CNBLUE STAR COLUMN PART 2

CNBLUE – WHY WE TOOK UP ACTING

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The four band member CNBLUE. In January 2010 debuted in the   nations of kpop industry. Debut single ‘I am a Loner’ swept number 1 in all music charts. They were the lead and breath of fresh air to the kpop industry. After CNBLUE deciding not only doing music but slowly started to become active in acting field. Leader Jung Yonghwa took first step before the other members. Lee Jonghyun, Kang Minhyuk and Lee Jungshin followed and started to dream in the same acting dreamed. Naver Star Column talked to them more about why are they choose this path and their future plans in acting.

Hello this is Jung Yonghwa. This is the second time we meet through Naver Star Column. Even though the weather turning warmer but it is still very cold, hopefully no one catch cold. Although we are busy for our promotions, we are still doing our best to take a good care for our health. Ha! We always want to present the best performances on stage so we do not have time for catch a cold. Haha… So let’s continue with our story of why we took up the challenge in acting to become an actor.

Yonghwa: CEO, you were so honest in your answers for the first part of the interview who gave me such a shock! I’m looking forward for your truthful answers today. (laugh)

CEO Han: You can’t deny that I was being honest in the first interview. Haha… I will try to be the same for the questions regarding acting too.

Yonghwa: Okay, first question. Was there any point in time that you felt CNBLUE is a great difficulty?

CEO Han: I think it isn’t a difficulty, but it’s rather as many times we have to make an important decision. The first decision, we had to make is, getting Yonghwa to join the auditions of ‘You’re Beautiful’. When the team loses the main vocal the band will experience fear and disruption, the other members will definitely feel some degree of fear and discomfort. That was what exactly you felt when you busy with your Japanese activities, was it? After much contemplation, we decided to send Yonghwa back to Korea and the other members continue Japanese activities.

Yonghwa: I remember then, after our concert in Japan ended, the script was sent over by mail. I thought, what was this? And they told me to return to Korea immediately.

CEO Han: Jung Yonghwa acted as Kang Shinwoo who received much love from female audiences. Actually the script writer opposed Yonghwa being casted as Shinwoo but the director highly recommended him. Looking back to the time, I think, Yonghwa had acted his character really well.

Minhyuk: Hm… honestly when Yonghwa was left to Korea for filmed his drama; we felt really helpless in Japan and didn’t know what to do. But without   Yonghwa we found ourselves gradually improved, especially when the main vocal was absent and Jonghyun had to do it alone.

Jonghyun: Ah… I was so frustrated, we didn’t have main vocal but our team had to continue our activities. I couldn’t let go off my hand but helped our team. We were trained day and night, practicing our songs really hard. Looking back now, it was a great experience for us to become the better CNBLUE in the future.

CEO Han: Haha… I’m always giving you tough problem to solve. Seems like placing you to face extreme situations is my style, because of my harsh style Minhyuk had cried before. Under the extreme conditions the feeling of accomplishing certain tasks will likely to be remembered for a long time. Do you agree with me on this point?

Minhyuk: Why did you talk about I had cried?

Yonghwa: Not only me, you had challenged the other members to go into acting too. Is there any special reason in doing so?

CEO Han: Do you remember that time? When I gather you as CNBLUE? All of you had told me that you didn’t want to do mainstream pop music. I saw all of you do not agree with mainstream but had a heart to compose your own music. I think there’s no future if you continue your way. Even if you hate to listen but you have to, even if you hate to do but you have to do certain things. You have to do them, like wise you have to think the same way in acting. Get out from your restriction you have set for yourself in music and challenge yourselves in new area, acting field. I hope that you can broaden your mindset through acting. Do you know what the most important things in order to create your own music as a band, to generate greater awareness? You have to gain people attention. Only when other starts showing you their love and attention, then you can do your own music. (Although I disagree with this point, but in my understanding about Korean industry, I can take it).

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Jungshin: When did you start thinking of placing us to dabble in acting?

CEO Han: Probably it was in the beginning of ‘Hey You’ promotions. You probably unhappy with me then, looking back now, I made some mistake as a producer in that album. That was maybe the reason (why I decided to get you into acting). Of course I had discussed about acting with you all before ‘Hey You’. I wanted you to be more loved by your fans and could continue on doing music that you wanted to do. But definitely I know you were going to be unhappy with the idea of acting. I would have known.

Yonghwa: There many areas to explore other than acting, why did you specifically choose acting?

CEO Han: Ummmm… I do feel that the members can improve their appeal and charm through acting which will gives impact on the band’s influence. But if you can’t act and I made you to do so, that wouldn’t works out. I saw in you there are acting potential so I pushed you through. If you had variety talent, I would have encouraged you to go for variety shows. Though all of you still not used to with acting but I believe if you start to do well in it, your music career will be success as well.

Yonghwa: Then CEO, did you feel the possibility of us succeeding as actor was high right from the start?

CEO Han: No I didn’t, in fact I thought that Jonghyun and Jungshin couldn’t make it? The management team felt the same way. Haha… when Jonghyun start acting in ‘A Gentleman Dignity’ you could still hear him spoke bits of his satoori (dialect) that was mixed with standard Korean. Honestly I was really worried and I didn’t know that he will do quite well. The same things happen for Jungshin.

Jungshin: Honestly when I started filming ‘My Daughter Seoyoung’ I was pretty fearful. I know how my acting ability is looks like. So I went through many sleepless nights, keep on thinking about the script in order to have my line perfect. But after awhile, those who read the script without any initial strong perception of my acting[1] as well as the rest of the members give me much support, so I started to think positively. From episode 30 onwards, I began to be more comfortable with my acting skill.

Jonghyun: Many people said that you are lucky, I myself thinking that you are fortunate too. Haha…

Yonghwa: So, among us, who you were worried in doing acting the most?

CEO Han: That would be Jonghyun.  Because he is rigid and inflexible, he is someone who will not change if he feels it isn’t necessary.  If he personally wants to do something, his talent and skill will naturally improve. Just as same as Jungshin, even if the people around support him (in doing something) he will not unless he himself doesn’t want to.

Jonghyun: Getting rid my satoori is really difficult. I kept thinking that’s impossible to use satoori in drama filming and keep working hard on it. Need 2 months for me to managed mastering standard Korean language.

Minhyuk: When Jonghyun was trying really hard to get rid of his satoori, the other members also tried hard to motivate and pushed him. We kept telling him that his desire to change not enough to get into acting.

Jonghyun: The other members seem understand me pretty well and they motivated me subtly. Yonghwa told me before; if you refused I will take it up this role for you! The incredible thing was that after hearing those words I decided that I wanted to act badly and started working hard.

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Yonghwa: How about me and Minhyuk?

CEO Han: Minhyuk is belongs to those who will shine after accumulating experiences so I got him to start with small role first. Yonghwa can act as lead role well, even if it’s something hard he can do it quite well. I want Yonghwa to experience and grow more. Everyone is doing well in the task and roles they are given.

Yonghwa: Lastly, do you have any expectation for us in the future? Please tell us truthfully.

CEO Han: I hope that all of you able to keep up your acting activities together but seemingly it would be quite difficult to fit your schedules. I am highly hoped you find good drama to act in. Re:Blue is a good chance for you to grown up as band. I think it is good for the band to have experiment with different music styles; especially I want you not to be afraid in a new thing. As a band I really wish you can leave legacy behind.

How was our story in challenging to be actors? The only thing we have not mentioned was that we are work and practicing hard.

We definitely still lacking in many areas but we (CNBLUE) has been busy trying to improve both in singing and acting. The last section of the three part interview will be CNBLUE’s chatting session. Do you want to read more about CNBLUE’s heart to heart talk? Please wait a little while.

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[1] I have no idea with this line

CNBLUE STAR COLUMN PART 1

The Birth of CNBLUE, The Fools

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4member band CNBLUE. In January 2010, CNBLUE debuted in the nation’s kpop industry, debut song’s title “I’m a loner” swept no 1 in all music charts, and they were the leads and were a breath of fresh air to the kpop industry. This typhoon blew innocently, which propelled their popularity as album sales grew steadily, and like a core of the typhoon, their popularity continued to grow enormously. The rise of CNBLUE impacted Korea’s band industry which was previously neglected. It is an undeniable fact that CNBLUE’s popularity drew attention to Korea’s band industry. Many bands started to perform and sing so that they could be like CNBLUE; many bands started pursuing their dreams so that they could be like CNBLUE. CNBLUE gave a lot of bands hope and dreams; Naver’s Star Column presents CNBLUE and FNC Entertainment’s CEO Producer Han Seungho, who will share with you their dreams as a singers and actors.

Hello! This is Jung Yonghwa. We finally meet everyone through Naver Star Column. Haha! Later we will reveal every single secret to you guys with our FNC’s entertainment CEO Han Seungho. We will also directly ask CEO Han some questions. Let’s act like reporters for one day.  We will probably ask sensitive questions, so get ready and don’t blink your eyes. (Going to meet CEO Han right away, so feeling kind of nervous So, Jonghyun, Minhyuk and Jungshin, let’s gogo sing~)

Yonghwa: Hello, CEO.

CEO Han: Hello. It seems difficult for four of you to gather together. I haven’t seen you in a long while. Have you been practicing hard?

Jonghyun: What? Just talk comfortably, why do you suddenly use formal language to us?

Jungshin: Seems like our CEO can’t get used to this.

CEO Han: Oh really (starts to use informal language)? I will start to speak more casually then, seems like I can’t get use to being interviewed by you.

Yonghwa: CEO, do you mentally prepared to open and share all of CNBLUE to our fans? Keke…, now let’s begin with our first question. What opportunity paved the way for the creation of CNBLUE?

CEO Han: The first question seems good. Yonghwa seems to have prepared the questions well. Hahaha. When I was still a producer, I saw some Japanese bands, and realized there weren’t bands in Korea. It seems to me just a simple thought only. I started to think ‘can we form a band with good visuals and looks?’ I initially wanted to form three types of color bands. Ft Island represents one type of color, CNBLUE the 2nd, and the third type of color band is still undergoing training.

Jonghyun: What does your first impression when you saw us?

CEO Han: I can finally say it now, I didn’t like you. When I first saw you, I was wondering to myself if you can meet the image I had in mind. I can’t really imagine how you will turn out to. And do you know what the main problem was? It was Jung Yonghwa.

Yonghwa: …Why?

CEO HAN: Actually you know I wanted to develop CNBLUE into a pop band. In terms of musicality, when I first saw Yonghwa using Busan satoori (dialect), I thought this couldn’t work out. The style and color of the main vocals were different from what I expected! So I sent Yonghwa to Japan so he could become the type and color of vocals I wanted. But something surprising was happening. Yonghwa’s singing style and vocals started to change after a few months. If Yonghwa didn’t overcome his singing’s style, CNBLUE might just turn out to be a band without a distinct color and style.

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Yonghwa: To be honest, I thought about it at that time. Because I couldn’t find a clear direction in my vocals, I reached a stage of stagnation. But after doing a few performances in Japan, I started to become stronger. There was more and more recordings and I started to find my clear direction in my vocals.

Jonghyun: Yes…It’s not only Yonghwa. We grew a lot after gaining experiences from live performances.

CEO Han: Till now, I still find Yonghwa very amazing. Yonghwa had lively and energetic vocals which you can usually find in a rock band, but it wasn’t strong. Because of that, I wasn’t very happy with his vocals. But after going to Japan, he managed to overcome that flaw.

Yonghwa: So how did you felt when you first saw the other members? Did you not like them just like when you first saw me?

CEO Han: ummm…When I first saw Jonghyun, I thought to myself ‘Where should I place this kid?’ He had good vocals but a very narrow register. But if he could stay as the 2nd vocal, it will be good, but I felt it was a pity for him to do so. So I told him to practice a lot of ballads and mellow songs. Minhyuk is too weak; you need a lot of strength to play the drums. Minhyuk had pneumothorax when he was young…so how is it possible for him to play the drums…I was worried. He exercised a lot recently, so his body is in good shape now. I feel happy looking at him now.

Jungshin: CEO, what’s your first impression to me?

CEO Han: When you first came in for audition, I laughed a lot, and I could only remember laughing after seeing you. I remembered you were awkward no matter what you did, whether it was rap or dancing. It was too funny, but because you were too sincere in doing it, I tried my best not to laugh. Because you were a rare gem, so the audition just went past like that. But there, this guy is actually a serious and determined trainee. You can even think of assignments that are tougher than mine. So then, I decided to let you join CNBLUE as the fourth member.

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Minhyuk: But you did not let us debut immediately in Korea, but sent us to Japan. We went through a lot of hardships…

CEO Han: I felt that you had to go through Japan’s “Live” training so it can push you to grow. Before that, when you performed together as band, it was horrible. I realized that its not easy to form a band. I hope you can understand this through countless live performances you’ve been through. I felt that Japan was different than Korea, the performing space in Japan is much wider, and that was the main reason why I chose to send you to Japan. Did you suffer a lot? When I first sent all of you there, I wanted you to learn how overcome this sort of hunger and thirst. Now I can finally tell you but I used to tell your parents, not to send any form of allowance to you other than basic allowance for food.

Jonghyun: At that time we didn’t have money so we couldn’t even cut our hair. But we started to realize that hunger and thirst was a form of training. We started to learn many important things about life. We had rice but no side dishes, and we could only add chili into seaweed soup which lasted us for 3-4 days.

Minhyuk: When we first went there, everything seems so interesting so we bought a lot of things. We started to run out of money eventually. From then on, we became hungry. That hunger continued until we managed to be able to eat proper meals after every performance, and we start to become extremely grateful for that.

Jungshin: Even though we had poor and were suffering, but the four of us developed a strong friendship because all of us were living in a foreign land. If it’s not for those times, we probably won’t be like now, where we hardly even fight, loving each other like close brothers.

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CEO Han: Hmm… It seems like I was too harsh to you. But I felt that you had to experience tough period, so I was especially hard on you. If you didn’t have those training in Japan, CNBLUE won’t have such distinct strong colors as a band.

Yonghwa: So far, in your years of experience in developing us and Ft Island as band, do you have any secrets you can share with us in the developing and cultivating bands?

CEO Han: I started to form my own band in my university days because of my hobby, after that I became a pop music composer, as I continued to make music; I started to broaden my horizons in the Korean music industry. If I had continued to play in a band, I probably wouldn’t have the chance to form and develop bands. Being a composer at the same time made me realize the endless possibilities in music.

Jonghyun: So, who used to be your mentor?

CEO Han: There wasn’t anyone in particular. Everyone was good, but there wasn’t that one person whom I really liked. I feel that pop music is meant to be made to be shared with everyone. Till now, I haven’t changed my perception on that. But I personally like band music a lot. The song that was famous for its composer, the nuts <Nagging>, and it turned out that The Nuts is actually a band. Hahaha.

Yonghwa: Okay, CNBLUE’s first chat session has ended. How was it? Do you feel that you understand us a little more? The second chapter will be us sharing our challenge to become actors! Have you already started to anticipate our later stories? Just wait a little while longer. Coming Soon!!

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