Forget acting-dols. These idols are totally nailing the acting game and proving that they don’t deserve the “foot acting” (poor acting) label that is tagged on most idol-turned-actors.
Do Kyungsoo (D.O.)
The EXO member has been receiving rave reviews left and right since he first ventured into acting last year. From playing the role of a rebellious teenager in Cart to representing a figment of the main character’s imagination with ALS disease in It’s OK, That’s Love, the 22-year-old had critics and directors praising his realistic acting. More recently, he challenged the role of a psychopath, garnering positive reviews for his “eye acting” despite playing a minor role.
Siwan has proved time and again that he is one of the best acting-dols, and that rep was further cemented with his role in Misaeng, where he touched viewers with his earnest acting. The idol actor has challenged not only modern dramas, but also historical ones (sageuk). In fact, it was his debut role in a historical drama, Moon Embracing The Sun, that caught critics’ attention.
If there’s an idol who fits the role of a psychotic killer, it has got to be Lee Joon. So it’s not surprising when he was given that role in Gapdong—and totally nailed it. Watching his facial expression transform from playful to murderous will defo give you goose bumps.
Yoochun might be a member of JYJ, but recently, he’s been recognised more as an actor than a singer. Since the group doesn’t have a lot of opportunities to promote as a band (a story for another day), the 29-year-old has been active in dramas and movies, and even bagged several acting awards. Recently, he brought home the “Best New Actor” trophy from the Baeksang Arts Awards for his role in Haemoo.
Choi Seunghyun (T.O.P)
As an actor, he goes by his real name Choi Seunghyun, but whether he’s Seunghyun or T.O.P, we have to admit that he’s good at whatever he does. As T.O.P, he’s brought BIGBANG’s music to another level with his musical talents. As Seunghyun, he proved that he can conquer both the small and silver screens. From an assassin to a soldier, he often takes on brooding roles, but we’re sure that if given an opportunity, he’ll ace any role, especially since his real personality is nowhere near brooding at all.
This ZE:A member may show off a frivolous personality on variety shows, but his versatility shines when he seamlessly eases into each role. He might be only taking on supporting roles now, but we’re sure he’ll be able to hone his acting skills and take on bigger roles soon. Siwan may be the actor in ZE:A, but we reckon Hyungsik might just catch up soon. The former had even named Hyungsik as the best idol actor in a previous interview.
Another JYJ member who ventured into acting, Jaejoong might not have received as much attention compared to bandmate Yoochun when he first started out, but he’s defo one who deserves the title of an actor. After playing numerous supporting roles, he finally landed lead roles in Dr Jin and Triangle. The latter, which is also his most recent acting endeavour, earned him praises from critics, with Asiae.co.kr even opining that his acting skills are as good as a real actor’s.
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