Did You Know? South Korean Actor and K-pop Idol Cha Eun Woo Lived and Studied in the Philippines

The country is close to his heart, he says.

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PHOTO BY Instagram/eunwo.o_c ILLUSTRATION Warren Espejo

(SPOT.ph) Put your finger down if you're an avid K-drama fan. Put another finger down if you've heard or seen (one too many times may we add) the webtoon-turned-romantic comedy series True Beauty. Now, another finger if you’re on #TeamSuho. At this point, you might as well give up since you're on a losing streak, but don't worry, we're won't make you drink—unless you want to. So we’re going to push you to the edge—because we know you do want to drink—put the second to the last finger if you love the man behind the character. Yup, we’re totally talking about the dashing and talented Cha Eun-Woo.


In case you didn't know, Cha Eun-Woo, made other people fall in love with his portrayals of several drama characters: There's the campus heartthrob Lee Su-ho in True Beauty; the indifferent and cold-looking beauty and brains (and money) Do Kyung-Seok of My ID is Gangnam Beauty; the lonely Yi-Rim, a.k.a Prince Dowon, a.k.a secret romance novelist Maehwa, in Rookie Historian Goo Hae-Ryungand, in the near future, as a Catholic priest and exorcist named John/Yohan/Kang Chan-hyuk, in upcoming 2023 series Island.

Oh and did we mention that "face genius" Cha Eun-Woo is also a member of K-pop group ASTRO? Yep, this heartthrob made hearts flutter and made his fans, Arohas, whisper and say Oh my god," or question themselves "Is he even real? Am I dreaming?" and pinch themselves more than once recently in a fan-meeting helf last August 6 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Like his True Beauty co-star, Hwang In-Youp last MayEun-Woo, with his deep and charming voice and in a mix of Korean and English, shared bits and pieces of himself, his stay in the Philippines, and a lot more at the press conference hours before and during the much-anticipated fan event.

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Did you know? The Cha Eun-Woo edition.

He lived in the Philippines

The K-pop star, whose birth name is Lee Dong-Min, lived and studied English in the Philippines for a short time of six months. In an interview with ABS-CBN, he even mentioned that he feels as if the Philippines is his second home. In fact, he even had vague memories of his frequent visits to the mall and having kebab. You might've been eating across him then and never realized. Not counting the time he lived here, this is Eun-Woo's third time to visit the country, his last visit was in 2019 where he sang local band Ben&Ben's Kathang Isip during his first fan-meeting.

Eun-Woo loves sports

The most recent ones, say in the past two years, that he picked up on were golf and tennis. We have to echo what the host, Sam Oh, said during the event: The guy can act, sing, compose, and do sports. What can this guy not do?


Eun-Woo loves fruits

He wants to have mangoes and mangosteen in the Philippines, to be exact.

New drama? New film? New project

During the fan-meeting, Eun-Woo accidentally let it slip that he's been thinking deeply about a new project. He said that he'd make an update about it soon, but added no other details.

The actor-slash-idol has been in talks to star in several films and dramas. Some projects that he has been rumored to be in talks with is a film in Hollywood called K-Pop: Lost in America and a new K-drama called This Relationship Is Uncontrollable. Fingers crossed he says yes to both!

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