It’s often been said that staying true to yourself in the entertainment industry is one of the hardest things to do but in a recent talk on the Zach Sang Show, Stephanie Poetri opened up about how easy it was for her and how GOT7‘s Jackson played a part in staying true to herself.

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While Stephanie covered all sorts of interesting topics on the show, when she was asked about what it was like working with Jackson on “I Love You 3000 II”, Stephanie began by explaining she had had no idea what to expect from the collab.

It was crazy. So, I was just told that he wanted to jump on it. I didn’t know if he was going to rap, going to sing, or if he was going to whistle. I didn’t know. So when it came (his verse) and he was singing with this raspy voice I was like, ‘AH,’ you know?

— Stephanie Poetri

As a fan of Jackson, Stephanie revealed it was a bit weird seeing behind the curtain of his music process but was very interesting too.

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Being a fan of his, I think it’s so weird to see his process. You know, putting out a song. It was really humbling in a way because I was told he had just done his concert and came to the studio and had to record it the next day. It was just crazy.

— Stephanie Poetri

Working with Jackson, seeing his music process, and getting to know him better through the collab, also played a role in helping Stephanie see that keeping true to herself didn’t have to be as hard as everyone made it out to be.

I think specifically with Jackson it was like… You told me, people are going to use you and stuff but he was the most humble and kind person. So, it really taught me like, you can still be yourself and stay grounded for the rest of your career and that can actually build your career instead of stopping you.

— Stephanie Poetri

Take it from Stephanie and Jackson, being true to yourself doesn’t have to be hard. Hear what else Stephanie had to say about Jackson, K-Pop, and more below: