Being a Okay-Pop idol and being a Okay-Drama actor/actress are unquestionably now not mutually unique. Many leisure firms in South Korea are performing companies in addition to tune labels, and within the nice motion that’s the South Korean leisure trade and the Korean Wave, a skilled person can also be each.
And for the ones multi-talented stars who’ve the performing malicious program, there’s a couple of trail to transition from tune famous person to superstar of the silver display. Some idols make a selection to begin performing in Okay-Drama whilst their staff remains to be lively—whilst others stay up for disbandment or a basic dwindling in their staff schedules sooner than stepping onto the set. What’s positive, is that there are lots of examples of people that have shined in each careers, turning into family names in each tune and tv.
Right here’s your information to one of the vital most renowned and liked idols-turned-actors (entire with Okay-Drama recs, after all)!
Lee Jieun (IU, soloist)
One of the a success feminine soloists these days lively, Lee Jieun, degree identify IU, is a much-beloved famous person during her house nation, in Asia, and the sector past. So it’s no marvel that she additionally has an excellent performing occupation below her belt—one who she pursues in parallel along with her musical paintings.
The latter started in 2008 when IU was once simply fifteen and debuted below LOEN Leisure (after having famously been rejected via JYP Leisure) with the EP Misplaced and Discovered. Her performing debut took place a few years later, in 2010, with a supporting function within the drama Dream Top.
Amongst her ten-ish roles, you unquestionably have to try Resort del Luna—the place she performs Jang Manwol, the millennia-old proprietor of a lodge that caters best to ghosts. And funnily sufficient, Resort del Luna options two different idols-turned-actors in its solid—Kang Mina, a former member of each Gugudan and I.O.I. and Pyo Jihoon, referred to as P.O., one of the vital rappers in boy staff BLOCK B. You’ll circulate it on Netflix.
Bae Suji (Suzy, Leave out A)
Nicknamed “The Country’s First Love,” Bae Suji—extra regularly referred to as Bae Suzy—debuted in 2010 with Leave out A below JYP Leisure—probably the most common lady teams of the second one technology of Okay-Pop. Her status skyrocketed when she made her movie debut, although, with the 2012 film Structure 101—the place she performed the more youthful model of the primary persona.
Since then, Suzy has re-debuted as a solo artist in 2017 and persevered rising her performing occupation. Her filmography has expanded to incorporate virtually twenty titles between motion pictures and dramas. I particularly suggest gazing her in motion within the 2017 myth romance Whilst You Had been Dozing and the 2019 mystery Vagabond—the previous is on Viki whilst the latter is on Netflix.
Kim Jisoo (Jisoo, BLACKPINK)
Jisoo is the lead vocalist and visible of world sensation BLACKPINK, the de facto most well liked Okay-Pop lady staff—particularly at the global scene. In contrast to the opposite 3 contributors of the gang, who joined YG Leisure with the particular purpose of debuting as idols, Jisoo to start with joined to pursue a occupation in performing—one thing that changed into a truth in 2021 when she starred because the lead actress within the ancient romance drama Snowdrop (which you’ll be able to watch on Disney+ in positive areas or on Viki).
Jisoo’s efficiency was once rather well gained, even supposing the drama itself was once the topic of controversy each sooner than and after its unencumber (for the way it treated the precise second of South Korean historical past it was once set in).
Kim Taehyung (V, BTS)
BTS wishes no creation, and neither does Taehyung—degree identify V—one of the vital staff’s most well liked contributors and, thus far, the one one out of the seven to make an performing debut—even supposing who is aware of what the longer term holds now that the gang is on an professional hiatus.
Taehyung’s debut as an actor was once in 2016 when he performed a supporting function within the star-studded drama Hwarang: The Poet Warrior Early life—the tale of ways the Hwarang, an elite staff of warriors within the Kingdom of Silla within the sixth century CE, was once shaped. You’ll catch the Okay-Drama on Netflix.
Taehyung was once one of the vital youngest other folks within the solid and he has shaped a famously sturdy friendship together with his “Hwarang hyungs”—one thing that the remainder of BTS has jokingly at all times been very jealous of. Such a Hwarang hyungs is some other idol/actor, Choi Minho—the primary rapper and visible of the liked second-generation boy staff SHINee.
Lee Dongmin (Cha Eunwoo, ASTRO)
Lee Dongmin is a lot more well known via his degree identify, Cha Eunwoo, with which he debuted in 2016 because the vocalist, visible, and face of the gang Astro. Whilst his debut as an actor technically took place sooner than that, with the 2014 film My Sensible Existence, his breakout arrived when he was once solid because the male lead within the 2018 drama Gangnam Attractiveness—which noticed his recognition skyrocket right away after it first aired.
His filmography incorporates round ten titles between motion pictures and dramas, and also you unquestionably can’t leave out the duration piece Rookie Historian Goo Hae-Ryung —which you’ll be able to catch on Netflix—and particularly the blockbuster fashionable romance True Attractiveness. An adaptation of the webtoon of the similar identify, it was once THE drama of 2020—you’ll be able to circulate it on Viki and make a decision which one of the vital two male leads you’re rooting for.
Park Jinyoung (Jinyoung, GOT7)
Final, however in no way least, there’s Park Jinyoung—referred to as Jinyoung, the middle and face of the gang of GOT7. He in truth debuted as an actor first—in 2011, with the drama Dream Top 2—after which as an idol—in 2014, with the EP Were given It?.
Jinyoung has had, and continues to have, an excessively a success occupation as a member of GOT7—even now that the gang has jointly left its debut corporate, JYP Leisure—and he’s additionally starred more than one Okay-Dramas. A number of the titles in his discography, unquestionably take a look at the much-beloved myth romance The Legend of the Blue Sea and mental romance Yumi’s Cells—you’ll be able to to find the previous on Viki and the latter on Netflix.
Who would you upload to this checklist? And what’s your favourite Okay-Drama starring a Okay-Pop idol?
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