EXO’s Idol Actors & Why I Love Them.

I have mentioned it before, I love idol actors (check my previous posts on actresses & actors). I tend to give them the benefit of the doubt because for the most part, they have fashioned a persona as an idol and that translates to acting pretty well. I think for some people, it takes opportunities away for rookie actors, but I’ve seen rookies rise from the muck and do well. If you think about it, nothing shuts people up like doing a good job. The same pretty much goes for idols who choose to go this path.

Now for EXO, the journey has been pretty interesting. Some have excelled in ways that people have not expected. Others have done decently, but not great, yet. It’s too early to tell how some of the guys in EXO will do in the acting world. If you’re curious, here’s some of the shows they have been in.

D.OIt’s Okay, That’s Love 괜찮아, 사랑이야
EXO D.O | Do Kyung Soo
Also known as:
It’s Okay, That’s Love / It’s Alright, It’s Love
Genre: Romance, medical, melodrama, comedy
Episodes: 16
Broadcast network: SBS
Broadcast period: 2014-Jul-23 to 2014-Sep-11

This was D.O’s first supporting role and it was incredible. Not only was the drama probably one of the top ones of 2014, it tackled the taboo of mental health with such honesty and bravado. I cannot even begin to say how much I adore all the actors in this. It was such a great move for him to act alongside top stars like Jo In Sung and Gong Hyo Jin. He even forged some great friendships that remain to this day.

Without giving too much away, he plays Han Kang Woo. An abused young man who is trying to escape his life and become a writer. His hero is In Sung’s Jang Jae Yul. It’s a weird relationship and the big twist in it is both sad and tragic, but D.O does it so well. You forget the singer. You forget the actor. You see Kang Woo. That right there is just stunning.
Watch It’s Okay, That’s Love on VIKI.

ChanyeolEXO Next Door 우리 옆집에 엑소가 산다
EXO Chanyeol | Park Chanyeol
Romance, drama, comedy
Format: Web drama
Episodes: 16
Broadcast network: Naver TV Cast
Broadcast period: 2015-Apr-09 to 2015-May-28

This web drama is just full of fluff and cheesiness. Which is probably why I was totally into it. The whole band has parts in this which is pretty much a promotion for the band and a product, but don’t let that disway you. There’s some real fun nuggets with Chanyeol, D.O, Baekhyun and Sehun, who are in the show the most.

I don’t exactly care for the main storyline, but the interactions with Chanyeol and the actress Moon Ga Young are pretty good. I mean, who wouldn’t want to be a housekeeper for the band EXO, amirite? [Now that I think about that, being a housekeeper for a bunch of young guys might not be a good idea.] Still, I love his facial expressions and his tsundere type of character. It definitely is a departure from his “happy virus” personality.
Watch EXO Next Door on DRAMAFEVER.

XiuminFalling For Challenge도전에 반하다
EXO Xiumin | Kim Minseok
Romance, drama, comedy
Web drama
Broadcast network: 
Naver TV Cast
Broadcast period: 
2015-Oct-26 – 2015-Oct-30

Our sweet little bao Xiumin in a little web drama with Kim So Eun? Yes, please. She’s so pretty and she has this very approachable aura with co-stars. This show is no different. In fact, this drama became the most watched ones of 2015 and it came out in October! Quite a feat for Xiumin in his first leading venture.

I’ll be honest, his acting didn’t blow me away, but the times when he was a bit more serious, I could see him playing those roles more often. He’s very natural and grounded, which you don’t see a lot of in young actors today. It will be interesting to see if he continues. I’d like to see more of him. Someone put him in a melodrama, stat!
Watch Falling for Challenge on VIKI.

As for the some of the others in EXO, Lay’s currently in production with a major Chinese drama, Kai just signed up for a web drama, Suho did a film with Ji Soo in 2015 and Chen has been making a name for himself in musicals. Also take note that former members: Luhan, Kris and Tao have done some acting as well.

Sky’s the limit for EXOplanet. Honestly, I will probably watch all of their acting projects. Why not?

What’s your favorite EXO drama? Comment below or tweet me @cherylfornia!

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