BLACKPINK Jennie independently accepted The Weeknd’s offer to star in The Idol, YG didn’t interfere

BLACKPINK’s Jennie herself reportedly made the decision to star in “The Idol.”

On June 7th, Ten Asia reported exclusively, citing multiple entertainment industry insiders, “Jennie received a direct offer to appear in ‘The Idol’ from Weeknd, the producer of the show, and decided to take on the role.”


The insider revealed, “Jennie met The Weeknd in person and received the offer to appear in the show. She expressed her desire to do this project. She was aware of the character she would play and the parts she would act out. She had something she wanted to express on her own.” 

HBO’s original series “The Idol” depicts the complex relationships of emerging pop idols set against the entertainment industry. It has garnered significant attention as Jennie’s first acting challenge.

However, after the North American premiere of HBO’s original “The Idol” on June 5th, the show sparked controversy due to explicit scenes.


Jennie appears for a total of about 10 minutes in the first episode. A problematic scene is the one where Jennie, who plays Lily-Rose Depp’s close friend and a dancer, performs a sexually suggestive choreography with male dancers.

Korean netizens have expressed discomfort regarding Jennie’s suggestive expressions and poses in this scene. Criticism is also directed towards Jennie’s company, YG Entertainment for letting her join “The Idol.”

On the other hand, regarding Jennie’s decision to choose “The Idol” as her acting debut, the idol herself said, “I saw it as an opportunity to be myself and be brave. I didn’t train or prepare anything. Sam (the director) just wanted me to be myself. I’ve never had an experience like this before. It felt like breaking down walls for myself.” 

Source: Wikitree

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