Recently AOA’s Mina sat down to talk about her recent drama “Hospital Ship,” in which she appeared with her FNC labelmate CNBLUE’s Kang Min Hyuk.
When asked whether she depended on him during the long, secluded island filmings, Mina said honestly, “He’s my senior at my company, but we don’t really interact. We’ve never sat down to have a personal meal or a cup of coffee together. We’ve met while preparing for FNC concerts and here and there at the agency, but we weren’t close friends or anything. We did get a bit closer while filming the drama. Since he’s my senior labelmate, he would buy me food during the filming when he had time.”
Agencies like SM, JYP, and YG are known for having close relationships between junior and senior idols, often appearing on each other’s social media pages. Occasionally there have also been much-publicized relationships between labelmates at those agencies as well.
However, Mina said about FNC, “I don’t think the seniors and juniors at our company are close in that way. When we were trainees, we didn’t even dream of dating [one another]. Now I think we could get closer, but we just don’t interact that much. When we see each other at the company, of course we cheer each other on, and CNBLUE and FTISLAND treat us really well as seniors so we’re grateful. But there’s no one that feels like a really close older brother or anything. I feel like it’s harder to get close because we’re labelmates.”
She added with a smile, “It’s not that I think dating within the workplace is impossible or that I would never do it. It depends on the situation. Even looking at my drama, ‘Hospital Ship,’ shows that it’s possible. But at FNC Entertainment? I don’t know. I think it would be difficult.”
FNC Entertainment, while also managing several well-known comedians and actors, is home to idols such as FTISLAND, CNBLUE, AOA, N.Flying, SF9, and HONEYST.