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AO EXCLUSIVE: Blackpink shares unfiltered side in “BLACKPINK: LIGHT UP THE SKY”

BLACKPINK, the record-breaking girl group consisting of Jisoo, Jennie, Rosé, and Lisa, attended the exclusive Netflix Global press conference for BLACKPINK: Light Up the Sky with Director Caroline Suh, October 13.

Blackpink together with Director Caroline Suh at the “BLACKPINK: Light Up the Sky” Global press conference. Photo Courtesy of Netflix

BLACKPINK: Light Up the Sky on Netflix

In more than 190 countries worldwide, Netflix’ first-ever K-pop documentary BLACKPINK: Light Up the Sky was released on the 14th of October. 

Directed by Caroline Suh, BLACKPINK: Light Up the Sky will showcase a more personal perspective with never-before-seen moments of the girls’ journey from their trainee days to their debut days and to their record-breaking success. 

Rosé shared that for them it’s an honor to have their documentary air on Netflix as a lot of people are going to see it globally and she feels great and nervous about it.

Filming the documentary

When asked about how they decided to film the documentary, Jennie said, “We always think about ways to go closer to the fans and to the public and when we worked with Director Suh, we thought that we found the right person so there was no reason to hesitate. We are really looking forward to the release of the documentary.” 

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“It’s an honor to be in line with the global female artist such as Taylor Swift, Beyoncé, and Lady Gaga. The four of us have come a long way and we will continue to work hard to show more of us to our fans,” said Jisoo.

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Never-before-seen moments

In the documentary, they will show some never-before-seen footage of Blackpink when they were auditioning for YG Entertainment; the training process to the present including behind-the-scenes from their performance in Coachella and their successful world tour.  

About what story they want to share, Jennie said, “We were able to go back to the times that we even forgot ourselves, and that brought back a lot of memories. Since our trainee period to debut and to today, we wanted to show all the hard work manifested on the glamorous days of Blackpink while also sharing the authentic, the more original moments off stage that we really didn’t get to share you our fans [BLINKS] before.” 

No language barriers 

As they were able to express themselves using the language they are most comfortable with, the documentary will unfold Blackpink ‘s authentic and sincere thoughts.

According to Rosé, she and Jennie have spoken a lot in English since they both grew up abroad, while Jisoo spoke a lot in Korean, and Lisa in Thai.

“There are a lot of languages that are included in the documentary but I think that in itself symbolizes a part of Blackpink,” Rosé said.

“We can speak in any language and we understand each other. We are the world, literally.” Jennie shared. 

Blackpink bond

It is a known fact in the K-pop industry that before the group made their debut, they need to undergo a training process; the members will train together and they have a monthly evaluation. 

“We worked together since we were teenagers and now we are in our 20’s and we were able to see each other grow and we were able to share all the emotions in the world throughout this journey so of course, we are like family but even when we are working we still feel that special bond,” Jennie said.

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In addition, Jennie shared that they were able to bring out some of their fun and girly sides of themselves when they were filming the documentary; and she thinks that moments made their relationship stronger and it made them think about their relationship in the future as well. 

The fifth member of Blackpink

Teddy, the top producer behind Blackpink’s chart-topping hits, is also a big star in the documentary. 

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When asked about what Teddy mean to them. Jisoo said “I think Teddy [Park] knows us individually very well and he listens to what we have to say to each other and he was able to reflect that into the direction of our music. Teddy definitely is our fifth member.” 

Working with Director Caroline Suh

According to Rosé, Director Caroline Suh made sure that the girls are comfortable before and during the shoot. 

“They were all very fun to work with and much cooler than I am. Blackpink is very charming, fun, and smart,” Director Suh said. 

Director Suh shared that she did not know much about K-pop, but since she is a Korean-American, she said that she tends to be supportive of all things about Korean.

For the preparation, she watched a lot of videos and listens to Blackpink songs that made her immediately excited to film the documentary. 

Moreover, Director Suh also said they were interested in how Blackpink came together and what it is like to be part of a huge phenomenon, so they want to tell the story from the members’ point of view.

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The thing the director discovered about Blackpink is that their success is really hard, and the girls worked hard to make it happen.

The documentary

BLACKPINK: LIGHT UP THE SKY will show the relatable and unfiltered side of Blackpink.  

BlackPink- LIGHT UP THE SKY (L to R) JISOO, ROSÉ, JENNIE and LISA from BlackPink- LIGHT UP THE SKY. Courtesy YG / Netflix © 2020

Asked about how they feel speaking publicly about self-doubt and insecurities, Jisoo answered, “We started out on this project thinking that we wanted to show the more honest side of ourselves. Through having heart to heart and through very genuine and honest conversations we were able to know each other even deeper and we realized how much we mean to each other.” 

Rosé has confirmed that the title Light Up the Sky is based on their hit single How You Like That.

The single has the words Light Up the Sky and they love it, and they felt it suits well in the documentary.

The scene where the four of them watched their own old video together is Rosé’s most memorable scene. 

Same with Rosé, Lisa also shared that scene where the four of them watched the video clips of their childhood together is her favorite and she thinks that Rosé’s childhood is the most impressive. 

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When asked about what they want to say to those people who also want to be like them in the future, Lisa said “I think the most important thing is to find what you truly love and always have confidence in yourself. Take care of yourself and love yourself.”

Debuted in 2016, Blackpink already cemented their place in the K-pop scene.

Jisoo shared that going forward they want to continue to challenge themselves and she hopes that in 10 years they will still be Blackpink the way they always have been. 

BLACKPINK: LIGHT UP THE SKY is now streaming exclusively on Netflix.

You can also change your profile icon to Blackpink members’ faces. 

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