Asiae met up with ZE:A’s own TaeHun, who is known for his ‘tough guy’ rapper personality. While fans of ZE:A are used to seeing his charismatic roughness on stage, it was surprising to meet the real person off-stage with a naturally-shy and boyish personality.
“As a triple A [blood type], I’m naturally very timid. I was just as timid as a child, but the one thing I really loved was playing sports.” Whether it was baseball, soccer, running, pog, or even spinning tops, he knew all the games that mischievous boys usually played. Eventually he got so good at playing pog that everyone in his town knew him by his nickname, ’slap matching Kim TaeHun’.
“When I was young, I wasn’t that good in school, I was just a kid that liked to play around. I think I was only popular among my friends because I looked like a movie character.” When Taehun mentioned that he resembled a movie character, this reporter immediately saw the resemblance. With his gentle eyes, face full of mischief, young Taehun looked very similar to Macaulay Culkin in his role as ‘Kevin’ from Home Alone.
Taehun burst out laughing when he was asked if the person he had resembled was Macaulay Culkin.
“When I was young, “Home Alone” was very popular. My friends told me I looked like Macaulay Culkin a lot. Thanks to him, my school life was fun.” Taehun’s mischevous character was written all over his face as he talked about his school life.
“Ever since I was young, you couldn’t talk [about sports] without counting me in. When it was sports day, I was like a fish in water when I ran around playing.” Taehun’s childhood dream was to become a bodyguard so he could protect people. In a strange way, imagining Taehun as a bodyguard with a well-fitted black suit and dark sunglasses seems to fit him. “One day I came home crying after getting beat up by a neighbor and from that day forward, my mom sent me to learn hapkido. Starting with a white belt, I steadily earned my second-degree black belt. I still know how to handle the wooden sword and nunchucks.”
His fellow ZE:A memebers tell us that Taehun is the most considerate out of all of them. When another member is sick, he’s the one that brings soup and medicine to help them feel better. Taehun was also picked #1 as having the best manners.“I injured my hip while playing sports. That’s why I had to give up my dream as a bodyguard. Even though I didn’t get to become a bodyguard, I’m still very happy to have become a singer.(laughs)”
Cute! c: And hopefully I did this right this time. D: