K-Pop Idols Diving into BL: Who Are They?

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For the past few years, Korea has seen an exponential rise in the popularity of Boys Love (BL) in which many have seen as a beautiful development for the country’s still relatively conservative show business.

As the genre gains fans and recognition, it is not surprising that aside from rookie actors, K-Pop idols, current and former alike, get themselves involved in queer media, taking on roles for several BL shows.

Let’s take a look at some of these K-Pop idols who have dived (or are diving) into BL acting!

Lee Sae On

Light on Me

Lee Sae Ron
(Image: Viki)

Lee Sae On played the role of Woo Taekyung in ‘Light on Me’, arguably one of the most popular Korean BL dramas of 2021. Although he did not debut in a K-Pop group per se, Lee joined both Produce 101 Season 2 and Mix Nine under the stage name Yoo Yongbin.

Hur Hyunjung (former The Boyz)

Color Rush

Hur Hyunjung
(Image: Instagram | storywiz.film)

Hur Hyunjung used to be a member of the K-Pop group The Boyz under the stage name Hwall. He played the role of Go Yoohan, one of the main characters of the 2021 BL series ‘Color Rush’.

Gongchan (B1A4)

Unintentional Love Story

Gongchan
(Image: Instagram | gongchanida)

Gongchan is the youngest member of the K-Pop group B1A4. He stars in the upcoming 2023 series ‘Unintentional Love Story’ as Ji Wonyoung, an employee who needs to win the heart of his chairman’s favorite artist so he could get his job back. Although this isn’t Gongchan’s first acting role, this will be his first BL stint.

Kim Jiwong (INX) and Yoon Seobin

Roommates of Poongduck 304

Roommates of Poongduck 304
(Image: Idol Romance)

The stars of the 2022 web drama ‘Roommates of Poongduck 304’ also have K-Pop idol backgrounds! Kim Jiwong, who played the role of Jo Jihoon, was a former member of INX, a group that debuted in 2016 but disbanded in 2017. Meanwhile, Yoon Seobin, who played the role of Seo Jaeyoon, did not debut, but he joined Produce X 101 in 2019.

Watch ‘Roommates of Poongduck 304 on GagaOOLala

J-Min (BAE173)

Love Class (Season 2)

J-Min
(Image: Instagram | official__bae173)

J-Min is a member of the K-Pop group BAE173. He will have his acting debut in the upcoming second season of ‘Love Class’ where he will play the lead role of Lee Hyun.

Song Seunghyun (former F.T. Island)

Oh! My Assistant

Seunghyun
(Image: Instagram | soow456)

Whether F.T. Island should be considered a K-Pop group or not is a debate for another day, but it won’t change the fact that its former member, Song Seunghyun, starred in the 2022 BL series ‘Oh! My Assistant’. He played the role of its main character, Seon Ho, an adult webtoon artist.

Watch ‘Oh! My Assistant’ on GagaOOLala

ZuHo (SF9)

Star Struck

SF9 Zuho
(Image: Instagram | sf9official)

ZuHo is best known as the main rapper of the K-Pop group SF9. He will star in the upcoming BL ‘Star Struck’ based on a novel of the same name. He will take the role of Jo Yoojae, the love interest of his childhood friend, Seo Hanjoon (to be played by rookie actor Kim Inseong).

Leo and Hyuk (VIXX)

Happy Ending Romance and Color Rush (Season 2)

VIXX Leo and Hyuk
(Image: Twitter | RealVIXX)

Not one but two VIXX members have finally gotten down to BL with both of their dramas shown in 2022! Leo was in the web series ‘Happy Ending Romance’ where he played the main role of Kim Junhyung. Likewise, Hyuk starred in the second season of ‘Color Rush’ as Kim Sehyun, one of the lead characters.

Watch Happy Ending Romance on GagaOOLala

Park Seoham (former KNK) and Park Jaechan (DKZ)

Semantic Error

Semantic Error
(Image: GagaOOLala)

And last but not the least, we are ending this list with arguably one of the highest-rated and most loved Korean BL series of 2021, if not of all time: ‘Semantic Error’! Both lead actors, Park Seoham and Park Jaechan, are from K-Pop groups. Seoham used to be part of KNK until 2021 while Jaechan is a member of DKZ (formerly known as DONGKIZ). In fact, their BL web series was a massive hit, it contributed to a rise in popularity of DKZ and their songs!

Watch Semantic Error on GagaOOLala

This list is random, unranked, and non-exhaustive, and we’re pretty sure there are a lot more other K-Pop idols who have joined the BL craze. If you don’t see your favorite idol actor, feel free to leave them and their shows in the comments!

 

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