Read below as Billboard exclusively gets Red Velvet's reflections on their first year, visiting America and more.
You're about to play the Staples Center, this huge arena, for your first U.S. performance. What's going through your minds right now?
Wendy: We try not to over think because we're really nervous right now. [Laughs] But we're really excited to be onstage in front of all the fans.
As your first American performance, is that exciting? Intimidating?
Wendy: Well, it was our first time together shooting the "Ice Cream Cake" video and it's really great. Meeting fans, it's fun and it's great. But for food, we really want to go In & Out Burger -- especially Yeri. Yesterday, we went shopping for two hours, we went to Bath & Body Works and Victoria's Secret. We had a good time.
Were you expecting fans to be waiting at the airport?
Wendy: Not at all, to tell you the truth. We didn't even have makeup on. Our faces were all swollen from sleeping for over 10 hours and we really didn't expect any of them. When I came out, they were like "Oh, Wendy?" and I was like, "Oh my gosh, hi!" I was really thankful.
Your Ice Cream EP charted very high on the Billboard charts for such a new artist. Do you feel international popularity rising or do you notice international fans?
Seulgi: On YouTube, we see a lot of covers, dance covers, singing covers. We really feel the love and the interest. When we're here now, we're experiencing the fans in person so that's even more special.
"Ice Cream Cake" was also the first time we met Yeri. Can you talk about what her place in the group is exactly? How does she make the team stronger?
Wendy: As you can tell, she's a really bright kid. Well, a really bright teenager. She brings a really good energy to the group and because of that we can bring a good energy to the fans, to the audience.
From what I can see, there's two sides to Red Velvet's personality and music: A fun, peppy pop side and a more mature, sensual R&B side. Do you prefer one or the other?
Wendy: All the groups, they have their own different strengths. So we can learn from their different strengths from them.
Irene: When we did our first performance, we went to each of the acts and got great advices from all of them.
What else is coming this year?
Wendy: We are practicing everyday and working hard every day to show a better side of Red Velvet to our fans. My dream is to our have our Red Velvet concert overseas, one day. I hope. Maybe in 15 years, 20 years.
How about this year then?
Wendy: This year? I hope!
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