Whenever I see behind-the-scenes footage of you offstage, you’re always taking candid photos of the other members.
HONG EUNCHAE: I love taking candid photos of them because they look so pretty in my eyes. They don’t have to ask for it. When I show them the photos I took from the side and they turn out well, they also appreciate it.
You have a lot of interest in the other members. You even recalled exactly when you first met KAZUHA when you were doing a Weverse Live with her.
HONG EUNCHAE: It was January 20 when I first met all of them. I remember it because it was the day I joined LE SSERAFIM, but I often unintentionally memorize things without conscious effort even for things that aren’t as important.
I think your good sense and your attention to detail shine through in variety shows.
HONG EUNCHAE: I do really enjoy variety shows and try to keep up with a lot of them. Even when filming EUNCHAE’s Star Diary, I already knew all about my guests’ contents on their own channels before they came on EUNCHAE’s Star Diary, so I could talk all about their videos, and the writers even complimented me. If I hear they were on Knowing Bros or MMTG, I would search for their content and study how they did. For Knowing Bros, I approached it with the thought, “The only thing I can do well in this situation is treating everyone as informally and casually as possible!” (laughs) since that’s the whole idea behind the show.
I heard you are very perceptive. I’m sure you put in a lot of effort to be that way, too, even if it comes naturally to you.
HONG EUNCHAE: With so much caring support of the staff and the constant adoration from the other members, I want to reciprocate the love. That’s why I try to be attentive and have gradually developed a sense of perception. I receive so much more from them, so it feels natural to me. Our team is known for how much the youngest member is beloved by the others.It’s like others can see that I receive a lot of love and care. I feel like I am always receiving, whether it’s the love from fans or the love from the members.
In your letter to SAKURA on her birthday, you wrote that you want to become someone “who will share her happiness with others.” What did you mean by that?
HONG EUNCHAE: During my trainee days, I was the eldest among the trainees for a while. Though I was much younger, I remember feeling the responsibility to be like a good elder sister. I think the other members of LE SSERAFIM might feel that way to some extent. Now that I’m the youngest of the group, I want to be a proud and unashamed maknae that brings laughter to the team. There’s a sense of responsibility in that. (laughs) I have always been surrounded by love, both at home and within the team. That’s why I want to share the happiness that comes from being loved. I want us to have the kind of relationship where I can be happy with the other members when they’re happy and sad with them when they’re sad. I want to always be there for my teammates, in sadness and in joy.
What do you think happens when you share sorrow?
HONG EUNCHAE: When it comes to sharing my own sadness, I feel hesitant because I worry it might make the other person become sad, too. But I appreciate it when someone shares their sadness with me because I believe it could alleviate their sorrow to some extent. The other members are always listening to me and empathizing with me. I hope that, when they feel sad or angry, they would also talk to me about it and not brush it off saying, “I’m not the only one going through a hard time.” In shows, as a playful joke, I often say, “The fact that you’re a T makes me sad.” (laughs) But actually, I can be quite a ‘T’, too, when it comes to myself. That’s why I can relate to CHAEWON and SAKURA. In reality, we understand each other better than anyone else.
You’ve become really close in a very short time.
HONG EUNCHAE: I’m amazed, too. I never imagined we’d become this before our debut. When we were promoting in Japan in January, there was a moment when just the five of us were having a meal at a restaurant. That moment was so precious to us. We’re usually busy talking about work, and when we’re home, we’re busy resting. So, that day, we decided to put our phones down completely and have a fun conversation among ourselves. (laughs)
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