P.O’s Acting Debut And Solo Activities
For boy band or girl band personnel, solo activity is one way to help the group’s existence in the midst of tough competition. There is always one person who is very busy and is in demand by producers or advertisers. Although Zico might be the most famous personnel of BLOCK B, especially back then in the early days of BLOCK B’s career, things seem to be changing ever since P.O also started his solo activities.
On top of being a successful idol, BLOCK B’s P.O also tried himself as an actor through many dramas that he’s been featured in. Although it’s not too many, almost all dramas played by this man who was born on February 2nd, 1993, have successfully achieved high ratings.
Despite having debuted in 2011, P.O’s appearances in dramas didn’t start until 2017 when he played in a drama titled Temperature Of Love. In his debut as an actor, he plays a chef at a Micheline restaurant called Good Soup.
This drama gained attention to P.O’s acting skills up to the point where he was cast in a drama Encounter along with famous actors and actresses such as Park Bo-gum and Song Hye-kyo. Here, P.O collided with the famous Korean actor Park Bo-gum and played the role of the younger brother of Park Bo-gum.
Around that time, the fifth season of the program New Journey to the West was broadcast on September 30th, 2018, where P.O was introduced as the newest member along with several program members from the previous season such as Kang Ho-dong, Ahn Jae-hyun, WINNER’s Song Mino, Lee Soo-geun, and Eun Ji-won. Although he was briefly criticized for “replacing” Lee Seung-gi and Super Junior’s Kyuhyun who were also the original members of the previous season, P.O eventually managed to win the hearts of the viewers with his cute charm.
In fact, due to the amount of attention that P.O attracted since his successful starring in the New Journey to the West Season 5 and Encounter, he even started to attract advertisers. After his successful appearance in dramas, P.O finally shot his first commercial since his debut in 2011. It is reported that P.O has received at least more than 10 product offers.
The offers have been coming since he starred in the TV shows, ranging from photo books, advertisements for clothing, food, and others.
He was also starring in other dramas such as Love Alert (2018) where he played a doctor named Yoo-joon who has a scandal with a famous actress, and Hotel Del Luna (2019) where he played a staff member of Hotel Del Luna named Ji Hyun-joong. The latter received mixed reactions from the netizens as many of them said that P.O’s acting was quite bad and yet, there were also some fans who defended him.