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20 K-Pop Stars Who Also Star In TV Shows & Movies

From Blackpink and BTS to Monsta X, members of your favorite groups have gone from stage to screen.

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Jisoo hit the music scene in 2016 as a member of Blackpink, the South Korean girl group that’s garnered global success through hits like “Kill This Love” and “Ice Cream.” This year, she debuts as an actor in Snowdrop, a romantic historical drama series released Feb. 9 on Disney+.

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Set in 1987, Snowdrop stars the performer as university freshman Eun Yeong-ro, who falls in love with upperclassman and secret North Korean agent Lim Soo-ho (Jung Hae-in). Jisoo joins many K-pop stars who’ve forayed into acting, and you can keep reading to learn about 19 others.

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Kim Tae-hyung, better known as V from BTS, first tried his hand at acting three years after the group debuted with 2013’s O!RUL8,2? EP. In KBS2’s coming-of-age romance series Hwarang: The Poet Warrior Youth, he played supporting character Seok Han-sung from 2016 to 2017.

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All five members of Red Velvet lent their voices to Trolls World Tour as the K-pop group, but three have launched full acting careers. Joy stars in K-drama The One and Only, Yeri appeared in the 2021 web series Blue Birthday, and Irene led 2021's romantic film Double Patty.

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Hyungwon has scored many musical hits with Monsta X, including “Hero” and “Play It Cool,” since 2015. Two years later, the performer made his acting debut in the web series Please Find Her, and he landed a leading role as Han Yo-han in another web series titled Fly Again in 2021.

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Several members of Girls Generation have appeared in film, with Taeyeon and Seohyun voice acting in the Korean-dubbed Despicable Me franchise and Sunny doing the same for Rio 2. Seohyun also acted in Netflix’s Love and Leashes while Yuri’s been in No Breathing and Dolphin.

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Girls Generation member Yoona has the most extensive filmography of the group, including roles in Miracle: Letters to the President, A Year-End Medley, and forthcoming films Confidential Assignment 2: International and 2 O’Clock Date.

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Jessica Jung left Girls Generation in 2014 and has since launched a successful solo music career and become a famous actor. Her onscreen work includes reality shows and roles in the movies Two Bellmen Three and My Other Home as well as the romantic comedy series Wild Romance.

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JYP Entertainment’s GOT7 debuted in 2014, and three of its members have forayed into acting roles. Jinyoung has appeared in the 2017 drama A Stray Goat, and he’s set to star in Netflix’s forthcoming Yaksha: Ruthless Operations as well as the theatrical fantasy film Hi.5.

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Member Jay B appeared alongside Jinyoung in the musical drama series Dream High 2 before landing roles in the romance series When a Man Falls in Love and Dream Knight, which featured all seven members of GOT7 as themselves.

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Since making his acting debut in Dream Knight, member Youngjae has tried his hand at comedy with a role in the Netflix sitcom So Not Worth It. Most recently, he appeared in Kakao TV’s 2021 romantic web series Love & Wish.

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Member Jonghyun passed away in 2017, but all four remaining members of Shinee, known for hits including “Replay” and “Lucifer,” have also acted. Since his TV debut in 2010's Dr. Champ, Onew has appeared in Descendants of the Sun and will star in the upcoming film 4:44 Seconds.

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Key first acted on TV in 2011’s Moon Night ’90 before making his film debut in 2019’s Hit-and-Run Squad. Minho’s filmography includes Hwarang: The Poet Warrior Youth and 2019’s The Battle of Jangsari, while Taemin also appeared in Moon Night ’90 as well as 2017’s Final Life.