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Cha Eunwoo And Song Kang Face Harsh Critcism On Their Acting Skills By Korean Media

“Dry dialogue handling and facial expressions…”

Cha Eunwoo and Song Kang — two of South Korea’s most beloved and popular actors — have graced the screens in several hit dramas, captivating audiences with their performances. Cha Eunwoo shone in titles like My ID is Gangnam Beauty and True Beauty, while Song Kang gained acclaim with Netflix’s Sweet Home and Love Alarm.


However, despite their immense popularity, both actors have recently come under scrutiny for their acting abilities, as highlighted in a recent My Daily article that’s gaining attention.

The criticism mainly stems from the poor viewership ratings both “handsome actors” received in their most recent shows. Cha Eunwoo’s A Good Day to Be a Dog, airing on MBC, has struggled to surpass even a 3% viewership rating, hovering between 1.7% and 2.8%. In this fantasy romance drama, Eunwoo portrays Jin Seo Won, a math teacher with a fear of dogs.

Similarly, Song Kang’s My Demon on SBS, a fantasy romantic comedy about a contractual marriage, also underperforms with ratings between 3.4% and 4.5%. This is especially notable considering the higher ratings of its competing dramas and its predecessor, Escape of the Seven.

There are several theories about why these shows are underperforming, including script quality, directing, and programming issues. However, a significant amount of attention is focused on the acting skills of the male leads.

Both Cha Eunwoo and Song Kang are criticized for repetitive acting patterns, dry dialogue delivery, and limited emotional range in their expressions.

[They] are constantly criticized for their dry dialogue handling and facial expressions with a narrow range of emotional expressions.

— My Daily

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The scrutiny of their acting is intensified given their extensive careers; they are no longer considered rookies. Cha Eun-woo, transitioning from an idol to an actor, has led in several dramas, including Rookie Historian Goo Hae Ryung and Island. Song Kang has also headlined numerous projects, such as Navillera and Meteorological Administration People: The Cruel History of Office Love.

The reason why we have no choice but to criticize their acting skills is because it is hard to see them now as rookies, considering the experience that they have.

— My Daily

Despite their high profiles and significant earnings, both actors continue to receive mixed reviews, indicating a need for introspection and growth in their craft.

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Despite the criticisms, there are glimmers of hope for both actors, according to netizens. Cha Eunwoo received praise for his mature performance in Island, while Song Kang showed potential in Navillera. These instances suggest that both actors have the capability to improve and impress audiences with their acting in the future.

In the end, the article — which received over 90% positive reactions and plenty of comments agreeing — emphasizes that while Cha Eun-woo and Song Kang’s looks are undoubtedly appealing, acting should be the primary focus for lead actors. The phrase “It’s fun to look at their faces,” common in viewer evaluations, should not overshadow the importance of skillful acting. As main characters command high fees, the expectation is that they should excel in their performances, offering viewers not just visual appeal but also the joy of watching compelling acting.



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