IVE’s Jang Wonyoung has risen to the top spot for the most anticipated idol actor.
Many K-drama scripts are directed towards IVE’s Jang Wonyoung, the hottest 4th gen female idol in Korea at the moment. Although she has no acting experience, many producers set out to cast her in their works, saying that they are willing to take the risk.
One of the strengths of idol-turned actors is their level of buzz and popularity. Jang Wonyoung has established herself as an icon in IVE. There is even a so-called “Jang Wonyoung” filter on SNS such as Instagram and TikTok when taking photos to make users look like Jang Wonyoung, which is drawing attention. Since Jang Wonyoung has this level of popularity and attention, K-drama production crews are sending her love calls, asking, “Won’t she try acting once?”
A drama production official said, “Jang Wonyoung is now the advertising model for the telecommunication company that made Seolhyun an icon. This speaks well of Jang Wonyoung’s popularity and stardom. If we cast Jang Wonyoung, the drama is set to gain much attention.”
Jang Wonyoung also has acting potential. Although she has a strong image as an idol, drama production officials evaluate that she has what it takes to transform into an actress.
A production official said, “Young characters or those with a luxurious princess image fit well with Jang Wonyoung. Although she has no acting experience, I think she can pull it off without difficulty because the image fits well. Some writers have Jang Wonyoung in mind from the beginning when they wrote the scripts.”
However, it is difficult to see Jang Wonyoung act in the near future. It is because of her busy schedules with IVE activities and various commercial shoots.
Another drama production official said, “As overseas activities, which were blocked due to the COVID-19 pandemic, have now resumed, it will be difficult for Jang Wonyoung to engage in activities other than IVE promotions for the next two years. Nevertheless, Jang Wonyoung is still the number one choice for various drama writers and directors.”