We all know Cha Eun Woo for his dashing looks and versatile qualities of being an actor and an idol. Recently, Cha Eun Woo scored lead roles in dramas which are interestingly insightful about social norms before until today. So, we’re here to talk about two of Cha Eun Woo’s dramas and its social relevance to our world today.
My ID is Gangnam Beauty
I wasn’t really fond of Cha Eun Woo as an actor. I just know that he is an actor nowadays. His past drama, My ID is Gangnam Beauty (2018), caught the attention of so many viewers —even in the Philippines (because Philippines is a kdrama junkie) and in other countries as well. For some, Eun Woo’s tsundere character, Do Kyung-seok, is what makes it exciting and interesting, but for me it’s the leading lady’s character —Kang Mi Rae (played by Im Soo Hyang).
In my K-drama experience, I haven’t encountered a drama tackling the idea of plastic surgery (feel free to suggest to me, if there’s any more). I was curious as to how it’s going to be in the drama. For me, the drama did not disappoint. Honestly, it did capture some real life experiences when someone underwent plastic surgery like people gossiping about you all the time, low self-confidence, and a lot of insecure people along the way.
What I like about the drama is how Kang Mi Rae overcame her low self-esteem. I’m not gonna say that it’s because of Cha Eun Woo’s character that she overcame her struggle. What I’m gonna say is that everything that she’d been through made her stronger and made her realize that it’s about time to be confident about herself. And I guess it’s also about time for all of us, whether we underwent plastic surgery or not, that we should feel good about ourselves. After all, we are beautiful and wonderful in our own ways.
Here’s a snippet of one of my favorite scenes in the drama. It’s when Kang Mi Rae tried acting cute to get a discount. I like how she tried it for the first time and felt confident about it! You can catch My ID is Gangnam Beauty on Netflix!
Rookie Historian Goo Hae-ryung
Next stop! The latest of Cha Eun Woo’s drama —Rookie Historian Goo Hae-ryung (2019). This drama has recently ended on Netflix and I missed them already. If not for the sudden fast-paced storytelling in this drama, it would really be one of my most favorite K-dramas. Not that I did not like it! Actually, I like it so much for the principles and lessons it taught its viewers —and yes, the visuals of the cast is only secondary as to why I like this drama.
So for most, you will view this drama as something that’s about a female historian who falls in love with a prince. For me, this drama is all about a female historian overcoming gender roles and stereotypes along with yes—falling in love with a prince. Although it’s in an ancient era, it speaks a lot about what’s happening in the present, both in social norms and politics.
Let me tell you a bit about the drama with some spoilers. In the drama, it was emphasized that before, females are not allowed to take civil exams to be a government employee. However, the Crown Prince decides that they can and so four female historians enter the palace. Men were outraged how females are historians instead of just being court ladies or just wives as they say. But no matter how outraged men were about that notion, the female historians proved them all wrong. They strived hard enough to be recognized in the society just like what females are still doing at this very moment. The female lead here is Goo Hae-ryung amazingly portrayed by Shin Se-kyung. She is so perfect for the role! Well, aside from the viewers can totally feel her empathy with her role, she looks soooo good with Cha Eun Woo! I mean they emit so much visuals! Plus, if you’re wondering, I totally fell for Cha Eun Woo here for being the innocent and cute young prince. So much feels!
Additional to that, I liked how the drama tackled political issues of nepotism, where someone becomes a much higher ranking official just because of connections instead of their true potential to lead and govern.
One more thing, Rookie Historian goo Hae-ryung is also a fun thing to watch. Here’s one of my favorite moments in the drama, when all the men were thinking women can’t drink alcohol but boy look at Goo Hae-ryung!
I hope you take my comments into two of Cha Eun Woo’s drama and find time to watch those. It’s really worth it! Besides, you might find yourself liking Cha Eun Woo (because who won’t?) and be interested to see him in person! He’s coming to Manila this coming Saturday, October 26 at the New Frontier Theatre for his very first fan meeting “Just One 10 Minute” in Manila. His fan meeting is brought to us by Wilbros Live. #ChaEunWooMANILA2019