Esquire asked the idol to look back on the four years since his last interview with the magazine. “It’s been four years?” he answered. “What have I done in the last four years? I think a lot has happened. I advertised with EXO and the new group SuperM was also created. I’m also working on my solo album. A lot has happened in a long time and I have a lot done, but I think my feelings are the same as four years ago. I had fun then. “
On the subject of his fashion philosophy, Kai said, “I think fashion is a way for a person to show their personality or thoughts. You can tell what kind of person someone is by looking at the car or the interior, but I consider clothing the easiest way to show a lot of people who you are. It’s intuitive, you know. I think fashion is the easiest and best tool to show who you are. “
Esquire addressed how fans nicknamed him the “Master of Center” after being in the middle position on most EXO appearances. Kai replied, “Ah, instead of being a ‘master of the center’ I think that I was probably mostly in the center because I’m the main dancer, I think they see it that way because I’ve been getting up a little more since I’m in the middle. “He promised to work hard on the position if he keeps it in the future.
Kai was asked if it can be a lot of pressure to be in the middle, considering he has to take the position even when he’s not feeling well. He replied, “It would be a lie to say that I don’t feel any pressure. There are some songs that are difficult to maintain my stamina on, and there are parts that I have to perform well to make the others stand out Making it easier for members. However, the fact that we’re a group means that we all have to play our own roles. My job is to make it a little easier for the other members when I’m in the middle and the Making members look cool when I’m not in the middle. There are times when it’s difficult, but members make up for what I can’t. I think EXO is a group that is really good at it to make up for what is lacking in each other. “
Esquire pointed out that Kai’s fans created a lot of nicknames for him and he was asked to share his favorite nickname. “My favorite is ‘Bear’,” he replied. “They call me that because I’m like a bear and it’s my favorite. You seem to like it a lot too.”
He laughed when he announced that he had recently been given a new nickname, “Panty Oppa“(“oppa”Is a title women use when referring to older brothers or male friends.
The nickname comes from a now legendary clip by “Ask us anything“When Kai and Baekhyun were playing the ‘headphones’ game and Kai Baekhyun heard wrongly, he said” two syllables in padding “(which means padded coats) as” two syllables in panties “(the English word” panties “is used in Korean both female underwear used for men as well as for men).
“At first I didn’t really like the nickname ‘panties’ oppa“But a lot of people think kindly about it,” he said. “Now I think it’s fun and I like it.”
The clip itself has surpassed 20 million views, and Kai was asked if at that point he expected it to become such a big topic of conversation.
He replied that he had no idea and just thought it was a funny situation. “That type of topic is definitely fun,” he continued. “I also laughed a lot as I watched, and my mom really liked it too. To be honest, when I’m with my old friends they say I’m the funniest and I think people learned that side of me thanks to this video. “
Kai went on to say he was worried after the video went viral as he was concerned about getting attention for such things. “Someone who doesn’t know me might find out about Kai as ‘panties’ Oppa“And then I think my dancing looks funny when they see a video of me,” he said. “I just thought it was a funny situation when we were filming, but after that, more people than expected started calling me” panty ” Oppa“Someone I met for the first time even suddenly said to me, ‘You did well because of’ panties’. To be honest, it was really stressful. “
“People who are introduced to“ Panty Oppa“I was actually looking for my performance videos to watch,” he said. “There are some comments on the videos like ‘That Person Was’ Panty Oppa“?” And “He can dance really well, it’s the exact opposite of his” panties ” Oppa“Image”. He shared that people could see the big difference between themselves on and off the stage, so he’s more relaxed and positive about it now.
Esquire mentioned that his plans for a solo debut were first shared in 2018, and an official announcement about it was made recently. When asked when he would like to start promotions, Kai said, “I’m preparing a lot. To be honest, it took me some preparation time. I plan to show it soon, so please wait a little longer.”
Kai and SHINee’S Taemin are known as best friends and both recently began promoting together in the SM entertainment group SuperM. Esquire asked Kai to share if there were any differences between now and when they were promoting in different groups.
“When I was an apprentice Taemin and I were the only apprentices our age,” he said. “We got close, of course, because we both loved to dance and after our debut we didn’t have a chance to meet through work. We’d see each other in our agency, but since we’ve been trainees since our training, we didn’t talk much about work. But now that we’re promoting together, we talk a lot about work. Now I’ve learned so much that I didn’t know anything about Taemin. Although I’ve known him for over 10 years, there was a lot I didn’t know about him. Taemin also said that he learned things about me that he didn’t know. “
The full interview and picture of Kai can be found in the October issue of Esquire Korea.
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