“Sit There And Look Pretty”: 5 Shows That Deserve BLACKPINK Jennie’s Acting Debut More Than HBO’s “The Idol”
On June 17, 2022, it was reported that BLACKPINK‘s Jennie was offered a role in the upcoming HBO series, The Idol. Fans got excited about the series when the first official trailer was released on July 17. As more information was released, including that Jennie might be playing a villain, anticipation for the series only grew.
Unfortunately, a recent Rolling Stone article exposes how much the series has changed since the cast first agreed to the show.
Now, production sources tell Rolling Stone that even they are in the dark on when the show will make it to air, and have little idea about what the final version will look like, claiming the production was plagued by delays, reshoots, and rewrites. ‘It was, let’s just say, a shitshow,’ one says.
— Rolling Stone
The article also focuses on how while the HBO series highlighted Jennie’s involvement, generating heightened interest in the show, her actual role was reduced to “an inconsequential story arc.”
Casting K-Pop superstar Jennie of BLACKPINK was the biggest get for Levinson. Under the show’s hashtag and teaser trailers, her stans steamrolled comment sections to cheer on the singer in her first acting role. But crew members claim Jennie has barely any air time and an inconsequential story arc. ‘It was like there or four lines per episode for her,’ a production source says. ‘They didn’t let her talk that much. Her job was to sit there [and] look pretty, basically.’
— Rolling Stone
Fans of the idol were understandably disappointed by the news, which was a drastic change from what they had anticipated, given Jennie’s screen time in the official trailers for the show.
And, of course, Jennie has shown off her impressive acting ability in the past through BLACKPINK’s music videos and commercials like the iconic Paradise City advertisement and TAMBURINS‘ promotional video, along with some hilarious variety show clips.
the exact moment i knew jennie could start acting pic.twitter.com/oHdj7mlDFh
— Mel (@iricix) June 17, 2022
Rather than “[sitting] there [and looking] pretty,” here are five shows that would have better used Jennie’s acting skills.
1. Squid Game 2
Netflix has confirmed that Squid Game will have a second season with “a whole new round.”
A story of people who fail at life for various reasons, but suddenly receive a mysterious invitation to participate in a survival game to win more than 28 million US dollars. The game takes place at an isolated island and the participants are locked up until there is a final winner.
— IMDb synopsis of Squid Game
Many fans had hoped that Jennie would appear in the second season of the hit Netflix show since the idol is close friends with Squid Game actress Jung Ho Yeon. And actor Lee Jung Jae is also a huge fan of BLACKPINK.
Netflix had even sent Jennie an “interesting” Squid Game-themed present.
And in her TAMBURINS’ promotional video, Jennie proved that she can pull off action scenes with an ominous intensity that feels like it could be something straight out of the hit show.
2. Wednesday 2
Along with Squid Game, another recent Netflix-hit series was Wednesday.
[Wednesday] follows Wednesday Addams’ years as a student, when she attempts to master her emerging psychic ability, thwart a killing spree, and solve the mystery that embroiled her parents.
— IMDb’s synopsis of Wednesday
Like Squid Game, fans of Wednesday were not surprised when Netflix announced that the show would return for a new season.
Just like for Squid Game 2, Jennie’s previous advertisements have demonstrated her ability to make fantasy settings seem believable. In the Paradise City advertisement, Jennie portrayed Cheongson, a princess in 1771 who escaped to the palace of her dreams.
Jennie’s acting in the commercial proves she would quickly adapt to acting in any show set in a fantasy world.
And the idol has actually hinted at her love for the show before, making her an even better fit.
3. The Glory 3
Unlike the rest of the shows on this list, Netflix has not confirmed if the popular K-Drama The Glory will be renewed for a third season. Still, fans are eager to watch the soon-to-be-released second season.
A woman lives for absolute revenge against her childhood bullies who destroyed her life.
— IMDb’s synopsis of The Glory
The Glory became a hit among viewers for the fierce emotions the actors portray throughout the show. Viewers have become incredibly invested in the revenge story thanks to the talented cast’s acting.
And Jennie would only add to the emotional scenes as the idol has continually proven her acting range through BLACKPINK’s music videos. “Lovesick Girls” alone shows Jennie’s acting prowess as the idol perfectly embodies her heartbroken character.
4. Secret Invasion
Secret Invasion is one of the upcoming Disney+ shows that Marvel fans look forward to. Although the release date has yet to be announced officially, the show should be released sometime in 2023.
Based on the 2008 Marvel comic series, Secret Invasion follows a faction of shapeshifting Skrulls who have been infiltrating Earth for years and are secretly posing as some of the planet’s most powerful heroes.
— Timeout’s synopsis of Secret Invasion
Jennie would make an excellent addition to the Marvel universe as the idol has already shown off her impressive stunt work in her TAMBURINS’ promotional video.
In the video, Jennie also worked with some special effects to create the cinematic video, proving that she would be a natural at filming a superhero movie.
The show reportedly emphasizes the twists and turns of the original comics, which Jennie once again proved her aptitude for in the TAMBRUINS’ promotional video which ended with a dramatic plot twist.
And with Korean actor Park Seo Joon confirmed to be starring in Captain Marvel 2, hopefully fans will keep seeing more Korean stars in the Marvel universe.
5. The Simpsons
BLACKPINK were recently featured in the popular show The Simpsons. In the show, the character Lisa has made it evident that she loves jazz music and even plays the saxophone, yet when her dad, Homer, is driving her home and offers to turn on jazz, Lisa has another type of music in mind.
WHAT JUST HAPPENED??? pic.twitter.com/umGNLwK3We
— % (@idolflashdrive) November 14, 2022
After Homer fails to guess the type of music Lisa means, Lisa proudly declares that she likes K-Pop. The three characters in the car, including Duff Man, start singing BLACKPINK’s “Lovesick Girls,” creating a fun scene that went viral among fans.
lisa & homer singing lovesick girls on the simpsons pls i’m crying #thesimpsons pic.twitter.com/8GReUYvelg
— s💌 (@selenesbrina) November 14, 2022
Since there’s no shortage of celebrity cameos and references in The Simpsons, Jennie could easily appear in episodes, especially since she’s fluent in English. And the recent inclusion of BLACKPINK’s music would allow for many possible storylines that could highlight her acting.
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