The girl group that is currently the rage of the Korean industry is not anyone else but the 5-member girl group Wonder Girls.
Wonder Girls who was groomed by the highly rated producer Park Jin Young did not rely on using his name but winning their fans over with their hard work and dedication. Some were wary about ‘Tell Me’ being a temporary fad but their ‘So Hot’ comeback has silenced their critics. The Wonder Girls showed their potential by bagging the Cyworld Song of the Month (June) award on 23rd July.
When you see the Wonder Girls in person, you aren’t sure whether they are young or overly mature for their age. Although they are stars but deep down, they are just ordinary girls. They still feel fascinated when the spotlight is on them. They are still unchanged and the sky’s the limit for them.
There must be some burden on your comeback following the ‘Tell Me’ success. But ‘So Hot’ was a big success. The impressive strength of the Wonder Girls have intrigued many.
Sun Ye: We never expected this reaction initially. We are so thankful for so much love and support. We don’t feel that we are really that impressive. Regardless of our appearance or music, our members have managed to look really outstanding together and this is our strong point.
But it must be difficult to get along since each member has contrasting personalities…
Sun Mi: We grew up in different enviroments and so our lifestyles are different. Our characters are different but because we have lived together for quite a long time and we are almost together for 24 hours when we have activities, so we have grown to know each other better. We are now like family members.
Yoo Bin: It’s a fact that each of us are different. Sun Ye is really different from her image (singer) and has a really feminine side to her. She is the ‘mother’ of our group while Ye Eun is the mature ‘father’ who cares for the other members.
Sun Ye: Like what you see, Sun Mi is really good at aegyo. But she is also very subtle and has a meticulous side to her. She also has incredible vivid imagination. So Hee is very interested in the latest trends and is more mature than those of the same age as her. Although she’s shy and reserved, but she will become really good friends with you once she knows you well enough.
Yoo Bin unnie is really like an unnie. She is really considerate and has a cute personality. If you must point our her fault, maybe she’s a bit indecisive?
There are many members from groups who are doing solo activities. Do the Wonder Girls have a desire to go solo as well?
Sun Ye: Neither of us have any thoughts about going solo. We just want to focus all our energies on ‘So Hot’ and do our best. But during our rest time, all of us seems to have our own activities.
You won lots of love by becoming “Nation’s Little Sisters”. And you are slowly discarding the idol group image. There’s anticipation but yet difficulties remain.
Sun Ye: We never really tried to discard the idol group image. We know music lovers have different views and are judging us according to their own criteria. But we believe that as long as we sing with sincerity, they will feel happy when they listen to us regardless of situation.
Many idol singers have regrets for debuting at a young age. With you being in the same situation, what are your thoughts?
Ye Eun: It’s not really tough debuting when you are young. Although it’s difficult to perform and study at the same time, but because this is something that I wanted to do since I was little, and I managed to do this so early, I am just grateful for my present life.
Many of my friends who are leading a normal school life envy us because we managed to find our path so early. There’s pros and cons. The good thing is that I am doing what I have been dreaming of since I was a kid and thus I don’t find it tough and have no regrets.
Sun Ye: Although there are times I find it difficult because of loneliness, but I am lucky that I am not the only one because I have my group (members). So I won’t keep having “this is difficult” thoughts.
So Hee seems to be the only one that’s most troubled by netizens. There’s many photos of you online that you aren’t willing to see.
So Hee: I was very sad and burdened earlier on. Because it’s awkward being stared at by so many people and I find it irritating sometimes. But I don’t feel that way now at all. I am so thankful for everyone for showing their concern and I have adapated to these things. On the contrary, I want to work even harder to continue receiving their concern. More of these also means that I have a greater responsibility. Even one small dance movement, I also want to make it perfect and so compared to the past, I would rehearse even more often now.
Sun Mi was sent to hospital not long ago which worried fans. Fans started berating the company for the packed schedule which resulted in this.
Sun Mi: I was a little flustered and also sorry. It’s just a small ailment and not a big issue. I am sorry for making so many people worry for me. I feel so happy and thankful for those that worried about me.
The surprising thing is that most members of female groups has never had any idol chasing activities before. How about the Wonder Girls?
Yoo Bin: I have experienced this to be honest. I like Sechs Kies when I was in Junior High. Even though I couldn’t go chase them everyday because of my location but I was always up to date with their schedules. I also uploaded their pictures to fancafes. I remember sticking their pictures in my room and would say “I am going to school” to it when I was leaving.
Sun Mi: Although I am not a hardcore fan, but I like Shinhwa very much.
Sun Ye: I really idolise my female group sunbaenims. Jewelry and when S.E.S and Fin.K.L was active back then. I still find it fascinating if I see them at tv stations now.
Just like your seniors, the Wonder Girls have also gotten many No.1. I am curious about what is your happiest moment since you debuted.
Ye Eun: I’m very happy each time we are on stage. I remember once, a fan collected and uploaded videos of me since my debut plus some supporting comments online. That really touched me and I cried buckets over that.
Yoo Bin: It’s difficult to pick out one. But I was really thankful when we got No.1 immediately on our comeback. We got a shock ourselves because we didn’t expect that result. We were very happy.
Sun Ye: I was very happy too to get No.1 on the music charts after our comeback in just a week.
Wonder Girls, what’s your ideal future?
Sun Ye: Right, we haven’t discussed anything regarding this.
No matter what’s the target, we must achieve it.
But at the very least, we must fulfil the latest thing we set out to do. No matter when, or how or what we meet with, we don’t know. Even if we set ourselves a high target, we don’t want to restrict our dreams. The sky is the limit and we might be underestimating ourselves. We believe in ourselves and will do our best no matter how high or how far the target is. It’s hard to predict what plans we have over the next few years but I believe we will keep going on.