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K-pop idols turned successful actresses

The Hallyu Wave has swept over the world and it's not slowing down, and we are absolutely loving it! With the popularity of K-dramas, K-films and K-music everywhere, there are definitely some familiar faces across the genres. Some of the K-pop idols have successfully made the cross-over and established an acting career.

Let's take a look at a few of these multi-talented (and gorgeous) stars below!


Name: Lee Ji-eun, 28 years old


  • Has passion in music since her school days, IU finally debuted as a singer at the age of 15 with her album "Lost and Found"
  • The meaning behind her stage name 'IU' is 'I' and 'You' (You and I)
  • Her talent in acting was recognised ever since she starred in "Dream High" and "You Are the Best!"
  • Her acting career skyrocketed after she bagged lead roles for high-rated dramas; "Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo", "My Mister" and "Hotel del Luna"


No one can pull off these "Hotel del Luna" outfits like IU did


Can we get a second season please?


Fans are anticipated her upcoming film with Park Seo Joon, "Dream"


Bae Suzy

Name: Bae Su-ji, 27 years old


  • Was hailed as 'Nation's first love' in S.Korea after starring in her debut film "Architecture 101"
  • Suzy is a former member of K-pop girl group, Miss A, which disbanded in 2017
  • Dated famous actors; Lee Min-Ho and Lee Dong-Wook
  • Known for her roles in popular dramas; "Dream High", "Uncontrollably Fond", "While You Were Sleeping", "Vagabond" and "Start Up"


We are all obsessed with Suzy and Lee Seung Gi's chemistry in "Gu Family Book" and "Vagabond"


Suzy and Lee Jong Suk's cute pairing in "While You Were Sleeping" really got the fans hooked


Twitter fans are manifesting to see Suzy and BTS' Jin collab in a drama since both idols are very talented in acting


Krystal Jung

Name: Jung Soo-jung, 27 years old


  • Born in San Francisco, California, USA, Krystal and her sister Jessica Jung were spotted by talent agency SM Entertainment at the age of five during a family trip to South Korea
  • Krystal debuted as the lead vocalist of f(x) at the age of 14, while Jessica debuted as a member of Girls' Generation
  • Krystal won the "Most Popular Actress" award at the Baeksang Arts Awards for her role in "My Lovely Girl"
  • Starred in various hit dramas; "The Heirs", "My Lovely Girl", "Prison Playbook", "The Bride of Habaek", "Player" and "Search"


Krystal's older sis Jessica is a former Girls' Generation member turned actress and fashion entrepreneur


Her role as Han Bo-yeong in Netflix's Korean film "Sweet & Sour" really got everybody talking


Watch Krystal achieve her dream to become a cop in the airing drama "Police University"



Name: Im Yoon-ah, 31 years old


  • Since her K-pop group Girls' Generation is not as active as before, Yoona shifted her focus on its subgroup Oh!GG and her acting career
  • Yoona broke up with famous actor Lee Seung-gi after dating for a year and 9 months due to their busy schedules
  • She bagged the Best Newcomer Actress award at the 23rd KBS Drama Awards and the 45th Baeksang Arts Awards
  • Yoona showcased her acting talents in "You are My Destiny", "Cinderella Man", "Love Rain", "The King in Love" and the box-office film, "Confidential Assignment"


This photo screams 'girl power'!


Yoona paired up with "Hospital Playlist" star Jo Jung-suk in Korean disaster flick "Exit", which topped the local box-office in 2019


She is confirmed to star in a new rom-com film "2 O'Clock Date" with the 'Dimple Prince', Kim Seon-ho



Name: Seo Ju-hyun, 30 years old


  • Like Yoona, Girls' Generation's lead vocalist Seohyun also went on to focus on her acting career after parting ways with SM Entertainment
  • Even when her schedules are packed in the K-pop industry, Seohyun admitted that she longed to act as it was her childhood dream
  • After appearing as cameos in hit dramas, she finally bagged lead roles in "Bad Thief, Good Thief", "Time" and "Hello Dracula"
  • Seohyun is confirmed to make her acting comeback next year with two films; "Holy Night: Demon Hunters", "Love and Leashes" and drama "Jinx's Lover"


Yup, we love how the Girls' Generation member is still best friends with Super Junior!


She thanked her "Bad Thief, Good Thief" co-star Ji Hyun-woo after winning the Best New Actress Award at the 2017 MBC Drama Awards


Seohyun was last seen alongside Go Kyung-pyo in "Private Lives"


Name: Lee Hye-ri, 27 years old


  • Although they have not yet officially disbanded, Girl's Day's Hyeri and the other members carried on with their solo careers after their contract with Dream T Entertainment ended
  • Has her own YouTube channel and has been awarded "Celebrity YouTuber of the Year" at the 2020 Brand of the Year Awards
  • Made her acting debut in 2012 and rose to fame after becoming the female lead of the 2015 hit retro drama "Reply 1988"
  • Among her must-watched dramas are "Hyde Jekyll, Me", "Entertainer", "Two Cops" and "My Roommate Is A Gumiho"


From "Reply 1988" co-stars to lovers, Hyeri and Ryu Jun-yeol's relationship is still going strong


Can't deny the fact that Hyeri and BLACKPINK's Rosé are the cutest best friends!


The chemistry between her and Jang Ki-yong in "My Roommate Is a Gumiho" never fails to give us 'heart-fluttering' moments