7 K-Dramas Starring GOT7’s Jinyoung That Are Worth Watching
Now that “Yumi’s Cells 2” has officially come to an end, you might feel a little bit antsy for more Jinyoung. Luckily for his fans, there is quite a repertoire of projects that he has done over the years, and because he’s also an idol, there is the additional resource of watching lots of fancams online. Having done the homework, here are seven K-dramas of his that are definitely worth watching.
1. “Dream High 2”
In the sequel to “Dream High,” Kirin High School of Art is now Oz Entertainment. There is a merger of students and artists that happen, which causes some tension amongst them. Kang Sora plays Shin Hae Sung, a Kirin High student who gets good grades but has no skill in singing. She becomes friends with Jin Yoo Jin (Jung Jinwoon) and GOT7‘s JAY B, and they try to achieve their dreams while also falling in love.
One of the most delightful and entertaining parts about “Dream High 2” is seeing so many JYP artists in the cast showcasing their acting skills. Although many of them are multi-talented, seeing Jinyoung completely in his element as Jung Ui Bong is one of the highlights. He portrays the honest and passionate character so perfectly that you almost forget that he’s acting! His chemistry with Lee Seul (Jung Yeon Joo) is also one that many fans very much shipped.
Check out the drama here:
When Heo Jun Jae (Lee Min Ho) meets Shim Chung (Jun Ji Hyun), he notices that she is a bit of an oddball. She is fascinated by the world around her and has some trouble fitting in. What Jun Jae doesn’t realize is that Shim Chung is actually a mermaid. The mischievous and bad boy Jun Jae also begins to realize that his feelings for her are pretty deep.
Many will remember Jinyoung as the younger version of Heo Joon Jae. The moment the camera showed his face, people couldn’t help but comment on how good-looking the actor is. He definitely impressed with his visuals, and he was able to make a name for himself as being multi-talented and handsome. Above all, Jinyoung’s acting with his eyes and ability to portray a young Heo Joon Jae, who was so desperately trying to find his mom, were effortlessly convincing.
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3. “My Love Eun Dong”
Ji Eun Ho (Joo Jin Mo) is a top actor who is still trying to find the girl he fell in love with when he was 17 years old. He had become an actor in hopes that she would see him on screen and recognize him. Seo Jung Eun (Kim Sa Rang) gets hired as Eun Ho’s ghostwriter to help write his autobiography. But what he doesn’t know is that Jung Eun is the little girl he has spent his life looking for.
This is arguably the first real role where viewers were able to see the acting capacity of Jinyoung. The emotional pull that he has on his viewers as he brings them into the life of his character Ji Eun Ho is impeccably memorable. Although he is in the series for just a few episodes, it still remains as one of his best roles yet. This type of rugged and protective character suits him perfectly!
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4. “When My Love Blooms”
It’s love at first sight when Yoon Ji Soo (Lee Bo Young) first meets Han Jae Hyun (Yoo Ji Tae). He rescues her when she gets caught in the middle of an intense protest. From this point on, Ji Soo makes it a point to try and win Jae Hyun’s heart. She’s persistent in her love for him, and he eventually starts to have feelings for her too. After an unfortunate situation, Ji Soo is forced to break up with Jae Hyun, but the two reunite many years later. As adults, they realize that their feelings for each other never really disappeared.
This side of Jinyoung is one that fans absolutely adored. He plays the younger version of Han Jae Hyun, and to say he was perfectly cast is an understatement. The relationship he develops with Yoon Ji Soo (Jeon So Nee) is one that is so sweet and innocent that it’ll have you remembering your own first love story. Their connection and specific storyline is probably the best part of the series, and there wasn’t nearly enough of the two throughout. The way they portrayed the relationship, the feelings of first love, and the innocence that comes with it were so flawless!
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5. “He Is Psychometric”
Jinyoung stars as Lee Ahn, a man with the special gift of being able to see a person’s memory whenever he touches them. He uses his powers for good and decides to take out all the evil people he comes across. Eventually, he meets Yoon Jae In, played by Shin Ye Eun, who has some baggage that Jae In does not see. They come together to solve a case that the two are connected to.
This was Jinyoung’s first full series lead role, and it was a solid storyline and solid performance, but we really wouldn’t expect anything less from him! His character has so many layers of being funny, serious, emotional, and romantic, which is not easy for an actor to do, but because of Jinyoung’s natural acting skills, he is able to do it perfectly. It is also one of the first glimpses we get of him doing a bit more action through his character, which really only affirmed that he can do it all.
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6. “The Devil Judge”
“The Devil Judge” stars Ji Sung as Kang Yo Han, a head judge who has a mysterious side, and people do not know if he is good or bad. GOT7’s Jinyoung stars as an associate judge named Kim Ga On, who develops a relationship with Yo Han. Ga On struggles to discover if Yo Han is on the side of evil or good.
This is one of Jinyoung’s most mature roles to date, and he had very large shoes to fill as he starred alongside veteran actor Ji Sung. Jinyoung did a remarkable job playing the naive and smart Ga On, and his chemistry with Ji Sung was very evident. The two looked like they had a blast filming together in the behind-the-scenes footage. Jinyoung’s serious and mature role really proved to fans and viewers that he has what it takes to kick his acting career up a notch. Hopefully he gets to play more mature roles like this one!
Watch episode one here:
7. “Yumi’s Cells” (first and second season)
“Yumi’s Cells” is a webtoon written by Lee Dong Gun that has garnered billions of views. It was such a huge success in Korea that it was only a matter of time before they adapted it into a drama. Kim Go Eun plays Yumi, an ordinary girl who gives herself to everything she does but often gets hurt or taken advantage of. All she wants is to find love, and when she finds it difficult to convey her feelings to someone she likes, she becomes very self-conscious.
Jinyoung plays Yoo Babi, a sweet and sensitive coworker of Yumi’s who can’t help but wear his heart on his sleeve around her. He has been in love with her for awhile and is very straight forward in wanting to date her. Jinyoung’s aptitude of portraying this popular, adorable, and charming man is complete perfection – he really just had to play himself! Jinyoung won over the hearts of many through this role, and fans are definitely going to miss him now that the series is complete!
Catch him in the first season here:
Hey Soompiers, what is your favorite drama of Jinyoung’s so far? Let me know in the comments below!
binahearts is a Soompi writer whose ultimate biases are Song Joong Ki and BIGBANG but has lately been seen obsessing over Hwang In Yeop. Make sure you follow binahearts on Instagram as she journeys through her latest Korean crazes!