EXO’s Interview with SoCooL Magazine, October 2013 Issue

S_SoCooL_1310_EXO_9Suho
Height: 173 cm
Birthday: 1991/05/22
Horoscope: Gemini
Likes: Singing, acting, golf
Role in the group: EXO’s overall leader, EXO-K’s leader, mother

When EXO won first place, you cried very badly, are you a very sensitive person? What do you feel is able to touch you the most?
Ha~ When I cried that time I was very embarrassed, but it was really because it was our first time winning number one, and I was very excited. My character is pretty sensitive, the kind of person that likes to look at scenery and think about a lot of problems. Usually, I will watch a lot of movies or dramas, but I feel what touches me the most are documentaries, it resonates with me and makes me feel grateful .

Q&A
Q: 
Right now cat boyfriends and dog boyfriends are very popular, which type do you think you are?
[Cat type] calm, smart, introverted, careful and detailed, lazy, stubborn, thinks too much.
[Dog type] hot blooded, exercise, extroverted, hardworking, careless, focuses on relationships and feelings.
A: A dog type of boyfriend, because with guys I am very loyal, with girls I am very polite and mannered, more of a gentlemanly type.

Q: Other than your own songs, what songs have you been listening to lately?
A: I particularly like listening to Maroon 5’s songs, their songs have a lot of feeling when you listen to them.

Q: If you were to get a one month holiday, what would you most like to do?
A: If there is a holiday, I really want to go back and meet my teachers from middle and high school. I also want to meet my friends from middle and high school, university and the friends I have activities with.

Q: What do you think is your biggest change in the new album
A: This comeback, my singing part has me jumping and skipping, it’s very cute, but at the same time also with a bit of sexiness, so I really enjoy the time I perform on stage.

Q:  If you had a chance to act in a movie as the main male character, what kind of role do you hope it is?
A: I want to try acting as a school sunbae who can be trusted, or a character that is cute and mischievous, although a little crazy, but dares to take the initiative and confess to a girl.

Q: How do you usually communicate with fans?
A: The most interactions occur at our fansigns, or when we leave messages on the official site, whenever I leave a message in the main page, I always have to think for a long time what to write.

S_SoCooL_1310_EXO_8Baekhyun
Height: 174cm
Birthday: 1992/05/06
Horoscope: Taurus
Likes: Singing, playing the piano, hapkido, karate
Role in the group: EXO-K’s main singer, eyeliner

Fans from various countries say that when you speak their country’s language it is very accurate, do you have any secrets in this area?
Before I go to a new country, or after I get there, I will learn a few greetings and basic conversational phrases from the people there, I will try my best to imitate the tone of the locals, I think this is one of the main reasons why people say I speak their local language well.

Q&A
Q: 
Right now cat boyfriends and dog boyfriends are very popular, which type do you think you are?
[Cat type] calm, smart, introverted, careful and detailed, lazy, stubborn, thinks too much.
[Dog type] hot blooded, exercise, extroverted, hardworking, careless, focuses on relationships and feelings.
A:  I am a dog type of boyfriend, because I’m rather extroverted and hot-blooded, so a dog kind of boyfriend is more like me.

Q: Other than your own songs, what songs have you been listening to lately?
A: The songs I’ve been listening to lately are some ballads, as well as some R&B and soul songs.

Q: If you were to get a one month holiday, what would you most like to do?
A: The thing I’d most like to do during the holiday is to go home and eat home-cooked food, because of the schedules we’ve had to do, we tend to eat outside food more, so I really miss the taste of ‘home-cooked food’.

Q: What do you think is your biggest change in the new album
A: In this  album, my greatest break through is that in terms of dancing, I have improved a bit, and I have gotten more at ease and confident on stage.

Q:  If you had a chance to act in a movie as the main male character, what kind of role do you hope it is?
A: Actually I really really want to try out those characters that like to joke a lot and are a little hateful yet unable to make people actually hate them.

Q: How do you usually communicate with fans?
A: There really aren’t lots of opportunities usually, there is mainly more interaction on stage.

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Sehun

Height: 184cm
Birthday: 1994/04/12
Horoscope: Aries
Likes: listening to  music, dancing, acting
Role in the group: EXO-K’s lead dancer, face, maknae

From the previous album to now, do you feel that the group’s music has grown?
‘MAMA’ is a classic SMP style, In order for ‘XOXO’ to be more suitable for the public, unique lyrics and an addictive melody has been used. Everyone can feel a different kind of charm, and feel the us who have changed 180 degrees.

Q&A
Q: 
Right now cat boyfriends and dog boyfriends are very popular, which type do you think you are?
[Cat type] calm, smart, introverted, careful and detailed, lazy, stubborn, thinks too much.
[Dog type] hot blooded, exercise, extroverted, hardworking, careless, focuses on relationships and feelings.
A: Cat, but I place a lot of emphasis on relationships and feelings!!

Q: Other than your own songs, what songs have you been listening to lately?
A: I personally like lyrical love songs and some R&B and soul songs.

Q: If you were to get a one month holiday, what would you most like to do?
A: Go to a place with a lot of people, and play without a care in the world, also to go to a quiet place and enjoy some personal time.

Q: What do you think is your biggest change in the new album
A: We’ve changed in many areas, for example, we’ve all matured, dancing, singing, little actions, expressions? etc, although there are still many areas that we are lacking, but we will continue to grow.

Q:  If you had a chance to act in a movie as the main male character, what kind of role do you hope it is?
A: Chaebol? (laughs) actually the character doesn’t matter, everything is alright.

Q: How do you usually communicate with fans?
A: I feel that it could be through the official website or fan signs  and when we’re performing on stage, actually, there aren’t many opportunities, I hope that in the future, there will be even more opportunities to interact with everyone.

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D.O.
Height: 173cm
Birthday: 1993/01/12
Horoscope: Capricorn
Likes: Singing, dancing, cooking
Role in group: EXO-K’s main vocalist

On stage you give the feeling of being full of aggressiveness, but when you’re on other programmes, you always look rather shy, which is the real you?
Actually, both are the real me. On stage, I like the feeling of being full of charisma, in private, I will be in the state of being very relaxed and very natural, I also wish that other than showing off my demeanor on stage, I can show everyone the way I am usually.

Q&A
Q: 
Right now cat boyfriends and dog boyfriends are very popular, which type do you think you are?
[Cat type] calm, smart, introverted, careful and detailed, lazy, stubborn, thinks too much.
[Dog type] hot blooded, exercise, extroverted, hardworking, careless, focuses on relationships and feelings.
A: I feel that looking at my personality on a whole, I am a dog-type of boyfriend, because I focus a lot on feelings and relationships.

Q: Other than your own songs, what songs have you been listening to lately?
A: Recently I like listening to R&B songs, there is no particular artiste.

Q: If you were to get a one month holiday, what would you most like to do?
A: If there is a holiday, I really want to rest, if I could, I want to go backpacking.

Q: What do you think is your biggest change in the new album
A: I am more mature than before, have become more used to the feeling of being on stage, I’ve improved a bit in terms of my singing abilities.

Q:  If you had a chance to act in a movie as the main male character, what kind of role do you hope it is?
A: It doesn’t matter if it is the main male character, as long as there is an opportunity for me to act, I will put my whole heart and body into this character, and try to portray him the best I can.

Q: How do you usually communicate with fans?
A: As of now, there is no particular way that I can interact with fans, it’s mostly through fansigns that I get to interact.

S_SoCooL_1310_EXO_5Chanyeol
Height: 185 cm
Birthday: 1992/11/27
Horoscope: Sagittarius
Likes: Music, acting
Role in the group: Rapper, atmosphere maker, reactions

You’re usually a member who is able to create the atmosphere, do you have any thoughts of heading towards the entertainment sector?
Of course! I don’t stress easily, if I have a lot of stress I will shout loudly, or laugh loudly, so I always look like I’m full of energy, by doing this I can cheer up the people around me. But other than entertainment programmes, I still want to show everyone my compositions or other talents I have.

Q&A
Q: 
Right now cat boyfriends and dog boyfriends are very popular, which type do you think you are?
[Cat type] calm, smart, introverted, careful and detailed, lazy, stubborn, thinks too much.
[Dog type] hot blooded, exercise, extroverted, hardworking, careless, focuses on relationships and feelings.
A: A dog type of boyfriend, because I am place particular focus on relationships and feelings, and tend to have more feelings, and I like to interact with humans, so I’m closer to a dog kind.

Q: Other than your own songs, what songs have you been listening to lately?
A: Skrillex, Draft Punk, Beenzino, Jazzyfact, I mainly listen to electronic or jazz and hip-pop more. The song I’ve been listening to a lot recently is Draft Punk’s within.

Q: If you were to get a one month holiday, what would you most like to do?
A:  I want to go with the members to the beach and play and be carefree, or go back to school and visit teachers.

Q: What do you think is your biggest change in the new album
A: The biggest change is that my singing parts have increased… … Haha~ Just kidding~ Compared to ‘MAMA’ that album, this time I have participated more in being a sub vocal and back up vocal

Q:  If you had a chance to act in a movie as the main male character, what kind of role do you hope it is?
A: I want to play a rebellious student or a church oppa image, or even a particularly idle neighbor oppa etc, keke~ There are many roles I want to act!

Q: How do you usually communicate with fans?
A: On stage, interacting through music, or interacting during our fansigns. I hope that we will be able to hold a fan meet soon.

S_SoCooL_1310_EXO_13Kai
Height: 183cm
Birthday: 1994/01/14
Horoscope: Capricorn
Likes:  Sleeping, reading manga, watching anime
Role in the group: Overall main dancer, EXO-K’s main dancer, sexiness

Recently, you had a cameo in f(x)’s comeback, and the SM family frequently has stages between the various groups, who do you anticipate the most to have a collaboration with?
Not too long ago, I shot pictures with f(x) for their album cover, I feel that being able to help them is a very happy thing, and also shows my worth (laughs). At the same time, I really anticipate to collaborate with every single artiste from SM, if I had to choose, I would like to pick SHINee’s Taemin, because I am the same age as him, but he debuted earlier than I did, usually we will share and learn dance tips from each other, so I really anticipate working with him.

Q&A
Q: 
Right now cat boyfriends and dog boyfriends are very popular, which type do you think you are?
[Cat type] calm, smart, introverted, careful and detailed, lazy, stubborn, thinks too much.
[Dog type] hot blooded, exercise, extroverted, hardworking, careless, focuses on relationships and feelings.
A: I think I’m half a cat type and half a dog type, so I feel I’m a cat-dog type. I like sleeping, and am rather careful, but also will work really hard at the things I am passionate about.

Q: Other than your own songs, what songs have you been listening to lately?
A: I like Michael Jackson the most, he is a legend to many, when I am thinking about things, I will listen to his songs.

Q: If you were to get a one month holiday, what would you most like to do?
A: Of course I want to meet my parents, because we usually practice a lot, there is not much time to interact with them, I really want to go with my parents to the beach and play.

Q: What do you think is your biggest change in the new album
A: During the ‘MAMA’ period, I appeared with a rather strong image, right now there is more of a school styling.I would like to film a biographic movie, showing my own life, from when I was first a newbie to when we reached the top to how I lived the rest of my life. It doesn’t have to be my own life, it can also be other people’s lives.

Q:  If you had a chance to act in a movie as the main male character, what kind of role do you hope it is?
A: I would like to film a biographic movie, showing my own life, from when I was first a newbie to when we reached the top to how I lived the rest of my life. It doesn’t have to be my own life, it can also be other people’s lives.

Q: How do you usually communicate with fans?
A: Because I don’t have weibo or any sns platforms to communicate with, so I will dance really hard on stage for everyone to see. Also, I look at everybody’s comments on the official site, not too long ago, a fan compiled clips of dancing in chronological order, I was very touched.

Scan Source: doublebeef02066 & EXOsirius | Translation Credit: Amy @ EXOM-TRANS​ | Shared by: the EXO Style

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S_SoCooL_1310_EXO_3Tao
Height: 183cm
Birthday:
 1993-05-02
Horoscope: Taurus
Hobbies: shopping, surfing the net, exercising, playing games
Role in group: Rapper, wushu representative

When you’re not feeling too happy or when you feel really tired, how do you adjust yourself?
I think the most important thing is to adjust your own attitude, try your best to not feel unhappy. A method I often use to relief stress is to listen to music, practice rapping, exercise, go to the beach or the Han river and walk, quietly thinking about things is also a very good way to relief stress.

Q&A
Q: 
Right now cat boyfriends and dog boyfriends are very popular, which type do you think you are?
[Cat type] calm, smart, introverted, careful and detailed, lazy, stubborn, thinks too much.
[Dog type] hot blooded, exercise, extroverted, hardworking, careless, focuses on relationships and feelings.
A: Cat-type of boyfriend, I feel that I am a rather careful, stubborn person and likes to think, so I think a cat-type of boyfriend is more me.

Q: Other than your own songs, what songs have you been listening to lately?
A: Usually, I  like to listen to some R&B songs, lighthearted songs make my mood feel good.

Q: If you were to get a one month holiday, what would you most like to do?
A: If it is really possible, I want to be by my parents’ side, and also to make use of the time to improve my rap skills and variety skills.

Q: What do you think is your biggest change in the new album
A: I feel that I have had a rather big change in terms of my image, compared to the previous album, I have even more personality.

Q:  If you had a chance to act in a movie as the main male character, what kind of role do you hope it is?
A: I think it doesn’t matter what the character is, I will try to challenge and digest it, and express it to the best.

Q: How do you usually communicate with fans?
A: Our methods of meeting every time are rather unique, most of time we meet at the airport, so when we meet, we will chat a bit, and also at our fan signs and when we perform.

S_SoCooL_1310_EXO_2Kris
Height: 187cm
Birthday:
 1990-11-06
Horoscope: Scorpio
Hobbies: Reading, sleeping, basketball, travelling
Role in group: EXO-M’s leader, main rapper

In the album’s ‘wishlist’ you wrote ‘to fly’, what is the meaning of ‘fly’?
“Fly” refers to the goals I want to achieve, looking at it from a long term perspective, I hope that later on I will be able to try acting in some dramas, and head towards working in the film area, because I personally am very inclined towards this area. And looking at it from the short term, I have interest towards clothes and styling, so I will pay particular attention towards matching, the style I wear to programmes and airports are all prepared by me.

When you’re not feeling too happy or when you feel really tired, how do you adjust yourself?
I think the most important thing is to adjust your own attitude, try your best to not feel unhappy. A method I often use to relief stress is to listen to music, practice rapping, exercise, go to the beach or the Han river and walk, quietly thinking about things is also a very good way to relief stress.

Q&A
Q: 
Right now cat boyfriends and dog boyfriends are very popular, which type do you think you are?
[Cat type] calm, smart, introverted, careful and detailed, lazy, stubborn, thinks too much.
[Dog type] hot blooded, exercise, extroverted, hardworking, careless, focuses on relationships and feelings.
A:  I should be a mix of a cat-type and dog-type, in front of my friends I am rather crazy, and a little stubborn; with my girlfriend I will be much more masculine, wanting to protect her all the time.

Q: Other than your own songs, what songs have you been listening to lately?
A: Lately, I like listening to hip-hop music.

Q: If you were to get a one month holiday, what would you most like to do?
A: If the holiday is for a month, I want to go around the world, to see the things and people of various countries.

Q: What do you think is your biggest change in the new album
A: I think that my change isn’t that big, I am handsome as usual (laughs), my hair got shorter.

Q:  If you had a chance to act in a movie as the main male character, what kind of role do you hope it is?
A: Actually I am a bit conflicted, on one hand I want to play the role of a very cool assassin, on the other hand, I want to act the role of a sad male character, I have confidence that I can act very well.

Q: How do you usually communicate with fans?
A: There a very few opportunities, I find it a pity as well. If there is a chance for a fanmeet, I think this will be a very good opportunity to communicate.

S_SoCooL_1310_EXO_7Lay
Height: 178cm
Birthday: 1991/10/07
Horoscope: Libra
Likes: Dancing, producing, writing songs
Role in the group: EXO-M’s lead dancer, sub-vocalist, in charge of instruments

We’ve heard that you are composing songs, what style of song do you write?
I frequently hum out impromptu melodies because of my feelings as well as my thoughts at any point in time, I’ll write it down and later in my free time I make a demo. I diligently keep all the songs that I’ve written up till now, I’m waiting for a fitting time to bring them out for you all to listen to.

Q&A
Q: 
Right now cat boyfriends and dog boyfriends are very popular, which type do you think you are?
[Cat type] calm, smart, introverted, careful and detailed, lazy, stubborn, thinks too much.
[Dog type] hot blooded, exercise, extroverted, hardworking, careless, focuses on relationships and feelings.
A: I feel that I am neither of those two types, I should be a ‘sheep type of boyfriend’, that kind of person who is gentle, likes to take care of people, and of course hopes to be taken care of many times as well. Also my temper is rather stubborn, a little rigid.

Q: Other than your own songs, what songs have you been listening to lately?
A: There’s more western music, and a little C-pop. The artists I enjoy the most are Jay Chou, Wang Lee Hom and Fang Datong.

Q: If you were to get a one month holiday, what would you most like to do?
A: The previous holiday, I spent it with my family, this time I would like to go travel, to see the world outside.

Q: What do you think is your biggest change in the new album
A:  I feel that I’ve become more MAN, and I’ve matured in some areas, of course I have many inadequacies, I will continue to improve myself and make myself even better.

Q:  If you had a chance to act in a movie as the main male character, what kind of role do you hope it is?
A: I feel that as long as there is an opportunity to act, to me, it’s a chance to challenge myself. So I will seriously treat every single character given to me.

Q: How do you usually communicate with fans?
A: The place that I get to communicate the most with my fans is probably the airports and concert venues. As long as they are by my side, we will chat, I constantly worry about them squeezing, I’m scared that they will fall down.

S_SoCooL_1310_EXO_11Xiumin
Birthday: 1990/03/26
Horoscope: Aries
Likes: Football
Role in group: EXO-M’s sub-vocalist, sub-lead dancer, in charge of sweating

Did you have dreams of being a singer since your third year of high school?
I think that all children have the dream of being a celebrity at some point in their youth, I am not an exception. One of my friends also wanted to become a singer and let me go with him to participate in a contest, in the end my dream became true and I was chosen, I’m really extremely happy.

Q&A
Q: 
Right now cat boyfriends and dog boyfriends are very popular, which type do you think you are?
[Cat type] calm, smart, introverted, careful and detailed, lazy, stubborn, thinks too much.
[Dog type] hot blooded, exercise, extroverted, hardworking, careless, focuses on relationships and feelings.
A: I feel that I am a dog-type of person, my personal traits are more like a dog-type.

Q: Other than your own songs, what songs have you been listening to lately?
A: Recently, I have been listening to Kangta sunbae’s songs

Q: If you were to get a one month holiday, what would you most like to do?
A: If there is a holiday, I really want to meet with my friends, relax and play or have a small drink together (laughs).

Q: What do you think is your biggest change in the new album
A: I feel that the biggest change is in terms of my appearance, because in the previous album, I still had a bit of baby fat, but now I’ve slimmed down a lot.  The second change is that on stage when I perform, I’ve become even more at ease.

Q:  If you had a chance to act in a movie as the main male character, what kind of role do you hope it is?
A: I feel that if it is acting, there is a greater opportunity for a cameo, because right now, I want to focus all my energy into singing and dancing.

Q: How do you usually communicate with fans?
A: Most interactions happen at fansigns and when we’re on stage performing and interacting with everyone, If we have the chance to hold our own concert, I hope that I can interact even more and even better with everyone.

S_SoCooL_1310_EXO_10Chen
Height: 178cm
Birthday: 1992/09/21
Horoscope: Virgo
Likes: Singing, music appreciation etc.
Role in group: EXO-M’s main vocalist, the final stabber (T/N: a member that attacks with sharp comments even when the other member is already down or literally on the verge of being done for)

In official data it mentions that you can play the piano, is it possible that this talent will be integrated into your music in the future?
I want to polish it a little and then show everyone this talent because there are still a lot of parts I need to prepare, so you’ll have to wait for a bit, but of course I hope that later I can participate in the production part, but I still need more practice in technique.

Q&A
Q: 
Right now cat boyfriends and dog boyfriends are very popular, which type do you think you are?
[Cat type] calm, smart, introverted, careful and detailed, lazy, stubborn, thinks too much.
[Dog type] hot blooded, exercise, extroverted, hardworking, careless, focuses on relationships and feelings.
A: I think I am a dog-type of boyfriend, because i place emphasis on relationships and feelings.

Q: Other than your own songs, what songs have you been listening to lately?
A: I like to listen to a large variety of song types, I will listen to all kinds of genres of songs.

Q: If you were to get a one month holiday, what would you most like to do?
A: I really want to go on a holiday with my family, to enjoy the happiness of being together as a family.

Q: What do you think is your biggest change in the new album
A: I think there isn’t much change, If I had to say, it should be my dance skills, I feel I am more adept to being on stage.

Q:  If you had a chance to act in a movie as the main male character, what kind of role do you hope it is?
A: If there is such a good opportunity, I would want to try acting as an antagonist.

Q: How do you usually communicate with fans?
A: My method is very simple, which is to brightly smile and wave at the fans that have come to see us.

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Lu Han
Height: 178cm
Birthday: 1990-04-20
Horoscope: Aries
Hobbies: Singing, dancing, football, Rubik’s cube
Role in group: EXO-M’s lead singer, lead dancer, face.

Could you share with us which song is your favourite within the new album?
Within the album, the song that I like the most is “Don’t Go”, this is a song where upon listening to it you can hear the emotions very well. Above all it expresses the strong yearning we have for love, as well as how one conducts themselves when longing for happiness.

Q&A
Q: 
Right now cat boyfriends and dog boyfriends are very popular, which type do you think you are?
[Cat type] calm, smart, introverted, careful and detailed, lazy, stubborn, thinks too much.
[Dog type] hot blooded, exercise, extroverted, hardworking, careless, focuses on relationships and feelings.
A: I think that I come under the dog-type of boyfriend because I’m quite extroverted and ardent.

Q: Other than your own songs, what songs have you been listening to lately?
A: I tend to listen R&B songs, they’re quite like my personality – lighthearted.

Q: If you were to get a one month holiday, what would you most like to do?
A: If I really did have a month’s holiday, I’d want to go home and spend it with my mum and dad.

Q: What do you think is your biggest change in the new album?
A: I think that my hair is probably what had the biggest change this time round, it’s really different to my hairdo from the last album..

Q:  If you had a chance to act in a movie as the main male character, what kind of role do you hope it is?
A: I think that as long as it’s the male lead, I’d accept them all (laughs). I will do my best and act no matter what.

Q: How do you usually communicate with fans?
A: Normally when performing or when I’m at the airport, my method is very simple, it’s to smile brilliantly and wave to our fans.

Scan Source: doublebeef02066 & EXOsirius | Translation Credit: Amy, Hyewon & Xuan @ EXOM-TRANS ​ | Shared by: the EXO Style

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