Despite Widespread Criticism Of "The Idol," People Are Praising Blackpink's Jennie In Her Television Acting Debut

Despite Widespread Criticism Of "The Idol," People Are Praising Blackpink's Jennie In Her Television Acting Debut
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Despite Widespread Criticism Of "The Idol," People Are Praising Blackpink's Jennie In Her Television Acting Debut

"First episode of The Idol was so bad...only entertaining part was watching Jennie dancing bc everything else was trash."

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On Sunday, Jennie Ruby Jane — perhaps better recognized as Jennie from Blackpink — made her acting debut in HBO's The Idol, which follows the complex relationship between Jocelyn (Lily-Rose Depp), an aspiring pop idol, and Tedros (Abel "The Weeknd" Tesfaye), a self-help guru and cult leader.


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Despite widespread criticism of the series for its graphic sexual content and themes, viewers and critics alike praised Jennie for her performance as Dyanne, one of Jocelyn's backup dancers and friends. After the series premiere, Jennie became the top Twitter trend in the US, which included hashtags such as #JennieOnTheIdolPremiere and #Jennie.


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The Idol is the second series created by Sam Levinson for HBO after Euphoria, which similarly faced criticism for its excessive nudity, particularly pertaining to female teenage characters.

Though Lily-Rose Depp has defended The Idol against criticism, she admitted to "[steering] clear" of The Weeknd while he was in "full Tedros mode" on set because of "where [his] character goes."

If you haven't watched The Idol, Jennie makes her on-screen appearance as Dyanne when she expertly demonstrates the choreography for Jocelyn's latest single ("World Class Sinner") for a struggling Jocelyn, who watches while silently crying behind opaque sunglasses. In an effort to comfort her, Dyanne tells Jocelyn, "You've got this. We're all here because of you."


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Throughout the episode, Dyanne and Jocelyn hit the sauna together, go out to a nightclub that Dyanne had suggested earlier, ride in a top-down convertible with characters played by Troye Sivan and Rachel Sennott, and do shots with a cameo-making Alexa Demie (who stars as Maddy in Euphoria). The last we see of Dyanne, she and Jocelyn find themselves in Tedros's club.


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While at Cannes Film Festival this year for The Idol, Jennie attributed the reason behind her interest in the series to the similarities between her own experience growing up in the music industry (she began training to become a K-pop idol at 14) and the series's exploration of fame and the music industry. "It was an opportunity to just be myself and be brave," she revealed.


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"I trusted Sam to be collaborative with all the scenes that we would be working on together because it was about the industry. The fact that it was about the music industry fascinated me, and I thought I could bring something to the role," Jennie elaborated, explaining that she didn't train or prepare for the role because series creator Sam Levinson wanted the K-pop idol to be herself.


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She also credited Lily-Rose — who she's previously met at Chanel shows as both women are Chanel ambassadors — with helping her feel at ease and giving her acting advice.

Between Jennie's actual acting debut and flawless dance scene — which Jennie admitted she "didn't have a lot of time to learn the choreography for" — viewers had a lot (of good things) to say about her performance:


the idol is ass like idgaf sam levinson and the weeknd should thank jennie for making people tune in

— my final days (@sillyassblunt) June 5, 2023



she's so hot oh god. Watch the idol for the plot

The plot:

— jennie random things (@randomjenniekim) June 5, 2023



dyanne is actually the hottest character on tv right now