Did you monitor 1N2D while you were gone? “I’d sometimes watch the rerun or watch online. Every once in a while, I’d think, “If I was there, I would have done this”.
Was there a 1N2D member you keep in contact with? “Yoon Shiyoon Hyung is the member that’s the most similar in age as me - he’d say, “You have to be here for there to be synergy. I hope you return soon”. Cha Taehyun Hyung would ask when I’m coming back every once in a while too. I didn’t pay much attention to those words. I was busy living so I wasn’t in the state to be caring about others (laugh). I’m really close with all the members. They’re all cool hyungs, so they didn’t do things like give me comfort or advice. I was thankful. But they did encourage me, telling me to rest up.”
When the members had an interview, they’d mention Jung Joonyoung often. “They probably thought that by constantly saying things like that, I wouldn’t feel any burden when I return.”
Did you feel any burden or pressure when you returned? “I was suddenly informed of my return two days before filming. If anything,
having no time to think about it was better.”
You went hiking for your return and the viewer response was good. “The staff put a lot of thought into it. The thing I hate the most in the world is hiking, but I though hiking that day was a good thing. It was tough, but I got to collect my thoughts. I was wordlessly climbing up the mountain by myself, so my mind naturally organized itself. When I got to the peak, I felt like I could shake things off.”
What is 1N2D to Jung Joonyoung? “A show that’s like family. I’m close with not just the members, but the staff too. I’m close with all the camera, light and sound directors. They all feel like family. Since we’ve all worked hard together, I’ve grown attached to all the staff. On the day of my return, a lot of the directors came to welcome me when the cameras were off. I felt the warmth of family. The day of filming didn’t feel unfamiliar either.
It felt like I was returning to a place I belong to.”
Artists like Jung Joonyoung give me life. His music slays. He’s raw, approachable, doesn’t give two shits and is completely natural wherever he appears. It’s slightly rare in the kpop world and I miss it. So glad he’s coming back by the way!