NU’EST’s Minhyun makes foray into K-dramas in ‘Live On’

K-pop idols trying out their skills at acting isn’t entirely a new thing. There have been many K-pop stars who have tried their luck in the acting department and eventually succeeded. Some of the most famous idols turned actors and actresses include Miss A’s Bae Suzy, EXO’s D.O., Girl’s Generation’s Seohyun, Wanna One’s Ong Seung-wu, BTOB’s Yook Sung-jae, and more. Now, one more idol star is attempting to make his mark in K-dramas.

Only a few singers manage to land a lead role in their drama debut, and NU’EST’s Hwang Min-hyun, known professionally as Minhyun, has become one of them after taking the lead role in upcoming drama Live On. The 25 year-old is the lead vocalist and visual of the idol group NU’EST, formed by Pledis Entertainment in 2012. Minhyun became a trainee at Pledis Entertainment when he was 15. After promoting as NU’EST for a while, he participated in the second season of group survival show Produce 101 and ranked ninth, becoming one of eleven members of the group Wanna One. After Wanna One disbanded in December 2018, Minhyun went back to NU’EST.

NU'EST's Minhyun as shown in the drama poster
Hwang Minhyun in his character poster for Live On

Minhyun’s upcoming show Live On is a teen romance drama that takes place in a school’s broadcasting club and tells the stories of its members. Minhyun plays the perfectionist club chief Go Eun-taek who is well respected by his members. NU’EST fans are excited to see Minhyun pull off this role, especially because his calm but sharp personality perfectly resembles his character Eun-taek’s. Since this is also the K-pop star’s first ever lead role in a TV drama, many are looking forward to finding out if the rookie actor has what it takes to be an actor.

On the other hand, Minhyun is not the only K-pop idol in the cast. Joining him are co-idols Yeon woo (Alice), former member of the group Momoland, and Woo Yeon from the group Woo!Ah!, who, like Minhyun, will also be making her debut through Live On. Also making their debut in the series are Choi Byung-chan and Yang Jung-yeon. Interestingly, the cast of the drama is almost completely dominated by rookies, who might just be the ones leading the next generation of K-drama stars.

Additionally, some of the cast are not new to the rolling cameras. Jung Da-bin, the female lead who stars opposite Minhyun as the campus celebrity Baek Ho-rang, has been in the industry ever since she was a child. She has already taken on various roles in many popular series, such as in Netflix original Extracurricular (2020), My Sassy Girl (2017), and Deep Rooted Tree (2011). Noh Jong-hyun (Kkondae Intern), Yang Hye-ji (When The Weather Is Fine), and Yeonwoo have also appeared in quite a few popular shows.

Live On Main Poster
Group poster for Live On featuring its rookie-dominated cast

Aside from the cast, fans are also excited for the series because of PD Kim Sang-woo, who was behind IU‘s award-winning drama My Ahjussi (2018) and the teen fantasy drama Extraordinary You (2019), which was a hit among its teen audience. Extraordinary You‘s Kim Hye-yoon will be making a cameo in the first episode of Live On as a member of the school’s broadcasting club.

Starting tonight, Live On will air every Tuesday on JTBC. Unlike the usual production run, the 8-episode drama will broadcast just one episode per week.


It was Princess Lulu who first introduced her to Korean dramas but it was Yoon Ji-hoo from Boys Over Flowers who enticed her to stay in K-dramaland. She writes news and features for Kdramapal, which combines two of her most favorite things in the world—writing and K-dramas (look who's living the dream). The name Luna literally translates to "moon" and nothing special; she just likes writing at night.

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