[Interview] MBLAQ’s G.O. Confesses It’s Hard to Live as an Idol
MBLAQ’s G.O. revealed his thoughts on living as an idol.
G.O. joined musical Seopyeonje which launched on March 20, taking the role of ‘Dong Ho’ along with Song Yong Jin and Michael Lee, who have been tri-cast for the role.
About his first experience performing in a musical, G.O. said, “I have acting experience from SBS’s drama Ghost, but acting in a musical was very different. It was difficult to notice the difference and act out accordingly. On musical stage, you have to stay alerted the whole time and use big gestures to appeal to the audience. I had many thoughts about what I could do to show good acting. I’ve been learning a lot, since I’m working alongside with many senior actors.”
When asked if he felt pressured to be acting out the same role as Song Yong Jin and Michael Lee, who have more experience, G.O. answered, “As we practiced together, I came to feel less of an age gap between us and we started treating each other like brothers. Lee Ji Na, who was in charge of directing, also gave all of us personalized and specific directions. I was really thankful for that.”
Apart from performing in Seopyeonje, G.O. is also active as a member of MBLAQ, releasing the 6th mini album Broken and promoting the title song Be A Man.
About this, the MBLAQ member said, “It was physically straining to combine activities as a singer and musical actor. Sometimes the schedules in music program overlapped with my musical performance, so I was worried in terms of my physical ability and time conflicts, and it was also difficult to distinguish the performance styles in each field.”
G.O., who hopes to begin a new stage of his life through Seopyeonje, confessed, “The music industry is a hard place to survive in. It’s not a place where you can succeed with your talent alone. So I began to desire to work in a field that can bring outcomes based on the efforts I put in. To be honest, it’s very hard to promote as an idol in the music industry. The field of activity is not very broad and I’ve heard from my seniors that you get less and less opportunities to promote as years go by.”
Then he added, “So I started wanting to take a new turn in life through musicals and that’s when I got the opportunity to appear in Seopyeonje. Seopyeonje is a musical that has never featured an idol before so I felt pressured in the beginning but I also felt more responsible at the same time. I plan to practice hard and do my best to not be a burden my seniors.”
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