9 Male idols who conquered K-dramas
We've been grooving here with High School, Love On. If you are not watching it, it is a fun high school romance starring Infinite members Woo Hyun and Sung Yeol. The developing onscreen bromance of the real life band members is almost as fun as the onscreen romance. It got us thinking though, what are the best drama roles from our favorite K pop stars?
Alright, easy pitch right down the middle of the plate here. Monstar is the perfect high school K-drama. The bullying is mild, the stakes are real (OK real-ish. Reviving a TV show for a high school battle of the bands? Does that really happen?) but not Dramaland crazy, and, best of all, every single character is a realized person whose motivation is understandable. So why does Yong Joon Hyung languish here in ninth place? Because Kang Ha Neul stole that show, even if he didn’t steal the girl away from our K-pop lead.
As Cha Moo Won, he could have easily slipped into the “hot but bad” category and become a two-dimensional character. Instead, he was by turns ruthless and soulful with his own hopes, dreams, and foibles. BB cream anyone?
There are times when the second lead should get the girl and the travesty of it is so great they give him a whole new drama to make up for their mistakes. This is what happened to Yong Hwa. He was so sweet and wonderful in You’re Beautiful, it was outrageous that he lost out to an excessively pouty Jang Geun Suk. It was extremely satisfying to see him take the lead and get the girl.
By turns cocky, vulnerable, and funny, Jong Hyun’s role as Colin is not to be missed. He had an uphill battle to shine amidst the charismatic leads of the main stories, but he really makes an impression and left us wanting to see how his friendship with Kim Woo Bin would develop.
This is the last entry from CNBLUE, I swear. Maybe. For all the Lee Min Ho and Woo Bin partisans in Heirs, Min Hyuk’s performance as the warm, funny, caring Chan Young stole a few hearts. It is always nice to see a drama character who doesn’t do, well, drama. Chan Young knew who he was, what he wanted, and where he was going. His grounded performance provided much needed sanity in an the midst of the “who’s the most heartbroken” one-ups-manship among the leads.
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A top lofty star meets the very cute child he never knew he had and learns how to be a father. That’s a scenario guaranteed to melt your heart a little, even if you are a skeptical grinch. You can see more of Siwon in the series Skip Beat!, which is now available on DramaFever.
Much like Yong Hwa, Lee Hong Ki captured hearts in You’re Beautiful, but it wasn’t until Bride of the Century that he got to play a character that made all the right moves. As Kang Ju, we watched Hong Ki progress subtly from a cold, closed man to warm and earnest bridegroom. Hong Ki will show off more of his acting chops in Modern Farmer, which will be coming to DramaFever in October.
Oooh this is one that got all our drama friends gushing! In the words of one fan: "First you get the playboy son, then the love story, then James Bond. One thing I really loved was the progression of Lee Seung Gi from teen boy to manhood. I could really see the confidence and power that position requires.”
It’s no secret that we love Yoo Chun. He brings the feels, is one of K-drama’s most convincing criers, and has boatloads, yacht loads, nay, Super Tanker loads of charisma. While some K-drama buddies lobby hard for Sungkyunkwan Scandal, and I Miss You is good every time you need a good cathartic cry, Rooftop Prince is still the best Yoo Chun role to date. From affronted pride of a Joseon King confronted with a crane machine, to heartbroken husband, to tender lover, and every shade in between, Yoo Chun made the role come alive and swore us off persimmons forever.
What do you say, drama fans? Was Lee Hong Ki better as Jeremy? Did your favorite miss the list? Tell us in the comments!