They already have it all—looks, talent, fame, wealth, influence and insane popularity, but because life is unfair, there’s a whole bunch of K-pop and K-drama stars who are, on top of everything, smart. And not just, you know, casually clever, but a whole other genius-level of braininess.
And although it may seem at first glance 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 produce lyrics that are as life-changing and thought-provoking as award-winning poetry, or tunes and riffs so original, they enrich the soul and blow the mind.
Here are seven Korean stars who have chosen to entertain and bless us with their beautiful minds.
1. BTS’s RM
The leader of BTS is well known for his intelligence—his IQ is a whopping 148. FYI, an average person’s IQ is about 100. Rap Monster, or 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. But what’s most important now is that 26-year-old RM, born Kim Nam-joon, is a steadfast and mature leader in the world’s most popular pop group, steering them to new heights and breaking all the ceilings. Now that’s genius.