Bona in a recent interview with Esquire spoke about Twenty five Twenty one, her trainee period and so on…
Before her debut in WJSN, Bona spent five years as an idol trainee. She shared, “When I was a trainee, it was really hard. However, I’m not the type to look backwards. I just look towards what I have to do and move forward only looking ahead of me. Instead of being frustrated and saying, ‘Why isn’t this working for me?’ I just say, ‘What can I do, I just have to overcome it.’ You need luck as much as you need hard work, but since I’m the type to face the facts, I just focused on what I could do. I believe in not paying attention to things you don’t have the power to change.”
After learning all this at a young age, Bona explained that her personality is now much more laidback than it was when she first debuted. She commented that because her career as an idol is one where you continuously do work that you’re given, there came a point where she began thinking more about what she did and didn’t like. Bona added, “In the past, if I had a goal, I’d wonder, ‘How can I get there fastest?’ Now, I wonder, ‘How can I get there enjoyably?’”
Discussing what she enjoys, Bona shared, “WJSN THE BLACK is a unit I’ve had a lot of fun with promoting. To be honest, I thought we were going to debut with that kind of concept. All members of WJSN THE BLACK wanted to do something cool, so we added whatever we wanted. From the outfits to the hair and makeup. Everyone actively expressed their opinion and expressed all our fantasies. We advertised enthusiastically.”
She continued, “Besides, acting is fun now. I had a lot of concerns back then, I ended up meeting a good project and good people.”
Since WJSN is a 13-person group, Bona shared that in the group’s early years she learned a lot about different personalities and how to be overcomes these differences. He also spoke about their close bond, sharing, “You can’t ignore the time we’ve been through together.” Even though it’s our sixth anniversary [by summer], there are members I’ve known for 10 years.”
In addition, “We influence each other positively. When a person has good energy, we share and receive it, and when someone is going through a difficult time, we try to get through it.” She continued humorously, “This time Dayoung sent a coffee truck to my drama set and made me feel prouder than you think.”
When asked about her members’ reactions to her drama Twenty Five, Twenty One, Bona replied with a smile: “They said I was like a real athlete. We don’t have the kind of relationship where we say stupid things to each other. When we met recently, they kept repeating my line from the drama: ‘That sounds idiotic.’”
To compare the joy she feels as an idol and as an actress, Bona shared: “In terms of performances, it brings a lot of joy to show a performance perfectly, for which I have practiced and prepared so much. Acting is a bit different, but there’s pleasure when something suddenly comes up.” Something I didn’t want to like, when I accidentally cry or when an emotion comes up that I didn’t think of when reading the script, those moments are like that fascinating. These recordings are also selected occasionally. I think the charm of acting is being able to discover a side about me that I didn’t know about.”
While idols who venture into acting are very common, there is still a certain prejudice about them idol actor. Bona confidently commented, “Nowadays I just say that. When they say, “You are like an idol,” I say, “I am an idol.” I can break stereotypes by doing it right. I just have to do well.”
Now, in her seventh year as an idol, Bona was asked to deliver a message to her younger trainee self. She commented, “‘You don’t have to be in a hurry’ [I would say] that there are times when luck is with you and others aren’t, but whatever, your efforts will make you who you are today.” ” .I want to tell you to get on with your life diligently.”
Recalling how diligently she lived her life, Bona commented, “So I have no regrets. Even if I had to go back to the past, I did everything I could what I could to the point where I wouldn’t be able to work harder It wasn’t because I liked the job that much, it was because it was so competitive I just didn’t like the way it failed .It was like, ‘We’re going to try to the end. It’s the same now.”
Bona added, “I’m sorry for the school days I missed doing this, but I filled in a lot of it this time while I was doing my drama [“Twenty-Five, Twenty-One” ] turned. and sparkling memories of friendship and uniforms that only high school students are full of life. I won’t be able to forget it.”
Bona’s full interview and photoshoot will be available in the April issue of Esquire Korea!
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