Kangta and B1A4’s Sandeul have opened up about the inevitable stereotype every idol goes through in their career.

On September 6 broadcast of tvN’s “Life Bar,” Kangta and B1A4’s Sandeul appeared as guests alongside actress Choi Yeo-Jin and Cha Ji-Yeon. Among many discussions, the two idol-based celebrities freely explained the inevitable stereotype every idol goes through in their career, and how they individually overcame it to stand where they are right now.

At first, Kangta expressed his worries as a rookie musical actor. The singer said, “to be honest, I had received many musical offers in the past. However, I was afraid I wouldn’t be able to draw out the energy that is needed to be a musical actor. Because it is such a difficult and different genre of music, I was being very careful.”

Cha Ji-Yeon, who is co-starring in the same musical as Kangta, added to it. The actress said, “I worried about Kangta, who is very new to musicals. But it was only at the beginning, because he adjusted to the surroundings very easily. Of course, I couldn’t look past his experience of performing on stage for the past 20 years.” In response, Kangta commented, “thanks to Ji-Yeon’s veteran-like energy, I was able to focus even more.”

Kangta continued to speak about overcoming the stereotypes of being an idol-based celebrity. The singer said, “while it’s already been 22 years since debut, I always feel a constant pressure regarding my performance. I always have this idea of putting on a perfect show, which sometimes drags down my confidence.”

He continued, “when I first started producing music, the public did not have much expectation for me just because I was an idol. It was the same when I first released my solo album, too. People had a certain prejudice about idols, which I could not break, and I had a hard time with it. Because it was a repetitive occurrence, I learned to live with it.”

To this, Sandeul added his personal experience dealing with the public’s standard image of idols. The singer said, “I once read a comment online that came as a shock to me. The comment wrote that people just assume it’s a bad musical if it features an idol member.”

He continued, “I wanted to prove them wrong and it was finally time I showed them what I and many other idols could do. That’s why I decided to take on musicals.”

Image Source – tvN’s “Life Bar”

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Translated by Dasol Kim