NUTTY NOMADS: Interview with Roy Kim
During KCON 2015 LA, we were able to sit down with KCON performer Roy Kim! This sweet and sensitive vocalist was all smiles as we discussed a bunch of things, including his cameo appearance in Producer and his dream concert location! Unfortunately, the video we were going to create had a huge and unavoidable audio issue, which made it unusable. But we didn't want you guys to miss out! So, below, you'll find a transcript of the full interview, complete with pictures! Enjoy!
[R=Roy Kim, C=Cristina, D=Daniela]
NN: Welcome to KCON!
R: Thank you! It’s my first time.
C: That’s awesome! Well, this is Dramafever, and we like to talk about Korean Dramas, and we know you made a cameo in Producer! How was that?
R: It was my first time actually trying to act for the cameras. I’ve heard from somewhere that you must follow the exact lines the writer gives me...I’ve heard it from somewhere, I don’t know where!
C: So, no ad-libbing?
R: No, nothing like that. So, I got the script the day before, and I was kind of worried. But, it worked out well. I think people liked it, I’ve heard.
C: Yea! It was fun! Because you were playing an “anti-fan”!
R: I know! That was funny. It was fun!
C: So, random question. If you stumbled upon an anti-fan group [aimed at you] at a cafe, would you infiltrate it too?
R: I would try to listen to it. I don’t think I would go up to them.
C: So you wouldn’t go up to them and defend yourself by secretly saying, “Roy’s really cool guys!”
R: Haha! No, I wouldn’t try to defend it. Some anti-fans have literally no reason to back up their opinion, but some people actually have it, so I’d try to listen to it.
C: So, you’re really open to engaging them in conversation?
R: Yep! That’s what I’ll do!
D: So, would you like to act in anything else?
R: Maybe. You know, when I first came out on Superstar K, I never guessed that I would act. I think acting has a different kind of excitement to it. With singing, you set the feeling and emotions through the melody. But I think acting has a more [raw] way of sending the emotions. It’s just, you’re truly acting the emotions that you want the audience to feel, so, I don’t know. It’s fun, but I don’t think it’s like the perfect job for me.
C: Yea, it’s like a new challenge in your career! Maybe some other time, a little later when you’re done with music...but you’ll never be done with music...
R: Nope! Haha!
C: Nope...so nevermind!
C: So, is there a drama you’re watching personally right now?
R: I do watch dramas, but I don’t have one currently. But, yea, I watched “Producers”...
D: Did you watch yourself?
R: Oh yea! For sure! It was a very good drama and very popular. All my friends were watching it. They all sent me screenshots when it aired, so I just had to watch it! It was fun!
D: Do you have any favorite places that you’ve performed a concert?
R: I think, just from rehearsing here, it’s going to be this one!
C: Is there a place you’ve always wanted to perform?
C: Oh! Wembley Stadium in London?
D: That’s a good one!
R: I don’t know, I’m just throwing out names. It’s just a dream. I don’t think that it’s going to happen…
C: Everything starts as a dream, Roy! We’re all dreamers!
R: Haha! It’s too big of a dream though…
D: Well, we like to play a game called “Rapid-Fire Questions!” We give you a choice between “this” or “that” and you have to answer really quickly! Are you ready?
D: Something you can’t leave the house without….
R: My wallet? I don’t know! My phone? Uh, that’s it!
C: That’s good! Video games, or books?
R: Video games!
D: Any favorites?
R: Yea! I play Fifa. I usually play soccer games.
D: Sweet or Salty snacks?
R: Salty snacks.
C: Hot weather or cold weather?
R: Hot weather!
D: Beach or ski lodge?
C: Dramas or comedies?
D: Cats or Dogs?
R: Dogs! Definitely dogs!
D: Who would you collaborate with if you had the chance?
R: I’m actually doing a collaboration here tonight with Soyou.
D: Are there any American artists you would like to work with?
R: Anyone that’s famous! That’d be good…
C: So, going back to the Producers, are there any funny stories from set you can share with us?
R: On set it wasn’t too long. It was a short video, but there was one point in the script where I say I want to get an autograph from IU, but I kept on saying “I’d like to get a photo with you.”
C: And were the writers like, “No, that’s wrong! Change it to autograph! I wrote autograph!”
R: Yea, I dunno. Maybe I really just wanted to take a photo with her.
C: Yea! Nowadays we have smart phones. We all want photos!
R: I know! I just kept saying that...I did an NG [take] like, 5 or 6 times.
D: Well, at least you had a buddy on set with you! [Jung Joon Young]
R: I did, yea.
D: Was he really nervous?
R: No, he doesn’t get nervous easily. Or at least he pretends not to get nervous. But I was, totally. For me, singing, I don’t get nervous, but acting...phew!
C: Well, I think that’s all the time we have, so thanks to Roy Kim for joining us, and we hope to see him in more dramas on Dramafever…
R: Haha! Maybe in the future!
D: Sing some OST’s!
R: Yea! I’ll sing some OST’s!
C: Well, thank you!
R: Thank you guys! Bye!
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