The EXO members tend to joke around when talking about music, but also know when it’s time to be serious. “We’ve really received a lot of love. And to return that love, we’re aware of how hard we have to work.” And seeing what EXO has accomplished in the past year, that is no exaggeration. Two years after their debut, the sheer power of the idols cannot be denied. Baekhyun says, “When we hear our songs playing in the streets, and when we see the news referring to EXO, we truly realize just how much we’ve grown” and says that he won’t forget any of the moments he experienced when he was a rookie.
When questioned about the most memorable stage of the previous year, all three members said the 2013 Mnet Asian Music Awards. “Though all of our stages mean a lot to us, all of the members exhibited a memorable performance at the 2013 Mnet Asian Music Awards. The fans enjoyed our performance as well, so we are all satisfied with that particular stage,” Sehun said. The EXO members urge their beloved fans to look forward to even more activitied in 2014.
Their schedule, up until the second half of the year, is alright busy with different activities. Korea, Japan, China, and other Asian countries should definitely anticipate more wonderful stages from EXO in the near future. This year, some EXO members are pursuing their own individual activies, as well. Baekhyun and Suho have become active MCs for SBS Inkigayo, and Chanyeol appeared Laws of the Jungle, receiving a lot of love from fans. “There are still many things I wish to improve, but it’d be nice if I could still come across as doing a good job.” This was Baekhyun’s sentiment after his first run as MC. “I want to appear regularly on programs like Infinity Challenge and Running Man” Tao said, almost burning with determination. “I can also work hard!” Sehun agreed. All of the EXO members wish to participate in various activities, and cheer for their future prospects. I asked the members what it is they want to do during brief rests in between their busy schedule. Baekhyun said he wants to go to the sea with all of the members. After hearing this, Tao said playfully, “I want to go alone!”
Their positive energy made every moment of the late-night interview very enjoyable. Stories of the twelve members as a whole were interspersed among the interviews held with the three members. Being able to share a warm friendship with twelve other people is something I envy. I would like to visit an EXO concert in 2014 to return to them as soon as possible. The concert stage of those twelve men is sure to hold a brilliant performance.
EXO and Tang Wei’s photoshoot was a day before the Seoul Music Awards. The shoot had to take place in between rehearsals and during their break times because their schedules were so tight. The staff was in chaos, worried about whether or not the rehearsal would let out on time. However, when it came time for them to show up at the studio, EXO’s Baekhyun, Tao, and Sehun strolled through the door. As soon as they said “Hello!” the worries of the staff melted away. It was finally time to start. With a little over an hour and a half to shoot ten pages of photos, the staff agreed to proceed right away. The movements of the photographer and editor became busy. The lighting was set, the costumes were checked, and minute by minute, Tang Wei and EXO touched us in a way that could not be neglected. “Cut, good! Next cut!” It only took a short while for Photography Jo Seon Hui to give the OK, which was an indication that the cut had been completed well. The joy was short-lived, however, because EXO’s Baekhyun, Tao, and Sehun, as well as Tang Wei, were forced to leave for the awards ceremony rehearsals. Though the briefness of the meeting was regrettable, we all had to say goodbye. A week later, we met again for the cover story and interview. When Tang Wei saw the photos of herself, she said “Oh, the ones with me came out very well!” “Look, it’s me!” she joked. At the year-end 2013 awards, EXO once again proved themselves to be the best K-pop stars. To meet those stars as well as another star, I was excited and nervous. “I really can’t believe I’m meeting such a famous actor, and that you’re here to shoot.”
At the end of the shoot, Baekhyun approached Tang Wei with an expression of excitement. “I really can’t believe it!” Bekhyun said, to which Sehun added, “I’m so honored that I’m shaking!” At that time, Tao and Tang Wei shot a scene so riveting, that it made the staff cheer. “To be honest, I shook a lot in that moment. Before the shoot, I really worried about how well I would do and my self-confidence was not high.”Whether or not it was due to the similarity in culture, Tang Wei and Tao looked very compatible and naturally conversed in between shoots. “As a matter of fact, even before we came to this shoot, Tao practiced and practiced. He took 1,000 selcas a day,” laughed Baekhyun. “If we have the chance to shoot with Tang Wei again, it would be nice to do it on Jeju Island. It would look good, don’t you think?” Tao said after such a short day of cuts.
“But aren’t Hyung and Tang Wei in a relationship where they can exchange back hugs?” Sehun shuddered (jokingly). “This time, it was only us three, but next time it’ll be all twelve members and I hope to do a nicer shoot,” said Baekhyun warmly. The three members seemed to have positive outlooks and prospects for future projects with The Celebrity team. These are photos that, when remembered, will make them feel good.
(to be continued.)