South Korea’s Hallyu wave is taking the world by storm with the help of K-pop idols and Korean celebrities. The global popularity of South Korean culture and media can be attributed to the immense success of the supergroup BTS, Bong Joon-ho’s parasiteand the Netflix show Squid Game.
These Korean celebrities have paved the way for other Korean acts to venture into the west and showcase their potential to the world. Many Korean celebrities living in America, such as Ma Dong-seok of Eternals fame and Sandra Oh of Grey’s Anatomy fame have already established themselves as prominent actors.
However, there is a noticeable lack of Asian actors in major roles in the west, especially those who are not from the US. Despite this barrier, Korean celebrities like Rain and CL have managed to secure a small Hollywood debut. With the growing Hallyu wave, more media in foreign languages, such as Korean, is being accepted.
4 Korean celebrities that are taking Hallyu to Hollywood
1) Jennie or BLACKPINK
It looks like Jennie is the newest member of BLACKPINK to dip her toes into the world of acting after Jisoo. Fans were shocked to see Jennie in the trailer for HBO’s TV show called The Idolto be released in 2022.
She stars alongside Lily-Rose Depp and The Weeknd. BLINKs speculated that Jennie’s night outs in the US, where she was spotted with The Weeknd, were leading up to her big role. The Idol revolves around the female protagonist’s character, who is a pop star, and her relationship with her lifestyle guru.
2) Cha Eun-woo or ASTRO
Jennie is not the only K-pop idol on her way to Hollywood. ASTRO’s Cha Eun-woo may have no experience in the west but he’s a well known K-pop idol turned actor in South Korea and has worked in popular K-dramas such as True Beauty.
This time, he has been cast in the lead role in the movie K-pop: Lost in America. He will star alongside Rebel Wilson of Pitch Perfect fame. The movie will revolve around a K-pop group, lost in Texas, trying to find their way to New York.