Park Jihoon's success tale: From debuting with Wanna One to being lead actor in Weak Hero Class 1

Park Jihoon's surprise rise from idol to versatile actor: A story of his growth from Wanna One to Weak Hero Class 1.

Published on May 29, 2023   |  02:17 PM IST  |  292.7K
Park Jihoon; Picture: Courtesy of Park Jihoon's Instagram
Park Jihoon; Picture: Courtesy of Park Jihoon's Instagram

Key Highlight

  • Take a look at Park Jihoon’s successful acting journey.
  • His transformation from Wanna One to Weak Hero Class 1.

Park Jihoon, the former member of Wanna One, has captivated fans not only with his mesmerizing vocals and dance moves but also with his incredible acting skills. This talented artist has embarked on a remarkable journey, transitioning from being an idol to becoming a versatile actor. Let's dive into Park Jihoon's acting career and discover the milestones that have shaped him into the remarkable performer he is today.

Early beginnings and idol days

Before transitioning to a successful acting career, Park Jihoon began his journey as a child actor, appearing in TV dramas, commercials, and musicals such as Peter Pan and The Harmonium in My Memory. He also made notable appearances in dramas like Jumong and Iljimae. Additionally, he participated in reality shows like SS501 SOS and KM Idol War with BIGBANG in 2007. After a hiatus during his teenage years, Park Jihoon pursued his dream of becoming an idol singer, training under SM Entertainment and Fantagio. However, a knee injury prevented him from debuting with Fantagio's ASTRO, leading him to join Maroo Entertainment. He gained widespread recognition as a member of the popular group Wanna One, formed through Produce 101 Season 2. Following the group's disbandment, he embarked on a successful solo career.

A dazzling debut as an actor

Park Jihoon's transition from idol to actor was met with anticipation and excitement. He debuted as an actor in the 2019 drama Flower Crew: Joseon Marriage Agency, impressing viewers with his seamless portrayal of his character and genuine emotions. Park Jihoon consistently dominated the drama cast hot topic for 8 consecutive weeks. Continuing his acting journey, Park Jihoon displayed versatility through diverse roles. His performance in the drama Love Revolution garnered acclaim for capturing his character's essence and delivering heartfelt moments. The debut episode of Love Revolution surpassed a million views on KakaoTV in a single day and ranked #1 among the Top 10 weekly videos. Park Jihoon's acting skills gained him increasing popularity as both audiences and reviewers applauded his talent.

Historic success with Weak Hero Class 1: Stepping out of comfort zone

Park Jihoon made his highly anticipated debut in the wavve k-drama, Weak Hero Class 1. Prior to its release, the drama generated excitement by showcasing the first three episodes at the esteemed 27th Busan International Film Festival, where tickets sold out in a record-breaking two minutes, leading to additional screenings. Upon its release, Weak Hero Class 1 swiftly climbed to the top, becoming wavve's most popular drama among paid subscribers within the first day. It achieved both commercial success and critical acclaim, receiving an outstanding overseas rating of 9.9 and earning glowing reviews from critics. The drama also claimed the number one position on Kinolights, the OTT-integrated search and recommendation site. 


Park Jihoon's portrayal of Yeon Si Eun garnered immense praise from critics and online communities, with his performance showcasing a captivating and transformative side of him. His standout scenes created a buzz on social media platforms, leading many to consider it a "rediscovery of Park Jihoon" as he showcased his impressive acting skills. The decision to cast Park Jihoon in the drama stemmed from CEO Lee Myung Jin's recommendation at Shortcake, the production company. The CEO was deeply impressed by Park Jihoon's performance in At a Distance, Spring Is Green, and after a thorough evaluation of his previous work and interviews, director Yu Su Min was convinced of his suitability for the role.

Future prospects and exciting projects

On December 9, it was revealed that he would star in his first film, Audrey, alongside veteran actress Kim Jung-nan. It is scheduled for release this year.

As Park Jihoon continues to make his mark in the acting industry, fans eagerly anticipate his upcoming projects. With his talent, versatility, and dedication to honing his skills, he is poised for even greater success in the future. Whether it's through dramas or films, Park Jihoon's ability to immerse himself in diverse roles and captivate viewers is a testament to his passion for acting.

Wishing a very happy birthday to the versatile actor Park Jihoon!

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