[SBS Star] Jay Park Sweetly Draws & Writes on Gifts for over 100 People Who He Works with
Korean-American hip-hop artist Jay Park prepared special Chuseok gifts for everyone who he works with. On September 16, Jay Park updated his Instagram with a new photo. In the photo, Jay Park was sitting on a couch; writing something on a box of wine with a pen. Next to him, there were lots of boxes of the same wine that he was holding in his hand. Over this photo, Jay Park wrote, 'I'm preparing Chuseok gifts for AOMG and H1GHR MUSIC's employees and artists. There are over 100 of them.' Jay Park is the head of two big hip-hop labels AOMG and H1GHR MUSIC. Chuseok is an upcoming national holiday in Korea, and it seemed like he wanted to show his gratitude to those who work hard for his labels by giving them something. Not a long while later, AOMG and H1GHR MUSIC's employees and artists started uploading Jay Park's gift on their social media. It turned out Jay Park drew a drawing that was related to their names; different for everybody, on top of a Chuseok celebration message. For instance, Jay Park drew the clothing hoodie on singer Hoody's gift, and an ugly duck on rapper Ugly Duck's gift. His playful but smart drawings as well as his sweet move are making many smile ahead of Chuseok next week. (Credit Online Community, 'jparkitrighthere' Instagram) (SBS Star)SBS 뉴스 | Lee Narin | 2021.09.17 | 방송/연예
[SBS Star] "SM Ent.?" NCT 127 Members Share What They Want to Stick to like Their Song 'Sticker'
The members of K-pop boy group NCT 127 shared what they would like to stick to. In the morning of September 17, an online showcase for NCT 127's latest album 'Sticker' was held. During the showcase, one reporter asked NCT 127 an interesting question that was related to 'Sticker'. The question was, 'What would you like to stick to like your new release 'Sticker'?' TAEYONG laughingly answered, 'Umm... Our agency SM Entertainment?' As DOYOUNG heard his response, he laughed and commented, 'He's going to be so loved at our agency. I can just totally see that already.' Then, TAEYONG turned to the camera and said, 'I love you, CEO Lee Soo-man.', making everybody laugh. After that, JAEHYUN stated, 'If I have to tell the very truth, I think I would choose to stick to my bed.' He explained, 'Whenever I have to wake up early ahead of a hectic day, I think to myself all the time, 'I want to stick to my bed for a little longer.'' Following JAEHYUN, JOHNNY shared his opinion, 'It might sound quite obvious, but I want to stick to a concert hall.' He continued, 'It's just that we all really miss performing in front of our fans. I want to see our fans as soon as possible.' 'Sticker' is NCT 127's album that the group released in a year and a half after 'NCT #127 Neo Zone' in March 2020. (Credit SM Entertainment) (SBS Star)SBS 뉴스 | Lee Narin | 2021.09.17 | 방송/연예
[SBS Star] Lee Sung Kyoung Talks About Living in an Old Shack & Tiny Rented Home in Her Younger Days
Actress Lee Sung Kyoung talked about her childhood when she lived in an old shack and tiny rented home. On September 15 episode of JTBC's television show 'Serimoney Club', Lee Sung Kyoung made a guest appearance. During the talk, the host Kim Jong-kook shared that Lee Sung Kyoung may look as if she grew up wealthy, but her family actually struggled a lot with money in her childhood. Lee Sung Kyoung said, 'When I was four years old, my dad started running a factory. But the factory went bankrupt, and we began to be in lots of debt.' She continued, 'So, we moved to this really old shack, then to a tiny rented home where our family could barely fit our furniture, belongings and ourselves. I lived there until I was in high school.' She went on, 'Once, my friend came by to borrow my umbrella, and was like, 'How can you seriously live in a place like that?' I was so embarrassed then.' The actress added, 'When my dad used to ride me to school/after-school academy, I used to ask him to drop me off at a place a little distant from school/after-school academy, because we had a trashy car.' Then, Lee Sung Kyoung said her family prayed every day for them to live in an average family-sized home and own an SUV car. But she explained her background actually helped her in many ways. Lee Sung Kyoung said, 'I previously asked myself, 'Would it have been good if my family was wealthy?' But the answer I came up for that was a definite no.' She resumed, 'All the memories from my childhood when we were financially struggling hard are very precious to me. Each of them is something I should feel thankful for.' (Credit JTBC Serimoney Club) (SBS Star)SBS 뉴스 | Lee Narin | 2021.09.17 | 방송/연예
[SBS Star] Kim Go-eun Says that She Felt like Giving Up on Acting After 'The Guardian'
Actress Kim Go-eun shared that she almost gave up on acting after 'Guardian: The Lonely and Great God'. On September 15 episode of tvN's television show 'You Quiz on the Block', Kim Go-eun made a guest appearance. During the talk, Kim Go-eun talked about her beloved drama 'Guardian: The Lonely and Great God' that aired in 2016. Kim Go-eun said, 'After wrapping up 'Guardian: The Lonely and Great God', I suddenly felt like giving up on acting. The feeling came to me just like that.' She continued, 'I think it was because I had been very hard on myself for so long. Ever since I made debut with 'Eungyo', I kept telling myself, 'You are not loved because you're good. You're just lucky.'' She went on, 'I didn't let myself relax for a long time, and it had come all at once. This is probably the reason why I experienced that.' But then Kim Go-eun said she thankfully managed to overcome those struggles. Kim Go-eun said, 'As it's been many years since I entered the industry, there is some pressure that I have to do well. Now that I'm over those difficult times, and at this point in my career, I want to positively keep doubting myself so that I can do better.' She resumed, 'I believe being an actress is a grateful job. When a film starts after the opening credits, I feel joy and excitement.' She added, 'That's when I'm like, 'Is that really what I do for a living? That's so awesome.' I feel the proudest and happiest about my job then.' (Credit tvN Guardian: The Lonely and Great God/You Quiz on the Block) (SBS Star)SBS 뉴스 | Lee Narin | 2021.09.17 | 방송/연예
[SBS Star] EXO KAI Shares His Ways to Survive & Stand Out in the Competitive K-pop Industry
K-pop boy group EXO's member KAI shared how he became popular. Recently, KAI featured in one YouTube show that is led by entertainer Tak Jae Hoon. In this video, Tak Jae Hoon video-called KAI in order to learn about the K-pop industry. As soon as KAI picked up his phone, Tak Jae Hoon asked, 'What's your secret to your popularity, KAI?' KAI laughed and answered, 'Well, the first thing I did after I joined SM Entertainment was to stay away from social media. I deleted all my accounts right away.' He continued, 'I just thought it would do more harm than good to use social media before I made debut. I believed it might even get in my way to the road to success.' Then, KAI talked about his early debut days, and what the most important was to keep in mind then. The K-pop star said, 'EXO made debut with a song titled 'MAMA', it didn't do very well. Not only were we not getting enough responses from K-pop fans, but also got a lot of negative responses. It wasn't so easy then.' He went on, 'But what I thought was the most important thing to do then was to show everyone that you are a good person, and actually be a good person. That's really important.' EXO made debut in April 2012, and the group is considered to be one of the most successful 2.5 generation K-pop groups out there. (Credit 'M드로메다 스튜디오' YouTube, SM Entertainment) (SBS Star)SBS 뉴스 | Lee Narin | 2021.09.15 | 방송/연예
[SBS Star] "I'm SHINee World!" Lee Dong Wook Shows Great Love for SHINee ONEW
Actor Lee Dong Wook revealed that he is a huge fan of K-pop boy group SHINee. On September 14 episode of JTBC's television show 'Sea of Hope', Lee Dong Wook expressed his love for SHINee. In this episode, Lee Dong Wook and ONEW were meeting for the first time. Upon meeting ONEW, Lee Dong Wook excitedly commented, 'I'm a big fan of yours. I'm SHINee World (the name of SHINee's fandom)!' He continued, 'When I listen to you sing, it almost feels like going back to the time when I met my first love in my school days.' Then, Lee Dong Wook suggested ONEW to sing SHINee's song 'An Encore' during a mini concert in the evening. ONEW said yes without any hesitation, and asked Lee Dong Wook to sing with him. That evening, ONEW made Lee Dong Wook to come up on stage when the mini concert began. When Lee Dong Wook came up on stage, he said, 'The only thing I did was to recommend a song to ONEW, but look what happened. I'm here on the stage with him.' He went on, 'My heart is beating so fast that I feel like it's going to come out of my chest any minute.' After saying this, Lee Dong Wook tightly held ONEW's hand and said, 'I'm counting on you, ONEW.' As if his worries were not needed to even start, Lee Dong Wook perfectly sang 'An Encore' with ONEW. (Credit JTBC Sea of Hope) (SBS Star)SBS 뉴스 | Lee Narin | 2021.09.15 | 방송/연예
[SBS Star] President Moon Meets BTS to Award Them Certificates as His Special Envoy Ahead of the UN Event
The members of K-pop boy group BTS were awarded the certificates of appointment as President Moon Jae-in's special envoy for public diplomacy today. On September 14, the President and the seven members of BTS―RM, JIN, J-HOPE, SUGA, JIMIN, V and JUNGKOOK met at the Blue House. At the Blue House, BTS members were awarded the certificates of appointment as his special envoy, and given diplomatic passports. BTS will begin activities as the 'special presidential envoy for future generations and culture' by attending the annual United Nations General Assembly session. The UN General Assembly is scheduled to take place in New York City next week, and President Moon will be attending the event as well. President Moon and BTS plan to participate in the second meeting of the Sustainable Development Goals Moment (SDG Moment) of the Decade of Action on September 20. BTS will make a speech during the session, and a video of their performance will be played. According to the UN website, the objectives of this year's SGD Moment are, 'As the world is grappling with the COVID-19 pandemic and major challenges to progress across the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, the SDG Moment will seek to reinforce the continued relevance of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and build momentum in advance of major summits and intergovernmental meetings.' The SGD Moment will also 'highlight urgent actions needed to ensure COVID-19 response and recovery efforts are equitable, inclusive and accelerate the transition to sustainable development', and 'demonstrate that transformative change at scale is possible between now and 2030.' 'As BTS has delivered messages of comfort and hope to the world, the group's attendance at the UN General Assembly this time is expected to serve as a meaningful opportunity to expand communication with future generations around the world and draw their sympathy on major international issues.', the Blue House said in a statement. Back on July 21, President Moon officially appointed BTS as the 'special presidential envoy for future generations and culture'. (Credit Yonhap News Agency) (SBS Star)SBS 뉴스 | Lee Narin | 2021.09.14 | 방송/연예
[SBS Star] Kim So Yeon Says Marrying Lee Sang Woo Was a Turning Point in Her Life
Actress Kim So Yeon shared that marriage with actor Lee Sang Woo was a turning point in her life. Recently, Kim So Yeon had a press interview upon wrapping up her drama 'The Penthouse: War in Life'. During the interview, Kim So Yeon revealed that Lee Sang Woo helped her to decide on her appearance in the drama. Kim So Yeon said, 'When I was cast in 'The Penthouse: War in Life', I was extremely worried. I was scared that I might not be able to play 'Chun Seo-jin' well. At that time, Sang Woo was like, 'Think of it as a challenge. Why be so afraid of a challenge?'' She continued, 'Also when I had a meeting with the production team, I was feeling really awkward about it. He gave me great advice, that gave me confidence.' Then, the actress mentioned that one of three turning points in her life was marrying Lee Sang Woo. Kim So Yeon said, 'If I had to choose the turning points in my life, I would say that it's before and after the dramas 'IRIS', 'Game of Thrones' and marriage with Sang Woo. My life changed upside down after marrying him.' She resumed, 'Before I met Sang Woo, I used to memorize lines just by writing them down and practicing them by myself. So, I was always left with piles of notepads and used pens after my projects.' She went on, 'But after I met him, I learned to memorize and practice my lines with my partner actors and actresses. I'm just so glad that he is by my side. He helps me to get out of the emotions of my character when I return home as well. I learned how important that was, all thanks to him.' Kim So Yeon and Lee Sang Woo married each other in June 2017 following their 7-month relationship. (Credit 'sysysy1102' Instagram) (SBS Star)SBS 뉴스 | Lee Narin | 2021.09.13 | 방송/연예
[SBS Star] LISA Thanks BLACKPINK Members for Their Warm Visit to Solo MV Filming Site
LISA of K-pop girl group BLACKPINK expressed her gratitude to the members of the group for their support. On September 10, LISA went live on NAVER V LIVE in celebration of the release of her first solo album 'LALISA'. During the live broadcast, LISA mentioned how supportive the group members were for her solo release. LISA said, 'The girls have been such supportive friends. They came to the filming sit for my music video as well. They stayed with me until early in the morning.' She went on, 'JENNIE stayed with me in the waiting room together, and JISOO visited me with lots of delicious snacks to nibble on. I felt so thankful for all that.' 'When I was at the filming site all by myself, I didn't know whether I was doing well or not. When they came, I felt much more confident. The fact that they were just there with me gave me energy.', she added. Then, LISA shared that was not the only time when the members of BLACKPINK showed their love and support for her. LISA said, 'They would always call me to ask if everything was going well and stuff. They even came by my house to ask if there was anything I was worried about.' Regarding preparations for 'LALISA', LISA stated, 'Well, I pretty much lived in the dance studio. I went to practice my performance whenever I had time. I worked really hard for 'LALISA'.' She resumed, 'The song 'MONEY' is a super fun song. It was fun to prepare. I want to show my 'MONEY' performance to fans as soon as I can.' A great number of fans around the world have been waiting for 'LALISA' to come out, and they are all excited that it finally has been released. (Credit 'BLACKPINK' NAVER V LIVE) (SBS Star)SBS 뉴스 | Lee Narin | 2021.09.10 | 방송/연예
[SBS Star] BTOB Lee Minhyuk·Peniel Say Other K-pop Stars Make It Hard for Them to Go to the Restroom?
K-pop boy group BTOB's members Lee Minhyuk and Peniel shared that it is hard for them to go to the restroom when other K-pop stars are around. Recently, Lee Minhyuk and Peniel featured in one audio show by NAVER NOW. During the show, the two BTOB members revealed that some K-pop stars made them feel uncomfortable. Lee Minhyuk said, 'In the K-pop culture, there is a thing where hoobae groups go around sunbae groups' waiting rooms to say hi.' He continued, 'I honestly wish they would stop coming to our room. It's okay to say hi when passing by one another, but I don't think it's necessary for them to come all the way to our room to do that.' He went on, 'I want to change the culture, actually. As BTOB is now one of the sunbae groups, we'll try to change it step by step.' Then, Peniel said, 'It's even difficult for us to go to the restroom. On our way to the restroom, so many K-pop groups would come and say hi, you know...' He resumed, 'To all my hoobae groups listening to this show, you don't have to be so polite around me. Just be like, 'Hi, Peni.' No need to bow and stuff the next time you see me, okay?' Lee Minhyuk laughed and said, 'Yeah, I mean, we all know how much time and effort you put into your dreams, and how big your dreams are.' He added, 'You don't have to come and say hi to us like that every time. There really is no need for that, guys.' BTOB is a group under CUBE Entertainment that made debut in March 2012. (Credit NAVER NOW) (SBS Star)SBS 뉴스 | Lee Narin | 2021.09.10 | 방송/연예