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The Rise of Woo Do Hwan

Song Rae shares her newfound love of Woo Do Hwan and how awesome he is as an actor on top of being a true flower boy!


Whether you have heard about him from The King: Eternal Monarch or you knew of him before, Woo Do Hwan is a force to be reckoned with. Labeled the 'certified scene-stealer', Do Hwan has found his way into many hearts since the filming of TKEM and has made these hearts his home, making him a heart thief as well!

Television & Film History

In preparing for this article, Song Rae made sure to view as much of Woo Do Hwan's work as possible. Seeing an actor and loving their visuals is one thing, but honest assessments about the quality of their work is on another level. Let's find out if Actor Woo Do Hwan lives up to the hype!

Here is Woo Do Hwan's film history based upon AsianWiki, Keyeast Entertainment, and Google.

  • 2011 - Kite Island Baby (Couldn’t find ANY information about this movie)

  • 12/5/2011 - 3/2/2012 - Come, Come, Absolutely Come (Network: MBN Episodes: 60) - His character is not mentioned, he is just listed as a cast member.

  • 1/30/2012 - 3/20/2012 - Shut Up Flower Boy Band (Network: tvN Episodes: 16) - Cast Member

  • 2013 - Let’s Go to Rose Motel (movie) - Sung Soo

  • 4/17/2016 - 5/15/2016 - Dramaworld (Viki Original Episodes: 10) - Do Hwan

  • 10/24/2016 - 12/13/2016 - Sweet Stranger and Me (Network: KBS2 Episodes: 16) - Kim Wan Si

  • 2016 - Battle for Incheon: Operation Chromite (movie) - Lee Kyung Shik's subordinate #2

  • 2016 - Master (movie) - President Jin’s gunmen #2

  • 8/5/2017 - 9/24/2017 - Save Me (Network: OCN Episodes: 16) - Seok Dong Cheol

  • 10/11/2017 - 11/30/2017 Mad Dog (Network: KBS2 Episodes: 16) - Kim Min Joon

2017 KBS Drama Awards - December 31, 2017 - He won Best New Actor ("Mad

Dog")

  • 3/12/2018 - 5/1/2018 Tempted (Network: MBC Episodes: 32) - Kwon Shi Hyun

2018 MBC Drama Awards - December 30, 2018 - He won Excellent Actor (Monday

& Tuesday mini-series) ("Tempted”)

  • 2019 - Divine Fury (movie) - Ji Shin

  • 10/4/2019 - 11/23/2019 My Country: The New Age (Network: JTBC Episodes: 16) - Nam Seon Ho

  • 2019 - The Divine Move 2: The Wrathful (movie) - Loner

  • 4/17/2020 - 6/12/2020 The King: Eternal Monarch (Network: SBS Episodes: 16) - Jo Young and Jo Eun Sup


Becoming A Do Hwan Fan

In my newfound love of actor, Woo Do Hwan, I began to search all of his works. If he was in it, I wanted to see it. I had begun Dramaland in 2018 sometime and Save Me in the summer of 2019, but didn't return to them until COVID-19 shut down which began for me Friday, March 13th.

Side Note: I have watched a ridiculous amount of dramas during this quarantine. 😐

At any rate, I also realized that I have watched Shut Up Flower Boy Band twice (I love L/Kim Myung Soo!) but did not recall seeing Do Hwan in it. However, thanks to a fellow Do Hwan lover on Twitter, I was able to see the clip where he was part of the cast. Gotta love kdrama twt!


Aside from his first two appearances and Battle for Incheon, I have seen everything he has done. What I have found is that aside from being SO adorably cute, handsome, gorgeous, etc., he is an amazing actor. He has played clueless, helpful, a henchman, the bad guy, the good guy, a desirable lover, a demon worshipper, a protector, the spite filled one, etc. I could go on about how broad his range is. However, for each character he selects, he doesn't just play the role, he embodies the character and you can feel it. From his deep eyes to his facial expressions to his smile, each character becomes its own. Even though he played subordinates in Sweet Stranger and Me and Master, they were two totally different guys. In The Divine Move, you could see he was loose as a goose, but he gave the character depth despite the character being called just 'Loner'.

My Favorite Do Hwan Project


That, ladies, gents, and others, is MAD SKILL!!”

Despite it being the work that is being talked about the most, I will have to say that his roles in The King: Eternal Monarch are my favorite because they showcased his many skills in one drama. Playing the polar opposite roles of Captain Jo Young and Jo Eun Sup allowed me to truly appreciate his depth and skill that much more. While playing Captain Jo, he was forced to pretend to be Eun Sup and you could see the slightest change in the character. Conversely, Eun Sup had to pretend to be Captain Jo and you could see the difference. As someone who has to "perform" daily, I understand what staying in character is like and I esteemed him highly because in essence, he was able to show us four versions of himself in one drama. That, ladies, gents, and others, is MAD SKILL!! So on top of being extremely handsome, seemingly a very likable person, he is skilled in his profession beyond average. I have high expectations for him when he returns from his military duties!


Look Out For the Podcast

I will do a podcast which outlines all of the work that I have seen with a short review of the drama or movie. If I could get a hold of it, I will be able to share my opinion about the work and what I thought of his performance in particular. For the Egg Head Stans, Happy Birthday to Do Hwanie Oppa (July 12th) and I hope this post helps to keep you busy until he returns. If not, cart yourself over to Pinterest and enjoy our board filled with all things Do Hwan! 😘

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