LE SSERAFIM’s Sakura Opens Up About Adapting To Idol Expectations

She reflects on what she’s learned over the last decade.

LE SSERAFIM recently celebrated their first anniversary and released their first full-length album, UNFORGIVEN, which continues the group’s concept of unapologetically facing fears and taking on life’s challenges.

(From left:) LE SSERAFIM’s Chaewon, Kazuha, Yunjin, Sakura, and Eunchae | @le_sserafim/Twitter

Facing fears and conquering the unknown has been a constant for LE SSERAFIM’s Sakura, who has spent over half of her life away from her family, chasing her dreams, promoting as a member of the Japanese pop groups HKT48 and AKB48, then K-Pop group IZ*ONE, and now her forever group, LE SSERAFIM.

To support the group’s promotions for UNFORGIVEN, the members sat down for individual interviews with Weverse Magazine, and Sakura’s was just released.

In her interview, she was asked about the advice she gave actor Park Sung Woong about being an idol when he appeared on her YouTube show, Fearless Kkura.

On the episode, she shared that an idol must “never lose [their] smile.

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When asked about her advice during her Weverse Magazine interview, Sakura opened up about the expectations placed on idols from her perspective, with over ten years of experience in entertainment.

| Weverse Magazine

Instead of feeling like she can’t show her true emotions as an idol, Sakura believes the only place she can truly express all of her emotions is on the stage.

Over time, she’s realized that fans appreciate knowing what’s on her mind behind the smile, but, as an idol, it shouldn’t get in the way of her job.

Actually, I think the stage is the only place idols can express all their emotions. I also get a lot of comfort from telling my fans how I’m really feeling but I don’t think we should stop smiling and talk about how hard we have it or let our personal feelings get in the way when we’re on camera.

— LE SSERAFIM’s Sakura

| Weverse Magazine

She acknowledges that the expectations are similar to other careers, and agrees that it’s important to remain positive as an idol.

There’s times when you have to keep smiling no matter what—that goes for idols and for people in other jobs too. I do think it’s important to smile in my line of work and that the time to show my real colors and express my emotions is when I’m on stage.

— LE SSERAFIM’s Sakura

Sakura recently revealed more about her decade-long idol career and why she wishes she had a stage name. Learn more in the article below!

LE SSERAFIM’s Sakura Wishes She Had Debuted Under Another Name, And Yunjin Almost Did

Source: Weverse Magazine