It is not a simple task to turn one’s desire to be a K-pop idol into a reality. It requires a lot of hard work in a relatively short amount of time. Even after they have finished training and made their debut, they still have to give it their all if they want to do well in their profession.
These idols are mentally robust people who can handle the challenges they face. They are encouraged to look into other areas of interest rather than give up entirely. Some of them host music programmes or variety shows; others compose music or make albums; and still others are working on developing their acting skills.
The lineups of the K-pop groups that are listed below all feature members who have also dabbled in other disciplines, including acting. They have demonstrated their amazing talents by acting in a wide variety of roles in different types of dramas and films.
1. Girl’s Day
Girl’s Day is a girl group that was created in the year 2010 by Dream T Entertainment. At the beginning, the band was comprised of five individuals: Sojin, Minah, Jiin, Jisun, and Jihae. Hyeri and Yura joined the group not long after their debut, taking the places of Jiin, Jisun, and Jihae, who had left the group.
They did not issue a statement of disbandment; nonetheless, they did not renew their contract with Dream T Entertainment and instead joined a variety of new agencies in January of 2019. At this point, it looks like the four are putting their efforts into their own acting careers.
They have several acting ventures lined up for the year 2022. Moonshine, the drama series in which Hyeri appeared, came to an end in February. Sojin was the main star of the dramas Shooting Stars and Alchemy of Souls, as well as the movie When Spring Comes.
Yura was a cast member in the dramatic productions Now, We Are Breaking Up and Forecasting Love and Weather. During that time, Minah starred in the fantasy drama Delivery Man alongside Yoon Chan Young and Kim Min Seok.
Only Taeyeon, Sunny, and Hyoyeon did not branch out into the world of acting during their time as members of SNSD. They have only made brief appearances in a handful of different dramas.
In the meantime, the remaining five members are making more and more appearances in various films and television shows. They are all working on acting projects that will premiere in 2022.
In the drama “The Youngest Son of a Conglomerate,” in which Song Joong Ki is starring, Tiffany will also play a role. In the drama “Good Job,” Yuri and Jung Il Woo appeared together again. In the continuing drama “If You Wish Upon Me,” Sooyoung looked really stunning in her role as a bubbly nurse.
Yoona, a visual, is currently all anybody can speak about as a result of her performance in the drama Big Mouth, in which she plays the role of a strong nurse who devotedly supports her husband. In addition to that, she has a role in the upcoming film Confidential Assignment 2: International, which is set to hit theatres on September 7.
The maknae of the group, Seohyun, is just as productive as the rest of the members. She has had starring roles in the films Love and Leashes and Holy Night: Demon Hunters, as well as the dramas Jinxed at First and Song of the Bandits.
CNBLUE is one of the bands whose members have all experimented with acting at some point in their careers. This year sees the release of the television drama Shooting Stars, which stars Lee Jung Shin alongside Kim Young Dae and Lee Sung Kyung.
It’s You Without an End and Brain Cooperation are the names of two upcoming dramas that star Jung Yong Hwa. Kang Min Hyuk is eager to test his chemistry with Park Gyu Young in the upcoming drama “Celebrity,” which will soon be available on Netflix. Kang Min Hyuk is also prepared to do so.
AOA made their debut with eight members to begin with. However, for a variety of reasons, members of the group started leaving one by one, until there were now only three of them left: Seolhyun, Chanmi, and Hyejeong.
Seolhyun is the member of the group who most frequently takes on the role of the drama’s protagonist. Awaken (2020-2021), The Killer’s Shopping List, and Call it in Orange Marmalade, both came out in 2015, while 2019 saw the release of My Country: The New Age (2022).
Both “A Different Girl” (2021) and “Refresh” starred Chanmi as a character she played (2022). In the movie “From Today’s Choir,” Hyejeong eventually ends up working as a substitute teacher (2022).
Exo Next Door is the name of a web series that premiered in 2015 and starred each individual member of EXO. However, Chanyeol, D.O., Sehun, and Baekhyun were the only members of the cast to be cast in main roles. while the rest of them had supporting roles in the production.
Additionally, each of them is working on their own separate acting projects. Xiumin appeared in both the comedy Seondal: The Man Who Sells the River (2016) and the tragicomedy Falling for Challenge (2016). Suho has portrayed the main character in a total of three different movies and three different dramas.
No More Bets and Unexpected Love, two brand-new movies starring Lay, are about to hit theatres very soon. In the year 2021, the film The Box marked Chanyeol’s return to the public eye. Another project in which Baekhyun took part was Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo.
Choco Bank (2016) and Andante both starred Kai as the main protagonist, and he was Andante (2017). The television show Bad Prosecutor featured D.O. in the role of an odd prosecutor (2022). Last but not least, there’s Sehun, who appears in The Pirates: The Last Royal Treasure alongside Han Hyo Joo and Kang Ha Neul (2022).
Twenty-two thousand twenty-three was a hectic year for ASTRO. In both Korea and Japan, they participated in fan meetups, made comebacks, and performed concerts. All of the members want to act in addition to keeping up with their idol careers.
Soon after, Cha Eunwoo made his return to acting in the film Decibel, and he is getting ready to play the role of a priest in the upcoming drama Island. In the drama Crazy Love, Sanha plays the role of the younger brother of Krystal Jung (2022). It was decided that Rocky would play the lead role in the drama “Broke Rookie Star” (2022).
Since leaving ASTRO, Moonbin has even made his first appearance in front of the camera. In the drama Boys Before Flowers, he played the role of the younger Kim Bum (2009). The lead dancer of the ensemble was also a cast member in the play At Eighteen, playing the role of a gay student (2019).
In the film Find Me If You Can, MJ ends their relationship with Park Bo Yeon (2021). In addition, all of the members have roles in the fantasy plays To Be Continued (2015) and Soul Plate (2019).
A number of the bands on the aforementioned list have been on indefinite break for several years. As a direct consequence of this, some individuals are familiar with them in their capacities as actors or actresses. For example, when SNSD came back to the music scene after a five-year break, many people said they were surprised because they didn’t think the girl group would be made up of so many actors.
The ultimate ambition of K-pop superstars is not to establish themselves as solo artists after making a successful debut with their group. They are constantly interested in bettering themselves by taking on new tasks. Because of this, it shouldn’t be a big surprise when we see famous actors or actresses in plays or movies.
This is precisely what occurred with the members of the K-pop groups listed below. The bulk of the members have also expanded their horizons by delving into the world of performance, in addition to participating in group activities and being active individually.
The members of 2PM, who have been performing together since 2008, are currently exploring a new career path through acting. Taecyeon and Junho are two actors who have frequently taken on the role of the protagonist in many dramas. Additionally, each of them has starred in anything from ten to twelve different acting productions.
Chansung is frequently seen in dramas, despite the fact that he has never been cast in the role of the principal protagonist. Among these are the upcoming films So I Married an Anti-Fan (2021) and Show Window: The Queen’s House (2021), in addition to the Japanese television drama Kait Royale (2011).
Not only that, but the Thai member, Nichkhun, has also experimented with the Korean and Chinese film industries, in addition to the film industry in his own nation. Even Wooyoung is not forgotten about here. His first role was in the drama Dream High (2011), which also marked his first collaboration with IU.
2AM is a boy band consisting of four members that made their debut in 2008. After a break of seven years, they made their most recent appearance on the music scene with the publication of an extended play on November 1, 2021, titled Ballad 21 F/W.
It is common knowledge that three people in this group are involved in the acting industry. Both of the Korean dramas, All My Love (2010) and The Queen of Office (2013), starred Jo Kwon as the main character. Andante of Love will serve as the vehicle for Seulong’s return to the limelight. In addition, Jinwoon is prepared to give strong performances in the four upcoming flicks.
Rowoon is a member of SF9 who appears as a main cast member in a number of Korean dramas. The titles of the dramas in the series are Extraordinary You (2019), She Would Never Know (2021), The King’s Affection (2021) and Tomorrow (2022). Tomorrow is the most recent one.
Chani, another member of the group, has been performing since she was 9 years old. In the year 2022, he made his comeback with the drama Miracle, which he starred in alongside his longtime collaborator Hwiyoung. In the same year, he also portrayed a prince in the drama Umbrella.
In the 2021 web drama Part Time Mello, Dawon portrayed the role of a worker who has a second job. In the drama Heartbeat Broadcasting Accident, Zuho is caught up in a love triangle with two other characters (2021). Next up is Jaeyoon, who can be seen in the drama Love in a Black Hole (2021).
YG Entertainment’s first attempt at producing a boy band, WINNER, made their debut on August 17, 2014. They just recently published their fourth extended play on June 20, 2022, and it is titled Holiday.
Hoony is the only member of the group who has not yet worked in the theatre or movie industries. The others all have at least some experience in these fields. Yoon, the head of the group, has appeared on a number of well-known television shows, including Prison Playbook (2017–2018), Kairos (2020), and Voice 4. (2021).
In the movie Seoul Vibe (2022), in which he plays the role of the leader of a group of racers, Mino makes his acting debut. He worked alongside Yoo Ah In, Go Kyung Pyo, and Ong Seong Wu in several productions. And last but not least, there is Jinu, who has appeared in the dramas Love for a Thousand More (2016), Magic Cellphone (2016), and Delivery Man (2016). (2022).
Jinyoung and Baro both left B1A4 in November of 2018, leaving the group with only three members. Acting was another area of attention for the two celebrities. It has been revealed that Song Kang will be joining Jinyoung in the cast of Sweet Home 2 and 3, and that Jinyoung will make her return in the film Summer Vacation. In addition, Baro will soon be seen in the upcoming films Fearsome and The Pinwheel.
Gongchan and CNU also have their own acting ventures in addition to their continuing roles as members of a band that is still functioning. Both the upcoming film Mr. Boss (2020) and the drama Unintentional Love Story (2022) feature Gongchan in starring roles. In the anthology series Find the First Prize on TVN, CNU is working hard to achieve his goal of becoming a public servant (2022).
We discover from the gods in the sky that it is not necessary for humans to specialise in just one area of labour. As long as there is a willingness and a tenacity to put in a lot of effort, we can also become proficient in other abilities. What are your thoughts?