Not all idols made their first screen debut on a music stage, they started off on screen as child actors.
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”.
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.
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.
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.
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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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!
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”
2. EXO’s Xiumin – “Xiumin Theater”
“SeonDal: The Man Who Sells the River”
3. EXO’s Suho – “Kim JoonMyung Theater”
4. GOT7’s JinYoung – “Park JinYoung Theater”
“A Stray Goat”
5. ZE:A’s Im SiWan – “Im SiWan Theater”
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December 13, 2016
Ranking: Best Male K-Pop Idols Turned Actor of 2016
So many K-Pop heartthrobs tried their hands in acting this year and captivated our eyes, ears and hearts. But who ranked as the most talented male idol-turned-actor of 2016?
Recently on a netizen portal, a poll was taken to see which male K-Pop idol turned actor had the best performance in 2016. With some idols taking their first steps as actors and some marking their best viewer ratings in their career yet, 2016 was full of some of the most talked-about acting performances. Find out which idol-actor ranked where on this netizen-held poll!
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Here’s the top 5 best male K-Pop idols turned actors of 2016.
5th – EXO’s BaekHyun
9.6% (1,195 votes)
“Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo”
4th – SHINee’s Key
10.0% (1,247 votes)
3rd – 2PM’s JunHo
17.1% (2,128 votes)
2nd – B1A4’s JinYoung
18.0% (2,251 votes)
“Moonlight Drawn By Clouds”
1st – 2PM’s TaecYeon
26.0% (3,242 votes)
“Let’s Fight Ghost”