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Lee Joon talks about why he quit being an idol and became an actor

By alice101   Thursday, October 27, 2016   66,132   4,731   0



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What does acting mean for Lee Joon, who has completely transitioned from being an idol to being an actor? 

Actor Lee Joon recently met up with Herald POP for an interview about his film, 'Lucky,' and to discuss his career change from singer to actor. 

When asked what changed after he decided to only do acting, Lee Joon replied, "I have always worked hard. Comparing when I was doing both in the past and when just doing acting now, I cannot say that I am putting in more effort now. I worked hard then, and I am working hard now. I am the same . . . My first speciality was dance. I've done Korean dance, ballet, and I was a singer. However, out of all the different areas, acting is the most interesting. I think I will have the most fun with this," explaining why he chose to be an actor instead of a singer. 

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Lee Joon also stated, "Nowadays, there's not as much prejudice against idols who act, right? Idol-actors aren't necessarily bad at acting. After School's Nana gets good reviews, and she was an idol for a long time. Siwan is a singer, but he is also doing great as an actor, so I think the fact that starting off as an idol and your acting ability have nothing to do with each other." 

So what does he think is a pro of being an idol/actor? Lee Joon answered, "To be honest --and I think everyone will agree --if you are an idol, it is easier to get casted." He then added, "But strangely, I used to not get cast all that much," laughing.

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JiminLee7 Thursday, October 27, 2016

even though i miss MBLAQ so much and lee joon was my bias there, but they have their own choices that they think it's the best for them. maybe acting could make him happier so that's good for him. i just love how open and honest he is

joycb Thursday, October 27, 2016

In the past 5yrs, I've seen more idol-actors take on good roles and do well in kdramas and movies. There will always be negativity towards them but a lot have already broken that impression so I believe there's better opportunity for idol-actors now. I like Gap Dong. Lee Joon was really good in that drama.

starempress Thursday, October 27, 2016

I don't think being an idol has as much to getting casted as one may think... even under the category of idol-actors, the roles they get are divided them into two general categories... there are idol-actors who are idols who only play the idol role (pretty boy, popular, center of attention roles for guys, the Cinderella or lead pitiful but something girl) (like Jung YongHwa or Krystal Jung) vs the actors who don't really fit the pretty boy role and do the serious acting, not-so idol roles (villans, boring (deeper dramas), insane roles, or even the ones that get tortured) (like Siwan).... and so Lee Joon fits more in the latter group so if he's looking for idol roles, of course he isn't going to get the casting calls he wants...

lolitea Thursday, October 27, 2016

My honest leejoonshilovely <3

kalimilano Thursday, October 27, 2016

I like his honesty

spriteexo Thursday, October 27, 2016

Love his honesty. Also, acting is much more of a stable career choice than the idol life - at some point you're out of the idol industry but you can pretty much act your whole life.

kpop_foreverrr spriteexo Thursday, October 27, 2016

YES so i actually think that he made a smart decision of leaving, because idk mblaq isn't relly popular rn n i'm not hearing much from then

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sunya_bae_bae kpop_foreverrr Thursday, October 27, 2016

I agree with you

Fatimaaxo Thursday, October 27, 2016

It's true though if you're an idol it's easier to get caster even if you suck

kpop_foreverrr Fatimaaxo Thursday, October 27, 2016

ofc xD the reason y they're casted is cuz of their popularity

k_kid Fatimaaxo Thursday, October 27, 2016

One word: Ratings

Fatimaaxo kpop_foreverrr Thursday, October 27, 2016

Yeah but that's the problem. Acting doesn't even seem like a real career it's just a backup plan for everyone; I doubt these idols actually enjoy doing it.

kpop_foreverrr Fatimaaxo Thursday, October 27, 2016

precisely :) which is y i too, have judgements against many idol actors

intricate Thursday, October 27, 2016

what is it anyway with that prejudice towards idols who act?

JeuNMF intricate Thursday, October 27, 2016

Many people belive that an idol that acts usually does it badly. Because it's not their main work, because they're distracted with comebacks or producing music. There's also the thing that they're not actors themselves, I think it's a Korean believe that if you are not specialized in something, you'll probably do it bad. On the other hand, using an idol usually will make the movie/series popular on their fandom, so them who act gain this prejudice of "not-good-actor-because-idol".

intricate JeuNMF Thursday, October 27, 2016

Even though it makes sense that's not really the case at all. Funny thing is that in some countries it's the exact opposite... if you don't do anything besides singing, or acting or whatever you'll be considered talentless or something. So most celebs end up taking at least 1 or 2 presenting/MC gigs during their careers, if they didn't already do something that is completely unrelated to what made them famous in the first place.

Looolgolol Thursday, October 27, 2016

He spoke the truth

chelda14 Thursday, October 27, 2016

ever since his idol time, i do see him have a lot of potential in acting. i just hope he will be recognize even more in the future

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