[TRANSLATIONS] Seohyun Interview for Ceci November Issue (By Ch0sshi)
Q. I heard you’ll be making a comeback in Korea soon.
SEOHYUN: After going to Indonesia next week for SMTOWN LIVE WORLD TOUR 3 in Jakarta, we are planning on going between Japanese ‘Oh’ promotions and preparing for a Korean album. This album is really different from our usual ones. It’s like, challenging a person’s limits. I’m looking forward to what the fans will think, and because it’s still a secret amongst us (the members), I just feel nervous.
Q. I was curious about what busy Girls’ Generation does when they’re not active in Korea. Whew, you’re busy as usual.
SEOHYUN: Recently, rather than official Girls’ Generation [group] activities, there were a lot more individual ones. There were rarely any days where there was an entire day of no schedules. Because we have recording or dance practices here and there. Instead, if I have enough free time for about a quarter of the day, I exercise for 2~3 hours to stay in shape.
Q. Do you exercise to stay in shape, rather than trying to watch your figure?
SEOHYUN: It’s said that, as you get older, the body of a person who does and doesn’t exercise is very different. So you have to start now. Also, when you sweat, you get in a better mood, and it’s a way for your body to react reliably, so you feel good about it.
Q. While watching MBC ‘We Got Married’, I thought that you were the type who looks forward/into the future. But, time is something that shorts out the more you conserve it.
SEOHYUN: Rather than there not being enough time, I think, ‘It’s really gone by quickly’, more often. It’s already been 5 years since we’ve debuted. I’m currently an MC on MBC ‘Music Core’, and, all of a sudden, there have become more junior singers who come to greet us in the waiting room. That is so unfamiliar. When I hear that they’re 96ers, it made me think, ‘Were people being born then, too?’. But, when I looked into it, my seniors who asked me for my age told me this. When you calculate it, the year I debuted was when I was 17. (laughs) It’s times like this that makes me jump in front of time.
Q. Let’s try filling in the blank: he time passing like this is ‘[I] honestly [feel] a little scary, a bit sad, don’t feel anything, a bit excited, or whatever you want to write in’.
SEOHYUN: Number 4. As time goes on, I think a lot more fun opportunities are opening up. I don’t have any regrets either. Because, even if I were to have made a wrong decision, I have gained or learned something from it.
Q. In a 2009 CeCi interview, Girls’ Generation’s Yoona also said she was surprised at all the juniors she’s gained. Even though the time’s passed, that unfamiliarity seems like it hasn’t changed. Then, to you, what’s something that doesn’t change, unlike the passing time?
SEOHYUN: When comparing it from when I first debuted, the values and my personality, which I thought would never change, have changed a lot. My friends and (Girls’ Generation) members have told me that I have become more brighter and enthusiastic. My sense of challenging things has gotten stronger, too. It’s not ‘I need live following the right path’, but that I need to realize if this is the right path [for me], and I want to experience more different things. Of course, it’s nothing wild. (laughs) And so the thing that doesn’t change is that path, and the things that do are the experiences. Starting social life after being treated cutely as the youngest must have made me react by making me feel sure about things I should and shouldn’t do. Like a test with only O/X answers. I now believe that I must greet life with a more open heart for a truly great life.
Q. Was there something that brought this enlightenment?
SEOHYUN: When I debuted, while my job was a singer, I was still a student. The feeling of having to be devoted as a student was large. When I turned 20, I started to feel the weight of having to do things on my own. (interviewer: For instance?) Time utilization. As a student, during math, you learn math, and follow your schedule repetitively, but now it’s something that depends on my usage. If I sleep, it’s time for sleep, and if I don’t think about it, it just disappears. Instead, if I read a book, I have what I read left. (interviewer: You’ve gained a sense of responsibility for time.) Yes. At first, I used up my strength severely just trying to handle my schedule at first, so I couldn’t use my time, aside from schedules, well. So, in turn, I would just flow along with how things were going, and I did not exist within that. Later on, I thought, ‘What have I done aside from Girls’ Generation’s activities, is my body going to fall into the hands [of this work]?’ And so I set detailed life goals, and felt that I should try to expand indirect experiences and knowledge through books. Because each and every one of these days will come together to make my life.
Q. Was there any big happening that made you think, ‘I finally took on the challenge because my personality changed!’?
SEOHYUN: Though I’m a celebrity, I was embarrassed of showing my usual self to many people, but I’ve broken away from that a lot. I’ve learned that going to Lotte World or Kyungbook Palace with my friends is really fun. It’s to the point where I ask foreign fans to take pictures for us. I also enjoy going to exhibitions and museums. It’s something to be thankful for when people recognize me, and, when they don’t, even that is funny. I’m going to wear school uniforms with my middle school friends to visit my school.
Q. Your life has become colorful. Is there anything you want to change? Should we try looking for those traits from your other members?
SEOHYUN: First of all, Hyoyeon unnie is optimistic about everything, and creates good atmospheres. Sooyoung unnie and Tiffany unnie’s social skills are good, so they have a wide number of acquaintances. They are able to make people feel comfortable. Taeyeon unnie’s natural singing skills. Also, I think it’s a really great thing that she’s a person that can be of support to others. Yoona unnie appears coy, but is natural and her unexpected side shines. Something that the unnies jokingly say is, “If someone as pretty as you also had a prim personality, it would have been no fun.” People say that Jessica unnie looks cold, but she’s the type that acts indifferent upfront, but takes care of you unknowingly from behind. Sunny unnie always passes on a bright energy. And she’s also mature. There’s a large age difference between her and her older sisters, and, although she’s the youngest, it’s surprising how deep her thoughts are. It’s to the point where we tease her, saying she’s a 79er, not an 89er. I’m jealous of all of these traits of my unnies.
Q. Today’s theme was ‘An Interview With the Vampire’. To them, time is forever. If you look at it one way, that can be a scary thing. I’ll give you 3 three tickets to stop time. It’s a very expensive thing that you can use whenever you want.
SEOHYUN: I want to stop for a moment at the time of my debut. I want to feel what I did the very first time again, not just from what my mind remembers. So I can reflect on myself and give myself advice. I want to save the remaining two for my future.
Q. Lastly, time for TVXQ and Seohyun’s interview! said they’re curious as to what ideal type would make your heart flutter. They also gave me a tip that, because you’re probably not going to answer in detail, to ask things in a calm, orderly fashion to dig deep. (Note: Seohyun’s question to TVXQ was ‘when do you really feel/realize you’ve been a singer for 10 years?’ and, ‘Curious as a fan! What do you do on days when you don’t have schedules?’)
SEOHYUN: Haha, then I’ll give a long answer. First, I would like for them to be very considerate and optimistic, and enthusiastic. A person who’s got manners and humorous, and one who makes the other person comfortable. Even if it’s not great right now, it’s important for them to have firm beliefs and works hard toward their dream. Physically, there isn’t much I look for other than them being taller than me. Oh! Kind, clear eyes. I felt that it’s true when people say eyes are the windows to a person’s heart. I think you are able to see the time the person’s lived based off their general impression. So I would like if they always had a smiling face. I don’t think there would be a better match if it’s a person I can learn from whenever we talk.
Q. Let’s look for 3 of your own charms that can appeal to this loyal man.
SEOHYUN: My first pledge is a positive energy! I’m confident that it will be fun if we’re together. Secondly, I will take care of myself well! My ironclad rule is, ‘Manage/take care of [yourself] until you die’. I won’t ever be disheveled, so I will be able to make their hearts beat and flutter forever. Lastly, my future isn’t unsteady! I’m not the type to lean on a man, so I will be okay financially. I won’t be tiresome either. I promise. (laughs)
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