Taeyeon, Kim Taeyeon, and Kaoru
The last time the public had a chance to hear only Taeyeon’s voice in a song was a drama OST from two years ago. The drama was a popular piece of work, and the song emphasized the beautiful color of her voice and its lovely sensibility. In order to share a song for 9 people, usually they only receive a few parts each. Since casting idol stars has become a trend in musicals, lots of people might have expected the day where Taeyeon and musicals are united, and that prediction has come to fruition.
Taeyeon seemed like she had already thought about this path. “I was particularly interested in musicals since the debut. I couldn’t see musicals often because of SNSD promotions, but I got to properly watch a musical when Ock Joo Hyun unnie was in
Actually, Taeyeon had a special connection with
When asked why the musical attracted her, Taeyeon gave a funny response. “I really love the fact that there is no camera. [The camera] was like a type of occupational disease, where my actions and my words always came back, so I was always nervous about it or wounded by it. I felt a freedom after watching a musical performance. On that stage, I can do various types of dance and music, and the possibility that I can show my natural image felt like freedom. It seemed like a perfect stage that contained dancing, acting and singing. So my heart was overflowing with joy. Watching as an audience made me feel that way, and I feel that way while practicing in reality as well. Inside SNSD’s practice room, we have to practice mainly on choreography, and when we prepare an album, we practice in order to precisely match even the angles of our hands and feet. Nine of us have to look smooth. But the musical’s choreography has a smooth line, and looks independent. They both have their special charms, but the fact that I can move my body in a way that suits my body shape, and put my own feelings to it, is what I appreciate most about the musical.”
Even though it was only a short time watching her, it was memorable seeing her get along with the Seoul Musical members like an old colleague. Is it because she already had a long waiting period of 8 years, including 5 years and 3 months of training and 3 years after debuting? It seems like she was a person that knew when to stand out in a group and when not to, rather than just an idol star. “I hope you guys can watch me without any thought about the idol star from Girls’ Generation. In the musical, I’m just the youngest member who is still getting used to the atmosphere, not a celebrity.” Not as the twenty-two year old idol star ‘Taeyeon’, but as a normal street musician Kaoru, who can’t see the sun for her own reasons. That was the wish of Kim Taeyeon, who is about to have her musical debut.
Naturally and Freely
Taeyeon’s attachment to the musical
Even with her extraordinary attachment, it must have been hard to decide to be in a musical with tight schedules due to official and repackage albums coming out in 2010, but she gave a resolute smile after accepting the fact that this situation was unexpected. “I didn’t know it would be this hard, because when I chose to participate in this musical, we had not confirmed our repackage album promotions. However, even with the schedules, I didn’t want to let go of this chance. I have no regrets as I decided to do this with determination.”
There was a guitar with ‘Taeyeon’ written on it on one side of the practice room. “As the guitar is something that connects Kaoru with the world, I’m practicing hard to actually perform on stage. I can play all the songs that I need to play and sing on stage. I’m currently trying to smooth out the rhythm and beat. I have great concentration when I’m practicing. What’s funny is that I tend to forget lyrics often, which is probably due to my anxiety. However, I memorized how to play the guitar, and the script all the way. I’m surprised at myself as well, haha.” As she is going out to the public as Taeyeon and not as Girls’ Generation, it’s expected of her to be very nervous. “To be honest, I can’t sleep because I’m so nervous. When Yoona was filming dramas, she was muttering to herself and practicing really hard. So I recorded Koji’s parts on a digital recorder, and I try to memorize my lines while listening to it. I’m practicing diligently, but I think I need some time.”
As this is her first time acting, there’s pressure in acting out a different character than herself, but as she continues, she’s found similarities between Karou and herself, and with that she said she slowly erases the pressure and puts in her own colors. “She doesn’t make any commotion just because she is in pain, and she is not a sad child like a person who is about to die. It just felt like a teenage girl. Talking with her friends, fighting with her dad, and being nervous when seeing boys, they were all similar to me.” We asked her, who wants to fill up the pressure and awkwardness with her own natural side, what her most comfortable and agreeable scene was, and replied with the dating scene with only Koji. “In my opinion, it is the scene where it shows the most similarity with me. With the actor who plays Koji, I still feel a little shy and awkward, and maybe that’s why I feel nervous. As I had the feeling without thinking that it was just acting, I thought ‘ah, so that’s how it feels’, and my mind was very comfortable during this scene.”
Taeyeon said she enjoyed watching
When asked how she felt when she didn’t like a performance, she replied, “I think and think about what I did wrong all day,” showing her understanding of her responsibilities and choices. Also, she knew how to naturally show the true Kim Taeyeon through her own will and how to enjoy and overcome the pressure. Now, she is catching her breath for a stage where she has to take the lead alone rather than nine members together. This is the moment when we can anticipate her new freedom onstage after a deep breath.
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