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What did these celebs want to do before they entered stardom?

By jubilantj   Thursday, May 19, 2016   102,475   5,739   67



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Many celebs, including your favorite idols, singers, actresses and actors, may be living large under flashing lights and adored by fans worldwide, but little is known about their dreams before they entered stardom. 

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

SHINee's Minho

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. 

ji Sung

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.....
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    micahxo_lu Sunday, May 22, 2016

    I could totally see Xiumin as an architect! I think that he should still go for it if it's his dream, Exo is my favorite kpop group and all but their wants and needs come before mine. They could take some time off to focus on themselves, I mean they've had nonstop comebacks since debut.. they could use some time for themselves. I'm not saying that they're overworked, I'm just saying I know they have other passions that they want to explore or maybe even discover. Kyungsoo could be an awesome chef, too!

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    oooxtina Saturday, May 21, 2016

    oh yea i remember song hye kyo saying that when she filmed full house she was good at ice skating

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    Buster Friday, May 20, 2016

    I could totally see Ji Sung as a Baseball player maybe far in the future he can be one

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    Stephanie91 Friday, May 20, 2016

    I am so glad Yoo Jae Suk became a comedian and MC instead of being a politician! :)

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    Timothy_W_Campb (Banned) Friday, May 20, 2016

    This comment has been removed due to violation of our TOS. (Reason: Spam)

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    biscuitsandmilk Friday, May 20, 2016

    I bet Ravi's sister was really relieved when he got to debut in VIXX, lol.

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    dreamingfreak Friday, May 20, 2016

    Yay, Xiumin wanted to be an architect! I am actually studying, and it is my dream also but it's not as easy as it looks. I guess my bias is always someone who is similar to my interest.

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    taale11 Friday, May 20, 2016

    if they wanted to do it still they can!

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    Sephir8 (Banned) Friday, May 20, 2016

    This comment has been removed due to violation of our TOS. (Reason: idiotic commentary)

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    YeonieVIXX Friday, May 20, 2016

    Ravi and Hongbean though! 😂 Adorkable indeed!

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    Melisandre YeonieVIXX Friday, May 20, 2016

    Way too cute!

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