Ahead of their January, 2016 comeback-announcement made on December 14, the boys of Winner sat down with the Japanese magazine “Haru Hana” for an interview. The interview was pretty detailed and long with some interesting revelations. Here a some excerpts.

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Q: What gives you the energy to recharge when your heart feels empty?

Jinwoo: It might be a stretch to say that it gives me motivation… … I feel happy when I am watching television without thinking about anything… I read a lot of manga… and watch a lot of movies.

Q: When do you feel your bonds/ties with the members?

Jinwoo: When we are in sync while performing together after a long time, even without putting it together beforehand. Although this is just a insignificant thing, it’s a moment where we understand each other even without saying anything.

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Q: If you have a lover/girlfriend, do you see yourself as the jealous type?

Jinwoo: I am a very jealous person. When she is late in replying/contacting me, I feel jealous about all the trifling/insignificant things. I really dislike it even if my girlfriend just eats a meal with other guys. It would be good if my girlfriend is someone who will get jealous over me too.

Q: Debuting as an actor in the Korean-Chinese drama “Magic Cellphone”, what are your thoughts about acting?

Jinwoo: Although it was really tough not getting enough sleep due to the long filming hours, I had a good time/enjoyed myself. It was really interesting to become another person/someone else, by taking on the behavior and tone of the character/role I am playing. I received advice from Taehyun who debuted earlier in a drama: “It is important to take on the mood of the character, and act with those feelings.”

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Q. The source of your happiness to fill your empty head would be?

Hoon: Something delicious! I like searching for famous food places, so I’ll do researches on famous restaurants on Instagram or blogs and choose those I’d want to go to. I like any food, especially fusion cuisine. I search for famous food places in Japan too. I’d tell the Japanese staff “I’d want to go this restaurant when I go Osaka” too.

Q. When do you feel a sense of fellowship with your members?

Hoon: When someone makes a mistake on stage and the member opposite moves according to the mistake. For example, if someone is at the wrong position and the other member would be at the same wrong position to make it seem like it’s not a mistake.. I feel a sense of fellowship when we show it through actions even without talking to cover up for each other.

Q. Are you one to get jealous when you have someone you like?

Hoon: I think I’ll try my best not to get jealous. If I get jealous it’ll be too exhausting for me and I don’t like holding onto that kind Of feelings…. But I’ll still get jealous. Instead, I think I wouldn’t show it to my girlfriend. If my girlfriend tells me “I’m going to meet a guy friend”, I’ll be jealous on the inside but I’ll say “Alright, have fun—”.

Q. If you were to engage in a solo activity, which field would you try?

Hoon: I’m very interested in entertainment. I want to go on a talk show.

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Q. The source of your happiness to fill your empty heart would be ?

Mino: Hanging out with friends. Nowadays the members are all busy so we rarely have a chance to head out, but we’d watch TV together in the dorm or.. It’s healing even with those minor things.

Q. When do you feel a sense of fellowship with your members?

Mino: When we give each other advices or fix something together while we prepare for stages. When I’m troubled and they ask “Is something wrong?” just by looking at my face.

Q. Are you one to get jealous when you have someone you like?

Mino: l think I am one to get jealous. I think I’ll get slightly jealous even if the person I like was with another male.

Q. You took part in a rap survival program ‘SHOW ME THE MONEY’, what kind of experience was it to you?

Mino: I learned many things. I was able to gain a lot from it as there were many things I experienced for the first time in my life. There was difficult times too… In life, when there are difficulties you’d only remember how painful it was. It’s usually like that so I think of it as gaining an opportunity to grow.

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Q. The source of your happiness to fill your empty heart would be?

Seungyoon: All the fans. I get strength from hearing fans say listening to WINNER music makes them happy! Also, my members and family’s existence is my motivation.

Q. When do you feel a sense of fellowship with your members?

Seungyoon: When we do a performance on stage. Even when there are times we do something that wasn’t planned, we are able to notice it and do well, like as if the 5 of us became one. I feel that way for any stages all the time.

Q. Are you one to get jealous when you have someone you like?

Seungyoon: I think I’ll get jealous even when my girlfriend hangs out with her friends. Even if that friend is a female, I would think “Why is she hanging out with her instead of me?”. I’d hate it even more if that friend was a male. If I had a girlfriend, I wouldn’t meet female friends or male friends either.

Q. There was a affectionate scene with Sandara park in the webdrama ‘We Broke Up’, how was it when filming?

Seungyoon: We worked in perfect harmony with the other actors as well so it felt like I was having fun with my friends at the set. We created a group chat then, and we’re still talking now. The scene with Dara senior.. Acting is work too (laughs) She’s a close noona and we have a senior-junior relationship, I thought I wouldn’t do well if I were to think of it so I thought of it as work even more and avoided showing it on my face (laughs) People around me told me the drama was good, the members probably didn’t watch it (laughs)

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Q: What gives you the energy to recharge when your heart feels empty?

Taehyun: My cats. I am rearing two cats. When I come home all tired and they come out to greet me, I feel like dying because they are too cute (laughs). Their names are Polly and Pari. Polly’s name came from a song by Nirvana that I like called “Polly”. Pari’s name doesn’t have a lot of meaning, but I think the pronunciation sounds pretty. I also think that Paris itself is a really beautiful place.

Q: When do you feel your bonds/ties with the members?

Taehyun: When I finished filming for my drama alone, and I return home and see the members there. I used to take it for granted, but when I became alone, I feel the importance of the members.

Q: If you have a lover/girlfriend, do you see yourself as the jealous type?

Taehyun: If I was just totally cool about things, wouldn’t that suggest that I don’t feel a lot of attachment (to the girl)? But if I really love her, I think my jealousy can be strong. If I like someone, I only like that person. If the girl I like tells me, “I’m eating with an oppa I know right now,” I think I will feel annoyed (laughs). If I’m just too cool about anything, I don’t think that’s very charming either.

Q: Acting in the Korean drama “Midnight Diner”, you continued with your activities as an actor, have you gotten used to filming? What is your goal as an actor, and who is your role model?

Taehyun: Having acted in three productions so far, I have gotten rather used to it. I now understand things such as the director’s requests/demands, as well the atmosphere on the set. Of course, music is still my main profession. When I am active as an actor, I enjoy becoming another character. My actor role model is Leonardo DiCaprio. Not only is he really cool/good-looking, he is able to perform/pull off characters across various genres of films.

There’s actually a lot more to the interview. So, head on over to With Winner to read the rest.

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