Cha Eun Woo: Unparalleled visuals but controversial acting skills

Idol-actor Cha Eun Woo is so handsome he earns the nickname “face genius” from Korean netizens. 

It is undeniable that the Korean small screen favors attractive actors and actresses. Therefore, visuals are also a crucial element when it comes to getting major acting roles. To Korean netizens, one of the prime examples of outstanding visuals yet controversial skills is Cha Eun Woo – who earns an insane amount of attention for his flawless and unparalleled appearance that meets all Korean beauty standards. 

In fact, even before Cha Eun Woo debuted as a member of Kpop group ASTRO, he already participated in the miniseries “To Be Continued”. However, despite assuming a simple character that resembles his real life self, Cha Eun Woo still faced mixed reactions to his acting. Later on, after his debut with ASTRO, Cha Eun Woo continued to play an idol in “My Romantic Some Recipe” – which is mostly a project for the fans. 

It was not until 2018 that Cha Eun Woo finally entered the acting industry properly, gaining popularity via a leading role in the hit drama “My ID is Gangnam Beauty”. However, at the time, there were many conflicting opinions regarding Cha Eun Woo’s acting, with some saying they only watched Cha Eun Woo for his face, while some defending that his character is supposed to be cold and stiff.

Thanks to “True Beauty”, Cha Eun Woo’s fame really took off in late 2020 – early 2021. He gained enormous popularity following this drama. Cha Eun Woo’s Instagram followers grew from 10 million to 16.2 million in just two months, making him one of the K-pop idols with the highest number of followers at the moment. Although his acting in ”True Beauty” still came under mixed reviews, Cha Eun Woo’s perfect synchronization with the original webtoon character earned many positive comments.

Cha Eun Woo will reportedly make a comeback with the dramas “Island” Season 1 and “Sweet and Sour Chicken”. While fans are looking forward to his return, many casual viewers left comments saying they hope Cha Eun Woo will be able to prove his acting has improved compared to past projects.

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