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[Interview] Yoona Appears in CeCi Magazines March Issue

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CeCi: Meeting you in real life, I was surprised that you had a low-pitched voice.
Yoona: Right? Whether Im doing a photoshoot, singing, or performing on stage, there are a lot of times where Im in charge of lovable, cute parts, so people see me as being really girly. I actually like the feel of androgynous concepts more. So theres a difference between my image and actual self. The easy-going personality of the character Nam Dajung when she was a reporter in Prime Minister & I is close to my normal personality. I acted really comfortably, but there were a lot of viewers who said it was refreshing. I also felt some disappointment, wishing that episode was a bit longer.

CeCi: Are you more used to the burden that comes from leading the drama as the main role now?
Yoona: Its not a situation of being able to lead anyone yet. I was able to meet nice and considerate opposing roles played by Kwon Sangwoo oppa, Jang Geunsuk oppa, and Lee Bumsoo sunbae, so I received a lot of help on and off camera. I leaned on the seniors work experiences and am stacking up the things Ive learned, one by one. I agreed with this works directors words: Theres a small but definite difference between someone who has and hasnt acted as the lead. The lead slowly gains the skill of seeing the general flow of the drama. I always feel that concentration is the most important thing. Im not really sure what I have to do to convey subtle differences in emotions Im expressing to viewers yet. (laughs) I probably have to study and practice a lot.

CeCi: Nam Dajungs love in Prime Minister & I was a bit stifling, to be frank. Do you agree?
Yoona: Nam Dajung was a mature character that was considerate and and made sacrifices for love. But I still have more child-like tendencies.

CeCi: Is being mature good?
Yoona: Im not sure. Being mature means you know a lot more things. Right now, I like being twenty-five or twenty-six years old more than twenty. Of course, I could be thinking that because Im still young. But something Im certain of is that its prettiest and best when you do things at the proper age. Im able to make a bigger change now because I was able to show a lot of an image, like an innocent appearance, at a suitable age. Nowadays, Ive been liking mannish styles during photoshoots. Though, Im not sure if Ive been drawn to a mannish image because I only showed a lovely image in my prime, or because Ive always liked them.


CeCi: The day after you completed filming your drama, you filmed a music video for Girls Generations new song?
Yoona: I wasnt even able to feel the lingering of the drama. When I return to Girls Generation, it feels like Im drawing out my real self that I was hiding. When I start showing Yoona-likeness, my members go, Yoonas really here. I play around more like Im doing aegyo in front of the unnies. When they acknowledge it, I get the feeling Ive returned.

CeCi: On the interview questions sheet, I wrote how youve been enjoying your personal time after the drama ended, but it was a really stupid question.
Yoona: I cant do anything but laugh. I think there will be about one day to rest before our comeback. Because Im also a person, when Im really tired and get stressed, there are times where it shows in my face or actions. I get really upset when that gets assessed as my usual self or capacity. However, even if I complain like this, its nicer having more schedules than not any, so I go back to my initial mindset and work hard.

CeCi: What kind of transformation is Girls Generation going to make this time?
Yoona: Each and every member all having grown up and matured? (CeCi: Should we be prepared to be surprised?) It probably wont be as much as I Got A Boy. Personally, Im hoping we will be able to show the charms that you felt from Tell Me Your Wish or Hoot again.

CeCi: A girl group existing firmly for 8 years in the Korean music industry means a lot. You guys reminisce every now and then too, right?
Yoona: Of course. Seeing EXO lately, Ive been thinking a lot about the past. When were with them, jokes come out naturally like You cant mess with them, or there will be trouble. This is something that we heard a lot at one point. While seeing them sweeping up various awards and their great album sales, I thought, We must have been like that too. After it passed, we realized how big the love we received is. I hope we will be able to continue going on like we are now. Having self-respect for myself, and being proud of each other.


CeCi: Should we try defining what the Yoona-likeness mentioned earlier?
Yoona: Ive been in a little trouble because Ive been so devoted to expressing my emotions lately. (laughs) When Im in a good mood, Im too lively, and when Im not, Im really calm. Weather and music really influence me a lot too. (CeCi: When asked about what to eat for dinner, you really seemed hopeless.) When it comes to picking food, Im terribly indecisive. I would say anything, but when the other person says, Then should we eat pizza?, I go, Not really Isnt there anything else? There are some people who get mad and tell me not to eat, but what am I supposed to do when its so difficult [to choose]! There was a time where I even wrote down what I wanted to eat.

CeCi: What do you hate the most?
Yoona: Disagreement! (laughs) There was a little water left in the glass when I was done drinking, so I asked, Does anyone want any water? I would drink it because nobody answered, but someone would say, I want a sip! I get angry when I finish my work to be on time for an appointment, only to have it cancelled or pushed back. (CeCi: You get told youre hot-tempered often, right?) Hm Rather than that, I want to say Im being honest with my emotions. (laughs)

CeCi: I feel like your fans might be sad you dont use SNS.
Yoona: While doing this drama, I really thought about whether I should use one or not. I wanted to give thanks not just to Korean fans, but international fans in various Asian countries, because they sent so much support to the drama set. But Im not convinced yet. Just to make sure I dont make a mistake. I want to be content using the official homepage or appearing in my members SNS for now. I hope the fans will understand.

CeCi: Youve turned 25, right at the middle of your 20′s. Are you living well?
Yoona: Im halfway to 50. (laughs) There isnt anything I regret greatly, so I think Ive been living well. Compared to what I have now, when I may have been lucky and received good evaluations, its time for me to be evaluated for just myself. When in Girls Generation, I would be able to shine like a 100 with the members, even if Im only shining 60 [percent]. Now, I flatly appear as a 60. I need to grow up a lot more and build myself up. Its a time for me to really look at myself realistically.


CeCi: Do you think it might be because youve started looking at yourself with even colder eyes?
Yoona: That is possible. Because the things I felt as being okay in the past are now not enough. The leniency I had broken after Love Rain was over. I experienced my first slump after realizing I had been vain. It was a time where I felt a lot of things. With how much I hurt, I also felt myself having gone one step higher. There are a lot more things for me to work on and worry about. Im always worrying because I plan things but dont go through with them very well. (CeCi: Dont you think youre being stingy with the points youre giving yourself?) I know! Thats why Im not using SNS. Because I might be exposed so plainly. (laughs)

CeCi: When was your turning point?
Yoona: When I was 20 years old, during Gee promotions. Right before then, I appeared in You Are My Destiny, and those were my glory days. (laughs) I want to say my second turning point was when I showed a new appearance in Prime Minister & I. Im hoping I will be with a good energy as I am a horse in the Chinese zodiac, during the year of the horse.


CeCi: What do you want to do the most in the spring of 2014?
Yoona: Hm I wish I would at least get to exercise properly. (laughs) Oh! I also want to see a lot of movies. This past Lunar New Years Day, I didnt want to fall behind on the trend, so I watched Frozen. Most of my friends said they watched it, so I found one friend who hadnt yet, and we hurried to watch it in the middle of the night. As expected, because I went to the movie theaters for the first time in a while, it was really nice. There are a lot of movies I want to watch as well. First of all, the next movie I want to see is About Time. I just like romantic movies.

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@: Interview, Korea, Magazine, Photoshoot, Yoona

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