Cha Eun Woo’s Gritty Performance in ‘Wonderful World’ Marks a Career Milestone

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cha eun woo wonderful world
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ASTRO member and actor Cha Eun Woo is flying high, casting off his “prince” image to embrace a darker role in MBC’s Friday-Saturday drama, Wonderful World. In this gripping series, Cha Eun Woo plays Kwon Sun Yul, a character entangled in crime who leads a double life—working in a scrapyard by day and serving as a politician’s underling by night.

Cha Eun Woo’s portrayal of Kwon Sun Yul, who made an official appearance in the second episode of Wonderful World, has captivated audiences. Far removed from the delicate roles he’s previously portrayed, Cha Eun Woo’s character is seen roughing it up in a scrapyard, indulging in a noodle-eating spree, munching on dumplings, and speeding through the streets on a motorcycle, hinting at his character’s tumultuous past.

The revelation of Sun Yul’s true identity was a pinnacle moment, showcasing Cha Eun Woo’s heightened emotional acting prowess. The discovery that Sun Yul was not a victim of the pension arson case but the son of the man murdered by Su Hyun (Kim Nam Joo) was delivered with complexity and nuance that proved Cha Eun Woo’s mettle as a true actor, far beyond his “handsome face.”

Such a compelling performance by Cha Eun Woo has notably boosted the drama’s ratings. The third episode soared to a peak of 9.2% nationwide, according to Nielsen Korea, setting a new record for the series. Additionally, the drama saw an increase of 2% from the previous episode in both nationwide and metropolitan areas, topping the 2049 demographic for Friday-Saturday dramas with 2.1%. Following the major reveal of Cha Eun Woo’s character’s true identity in the sixth episode, the show maintained its momentum with a national viewership of 7.3%.

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