The interview began when everyone had gathered outside, and then a blast of a siren’s ringing sounds.
CL: (Turning around) What’s the meaning of this?
Today (March 15) Private broadcasting is set above training time.
CL: When the impact happened, I was so shocked. Thinking back on it is still very hard. It’s hard to think of Go Away. (2NE1 was getting ready to debut in Japan, but promotions were ended suddenly because of the earthquake, and they had to be rushed out of the country quickly.)
Dara: I was very surprised. Until now, I still can’t believe it. I saw the damage that the other areas apart from Tokyo had. Although they had less (damage). I saw the news when I came back to Korea, and I trembled even more. It is all so sad.
Bom: But before that, we worked hard for our Japan debut, and we prepared really well for our first stage. It’s really unfortunate when I think about it. We can do overseas debut again later still, but, It is still so sad.
You just finished a good round of domestic activities. And wow, a whopping three title track songs promotions.
Dara: I think it was a good attempt at trying something new. I was satisfied even with trying it. But then we seemed to try three times harder than the others. We had to put in so much effort, but I am proud. Hahaha!
Bom: I’m not upset with our stages. If we did them by turns, we could have shown a bit more. Could have.
Minji: The time seemed to have passed by diligently, I think.
One title seemed to have been difficult, so what about three, have you been practicing more on how to go about in the stage?
Dara: We really don’t set time like it’s time for practice. Though it does occupy a huge part of our day. Besides, it just seems that way because 2NE1′s choreography changes a lot.
Minji: I’m always practicing our lines for our stage. So that it is more exciting when on stage already. I think it allows me to be more comfortable when singing my parts.
Are you prepared to go back on stage for a fairly long period?
CL: Yes, but at that time, we’ll make sure it’s the best. I feel like I already have a lot of ideas for costumes for our music videos and stage. I think that when we are getting ready, our hearts beat faster. Then we go on stage. And our spirit just rises. Hahaha!
So you jump right on top of the stage, exclaiming: Let’s play?
Dara: We do that cry to help us become calmer on stage, I think. It’s like hypnotizing ourselves. I feel stronger, I feel better!
Bom: At those moments, I think like other people, and not as Park Bom. Park Bom would get too embarassed, and would not be able to sing properly. It was a lot of trouble when I was a trainee. When I was in a foreign country, I went to a training with a teacher to overcome that. Thanks to that help, the Park Bom on stage is not the same Park Bom off it, but rather shows a more passionate look there.
Since you were young, you’ve already set your minds on practicing, now that you are swamped with work because of 2NE1 activties, you are afraid. (A/N: Huh?!)
Minji: My other friends have done it though, and they didn’t suffer, though they have not learned through books, so I think I can learn well too. Though it’s rare, I like going through books too.
So what kind of books are you reading?
Minji: These days, I read any kind of books I can find. After buying a book, and it takes long to read but I like it, I record it, then I finish the book later on.
What do you do for fun these days?
Minji: I read novels. I like mystery novels, nowadays by Murakami. I like them. Ah. Not long ago, I really enjoyed reading this book, “Today Is Service Day” I felt like I’ve been reading a lot, and it’s a gift.
What about the other members?
Bom: For a brief moment, I went to canvass for universities. Well, I am not sure if I really want it or just miss it. (laughs)
Have you already undergone anything like that?
Bom: Oh~, I don’t want to say anything just yet! In fact, yes, but now, because of 2NE1′s activities, and before that I was confined to being a trainee for a few years, though I really wanted it before.
CL: To be honest, I’ve thought about our Japan promotions a lot these past days. It is rare to find a good opportunity, so it’s nice that the right market was found here, so I think that I’d love to be more successful in Korea. Safety should also be first.
It’s floating around in Korea that you will go to the United States, are you confident about their reaction?
CL: I am now at the place where I can do my best, and I feel at best, so I think it’s important. I’d like to see Will.I.Am in Korea, and show him our love. We don’t have borders now because of the Internet. Music is a language that anyone can relate to, so it doesn’t matter if I make music here, because if one is a fan of music, then even if you are from India, Sri Lanka, the Philippines, or Russia, you will still be able to appreciate it.
The burdens that you were burdened with as a leader.
CL: Although I am called the leader, that is not much even. My role is just to gather all the 2NE1 members into one place.
Because of your ages, do your unnies (older sisters) follow you?
Park Bom, Dara, uh-oh! Who are the older sisters!
CL: The unnies (older sisters) are all playful by nature. They are even more charming than dongsaeng
(someone younger), besides, everyone has different personalities, that are distinct. So it’s tough not to.
Sandara Park was a popular entertainer in the Philippines before you joined as a trainee in YG, that could not have been an easy decision.
Dara: It was not really that difficult. Just at first, because I didn’t have friends, so I was along all the time. It takes time for me to make friends, because I don’t know what to say. Then the dongsaengs walked up to me first, and approached me, so I am very grateful.
You also had lots of activities as an actress, but in Korea, you have been silent about it.
Dara: My greed for acting has been delayed. I wanted fun roles or a character in horror movies. But we must move away from “serious acting” first. Hahaha! 2NE1 is very important to me. If there’s time in the future, for sure I’d want to.
In addition to 2NE1, the other activities that the members would want to do.
CL: There are many things that we still lack. So I want to have more experiences while in 2NE1. Maybe later when our ability to prepare does not take a majority of our time. Now, I think that greed for solo activities is at hand.
Bom: I like what I have now. But hip-hop looks interesting, though it’s not today’s fashion, I want to wear full, flaring pants, hahaha!
Minji: Since I’m the youngest, the sort of thing I would like to do would be to appear fresh, bright, and cute, and be a hit on a show.
And now we finally talk about fashion. Everyone is interested in your fashion. You can do better than designers.
CL: I actually wanted less…We still lack on many things, but fashion and clothes are my favorite. But if given a chance, I’d like to make something. I prefer styles that are comfortable to wear, still stylish, but I’d like clothes that everyone is able to wear, and accessories too, and I’d also like to design sneakers.
Minji: Not long ago, CL-unnie along with Jeremy Scott went to “Project Runway Korea” where they got to be judges. I’d have liked to participate as a designer rather than a judge though. In fact, in 2NE1, I’m the most neutral, but I have my own tastes, because women are like that (laughs). But I like Jean-Paul Gaultier’s clothes, because of its dramatic designs, in addition that, I’d like to have a more feminine 2NE1 style.
CL: But it’s possible to be with Jeremy Scott now. So I keep on examining our position (laughs). Jeremy, gave us all a new experience that I would not have had in this lifetime.
Dara: I am really not very creative. So I’ll just go and buy (laughs).
Bom: Isn’t Adidas Originals working on a collaboration with us? Because of that, I’ll create a sexy, little dress and then put my name on it, hahaha!
Many people follow 2NE1′s style. You’re a fashion icon.
CL: I really like clothes, when I saw the Adidas Original Jeremy Scott, I immediately liked them, and it’s now my favorite brand. The two collaborating just made something special.
Dara: I don’t really have anything in particular, just make sure I look nice! In addition to that, I really prefer to be comfortable.
Minji: When we performed in Japan, I saw fans that dressed like our Indian costumes with the tattoo designs for “Clap Your Hands.” I thought it was awesome. So thank you for that.
So what is originally 2NE1′s?
Dara: Hul, that’s difficult…My palm tree hair?
Dara: Ah! Tamtam, that CL made for me! Too bad that I cannot really make a patent for the original…Well, hmmm….My “cold, city girl” charm. Hahaha!
Bom: Our voices! And my style, one look, and you know that it’s a Bom original!
Minzy: I’m not yet old enough to be called original…the youngest in YG? I want to have the role of the youngest in the original YG family.
CL: There’s no one in this world that isn’t original. You can not find the same person as another.
Dara: CL is really original! Especially her charm!
Translated by: SlaveTranslator at WeLoveDara/ BlackjackBelle at OhDara
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