Cherprang Areekul, A woman beyond just a “teen idol”

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Cherprang Areekul, A woman beyond just a “teen idol”

Original Content: GQ Magazine Thailand

(https://www.gqthailand.com/people/article/cherprang-woman-we-love)

English Translation: Chersubs Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/CherSubs/)

Nowadays there are probably very few people who do not know “Cherprang Areekul”, the Captain of BNK48, the most famous girl group in Thailand right now. Because apart from her beauty and skills that shines brighter everyday, her bravery for taking the challenging role for her fans in her first movie “Homestay” has brought the audience a big surprise. Breaking her own limits, she makes us realize that underneath those cuteness and cheerfulness, she has an incredibly strong attitude that is second to none. And when we talk about “Woman of The Year” for GQ, there’s no one going to be more suitable than this graceful Captain.

  • How do you feel if someone says that you get GQ Woman of The Year 2018 because of your appearance?

I appreciate them for choosing me, but for the question, it’s the truth that we have to accept. There are some people who likes me because of my appearance but I’d be glad if they like me for who I am or my attitude over my appearance. Don’t get me wrong though, it’s fine if they like me because of my appearance. This reminds me to take good care of myself. That is also considered as work. The same as others, I, myself, also like looking at those beautiful and handsome people.

  • We have predicted that this year is going to be tough for you. How was it? What have you faced?

A lot! Such as BNK48’s singles, collaboration with GDH in Homestay movie, attending World Senbatsu General Election, shooting ads, shooting magazines, 3 music videos and working with GQ Thailand. It is such a year that I had used almost every minute of my time. For my studies, It’s not too bad. I got many A’s. I am still up for it and I still could make it *laughs*. However, I had never been working everyday before. I also have to study. Nowadays, I have to take private singing and dancing rehearsal classes since I don’t have time to practice with others, to be able to catch up with the members.

  • But overall, it’s quite a successful year for you, isn’t it? Do you think that you have reached your goal yet?

I don’t think that having your own concert or reaching specific numbers of fans are counted as success. There won’t be any development if you think like that. I will feel like I am not going anywhere. I don’t want to stay still. The clock is ticking. You must keep growing. There are many things waiting to be explored and learned. Learning about the same thing at this age and when you are more mature will give you a whole new perspective. Success for me is that “I don’t know if I would wake up tomorrow. I should be happy at this very moment. Being happy means your life is successful.”

  • After all these things that you have been through, can you cope with all the pressure?

Quite well. Still, there are some issues that I have to be serious with, such as that our fame is spreading wider, we have to be more careful with our manners. Even though nowadays I still go to classes with my bare face *laughs*, but when it comes to work, I still have to prioritize the look and appearance. I think that myself has adapted to the point that I can take these heavy workloads everyday. I don’t feel I am braver but stronger. For mental side, It’s much better. It’s easier to let go something, like news that could affect me mentally. I can handle things better than before. For example, in Victory BNK48, we had to wear a weird skirt and danced. Mind said that she didn’t like this skirt. If it was me in the past, I would think the same. But now, I’ve learned that it will eventually pass. So I gave her a little advice trying to not worry about it that much. Just thought about our fans. We are there to entertain them. We could be stressed but we have to put 100% efforts on our work too. I think I became more flexible, indulgent and happier than in the past.

  • But something in life can’t be let go. some need to be serious and decisive.

You have to choose, but sometimes you are forced to choose, depending on what it is. I would say my decisiveness is my intention. If I really intend to do something, I won’t do something bad, but I’ll do things that make me and others happy without bothering others too, even though some people might think that it bothers me. For example, when I did weird dance moves, some might think that I would feel uncomfortable. But, it’s actually not bad. It’s fun *laughs*.

 

  • Being a Captain of BNK48, a lead actress in Homestay, a chermistry student, an idol of hundred thousands people, being this and that in the entertainment industry. It is pretty though for a 22 yearold lady, isn’t it?

Exactly. There was time that so many things happened. At the beginning of the year, its the filming period plus there were final exams. I would say that was pretty tough. At that moment, I was worried about everything. The role I got was Pie, who was serious at her study, even more than my own self. Those together, dragged me down so much. Everyone said that it was a very difficult situation for me, but in the end I made it. It was really tough at that moment, but if there are things that are tougher than those, I’ll think that they are just harder than the last time.

  • When working, you are surrounded by people. But after it is finished, you end up finding yourself alone in the room. Have you ever felt lonely?

Not at all, I can be with myself *laughs*. I would say I am similar to a chameleon. I could go where people want me to go, or do whatever people want me to do. I’m okay with everything. I don’t need someone to talk to or be accepted all the time.

  • In Girls Don’t Cry movie, you said you look at your juniors and friends in BNK48 as just your colleagues. Has that idea changed?

I’m still feeling the same because everyone has her own pros and cons. But I look at them as my little sisters more than friends. To be honest, I’m not really close to any member of BNK48 because I can’t talk about everything with them. Some of our thoughts are different. The members also can’t talk about everything to me. We only talk about what is neccessary, but we all know that we want the best for each other.

  • But it’s better to have someone that you could openly talk to about anything, isn’t it?

                Nahhhh, some topics or some questions are not meant for everyone, since they have their own perspectives. I might ask the same question to some members to get new perspectives and ideas because perspective is important for this field of work. I have to look at myself both as a BNK48 member and as just being me. Fans might have bad expressions if I don’t do well.

  • How do you feel about those strict rules of BNK48 especially about having a relationship? Sometimes love can’t be controlled.

It depends on the timing. If he’s the one then so be it. A relationship is not everything in your life. You can take my parents as an obvious example. They rushed their marriage for nothing. In the end, they are together just for their children, not because the happiness of their love life. If the right one comes at the right time, then it’s fine. But if the timing is not right, then I will consider one as a friend. I do believe that once we reach a proper moment, any of my friends might end up being my soulmate. But if you ask about my type, well I have one, of course. I do have a type of face, look, or style that I prefer in mind. But in the end, the guy your type might not be the right person. Now my work is my priority as I have chosen to be who I am. I hardly have time for anyone, even myself *laughs*. If I happen to have a boyfriend right now I would feel sorry for him because he has to bear with today’s me. So we better focus on our tasks first then we can probably meet up again when we are old *laughs*

  • As we are talking, I feel like building ourselves a wall can make us feel safe.

I used to have a thick wall up and it has never broken. I thought that I didn’t have these feelings. Apparently, I might have kept them too deep that I thought they were gone. Having the wall up is not wrong, but you have to be able to accept their existence and figure out how to live with them. I have been through the point that I could cry because of my past experiences which I could constantly be able to recall, until I learned buddhist ways. Though, I might get the wrong idea that abruptly letting what was on my mind go would eventually resolve my feelings. It turned out that those are buried in my mind unknowingly. There was a time that I felt like I was a robot and barely feel anything, until I got into Homestay movie. My acting coach told me that when I cry, I really had to cry it all out. When she told me to scream, I couldn’t scream… what was that? *laughs*. I’ve been keeping my feelings to myself for a long time. They have been unlocked after I joined this movie.

  • If you could turn back time, would you want to correct your mistakes?

Disappointments help us learn. I don’t want to go back and fix them. Say, this year, my family had few issues. There were a few times that I fought with my dad really bad that I cried a lot, few conflicts with my mom. I didn’t understand on why they have to be so emotional. Like, what have I done? I understand that they mean well but there’s a point that I felt like we shouldn’t burst our emotion to each other like that. I wanted to tell them that what they did have brought a bad vibe to our family, but when I looked back, all of their actions came from their good intentions and care. Finally, we had an opportunity to talk. I learned how to calm myself. Nowadays, we understand each other more. If those didn’t happen, my family won’t probably be as it is now.

  • You’re so strong that makes us want every woman to rise up and express their needs in society, too.

We better use the word ‘everyone’, instead of every woman. Some women do harass men. It all comes down to respect. No matter who you are, a man, a woman, a transgender or colored, we should not speak badly to anyone. Let’s make this a casual thing. We could start off with an easy thing like, If a man likes a woman, but then he thinks about bad things, I would love to tell him that “Sir, if your life is already fine, please get rid of those thoughts”. In Buddhism, there are the 5 basic precepts we have to follow. If taking religious out of the way, his thoughts would mean to harm her. No one wants to be harmed. Should women have the same rights as men? I think we should. Everyone should be equal but we have to admit that everyone doesn’t have equal potential, be it men or women.

  • Do you think Thailand will ever have the same equality as Norway?

It’s a long way to go *laughs*, if we still can’t accept each other’s differences and still can’t accept who you really are. We still don’t have the social empathy. Some who are born with nothing and have to struggle might care less about others until they could fulfill their lives. From that point on, they are able to have broader perspectives. Whenever we can fulfill ourselves, we will start to think properly. For those who still can’t, they’ll keep drawing everything towards themselves, which is not wrong that they are like that. Someone could come up and say something like “Yeah, you get a good education, from an expensive college.” But that money came from my parents. They have been working hard for that and in return, I go to college with only few hundred bahts so that I could keep studying here. People are different, but we can at least try to do good to others.

  • How can you help others fulfill themselves? For example, one that is frustrated with being unaccepted.

I’ll tell them “Dude, I’m right here. You see? I’ll visit you. I’ll call you. I’m your friend!” In the end, it comes down to how much one can take from what he is given. Previously, I was stressed about political situation I was in. At that time, there were much criticism towards me. It was too much that I wonder if there was anything I could do to clarify that what I was about to do was not for any specific individual. I was doing it for the whole community. It doesn’t matter which government it is. It was an opportunity, that I got, to help our community about education so It was an honor. Still, there are some who judged and criticized it. I think that was not fair, but I couldn’t say much since they might have not gotten the complete information. I told myself not to worry too much. I use my own judgement and just do what is right, do not cause trouble for anyone, and do my best. I did it because this project belongs to King Rama 9 who wanted to raise education equality in our country.

  • Life is unfair. It’s the truth.

Left and right sides of our bodies are not exactly the same. Nothing is fair. But it’s not something that you have to keep telling everyone. Saying that your life isn’t fair. To be able to accept the truth is more crucial because in the end, it all comes down to you and yourself.

 

  • The General Election, which will be held in January, is pretty exciting thing for BNK48 fans, isn’t it? What do you think? How is it going to be?

When I attended World Senbatsu it was a shock. Like Oh my! It was not good. It was the mix of feelings bouncing inside my head. There was so much that I couldn’t pick which feeling would be the main one. I felt empathy for these and those members. I was proud and then I also had consideration for my fans as well, since it was a lot of money. There were many feelings *laughs*. When I got to the backstage, I collapsed and reached for the inhaler. I had a very bad headache. It was also because I had to compete with whom I like as well. I ended up higher in ranks than some members I have been following. However, I thought I better be happy with it. So for our first election, I have no idea but there would probably be both happiness and sadness, no matter what place I’ll be in. Someone sent me this message, telling me that he used to think I was different from other members but in the end, how I use all the love from my fans was no different from other celebrities. I admit it but those who supports me truly loves me. It’s the same kind of love my parents gives to me. No matter what rank I’ll be in, my fans is my first priority because that result is from them. About my juniors, I’ll observe for a bit. If they’re happy with their ranks, I’ll be happy, too. If some are not, I might hesitate whether I should console them or not. It might not be appropriate if my rank is higher but if mine is lower, then I would. I really have to see what would happen first. As of now, I can’t imagine how emotional this event is going to be *laughs*.

 

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