Each of you is taking on new challenges of your own as well. BoMi, you’re in Wonder Ticket: Resurrection of the Guardian Tree, which is your first time performing in a musical, correct?
BoMi: And, wow—musicals are really challenging. I felt like the hardest part was having to express the emotions while looking at the audience. You have to say “I love you” while looking out past the stage, not at the other actor. And it’s also important that your body always faces the audience. Everything about the experience was brand new to me.
And ChoRong, you were on the audio drama of I Want To Do It, Even if It Hurts.
ChoRong: That was a whole new experience. You’re acting with just a microphone in front of you, so you’re all alone trying to express emotions while all you hear is a voice through your headset, similar to what BoMi found difficult. You’re not having an actual conversation, so I kept sounding like I was reading. It was hard to vocalize things properly. It was especially hard to imagine sitting down, standing up, falling down, and express those, including the breathing sounds. I was in the recording studio concentrating and using my voice continuously for several hours, which was physically and mentally exhausting. But still, it was really fun! I’d do it again if I had the opportunity.
Have you ever had any trouble taking on new challenges?
BoMi: Seven or eight years after I debuted, I started to worry a lot—like, what should I do in the future, and what would happen if I had to go on my own? But now I try to focus on the present and go with the flow, and keep things fun and be grateful. I want to try everything there is to try!
ChoRong: There was a time where I would be filled with worry, even before I started something. I talked down to myself a lot, too, telling myself I wasn’t cut out to be famous and that I would screw things up even if I was given a chance. But I’m more mentally relaxed now, and I try to enjoy whatever I’m doing once I get there. Now that I’m trying to keep things fun, the things I work on are turning out better. I want to try a lot of things and keep it fun.
What is it that makes you want to keep trying new things?
BoMi: It’s the other members. No matter what I’m doing, I’m never just thinking about myself as a single person. I think I would feel intimidated without Apink attached to my name. Even when I’m doing something solo, if I feel nervous about it, I talk to them in our group chat.
ChoRong: She sends a ton of messages before anyone can respond. (laughs)
BoMi: When I’m doing solo stuff, I think about the other members a lot. If I’m doing a musical without them, I send a message like, “Wow, this is so fun!” And if I’m in a TV drama, I tell them, “This drama’s so fun!” But doing our songs on stage is still the best. In other words, Apink is the most fun! (laughs)
ChoRong: Apink is what keeps me going, too. I’m really driven to do better even on my own because of them. I think our group can only do more once we do more as individuals, too. The other members are already doing really well on their own, so I want to work hard the way they do.