Creative types, by default, choose to express themselves in more ways than one. For them, art is life. Genres in music, television, and film can all vary, allowing the artist to show their range of depicting human emotion. From rock to hip-hop, here are seven Korean actors with musical sides that are refreshingly different from each other.

1.  So Ji Sub

Fans of So Ji Sub’s acting can thank his love of hip hop. His entertainment career started when he took on his first modeling gig simply because he wanted to pose alongside the late hip-hop artist Kim Sung Jae. The modeling job was for a clothing brand Kim was endorsing at the time. “I was never really interested in becoming a celebrity,” So Ji Sub said in an interview to Korea Herald. “My life was all about swimming and hip hop music. I did modeling because I wanted to see Kim and also because it was the best way to earn good easy money.” So Ji Sub’s baritone voice is perfect when he raps, as best displayed in “So Ganzi (BLACK)” released in August 2015.


2.  Lee Min Ki

Lee Min Ki has long held an interest in music, with aspirations of being a rocker since he was young. Before releasing his own debut mini-album No Kidding in August 2009, the actor had recorded OSTs and been featured in collaborations with Japanese artist FreeTEMPO and Korean singer Sheean. The up-tempo indie rock title track from his debut album “Eternal Summer” should be in your next playlist.


3.  No Min Woo

No Min Woo started out his career in music in 2004 as the drummer “Rose” in SM Entertainment’s rock group The Trax. He left the group after two years, but he continues his music career until this day as a solo artist going by the name of ICON. In addition to playing the drums, No Min Woo also sings and plays the guitar. He shows off the later in his music video for 2013’s “ROCKSTAR”.


4. Joo Won

Since middle school, Joo Won has studied theater and arts. His first formal entertainment work was being a member of the children’s television program co-ed group FREES. Shortly after, he became a musical actor. A representative from his current company Sim Entertainment noticed his talents through his musical work and signed him up, with that leading to his work on television and film. After enjoying success on the big screen, he returned to the stage, continuing his work on both entertainment platforms. Enjoy this clip of him playing guitar and singing “Unchained Melody” when he promoted the musical he starred in in 2013 and 2014, Ghost.


5.  Jang Geun Suk

Jang Geun Suk, who stars in the new historical drama Daebak, played the lead vocalist for the fictional band A.N.Jell in  You’re beautiful, but he is a pop star in real life as well. Suk, who is best known for his extensive acting work, has a hefty amount of music under his belt. His discography includes solo work recording many OSTs as well as his work as part of the duo Team H. Team H being primarily active in Japan and Taiwan, records in Japanese and Mandarin, but also in English! Check out the original version of “Raining on the Dance Floor” below, recorded entirely in English.


6. & 7.  Seo Kang Joon and Lee Tae Hwan (Pictured respectively)

Most recently, Seo Kang Joon has showed K-drama fans a bit of his musical side as the rebellious, gifted pianist Baek In Ho in  Cheese in the Trap, while Lee Tae Hwan portrays the loyal friend Choi Seung Jae in Please Come Back, Mister. Both of them are members of the idol group 5urprise. The group was formed with only aspiring actors, making their group unique from other idol groups who usually are interested, and debut, in music first, then go into acting. Here is their debut song “From my Heart”.


Which of these surprised you? Are there any other actors whose music work you enjoy? Share with us in the comments below!

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