On September 15, 2010, Nayeon attended JYP Entertainment's 7th Open Audition without her parents knowledge and was selected to become a trainee. From 2013 to early 2015, Nayeon was a member of the planned JYP girl group 6mix alongside future Twice members Jeongyeon, Sana, and Jihyo. However, the project was dropped after the departure of group members Cecilia and Lena, and the group did not debut.
2015 : Sixteen and debut with Twice
In 2015, Nayeon competed in the reality girl group survival show Sixteen, which would determine the members of JYP Entertainment's next girl group Twice. In the final episode of the show, Im was selected as a member of Twice. On October 20, 2015, Twice officially debuted with the release of their first mini-album The Story Begins and title track "Like Ooh-Ahh." Their debut showcase was held on the same day.
▼ Trivia & Fun-fact ▼
☀ Nayeon born in Seoul, 22nd September of 1995
☀ Nayeon’s motto : Let’s live feeling thankful <3
☀ She auditioned in JYPE 7th audition 2010 and Won 2nd place
☀ For movies, Nayeon recommends "Hear Me", "Love, Rosie", "Léon: (The Professional)", etc.
☀ What Nayeon gets for tea: black milk tea with no pearls, sugar 50 and ice 50. When hungry, sugar 70.
☀ When it's mint vs green tea, Nayeon picks green tea.
☀ Nayeon's fav drinks are Vita500 and ion (or perhaps electrolyte) drinks
☀ Jungyeon said that if she were a male, she would date Nayeon. Because she's cute. (Busan fansign)
☀ Nayeon thinks her own prettiest part is her lips
☀ Nayeon's 3 fav colors are beige, sky blue, and khaki (she also likes burgundy)
☀ Weird sleeping habits: Nayeon sleeps with her eyes open and Momo does the splits on her bed and sleeps
☀ Nayeon loses her cellphone often.
☀ Nayeon's hobby is binge-watching dramas and movies.
☀ Nayeon's go-to karaoke song would be "I Think I Love You" by Byul.
☀ Nayeon and Chaeyoung like marinated soy sauce crabs.
☀ There's a part of the Like OOH-AHH choreography where Nayeon is supposed to laugh as JY makes a funny face, However, Jungyeon doesn't make any expression. Nayeon just laughs, even at the eye contact.
☀ Nayeon's height is 163cm, same as Sana. Once they actually measured, Sana is just a tiny bit taller.
☀ Nayeon likes grapefruitade. She often drinks it from "The Street", and also likes Sunkist
☀ Nayeon got scolded by JY for touching her Legos. She made it while JY was busy doing something else.
Nayeon was surprised that light brown hair doesn't fit her. She thought it would be okay once w/ makeup...
☀ Jihyo thinks that nayeon is similar / resembles a “pigeon”
☀ Nayeon choose Momo for someone to date between the member
▼ Interview : Nayeon for GQ Korea April 2016 ▼
Q : What was the thought behind your expression during shooting? A : “I’m clueless.” The photographer unnie told me to go like that (laughs).
Q : Then what’s the real Nayeon’s expression? A: There are two kinds. “Ehaha,” a big smile like that, or blanking out. When I smile I use all my facial muscles.
Q : Your two front teeth show clearly when you smile. A : I started hearing that my front teeth stand out after debut. I didn’t know. Sometimes when I smile, they catch on my lower lip. They’re very handy for eating ice cream or cake.
Q : You’re the oldest in TWICE. What’s good about being the unnie? A : Hm… uh… I can’t really say because we’re not on [strict] unnie/dongsaeng terms. I think being the ‘unnie’ is just nice in itself.
Q : You don’t seem like an unnie. When we first saw you, it was like seeing a child actress who had suddenly become big. A : Even before I had debuted, I heard from many adults that I seemed familiar to them. Why could that be? I really don’t know. But there are a lot of things I resemble. The members and the fans call me Na-peach unnie because I resemble one.
Q : You debuted last October, but it feels like the fans know the ins and outs of each member of TWICE. Was it because of the survival competition program “Sixteen”? A: The members talked about that even last night, that it was amazing having fans. Things like presents, letters, too. We’re really grateful. It must not have completely hit me yet. I’m amazed when I go to COEX uncovered and get recognized. I think, “Where has that person seen me?”
Q : From predebut to the latest “TWICE’s Elegant Private Life,” reality program cameras always seem to follow you. Does it get awkward? A: It’s not awkward because we have fun talking with the camerapeople while filming. I’m much more more nervous with the music program cameras or the large-scale variety show ones.
Q : Is there any variety program you want to appear at least once on? A : “The Return of Superman!” I really like babies. It’s a little on the level of an addiction. I can be a babysitter for the day.
Q : How about “Producer 101”? A : Ah, I’ve watched it a few times because our agency’s (Jeon) Somi comes out on it, and I could understand their heart. We all cried at the dorms after watching the first episode. I keep thinking that I won’t be able to go through a survival program again.
Q : Even if you can’t do another survival, is there anything you’re number one on in your team? A: My fingernails are very pretty. They’re easy for nail art, and my hands are long.
Q : Should we have shot you with your hands showing? A: Next time; I want to be shot again. Really. I really like GQ. It’s a magazine for men, but I really liked the interviews with the female idol sunbaes. I really liked the picture with Krystal sunbae-nim in a red one-piece, and the one with the hat pressed over IU sunbae-nim.
Q : The next time you shoot might have a sexy concept. A: Yes. I’m confident I can do it.
Baek Jong-won's Top 3 Chef Kings (ep. 13) Weekly Idol (with Dahyun & Tzuyu and Christmas Special - ep. 230,231 & 249) Two Yoo Project - Sugar Man (with Jihyo, Chaeyoung & Tzuyu)
▼ 2016 ▼
Gag Concert (with Jungyeon & Tzuyu) M! Countdown (special MC with Jihyo, ep. 455 & 458) A Look at Myself (ep 26 & 27) Baek Jong-won's Top 3 Chef Kings(with Momo, Dahyun &Tzuyu. ep. 36) Same Bed, Different Dreams (ep. 38) King of Mask Singer (panelist, ep. 45,46,49 & 50) God's Voice (with Mina & Chaeyoung) Gold Medal Duty (with Jungyeon & Dahyun) Radio Star (ep. 468) TwiceTV3 (ep. 1 - 8) SBS Inkigayo (special MC with Tzuyu, ep. 866) The Return of Superman(with Sana & Jihyo) SBS's Flower Crew (special appearance with Dahyun) Hello Counselor (with Sana) SBS's Flower Crew (with Momo)
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