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Successful singer-actors Rain & Lee Seung Gi [Article]


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Also actively involved in TV dramas… The golden age of singers
October 10, 2010

Source:  Yonhap News/Naver
English translation:  LSGfan.wordpress.com

Singers are dominating Wednesday-Thursday dramas

On the 29th and 30th of last month, the lead actors in each of the Wednesday-Thursday dramas on the 3 different broadcast channels were all singers.  In addition to SS501’s Kim Hyun Joong’s MBC “Playful Kiss” and Lee Seung Gi’s SBS “My Girlfriend is a Gumiho,” Rain’s KBS “Runaway Plan B” just began.

And this doesn’t include just the main leads. Park Soo Jin and No Min Woo were in “My Girlfriend is a Gumiho” and Danny Ahn is in “Runaway Plan B.”

JYJ’s Mickey Yoochun is the main lead in Monday-Tuesday KBS drama “Sungkyunkwan Scandal” and Park Jung Ah is playing a supporting role in daily KBS drama “Laugh Dong Hae.”  Also, Nam Gyuri played the role of the youngest daughter of the lead family in SBS “Life is Beautiful” and Tara’s JiYun will play the lead role in an upcoming KBS drama set to premiere next month.

Rain and Lee Seung Gi also stand victorious as actors

However, the acting ability of singer-actors are typically not on par with full-time actors.  For example, although Kim Hyun Joong and Mickey Yoochun’s star status landed them lead drama roles, they are still insufficient in many ways as actors.

However, there are cases like Rain and Lee Seung Gi in which they have not only stood tall and victorious as singers, but as actors as well.

Advancing even into Hollywood  through movies “Ninja Assassin” and “Speed Racer,”  and through dramas “Let’s go to school Sang Doo,” Full House,” and “A Love to Kill,” Rain’s acting ability has become solid over time.  Through this foundation, he is putting on a one man show and gaining much admiration for “Runaway Plan B.”  He is showing skills rivaling many actors, not only through his physical action, but also in his quick and effective line delivery and comical acting.

Having the support of men and women of all ages, Lee Seung Gi has also established a good reputation as an actor.  Showing his acting potential through his role as Hwang Tae Ja in 2006 KBS drama “Famous Princesses,” and then returning last year as the male lead for SBS drama “Brilliant Legacy” which recorded a high 47.1% tv viewership rating, he is quickly rising to join the ranks of A-list actors.

Also as the male lead in “My Girlfriend is a Gumiho,” he showed strength in carrying out the drama by effectively leading his co-star Shin Min Ah.  If Shin Min Ah was able to rid herself of her CF star label through this drama, then you could say Lee Seung Gi increased his firm footing as an actor by showing great depth and acting potential.

Having received acting lessons during their spare time as singers, these two persons are displaying the qualities of prepared actors.

[section on Mickey Yoochun not translated]

Due to the difficulties associated with carrying out both singing and acting simulataneously, many singers have chosen to focus solely on their acting.   More than anything, singers change to full-time actors because the life expectancy of a singer is typically way shorter than than of an actor.  Representative examples include Lim Chung Jung, Yoon Eun Hye, Sun Yuri, Yoon Kye Sang, Hwang Jung Eom, Nam Gyuri, Park Soo Jin, Park Jung Ah

On the other hand, there are idol stars like SNSD’s Yoona, 2pm’s Taec Yeon, Super Junior’s Choi Si Won, Big Bang’s Top, Tara’s JiYun and EunJung, DBSK’s YunoYuno who have attracted attention for taking on acting while still being active as singers.

Remember when we were a bit disappointed early on because of My Girlfriend is a Gumiho’s ratings and having to compete with Baker King?  But most fans agreed that despite the ratings, the most important thing was for SeungGi to be acknowledged for his acting and that the drama itself be well-received?  Well, we definitely got both!

The translated articles I’ve been posting about critical praise for SeungGi are not selective; the overall sentiment both publicly and in the industry is that SeungGi has really matured as an actor.  And seeing My Girlfriend is a Gumiho (a trendy fantasy drama at that!) end on a high note at #1 spot in its time slot and 21.3% TNS ratings speaks volumes about the quality of the drama production!

Plus last week’s ratings for the Wednesday-Thursday time slot, the first without My Girlfriend is a Gumiho, further evidence the impressive nature of its ratings given the context of going up against 50% ratings national drama Baker King.  The critical praise for My Girlfriend is a Gumiho and leads SeungGi and MinAh have been awesome!  I’m so happy for SeungGi and the entire cast/team!

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14 Responses

  1. LOL at this statement: For example, although Kim Hyun Joong and Mickey Yoochun’s star status landed them lead drama roles, they are still insufficient in many ways as actors.

    i can’t help but agree on that. right on! :D

    Oh Seung Gi, how i love thee? ^sigh^

  2. agreed…..seung gi is improving in his acting abilities….

  3. …at time action speaks louder then words as in the case of Kim Hyun Joong and Mickey Yoochun… all praises to Lee Seung gi as a rising star to join the rank of a A-lister…congratulation…keep up the good work..

  4. So happy with the recent articles on Seunggi and Minah. Minah herself didn’t expect to be so loved, and the good words she has for Seunggi is really awesome. Seunggi on his part, got praises for his acting. Yup, I know that with this, we can anticipate more and lots more project for Seunggi. Such a waste for a talent like his not to be fully utilized, right?

  5. Thanks a lot Ann for translating this article.

    havent read it yet. will comment more later :)

  6. Ann, I have been curious about the rating of the dramas on Wed & Thurs after MGIG ended. How are their performance now. Which is the top drama now. Can you enlighten us a bit. or can you give us the link to check-out the ratings? Thank you!

  7. I love them both, but I’ll prefer Lee Seung Gi rather than Rain :)

    I’m waiting for seunggi’s next drama project. Hopefully he will choose another interesting character. I wanna see him in a a sageuk drama or may be in an action movie, or other kind of drama genre that more challenging.

  8. Ana ~ thx for posting the dramabeans link.

    purple1n2d ~ SBS Daemul looks poised to beat out KBS Runaway for the long run too… after last year’s Queen Sun Deok, Go Hyun Jung has become one of the top actresses if not the #1 in korea. she also has ties to Seunggi since she was with Hook long time ago before switching management companies.

    i loved seeing the BTS video clips of seunggi arriving at the baeksang awards and going directly to say hello to go hyun jung first. she looked like she was so proud of him! :)

    As for Playful Kiss, I don’t think their ratings will change much. it only has 4 more eps left. I don’t feel like their competition was ever the Baker King audience so you can’t really blame their ratings on that. I always thought PK ratings competition was MGIG. Even after Baker King ended, PK didn’t get a big boost in their ratings while MGIG did.

  9. im having mixed emotions on this article, as i consider myself a fan of many korean stars…. can i just say i like them all?!?

    but what’s more important is that LSG is being recognized by most people, both as a singer and an actor, however, what makes me even prouder about this lad is that he is also known for his proper manners… such a rare combination esp for young, accomplished and talented people of his field…
    bottomline, im proud of being his fan…

    one more thing, im so happy that his song from MGIAG OST is always on the top 20 of kpop charts… a lot of people really love him…

  10. Thanks you for translating
    Do you mind if we copy it into our forum ^^
    we’ll give the profer credit to you

    Thanks You So Much ^^

  11. yep, lee seung gi and rain are successful singer turn actor. they are amazing at both and their acting is amazing

  12. i really love my gf is a gumiho

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