From EXO’s D.O to ASTRO’s Eunwoo, Here’s a List of Idols Turned Actors


Look at these multi-talented idols who will never cease to amaze you..

It is not unusual for us to see an idol playing a character in a drama. Besides increasing their popularity, it gives them a way to showcase their hidden talent and so open their chances of getting more famous. it is a win-win situation for both the idols and the producers, the idols get more fans and the television ratings become higher. let us see who some of these idols are, who have such hidden talent.

Do Kyung-soo


the main vocalist of EXO began trying his hand at acting in 2014. He played a supporting role on a drama called It’s Okay That’s Love. Starting with that role, he was praised for his acting skill by film critic Heo Ji-Woong. Here’s the list of his TV dramas and movies.


Year Title Korean title Role
2014 Cart 카트 Choi Tae-young
2016 Pure Love 순정 Beom-sil
My Annoying Brother Go Doo-young
2017 Room No.7 7호실 Tae-jung
Along with the Gods: The Two Worlds 신과함께-죄와 벌 Private Won Dong-yeon
2018 Along with the Gods: The Last 49 Days 신과함께-인과 연
Swing Kids 스윙키즈 Roh Ki-soo
2019 Underdog 언더독 Moongchi (voice)

Television series

Year Title Korean title Role Network Notes
2012 To The Beautiful You 아름다운 그대에게 Himself SBS Cameo; episode 2
2014 It’s Okay, That’s Love 괜찮아, 사랑이야 Han Kang-woo
2015 Exo Next Door 우리 옆집에 엑소가 산다 fictionalized version of himself Naver TV Cast
Hello Monster 너를 기억해 teenage Lee Joon-young KBS2
2016 Be Positive 긍정이 체질 Hwan-dong Naver TV Cast
2018 100 Days My Prince 백일의 낭군님 Won-deuk / Lee-yul tvN
2019 Dear My Room 은주의방 O’live Cameo; episode 11[43]


Believe it or not, almost all of his roles have won awards ever since his acting debut in 2014. To prove his acting, take a look at this trailer for one of his movies.


Kim Tae-hyung


Kim Tae-Hyung, famously known as V from Bangtan Boys (BTS), also tried his talent on screen. He played a supporting role in a drama called Hwarang: The Poet Warrior Youth in 2016. Besides branching out into acting, V also hosts some music shows. Here’s a cut-scene from Hwarang.

Park Hyung-sik

park hyungsik

Hyung-sik is a member of ZE:A and ZE:A Five. Ever since he became an idol, he also became an actor to help promote his group. With Super Junior’s Ryeowook, he played in a musical called Temptation of Wolves. Since then, he’d been active in accepting acting opportunities. His popular dramas include The Heirs, Hwarang, and Strong Woman Do Bong Soon. He’s even received several award nominations for roles he’s played which made him more popular. here’s the cut-scene from Strong Woman Do Bong Soon.

Kim Myung-soo


L is the nickname of Kim Myung-soo’s Infinite. He debuted his acting career in a Japanese drama called Jiu Keishicho Tokushuhan Sousagakari in 2011. Myung-soo’s first lead role was in a drama called The Day After We Broke Up. He is as talented as Hyung-sik, also having received many awards. Let’s see how he’s doing in one of his scenes.

Im Si-wan


Siwan, just like Hyung-sik, is a member of ZE:A who has also become an actor. The first drama he took part in is titled Moon Embracing the Sun and was aired in 2012. This drama made him famous, as it gained ratings of more than 40%. More dramas and sitcoms followed after this in the same year, Man From the Equator and the sitcom Standby. Up until now, he is still involved in a drama called Hell is Other People. From the dramas he played in, he’s gotten a lot of awards, meaning he’s talented as an actor even though he is an idol. Let’s see one of his cut-scenes in Man from the  Equator.

Park Jin-young

jinyoung got7

Jinyoung from Got7 made his debut as an actor in a drama called Dream High in 2012. Since then, he’s had roles in several other dramas. Recently in 2019, he landed a main role in the drama He is Psychometric that released on April 30th 2019. Here’s the cut-scene.

Choi Min-ho


This cute man is a member of Shinee, and became an actor in 2010 with the drama Pianist. In the years since then, he’s taken roles in other series and even played in several movies. Just like other idols, he’s won several awards from his acting and hosting career. Below is the list of movies and television series he starred in, and also a cut-scene from Hwarang.


Year Title Role Notes
2012 I Am Himself Biographical film of SM Town
2015 SMTOWN The Stage Documentary of SM Town
2016 Canola Han-i
Derailed Jin-il
2018 The Princess and the Matchmaker Seo Ga-yoon
Illang: The Wolf Brigade Kim Cheol-jin
2019 Battle of Jangsa-ri 9.15 Choi Seung-pil Post-production

Television series

Year Title Role Network Notes
2008 My Precious You Himself KBS2 Special appearance
2010 Pianist Oh Je-ro Drama special
2012 Salamander Guru and The Shadows Choi Min-hyuk SBS Sitcom
To The Beautiful You Kang Tae-joon
2013 Medical Top Team Kim Seong-woo MBC
2015 My First Time Yoon Tae-oh OnStyle
2016 Drinking Solo Himself tvN Came
2016-2017 Hwarang: The Poet Warrior Youth Kim Soo-ho KBS2
2017 Somehow 18 Oh Kyung-hwi JTBC, Naver TV Cast Web series
The Most Beautiful Goodbye Jung Soo tvN Four-episode mini series


Yook Sung-jae


Sung-jae, a member of the boy-group BtoB, became an actor in 2013. The first series he played in was called Monstar. He also had a cameo in The Heirs. In 2015 he got a leading role in a drama called Who Are You: School 2015. Let’s see how he would act back then.

Choi Si-won


The everlasting beautiful smile of Super Junior member, Choi Si-won. Siwon made his debut in a 2006 film called A Battle of Wits, his co-star was Andy Lau, who praised him at that time saying he could be an example for Hong Kong actors. In the Oh! My Lady series, he won an award from SBS, here’s a scene from the drama.