Hierarchy Actor Lee Won Jung Refused HYBE's Offer To Become A K-Pop Idol 8 Times

Actor Lee Won-jung plays Lee Woo-jin in the new high school drama, Hierarchy. While his performance is grabbing eyeballs, he recently revealed that he had "almost debuted as an idol" after HYBE scouted and approached him. The talent agency handles some of Korea's biggest K-Pop groups, including BTS, SEVENTEEN and LE SSERAFIM.
Lee Won Jung plays Lee Woo-jin in Hierarchy

Lee Won Jung plays Lee Woo-jin in Hierarchy

Actor Lee Won-jung has caught the audience's attention in the latest web series Hierarchy. Woo-jung, who played one of the main characters of Lee Woo-jin in the teen drama, is slowly finding his footing on the Korean screens. According to the actor, he once received an offer to become a K-Pop idol by a talent agency, which he refused.
The company in question is HYBE, that is home to some of the biggest K-Pop groups, including BTS, SEVENTEEN, LE SSERAFIM, and others. While any rookie would pull all the stops to debut under HYBE, Won-jung turned it down multiple times.
The cast of Hierarchy recently appeared on the chat show Knowing Bros. While others spoke about their debut experiences, Won-jung revealed he "almost debuted as an idol."
"I wasn't a trainee. I received an offer. But I badly wanted to become an actor. It was a big company, but I declined 7-8 times," Won-jung said.
After some prodding, the 23-year-old gave away the name of the company. "HYBE kept contacting me, and I kept asking if they also manage actors. But they didn't. (I said) Unless you are looking for an actor, I don't want to do it. So, please don't contact me. (They said) No, let's meet just once," Won-jung added.
Hierarchy is a high school drama revolving around the theme of bullying
Hierarchy is a high school drama revolving around the theme of bullying
The actor stated that he had a "clear dream" and was determined to take up acting. He further explained on the show, "It's not because I didn't like the company. I just wanted to debut as an actor. I was ambitious when I was young. At 19 I thought I would become only and only an actor. I was ready to start as an extra or do a play. Whether it was as a regular extra or for a movie, I wanted to take every step towards becoming an actor. I was determined."
Lee Won Jung with Ji Hye-won in a still from Hierarchy
Lee Won Jung with Ji Hye-won in a still from Hierarchy
Lee Won-jung debuted in the 2019 TV show Class of Lies. He has also appeared in Extraordinary Attorney Woo, Brain Works, and My Perfect Stranger.
In Hierarchy, his character belongs to a family of ministers with a strong presence in Korea's political and economic scene. His Lee Woo-jin is a vibrant schoolboy on the outside, who is in a physical relationship with his teacher. But, on the inside, he is secretly in love with his friend and classmate Ji Yoon He-ra, played by Hye-won. While he fails to confess his love, he also carries a secret about the death of Kang Ha's brother In-han.
Hierarchy is a 7-episode limited series. The Netflix show also stars Lee Chae-Min, Kim Jae-Won, Roh Jeong-Eui.
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