Cha Seung Won is certainly getting his second wave of super popularity with his recent spate of dramas, from City Hall to Athena to Greatest Love. The actor and former model has been in the industry for 22 years, which is a shockingly long time, but has made his mark as an iconic character through Dokko Jin.
Cha believes that a good script is the first step in choosing in his roles, and in determining the popularity of the drama. He is thankful that Greatest Love’s popularity has allowed City Hall to get its second-renaissance in popularity, but he attributes to City Hall’s great script as well. If it weren’t a good story to begin with, it wouldn’t be popular.
He admits that when reading his character Dokko Jin in the beginning, he realized that his character could have easily become a stereotypical arrogant man who thinks he’s so amazing. He worked hard to portray another kind of man. He wants to show a man’s cuteness when he’s not exactly 100% romantic, but “[does] something a lot for the woman because he loves her, but him usually not being able to do something for her but that heart of his getting delivered to her more because he did it when she’s having a hard time.” In regards to his style of comedic acting: “The humor I do isn’t ordinary. It’s quite affected and technical. And it’s a style that could be repulsive but it worked well with Dokgo Jin’s character.”
Cha noted that the script showed a lot about the entertainment industry, and the problems that stars encounter were realistically depicted on the script. One such encounter was when Dokko Jin sues random people for hurtful comments – all those people who end up being students, professors, and housewives. They’re reason for such comments? “Just because.” Cha has gone through it a lot, and he’s disappointed in those people. He also blames reporters for twisting words and influencing others’ thoughts. When he was asked about T.O.P.‘s acting in “71-Into the Fire,” Cha knew that T.O.P. wasn’t the best actor – he was inexperienced at that time. He told the reporter that T.O.P. worked really hard as an actor – and his words got twisted to “Choi Seung Hyun (T.O.P.) is bad at acting.”
When asked what he would protect the most to the very end, he replied:
“What I want to protect till the very end is my family. But not just my family but my family including myself. Because to protect them, I have to be there for them. I want to protect my family and be their fence. Being in entertainment, there are many elements that try to step into the boundaries of our lives. So I need to protect them from those. I’ve said this before but I’m a very aggressive person. And I will stay this way. I don’t care if that doesn’t make me a nice guy when I need to make a decision to protect my family.”
He’s an awesome actor and family man.