It’s been a few months since ‘My Lovely Girl’ ended. How’ve you been spending your time?
I don’t have album promotions right now, so I have been traveling. I also have photoshoots here and there like today.
This photoshoot started from your idea. It started with a photo of Kate Moss from the mid-1990s, where she gave off a rebellious feel as a grunge girl. This picture seems like it was from even before you were born. Did you want to try out this 1990s style?
Yes. I remember for the most part everything from the 2000s, but I don’t remember anything from the 1990s in which I was born. So I always end up searching for that decade’s music, look, movies, furniture, and so on. I also have a lot of interest in the 1920s through 1980s. I’m only interested in styles from the past, so it’s becoming a problem.
I’m surprised to hear you be able to explain your feelings about these fashion pictures so clearly. It makes me wonder ‘what kind of childhood did she have that she’s able to feel that way?’
First of all, I love art. I have a lot of friends who are majoring in art, and a lot of friends I have made recently are affiliated with art, so I think I naturally get influenced by them. When I was young, my mother used to show us classic movies.
It’s clear you have a taste for photography too. Is there a specific photographer you would like to work with?
Petra Collins. She shoots for the digital, British Dazed too. She shoots girls a lot, and she brings out that hidden rebellious side of them so naturally. There’s always a surprise twist to all of her photos. She has some photos that are extreme, but I think it’d be fun to work with her and compromise and match with her.
People say that when they think of Krystal, ‘fashionista’ is the first thing to come to mind. Our Editor has always thought of Krystal as an idol who listens to good music. You also like older artists who were from before you were born. It’s rare to find an idol who listens to such a variety of genres. If you could introduce to the readers your favorite artists and their best tracks, what would they be?
My friend recently recommended me Ryuichi Sakamoto’s Casa so I have been listening to that. I think I’ve really been listening to it every single night. It’s an album with remakes of Antonio Carlos Jobim’s songs. Every single track on the album is good, but my favorites are track #1, 3, and 11. The album also includes a bonus track that Jobim hadn’t released before. I also love Patsy’s “Aiii”, Esperanza Spalding’s “I Know You Know”, a family band that promoted in the 1980s DeBarge’s “I Like It”, Delegation’s “Oh Honey”, and The Weeknd’s “Coming Down”.
I’m suddenly really curious. Do you have a favorite f(x) song?
The song “Shadow” from the album Pink Tape. I heard it a very long time ago when it was still a demo. As soon as I heard it, I thought it was completely my style. When it came time to prepare the album, the A&R person somehow knew I liked it and told me, “Soojung, you’re going to record that song you liked ‘Shadow’ in a couple days”. I remember being really excited. I hope I can again meet a song that makes me feel that excited the first time I hear it.
What is the biggest misconception that people have of you? Are you the type to worry about what others think?
My first impression on people is that I’m cold, so people think that I’m like that. To be honest, I didn’t even know that I looked like I was a cold person. I have a job where it’s hard not to think at all of what people’s perception of me is, so I set up a standard that works.
Do you ever want to be like somebody else?
I don’t think I’ve ever wanted to be like something else. That’s not me saying that I’m perfect. It’s not like because I want to be more like someone else that I can become more like that person, so I avoid thinking those things altogether.
Is there a person from the past you would like to meet?
Marie Antoinette. There’s no particular reason, she’s just a person I’d like to meet once. I think it might be because I saw Coppola’s Marie Antoinette.
Since we’re talking about movies, if you could pick a director and an actor to work alongside, who would you choose?
I like the directors Sofia Coppola, Stanley Kubrick, Park Chanwook, and Xavier Dolan. They’re all directors that melt their worlds into their films, so I would like to meet each of them. It doesn’t matter what genre.
You’ve visited a lot of cities since wrapping up your drama. Is there a particular place that left a big impression?
Venice, Italy left the biggest impression. I really felt like I was in a completely different world. It was so unrealistically beautiful that it almost made me feel uncomfortable. For some reason, it made me feel tense and like I was floating. My favorite memory is when I saw a small opera show there. I want to recommend that to everyone. It’s in a small house, and you move from room to room. Being able to listen so closely to the instruments and voices makes it fresh and it will give you goosebumps.
If you could turn back time and go back to your elementary school days, would you have made the same choices you did up to now? I know this is overasked, but if you weren’t a singer or actress, what would you be doing now?
If you told me right now to go back in time to ten years ago, I don’t think I would make the same decisions. I would probably be attending an art school right now. I enjoy architecture, interior design, art, design, and photography, so I would have majored in one of those.
Fans are curious what kind of person Krystal wants to become. Do you think you’ll still be acting or singing when you’re 40?
I don’t know. I’m the type of person that goes with the flow, one thing at a time, so I don’t know. I myself am curious what I’m going to be doing 10, 20 years from now.
To end, what do you look for in a boyfriend? Do you look for modern fashion sense, a sense of humor, well-educated, music taste, being thoughtful, well-mannered, a cool personality, professional, etc.
I think it’s important for him to match my ‘boom clap’. Not only someone who jokes around, but someone who laughs at the same points of those jokes as me. All those virtues you listed would be nice too. When I look at someone, I tend to observe whether or not they respect others. I have seen a lot of people disrespecting others based on their age or social position. People who judge everyone always makes everyone else uncomfortable.