Mark has a lot of nicknames. Like the popular ‘Young Master’ nickname, you have an image of always being proper and kind.
‘Young Master’? What does that mean?
Um.. To explain it, it would be like you’re born with a silver spoon (but) you’re a role model student who abides by the rules.
Really? Thank you. I think I am someone who abides by the rules. I believe strongly that one has to abide by them. I’m someone who is cautious when doing anything.
Which nickname do you like best, apart from ‘Young Master’?
I like Firm Mark. Hahaha.
You’re the member who does MAT well. Since the music color has changed, the opportunities to show off MAT has decreased lately. Has your skills remained as it is?
It has remained as it is. I don’t practice it but sometimes when I go to the practice room and think ‘It’s been a while, shall I try doing it?’, it turns out well. I was surprised myself. I have to do it during MAMA and I haven’t done it in a while so I was nervous but my body remembers.
Is there a secret to this? Or are you just born with it?
It’s because I’ve done it a lot. When I first started, it was scary. After doing it once, the fear disappears a little. The first is scary. After that, it’s okay.
What kind of performance do you like best?
The version of ‘Teenager’ that we did at the end of year stages. I think that performance fits me perfectly. We are able to show our strength by enjoying ourselves and dancing in the performance.
How did you use to spend the end and start of the year before you came to Korea?
If it’s around this period, then it’s school break. My friends and my family would rent a cabin and spend a few days there, riding the snowboard, play games and watch movies.
Compared to LA, Korea is so cold. Isn’t it?
In Korea I have to wear long sleeves, a hoodie, a padding on top of that and also heattech in that (laughs). But I like the weather for Korea’s winter. Because I like snow. It’s sad that it disappears the next day.
Are there moments when you feel ‘I’m pretty much a Korean now’?
When I suddenly speak in Korean to my parents or my friends in the States. I dream pretty much in Korean now. I think in Korean too.
Not too long ago, you changed your hair colour to navy. What do you do when you don’t go to the shop/salon and only get your hair done on your own?
I don’t touch it at all. I leave it in its natural state. I don’t even dry my hair after washing it but 3 weeks ago, my mom bought me a hair dryer when she came to Korea so I’ve started drying my hair since. I chose the navy colour based on hair colours I’ve not tried before. Just a few days ago I was thinking of a hair colour that I’ve yet to try but it seems like I’ve tried everything. I’d like to try complete white/blonde but thinking of my hair, I’m still deliberating over it.
You always welcome the new year at the end of year gayos. It’ll probably be the same for this year too. Therefore, if you could have 2 Marks, one will go to the end of year gayos and the other Mark is able to do whatever you want, what will you tell the other Mark to do?
Oh, that is so nice! But since it’s been such a long time since I’ve had to free time to do something, I don’t know what to do. Since my friends are all at the broadcasting stations too, I don’t think there’s anything to do. It would be nice to send him to the States to spend time with my friends and family.