For some of these stars, going down the path of entertainment was not their original dream. They had dreams to go into professional sports, politics, culinary arts, and even Chinese herbal medicine!
Find out what these stars would have become had they not decided to become the beloved celebs we've come to know and love!
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ASTRO's Cha Eun Woo
With his exceptional smarts, ASTRO's Cha Eun Woo had dreams to enroll in the prestigious Seoul National University and eventually become a judge. However, gave up his ambitious dreams when he was scouted by a recruiter from Fantagio.
Xiumin was one of the top students in his major while he attended school, and he has stated that his favorite subject is math, a natural aptitude that might have come in handy had he pursued his dreams to become an architect! Alas, Xiumin never got to fully put his math skills to use subsequent joining what would be one of SM's most popular boy groups.
D.O., often referred to as the 'mother' of EXO, has a reputation within and outside of EXO for his interest in the culinary arts and cooking. He claims he's not a good cook, but if he's in charge of cooking in EXO, then he must pretty good--no wonder the guy wanted to be a chef!
Like a lot of people around the world, SHINee's Minho has a passion for competitive sports, particularly soccer. The idol not only enjoys watching soccer but he also loves playing in the field! His father was even the coach for the Daejeon Citizen Football Club, so naturally soccer was a big part of his life. Ultimately, Minho decided on the path of entertainment rather than on the path of becoming a professional soccer player.
Yoo Jae Suk
Before he became 'Grasshopper' and 'Nation's MC,' Yoo Jae Suk actually had dreams of becoming a glad-handing diplomat in the world of politics. With a higher-than-normal IQ of 124, the man certainly has the smarts for it. Lucky for us that he decided to become an entertainer instead, delighting us with his quick wit and humor!
HyunA, one of the sexiest divas of K-Pop, originally wanted to be an actress. She revealed that she auditioned at least 50 times to fulfill her dreams but unfortunately, she failed all 50 times. Well, you know what they say about blessings in disguise. I guess all the failures were actually blessings for HyunA because they led the way to her true passion: dancing.
Handsome, talented actor Ji Sung actually dreamed of becoming a baseball player. He has even stated that he would have been as good as Ryu Hyun Jin!
Our 'Namu' would have either been a chef or an athlete had he not joined Woollim to be part of a K-Pop group that makes fangirls and fanboy laugh and cry with joy all over the globe.
YoonA, despite claiming to be not so great at cooking, enjoys it all the same. So much so that she would have become a chef had she not joined Girls' Generation. Can you imagine YoonA in the thick of the kitchen heat?
This dorky member of INFINITE wanted to study medicine as a doctor...and not just any medicine, but Chinese herbal medicine. Oh, Dongwoo, you never fail to surprise us!
Song Hye Kyo
This gorgeous actress dreamed of bringing a whole another type of entertainment as a figure skater on the ice skating rink. Instead, she debuted as an actress, and now she is one of the most adored, popular stars in Korea.
If Ravi had not become a rhyme-spitting demon, then he would have been a personal bodyguard for his younger sister. The gesture is pretty sweet, isn't it? He must be very protective of his younger sister!
Shin Sung Rok
Shin Sung Rok was passionate about basketball, even thinking of paving a career as a basketball player. However, he ended up swerving down the path of acting and became popular through various roles on the small screen.
Hongbin - Captain America
Why not Kaptain Korea?? haha get it?? okay I'll stop now....
Kikwang - Cristiano Ronaldo
Yes, you read right - Kikwang wants to be an entirely different person. Maybe in your next life Kikwang.....