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another episode of exo not letting kyungsoo live

exo’s recent exo next door interview- Q: which member takes the 4D role?

kyungsoo: there are no members who are 4D :)

suho: ksoo seems normal but he’s actually pretty weird

kai: ksoo. i don’t get him sometimes…

chanyeol: ksoo has a strange way of thinking…

xiumin: ksoo doesn’t seem like a person of this earth

Q: which member takes the role of the nagging mom?

kyungsoo: there are no members who nag :)

suho: ksoo nags about unimportant things lol

baekhyun: ksoo. he scolds us for not cleaning.

Rainbow Rowell Twitter Takeover 26.07.2016

Question: When and why did you start writing books, and what became your inspiration in writing?
Rainbow: I started writing Attachments when I was working at newspaper in 2002, just to give myself a break from journalism.

Question: What Hogwarts house would you be in?
Rainbow: I’ve taken the @pottermore quiz & I’m definitely Gryffindor. Hard to accept at 1st. Wanted Ravenclaw.

Question: I have to ask - is ‘Rainbow’ your pen name? What’s the story behind your name? I love it! I love you too! Your books are the best!
Rainbow: It’s my given name! My mother was a flower child, I’m afraid. Always thought I’d change it, but I got used to it.

Question: I really enjoyed reading the Fangirl deleted scenes. Do any of your other books have deleted scenes?
Rainbow: Thank you! I always end up cutting a lot as I’m writing. But most of what I cut isn’t fit for reading.

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The world first saw Lin-Manuel Miranda’s lyrical aptitude, impeccable rhyme schemes and infectious melodies come together in In The Heights, a musical that brought the Dominican-American experience to a theatre forefront…

Miranda is not only an actor, composer and playwright, but he’s an equally adept MC. So, while Hamilton is rooted in Alexander Hamilton’s coming-of-age, the new hip-hop based musical is far from white-washed and, simultaneously, speaks to experiences that are estranged from the dominant culture. Hamilton is a prime example of how Miranda continues to change the world with his art; he’s managed to have a voice in the ever so politically charged world we live in without coming off as overbearing or seemingly controversial…

Miranda – successful, genius and avant-garde – remains grounded in his heritage. “I have always, always been clear about being Latino,” he says to VIBE Viva.

Unforgettable childhood memory:
Unforgettable childhood memory? Eating limber – tropical fruit ice – in Puerto Rico.

Favorite home cooked dish:
Piñón, a Puerto Rican style of “lasagna,” but the layers are made of fried sweet plantains (maduros), instead of pasta.

Craziest Hispanic proverb as told by mami or abuela:
“De tal palo tal astilla.” In English it literally means “From such a stick comes such a splinter,” but it doesn’t translate very well. The closest accurate translation that I can think of is: “The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.”

Che Guevara moment (greatest moment of rebellion):
Choosing a career in the arts.

I first saw myself at Latino when…
I have always, always been clear about being Latino.

Household cure-all/remedy:
Alcoholado, which is a type of “rubbing” alcohol that is infused with natural herbs and oils.

Salsa, Bachata or Reggaeton?
Salsa, for sure.

Historical hero/heroine?
My father, Luis Miranda.

Life mantra:
“This too shall pass.”  It’s my mother’s mantra. (x)

Karlie Kloss’ fitness secrets

Karlie Kloss is at the forefront of the new generation of supermodels known for their strong, athletic bodies and dedication to fitness and wellbeing. We caught up with the former Victoria’s Secret model to talk about her new job as the face of Adidas by Stella McCartney, her work-out regime and the mantra that gets her to the gym when all she wants to do is watch Netflix in bed.

How do you decide which brands to work with?

I try and work with people who are like-minded – brands that share the same kind of values as me. Working with Adidas has truly been a pleasure, as I have always considered myself an athlete even in my small way. I like to be focused and push myself. It’s part of my lifestyle.

Why do you think you, Adidas and Stella McCartney are such a good fit?

I think that Adidas is really unique as a brand in that it cares about functionality but also the fit and the style; that’s why it’s such a natural partnership with Stella McCartney – she’s this incredible designer who understands what women want to wear. It’s this perfect marriage of style and practicality. Adidas really cares about its consumer and it knows who their woman is and how she thinks about pushing herself to be stronger and better, and that’s the way that I live my life too.

Why is it so important to you to keep fit?

It’s important to me because it changes the way I feel – I feel like the best version of myself when I feel strong and well rested. Something that I’ve learned during my time as a model is to take time to take care for yourself – to rest and to exercise and to indulge in good nutrition and wholesome food. It’s not a matter of vanity; when you take care of yourself you’re able to perform better, to have more energy, to think clearer, to work harder.

What are your favourite ways to keep fit?

I really love to switch it up. I love to focus on cardio one day, then strength training another day, then stretching and yoga. I like to do a bit of everything.

How would you encourage girls to get more involved with sport and fitness?

I grew up in a house of four daughters, and I think my dad was actually the least active of all of us. I’ve never thought about sport as more of a boy’s thing. All of my girlfriends were always really athletic. I danced for my whole adolescence and I was always really drawn to sports and I had a natural knack for it. I love the strategy that goes into playing games and knowing about the defensive and offensive tactics. I’m also really competitive.

Today the aesthetic for models is strong, not skinny. Why do you think that’s a good thing?

Everybody is different – everyone has to figure out what’s good for them. For me I really try to find the right habits, the right way to fuel my body and to push myself to be the best, strongest version of myself. Everybody has to determine that for themselves. You start to feel better when you’re stronger and you can run for five minutes longer, or do an extra five push-ups. When you hit those minor wins it’s a great feeling, it’s an upward cycle.

How much responsibility do you feel to be a role model to girls today?

To even be in the position that somebody would consider me a role model or somebody that has influence is amazing. I very much had a lot of role models of women that I looked up to in my community and my school and public figures that really inspired me. Now that I’m that for someone else is a huge honour. I don’t take it lightly. It’s really important to me to use that influence in a positive way. If I can make any impact on anybody else to push themselves a little bit more, whether that’s in a physical sense or trying something new – I’m very passionate abut education as a whole and trying new things and pushing myself to be better – that’s definitely something that is important to me.

Do you have a mantra that gets you to the gym when you don’t want to go?

Totally. Yesterday I was doing interviews from 7am to 3pm, then in the afternoon, from 3pm to 7pm, I was doing another photo-shoot. When I got home at 7.30pm I just wanted to crawl into bed and watch Netflix. But I knew that the best gift you can give yourself is that gratifying feeling after a good sweat, so I put my tennis shoes on and my ear buds in and went out to the Westside Highway and ran as the sun set. I love to listen to podcasts and audio books while I’m running, so I’m sort of multitasking. Putting the gym clothes on and getting out the door is always the hardest part. Exercising is easy, it’s getting there that’s the hard part. (x)

LJS for W (July ‘16) - Part 2

Source: W Korea
Translation note: Sorry… work has been crazy. [Part 1]

W: You observe things really closely. Are you originally a person who is curious?

I am easily curious and also quite sensitive. I also easily feel inferior to others. When I look at some of the actors around my age, I find that there are a lot of them who act very well… Sometimes I feel that even if we have lived the same number of years, they seem to have experienced a larger range of events. I grew up with relatively few ups and downs. The most I can say happened to me are stuff like ‘can’t work out a problem’ or ‘chances not coming to me’. For an actor who has to use his emotions a lot, sometimes failures in life would be a good source material to work with; at those times, I find myself lacking. For example, if a scene requires me to tear up, I don’t have many memories to capture that memory from. I can insinuate from dramas and movies, but this method has its limitations.

W: Has this kind of sensitivity ever become an obstacle for you?

A lot. I admit that I have a ‘glass’ mentality, it’s rather weak. Sometimes when a piece of news comes out or even when there is a small incident, it would end up affecting my work. Even my manager had said that if there are news that would shock me, they won’t tell me before I film the bust shot (T/N: filming the upper body area, mostly for facial reactions), since it would be written all over my face. I like that beer ad tagline, “If you don’t do anything, nothing will happen.” I actually like the kind of life where nothing happens.

W: If you really wanted a quiet life, shouldn’t you have chosen the job of a lighthouse keeper or something like that? How do you cope with a job where the public’s love and attention plays a big part?

Of course, I receive good reactions a lot as well; I just tend to get scared first.

W: For you to have such an introverted personality but also the strong determination to act well, it seems quite amazing to me.

Because I love my job. I want the dramas I participate in to be successful and lots of people watch it. This is my job and one that I want to do well for. However, the character in the drama is one that the drama imagined up, even though he has my face, he is a completely different person from me.  That’s why a drama is always a fantasy world for me. Even in a romantic drama, I would have my hair and makeup done, so it looks much more perfect than real life. When I try my best to become this perfected person, my world expands as well. 

But sometimes, it is still difficult and my face would become red all over. Although the process of filming a drama is tiring, the reason why I can get over it is because of the immense pleasure I get from watching the finished product on broadcast.

W: I remember reading an interview where you say you are compromising with a perfect flower boy or flower man image since it’s what people want, but you actually want to be a macho actor.

I aspire towards the kind of image that I lack. Among actors, I like those like Lee Min Ho or Kim Woo Bin, who have a strong, well-defined line to their features. Objectively, I have some doubts as to whether I can assume that kind of image. That’s why I wanted to do crime dramas or those with a lot of testosterone. Last year, there were a few projects I was considering, but ultimately I gave up due to fear and uncertainty. While I am still in my 20s, I want to go with my own strengths first. ‘W’ is just in the middle – so even though I can’t become fully macho, I want to use this drama to see how far I can go.

W: In ‘W’, you appear as a shooting athlete. Do you think this sport that requires 100% extreme attention is suitable for you?

I was the kind of student who hated physical education lessons. I would give the role monitor 1000 won or a bun, so that he would allow me to stay in the classroom. Lately, I’ve been doing weight training, and if it is for a drama, I would learn swimming or table tennis. For a person who doesn’t do anything, I get to learn all sorts of things! Once, I was watching ‘Black Swan’ with my actor friends and a sunbae-noona said, “We really do our art too easily!” Natalie Portman was really so amazing in that movie – how much she must have worked to play a ballet dancer, you can tell just from the back muscles and the way she dances.

W: What is the most fun you have had lately?

One day, because there was too many lines to memorize so I was reading the script until 1 or 2am, when suddenly I wanted to eat fried peppers. I called my manager to eat it together, but felt sorry that I was dragging him out in the middle of the night, so we started playing a soccer game with bets. I don’t really know how to play games so I thought if I lost, I could give him some pocket money also. In the end, I tried my best at the game and still lost around 300,000 won to him, and I started getting angry instead. But that’s the only kind of small episodes in my life. If I drank alcohol, I guess I would meet loads of people and get to know many nice restaurants… but I don’t even drink.

W: Don’t you talk about personal things on SNS?

I just have my manager take some proof shots and then upload it with some emoticons… When people are enamoured with an emotion, they tend to want to express it, but I feel that it is quite dangerous so I try to minimize my expression. If I let people know that I am exhausted, I worry that it will cause misunderstandings. Even when I am texting someone, if you’re feeling hurt, somehow the text message will take on that nuance too. Then if that person interprets the message just by the words, the issue may get even more twisted. So when my friends are using Instagram, I would satisfy myself with watching the timeline from the side and feel like everyone is having a good and happy life.

W: You say that you are introverted, but it feels that you always share your worries and weaknesses straight-forwardly in interviews.

I don’t have many chances to talk to a person non-stop in real life. Even when I meet up with high school friends every six months, we just keep talking about the same things that happened in the past. When you work with people day-in day-out, your conversation dwindles to just daily conversation. After entering society, you form relationship networks and you try to be careful with what you say, so I say as little as possible. During these interviews, since you keep asking questions, it feels food to rediscover myself through answering them. 

W: Lately, have there been any ideas that form a ‘sting’ in your heart?

If I do have any limitations, I want to get rid of them as soon as possible. Even if the results are not immediately visible, I can still present a new side of myself in the meantime, no?

Who DAT: EmAre

For the edition of Who Dat, I had the pleasure of meeting and talking to a talent young man. Who might that be? The Lower East Side born rapper, EmAre. EmAre first appeared for me, on Tumblr. Tumblr the infamous blogging website, where music and creative writing meets. Since I am on the writing side of Tumblr, it’s still a mystery of how the hell he ended up on my dash. But despite that, his music is the reason I made sure he stayed. It was a hot Thursday evening, when I walked into the mildly empty Chipotle, and sat down. I shot him a quick text, letting him know I had arrived. He replied that he was also inside. Looking around, I spotted him. Must say, meeting him was nerve-wrecking. Here before me was an incredibly handsome guy, who also was polite and quiet like. His smile easygoing and bright. His whole vibe spoke of a intelligent, creative thinker. After taking his seat, we got right down to the interview.

Q: For those who don’t you know, who are you?

EmAre: My name is EmAre, I make music, I battle rap, I’m from the LES (lower east side). I’m up and coming.

Q: How did you come up with your name?

EmAre: It’s my initials. I wanted something close to home. Something about me. Like how Eminem and Kendrick Lamar. Many rappers down the line, goes through many name changes like Eminem was slim shady. His [rap] name is his initials.

Q: How did you get into battle rap?  

EmAre: I’ve always been competition. I’m competive. In high school, I was into sports. I played basketball, football. Started watching battle rap, seeing other perform and I just got into it.

Q: When did you discover that you had talent? When was that ha ah moment?

EmAre: In 5th grade. I started writing poetry, but my poems didn’t rhyme. Around 8th grade I started writing with a tempo, and of course I listen to rap. I feel like I also get it from my family too. My mom, my whole family is expressive, especially with words. So I get it also from them.

Q: There was one battle where you mentioned all of these rock bands. The crowd didn’t really respond. Then in your second round, you started to dumb down your style. Do you regret doing that for that battle? Someone commented and was like it went over everyone head. And I have to agree.

EmAre: Not really. About that battle, I was actually supposed to battle someone else. I had already committed to memory what I wanted to say. But they had switched my opponent. I had to wait about 7 hours before I can go on and perform. Once I got to it, I had switch my own style up.

Q: How does your style differ then others?

EmAre: I feel like my material is directed more towards teaching. My style is wrapped around teaching and urging people to learn.

Q: What do you hope to accomplish with your music?

EmAre: Giving people an insight to me. Letting them know, they aren’t alone. That somebody else has been through it too. I talk about stuff a lot of people don’t talk about. A project I’m working is actually geared towards that.

Q: What is the project about?

EmAre: It’s about self-love and not being ashamed of the skin you are in.

Q: How many of your songs are autobiographies?

EmAre: [pauses] All my songs have something about me. A piece of me, even if it’s not directed towards me.

Q: That was your mother on the end of God Bless right? How did you feel hearing your mom talk so beautifully about you?

EmAre: [smiles] Yeah, that was her. It was wonderful. We have our differences, but no matter what, the love is there. She has come through for me at times and that’s one of the reasons I wrote ‘God Bless’.

Q: Does it add pressure for you be best you can be?

EmAre: [nods head] It definitely does. It definitely inspires me to work harder. [laughs] she doesn’t like the way I rap. The cursing and material. If it was up to her, it would be all sunshine and rainbows. [smiles] But she is getting used to it. It’ nice that she understands that I have to keep it real.

His smile is super big at this point. I can tell that his mom is a very important factor in his life. It’s nice to see that despite his life with her, that the two love and adore each other. I believe from this alone, that you can always build or rebuild a relationship with your parents. That love is way stronger.  We began to stray off topic a little. We started to talked about music again, prompting me to flip through my notebook. “So let’s play a game,” I smiled. He looked a little curious. But it’s a game I like to call ‘Hip-Hop’ This or That. His following answers to this game, were lit. Can tell he knows his stuff. He asked, “do I give a reason?” I responded, “If you want.”

These were the choices (the bold words are his pick):

TDE or Slaughterhouse

Warren G or The Game

Biggie or Mos Def

Brand Nubian or The Lox

DMX or Bun B

Outcast or Wu Tang Clan

J. Dilla or Timberland

Missy Elliott or Queen Latifah

MC Lyfe or Roxanne Shante

De La Soul or Tribe Called Quest

Black Sheep or Mobb Deep

Big L or Kool G Rap

Raekown or Ghostface Killah

Method Man or Rah Digga

Kanye West or RZA

Redman or Lupe Fiscao

Ab-Soul or Danny Brown

Kendrick Lamar or J. Cole

Mannie Fresh or Pimp C

Just Blaze or The Alchemist

Nas or Q-Tip

Dj Quik or The Neptunes

[Sidenote: He gave reasons for the choices. Ab-Soul or Danny Brown, he agreed both were lyrical, but Ab-Soul was a lot more diverse. Kanye West’s producing is genius especially with the layering and format. The Lox because he like the gritty hardcore style the group has, TDE because they have purpose they are pursuing. MC Lyte has more consistent material, Queen Latifah was hardcore. De La Soul had better ideas, Kool G Rap was more consistent music wise. He loves both OutKast and Wu Tang, but he choose OutKast due to the diversity that the group has in music.]

 [Back to the questions]

Q: Your thoughts on hip-hop’s current state?

EmAre: I feel like it’s still healthy. People are too focused on who is getting the most money. Lyrical rap isn’t getting the money. The demographic surrounding rap is just getting smarter. But not everyone wants to hear lyrical rap all the, most just want to party. If you want the music you love, you will find it. Lyrical rap is still around and it is thriving.

Q: top four rappers dead or alive. They don’t even gotta be famous.

EmAre: Nas, Mos Def, DMX, LL Cool J, Method Man

Q: Why LL? [Evelyn Lozada face]

EmAre: [smiles, chuckles] LL is known for his pop singles, like “Doin’ It”. He crossed over, that’s how he makes his money. But his songs like “Mama said knock you out”, his hardcore material is why he in my top five.

I couldn’t not agree at that point. It is easy to forget how awesome an artist truly is when they cross over. LL’s roots in hip hop are deeper than we remember, because all we seem to see mostly is his crossover music.

Q: Do you write your stuff down or you just freestyle?

EmAre: I write. I don’t do too much freestyling, like with my battle rap, I don’t freestyle too much. Like I have a bad memory. So I write it down, go over it and try to commit most of it to memory. Like I say the words or phrases over and over. I just feel like it’s unnecessary. That one thing that comes to mind, I hate that. I feel like my best thoughts are thought though.

Q: What do you think of XXL class list overall? Do you think it be lit at all or it doesn’t really matter?

Em-aRe: XXL list very necessary, spotlight on new artist is very necessary. Any type of spotlight is good new artists. I wouldn’t say all press is good press. I think it depends on the situation.

Q: How do you feel about hip-hop magazines period? Do you feel they still provide quality input and material on hip hop now a-days?

EmAre: No, not at all. These days I think they trying to catch up, stay relevant, they lost “soul”. They only care about what’s new and what’s popular.

Q: Who would you like to do a song with? Doesn’t matter the genre.

EmAre: [pauses, leans back to think] …Lion Babe, I feel like she dope, Internet. To be honest, I don’t want to collab with any rappers. Or anyone really.

I agree. Too many features or collabs can really dim a solo rapper’s shine. If J. Cole can go platinum without any features, why can’t others?

Q: What kind of music do you listen to beside hip-hop?

EmAre: I listen to everything.

Q: Are you a dancer? Lol.

EmAre: …[hell]… no. I can two step the hell out of some shit tho. [smiles]

Q: Every rapper has a humbling beginning. What do you feel is your most humble beginning?

EmAre: [thinks for a second before he speaks] … I found myself homeless a lot. I got kicked out. Lots of disagreements.  My mom, you know, was under the influence and couldn’t be the parental figure we needed. So her answer to many of our disagreement, was to kick me out.

EmAre’s mom was addicted to drugs at one point. He and his brother had actually been placed into a group home due to an overdose she had experienced. She had died and was revived [thank God]. Years later, she had begun to feel better and is doing loads better. The mother and son can be seen hanging out together on his IG account. They have many photos where they are smiling and having a good time. He even advertises her skill set in making pillows. You can also follow the link on his IG. [The pillows are so cute and pretty.]

Q: Do you think artist, especially hip hop artist, has a duty to speak out on our community and the problems we face everyday?

[With this conversation we talked about artists and their responsibility to speak out about our community issues. Just in case you don’t understand or get what he is saying, I will break it down. He believes that artists do have the responsibility to speak out. But this conversation was also mixed in with thoughts on music’s current situation. Artists like young thug, 2 chains, asap rocky, they have a particular core base. They can’t do necessary what J. Cole or Kendrick Lamar do, because their base is way different. This I agree with. Party rappers can’t be lyrical rappers because that isn’t their base. This is what EmAre is explaining below.]

EmAre: I feel like it’s everybody’s duty. Especially as an artist, you have a voice. You have to speak out, that voice is very important. As for some artists, they don’t speak about it because of the demographic. Like you said before, you only listen to 2 chains when you turn up or go out. 2 Chains core base for example, is a party crowd. They like his music. Now if 2 Chains comes out and decides to make serious music, he will lose about good 30% of his base.

We talked about a lot. But there was something I liked the most that he had said. We were talking about battle and making music. Choosing one or the other, he liked making music more. He also talked how music and battle are different. I asked, “How?” He answers, “With music you can say something that means the world to you, with battle rap it will mean absolutely nothing to them.”

Creative art is expression. With EmAre, that proves true. There is a lot you might can take from him. His charm is certainly there, but the intelligence he expresses is what him a class of his own. It’s what makes him King.

Want to keep up with the latest on EmAre?

Follow him on:

IG- thereal_emare

Tumblr- king-emare

Soundcloud- EmAre

Twitter- theReal_EmAre

YouTube- Em Are

Photo Credit: EmAre’s IG account

LJS for W (July’16) - Part 3

Translation note: Part 1 and Part 2 were based on the website version of the interview. The following are the extra questions that are included in the magazine version, so they feel a little disjointed.

W: Was there any reason that you had such a long period of rest?

I was getting scared about acting. Since I love dramas, even when I was working non-stop, I would watch my own acting and try objectively critique it. When I look at the acting of other actors, I would also learn from them. But I started to not be able to do that… which made me think that acting in so many consecutive projects is eating away at my energy. So I had to take a break to recharge.

W: After your debut, you have been taking on projects with bravery, or should I say ambition?

I have always been shy and introverted. ‘High Kick 3′ and ‘School 2013′ were projects that demanded auditions, even from famous rookies; but somehow I had no fear and just did it. After my projects met success, it started to make me scared; I would judge my own acting.

W: Would you stay it is slump?

Rather than saying it is a slump due to not working, I wanted to get rid of the acting habits that I have gathered, but couldn’t find the way out. When I work with a new character, I kept thinking how I could use acting styles that I haven’t used before.

W: Rather than adopting extreme change for each character, it seems to currently be a trend for actors to use a set of similar tones and habits for each character and expand upon that.

I feel that audiences judge acting with some preconceived notions of where that actor comes from, like “this person is from independent film, this person came from modelling…”. I never emphasized that fact about myself, and I tried to do movies and dramas concurrently since my debut, but somehow I still get sorted into the category of model-actors. Since I want to break the preconceptions related to that title, I really focus on my acting. When I did ‘Doctor Stranger’ and ‘Hot Young Bloods’, I threw myself into acting to a degree that I think I may never be able to do again.

After that, I joined the production of ‘Pinocchio’. Writer Park Hye Ryun, rector Jo Soo Won and the staff members are all part of a team I love, so I decided to act in that drama. However, when I watched the drama, I felt my acting in ‘Pinocchio’ was much better. It seems I do better when I am able to relax myself rather than using all my attention to analyse every detail before acting, that is quite amazing to me.

W: During your resting period, did you watch any dramas?

I watched the dramas I participated in in chronological order, about two or three episodes per day. It was quite interesting to see how my acting was improving.

W: You seem to not suit dramas that are preproduced then?

I think I’d be very exhausted. My motivation to overcome the sense of inferiority when I act is when I see the reaction after it is broadcasted. This time, the drama began filming quite early, so I unfortunately couldn’t receive that feedback and turn it into motivation. When the script comes out just a few days before it airs and you are filming to match the broadcast date, the body becomes very tired but audience feedback fills me with energy.

W: If you weren’t an actor, what would you be doing?

Probably nothing. Since my parents are running a pension, maybe I would help out there.

W: If you don’t get to know anyone new, what do you talk about you with your staff members?

I seldom make conversation; our dialogue is usually confined to asking about today’s schedule. Everyone is pretty self-involved, so we all have our own trials and emotions. I find it difficult to put my troubles into words, so I don’t really chat with people around me.

W: What makes you happy?

Going on a trip and buying food from the seaside, that kind of stuff. I’m the type that don’t need to go on a specific trip, I only need to stay at home for a day or two. It’s not because I’m a star and I worry about people’s gaze that I don’t go to places with lots of people; I had never liked to leave home even before. Even when I really had no money and I just had 5000won, I would take a taxi home instead of going for good food.

W: What is a strong point about yourself?

Obstinance with details. If there is something I don’t like when checking my own acting, I would watch that repeatedly for 300 times – the full shot, waist shot and bust shot, all of them. If that can be counted as a good point about myself, then it is.

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Profile: [Takawiki info]

Height:  173cm
Eyesight:  I wear contacts.  Technically, if I try reeeally hard, I can get by with plain vision but my astigmatism is really bad.
Ring Size:  Don’t know
Shoes Size:  25-25.5cm
Charm Point:  My chin!*
Strong Points:  I’m diligent/hard-working…I guess?
Weak Points:  Too many to count…I can be very carefree lol.  You could say “I’m diligently carefree.” Yeah, I know that sounds weird…
Catchphrase:  Good luck comes to those who smile! (1)

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Though the hunky DNCEfrontman is currently single, hisfuture girlfriend will have to go through some tough grilling to be a part of his squad.

“The biggest test is bringing her around friends because I have friends who are really tough about new people – we have a really tight circle. You bring them around friends and see if they can handle themselves well – that’s usually a good test,” Jonas tells PEOPLE about the initiation process for any new prospects.

The singer – who is helping The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf celebrate the launch Nitro Cold Brew with a secret concert in Los Angeles – and his model girlfriend Gigi Hadid split last November after “it was just hard to make it work with their schedules,” a source told PEOPLE.

As for what he looks for in a girl? A jokester just like himself.

“I would say she’s gotta have a sense of humor and find my weird sense of humor funny,” he says.

And Jonas stands by ex-girlfriend’s Demi Lovato’s statement to Billboard, saying she experienced some Disney Channel PTSD since departing with herCamp Rock crew, which includes youngest Jonas brother, Nick Jonas.

“One hundred percent,” he agrees. “I don’t know if it’s as intense as they might describe it, but yeah definitely.”

“We all flip through those years and sometimes you’re over sensitive about certain song lyrics or the way you perform or what you say,” Jonas explains. “But as long as you’re happy and you’re not doing anything to harm yourself or somebody else than everything’s good.”

Source: People

Nick Jonas on connecting with fans, touring with Demi Lovato, and that Joe Jonas shirtless snap

While some musicians have made headlines in recent months for cancelling meet-and-greets with fans, Nick Jonas says he’s motivated to connect with his followers in person to keep his success in perspective.

“I think it’s a general awareness of the fact that I’m extremely fortunate to be in the position I’m in,” Nick told etalk in Toronto Saturday ahead of his “Future Now” tour stop with Demi Lovato. “My dad always said when I was younger… that there are always people working harder, so you gotta get out there and do your best, put your best foot forward, and remember that perspective is so important.”

The “Close” singer, who has type 1 diabetes, took time to meet fans also living with the disease ahead of his concert, an initiative of his Beyond Type 1 organization and Sun Life Financial.

“Any chance I get to meet other diabetics is very important to me, and hopefully encouraging for them,” he says. “Maybe sharing my story encourages them in some way. And I’m also living with the disease so I need that encouragement too.”

We got the scoop from Nick on his motivating words for fans, how the tour’s going, and whether there’s any sibling rivalry between him and Joe.

Do you have a message when you meet these fans who also have diabetes?

The message is just you can do whatever you want in your life while living with the disease. I try to stay on top of it as possible. And there are days that are challenging and I certainly don’t have it all figured out. But I think it’s encouraging in some way just to say you’re not alone. And that I’m up here doing what I love and was diagnosed at 13… it became ammunition to get out there and work that much harder and not let this slow me down.

You’ve been on tour for almost a month now. What’s the best part of touring with Demi Lovato?

The best part of touring with Demi is she’s one of my closest friends for about 10 years now. [We’ve] been through a lot together and have come out the other side and are in a really good spot both creatively, artistically and as best friends.

Is she still obsessed with Pokemon Go?

I actually haven’t seen her playing it as much. But It’s never too late to pick it back up.

You recently posted a pretty epic-looking day-off photo on Instagram. What’s your ideal day without a show?

It was probably that one. I was in the Hamptons, I’ve never really been there before. I was at a house, it was really beautiful and just great food. I’m a cigar man, I like a cigar from time to time. And hanging out by the pool, took a bike ride to the beach. It was really relaxing. I think it’s important to really sit back and enjoy, and also have a bit of summer in the midst of a summer tour.

Your brother Joe’s also seeing great success on the charts with DNCE. Are you feeling any sibling rivalry to compete?

We just bought a house together recently. and we both have to succeed to pay for the house. So I think as we buy more and more furniture that he seems to be approving, I’m like "alright you better keep killing it, cause somebody’s gotta pay for this.”

Joe also got a lot of attention this week for posting an impressive shirtless photo on Snapchat. Feeling any pressure to counter with one of your own?

I saw that, I got tagged in it way more times than I wanted to. I’m in the gym a decent amount and I’m not body obsessed in any way. I think it’s important to keep a general awareness of living life and being happy, but also being healthy, and when you become too obsessed, it becomes hard to enjoy your life. But I’m proud of him, he’s doing a great job.

Source: etalk

Joe Jonas Reveals New Release Month For DNCE's Debut Album, Teases Secret Show

After the Jonas Brothers disbanded in late 2013, middle brother Joe Jonas spent the following two years searching for a new path and creative style with help from Swedish producers Mattman & Robin and Semi Precious Weapons artist/singer-songwriter Justin Tranter.

In 2015, Jonas hatched pop-funk band DNCE – consisting of drummer Jack Lawless, guitarist JinJoo, and bassist Cole Whittle – and climbed the charts with their debut single “Cake by the Ocean” from the group’s rookie EP Swaay. During his in-studio interview with On Air with Ryan Seacrest Tuesday morning, Jonas admitted that his projects under DNCE received more Top 40 love in comparison to the Jonas Brothers’ music due to the band’s distinguishable funky direction.

“With ‘Cake by the Ocean,’ they didn’t know who the band was, but they just loved the song,” he said. “So everyone loved the song, and then [with] 'Toothbrush’ now, people are like, 'Ok, now we know what DNCE is.’”

For their as-yet-untitled debut studio album, DNCE pushed the release date from August to October. “It’s a good problem because it just means that the song is doing well so they want to push it back,” he said.

In the meantime, DNCE will continue to promote their material by booking gig after gig, including a top-secret show on Thursday (July 28), where they are expected to play some of their new material. Fans can win tickets and unlock the surprise location by signing up here.

“It’s going to be in L.A.,” he teased, “and we’ve got some surprises for everybody in store … The album is done now, so we’re going to be playing a lot of the new stuff, and it’s cool to see the reactions when you play new music.”

Following their secret concert, DNCE will head over to Las Vegas, Nevada to perform at the iHeartRadio Music Festival’s Daytime Village on Saturday, September 24. The outdoor concert will also see performances by Panic! At The Disco, Alessia Cara, Troye Sivan, Hailee Steinfeld, The Chainsmokers, and more.

The main event held at the T-Mobile Arena on September 23 and 24 will see Top 40 heavyweights including Drake, Britney Spears, Ariana Grande, Sia, and many more.

Source: On Air with Ryan Seacrest

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