The MV was an issue, People only reacted to the provocative concept. If I say that I don’t want to do it, then agency said, “You should think about your contract”, and at a young age It was a little scary to me. When people ask why your daughter was doing something like that, my parents were very upset, and I was sorry about it. I’m Kim Ga-young who used to be a singer, “Stellar,” and now I’m acting and also running a cafe. When I was in my 3rd year of high school, I really enjoyed watching “2Days&1Night” and there was a viewer tour event. So I applied for viewer tour just for fun. That’s how I appeared, and I became known as a Gugak high school girl for 2Days&1Night. I majored in dance from elementary school to college. I was stressed when I wasn’t good at dancing, but I was really excited when I was acting. I became interested in acting since then, and I joined the agency. But agency wanted me to dance and sing as well. That’s how I made my debut with ‘Stellar.’ At the beginning of debut, Stellar was close to a cute concept. Like a strange astronaut, it’s a cute concept that suit for our age. We got a lot of attention as a girl group produced by Eric of SHINHWA. We released 3 albums, but since we did not make that much progress, so our company had a hard time. Then, Eric left, and only my manager and CEO remained in the agency. It was hard. We couldn’t afford to even go to cafe. I remembered that I had covered my face with shame as another girl group car passed by us. We spent about 3 years in obscurity, and in 2014, we became well known for a song. The concept was very provocative, so the MV became an issue as well. In the MV, There was a scene that spilling milk. 1. Miss her ex-boyfriend
2. Toss and turn in bed
3. Wake up in the morning and drink milk That’s all in the script for shooting. The member who filmed that scene thought that she was drinking milk because it’s morning. Then the director told her to ‘Spill the milk.’ She didn’t care much about that direction. But later, she saw comments about the MV, and she was shocked by knowing that this scene was sexually suggestive. She was 20 years old at the time, and she hasn’t had eaten milk ever since because of that MV. We were hurt a lot. None of the members knew that kind of things. We’ve released several albums after, but many people only remember provocative concepts. People say we always do sexy concepts but it’s just not well known that we’ve worked on other concepts. It was hard that people only reacted to the provocative concept. On the day of the MV shooting of, the agency asked us to wear racy costume, so we said that we can’t dance wearing it. Then agency said, ‘Why don’t you even try it? Just do it and then talk about it.‘ so, we filmed in that costume, however it was so revealing that we had to change and filmed again. But released photo was one that wearing racy costume. So we called and tackled what it was. The agency said, ‘Didn’t you know that? We won’t do it next time’, but the photos were already spread. I think the agency knew that all the members were innocent and kind. My parents were very upset too. When my parents told neighbors that my daughter is a ‘Stellar’, and they heard that why your daughter do this, because if you search for Stellar on the Internet, there are provocative pictures only. I was sorry about that. I know club is not a bad place, but for example, If people hear that some innocent girl group was in the club, they think they can’t. But when people hear that ‘Stellar’ came to the club, they say, ‘I knew it.’ Everyone is surprised when all of our members say we don’t smoke. I think, there’s a perception that Stellar looks like strong and enjoy bad things. I really can’t do Stellar dance under the stage. On stage, My makeup and costumes were all set, then I thought I’m acting the same way as I’m acting in a drama or movie. But many people think I would act like ‘Stellar’ in normal life. That was really hard for me. I’m not that kind of person, but I was recognized by people as a provocative image of Stellar..‘ Because I signed a contract with the company, if I say that I don’t want to do it, then agency said, “You should think about your contract.” and at a young age It was a little scary to me. If I objected agency’s order, I was afraid that I would have to pay a penalty and I worried about my future in entertainment industry as well. [ If I go back 7 years… ] No, I don’t think I’ll ever do it again. Since I came out of the agency, I wanted to experience a lot of different things. I wasn’t able to do all these things in the meantime, such like apply for audition by myself, pursue my acting career, run my own cafe. I think I was able to look back on myself, and feel and learn new things too. I’m happier now. There’s nothing fancy, but now I feel like I’m living as real me. Q. I want to be an idol. But I heard that there are many girl groups who disappear without gaining popularity. Should I just give up my dream? You know, People who appear on TV now, are very few successful idols. There are far more unsuccessful idols than we don’t know. If the job as an idol looks gorgeous so you starts with curiosity, there’s more to handle than that, so I want to tell you to stop. If you have a dream, try hard enough to die, Don’t think of yourself as a loser when you work hard but it doesn’t work out, Just walk along the new road, thinking it would fit you better. It’s good to work hard,
But going the way you want is more important.