'The Idol' Featuring BLACKPINK's Jennie Is Embroiled In Controversy, Here's Why

Plus, more info on the K-pop star's role in the series

This story was first published on 12 July 2022.

Jennie from the K-pop quartet BLACKPINK is about to make her acting debut in the upcoming HBO series The Idol. The show calls itself "the sleaziest love story in all of Hollywood" and has a bold, sultry tone, which is unsurprising considering that it’s co-created and directed by Euphoria director Sam Levinson. 

BLACKPINK Jennie's official image teaser for The Idol.

Jennie's official image teaser for The Idol. (Photo from: @theidol)

Through the teaser trailer, we got more hints about Jennie's role, and in a new interview, the artist revealed how she prepared for the show.

But before we dive into it, here's some not-so-pleasant news: the series has been said to have undergone major script rewrites and chaotic shooting schedules, according to a Rolling Stone article. The article also critiqued the series heavily, saying that it only aims to go for shock factor and has "completely gone off the rails". Jennie's co-stars Abel "The Weekend" Tesfaye and Lily Rose-Depp both defensively responded to the article.

So much drama already! If that got you even more intrigued, scroll on to see more of Jennie's involvement in the project.

BLACKPINK Jennie’s thoughts on The Idol

In her interview with ELLE USA, Jennie said that she has been a fan of Abel "The Weeknd" Tesfaye, the creator and producer of the show. Jennie said, “We got to meet and talk about the possibilities [of] me being in the show, and it worked out magically."

Director Sam Levinson also applauded her talents and praised her for being “so professional and hardworking”. 

K-pop idol Jennie from BLACKPINK

K-pop idol Jennie on BLACKPINK's World Tour. (Photo from: @jennierubyjane)

Jennie then shared what it felt to work on the project was outside her comfort zone. She said, “I’ve never had to be in a place where I was surrounded by so many people that I’m not familiar with, and especially in a different language. But in terms of creativity, it felt just the same.”

Fans will get to see a new side of her, and the K-pop star hopes that they will enjoy the show.

Sam and The Weeknd also encouraged the artist as she prepared for the role. Jennie said, “In my head, I thought I would have to revise all the script and get into character. But luckily, I had Sam there. What he said was to just be me. I didn’t try to prepare it perfectly, which I really would do. I had many conversations with Sam and Abel, and I think that helped me. And they just made sure that I didn’t have to be so nervous about things.”

Jennie in The Idol: role, cast

The series' third teaser shows more of  Jennie's character outside of her scenes hanging out with the series lead, Lily-Rose Depp.

Jennie is easily spotted in the trailer of The Idol alongside leads Lily-Rose Depp, The Weeknd and Troye Sivan. The K-pop star is seen dancing, partying and praying in different scenes featured in the trailer.

Jennie from BLACKPINK at CHANEL fashion show

Jennie’s role in ‘The Idol’ may be more than just a cameo. (Photo from: @jennierubyjane)

Although it looks like Jennie won’t have a huge role, she’s always with the protagonists so she could be one of the regular supporting characters instead of just appearing for a cameo. Based on the most recent teaser, Jennie's character seems to be in the process of becoming another idol. Perhaps as the protagonist's main competition for the spotlight? We'll see.

The Idol: plot

The Idol will follow Jocelyn (Lily-Rose Depp), a rising pop star that indulges in Hollywood’s fast-paced and daring lifestyle. She meets and eventually dates a club owner (The Weeknd) who turns out to be a modern-day cult leader that sees himself as a self-help guru.

The Idol: release date in Singapore

The Idol wrapped up production back in July 2022, and it has been confirmed that the show will be released in June 2023.

Stay tuned as this article will be updated when we have more official details about its release date.

(Cover photo from: @theidol)

Next, check out the details on BLACKPINK’s 2022 comeback.

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