K-pop boy band 2PM member Nichkhun and former U-KISS member Alexander “Xander” Lee look to the future with shades on.
In an interview with Bulletin Entertainment, the two talked about their careers and their future plans.
“We started at the same time, 2008 in Korea, in K-pop. We’re really like brothers. We grew together (in the industry). We survived. It’s more meaningful to be doing this show with him,” Nichkhun said of working with Xander on “One Night Food Trip-International Edition” Season 2 to premiere July 30.
Xander said their trip in the Philippines is “a good reminder to me about the past ten years. We were talking about the past, the people we know commonly.” His stint in U-KISS lasted until 2011 after which he launched a solo career.
“And we both understood what we were saying and that’s not very common,” Nichkhun added.
2PM and solo projects
2PM debuted on Sept. 4, 2008 with the song “10 out of 10” and they will mark their 10th anniversary this year.
When asked how does he feel that 2PM has lasted this long, Nichkhun replied, “We feel good. I feel good. I mean, 2PM, we’re more like brothers, like a family now. We barely see each other actually to be honest because everyone’s so busy on their own.”
“Every time we get together, we’re just like … We saw each other yesterday. I feel great that we lasted this long,” he added.
He cited their first win at the Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMA) in 2009 as one of the most memorable moments for 2PM. At the ceremony, 2PM took home the Artist of the Year and Best Male Group awards.
“Maybe the first time we got an award on a big stage. I think that award, that the biggest award was during MAMA. That was the first award we got during our ‘Heartbeat.’ We were like crying. I think that that was one of the most memorable moments ever,” he said.
How does he see himself and 2PM in the next 10 years? “After everyone gets out of the military, probably we’ll get back together, maybe do a concert every year for the fans,” he said.
About his solo projects, Nichkhun recently starred in the Thai movie “Brother of the Year” and explained that if given the opportunity, he’s willing to do more acting projects.
“If I have the chance, I would love to but it depends on the scripts, the directors, whether I like the story or not. I would love to improve in that area, too,” he said.
Returning to music
Last year, Xander starred opposite Heart Evangelista in the Philippine TV drama “My Korean Jagiya [Honey],” which aired on GMA Network. He described the working relationship with the cast and crew as perfect.
“For me, the good thing is the people were really nice. We clicked very well. Heart was a really good lady even though she’s like popular and successful. She was not a diva at all. She helped me instead a lot in different ways. So I really enjoyed the time,” he said.
Xander revealed that his next project is related to music, which will be released in July.
“Next month. Look forward to it. It will be something very different. I can’t believe I’m doing this again for the fans. I takes a lot of sacrifice so I hope they like it,” said Xander, who has been busy juggling work and going back to school this semester.
U-KISS will also be celebrating their tenth anniversary this year and Xander said he’s still in contact with some of the members.
“Some of the them, yes, but because Dongho, Kevin, everybody they already finished their contract and left. I don’t think we could have a gathering yet but hopefully sometime, someday,” Xander said.