[SBS Star] CHANSUNG Apologized to Ex-Labelmate Hyelim for Being Her First Kissing Scene Partner?
Hyelim, formerly of disbanded K-pop girl group Wonder Girls, and CHANSUNG of K-pop goy group 2PM talked about what it was like to portray romance together in 'Hong Kong Within Me'. 'Hong Kong Within Me', an upcoming film, had its production presentation at CGV Yongsan I PARK MALL, Ichon-dong, Seoul on November 23. Hyelim and CHANSUNG used to be labelmates at JYP Entertainment; during the event, they talked about what it was like to work together in 'Hong Kong Within Me'. In this love fantasy, which mirrors some aspects of the two leads' real lives, 'Hyelim' (Hyelim) unexpectedly finds herself in Hong Kong one day while wearing her pajamas. She remembers a store in the area and goes there, where she encounters her first love, 'CHANSUNG' (CHANSUNG). Their love grows as they go about their everyday lives, which seem to repeat themselves like a dream. &'Reading the script made me laugh. I thought the scene where Hyelim and I were about to kiss on a ferry was hilarious.&', CHANSUNG remarked and added, &'And the movie was even better than I expected.&' CHANSUNG recalled that the first scene he filmed was a kissing scene and said, &'I honestly, truly was relieved that Hyelim was the one I was shooting the kissing scene with. Doing it with a familiar face was a huge relief.&' &'But then Hyelim told me she had never shot a kissing scene before. I told her I'm sorry for being her partner.&', CHANSUNG said, chuckling. He then explained, &'Even though it's just acting, she might have had some expectations for her first kissing scene with someone she doesn't know. That's why I felt bad about being her first kissing scene partner.&' Hyelim shared her experience with the film, &'This movie is my first work in a long time, and I was nervous and stressed. I was very worried at first, but the director gently guided me.&' She also said, &'And I believed CHANSUNG would lead me, since I had little experience in acting.&' &'I didn't even think about how Hyelim's acting career was.&', CHANSUNG said, &'We had a table read in Korea and had another one in Hong Kong. If we had met for the first time, we would have needed time to get to know each other. But Hyelim and I could have begun without all that.&' (Credit 'KoreaFilm 코리아필름' YouTube, CJ ENM) (SBS Star)SBS 뉴스 | 2023.11.23 | 방송/연예
[SBS Star] Baek Z Young Lost a Fortune by Choosing TAECYEON as 'Candy in My Ears' Duet Partner?
Singer Baek Z Young revealed why she chose TAECYEON to sing with her on her song, 'Candy in My Ears'. On November 16, Baek Z Young uploaded a video featuring a conversation with actor/K-pop boy group 2PM member TAECYEON. Baek Z Young started by praising TAECYEON for achieving a remarkable career in acting over the years, alongside group activities; to this, TAECYEON humbly said, &'I wasn't good enough as a singer to pursue a singing career as a solo artist.&' &'Why would you say that? I chose you for 'Candy in My Ears' because you stood out the most.&', Baek Z Young said, mentioning 'Candy in My Ears', a duet song she sang with TAECYEON. She began sharing the behind-the-scenes story of how TAECYEON became her duet partner for the song. &'Producer Bang Si-hyuk gave me two dance songs-one for a female solo and the other for a male-female duet. The duet song was fantastic.&', she said, explaining that the mentioned duet song was 'Candy in My Ears'. &'Several people were mentioned as possible duet partners for the song, and you, with your face and body, stood out among the other candidates. I said I would go with you no matter what.&', she recalled. Baek Z Young then revealed that she still had not changed her mind despite the 'absurd' condition that TAECYEON's agency had requested. &'The conditions presented by your manager were just too much. It seemed a bit absurd. I mean, your share of the song's profit was bigger than mine. Although I knew it wasn't a good arrangement for me, I still wanted to work on the song with you. That's how you've been cast.&', when Baek Z Young remarked, the caption below commented, 'TAECYEON's charm was impossible to pass, even though she ended up losing billions of wons…'. &'I heard that you were quite surprised by the offer.&', Baek Z Young told TAECYEON with a chuckle. &'Yeah. I was just a rookie who debuted eight months ago when you, a big sunbae-nim who started your career much earlier than I did, offered me to collaborate on a duet song.&', TAECYEON remarked, &'I was like, 'Why me, though?'. Anyway, It wasn't up to me to decide. Back then, I did whatever our agency told me to do.&' &'Well, lucky for me that you didn't have a choice!&', Baek Z Young jokingly exclaimed. (Credit '백지영 Baek Z Young' 'MBCkpop' YouTube) (SBS Star)SBS 뉴스 | 2023.11.17 | 방송/연예
[SBS Star] "My Screen Time Might Be Short, But…" Park Seo Jun Speaks about His Role in 'The Marvels'
Actor Park Seo Jun proudly spoke of his character 'Prince Yan' in the latest Marvel Cinematic Universe superhero film, 'The Marvels', noting that his character &'plays a crucial part&' in the overall story even though he only appears briefly. On November 8, 'The Marvels' directed by American filmmaker Nia DaCosta hit the screens; it is a sequel to 2019's 'Captain Marvel'. 'The Marvels' depicts the story of 'Carol Danvers' (Brie Larson), a hero who protects the universe, unexpectedly getting into a new team play with 'Monica Rambeau' (Teyonah Parris) and 'Kamala Khan' (Iman Bellany) as their powers get entangled. Park Seo Jun plays 'Prince Yan' from a planet called Aladna, where 'Carol Danvers' and her team pay an emergency visit. As the story unfolds, an unusual past connection between 'Prince Yan' and 'Carol Danvers' gets revealed, adding an extra layer of fun to the film. The prince of a planet where people speak musically, 'Prince Yan' makes his first appearance in the film with a truly unforgettable scene; he and 'Carol Danvers' sing in a duet and dance as they engage in conversation. Park Seo Jun recently talked about his experience being part of the first musical sequence of the Marvel Cinematic Universe films. &'I think they checked my vocal range before making the songs I had to sing, so I wouldn't have trouble singing. During filming those scenes, I tried to focus more on capturing the character's emotions than on singing well.&', Park Seo Jun remarked. Park Seo Jun's appearance in the movie is known to be short, lasting about two to three minutes in the film's total runtime of 105 minutes. Nevertheless, the actor proudly spoke of his part in the movie. &'I think Aladna and 'Prince Yan' are the place and the figure that is important for showing the growth of 'Carol Danvers'. Some might think my part in the movie is too short, but I believe it plays a crucial part in the overall narrative of 'The Marvels'.&' (Credit 'MarvelKorea' YouTube, Walt Disney Company Korea) (SBS Star)SBS 뉴스 | 2023.11.10 | 방송/연예
[SBS Star] "After It Broke, We…" YUJEONG·Lee Kyu-han's Romance Rumor Led to Their Relationship?
YUJEONG of K-pop girl group BBGIRLS (formerly known as Brave Girls) shared how her relationship with actor Lee Kyu-han started. YUJEONG appeared on the November 1 episode of MBC's television show 'Radio Star' and talked about her relationship with Lee Kyu-han. She and Lee Kyu-han met for the first time on KBS' television show 'Rustically: Day-Trippers', which aired last February, and they recently made their relationship public. YUJEONG shyly called Lee Kyu-han and herself &'we&' when she recounted how their love story began. &'While we were shooting 'Rustically: Day-Trippers', he told me, 'I decided to join this show because of you, YUJEONG.', that he had a crush on me before we met. I'm not sure if it's true, though.&' YUJEONG said that her now-boyfriend seemed cold at first. &'But after seeing him several times, I realized he was different from what I thought. He was so nice to me.&', she added. In July, YUJEONG and Lee Kyu-han sparked romance rumors, which they both quickly denied. After their second romance rumors surfaced in September, the two finally admitted they were dating. During the show, YUJEONG explained that they denied the first romance rumor because they were not yet a couple. &'We've only eaten out together a few times by that point. Our relationship wasn't clear, so it didn't feel right to say we were dating.&', she said and added, &'In my head, I was like, 'He needs to hurry up and ask me to be his girlfriend!'.&' YUJEONG continued, &'Also, the first rumors came out a week before BBGIRLS' comeback. Lee Kyu-han told me we'd better deny it because it would be bad for our group's comeback if we admitted we were dating. Anyway, we were not in a relationship at the time.&' YUJEONG then confessed that the initial romance rumors made them a couple. &'We decided to give it a try since people thought we were dating anyway.&', she said, &'Lee Kyu-han asked me if I would start seeing him, and I said yes.&', and smiled shyly. (Credit MBC Radio Star, BLADE Entertainment, 'KBS WORLD TV' YouTube) (SBS Star)SBS 뉴스 | 2023.11.02 | 방송/연예
[SBS Star] Nam Ji-hyun Spotted Cheering for Her Friend Bada at the 'Street Woman Fighter 2' Finale
Actress Nam Ji-hyun was seen in the grand finale of Mnet's television show 'Street Woman Fighter 2', cheering for her friend Bada, the leader of the dance crew BEBE. On October 31, the final episode of Mnet's 'Street Woman Fighter 2' was broadcast live. The popular dance competition show started with eight exceptional female dance crews competing for the title of Korea's best female dance crew. Now on the stage for its grand finale, the four remaining dance crews-Mannequeen, 1MILLION, Jam Republic, and BEBE-took the stage. Under the stage, there were many friends and relatives of the participants; one of them was Nam Ji-hyun, who recently revealed that Bada was her close friend. On October 26, while guesting on a YouTube show, Nam Ji-hyun said that she and Bada went to the same high school and are close friends. Nam Ji-hyun said, &'I have a close group of friends, including Bada and a few other friends we met in high school. We often hang out together, and we talk to each other in a group chat.&' &'After the first episode of 'Street Woman Fighter 2' was aired, our group chat went crazy. We talked through the entire episode. There were times when Bada looked like she was furious, and us watching chatted things like, 'Well, Bada isn't mad at all now.', since we know her well.&', she added. Back in the final episode of the show, Nam Ji-hyun in the audience was handed a mic to give her words to the viewers. &'Hi, this is Nam Ji-hyun, and I'm a huge fan of 'Street Woman Fighter 2'. Since the show started in August, I've been following it with great pleasure. It's a privilege to be a part of this moment when a dream comes true. The heat of this crowd is wild, and I believe the dancers will get more energy from all the cheers they are getting. Thank you.&', she remarked. 배우 남지현 댄서 이바다 우정개큰응원 pic.twitter.com/FcVUXkL3Fa ― 사베 (@bebeonly_) October 31, 2023 At the end of the two fierce rounds of the final competition, 1MILLION and Mannequeen took third and fourth place. The winning crew was finally named, and it was BEBE, with Jam Republic taking second place. As the BEBE crew members were crying, hugging, and laughing, Nam Ji-hyun in the audience was spotted clapping for her friend's success. Bada gave her acceptance speech, &'We poured everything we had into this show, and now it's finally over. I'm so glad that we finished our journey with success. I love each of the eight teams, and I'm proud of every dancer who participated. It's been an honor.&' (Credit Mnet Street Woman Fighter 2, '캐릿 Careet' YouTube, Online Community) (SBS Star)SBS 뉴스 | 2023.11.01 | 방송/연예
[SBS Star] Um Hyeon Kyung♥Cha Seo Won Welcome Their First Child
Actress Um Hyeon Kyung (36) and Cha Seo Won (32) are the proud parents of a baby boy. On October 16, South Korean news outlet JTBC reported exclusively that the couple had welcomed their healthy son. Um Hyeon Kyung's agency, Yeojin Entertainment, said that she gave birth to her baby and that she and the baby are doing well. The agency wrote, &'Um Hyeon Kyung is currently taking a rest, happy and grateful. We appreciate all of the kind attention and congratulations.&', and promised to support the actress' next step in her career. Cha Seo Won joined the army in November last year and has been fulfilling his military duty. However, the actor was able to be at Um Hyeon Kyung's side at the birth of their child because he was transferred to full-time reserve service (where the serviceman can commute from their home) instead of active duty (which requires the serviceman to live at a military base). Previously, on June 5, Um Hyeon Kyung and Cha Seo Won surprised everyone by announcing their engagement and upcoming baby. Both of their agencies announced, &'Cha Seo Won and Um Hyeon Kyung became close while filming MBC's drama 'The Second Husband', and their affection grew into romantic love. The couple has been dating with the intention of marriage and are planning to tie the knot as soon as Cha Seo Won completes his military service.&' Furthermore, they revealed that Um Hyeon Kyung was pregnant but did not specify the due date to respect the actress' privacy. Born in 1986, Um Hyeon Kyung debuted with MBC's television series, 'Rainbow Romance' (2005). Cha Seo Won, born in 1991, made his acting debut in SBS' drama 'The Heirs' (2013). The two co-starred in tvN's television series 'Miss Lee' (2019) and then became close with each other while filming 'The Second Husband' (2021-2022), in which they portrayed a married couple. (Credit JTBC, 'ringirin' 'leechan0415' Instagram, 'MBCdrama' YouTube) (SBS Star)SBS 뉴스 | 2023.10.16 | 방송/연예
[SBS Star] DARA Says that SM·YG Ent. Artists Used to Be Jealous of Each Other's Agencies
K-pop artist DARA discussed how she used to feel about SM Entertainment artists when she was a member of disbanded K-pop girl group 2NE1. DARA guested on the October 12 episode of a YouTube show hosted by Kim Jae Joong, a K-pop boy group JYJ member and formerly of another K-pop boy group TVXQ!. &'People are really curious how you and I got to be close with each other since, as you know, SM and YG artists had very few on-air interactions.&', Kim Jae Joong said. &'Yeah, even when they were friends, people didn't say that they were friends. I remember hesitating to wave at you guys whenever we came across.&', DARA replied. Kim Jae Joong said, &'There were so many funny episodes about it that I can't even share here on YouTube.&' &'Now I've become friends with many SM artists and we get along well. But to be completely honest, my feelings about them weren't good in the past.&', DARA said, &'For example, Girls' Generation and 2NE1 were always competing for first place in music shows, so…&' She admitted that she was sometimes overwhelmed by SM artists when they were on those music shows because they usually had more fans in the audience than 2NE1. During their conversation, Kim Jae Joong said that the artists at SM Entertainment often shared how they envied YG artists for their music styles. Then, DARA admitted that YG artists also wanted what SM artists had. She said, &'I was close with Super Junior members. DongHae and I used to talk about how jealous we are of each other's companies. He used to complain about their agency making his group have too many comebacks, while my issue was that our group had too few comebacks.&', she stated, noting that the two agencies had very different management styles. DARA debuted as a member of 2NE1 in 2009 under the management of YG Entertainment, but the group disbanded at the end of 2016. She left the agency as her contract expired in May 2021, and is now under Abyss Company as a solo artist. (Credit '우하머그' YouTube) (SBS Star)SBS 뉴스 | 2023.10.13 | 방송/연예
[SBS Star] "I'm a Father Now" Song Joong Ki Says He Will Not Appear in Another Movie Without Being Paid
Actor Song Joong Ki said he would not star in another movie without getting paid again now that he is a father. On October 11, a new episode of movie critic Lee Dong-jin's YouTube show was uploaded. Song Joong Ki appeared as a guest on the episode and discussed his latest film, 'Hopeless', which was also released on October 11. While talking about the movie, the host mentioned an impressive anecdote about Song Joong Ki: &'I heard that you refused to get paid when you joined the 'Hopeless' cast.&' &'Things went bigger than I expected.&', Song Joong Ki remarked with a chuckle. &'I'm starting to worry that production companies might want me to star in their movies without getting paid.&', he said. The actor added, &'My wife and I just had our baby, which means I'll have to work harder. I'm not in a position to take unpaid roles now.&'; his witty comment made the host laugh. &'Filmmakers watching this show, please know that I can't afford to do that anymore.&', Song Joong Ki playfully declared. Then, Song Joong Ki explained why he refused to be paid for his role in 'Hopeless'. &'It goes back to a meeting with a film distributor I went to turn down a different project. During our talk, I told the company personnel which genre I wanted. The person then gave me a scenario to read, which was 'Hopeless'.&', he recalled. &'I wanted to join the cast, but there was a problem. My rates are high, so adding me to the cast would increase its production costs, which would force the creators to use conventional strategies to make a commercial success. I didn't want that because it may take away the appeal of 'Hopeless'.&' &'That was why.&', Song Joong Ki said, &'But now that people are talking about my story more than the movie, I'm kind of embarrassed.&' Song Joong Ki announced his marriage to former British actress Katy Louise Saunders in January. In June, the couple welcomed their first child, a son. (Credit 'B tv 이동진의 파이아키아' YouTube, Song Joong Ki's Fan Cafe) (SBS Star)SBS 뉴스 | 2023.10.12 | 방송/연예
[SBS Star] IVE YUJIN Sees Producer Na Young-seok in the Audience at Their Concert & Gets Super Excited
YUJIN of K-pop girl group IVE was seen rejoicing as she spotted producer Na Young-seok in the audience during the group's concert. From October 7 to 8, IVE kicked off the group's first world tour concert, 'SHOW WHAT I HAVE' at Jamsil Arena, Seoul. After the concert, a post titled 'YUJIN Meets Producer Na Young-seok at IVE Concert' was shared on a popular online community. The post had pictures and videos of IVE members walking by the seated audience during the concert. Then YUJIN noticed a man sitting in the seat and waved to him with a beaming face. It was Na Young-seok, the producer of tvN's television show 'Earth Arcade', in which YUJIN was a member of the cast. Many people who watched the show adored him and YUJIN together because they had a great relationship like a father and daughter. YUJIN was very happy when she saw the producer at IVE's concert. She waved both hands at him and jumped around with joy, putting a smile on Na Young-seok's face. 아이브 콘서트 나영석 보고 빵터진 유진이 ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ pic.twitter.com/C6mUiA3nGr ― 장원영공쥬님수호대 (@eehhanaa) October 7, 2023 After their concert on October 8, IVE had a press conference and talked about their world tour. The reason why Na Young-seok came to the concert was revealed by YUJIN during the event. &'Since this is our first exclusive concert, I wanted to invite him. Thankfully, he was available and brought along some 'Earth Arcade' staff members.&', YUJIN remarked. She went on, &'After the concert, he came and said that it was a lot of fun and that I was 'certainly fantastic' on stage. I was grateful to hear that.&' After the post was shared online, people reacted to how cute this interaction was by leaving comments like: &'OMG, why is he there?&', &'YUJIN is such a polite little puppy.&', &'They are like a father and a daughter.&', &'They both are so cute and hilarious!&' (Credit 'eehhanaa' 'IVE OFFICIAL' X (formerly known as Twitter), Online Community, 'tvN D ENT' YouTube) (SBS Star)SBS 뉴스 | 2023.10.10 | 방송/연예
[SBS Star] Song Hye Kyo Tears Up Imagining 'The Glory' Moon Dong-eun's Life After Her Journey of Revenge
Actress Song Hye Kyo imagined what the character she played in 'The Glory' would be doing after the series' conclusion. On September 27, a news outlet Sports Chosun published an interview with Song Hye Kyo about winning 'Daesang' (the grand prize) at an annual awards ceremony called the 'Blue Dragon Series Awards', for her performance in Netflix's mega-hit series 'The Glory'. Song Hye Kyo played 'Moon Dong-eun', who was brutally tormented by a group of bullies when she was in high school. She dedicates her life to revenge on her perpetrators and eventually succeeds in destroying their lives, especially that of 'Park Yeon-jin' (actress Im Ji Yeon), the bullies' leader. 'The Glory' had been out for a while, but its story and characters were still fresh in the minds of the series' fans and the actors who played in it. When Song Hye Kyo was asked how she thought 'Moon Dong-eun' would have been after everything she had been through, the actress' eyes became teary. &'I think I'm going to cry.&', the actress said, and she could not get herself to speak for a while. &''Moon Dong-eun' would be doing just fine, but she wouldn't forgive herself for the lives she ruined in her quest to get revenge against 'Park Yeon-jin'. The daughter and the husband of 'Park Yeon-jin' are two of them. 'Moon Dong-eun' would never be completely at ease, knowing that she had caused pain to people who had done nothing to deserve it. I imagine her living her life, apologizing in her own way, and bracing herself to take whatever punishment might come her way.&' During the interview, Song Hye Kyo mentioned that leading a revenge thriller like 'The Glory' was a new challenge for her. Thanks to the success of it, she was encouraged to keep trying new things, she said. &'Working in 'The Glory', a genre I've never tried before, brought back my joy for acting. As a result, I've become more interested in working on projects that are different from what I usually do. I think 'The Glory' may have changed the minds of those who were previously unwilling to accept me in unconventional genres. After the series, I've been offered a wider variety of projects.&', said Song Hye Kyo. (Credit 'Netflix Korea 넷플릭스 코리아' YouTube, 'netflixkr' Instagram) (SBS Star)SBS 뉴스 | 2023.09.27 | 방송/연예