Jennie, a member of the K-pop girl group BLACKPINK, recently spoke about her experience working on the upcoming HBO original TV series, which stars Lily-Rose Depp and Abel Tesfaye (also known as The Weeknd).
In an interview with Women’s Wear Daily, Jennie discussed her experience making her acting debut in The Idol and working with Depp. “It was definitely a challenge because I’d never done anything like that before.” “It was like breaking down a barrier for me,” she explained.
“She was extremely helpful to me. “She was telling me about scenes and it was very comforting to have her there,” added the BLACKPINK singer. “She just taught me to express myself and to be comfortable in my own skin, to not be afraid.”
Jennie also discussed her decision to join American Idol, citing her “long time” admiration for director Sam Levinson. “I trusted Sam to be collaborative with all of the scenes that we would be working on together, because it was about the industry,” she explained.
“The fact that it was about the music industry fascinated me, and I thought I could bring something to the role,” Jennie continued. “It was a chance to just be myself and be brave.” I didn’t really train or prepare for it. Sam just wanted me to be myself.”
Meanwhile, on The Idol, The Weeknd addressed the production issues. After a rough-cut was completed, the series underwent a significant overhaul in April 2022, including the departure of original director Amy Seimetz.
The Idol will premiere on HBO on June 4th. Here’s a trailer for the upcoming TV show.