Idols with balanced visual, dance and singing skills have earned the title of “all-round entertainer” and are roaming through broadcasters.
Idols who go beyond the stage to enter dramas and movies to show off their talents are being produced in large numbers every year. They not only won fans’ hearts by presenting splendid performances, but also entertained viewers’ eyes and ears by showing great acting. Among them, there are idols-turned-actors who proved their unrivaled acting skills, established themselves as actors and won awards at awards ceremonies.
Let’s meet 6 idols-turned-actors who are the perfect “all-rounders”.
1. Lee Jun-ho
2PM Lee Jun-ho, who gained immense popularity with the song “My House” released in 2015, is the first runner. Lee Jun-ho gained huge popularity by performing both comical and reticent acting in SBS’s “Good Manager” (2017).
He also played the role of King Jeongjo in MBC’s drama “The Red Sleeve” last year. For this work, he won “Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries” at MBC Drama Awards 2021.
2. Im Si-wan
ZE:A Im Si-wan showed off his brilliant acting skills by appearing in MBC’s “Moon Embracing the Sun” in 2012 as young Heo-yeom. Im Si-wan won “Best New Actor” at MBC Drama Awards for the drama “Triangle” (2014).
Since then, he has appeared in various dramas and movies and has been reborn as a “trustworthy actor”. After winning many other awards, he is currently playing the role of Hwang Dong-joo, a former accountant who is now the head of the National Tax Service’s Central Branch Tax Bureau, in MBC’s “Tracer“.
SF9 Rowoon has also succeeded as both an idol and an actor. Even during his idol activities, he was loved for his superior height of over 190cm and unrivaled visuals.
Rowoon, who played Haru in MBC’s “Extraordinary You” (2019), won “Best New Actor” for his work. He is currently playing the lead role in MBC’s drama “Tomorrow” alongside Kim Hee-sun, showing an overwhelming performance.
4. Jung Soo-jung (Krystal)
Jung Soo-jung, a member of girl group f(x), succeeded in making an amazing transformation from an idol to an actress. She made her face known through several famous dramas, such as MBC’s “High Kick”, SBS’s “The Heirs”, etc., and have shown impressive acting.
Jung Soo-jung won Best New Actress at the SBS Drama Awards last year for the drama “Police University”. She is currently starring in KBS’s TV series “Crazy Love” together with Kim Jae-wook and showing her outstanding acting skills.
5. Jung Eun-ji
Apink’s Jung Eun-ji has gained huge popularity ever since her debut with her excellent singing ability as the main vocalist of the group. Jung Eun-ji starred in tvN’s drama “Reply 1997” in 2012 and impressed the public with her acting skills.
She began her splendid career as an actress after winning Best New Actress in the TV series category at the 49th Baeksang Arts Awards in 2013.
In tvN’s drama “Work Later, Drink Now”, which recently ended, Jung Eun-ji played the role of Kang Ji-goo.
6. Im Yoon-ah
Yoona, the “forever center” of girl group Girls’ Generation, is the last idol mentioned in this list.Yoona won Best New Actress at the KBS Drama Awards in 2008 for her great performance in KBS2’s “You Are My Destiny”. Since then, she has accumulated solid filmography and has portrayed various characters in different movies and dramas.
Yoona has been so active in acting as she appeared in quite a few movies, including “Miracle” and “Happy New Year”, last year.