Who knew they used to be K-pop idol trainees?!
29 Sep 2017 - 11:25 AM  UPDATED 23 Aug 2018 - 3:15 PM

These hot and rising stars are making their mark in the Chinese entertainment world but did you know they used to be ex-trainees under well-known Korean idol companies? 

1. Xing Zhaolin

After a series of supporting roles, Xing Zhaolin scored his first lead role in Chinese web-drama The Eternal Love. With the drama's success, his popularity skyrocketed and he has over 11 million followers on Weibo. He used to be a trainee under SM Entertainment and starred in EXO's "Wolf" music video drama version. (pictured here: 3rd guy from the right)


Trained under: SM Entertainment

Notable work: Princess Agents, The Eternal Love


2. Chen Xuedong

Chen Xuedong, also known as Cheney Chen, trained to become a singer under Cube Entertainment before making his debut as an actor in the Tiny Times film franchise. He found success with his role as Zhou Chongguang in the film series has since won awards for his acting in Chinese tv shows like Decoded. He also walked in Dolce & Gabbana's Milan Fashion Week show in 2017.

Trained under: Cube Entertainment

Notable work: Tiny Times, Oh My God, L.O.R.D: Legend of Ravaging Dynasties


3. Song Yangfei

Song Yangfei, also known as Cecilia Boey, is an Australian-born Chinese actress who was a former JYP trainee. She made her acting debut in the Chinese TV drama Braveness of the Ming and has gone on to star in other dramas such as Jade Lover, Hero Dog 3 and Gentlemen.

Trained under: JYP Entertainment

Notable work: Braveness of the Ming, Jade Lover



4. Hou Minghao

A former SM Entertainment trainee, Hou Minghao made his acting debut in the movie Xiao Lin Zu Qiu (Funny Soccer). Since then, he has gone on to star in various Chinese movies and dramas including Angel Institute, The Devotion of Suspect X, Cambrian Period, Rakshasa Street and Inference Notes.

Trained under: SM Entertainment

Notable work: Angel Institute, Cambrian Period


5. Li Hongyi

Li Hongyi is another former SM Entertainment trainee. He garnered his first lead role in Chinese rom-com drama Master Devil Do Not Kiss Me and its sequel Master Devil Do Not Kiss Me 2. He also starred in My Love from the Ocean and 24 Hours, and his star is still on the rise!

Trained under: SM Entertainment

Notable work: Master Devil Do Not Kiss Me, Intouchable


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