We all know that Kpop Idols are great at singing and dancing. However, some Kpop Idols are what you would call a “triple threat.” They are not only great at singing and dancing but also acting. Some even take their acting talents to Korean dramas. This article will focus on the top male Kpop Idols doing Korean dramas. Over the years, Kpop fans saw more and more their idols starring in popular KDramas. This allowed them to see them in a whole new light. Having two careers can be difficult as being a Kpop star is usually a full-time job. Here are the top 10 male Kpop Idols that have done Korean Dramas. For the top female Kpop Idols doing Korean dramas check out our other article here.
The hottest and the top Kpop Idol doing Korean dramas today is Eunwoo. He actually started out as an actor to begin his career. Eunwoo had a minor role in a Korean film and participated in a web drama before making his debut with Astro. He later starred in the web drama My Romantic Some Recipe, the KBS2 drama Hit the Top, web drama Sweet Revenge, and web drama Top Management. However, he really broke out after getting his first leading role in the popular romantic comedy series Gangnam Beauty.
The next year he starred in the historical Korean drama Rookie Historian Goo Hae-ryung where he won the Excellence Award for an Actor and the Best Couple Award at the 2019 MBC Drama Awards. This has led Eunwoo to get the male lead role for the highly popular Korean drama True Beauty which is based on the Korean webtoon of the same name.
Before he began doing Korean dramas Hyungsik began his theatrical career in 2011 as a cast member in the musical Temptation of Wolves. A year later he starred in the SBS Korean drama I Remember You and Dummy Mommy. Then he had a role in KBS2’s drama special called Sirius and tvN’s time-slip drama Nine. However, he really broke out with his role in the hit Korean teen drama The Heirs. A year later he joined the mast case of the family Korean drama What’s With This Family.
Hyunsik started 2015 off strong by joining the main cast of the SBS romance drama High Society. This role alone really increased his popularity in Japan. This dump in popularity led him to star in the Korean historical drama Hwarang: The Poet Warrior Youth. Then he finally had his first leading role in the very successful Korean drama Strong Girl Bong-soon. It was one of the highest-rated Korean dramas in cable tv history. This proved that Hyungsik could be a leading man in a Korean drama.
His most recent work was the American remake of Suits under the same name. Hyungsik began his mandatory military service in mid-2019. Therefore, expect him to get back into doing Korean dramas very soon.
D.O. began his acting career in 2014 in a supporting role in the movie Cart. He was so good that he was nominated for the Best Supporting Actor award at the 52nd Grand Bell Awards. His great performance got him into Korean dramas with another supporting role in the SBS drama It’s Okay, That’s Love. He was nominated for the Best New Actor award at the 51st Baeksang Arts Awards. A year later he was featured in KBS’s drama Hello Monster. From here D.O. did some films as well as a web drama called Be Positive. The series was the most-watched Korean web drama of all time.
D.O.’s first leading role was in 100 Days My Prince which became the 5th highest-rated Korean drama in cable TV history. D.O. also listed for his mandatory military in mid-2019 and discharged early due to COVID-19. While his focus mainly seems to be on films, don’t expect him to completely stop doing Korean dramas going forward. He will one day be one of the more successful members of EXO due to his ability to act.
Sungjae made his first acting debut back in 2013 in the Korean drama Monstar appearing in 4 episodes. His group BTOB was featured in the drama OST Part 1,2, and 7. The group also made a cameo appearance in episode 4 of the hit Korean drama The Heirs. A year later Sungjae appeared in the Korean drama Reply 1994. However, his first leading role came a year later in Plus Nine Boys.
Sungjae’s breakout role came when he was the lead on the teen drama Who Are You: School 2015 where he won the Best Couple Award. This led him to star in the horror mystery series The Village: Achiara’s Secret. For this performance, he got the New Star Award.
Many might know Sungjae from his role in the hit the greatest Korean drama of all time, a fantasy-romance drama called Guardian: The Lonely and Great God, or more recently from his performance on the hit 2020 drama Mystic Pop-up Bar. He is currently doing his mandatory military service.
Before making his acting debut for the Korean drama Dream High 2, Jinyoung took 6 months of acting classes. A few years later he appeared in the MBC drama When a Man Falls in Love. Then he was cast in a supporting role in the Korean drama This is My Love. After doing a lead male role in a Korean film and some MC roles, he got back into Korean dramas in a supporting role for the Korean drama Legend of the Blue Sea.
Jinyoung’s first lead role in a Korean drama came in 2018 when he starred in the Korean fantasy romantic comedy called He is Psychometric. His most recent work was in 2020 when he starred in the drama When My Love Blooms. He is currently working on another lead role in the tvN drama Devil Judge.
Siwon was one of the first male Kpop idols doing Korean dramas. His first-ever appearance in a Korean drama was his brief appearance in the Korean family drama, Precious Family. This was followed by the KBS romance comedy-drama Eighteen, Twenty-Nine and the romance melodrama Spring Waltz. This was all before he made his debut with Super Junior. However, his key roles came with the SBS romantic comedy Oh! My Lady and the big-budget spy series Athena: Goddess of War. This showed that Siwon was really serious about acting and lead to him landing the lead role in the KBS action drama Poseidon. The following year he starred in the SBS comedy satire drama The King of Dramas.
For the next few years, he starred in films and dramas in China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan. This really accelerated his popularity outside of Korea. He got back into Korean dramas was his second lead male role in MBC’s romantic comedy She Was Pretty. After doing his mandatory military enlistment, Siwon starred in the tvN’s youth romance drama Revolutionary Love. His latest work was the KBS crime comedy-drama My Fellow Citizens!
Taecyeon made his acting debut in the KBS drama series Cinderella’s Sister and later starred in the Korean high school drama Dream High. He also did a Japanese drama and a Korean film. In 2014, he got back to Korean dramas with the KBS weekend drama Wonderful Days. The following year he was cast in the KBS political drama Assembly. This was followed by the horror comedy Hey Ghost, Let’s Fight, web drama First Seven Kisses, mystery thriller House of the Disappeared, and the OCN thriller drama Save Me. His most recent role is in the mystery drama The Game: Towards Zero.
Minho made his acting debut in the KBS2’s drama special Pianist. A year later he was cast in the SBS sitcom Salamander Guru and The Shadows. He followed this up with his first lead role in the Korean drama To the Beautiful You. Then he starred in MBC’s Medical Top Team and OnStyle’s My First Time.
2016 was Minho’s busiest year as he was cast in the Korean historical drama Hwarang: The Poet Warrior Youth while also doing not one but three films! He did a few more in 21017 before being cast in a four-episode mini-drama called The Most Beautiful Goodbye.
Yonghwa was first an actor before debuting with CNBLUE. He landed his first acting role in the SBS drama You’re Beautiful. The drama was a huge hit in Japan which led him to be cast in MBC’s youth campus drama Heartstrings. He later starred in the KBS romantic comedy Marry Him If You Dare and the leading role in the period action drama The Three Musketeers. His most recent work is the travel romance drama The Package.
V is still new in the Korea Drama scene. Expect him to be higher on this list of Male Kpop Idols doing Korean dramas after he moves on from BTS. He made his acting debut in a supporting role in the KBS2’s Hwarang: The Poet Warrior Youth alongside Hyungsik and has yet to do another Korean drama. However, we expect V will have a bright future doing Korean dramas after BTS becomes less active…which might not be anytime soon.