Being able to sing and dance is part of the package of becoming an K-pop star, but when you can act on top of it all, consider us sold. With more and more idols taking the leap of faith into acting, we take a look at the recent crop of young triple-threats poised to become the next big things in K-drama land.
Kim Se Jeong (Gugudan), School 2017
It’s been a busy year for the former I.O.I sweetheart, lending her mellow vocals for The Legend of the Blue Seas OST, displaying her emceeing skills on Get It Beauty, etc. But fans will have more to look forward to come July, as Kim Se Jeong is set to make her K-drama debut on School 2017 alongside fellow idol peers SF9’s Rowoon and former SECRET member Sunhwa. Although the Gugudan member has made cameos in the past, we’ve yet to see much of her acting capabilities so here’s hoping her upcoming role will be a promising one!
School 2017 premieres on 7 July.
Jung Chae Yeon (DIA), Reunited Worlds
Like her I.O.I counterpart, Jung Chae Yeon has been fleshing out her acting portfolio since her Produce 101 fame, having flaunted her acting chops with a debut role in Drinking Solo as well as a leading stint in web drama 109 Strange Things. Making her small screen comeback in upcoming supernatural drama Reunited Worlds, the trending darling will be playing the younger version of the lead heroine (Lee Yeon Hee). And it doesn’t hurt that it stars an eye-candy male cast featuring Yeo Jin Goo and Ahn Jae Hyun – all the more reason to watch it!
Reunited Worlds premieres on 19 July.
Cha Eun Woo (Astro), The Best Hit
Heartthrob alert! While we’ve seen the ASTRO hottie in web dramas To Be Continued and My Romantic Some Recipe, The Best Hit marks his first ever foray into the small screen – and there’s just something about his bad-boy character (who has an odd penchant for cringey dad jokes) that charms the socks off viewers. Fun fact: Cha Eun Woo plays the role of fictional Hallyu star MJ, which is actually another ASTRO member’s stage moniker!
Bonus: Watch Cha Eun Woo and Kim Se Jeong being all romantic with each other on their recent CF together! If you didn’t know better, you’d have totally thought this was a K-drama – and hey, this is one pairing we can definitely get behind.
Key (SHINee), The Guardians
Singer, variety diva, fashion muse and now budding actor… is there anything Key can’t do? After a supporting stint alongside co-star Jung Chae Yeon in Drinking Solo, the talented idol lands another starring role in ongoing thriller drama The Guardians where he plays a genius hacker in a team of justice-fuelled vigilantes. Psst, the SHINee member also gets his very own love line with Kim Seul Gi’s character – bring on the LAN cable chemistry!
Gong Myung (5urprise), Bride of the Water God
While his Fantagio labelmate and fellow 5urprise member Seo Kang Joon has been dominating the scene, the 23-year-old is finally taking his turn in the spotlight with a solid repertoire of small and big screen works, including the much-anticipated remake of Bride of the Water God. Taking on the role of wind god Bi Ryum who harbours a one-sided crush on water goddess Moo Ra (Krystal Jung), we can’t wait to see how this unrequited romance will unfold!
Which idol-turned-actor are you looking forward to the most? Comment down below!
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