10 K-Dramas to low-key get your friends and family interested in K-Pop
Not everyone likes K-pop, and that is perfectly okay! As the genre is catered towards a certain crowd, it can be easily dismissed. If you are a K-pop fan though, you already know there is much more than meets the eye; their talent goes beyond simply singing and dancing, to acting, as well. You can try to use dramas to slyly convert any non-K-pop believers: chances are, if they enjoy the acting, maybe they’d be open to listening to their music as well. K-dramas are accessible, transcending age and gender with genres ranging from romantic comedy, to historical, to action and mystery. There’s a plethora of shows with K-Pop celebs, but here are 10 diverse shows that include talented and entertaining actors and actresses that also happen to be pop stars.
D.O, real name Do Kyungsoo, was already known as one of the standout voices in EXO, but his acting in It’s Okay, That’s Love was equally impressive. In the drama, the same intense, precise sensitivity he had already shown through his singing was displayed in his acting as well.
It was refreshing to see Suzy take on the strong female role of martial arts instructor, Dam Yeo Wool, in Gu Family Book (2013). The actress showed she was more than just her innocent and cute image.
And her new drama Uncontrollably Fond is coming soon to DramaFever!
Lee Ho Won, also known as his stage name Hoya, effectively proved he could be taken seriously as an actor in Mask. He portrayed the supporting role of Byeon Ji Hyuk, a well-intentioned brother driven to commit crime in order to help his family get out of debt.
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The leader of SHINee, Onew, acted in the 2016 blockbuster hit Descendants of the Sun as the naïve Lee Chi Hoon. The character was not one-dimensional, with the actor taking on a role that shows a privileged young doctor getting a heavy reality check in Uruk.
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Eunji showed off a cute, spunky attitude as Hee Sun in That Winter, the Wind Blows. It was also fun to watch the chemistry between her and actor Kim Bum.
Yoona and Jang Geun Suk are two star-crossed lovers in the melodrama Love Rain. Both actors take on a dual role where in the 70s, Jang Geun Suk plays his character’s father, and Yoona plays her character’s mother, then their paths are intertwined again in modern day.
Full House is a classic series from 2004 that stars Rain and Song Hye Gyo . The show is one of the best at exemplifying cohabiting characters in K-dramaland.
Before heading off to his military enlistment in 2015, Choi Si Won gave viewers strong second lead syndrome in She Was Pretty. His scruffy look and comedic acting was A+.
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Lee Hong Ki portrays Lee Min Ki, a rocker who heads back to the countryside with his friends to farm after their failed attempts at making a living off of music in the city as the band “Excellent Souls.” AOA’s Kwon Min Ah has a memorable support role as one of the band member’s love interest – hilarity ensues as her character gets into multiple misunderstandings.
Have you ever converted anybody into K-pop by way of K-dramas before? Share your story below, and what drama you used!