JYJ’s Kim Junsu Talks About How SEVENTEEN’s DK Reminds Him Of His Younger Self

Ahead of its opening show on June 15, the main characters of musical “Xcalibur,” JYJ’s Kim Junsu, SEVENTEEN’s DK and musical actor Kai participated in a photo shoot for Cosmopolitan.

Kai shared his thoughts on their musical, stating, “I recently learned how scary preconceptions are when I appeared on ‘The King of Mask Singer.’ Although I am not nervous as this musical has no precedent, how we frame and present this project can shape its image.”

Called by fans of his musicals as a “character master,” JYJ’s Kim Junsu shared, “When I decide on projects, the most important aspect I focus on is the music. I believe in the power of music. For musicals like ‘Xcalibur,’ there is no information other than the music for the first performance. Therefore, if I like the music, I think ‘I will be happy on stage, and it will be fun,’ and I want to participate in that project.”

SEVENTEEN’s DK, who is making his musical debut through “Xcalibur” shared, “I think the charm of musicals is that I can analyze my character and portray them on stage, but there is still room to build on. I have always wanted to participate in a musical, and I think I’ve met a good one for me.”

In regards to activities he wanted to do other than musicals, Kai stated, “There are times when I must showcase a lot of emotion, but am unable to because I am working so hard on consecutive projects. I first began theatre three years ago, and while I was scared in the moment, it made me feel like I was born again.”

Junsu addressed his increasing number of juniors in the musical world, saying, “When I see DK, I see the first time I tried doing a musical. I was really nervous then too, and I know exactly how it feels to do solo activities after promoting in a group. I try to give him lots of courage. He is going to do well,” demonstrating his strong belief in DK. In regards to his busy schedule with musicals, concerts, and other performances, the singer responded, “I get more tired and restless when I am taking a break. Although I get nervous every time I do musicals, when everything finishes well, I feel proud and accomplished.”

When asked how he has discovered a new sense of self by doing musicals, DK responded, “I used to be unable to express anger or yell, but now I must sing with anger and strength to match the vibe of the song. I learned that I am able to sing with those kinds of emotions.”

Musical “Xcalibur” will run from June 15 to August 4 at the Sejong Center for the Performing Arts. You can check out their full Cosmopolitan interview in their June issue, or on their website.

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