Moon So Ri and Weki Meki’s Choi Yoojung Bond Over Emotional Talk About Their Grandmothers
“The Gashinas” is a show in which celebrities live together with elderly women who have experienced a lot in life but have never learned to read and write. The celebrities teach the women how to read and write while also learning from their life experiences. The cast includes Moon So Ri, Choi Yoojung, Yook Joong Wan, LOONA’s Yves, WJSN’s Soobin, (G)I-DLE’s Yuqi, and actor Jang Dong Yoon.
On the June 2 episode, Moon So Ri joined the cast late after finishing her work for the day. Choi Yoojung met her at the entrance to the village and the two of them sat by the water for a bit to talk honestly and openly with each other.
Moon So Ri said, “When the cherry blossoms were blooming like they are now, my maternal grandmother passed away. I am thinking of her a lot recently. The way that Lee Nam Soon [one of the women on the show] talks reminds me of my paternal grandmother.”
Choi Yoojung also shared her memories of her grandmother, saying, “I have a lot of memories together with her. I went to the seaside with her and even to the hot springs. But then she got sick.” Tearing up, she added, “At that time, I didn’t really like her. I was a little kid and I wanted to play games and not have to take care of a sick person. But now that she’s passed away, I regret it so much. I regret it a lot. I feel a sense of guilt.”
Moon So Ri also began to cry and comforted her, saying, “I also think about ways I could have treated my grandmother better. At the time, I thought, ‘I need to study. I need to do other things.’ When I help prepare meals for the grandmothers on this show, I think, ‘Did I ever do that for my own grandmother?'”
Choi Yoojung then commented, “There are also a lot of things I feel sorry about with my mom. I should be a better daughter to her.” Both women agreed, however, that too often they got caught up in everyday life and forgot about these things until it was too late.
Moon So Ri then asked her how old her mother was, and gave a little scream at the answer (Choi Yoojung’s mother was born in 1974). “I am also born in 1974, so we’re the same age,” Moon So Ri said, laughing, which shocked Choi Yoojung as well.
Choi Yoojung then said, “I guess my mom isn’t that old” and Moon So Ri said, “She’s still young. I shouldn’t have asked her age.”