During Rain’s comeback special show “Rain is Back,” which aired on KBS 2TV on December 3, Park Jin Young appeared on the show to talk about his friendship with Rain.
Rain’s music career started with him entering JYP Entertainment as a trainee. Looking back on Rain’s audition, Park Jin Young said, “I still remember every expression he had and how much he was sweating because he was working hard. I think the reason I picked him to join our agency was because of his eyes. His gaze reminded me of a young lion or tiger cub that was hungry and on the brink of starvation.”
He continued to state, “He had already auditioned at 19 other agencies and been rejected by all of them. He had a lot of pride and as the world wasn’t going the way he wanted it to, his eyes seemed to hold a sense of rebellion, cynicism, and a determination to not lose his pride. It was the first time I’d seen that kind of look in a trainee. I wanted to see what he could do, I was curious.”
Though Park Jin Young has been behind countless stars who have shined in the entertainment industry, he has always had a soft spot for Rain. He said, “The most memorable moment for me is when he won his first Daesang [Grand Prize] on KBS. He started crying during his acceptance speech and I think that’s the only time I’ve cried for someone who won an award.”
When asked why he cried, Park Jin Young said, “He was talking about how I had taken him in when he was at his lowest, and each and every word held so much sincerity that it made me cry along with him. He’s still someone I hope for the best for. He’s someone I always keep my eye on.”
Park Jin Young concluded by stating, “He’s someone I will always come running to if he needs my help. I’ve met many people who can dance, but in my eyes, he’s still the best person at filling up an entire stage by himself with his charisma.”