Blackpink's Jisoo cast as female lead in new K-drama 'Seol Kang Hwa'
- The show reunites the duo behind last year's South Korean megahit 'Sky Castle' and will be the singer's debut as a TV heroine
- Many K-pop idols take up the challenge of acting in addition to music
Blackpink's Jisoo revealed that she has been cast as the female lead in a new series on South Korean broadcasting network JTBC (Joongang Tongyang Broadcasting Company).
Tentatively titled Seol Kang Hwa, the drama is the singer's debut as a television heroine.
It also reunites writer Yoo Hyun-mi and programme director Cho Hyun-tak, the duo behind Sky Castle. The TV megahit was a satirical thriller from the same network about extravagant, cold-blooded parenting with the aim of sending kids to top universities.
News of Jisoo's stint in the highly anticipated series came as she continues to enjoy global fame. The four-member YG Entertainment band recently said it will release a new single ― a collaboration with American musician Selena Gomez, on August 28. The band's first full-length album is expected to drop in October.
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Jisoo has built a few film credits. In 2019, she played the ex-girlfriend of the male lead in the epic period fiction Arthdal Chronicles. In 2015, before her debut with Blackpink, she had a cameo role in the drama The Producers. Her pre-debut public exposure also includes several ads and minor roles in two music videos.
Fans have been anticipating Jisoo's major acting debut. She is believed to have pursued acting at high school in Gwacheon, Gyeonggi Province, as a member of the acting club. She notes her favorite stars as American actress Natalie Portman and Son Ye-jin.
Many K-pop idols have taken up the challenge of acting for TV dramas and movies, and public evaluation of their performances has set the course of their careers. Some even left the music industry to be actors, while others have pursued both fields. Some received embarrassing critiques, putting their acting futures in doubt.