7 Korean Actors Who Almost Became Idols

Park Bo Gum Min Hyo Rin Lee Jong Suk

There are those who’ve always dreamed of being actors, and those who chose acting while walking down a different path.

Each of them has a reason, each has a story. Here are 7 actors who almost became idols.

1. Yoo Ah In

Yoo Ah In

When he was 16, Yoo Ah In had been in training to become a solo singer!

However, he appeared in KBS2’s drama “Sharp 1,” and that launched his acting career instead.

2. Park Bo Gum


Since he was little, Park Bo Gum had always enoyed playing piano and singing for people, and in his second year of high school, he became a trainee.

Although his dream was to be a singer-songwriter, his company told him they thought he was more suited to acting, so he decided to debut as an actor.

3. Honey Lee

Honey Lee

Honey Lee spent a whole year as a YG trainee. She almost became a member of 2NE1!

However, after winning the title of Miss Korea, she chose a career in acting instead.

4. Gong Seung Yeon

Gong Seung Yeon

Gong Seung Yeon was once under SM Entertainment, and was a fellow trainee with the f(x) members.

After living the trainee life for about 7 years, she took an interest in acting and decided to become an actress instead.

5. Lee Jong Suk

Lee Jong Suk

Debuting as a model at the age of 15, Lee Jong Suk was all set to model and be an idol trainee simultaneously.

However, he dreamed of being an actor, and finally got his wish when he appeared in SBS’s drama “Prosecutor Princess” in 2010.

6. Soo Ae

Soo Ae

Soo Ae lived as an idol trainee for six months and was intended to be the rapper in her future group.

Then, her company said she seemed to have potential to be an actress, so she switched paths and entered the acting field.

7. Min Hyo Rin

Min Hyo Rin

Min Hyo Rin, who had already had some experience as a singer, became a JYP trainee in 2004.

However, commuting between Daegu and Seoul for training proved to be very difficult, so in the end she gave up being an idol and chose the acting path instead.

Which star’s past was the most surprising? Who would you like to see as a singer?

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