LISA whose favorite Korean food is gamja-tang (spicy pork back-bone stew), JISOO who threw a microphone away while swinging her arm during a rehearsal, ROSÉ who was touched by fried chickens sent by DARA, and JENNIE who says “right now” (the interview) in a shaky voice when asked about what was the hardest time since BLACKPINK’s debut. The real BLACKPINK out of the veil of secrecy triggered fandom with their cute appeals, not just with the intense performances on the stage that trigger girl crush.
Interviewers were even curious about how these shy and tender-hearted girls could present such powerful and intense performances on the stage.
In the interview, BLACKPINK was not just the “monstrous rookie” that dominated stages with overwhelming charisma. On the surface, the girls are like charismatic “black”, but inside, they are like shy “pink”. Girl group BLACKPINK’s members in the interview, not on the stage, were cute shy girls who were even hesitant to speak about what it was like to come back.
The girls said that their happiest moment was when they were with fans. Even though BLACKPINK swept No.1 on music charts upon their debut and took No.1 in a TV music show in the shortest period of time since debut ever for a Korean girl group, they were rather excessively modest and knew how to appreciate the big support from fans.
ROSÉ: “It’s our first comeback after debut. We’ve worked really hard for it, so please enjoy our new songs. Thank you.”
JISOO: “Just as you mentioned, this is a comeback like debut. We’ve come back with new songs. Thank you for listening to our songs despite the fact that no performance has been unveiled yet. We were worried as we haven’t been exposed to the media after our comeback, but people like our songs. I really thank them.”
LISA: “We’ve worked hard on our new songs, so I’d like you to look forward to our performances as well.”
JENNIE: “We’ve come back with new songs ‘PLAYING WITH FIRE’ and ‘STAY’. We’re nervous but excited.”
BLACKPINK members talked about what it was like to come back, with quivering voices. They were shy and cute like most other girls, somewhat differently from the charisma they displayed on the stage. Many people at the interview shouted, “These girls are cuter than I expected”. Then, what would have YG’s CEO YANG HYUN SUK who directly picked and trained them felt like?
JISOO: “Mr. YANG? Haha. He’s like my father. He shows us captured images of our good performances and says he feels satisfied, and when we make mistakes, he also sends us the images, asking “What is this?” He takes care of us like our father.”
JENNIE: “He was the first one who sent us the captured image when we took No.1 in a TV music show for the first time. We checked the message on our phones after receiving a trophy and found out that he sent the message right after we were announced as No.1. Haha.”
The reason why BLACKPINK could take No.1 trophy in a TV music show within the shortest period of time ever for a girl group in Korea was because they had endured many years of hard training. Couldn’t it be very hard for them to wait for indefinite debut and future?
LISA: “I had difficulties with communicating as I’m a foreigner, but the other members helped me a lot. We relied on each other and that was how we could endure those days.”
JISOO: “We could rely on each other, as we had the common goal, interest, and objectives.”
JENNIE: “We went through inner struggles about if we could actually make debut. Once, our photos were unveiled to the public and news articles were written about us, so we thought we were making debut then. However, month after month passed with nothing happening, and then, five years have passed. Once the team was formed and the concept of our team began to be established, we could feel relieved.”
The members also smiled, talking about other names that were candidates for the team other than “BLACKPINK”.
JISOO: “Am I allowed to say this? Actually, we could have been “Pink Punk”. There was “Baby Monster” as well, and the most shocking name was “Magnum”. The name was like we’re transforming into something, but fortunately, we got this name of BLACKPINK.”
The members say that they feel like they are still trainees, even though it has been three months since their debut. BLACKPINK members’ lives are still the same with their lives before debut, going to practice when there are no official schedules.
Hard work always pays off. BLACKPINK swept seven music charts with their new songs “PLAYING WITH FIRE” and “STAY”. BLACKPINK also talked about the competition between the girl groups of three major music labels in Korea, which has been a hot issue recently. BLACKPINK said that building bigger recognition is more important now than thinking about that “competition”, showing a modest attitude.
JISOO: “We’re really grateful. Even though we haven’t presented any performances yet, many people are listening to our songs and loving us. We’re really grateful.”
JENNIE: “As it’s been not that long since our debut, there are still many people who don’t know who we are. So the most urgent thing for us to do is to expose ourselves more to the public, to make us better known.”
LISA was asked to talk about what she remembers about the performances of “WHISTLE” and “BOOMBAYAH”. She humorously answered, “JISOO threw away her microphone!”
JISOO: “Haha. When I was doing the dance of swinging my arm during a rehearsal, I threw away my microphone by mistake. Since then, I grab a mic so hard to the extent that my hand turns red. Haha.”
In the interview, BLACKPINK members were so cute, but they were not just innocent girls. They are feeling burdened by the fact that their label is YG Entertainment. They are also matured girls, who are struggling to follow the footsteps of their super-star seniors.
JISOO: “We always monitor performances of senior YG artists. I believe that they display great energy and presence on the stage and that is the thing we need to learn most of all. Of course we feel burdened as all senior YG artists have achieved great success. We believe that we have to follow their footsteps quickly, so that we’re not left behind.”
To a question whether senior YG artists support BLACKPINK, ROSÉ answered, “Yes, everyone takes good care of us, as we’re the youngest team in the company.” She also smiled, saying, “Ah! Yes! We were practicing during the Christmas holidays and DARA sent us fried chickens. That was a very big support for us.” BLACKPINK went on to talk about 2NE1.
JISOO: “We’re honored to be compared to them and we don’t want to be different from them. Rather than wanting to show a different color, we just want to display YG’s unique color. Even though it seems that we’re just following, I don’t think that is bad. We want to follow their charisma and presence on the stage.”
Then, what are different strengths of each member of BLACKPINK?
JISOO: “LISA speaks good Korean. She uses Korean proverbs well, and that is really cute.”
LISA: “I think I’m almost Korean now.”
JISOO: “She even eats gamja-tang (spicy pork back-bone stew), haha.”
JENNIE: “I think JISOO is the most different from what people think about us. In real life, she is full of humor and she is mischievous. She likes playing games and she is really easy-going.”
JISOO: “People at yesterday’s shooting for ‘Weekly Idol’ show said so, too. They said I looked wild on the stage but I was actually like a little child… Haha. Everyone was a little bit surprised.”
When asked about the hardest time since their debut, JENNIE answered “Right now” in a quivering voice and smile shyly. She picked the time spent with fans as the happiest moment since BLACKPINK’s debut.
JENNIE: “I feel the most nervous in interviews. I think that is because we’re on our own, without any direction from Mr. YANG.”
JENNIE: “The happiest moment for me was when I met fans. I was surprised that so many people came to see us, and that was really exciting.”
ROSÉ: “I was impressed by our fans’ feedback for us. Their comments relieved and comforted me. I really appreciate them.”
Then, what would be the feedback that BLACKPINK wants to get from fans the most?
JISOO: “For ‘PLAYING WITH FIRE’, we put much focus on the choreography. I want hear from fans that our performance has been upgraded. ‘STAY’ is an acoustic ballad and I want to hear that this kind of song is also good for BLACKPINK.”
“I hope BLACKPINK will be a girl group welcomed by many people any time. Also hope to be a girl group that everyone likes no matter what genre we perform”.