POV DISCUSSION: Male Idols turn Actors

I wanted to write something, but not sure what, and so I decided to just post a discussion on current male idols who has ventured into acting. There has been a rise in idols who have tried their hands at acting, and like every other drama fan out there, I’m always skeptical when it comes to idols acting – unless of course, they have proven to have the skills for it.

It’s just a point of view, so it might not be what you think and agree on, but it’s just what I feel.

Basically, it’s just a list of names and how I feel about their acting so far. It might not include every idol out there, but it probably has most of the names I could remember and they were in something I have watched.

MBLAQ Lee Joon

I’ve only seen him in Gap Dong, and currently airing, Mr Baek. I found him a little awkward at times in Gap Dong but he was watchable. I guess it’s probably because he was dealing with a rather difficult character. So far his acting for Mr Baek, has been pretty decent and I would say it seems natural and you wouldn’t know he’s an idol, unless you know he is.

JYJ Park Yoo Chun

I’ve seen him in Sungkyunkwan Scandal, Miss Ripley, I Miss You, Rooftop Prince and 3 Days. He’s not bad, but he’s not exactly natural either. He doesn’t have much of a scene presence for me but personally I thought he improved a lot in 3 Days. Now I need to watch his movie since I heard good things about the movie, and his acting.

ZEA Im Si Wan

Jang Geu Rae!!!!! This name is probably going to stick with him for some time. He’s absolutely lovable and natural in Misaeng and you really just have to thank whoever who cast him in, or applaud him for picking such a good project. I did watch him in Triangle, but I didn’t finish the drama so can’t comment on that.  Waiting For Love was only 4 episodes so – no comments. Shall wait for his next acting project and I think he’s someone I probably would keep my eyes on.

JYJ Kim Jaejoong

He was bad in Protect the Boss, and  the movie Jackal but I think he improved in Triangle. However, I didn’t finish watching Triangle, so I can’t comment further.

TVXQ Yunho

Heading to the ground is a drama that-must-not-be-named and should be erased from his resume forever. Hahahaha. The drama was bad, and his acting didn’t make it any better. He only appeared in Poseidon for a few episodes before his character was written off (?) I think. I didn’t finish Poseidon either. I thought he improved a lot and did well in his first saguek, The Night Watchman. Too bad the drama was kind of slow and draggy. But he should totally try out more sagueks.

FT Island’s Lee Hongki

I’m personally a fan of FT Island, and I can never get used to seeing him on-screen until I really put my mind to it. To me, I do find him shorter compared to other males (though he isn’t exactly short. the others are all giants.) and I wouldn’t say he’s very good-looking. To view him as an actor, it’s really really hard for me because I’m so used to seeing him singing – but I think he’s made for comedy dramas. I think he flawlessly portray funny expressions and seems really natural at it.

ZEA Park Hyungshik

A hidden gem. To me. Hahaha. I know he acted in Heirs but his character there wasn’t anything to shout about. It’s only when I watched weekend drama, What’s With My Family that I started to keep my eyes on him. He seems really good and natural, and cute – and okay, I’m keeping a look out for his next drama for sure~!

Kim Hyun Joong

I would never say Kim Hyun Joong is a good actor, because though he seems to portray his characters well, but most of the time, his facial expressions come across as awkward.

CN Blue Yonghwa

I have a love-hate relationship with on-screen Yonghwa. Sometimes he seems expressionless and just reading the script, but sometimes he deliver. Out of all his dramas, I thought he did well in You’re Beautiful and The Three Musketeers.

EXO Do Kyungsoo

I still think it’s a bit too soon to comment on Kyungsoo – but in It’s Okay It’s Love, the first few episodes (especially ‘crying’ scenes) were very awkward – but he improved as episodes went by. I am looking forward to more projects because he does seem to have a flair for acting, and I’m just waiting for the movie Cart to be released.

Infinite Hoya, L, Woohyun, Sungyeol

Sorry to say…. but nope. They need more practice and I hope that helps. I think L is the better one out of the four of them, looking at the reviews for My Lovely Girl and what I think personally. All of them are still cringe-worthy and they really need more practice.

BEAST Doojoon

I’ve only seen him in Let’s Eat – and I loved that drama, and loved him too 🙂 But not enough to comment if he’s going to be a good actor or not.

Super Junior Choi Siwon

I didn’t like anything he was in – until The King of Dramas and that did it for me. He improved a lot and was really natural and awesome in it. Now, if only he comes back to dramaland with a good role and portray it well.

Beast Junhyung

He’s not bad…. but personally, I don’t feel anything for his on-screen presence.

B1A4 Baro

I had no idea he was a singer and I only found out after almost finishing Answer Me 1994. I think he would do well. He seems to have a good flair for it – and the characters he played so far are all good choices 🙂


Alright – that’s it and all I could remember.

Again, it’s just my own personal opinion and of course everyone is entitled to theirs. There’s been a huge rise in idol-actors and though I don’t really like them, but some, very few can really act and should just act. Others, maybe should try their hands on something else.

I feel sad for the other aspiring actors, because their chances to act have become much harder nowadays due to the rise of idol-actors 😦

Though I don’t hate them, I do hope that idol-actors try smaller roles, instead of landing lead roles and yet unable to deliver. They should take a role which they can deliver, and slowly try to improve.

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2 thoughts on “POV DISCUSSION: Male Idols turn Actors

  1. Kyungso and junhyung already got award for their acting. Do you think they good enough to deserve an award? I personally surprised with their acting, but Its early to recived an award eventhough I’m junyeong fans

    1. The award last year was shared between Junhyung and Park Seo Joon – and I love the latter. However, I thought Junhyung performance in Monstar was not bad and he was not undeserving of the award. However, I still think that Park Seo Joon should have won it solely.

      As for Kyungsoo, eventhough I love him, but it’s really too early for him to get an award. But the other actors in the nominee list is all pretty much average too. I thought Park Hyung Shik, Baro or Ahn Jae Hyun was better choices.

      But those are not really big issues.

      At the 51st Daejong Film Awards, Yoochun won Best New Actor, beating out Yeo Jin Goo, Choi Jin Hyuk, Im Siwan and Ahn Jae Hong. That’s just crazy. I don’t know how Yeo Jin Goo or Choi Jin Hyuk is even NEW to acting, but Yoochun winning over Yeo Jin Goo made me so upset. Hahahahaha.

      But anyway, film and drama awards should not really be taken seriously. Most of the time, it’s really just popularity awards for all.

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