Sam, you seem alarmed by all this.