Let’s be honest, when it comes to Korean dramas, it’s not only the plot that’s important – we care about who’s acting in it too. All the better if they’re eye candies, right?

It’s this perception that drives directors to cast idols, who not only have the looks, but also the fan base. But idol actors often have a stigma of “foot acting” (or awkward acting) attached to them even before they can deliver their first line. However, some of them have proved their abilities, garnering critical acclaim for their acting chops. These five actors will make you question the stigma with the new dramas.

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The featured dramas are available on Viu and Viu’s mobile app, with English subtitles.

Images: Viu