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Talented from birth!
21 Aug 2018 - 12:55 PM  UPDATED 13 Feb 2020 - 12:29 PM

Idols are often jacks of all trades: they can sing, dance, act and more. So it's not surprising to know there have been plenty of idols who started their careers as child actors.

Here's just some of the big names who kicked off their time in the limelight at a young age.

13. FT Island's Hong Gi 

The FT Island leader was a pretty prolific child actor, including his role in the fantastical Magic Kid Masuri. He still takes on acting roles as an adult, most recently in A Korean Odyssey.

12. GFriend's Eunha

Eunha debuted in 2007 as an actor with a role in the drama, The Clinic for Married Couples: Love and War

11. Oh My Girl's Binnie

The Oh My Girl member was a child actor in some big K-dramas, including the hit King of Baking Kim Tak Gu and Sungkyunkwan Scandal.

10. iKON's Chanwoo

Chanwoo's career began six years before he joined iKON, as a child actor. Most famously, he's played the younger version of Lee Minho twice, once in Boys Over Flowers and again in The Heirs.

9. SEVENTEEN's Vernon

Thanks to his native fluency in English, Vernon was often cast in English speaking roles in children's programming in South Korea. There's a wealth of videos to be found of child actor Vernon!

8. BIGBANG's G-Dragon

GD debuted young as both an actor and performer, appearing in the movie Taebaek Mountains and tv show BoBoBo.

7. SF9's Chani

Chani actually debuted in 2011 in an MBC drama, and even appeared in K-drama Signal when he was young, all before debuting in SF9 in 2016.

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6. T-ara's Eunjung

Eunjung was pretty busy with acting roles through childhood and teenage years, before joining T-ara (and even during).

5. Boyfriend's Minwoo

Minwoo was a real child actor prodigy, with numerous films and dramas under his belt before debuting with Boyfriend. 

4. Sulli

Sulli was 11 years old when she made her first acting appearance in drama Ballad of Seodong. She acted in some other dramas and films before debuting with f(x), and returned to acting after leaving the group too.

3. Wanna One's Park Jihoon

He's got a reputation for being able to cry in literal seconds, and we bet that's thanks to his start as a child actor. 

2. ASTRO's Moonbin

Moonbin has been acting since he was young, with roles in top K-dramas like Boys Over Flowers and even appearing as TVXQ!'s Yunho in Balloons alongside iKON's Chanwoo (who played Changmin!).

1. BIGBANG's Taeyang

Taeyang's first acting appearance was in Jinusean's "A-Yo" music video, and he then acted in film Kiss Me Much a few years later.

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