KPop Idols to KDrama Queens and Kings: From Singing and Dancing to Daebak Acting!


Have you ever wondered what it would be like to have everything? Possesses beautiful appearance, decent manners, and talents—knows how to da...

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to have everything? Possesses beautiful appearance, decent manners, and talents—knows how to dance, sing, and act—everything a person would want to yearn and desire for!

We all know that these folks really exist—the "perfect ones" who leave you wondering if the cosmos has any favoritism. Or occasionally, they keep you questioning whether it is genetic. You then ask yourself,

"How do they manage to acquire such talent and nice looks?"

“Was it because of their skin care routine?”

“Was it a result of the food they were eating?”

“Or perhaps they inhale a different air?”

Well, we can not really do much about that as the majority of these "perfect" and "everything-possessing" individuals became the KPop Idols, whom we now truly adore. Our idols who have a profoundly significant impact on our life. They are the ones who keep us happy and sane. Everything they perform, whether it be music, dance, or drama, inspires us to live life to the fullest and succeed.

From singing and dancing to daebak acting, these soaring KPop Idols also became KDrama Queens and Kings! Here is a list of KPop idols who not only dominated the KPop world but also the KDrama universe:

IU / Lee Ji-eun

Courtesy of Ghana

Lee Ji-eun, better known as IU, made her music debut in 2008 with the release of her lead single, Lost Child. She was previously a trainee who worked incredibly hard to excel in South Korea's music industry.

Along with music, she began to work in South Korea's film industry, where her first drama, Dream High, which debuted in 2011 and starred her in a supporting role, quickly rose to fame. She originally participated in a variety show called "Heroes" before beginning the drama series.

In 2013, IU co-starred in the drama "You Are The Best" with Jo Jung-suk, and Yoo In-na, who was also IU's best friend. Then, in 2015, she co-starred in the romantic series "The Producers" with versatile actors Kim Soo-hyun, and Gong Hyo-jin.

In 2016, she had her first huge blockbuster drama series, "Scarlet Heart Ryeo," which has remained popular to this day. In 2018, IU starred in the intense drama series "My Mister." Furthermore, she starred in the popular drama series "Hotel de Luna" as well as the anthology series "Persona" in 2019.

Many of IU's songs, such as "Good Day," "Blueming," "eight," and "strawberry moon," topped the Billboard charts and became top trends in much of the world. Perhaps this is why people continue to play her music over and over again on their playlists. She genuinely did become extremely successful in the music industry largely owing to her relaxing, soothing voice, which makes anyone who hears her sing feel good. Aside from that, IU also proved that she was a one-of-a-kind actor through the popularity of her dramas, and her remarkable and exceptional acting skills.

Jisoo of BlackPink

Snowdrop (JTBC)

Who can resist Jisoo's outstanding performance in the historical and intense drama series "Snowdrop"? She can effortlessly stir your hearts, and her acting abilities will surprise you. She truly is the reigning KDrama queen in addition to being a KPop idol!

Together with Jennie, Rosé, and Lisa, Jisoo made her debut as a member of the girl group "Blackpink" in 2016. She began working as a trainee for an entertainment agency when she was only 16 years old.

Before joining Blackpink, she first began her acting career. She made a guest appearance in "The Producers," a romantic comedy drama series of IU. In the drama series "Snowdrop," starring Jung Hae-in, she played the lead for the first time. The series' tragic finale struck fans with heavy hearts.

Kim Sejeong of I.O.I and Gugudan

Business Proposal (SBS)

Kim Sejeong was one of the 10 competitors of the "Produce 101" survival competition who debuted the girl group I.O.I in 2016. Dream Girls was the name of I.O.I's first debut song. Kim Sejeong joined the group "Gugudan" in the same year and made her debut with them. She has a beautiful and heavenly voice, as anyone who has heard her sing would attest.

She began her career as an actress in 2017, co-starring with Kim Jung-hyun, Seol In-ah, and Jang Dong-yoon in the school-themed series School 2017. She played the series' lead role. She received the "Best Actress Award" for this series, proving that she not only has skill for singing and dancing but also for acting!

Following her major role in School 2017, she appeared in the film Galileo: Awakened Universe in 2018 and television series I Wanna Hear Your Song in 2019.

She rose to prominence and became one of South Korea's most appealing actors when she starred in the mystery genre series "The Uncanny Counter" in 2020, and in the romantic-comedy series Business Proposal in 2022, alongside Ahn Hyo-seop, Kim Min-kyu, and Seol In-ah. In the same year, she starred in Today's Webtoon, a coming-of-age tale, following several months of her popular series.

Sooyoung of Girls Generation

Run On (JTBC)

Girls' Generation, one of the original girl groups in South Korea, returned and made a spectacular comeback, ending years of waiting for the SONEs, Girls' Generation fandom. Sooyoung, one of the group's ninth members, not only excels in lead dancing, lead rapping, and supporting vocals, but also in acting!

She originally started acting in 2012 and received her first significant role in the drama series "The Third Hospital," where she showed her acting abilities. In the years that followed, she continued to act, appearing in a television series "My Spring Days" in 2014 and "Squad 38" in 2016.

In 2020, she also starred in the mystery thriller series "Tell Me What You Saw." And in 2020 and 2021, she was acknowledged for her acting abilities on hit series "Run On" and "So I Married An Anti-fan" — these two series are popular due to the storylines and acting abilities of the characters depicted by the actors.

In the current year, Sooyoung co-starred in the healing romantic drama series "If You Wish Upon Me" with Ji Chang-wook.

Seohyun of Girls' Generation

Love and Leashes (Netflix)

Along with singing and dancing, Girls' Generation's Seohyun began her career as an actress. She began her acting career in 2007 and the years that followed, playing supporting roles in dramas like Unstoppable Marriage and Madly in Love. Her girl group Girls' Generation made their debut during this time with the song Into The New World.

Seohyun appeared in a supporting role in the 2016 dramas Scarlet Heart Ryeo, an intense historical drama starring IU, and Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo, a romantic comedy starring Lee Sung Kyung and Nam Joo Hyuk. After that, in 2017, Seohyun starred in Ruby Ruby Love, a romantic comedy series. She also acted in the 2018 romantic comedy series Time as the series' star.

In the year 2020, Seohyun co-starred in a drama series called Private Lives alongside Go Kyung-pyo. She also portrayed a mature character in the 2022 film Love and Leashes. She starred in Jinxed At First, a fantasy-romance series, the same year she appeared in her most recent film.

D.O. / Do Kyung-soo of EXO

Bad Prosecutor (KBS)

EXO is one of South Korea's original KPop groups, and they had a huge influence on the country's entertainment industry. In addition to dominating the music charts with their popular songs and dancing moves, they also have members who are excellent actors.

Do Kyung-soo, better known by his stage name as D.O., joined the boy band EXO. EXO made their debut in 2012 with the song MAMA. The members of the group are Lay, Baekhyun, Chen, Chanyeol, Xiumin, Suho, D.O., Kai, and Sehun.

D.O. In 2014, he made his acting debut in the healing KDrama series It's Okay That's Love, starring Zo In-sung and Gong Hyo-jin. In a 2015 series called EXO Next Door, D.O. kept performing alongside his members.

After that, in 2016, he appeared in two noteworthy South Korean films. Together with Kim So-hyun, he starred in the intense drama film Unforgettable. Along with Jo Jung-Suk and Park Shin-hye, he also starred in the comedy-drama film My Annoying Brother that same year.

D.O. co-starred with Kim Seon Ho, Han So Hee, Kim Jae-young, and Nam Ji-hyun in the historical romantic drama series 100 Days My Prince in 2018.

In the current year, 2022, he co-stars in the ongoing drama series Bad Prosecutor with Lee Se-hee and Ha Jun.

V / Taehyung of BTS

Hwarang (KBS)

BTS, also known as Bangtan Boys, made their debut in 2013 but were actually founded in 2010. The reason they became famous was because of their first single, No More Dream, which topped the digital charts. Jin, Suga, J-Hope, Rap Monster, Jimin, Jungkook, and V make up the group.

Taehyung, better known by his stage name V, has an ethereal face and voice that have the power to captivate anyone who sees or hears them. He truly is one of the most ideal individuals to have ever lived on this planet. When he co-starred with actors Park Seo Joon and Park Hyung-Sik, who are now his closest friends and the Wooga Squad, in the historical romantic drama series Hwarang, he not only demonstrated his singing and dancing abilities but also his acting chops.

He also recently released a song called "Christmas Tree" for the soundtrack of the television drama Our Beloved Summer, which starred Choi Woo-shik, a member of his Wooga Squad.

Ok Taec-yeon of 2PM

Vincenzo (tvN)

Ok Taec-yeon participated in Mnet's Hot Blood Men in 2008, where he won and joined the boy band 2PM. With the song 10 out of 10, 2PM made their debut in 2008. They were well-known for their song Again and Again, which peaked at the top of the charts.

Ok Taec-yeon made his acting debut in the drama series Cinderella's Sister in 2010, which marked his first acting debut. Then, in 2011, he appeared in the drama Dream High alongside Kim Soo-hyun, IU, and Bae Suzy, showcasing his exceptional acting abilities. Furthermore, he appeared in the mystery drama Who Are You? in 2013 alongside co-stars Kim Jae-wook and So Yi-hyun.

He also appeared in several Korean drama series in the years that followed, including Wonderful Days in 2014 and Assembly in 2015.

In 2016, he played the lead in Let's Fight Ghost, a charming and outstanding KDrama series. Then, in 2017, he starred in the drama-suspense series Save Me.

Alongside his co-star Song Joong-ki, he also excelled and demonstrated his acting skills in the hit series Vincenzo and the Kdrama series Secret Royal Inspector and Joy from 2021.

Krystal Jung of Girls’ Generation

Police University (KBS)

A bunch of gifted and adorable women, Girls' Generation truly is. For the lovely Krystal Jung has also pursued a profession in acting, in addition to Soohyun and Sooyoung!

Krystal Jung is a vocalist for the girl group Girls' Generation. But in addition to his incredible voice, she is a superb actor! We can see how talented an actress she is in a variety of her shows and films.

Her 2013 appearance in the Korean drama series The Heirs marked her debut in a leading role. The Heirs is one of the most popular KDrama series, and even after ten years have gone, many fans would still want to watch it.

She then appeared in the 2014 film My Lovely Girl with Rain and Hoya as her co-stars. She made a cameo appearance in Lee Min Ho and Jun Ji Hyun's fantasy drama Legend of the Blue Sea in 2016, which went on to become a hugely popular television series.

Krystal Jung also appeared in the uplifting 2017 KDrama series Prison Playbook. In the same year, she also starred in the fantasy romance series The Bride of Habaek by Nam Joo Hyuk and Shin Se-Kyung.

Along with Chae Soo-bin, Jang Ko-yong, and Lee Woo-je, Krystal Jung acted in the mind-blowing but intriguing movie Sweet and Sour in 2021. She also had a starring role in the drama series Police University that same year.

In the current year, 2022, she co-starred in the romantic comedy series Crazy Love alongside Kim Jae-wook.

Lee Hyeri of Girl’s Day

My Roommate is a Gumiho (tvN)

The charming and gifted Lee Hyeri, a member of the girl group Girl's Day, who made her debut in 2010, is last but certainly not least. In 2012, she began her acting career by appearing in the Korean drama series Tasty Life.

She played a minor part in the television series Hyde Jekyll, Me in 2015. In the same year, she co-starred in the award-winning drama Reply 1988 with Park Bo-gum, Go Kyung Pyo, Lee Dong Hwi, and her long-term partner, Ryu Jun-yeoul.

Alongside Kim Seon Ho and Jo Jung-Suk, Hyeri appeared in the 2017 television series Two Cops, which was a romantic comedy. She also had a supporting role in Park Bo Gum's 2020 film Record of Youth.

Her extraordinary acting abilities may still be seen as brightly as the sun in 2021, when she starred in the romance drama Moonshine. My Roommate is a Gumiho, in which she co-starred with Jang Ki-yong, was well-liked and showcased Hyeri's charming and adorable acting abilities.

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Written By: Rinalyn Manlangit
Rinalyn Manlangit is a Digital Marketing Intern at PS Media Enterprise, and an incoming fourth-year BA Broadcasting student at the Polytechnic University of the Philippines- Manila.



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