I’m still alive
When we got the email from Netflix saying that We The Pvblic was invited to an exclusive press conference featuring BLACKPINK, I screamed. Well, it was more of inner shrieks of delight as a courtesy to my next-door neighbors, but still. The prospect of seeing Lisa, Jennie, Rosé, and Jisoo live, with only a select few for the ride, was worth all the hype.
And why wouldn’t it be? By now, BLACKPINK needs no introduction. They are the best-selling K-Pop group of all time. Based on global appeal, no one comes close.
They’ve conquered Coachella, been featured on every publication known to man, and had collabs with fellow juggernauts Lady Gaga, Cardi B, and Selena Gomez. Their debut album pretty much broke every record out there.
From a personal standpoint, they are simply one of the most gorgeous human beings ever put together. I seriously have a new fave every time they churn out anything, whether it’s a solo project or otherwise.
As Will Smith once said, it was one of those times in an artist’s career where they simply can’t miss.
And as if those milestones weren’t enough, Netflix just dropped a BLACKPINK documentary, ‘Light Up The Sky’. The film – the first about a K-Pop group – features never-before-seen footage which follows the four’s growth from trainees to worldwide sensations.
When asked about why they agreed to do a Netflix docu, joining the ranks of artists such as Beyonce and Taylor Swift, Jennie said it was a tribute to their loyal fanbase, affectionately called BLINKs.
‘We always think of ways to get closer with fans and the public. And when we worked with director [Caroline] Suh, we thought that we found the right person and there was no reason to hesitate’.
‘We wanted to show all of the hard work manifested on-stage, while sharing original off-stage moments that we never got to share with fans before’.
It’s this aura of authenticity that serves as the focal point of the film. Rosé, who grew up in Australia, reveals that the group was able to speak in their own preferred languages. ICYDK, BLACKPINK‘s roster is diverse, with Jennie studying in New Zealand, Lisa being Thai, and Jisoo growing up in Korea.
It’s this looseness and collaborative atmosphere – which Rosé says comes naturally among the four – that allowed the group to share their genuine thoughts.
‘We get really honest and true to ourselves, and it’s embarrassing, but I did share some tears, and I hope the fans will also like that part of me as well’.
As Lisa points out, having a camera follow you around 24/7 can be awkward at first, although this was later eased by the comfy atmosphere brought by director Caroline Suh.
This rollercoaster experience served to strengthen BLACKPINK‘s bond even more, as it brought out aspects of each other that they haven’t seen before.
‘We were together since we were teenagers, and now we are in our 20s’, said Jennie. ‘We were able to see each other grow and to share all the emotions throughout this journey’.
‘So of course, we are like family. Even if we are working, we still feel that special bond. We’re comfy, sharing opinions about each other’.
‘But when we were shooting, we were able to bring out the more girly aspects of ourselves. And that made our relationship stronger and made us think of our future together’.
With an undying fandom and one surefire hit after the other, it’s unfathomable to think of a future without BLACKPINK, even during these uncertain times. As director Caroline Suh, puts it, the girls have proven that they are strong-willed and fierce, with a never-say-die attitude.
Thankfully, Jisoo agrees with the sentiment, noting that there is more work to be done.
‘In 10 years, hopefully, we will still be BLACKPINK. The way we always have been. I can imagine ourselves talking about what other new things to do together’.
BLACKPINK: Light Up The Sky starts streaming on Netflix on October 14.