iKON’s Chanwoo: From His Career as a Child Actor to the Rumor About Being Bullied by the Other Members


Find Out More About iKON’s Chanwoo

In this article, we will introduce you to Jung Chanwoo, or as people more usually know him, Chanwoo from the YG Entertainment boy-group, iKON.


Chanwoo’s Acting Career as Child Actor

Jung Chanwoo was born in South Korea on January 26, 1998. People now know Chanwoo as the youngest and the tallest member in his boy-group, iKON, but did you know that Chanwoo made his debut in the entertainment world before he joined iKON?

Before he came to iKON, Chanwoo was a child actor who featured on many K-dramas and K-Pop Music Videos. we saw him in TVXQ’s “Balloons”, in 2006. He also appeared on the Korean TV show “Star King”. Later, he appeared in the K-Dramas “Boys Over Flowers” and “The Heirs”. He was the counterpart of Lee Min Ho when those two K-Dramas were shot. And then, around the same year, Chanwoo also appeared on the K-Drama “The Great King Sejong”. He appeared in the movie “Lost and Found” in 2008, as well. If that weren’t work enough, Chanwoo was also featured in many Korean product’s commercials, too.

From his career as a child actor, he met his good friend, ASTRO’s Moonbin, during his early career. Chanwoo also met GFriend’s SinB and SF9’s ChanI. And all of them were active as child stars, too.

Chanwoo as an child actor


Chanwoo at The Great King Sejong

“The Great King Sejong” and Chanwoo’s Role in It

The Korean historical drama “The Great King Sejong” was directed by Kim Sung-Eun and Kim Won-Suk, and ran from January 5 until November 16, 2008. The plot is a full-scale history and political drama, describing how King Sejong worked to make his dynasty a better place.

In this drama, it tells how King Sejong and his Right-Hands developed hangeul, the current native phonemic alphabet system for the Korean language, King Sejong’s pragmatic diplomacy, and many other things. The drama locations are Kyungbok Palace and Changduk Palace.

In “The Great King Sejong”, Chanwoo played as young Prince Yang-Nyung. His performance was so good and cool for such a young actor.


Chanwoo in "Cain and Abel"

Chanwoo’s Role on the K-Drama “Cain and Abel”

“Cain and Abel” is a Korean drama that ran from February 18 until April 23, 2009, in South Korea. The drama was directed by Kim Hyeong-Sik and written by Park Kye-Ok. The story is based on the Bible story about the rivalry between two brothers. But in this drama, they’re not blood-related brothers.

The brothers, Lee Cho-In and Lee Seon-Woo, who are both surgeons, meet each other again after many years of being separated. From this meeting, their rivalry had just begun.

Chanwoo featured as young Lee Seon-Woo in this drama. Chanwoo appeared from episode 1, playing as the young rebel and active child Lee Seon-Woo. He played with Kang Lee-Suk, Kim You-Jung, and Cha Jae-Dol.


Chanwoo in "Boys Over Flowers"

“Boys Over Flowers” and Chanwoo

“Boys Over Flowers” is a Korean drama that was adapted from the successful Japanese  manga and drama with the title “Hanayori Dango” by Yoko Kamio. This famous drama was directed by Jeon Ki-Sang and aired from from January 5 until March 31, 2009. The plot is basically same as that of the original from Japan. The young girl from a poor family came into a famous high school for the super-wealthy, met four guys called “F4”, a gang of rich kids headed by the rough and fearless Koo Jun-Pyo, played by Lee Min Ho, when then Jun-Pyo accidentally fall in love with the girl.

Chanwoo was featured as young Koo Jun-Pyo in this drama. He was the counterpart of Lee Min Ho. He played with Nam Da-Reum and Lim Shi-Eun.

Chanwoo in "Boys Over Flowers"


Chanwoo in "The Heirs"

Chanwoo’s Role in “The Heirs”

The famous Korean drama titled “The Heirs” is about Kim Tan (played by Lee Min Ho), the heir of Jeguk Group, who went to California for his education and met Cha Eun-Sang (played by Park Shin-Hye), who went to California to find her sister. This drama is directed by Kang Shin-Hyo and Boo Sung-Chul, and ran from October 9 until December 12, 2013.

Chanwoo took the counterpart of Lee Min Ho again for this drama. He featured as Young Kim-Tan and played well on it.



iKON Members Bullying Chanwoo?

As the youngest member in iKON, there are some unpleasant rumors about Chanwoo and the other members. One of those rumors is that the older members are bullying Chanwoo.

According to article from koreaboo.com on August 23rd, 2015, iKON’s B.I was rumored to be bullying members after a video went viral among viewers and fans on Naver’s V app.

In an old episode of their V app, Bobby tells Kim Jin Hwan that he will earn a piece of meat if he can endure Chanwoo, as the youngest member, speaking informally to him. When Chanwoo was hesitant to do it, B.I hit Chanwoo hard, twice.

Many fans were really upset with what they saw on that video, but many other people said that it wasn’t bullying. In many ways, iKON explained that what happened on that livestream is that they played a game and they had to figure out how to make Chanwoo swear. While iKON explained what happened, some people said that it was still not fine to hit their friends like that.



Chanwoo, The Evil Maknae

“Maknae” is a title used for the youngest members in idol Groups. As the youngest one, he’s called “The Evil Maknae” or “Maknae on Top”. How did he get that name?

This title was given to him because he has a funny character. He likes to tease the other members. Yunhyeong is the one Chanwoo teases the most.

One time, Chanwoo changed the lyrics from the song “Born Haters” by Epic High, making them some satire for the other members. Another reason is that Chanwoo often spoke about the other member with sharp words. In other words, Chanwoo is a savage maknae. iKON’s Bobby even called him “Satan Chanwoo”.

Although he often makes his Hyung (the older members) annoyed, they still care about Chanwoo and love him like brothers to their youngest one.

Here’s some proof that Chanwoo is the evil maknae.

See? He’s the evil one.


Chanwoo’s Latest News

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iKONICs! Please play fortnite with the brand new skin IKONIK!😎

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On Saturday, January 26, 2019, Chanwoo celebrated his 21st birthday. He got so many congratulations from his fans and fellow group members. Even on Twitter, the hashtag #CHANWOOnderfulDay started trending.

And, about a month ago, iKON and Twitch streamers, Ninja, attended a Fortnite Tournament in New York City. Jung Chanwoo played against Ninja at this event on March 16, 2019.

Ninja announced on his live-stream that he had participated in an event in New York City on March 16th, 2019, against Chanwoo. iKON has recently partnered with Samsung and Fortnite to get an exclusive Samsung Galaxy S10+ IKONIK Outfit and Scenario emote.



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Despite the bullying rumors and his savage words, iKON’s Chanwoo is a talented person, both in acting and in iKON, and has a loveable character that makes it hard to hate him. Keep supporting him for all his projects in the future. Share your love to him! Don’t forget to subscribe to his YouTube channel here!