K-Drama 'Extraordinary Attorney Woo' Continues To Top The Charts Globally
On the heels of its continued success, the show’s writer, Moon Ji won, and stars Park Eun Bin, Kang Tae oh, and Kang Ki Young share their thoughts on the series and its newfound worldwide popularity
On the week of July 11, fan favorite K-drama Extraordinary Attorney Woo recorded a whopping global streaming time of 45.58 hours, up 90% compared to the week before, topping the non-English TV category and coming in at #1 on the Global Top 10 charts for two consecutive weeks! It's ranked #1 in 8 countries and is in the top 10 list for 22 countries in the non-English TV category—a true testament to just how much this series has touched the hearts of so many all over the world.
"Netflix captured the feel-good healing powers of Extraordinary Attorney Woo from the beginning stages of its production and decided to invest early on. I think it's meaningful that it led to a virtuous cycle of helping not only the broadcasting company but also the creative industry," says an official quote from the streaming service.
Extraordinary Attorney Woo aired in 31 different languages (subtitles) through Netflix and is anticipated to continue to bring in positive reviews and reception as more episodes drop weekly!
Moreover, Extraordinary Attorney Woo continues to top the charts in the Philippines (currently at Number 1 for TV category). The writer (Moon Ji won) and some of the cast of the series shared their thoughts on the series, and its newfound global popularity.
What do you think makes Extraordinary Attorney Woo different from other law-themed series?
Moon Ji won: What makes Extraordinary Attorney Woo so different is the character, Woo Youngwoo. Once she takes on a case, it takes a turn that viewers could not have seen anywhere else before!
Question for Park Eun Bin. How was preparing for the role of Woo Youngwoo different from your other past roles?
Park Eun Bin: I focused on Youngwoo’s sincere heart. I thought I might limit the possibilities of Woo Youngwoo if I took a careful or defensive stance, so I tried to take in as many different approaches as possible. In particular, I didn’t want to limit Youngwoo’s character, so I was really open to all possible options in expressing Youngwoo’s heart freely. Since Youngwoo is such a spirited and courageous person, I learned a lot from her character.
Question for Kang Tae Oh. What was the most challenging part when you prepared for your role?
Question for Kang Ki Young. What was the most challenging part when you prepared for your role?
Hello, I’m Kang Ki Young and I play the role of Jung Myeongseok on Extraordinary Attorney Woo. I was most worried about whether I could seem the part of a seasoned senior attorney with 14 years’ experience before I got to setting my character. Also, I think one of the biggest challenges was that I had to familiarize myself with legal knowledge or jargon and convey it as a professional.
But my concerns were nothing compared to actor Park Eun Bin, who had to memorize pages and pages of information on whales, legal jargon and even regular speech that seems to be straight out of an encyclopedia. (laughs)
I am truly grateful to our Lawfirm Hanbada team to help me look the part of an excellent senior lawyer!
Question for all actors. This series has been the most-viewed drama on ENA and has ranked top 10 on Netflix Global (non-English category) in the first week of July. How do you feel about this success?
Park Eun Bin: I was able to complete filming with the support of many people. I’m glad that I was able to complete filming.I am truly grateful for global viewers who explore Youngwoo’s world with us. Welcome to “the world of Woo Youngwoo”! Please remember to stay tuned until the very end!
Kang Tae Oh: I’m honored and touched that Extraordinary Attorney Woo is loved not just in Korea, but also overseas as well! Please continue to watch until the final episode 16. Thank you to all for your love and support for us. Please stay tuned!
Kang Ki Young: Hello viewers and fans! This is Jeong Myeongseok, and I’m truly grateful for your love and support these days!I’m moved and glad that this drama can warm your hearts, especially since you might be worn out from these trying times. Extraordinary Attorney Woo has now aired almost halfway! Please stay tuned until the end, since there’s a lot of entertainment coming your way!