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5 K-Pop Idols Who Started Off as Child Actors Before Debuting

Not all idols made their first screen debut on a music stage, they started off on screen as child actors.

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We usually aren’t introduced to K-Pop idols until they make their official debut on stage, but theses 5 musicians were first seen on television through dramas and movies. Before they made their debut as idols, they already had a foot in the door of the entertainment industry as actors – whether small children or teen.

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It honestly works in their favor, because they can go right back into it during or after their career as K-Pop idols!

 

1. B1A4’s JinYoung

Before he decided to become an idol, JinYoung did everything he can to become a celebrity. He started off as an extra on set, then continued with smaller roles until he debuted as a member of B1A4 in 2011. Even after his debut, JinYoung’s been growing as an actor – his most renown role was in “Moonlight Drawn by Clouds”.

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2. FT Island’s HongGi

HongGi is probably the K-Pop idol with the most extensive pre-debut filmography. HongGi featured in 2002’s children drama on KBS 2TV. Since then, he debuted in 2007 as the lead singer of FT Island, and continued to star in major dramas, such as “You Are Beautiful” after his debut.

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3. CNBlue’s Jung YongHwa

Jung YongHwa made his debut as an actor before joining CNBlue as an artist. He debuted as a co-star to his labelmate, HongGi, in “You Are Beautiful”. The drama aired in 2009, and YongHwa debuted as the main vocalist of CNBlue in 2010.

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4. Shinhwa’s Kim DongWan

Kim DongWan was an actor before debuting as a member of Shinhwa in 1998. In 1997, he featured on the drama called “Mountain”. To this day, Kim DongWan juggles being a K-Pop idol and an actor in dramas and movies.

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5. SF9’s ChaNi

ChaNi debuted in 2011 in a MBC drama when he just a young kid. He continued to act, even appearing in the hit drama “Signal”, before debuting as a member of SF9 in 2016.

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7 Korean Actors Who Rose to Fame Thanks to Crazy Perm Hairstyles

Apparently the key to their success was very curly perm hairstyles.

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Actors continue to fight and work hard in order to find their breakthrough dramas. These 7 stars were either rookies or barely known actors before, but after their super curly hairstyles – they found fame and success.

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Check out which drama roles helped these stars shine brightly as they do today.

 

1. Hwang JungEum x “She Was Pretty”

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2. Kim YooBin x “Hooray for Love”

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3. Oh YeonSeo x “Jang BoRi is Here!”

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4. Oh JiHo x “Queen of the Office”

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5. Lee MinHo x “Boys Over Flower”

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6. HyunWoo x “Pasta”

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7. Ji Sung x “Protect the Boss”

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5 K-Pop Idol-Actors Who Received Their Own Movie Theaters From Fans

5 lucky K-Pop idols received a special gift from their loyal fans as a celebration for their acting careers – a movie theater named after them!

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When K-Pop idols turn into actors for their big screen debut, their fans want to support them with all that they can. What better way to celebrate their success by re-naming a movie theater room after the idol! The fans pay for a specific movie theater room to be re-named after their idol for a specific amount of promotional period. So when people reserve tickets for the movie at the specific room, the room name is printed as the idol’s name! It’s a special opportunity for fans to meet other devoted fans and for the idols to cherish a very special moment in their careers.

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Which 5 lucky idol-actors received their very own movie theater room?

 

1. EXO’s D.O – “Do KyungSoo Theater”

“My Annoying Brother” & “Pure Love”

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2. EXO’s Xiumin – “Xiumin Theater”

“SeonDal: The Man Who Sells the River”

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3. EXO’s Suho – “Kim JoonMyung Theater”

“Glory Day”

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4. GOT7’s JinYoung – “Park JinYoung Theater”

“A Stray Goat”

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5. ZE:A’s Im SiWan – “Im SiWan Theater”

“One Line”

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Chart 10 Wednesday: Pre-Debut Part Time Jobs by Busy Bee Celebs

These busy bee Korean celebrities worked their butts off at part time jobs before they were given a chance to debut.

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The road to stardom is hardly a road full of flowers. You must go through extensive training for over years, while living off of little to no pay. In order to pursue their dreams, many Korean celebrities started off at the bottom of the food chain – part time workers (aka. alba).

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You probably never knew these 10 stars went through so much before they made their first step towards the stardom status.

 

10th – Ken of VIXX

Before his debut, Ken worked at a hamburger join for over 9 months. He was so famous that girls came to eat at the restaurant just to see him. They say that on his last day, the restaurant was flooded with his fans… this was all before his debut!

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9th – Jung WooSung

Can you even imagine this Adonis statue working part time that doesn’t involve the luxury life? Jung WooSung worked at a cafe before his debut, and just his presence brought in a ton of female customers.

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8th – YuJeong of Brave Girls

YuJeong worked at a cafe before her debut. Four years ago, she even met the original members of Brave Girls while working at the cafe. Who knew that she would debut as a Brave Girls herself?

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7th – ChoA of AOA

ChoA was a busy bee not just as the leader of AOA, but even before she knew of her AOA fate. She recently revealed that she raised over 5 million won a month while working as a part time employee at a tele-marketing company.

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6th – WooHyun of INFINITE

He may look like he was born with a silver spoon, but WooHyun worked hard for his chance to debut. He even applied for a motorcycle license so that he can work part time as a delivery boy for a Chinese restaurant. He also worked as a model for a small shopping mall.

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5th – HyeRin of EXID

HyeRin even worked part-time after her debut. When she first debuted with EXID, the group was doing terribly. In order to help her members, she secretly started working part time at an ice cream store. When SolJi heard of this secret years later, she cried for her younger member’s devotion to the team.

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4th – SECRET’s HyoSung

HyoSung worked at a coffee shop, ice cream shop, and a jjajangmyun restaurant. She said she was popular among the customers while working at a cafe.

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3rd – Kim TaeRi

Before she made her name known through the movie “Handmaiden”, Kim TaeRi did multiple part time jobs, such as at a fast food joint, cafe, convenience store and more. She used to sell soy milk at markets, when a cafe owner asked her to come work as a barista thanks to her good looks. She also modeled for a Samsung ad for Kim Yuna.

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2nd – Ryu JunYeol

The trendy star started off working as a delivery boy, catering server, convenience store clerk, waiter at a Korean BBQ place, package deliverer and more. His most memorable job was working at a goods store at a SHINee concert!

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1st – SoJin of Girl’s Day

SoJin tops our list mainly because she’s the iconic part-time experienced idol that comes to mind first. In order to financially support her dream to become a singer, she would practice during the day and work two part times at night. She worked everywhere from bars to tele-marketing companies. She says the most difficult job was putting stickers on socks. She worked so hard that she even fainted from the lack of nutrition and rest.

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Chart 10 Wednesday: K-Pop Idol Trainees Who Rose to Fame Pre-Debut

It’s never too early to gain a massive fandom for yourself – even before you officially debut into the K-Pop scene!

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We’ve been seeing a lot of survival audition and debut programs like “Produce 101” and “Kpop Star 6”. With the massive popularity that these shows bring in, the participating trainees of various labels are garnering a large amount of love and fame even before they set foot on their official debut stage!

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This week, we take a look at 10 K-Pop idol trainees who’ve yet to officially debut, but have risen to massive fame!

 

10th – Han Byul

She may just be a tiny elementary schooler, but she’s got the talent and heart that matches any K-Pop idol out there. Han Byul is a fan favorite among “Kpop Star 6”, as she stole the hearts of JYP, YG and Yoo HeeYeol with her talent that makes everyone rethink her age.

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9th – Jung KiSeok

Jung JiSeok is one of the most famous JYP trainees. When he participated in “Boys 24”, fans recognized him as the trainee who had been under JYP’s training system for over a year and a half. Although he had failed to make it onto Boys 24’s final lineup, fans are patiently awaiting JYP news of his official debut.

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8th – Jeon SoYeon

We saw this familiar face in both “Produce 101” and “Unpretty Rapstar 3”! Jeon SoYeon wowed the viewers on both shows with her unique persona and rapping skills. She’s currently signed under Cube Entertainment, and rumors have it that she’s preparing her official debut. Will she be a soloist or a girl group member? We’ll just have to wait and find out!

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7th – Krisha Chu

Krisha Chu is a trainee under Urban Works Entertainment, but she only recently gained fame through “Kpop Star 6”. With her stunning visuals and outstanding dance abilities, she won the hearts of not just the public, but the undivided attention from JYP and YG! She’s currently been cast into YG Entertainment on the show, and fans patiently await her official debut.

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6th – Lee HaeJoon

HaeJoon was first relatively famous among trainee-fans from his 1 year of training in LOEN Entertainment and another year in Woollim Entertainment. He made his screen debut on Mnet “Boys 24”, where he won over more fans through his heart warming guitar performance. He won a place into the final lineup of trainees, and is currently promoting as Boys 24 as a pre-debut-trainee-who-kind-of-debuted-but-didn’t.

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5th – Jeon MinJoo

Jeon MinJoo initially debuted before as a part of The Ark. The team fell apart, leaving her to return back as a trainee. She recently auditioned for “Kpop Star 6”, where she has been making strides and creating fans left and right. Her beautiful visuals, solid talent and her undying support for her fellow contestants places her 5th on our famous trainee list!

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4th – Shannon

Shannon is also an idol-trainee who had debuted before. She debuted in 2014 as a soloist under Core Contents Media (now known as MBK Entertainment). Her success didn’t meet the expectations, so she’s currently a trainee. As a last hope, she entered the “Kpop Star 6” ring, and it seems to be paying off. With a combination of her past-debut fans and her new fans, Shannon will surely make a lasting impression as a trainee and debut idol!

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3rd – Kim ChungHa

This dancing queen own the stage wherever she goes, but she is still considered a trainee! Now that I.O.I is over, she’s training hard under M&H Entertainment for her solo debut. With superb vocal talents and an unmatched dancing ability, we don’t doubt that ChungHa’s fame will go above and beyond her current fame status as a trainee.

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2nd – Choi YooJung & Kim DoYeon

I.O.I’s forever-sisters Choi YooJung and Kim DoYeon have yet to debut, but pull in a massive amount of followers and fans. The pair are scheduled to debut sometime this year as the trainee group Fantagio Girls. Although their exact official debut date hasn’t been set, their fandom from I.O.I brought the upcoming Fantagio Girls a lot of love and attention!

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1st – Jeon SoMi

Without a doubt, the most famous pre-debut trainee is SoMi of I.O.I. Surprised? She actually has yet to officially debut as an idol. Many mistake her as a debuted artist, because of her fame from “SIXTEEN”, “Produce 101”, I.O.I, “Unnies’ Slam Dunk 2”, concerts and more. However, she’s still considered a trainee under JYP Entertainment, and will be continuing her training to officially debut – as a girl group or soloist! As she continues to train, she will continue her broadcast appearances.

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