Is Cha Eun-woo about to be Korea’s next Hollywood darling? Reportedly offered the lead role in K-pop: Lost in America with Rebel Wilson, the Astro singer is loved for his K-dramas and endorsements

Cha Eun-woo has reportedly been offered the lead in a Hollywood film about a K-pop group lost in the US. Photo: @eunwo.o_c/Instagram
Singer-actor Cha Eun-woo has reportedly been offered the lead role in upcoming film K-pop: Lost in America, according to AllKpop! The film tells the story of a K-pop boy group that gets lost in Texas, with the members struggling to get to New York for their global debut. It is also set to star Rebel Wilson and Charles Melton.

After a series of auditions and casting meetings, Cha was apparently selected among several rising stars who are active both in K-pop and on screen – although his involvement has not been confirmed yet. So what else do we know about him?

He was talent scouted outside the toilets at a music festival

Astro’s Cha Eun-woo has already succeeded in most areas of life – is he about to conquer Hollywood too? Photo: @eunwo.o_c/Instagram

Cha has said that he never expected to become an idol. But everything changed after a music festival at his middle school.

Cha Eun-woo was a wannabe doctor/lawyer until he was discovered at his school music festival. Photo: @eunwo.o_c/Instagram
“No one in my family works in music, but [one day] I was going to the bathroom during my school festival. Someone followed me and cast me,” he told TV programme Immortal Songs. “Back then, my dream wasn’t to become a singer. I had many dreams of becoming many things such as a doctor, prosecutor and judge.”

He’s the K-pop star with the highest paying ‘second job’ in the country

Cha Eun-woo got his first lead role in My ID is Gangnam Beauty and cemented his acting star status with True Beauty. Photo: Viu

Debuting with his K-pop group Astro under Fantagio Entertainment in 2016, Cha quickly became popular as the outfit’s vocalist and “visual”. However, he technically debuted in the entertainment industry as an actor two years before with a minor role in the Song Hye-kyo led film, My Brilliant Life. After appearing in a few other dramas, he landed his first proper lead in romcom My ID is Gangnam Beauty (2018), which boosted his popularity both at home and abroad. By 2020, his role in True Beauty had cemented his reputation as an actor once and for all.

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Cha Eun-woo with co-star Moon Ga-young in a still from True Beauty. Photo: TVN

With such success in the space of just a few years, Cha has found himself not just more famous than before, but wealthier too. He is reported to have cashed in nearly US$5 million from acting, officially making him the K-pop celebrity with the highest-earning “second job” (in other words, as an actor) according to Mnet’s TMI News Show.

In Korea he’s known as a ‘Face Genius’

Cha Eun-woo’s natural good looks and kind face have earned him the nickname “Face Genius” in Korea. Photo: @eunwooworld/ Instagram
In South Korea, the heartthrob has been dubbed a “Face Genius” and the “Visual King”, thanks to his classic good looks. As a result, he’s also become a firm favourite of the world’s top luxury brands, becoming a global ambassador for Burberry and joining the likes of Blackpink’s Lisa to add some star power to the launch of Bulgari’s Colours exhibition at the Seoul Arts Center last year. He also just appeared on the cover of Korea’s W Magazine modelling several Chaumet rings.

… and might be described as a literal genius, too

Did you know that Cha Eun-woo also happens to be one of the smartest men in K-biz? Photo: @eunwo.o_c/Instagram
Cha doesn’t just have beauty, but brains to match. With an IQ of 142, he was among the top three students in his school, winning awards for English, reading and debating, and was school president as well as class president for several years.
He plays football, basketball, the flute, the violin … is there anything Cha Eun-woo can’t do? Photo: @eunwo.o_c/Instagram

Clearly insanely talented, he also set an example for his classmates in sports and music. Cha was the captain of his junior school’s football and basketball teams and plays various instruments including piano, guitar, violin and flute, according to KProfile.

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Luckily, he’s also very humble

Someone as successful and talented as Cha might be forgiven for being a little arrogant – and yet he’s clearly not. When he was asked to comment on his flattering “Face Genius” nickname, he said, according to Soompi: “It does feel good, but I actually think that each person has their own unique individuality. When I was growing up, my mum would tell me, ‘You’re not that good-looking’ and ‘Don’t be vain.’ I think that everyone has their own taste when it comes to good looks.”

Actor-singer Cha Eun-woo has been made a global ambassador for British fashion house Burberry. Photo: @eunwo.o_c/Instagram

In another interview with Hype News, he acknowledged that his ability to perform in dramas, variety shows and on stage with Astro was all thanks to the team he has around him.

Upon being asked how he managed to do it all, he said: “Because around me there are managers, the company people, and the people I’m grateful for are with me.”

He really wants to get married … so he can truly be himself around someone

Cha Eun-woo clearly has a big heart, breaking down in tears on one show talking about how great it would be to find The One. Photo: @eunwo.o_c/Instagram

With a career truly in the ascendancy at the age of just 25, Cha says he’s nevertheless still serious about meeting that special someone and getting married as soon as he can. Opening up on the show Master in the House, he teared up when saying: “I really want to get married … I should be able to talk about the most embarrassing things, and still be able to have a good conversation with her. I know it’s not easy, but I also know that’s possible when you get married or become a family.”

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Cha Eun-woo says he’d propose with a ring or necklace while eating dinner overlooking the N Seoul Tower. Photo: @eunwo.o_c/Instagram

So how would he woo such a woman, once he meets her? Much to fans’ delight, Cha revealed to Ceci Korea back in 2017 what his ideal proposal would look like: “I will find a romantic place with the view of N Seoul Tower, great music and great ambience. I’d like to propose to her with a necklace or a ring while eating there.”

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  • The Astro vocalist and visual had his on-screen debut alongside Song Hye-kyo, while My ID is Gangnam Beauty and True Beauty got the 25-year-old’s popularity soaring
  • The sensitive, so-called ‘face genius’ has modelled for Burberry and Chaumet, joined Blackpink’s Lisa to help launch Bulgari’s Colours exhibition, and has an IQ of 142