ZE:A Hyungshik and Super Junior‘s Ryeowook became close friends through their musical, â€œTemptation of the Wolvesâ€œ, and it was only a matter of time before they developed a strong friendship. Eventually, their respective groups got closer as well, and one night, both groups gathered together for a late night dinner party.
Hyungshik recalled,Â â€œThe name Super Junior just felt so big to me that even though I felt glad that I could get to know him, I was also cautious. Still, he approached me first and opened his heart, allowing for honest conversation to flow. I earned a lot of strength from that.â€
Super Junior could relate to ZE:A in that they had both had a rough trainee life at a young age, and that theyâ€™re both comprised of a large number of members.
Ryeowook said,Â â€œWe were alike in that we shared a lot of the same hardships.Â As a senior who experienced those things a few years before him, I tried to listen to his worries and help him find a solution.Â Hyungshik choked up then and cried.â€
He continued, â€œThrough our meeting, ZE:A helped us realize that we should never forget our roots, and I think the members of ZE:A also earned a lot of strength from us.Â It was a meeting where honesty was exchanged, and the feeling remained with me long after the meeting was over.Â Iâ€™m really thankful for the musical for creating such a fate.â€
Hyungshik confessed,Â â€œI donâ€™t have a cellphone yet, so I donâ€™t have a close friend or senior celebrity around me.Â Itâ€™s just really out of this world for me to have such an amazing hyung that I met through this musical.â€
Ryeowook added, â€œHyungshik is sometimes like my real brother, and oftentimes more mature than me.Â I feel proud that I have an amazing dongsaeng like him and I hope that there will be an opportunity where I can sing with him aside from the musical.â€