D.O. Reveals How The EXO Members Reacted To “Swing Kids” And His Tap Dancing
The actor, whose character in the film is a prisoner of war that joins a dance group called the Swing Kids, said that learning to tap dance was difficult. “If it were some other genre instead of tap dancing, I would have been short on practice time. But because I could practice tap dance whenever I was standing on solid ground, I was able to practice a lot.”
He added, “I thought it would be easy to an extent, but when I first started learning, I became a complete dance novice.”
On how the EXO members reacted to him practicing, he said, “I didn’t practice the North Korean dialect around the EXO members, although I did practice tap dancing. They said it was noisy. I did it anyway. They kept telling me it was loud, but it was something I had to do, so I asked for their patience and kept doing it.”
D.O. said, “When breaks during practice for EXO got long, I practiced with my tap shoes on, and when it was only about 10 minutes or so, I just practiced in my sneakers. The EXO members would recoil if they even saw me with the tap shoes on.”
Though they teased him during practices, the EXO members were nothing but a picture of support. D.O. said, “At the screening, the EXO members liked the movie so much. Everyone’s busy, so it was difficult for the other seven members to get together, but they all came to support me. I was so thankful. Even in our group chat, they said they liked the movie and were proud of me.” The praise continued the next day, said D.O. “They talked to me in a North Korean dialect. There were members that said they wanted to learn tap dancing now, and I heard a lot of compliments. I was really proud. Chen said he wanted to learn tap dancing, and Baekhyun, who has tap danced before for a musical, said he wanted to try it again.”
D.O. joked, “It seems that they changed their minds after thinking it was so noisy.”
“Swing Kids” premieres on December 19.