Although MBK Entertainment has been coming undone these recent years, Jung Chae Yeon has been helping it out with her recent bout of popularity. This has led some people to wonder if she was getting special treatment from the CEO, Kim Kwang Soo.
Regarding this, she said in a new interview, "Definitely not. The CEO has never made any special comment or given me any special treatment regarding my singing on stage and acting. I think all he does is monitor me often because not too long ago, he told me, 'Fix your posture when you're acting.' Also, he knows I'm so busy these days that he said to me, 'Your schedule is also a mountain you have to surpass, things you have to overcome. You also have to go through difficult situations.' Honestly, I had been a bit sad, but his words made me feel better."
It turns out that Jung Chae Yeon had wanted to become an actress. She caught Kim Kwang Soo's attention, so he put her in a girl group because of her gaze, even though she did not know how to dance or sing properly.
"While I was in Mnet's 'Produce 101,' I asked the CEO, 'Why did you cast me?' At the time, I didn't know how to do anything, and even more, I was fat," she said. "But he replied that he liked the look in my eyes. He must have thought I could do anything I was told to do."
Hearing this, an employee at the agency stated, "Most people aspiring to be idols don't speak when they look into the CEO's eyes, but Jung Chae Yeon was different." Jung Chae Yeon revealed that when she first met the CEO, she had not known who he was. She had thought he was an ordinary employee in the agency. She found out after she went back home and did an internet search.
She said, "Honestly, during the meeting, I had not known who the CEO was and after we finished talking, I said, 'I will consult my parents and give you an answer after,' and left. I went home and did a search, then realized belatedly, 'Oh, that person was the CEO?' I simply wanted to experience working as an actress; I had no idea about the entertainment world or agencies.
"If I had not come into the agency, I would be nothing right now. That's why I'm grateful to the agency and am also fascinated by this. I comprehended the things other idols did while practicing for about five years and feel like I did that in about one year. I had some difficult times during that period, but I found methods to doing things so I wish I'd do even better next year."