Who will become the next Suzy?
According to No Cut News, although many male idol singers have been appearing in dramas, actresses are the ones that have played the main characters in dramas. However, many broadcast companies have seen potential in female idols that they have started supporting them by giving them the role of the main character.
A good example of this would be A Pink’s Jung Eun Ji. Jung Eun Ji will be appearing on KBS 2TV’s upcoming Monday-Tuesday drama, “Trot Lovers” as one of the main characters.
Jung Eun Ji debuted as an actress in 2012 through tvN’s drama, “Reply 1997.” At the time, she gained popularity through her use of dialect and playing the part of the bubbly, female student.
However, she did have her downfall. After the success of “Reply 1997,” she appeared in SBS’s popular drama, “That Winter, the Wind Blows,” but many viewers expressed that her acting was awkward for not using any dialect. That’s why, “Trot Lovers” will be the drama where Jung Eun Ji will be re-evaluated as an “acting dol.”
Secret’s Han Sun Hwa and SISTAR’s Dasom are not that far behind from Jung Eun Ji.
Han Sun Hwa appeared in SBS’s “God’s Gift-14 Days,” making her known as an “acting dol.” The unexpected transformation of Han Sun Hwa is the result from appearing in this drama.
Dasom appeared in KBS 1TV’s “Melody of Love,” which ended not too long ago. This was her first time playing the lead character and she was able to show her stable acting abilities. Despite of the fact that several viewers said her facial expressions were awkward, through her acting, the viewer ratings went over 20% until the end of the drama.
Many female idol singers have tried acting, but there’s only a handful of “acting dols” who appeared in a drama as the lead. miss A’s Suzy, IU, and Girls’ Generation’s YoonA have risen to the status of acting a lead character.
For that reason, Jung Eun Ji, Han Sun Hwa, and Dasom are playing an important role for the broadcasting companies who are short on casting actresses in their 20s.
However, there are negative opinions regarding idols acting in dramas.
The Cultural Critic, Ha Jae Geun, did a phone interview with CBS No Cut News and explained that, “There really aren’t any eye-popping actresses and that’s why people are saying that broadcasting companies are going through a ‘20s actress famine.’ That’s why we need rookie actresses. Since idols are becoming popular as an actor, many are casting rookie actresses from female idol groups. If they were to cast idols who are already popular, then it will become a big issue in the beginning; it helps with promoting the drama and selling the copyrights internationally.”
He continued on by saying, “However, if broadcast companies use idol singers just for their popularity and not train them to become better actors, then that’s not good. I’m worried that the drama’s standards and an actor’s acting abilities will become lower.”