Orange Caramel‘s Nana has opened up about her use of aegyo (acting cute) that tends to divide opinions.
Nana, Lizzy and Raina, the three members of the After School sub-group, were guests on SBS PowerFM’s “Choi Hwa Jung’s Power Time” on August 25 to promote their latest single “My Copycat” and discuss their unique style of music.
Soompi reported that as Orange Caramel is well known for their bright and cute style, DJ Choi Hwa Jung told Nana, “It feels like aegyo comes to you naturally."
"It is instinctive, but as I am pretty reserved and short-spoken on TV, I am asked to raise the mood with my aegyo, and sometimes I go slightly overboard,” Nana replied.
She continued, laughing, “Girls really dislike me for my use of aegyo. Their reaction is, ‘What are you doing to our oppas?’” and explained that fans of male celebrities tend to turn protective when seeing Nana act cute in front of their favorite idols.
“While watching ‘Roommate,’ I noticed that I aegyo often comes to me naturally. However, as I have aegyo and a high-pitched voice, people seem to think that everything I say is filled with aegyo,” Nana added, pointing out that some viewers might have overestimated her intentional use of aegyo.