They already have it all—looks, talent, fame, wealth, and influence—but because life is unfair, there’s a whole bunch of K-pop and K-drama stars who have, on top of everything else, higher than average IQs.
And while it may seem that entertainers don’t need to have the IQ of, say, inventors or entrepreneurs, an actor or actress who is smart may be able to better analyse scripts and characters, and bring that genius edge to performances, as well as astutely navigate the tricky waters of celebrity-dom. Similarly, a K-pop star or musician with a brilliant mind could produces works that are as thought-provoking as an award-winning poetry.
Here are seven Korean stars entertaining us with their beautiful minds.
1. RM of BTS
The leader of BTS is well known for his intelligence—his IQ is a whopping 148. An average person’s IQ is about 100. Rap Monster, or simply RM, is the most fluent in English in the group, famously taught himself the language while watching Friends, and has been key in BTS’ success in English-speaking markets and continuing world dominance.
He has a gift for songwriting and wordplay, and is credited as a co-songwriter on many of BTS’ most popular songs, including current hit Butter. In high school, he was placed among the top one per cent of students in the national university entrance exams. The 26-year-old, born Kim Nam-joon, is a steadfast and mature leader of the world’s most popular pop group, steering them to new heights and breaking all records. Now that’s genius.