On a recent episode of tvN‘s Sudden The Boss, Cha Tae Hyun opened up about the struggles of acting from his experience in the industry.

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While discussing the importance of maintaining appearance as actors age, Cha Tae Hyun stressed that it’s all up to the audience.

In our profession, the people who watch us are important. Even if we want to show them something, if they don’t want to see it, it’s meaningless.

— Cha Tae Hyun

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According to Cha Tae Hyun, reporters always expressed their worry about how he always played the same type of characters.

Whenever reporters saw me, they worried about me. They always said, ‘It’s too bad that you’re always playing the same characters.’ And at the time, I wanted to do something different, too.

— Cha Tae Hyun

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But Cha Tae Hyun had a change of heart.

I think a person should be acknowledged for playing the same type of role for such a long time.

— Cha Tae Hyun

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And he explained that unless the audience wants it, a change might not always be a good thing for an actor.

If you change in a good way because you really wanted to achieve something, that’s fine. But if the audience doesn’t want to see it, it’s just your own greed.

— Cha Tae Hyun

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Cha Tae Hyun, who turns 46 years old this year, debuted back in 1995, meaning he’s been working as an actor for 27 years.

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| “My Sassy Girl”

And while many question why he’s always played similar types of characters, Cha Tae Hyun simply pays attention to what the audience wants to see.

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| “Along with the Gods: The Two Worlds”

Words of a true veteran.