Chun Woo Hee Opens Up About Audition Failures Due to ‘Typical Face’ Criticisms — ‘You’re Ugly, You Can’t Act!’

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On the June 5 broadcast of tvN’s talk show ‘You Quiz on the Block,’ hosted by entertainers Yu Jae Seok and Cho Se Ho, actress Chun Woo Hee shared her experiences of overcoming early career challenges.

During the show, Yu Jae Seok asked Chun Woo Hee, “What made you pursue an acting career? Was there a specific moment?” Chun Woo Hee recounted, “Back in high school, I followed my friend to join an acting class and learned how fun acting can be. I realized I had found something I would truly enjoy.”

Chun Woo Hee revealed her initial struggles in the industry.

“When I started auditioning for roles, I always made it to the finals but never passed. I was told that my acting was phenomenal but that my face was too typical. Back then, I was often told, ‘You can’t become an actor. You’re ugly.'”

-Chun Woo Hee

Yu Jae Seok expressed sympathy.

“Being rejected in auditions for reasons unrelated to your acting abilities must have been disappointing.”

-Yu Jae Seok

Chun Woo Hee responded, “Yeah, but it didn’t affect me. I’m not the type who would think, ‘This is too hard.’ Instead, I thought, ‘All these obstacles must mean that I’m destined for greatness!'”

Reflecting on her resilience, Chun Woo Hee shared,

“I was working part-time at my parents’ restaurant at the time. While working, I recalled what happened and thought, ‘My life keeps getting more eventful. That’s exciting.’ ‘Good to have another interesting episode in my life. I thought about what I needed to do to get through auditions. It was time for me to examine myself objectively. I tried to figure out my strengths and which position I would be in the industry. I looked online for every single Korean actor around my age. None of them had a similar vibe as me.”

Chun Woo Hee concluded with a smile, “Since I was young at that point, I made a childish conclusion that I would either become huge or never make it.”

She revealed that she independently created her portfolio to pave her path in the acting world.