6 Male celebrities who debuted unintentionally after being “street casted” and became exceptionally wealthy 

Below are 6 Korean stars who were casted while walking down the street thanks to their superior looks. 

Thanks to their outstanding visuals, these Kpop idols and actors attracted the eyes of entertainment companies while just walking on the street. 

In fact, they did not even dream of becoming celebrities before being casted, but became curious after receiving offers from agencies. 

1. ASTRO Cha Eunwoo

Cha eun-woo

While appearing on the JTBC TV program “Knowing Bros” in 2021, idol-actor Cha Eun Woo revealed that he had no interest in the entertainment industry, but caught the eyes of streetcaster. The male idol was also a model student who always achieved good grades. 

Hearing these revelations, everyone on the show was surprised that as handsome as he is, Cha Eun Woo never dreamed of becoming a celebrity. 

Cha Eun-woo

Now highly successful in both his idol and acting careers, Cha Eun Woo proves he’s “young and rich”, having recently purchased a penthouse in Cheongdam-dong, worth 4.9 billion won in cash last year. 

2. SEVENTEEN Mingyu 

Mingyu, who is well-known as a visuals within Kpop boy group SEVENTEEN, also became a trainee at Pledis Entertainment through street casting. 


According to Mingyu, he didn’t originally dream of becoming a singer, but after becoming a trainee, he finds performing on stage fun. 

Now, Mingyu has become an influential name, attracting attention from luxury brands such as Prada, Burberry, and Versace. 

3. EXO Sehun 

EXO Sehun

The youngest member of EXO, Sehun, said on several broadcasts that he was cast while eating tteokbokki (Korean rice cake) when he was in 6th grade of elementary school. 

At the time, the male idol never thought of entering the entertainment industry, but he had a talent for dancing, and is now EXO’s main dancer. 

EXO Sehun

In 2019, he bought a building near a station in Sangdo-dong, Dongjak-gu, Seoul for 3.3 billion won. 

4. Actor Kang Dongwon 

In 2018, Kang Dong Won confessed on the MBC FM4U radio show “Bae Chul Soo’s Music Camp” that he did not dream of becoming an actor at first. 

However, after coming to Seoul, he was casted on the street and eventually debuted as a model, before moving on to acting. 

Kang Dong won

Kang Dong Won, who boasts a spectacular appearance and perfect physique, has since become one of Korea’s top stars, with numerous hit acting projects. 

5. Super Junior Choi Siwon

Back in April, idol-actor Choi Siwon appeared on KBS2’s “AM Plaza”, where he revealed he was casted on the street in his first year of high school. 


With his outstanding talents and visuals, SM Entertainment recognized Siwon’s star quality despite his short training period. 

Now, Choi Siwon is active as an actor and member of Kpop group Super Junior, making huge profits throughout his career. Even the other members of Super Junior shared that they cannot keep up with Siwon’s wealth 

6. NCT Taeyong 


Taeyong also became a trainee after being street-casted by an SM Entertainment employee. 

The male idol shared on several broadcasts that he was so ignorant of the entertainment industry that he thought SM Entertainment was a broadcasting station like KBS, SBS, and MBC. 

nct taeyong

Taeyong’s group NCT has been receiving great love from both domestic and international fans, selling millions of copies for their albums. 

Source: insight

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