The Place Where Bada and Seohyun Meet


Musical <Gone with the Wind> is coming to the stage. The place where Bada and Seohyun meet is a woman who became the sun, Scarlett O’Hara. 

The memory of Scarlett in our heads is mostly from the classic weekend film. The original novel won a Pulitzer Prize and the film that won 10 Academy Awards was watched in many of our childhoods, our butts planted beside our parents late into the night. Vivien Leigh, whose incredible beauty surpassed that of a doll, her fancy dress, a massive mansion found only in storybooks, raucous parties and ‘real man’ Clark Gable. Despite being a historical piece, <Gone with the Wind> is widely adored.

To Seohyun, who is double-cast as Scarlett, <Gone with the Wind> was a “dream-like opportunity, I’ve been earnestly waiting for”. It’s not a role that she could have just with the fame associated with SNSD. “I didn’t think I would be able do it but I really wanted to so I kept telling myself ‘I can do it’, believed in myself and worked very hard. If I don’t believe in myself, who would believe me? To show that ‘I’ve prepared a lot’ at the audition, I analyzed Scarlett in great detail. Even after all that, I’m sure I’m still lacking. So I will continue to work hard.” At the announcement press conference, Seohyun said, “I’ll commit to it with my life.” 

And she has been keeping that promise like an oath. Doing both the activities of SNSD and a musical is a cutthroat fight against time that makes you want to go somewhere to buy time. “It’s inevitable that practice is hard because of my work as SNSD. I can’t miss any rehearsals for SNSD performances because if we’re missing even one person, it messes up the choreography. So I came up with an idea. I asked a dancer to practice my exact choreography so during SNSD rehearsals, I asked them to stand in for me. We filmed it and I practiced separately early in the morning. I’m very thankful we found this alternate method.” She says her average sleep time is 3 hours these days but there is fire in her eyes, like Jung Dae-Man from <Slam Dunk>. 

If you were at least a bit interested in SNSD, you would already be familiar with Seohyun’s deep love for musicals. To the interview question “What kind of work do you want to do in the future?”, her answer was always musicals. She uploaded many photographic proofs at various musical performances. However, she did not prematurely attempt it. Like a lover you want to protect, to Seohyun, musicals were the one thing she wanted to do well for a long time. She committed herself to her first musical <Moon Embracing the Sun> and to Seohyun, it is a precious piece that dreamed alongside her. “I was truly happy while I was performing. Normally, I love watching musicals but compared to that, it was a hundred times more fun. I did not perform perfectly but I gained so much more passion and greed.” 

For an actor, a new role breathes new life. In <Gone with the Wind>, the story follows Scarlet as a 16 year old in 1861 to her as a 28 year old through the American Civil War. It’s a love story but at the same time, it is also a drama about growing up. Even though it’s a different era, similarly-aged Seohyun feels empathy toward the role of Scarlett. “Scarlett loves herself more than anyone else. She doesn’t care about what other people think and she lives a progressive life. In that way, I think we are similar. And the fact that we are greedy. Unnis tell me that I’m very strong-willed (laughs).” 

After performing in <Moon Embracing the Sun>, Seohyun has been receiving vocal lessons. While doing her first musical, being a singer was both beneficial and detrimental. “I didn’t start learning because there was a particular area of focus but I’m taking lessons because I want to pursue various paths. I want to make sounds in various directions but until now, I’ve only had a single direction. During performances of <Moon Embracing the Sun>, I tried very hard not to sing it like a pop song. For my next piece, I wanted to start it in a place where I could improve my vocals.” 

Bada is a singer but to represent her muse who does musicals, she created a word called ‘Gamuse’. (In Korean, singer is “ga-su” so it’s a combination of “ga-su” and muse.) It also means guardian angel. ‘Gamuse’ Bada already had the same experiences as Seohyun. “When I did 2~3 shows, I took separate vocal lessons. Gamuse can do other pieces well, like gospel, for example. For a while within Korea, there were many pieces from Austria but from now on, there will be many pieces from France and the US. You have to look at variety from a distance. Even in <Gone with the Wind>, the first act has a lot of pop-like songs and in the end of the second act, there are vocally-demanding songs. Gamuse definitely has the ability to satisfy audiences beyond their expectations. In this piece, I’m anticipating and cheering on Seohyun to see her successfully do both well.” Bada’s affection toward Seohyun is exceptional. “I’m in trouble because my arm keeps bending in. I want to rest but when I see Seohyun, I want to do anything for her. I never understood why people talked about being from the same hometown or being alumni. But I guess I had special feelings toward a female idol hoobae, even though I didn’t know her before this.” 

These are the two Scarletts we will meet starting in January. Original author Margaret Mitchell once said, “When faced with difficulties, there are always people who want to overcome it. And those people have a resourceful personality. I want to write stories about people with and without resourcefulness.” It’s a story we want to hear and these are people we want to see now. Margaret Mitchell was right. Through Bada and Seohyun, tomorrow’s sun will rise tomorrow. 

Translation cr. Stella Lee

followthered asked:

Hey friend, I was discussing with my girlfriend the purpose of "biblical" marriage, so I thought I'd ask for your thoughts, since you released a book on dating and will be married in less than a month! Specifically, how important are feelings? #thank

Hey Adrian! Thanks for plugging my book, my brother. :)  Here’s a seminar I did recently on dating, which also coincides with my book.


About feelings: I do believe they’re important, but we’re not obligated to chase our feelings all the time.  There’s some lie in culture that says whenever we feel something, we need to immediately chase the rabbit to see where it goes.  But relationships are not whipped up out of feelings; they need be sustained by something truer, deeper.  Emotions are a great fuel and even a great reason, but they cannot be the sustenance nor the final purpose.  As C.S Lewis says, “Love is not affectionate feeling, but but a steady wish for the loved person’s ultimate good as far as it can be obtained.”


About marriage: While I won’t be married for another three weeks (which I’m super-pumped and ready for), allow me to share something one of my seminary professors said. 

Dr. Paul Enns was married for forty-five years and never argued with his wife Helen once.  Several years ago, he found his wife on the kitchen floor, face down and cold.  The paramedics couldn’t revive her.  I remember Dr. Enns in my classes, constantly telling stories about his wife, tearing up every single time.  We wept, too.  He told a story about a time he and his friend were at a restaurant and saw a woman with her friends, having a last meal with her bridesmaids before the wedding.  Somehow Dr. Enns came to talk with this young lady and her friends, and she asked him, “What was your secret?  What’s marriage supposed to be?”

Without hesitation, Dr. Enns said, “I had a forty-five year honeymoon with my wife Helen.  She is home now.  Looking back, it’s simple.  Love your God, live for God.  Love your spouse, live for your spouse.  That’s the secret, that’s the purpose.”  And the table just wept like babies.

I think we tend to complicate the idea of marriage with tons of practical habits and sweeping epic one-liners, and while these are helpful, I think it’s simple.  Ephesians 5 says marriage is a reflection of the Gospel, in that marriage looks a lot like faith.  The adventure of romance is just a glimpse of our love with God in Heaven.   Looking back in hindsight, I want to be able to say, I loved her, I lived for her. I loved my God, I lived for God.  I don’t want to say anything else on my deathbed.  I hope to live every day this way, however imperfectly, by His grace.

— J.S.