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“Face genius” Cha Eun Woo is popular and successful despite controversy over his skills

Many netizens believe that being born with such flawless visuals is already a “talent” of Cha Eun Woo.

When it comes to the most popular Gen Z actors of Korea’s entertainment industry, Cha Eun Woo is likely the first name that pops up in the head of the audience. Despite coming from a small agency, Cha Eun Woo has strengthened his position and his current success is the dream of many artists in the industry. 

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From being an idol, actor, CF star to member of variety shows, Cha Eun Woo has done it all by the age of 24. However, as his popularity skyrockets, it can’t be helped when some viewers look at Cha Eun Woo and question: “Why is he so popular when he does not excel at any field?”. 

Cha Eun Woo started out as a member of the idol group ASTRO under Fantagio Entertainment as the vocalist, visual and face of the group. Fantagio is not a major company, so ASTRO could not receive much attention in the early days of debut. However, it’s different for Cha Eun Woo. Thanks to his eye-catching and handsome visuals, the idol born in 1997 quickly attracted much attention from the Korean public. He became a “fan attractor” to help ASTRO become more well-known. 

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Having scouted such a potential star, Fantagio would have been foolish if they did not do all they could to promote Cha Eun Woo. Thanks to the success of his individual activities, most notably appearances in CFs and TV dramas, it didn’t take Cha Eun Woo a long time to shoot to fame and earn a high public recognition in Korea. 

Cha Eun Woo‘s biggest turning point of his career was probably at the end of 2020 – early 2021 when he starred in the webtoon-based drama “True Beauty” as the male lead. This drama became a hit across Asia and brought his popularity to the next level. Cha Eun Woo’s reputation has now grown both domestically and internationally. His individual activities were boosted significantly after “True Beauty” with nearly 50 solo CFs.

Cha Eun Woo’s strong coverage and popularity have also caused the public to discuss his talent. According to many netizens, Cha Eun Woo’s skills are not on par with his good looks. 

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Specifically, Cha Eun Woo doesn’t really stand out when it comes to talent. His singing, dancing and variety skills are all considered average. Since his first debut on the screen, his acting often sparks mixed reactions, mostly criticism for being “awkward”. Based on the photo shoots he did, his modeling skills are considered decent, but not exceptional either. So why is Cha Eun Woo still one of the most popular and sought-after stars in the industry? The answer lies in his handsome face.

Dubbed the “face genius”, having an excellent visual with perfect features is enough to help Cha Eun Woo succeed in Korea’s entertainment industry. He has a face that is public-friendly, matches well with Korean beauty standards without looking mainstream. Cha Eun Woo’s appearance meets all the requirements of the public and the brands.  Cha Eun Woo is so famous for his visuals in Korea that perhaps the name Cha Eun Woo can even replace the adjective “pretty“.

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According to some fans, “beauty is also a kind of talent” and clearly, Cha Eun Woo‘s stunning face is his most special talent.  However, it is not fair to say that looks are everything he has. Although his skills are controversial, he still has what it takes to shine. Talent is indeed important, but in the entertainment industry in any country, it is not a prerequisite to determine a person’s success or failure.  Success and popularity also depend on many other factors. 

As for Cha Eun Woo, although his talent is not exceptional, even considered somewhat “lacking”, he undoubtedly has other factors that are strong enough to get him the current fame. 

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