At a time when idols in dramas are becoming a common sight, an industry insider reveals why idols are considered the better option for casting despite the negative reviews about the acting.
Idols in Dramas
It is not rare to see casting directors cast idols in dramas, and the trend has existed for quite a while. Not to mention, they are sometimes cast in lead roles despite their inexperience in the field. Some dramas have even cast multiple idols such as “Hwarang” which became popular for having multiple idols such as BTS’ V, SHINee’s Minho, and ZE: A’sPark Hyungsik.
It is interesting to note that Park Hyungsik is now a household name in South Korea for playing the lead role in a variety of dramas. Thus, there are instances where idols become popular for their actions and pursue them diligently, though such cases are few. It is no exaggeration to say that the general public opinion is negative when it comes to idols’ acting in dramas.
Idols’ Lower Appearance Fee
An industry insider revealed that idols charge a lower appearance fee than most actors, thereby saving on production costs. In the case of actors, it generally varies depending on their fame. While actors usually ask for anywhere from a whopping 50 million KRW (about 37,300 USD) to twice the amount per episode, depending on their popularity, idols ask for about a tenth of the amount.
Interestingly, even rookie actors with some recognition ask for 7 million KRW (5,200 USD) or more. According to the insider, idols do not ask for more than 5 million KRW (3,730 USD) per episode, even if they are extremely popular. Hence, casting directors tend to cast idols in low-budget dramas or in roles with few lines.
All About Recognition
Many idols start in dramas for the recognition that comes with it. Given the extremely competitive environment of the K-pop world, idols try to gain recognition for themselves and their groups by starring in dramas. On the other hand, many directors cast idols for their fans based more on their face value than their talent, hoping to bring in more viewership. Hence, it is safe to say that both parties are looking for recognition and wish to benefit from each other.
Though idols such as IU, Park Hyungsik, Suzy, etc. have managed to make a place for themselves in the hearts of the masses as actors, such cases are rare in the industry. Idols still struggle with getting positive recognition for their performances in dramas, but it is a relief for them that they are still offered roles despite the negative reaction.