MEET JENNIE OF BLACKPINK
Jennie recently sat down with Rolling Stone Magazine to speak about BlackPink her rap career and what people don't know about Jennie.
FROM ROLLING STONE
It’s easy for people to form quick opinions about someone who’s famous. What are some misperceptions about you?
When I was a kid, people often said I was too timid. I wasn’t bright and bubbling with energy; I was shy, even about saying hello. Nowadays I realize I have to [say hello], otherwise it’s gonna come off wrong, so I’ve broken out of that shell. When I was a trainee, I often heard, “Why does Jennie always look pissed?” At the time, that hurt my feelings. I’m not pissed. I’m just shy in front of other people. Rather than being hurt, I accept it and try harder next time.
Publicly, Blackpink is known as a group of powerful women — bad girls with swag. Who are the women of Blackpink that you actually know and love? We’re no different from the girls in our age group. Sure, there are times when we talk about what kind of influence we could have, what we should bring on our next comeback. But what we actually love is talking about our cats, dogs, good food, and pretty places. More than anyone, we want to be ordinary girls — and what we happen to love in common is our work, cool things, music; these balance out to form a coexistence of Blackpink with our human, girlish sides.
You were the first member to release a solo single, “Solo,” in 2018. How would you describe your music outside of Blackpink? I’m still discovering my own color. I love vocals, rap, dance — I can contain all of that in a single song. I have that diversity. Jennie in Blackpink has a limited image, but I have so many other things I like. There’s a lot of things I can do. The Jennie you’ve seen so far has been practice.
Who is the public, Blackpink version of Jennie? Someone really forceful. Someone really solid. Aggressive, in a good way. My actual personality isn’t like that; so Blackpink Jennie has become a character to me. I’m looking forward to bringing my actual personality into music for my solo stuff later on. For example, I’m curious about what kind of vocals I’m capable of. [In the trainee days] I used to practice with R&B and more soulful songs. I like mellow, quiet music, too. I want to try a lot of different things.
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