The 9 Rising "It" Stars of Hallyu!


CNNGo recently released a list of 9 rising stars of Hallyu who are popular but haven’t really made it really big yet. Check out who made the list!

1. Song Joongki

Song Joongki got his breakout role in the historical trendy drama, “Sungkyunkwan Scandal” and his pretty boy image has fans calling him “Flower Boy Joongki.”

Before Sungkyunkwan Scandal, Joongki was an MC of Music Bank and a regular on the variety show “Running Man,” where he worked with some of the most known comedians such as Yoo Jaesuk. He left Running Man to work on the movie “Many a Little Romance” with Han Yeseul. Another of his recent projects is voicing the character of Blu for the Korean release of the movie “Rio.”

2. Yoo Inna

Yoo Inna rose to popularity with her role in “High Kick Through the Roof” and as Gil Raim’s best friend in “Secret Garden.” She recently starred in the Hong sisters’ drama “The Greatest Love” with Gong Hyojin and Cha Seungwon and is the current MC of the weekly entertainment news program of SBS. She’s also had a chance to show off her vocal chops after years of traning with YG Entertainment in Humming Urban Stereo’s song “You, that day.”

3. Yoo Seungho

Popularly called So Jisub’s younger brother, Yoo Seungho is looking better through the years. Despite his young age (he’s only 17!), his acting skills have gotten him roles alongside some older female actresses and his singing skills had him singing with IU in a recent CF.

Yoo is set to star in SBS’ new drama “Warrior Baek Dong-soo,” which is set to air on July 4th.

4. Sunhwa

Secret’s Sunhwa has also made the list. She’s also becoming a popular choice for modeling and acting stints and was recently chosen as the new endorser for cosmetics brand “The Skin House.” She is going to star in a new movie titled “Little Hero” with Jeong Joonho.

 5. Kim Soohyun

Kim Soohyun has received praise for his role as Samdong in “Dream High” and his singing talent. He Is proving to be a triple threat with his acting, singing and modeling stints.

He began filming for “The Professionals,” an action film also starring Jeon Jihyeon, Lee Jeongjae and Kim Hyesook this week.  

6. Lee Jangwoo

Eun Jung’s “husband” on “We Got Married”, Lee Jangwoo first rose to fame thanks to his villainous role in “Smile, Donghae.” He is also a part of the collaborative group 24/7.  

7. Yoo Ahin

Thanks to his role as the tough and tragic Moon Jaeshin with Song Joongki in Sungkyunkwan Scandal, Yoo Ahin has rapidly become a noona’s man. What drives them mad is his “real” personality – while on the set of Mnet’s reality show “Launch My Life,” Yoo received a lot of attention for his harsh opinions, even cursing and telling people to “piss off.”

Yoo is presently filming “Wandeugi,” a movie based on a novel about a poor and rebellious student.

8. IU

Making her debut in 2008, IU has only enjoyed massive success as an idol in 2010. Her three-octave song “Good Day,” went on to top online music charts and various music programs. Her down to earth personality seen in reality shows has garnered her the title Korea’s “little sister.”

Despite her flat first performance on Yuna Kim’s “Kiss and Cry,” IU is working hard and gaining approval from the viewers after improving week after week.

9. Kwanghee

Last on the list is ZE:A’s Kwanghee. Kwanghee is known for his blunt and funny personality on and off screen. He is one of the few idols who is open to the topic of plastic surgery.

On the variety show, “Strong Heart,” Kwanghee said that he admitted that he had to undergo another surgery when his nose collapsed after he winked. He goes on different variety shows talking about his other surgeries and even giving advice on plastic surgery to other stars in a humorous way.

Do you guys think these people will make it big in Hallyu?

 Source: CNNGo