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So You Want to Watch a Kdrama with an Idol Actor?

Just hearing about a KPOP idol getting cast in a drama is enough to make me cringe. The term “idol actor” alone is enough to pass a show for me. I have also skipped shows with rookie actors, so I might just be picky. I watched a few shows because the powers that be know to cast some of my favorite actors with idols. I curse them! And might love them for it. Truth be told, it’s kind of nice to see talent go out of the KPOP box. These are three dramas I enjoyed with idol actors that I actually watched without the aid of favorites.

Oh! My Lady 오! 마이 레이디
Oh! My LadyIDOL: Choi Siwon of Super Junior
Romance, comedy
Episodes: 16
Broadcast network: SBS
Broadcast period: 2010-Mar-22 to 2010-May-11

Siwon is the lead actor in this sweet and spunky noona romance. He’s attractive, foolish and a top star who finds out he’s the father of a perfect sweet little girl (she’s too adorable!). With his reputation in jeopardy and the mother nowhere to be found, he desperately hires a woman with her own custody issues. She’s older, but sheltered, so of course there are hijinks, shirtless shots and romance. It’s a very cute drama that Siwon surprisingly makes you feel like he can be a daddy. I love cutie actor Siwon (I’m so excited for his next drama: She Was Pretty) and this drama shows that he could hold his own.
Watch Oh! My Lady on DRAMAFEVER.

Chang JoSweden Laundry 스웨덴 세탁소
IDOL: Chang Jo of Teen Top
Comedy, fantasy, romance, family
Episodes: 16
Broadcast network: MBC Every1, MBC Drama Net, MBC Music, MBC QueeN
Broadcast period: 2014-Nov-21 to 2015-Mar-06

I stumbled upon this drama because the lead actress, Song Ha Yoon wasn’t someone I was familiar with. Often I check out dramas where I don’t know the leads because you just never know what you might find. In this one, I found Chang Jo. He’s mainly a lead sidekick in this, but his puppy dog demeanor is a nice balance with the cast.

I have listened to Teen Top a few times and have seen them live, but honestly I don’t pay much attention them aside from some legit KPOP jams. Discovering that Chang Jo was the Teen Top Chang Jo was surprising. He looked and played like an actor, which I guess if you’re going to be an idol actor, it’s good when someone has no idea you were an idol.
Watch Sweden Laundry on DRAMAFEVER.

Lee Ki Kwang

Twenties 스무살
IDOL: Lee Ki Kwang of BEAST
Episodes: 4
Broadcast network: tvN
Broadcast period: 2014-Jan-06 to 2014-Jan-07

I’m pretty sure this is the only time Ki Kwang was a lead in a drama. Granted this is a mini drama, but I loved it so much, I had to include it. I made all my friends watch it. It it just one of those sort of fan fiction stories come to life and that makes it a delicious guilty pleasure.

Ki Kwang has had some great little supporting roles that I think shows his charm. I’m still not sure if he can expand upon it further, but I should check out Mrs. Cop to see how he’s doing outside of that. I do think his BEAST bandmate Yoon Du Jun has a bit more potential, but if Ki Kwang can get a few more scene stealing shows under his belt, he’ll be right there with him.
Watch Twenties on VIKI.

Do you have a favorite idol drama? Comment below or tweet me @cherylfornia!

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