SHINee Interview Elle Girl Korea June 2011 – (6) Taemin

When did noonas’ Taemin grow up and become a 19 year old who worries about the College Entrance Exam? Yet a skinny body, smooth skin, and angelic smile still represent his looks. Taemin is a cute maknae who is forgetful of where he put what he was holding a minute ago, but he is also a mature maknae who takes good care of hyungs. He exudes unique masculine beauty when he is absorbed in performance with smoky make-up on. Even so, doesn’t he have any complaints about his image as a baby-faced handsome boy?

“In fans’ eyes, I’m maknae in the team and actually young. I have no complaints about it. They see it favorably, so I like it too.”

If you watched him for a minute, you could see Taemin is not boisterous as shown in his serene answer. He is still shy before the photographer’s camera unlike the other members. He is tender-hearted, but you can see he is so reserved he finds it difficult to talk with someone before making friends with him.

“I was an introvert from childhood, so I couldn’t respond well when a stranger approached and talked to me. But I’ve changed a lot since we debuted. It was hard for me even to talk to our staff noonas, but now I kid around them.”

I asked how he’d like to spend his 20s, although it’s still too early (to ask).

“I want to live day by day without regrets like I’m doing so now. I’ll probably like to do things I couldn’t do in my teens, but there is nothing specific I’m looking forward to.”

Did he become an adult too early because he had to adjust himself to social life at a tender age. Key threw a joke while listening to us, “Watching us, he must have felt there’s no big change in 20s.”

Now approaching their 4th year after their debut, SHINee has become Korea’s representative boy group ready to start activities in Japan with the Japanese version of Noona Is So Pretty.

“I think the title Replay itself shows our ambition that we’ll make another start.”

He says it is the same song but with a different mood and concept. It made me curious in what looks they will stir Japanese noona fans’ hearts. Taemin says with his unique innocent smile:

“There’s nothing too demanding. As our team work is good, I’m preparing (for our debut) with hyungs in a good mood. Since our sunbaes made way for us, I’ll work hard so we can climb up step by step along the path.”

The boy who danced in admiration of Michael Jackson has spent the ‘storm and stress’ time of adolescence on stage calmly and is now facing splendid days of youth. Even though he says he has no expectations, we are curious of Taemin’s tomorrow which will be beautiful in itself.

– Trans by jujugal

The interview pinpointed the reason for part of the tender feelings I have toward Teamin: the fact he had to become an adult too early as he spent his adolescent days exposed to media. This is a boy of contradictions: a tough dancer, hot and sexy on stage but back to a shy and cute boy with innocent smile off stage. I expect to see him grow more mature in 20s. Taemin, I also believe in your splendid tomorrow. Go, Taemin~


7 thoughts on “SHINee Interview Elle Girl Korea June 2011 – (6) Taemin

  1. “This is a boy of contradictions”

    This exactly! childlike but mature, outgoing on stage but shy off it, handsome but pretty, awkward but graceful…I’ve heard ppl call him plain & boring & at 1st glance maybe he is compare to his hyungs but I think he’s a really interesting & endearing boy :3 I’m looking forward to his future growth so much.

    • I agree ^^. I think those who call him boring take only outgoing and expressive personalities as interesting. Frankly speaking, THAT is boring to me;) Taemin is not good at expressing himself, but I find him the most interesting…the most fascinating I might say. He is just not showing it outward, but once in a while when he does, it totally goes beyond expectations. I sometimes get an impression he’s very cautious with his words because of media. He is unique–a lead dancer who likes ballad songs, and has a beautiful voice and can sing. What lead dancer has substituted for a lead singer? Haha, don’t let me start.

  2. Taemin is growing up so fast. Sometimes I forget that he is the maknae of the group because he just seems so mature now except for the fact that he still has that young naive child-like look on him. I am really trying to get used to the fact that he is almost grown up now. I have been with SHINee since day 1 when they had just debuted and I still believe that they have so much more to show us. They have so much potential and I can’t wait until the day they finally make it and get recognized everywhere in Korea/Japan/Asia.

    Taemin you are forever my bias ~!
    SHINee hwaiting! ❤

  3. i have the exactly same feelings about TaeMin, and i think every other TaeMint does too.

    I was waiting for this interview part and so happy that it is releaved on the SHINing day~

    Thanks so much Jujugal~

    Happy SHINee’s 3rd Anniversary!♥

  4. Ah, I’m so happy to be amongst Taemints in here. I’ve always found his contradictory nature to be so very interesting. In fact, it confuses me. But because he’s so confusing…. I think that might be why I can’t let go of him. Because I don’t understand him… and I want to. I want to so badly…

  5. I don’t why I feel sad when I saw his interview
    Here are the following thoughts came into my mind when I finish the article:
    1-Taemin is so cute and shy that makes me wants to love him more
    2- I want to protect him and be his friend
    3- Taemin is all grow up but still so naïve
    4- I want to be with him 4ever

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