7 Korean Actors Who Started Out As K-Pop Idols – Plus The Dramas They Appeared In
1. IU (Lee Ji-Eun)
In a sea of K-pop girl groups and boy groups, Lee Ji-eun “IU” is a solo singing sensation. The 27-year-old singer-songwriter’s latest album “Love Poem” was a big hit, with two of its tracks reaching number one on the music charts. Her genius also shines in the dramas she has starred in, such as The Producers and Hotel Del Luna.
2. Cha Eun Woo
Cha Eun-Woo made his acting debut in 2015, followed by his debut as a member of male idol group ASTRO in 2016. He is well recognized for his endearing roles in Rookie Historian Goo Hae-ryung and My ID. is Gangnam Beauty. Fun fact: when he was in elementary school, he traveled to the Philippines, and some fans rejoice that they are destined to meet him.
3. BLACKPINK’s Jisoo
BLACKPINK was the first K-pop girl group to perform at Coachella, and now they’re working with Selena Gomez on a new song. With the group’s popularity skyrocketing, Jisoo, the group’s lead singer, has been confirmed to star (for the first time!) in the upcoming drama Snowdrop, which will be created by the amazing minds of SKY Castle.
4. Bae Suzy
Bae Suzy is one of South Korea’s most sought-after Hallyu stars, dubbed “the nation’s first love.” The 25-year-old actress is best known for her roles in the movies Uncontrollably Affection and While You Were Sleeping. “Startup,” her upcoming K-drama, will premiere in October 2020. She was the lead singer and face of girl group Miss A before acting.
5. Park Hyung Sik
If you are looking for someone who can make you laugh, Park Hyung-Sik is the man for you. Not only is he attractive and brilliant, but his roles in Strong Woman Do-Bong Soon and Suits demonstrate his wit and humor. The 28-year-old multi-award-winning actor is also a member of the boy band’s vocalist and visual director. ZE: A.
6. Sandara Park
Sandara, now known as “Dara”, is a successful singer, actress and host in South Korea after winning ABS-Star CBN’s Circle Quest. She rose to fame as the lead singer of K-pop girl group 2NE1 and has since appeared in a number of Korean web dramas as well as cameos on popular TV shows such as My Love From the Star and Happy Ending Once. Again.
7. Kwon Nara
Not only did she capture the hearts of many viewers with just one look, but she also killed them in her acting roles in Suspicious Partner, Doctor Prisoner, and My Minister. She had dyed blonde hair when she was the lead singer of K-pop girl group Hello Venus!
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