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7 Popular K-Dramas That Had K-Pop Idols In The Cast

Many of our favorite K-drama actors right now actually started out as idols!
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It’s not uncommon for K-pop idols to cross over to the other side of the entertainment industry and do an acting stint or two. In fact, many of our favorite K-drama actors right now actually started out as idols. Case in point: IU and Miss A’s Bae Suzy.

For expert binge-watchers and amateur enthusiasts alike, these K-titles might seem familiar for racking up positive reception from viewers. But another thing in common among them is that they all include a K-pop idol in the cast! 

1. Hotel del Luna

Aside from IU who played the show’s lead character Jang Man Wol, the popular tVN K-drama actually had two more K-Pop idols in the cast! The hotel’s adorable receptionist Ji Hyun Joong is actually played by Pyo Ji Hoon, aka Block B’s rapper P.O., while the ghost-slash-hotel intern Kim Yoo Na is played by girl group Gugudan’s Kang Mina.

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2. Itaewon Class

Taas kamay kung hindi ka pa over sa Itaewon Class! In case you didn’t know, Kwon Nara—who played Park Sae Roy’s first love Oh Soo Ah—actually started out as an idol. She was part of a girl group called Hello Venus, which officially disbanded in 2019.

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3. Boys Over Flowers and 4. The Heirs

These two dramas both starring Lee Min Ho are fan-favorites, no doubt. In both shows, the younger versions of Lee Min Ho’s characters were actually played by a young Jung Chanwoo, who later on becomes iKON’s youngest member, Chan.

5. He Is Psychometric

You might see this K-drama a lot because of your Netflix recommendations, so it’s not really a secret that GOT7’s Park Jinyoung leads the cast. This isn't his first time acting, though; he also previously made appearances in Dream High 2 and Legend of the Blue Sea.

6. Reply 1988

The Reply series is a favorite among K-drama connoisseurs, particularly its third instalment, Reply 1988. It stars one of our faves, Park Bo Gum, and of course, Lee Hyeri from a girl group called Girl’s Day.

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7. She Was Pretty

Anything that stars Park Seo Joon is personally an instant fave, but in She Was Pretty, it’s hard not to root for the second lead because Super Junior’s Choi Siwon did such a good job at charming his way into our hearts.

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To the Person Who Does Not Know Any 1D Song

By: CJ Reyno

Never in my wildest dream I imagined to meet someone who does not know a single One Direction song or who does not even know, Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson, Liam Payne, Niall Horan, and err… Zayn Malik. How did you spend your teenagehood without listening to their songs? The disrespect to my #StyPayHorLikSon. My initial reaction, Vas Happenin’?

Since I was 12 years old, that was way back on 2012, One Direction songs have been my official life soundtrip, my go-to songs whenever I feel happy, sad, mad, excited, and etch. I can still remember how people went crazy just to attend their concert here in the Philippines. I must admit, I was one of those. LOL. The group was also dubbed as, “The Biggest Boyband in the World”. They were an era. You really left me in awe when you told me that you do not know a single One Direction song. Their songs are gold. But I was a little hopeful when a new messaged popped up on our conversation, “Hey I know one, Make You Beautiful”.

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You do not know how my world collapsed after reading your message. I would like to say that I appreciate the effort, thanks, but they do not have a song entitled, Make You Beautiful, because it is, What Makes You Beautiful. I tried to explain but you said that they are just the same. (Tip: Never fight with a Directioner when it comes to this because we will not let our guards down). No! They are not the same. How can you make this big mistake? LOL. What Makes You Beautiful is One Direction’s debut song. Almost everyone knows this, “you’re insecure, don’t know what for,” ring a bell? The music video of this surpassed 1 billion views on Youtube. On my 21 years of existence, you are the very first person who told me this “I-Thought-It-Was-A-Joke-But-You-Are-Serious” statement.

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As a persuasive fangirl, I thought to myself that I should make you appreciate their music, that you should know that it is What Makes You Beautiful, not Make You Beautiful. The group may be in hiatus but their music is and will always remain superior. You are hard-headed lad. We even when to the point where you challenged me to treat so I can make you watch their music video. Am I even surprised that I agreed to this? HAHA. I feel like an agent trying to persuade her customer to buy a property on our company. You do not know how happy I was when you sent me your video listening to What Makes You Beautiful. I felt like I successfully closed a deal with my client. Not to exaggerate but I really jumped because of happiness after watching your video. It was the first message I checked that morning. Thank you for your effort, so much appreciated. Funny how our conversation starts with your innocence on One Direction until it goes deeper and last longer. Up All Nigh conversations which turned to almost Midnight Memories. Ironic how a Directioner had developed an admiration on someone who dislikes her favorite boys? Just like One Direction’s song, Change My Mind, “Never felt like this before. Are we friends or are we more?” I guess, like Liam’s line on Love You Goodbye, “It's inevitable everything that's good comes to an end. It's impossible to know if after this we can still be friends.”

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I was happy that I made you listen to One Direction. At least I made you appreciate and made you aware that there is a song called, What Makes You Beautiful, not Make You Beautiful. I am happy that you already found your Girl Almighty. Wish me luck on finding my Summer Love. xoxo, Your Directioner friend

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