Netflix’s new South Korean series Extraordinary Lawyer Woo is gaining viewership so far, with lead star Park Eun-bin receiving praise for her portrayal of an autistic lawyer.
The show follows lawyer Woo Young-woo, who graduated at the top of her class from law school and possesses an IQ of 164 along with an incredible memory and creative thought process.
However, due to the delicate nature of the role, Park originally turned down the role of Woo Young-woo several times. The actress, who does not have autism, spoke about it in a new interview with tv guide.
“I had to think about this being a drama, so that there would be some influence from the media. I didn’t want to have a negative impact on the ASD (autism spectrum disorder) community,” Park said.
The actress, who previously starred league of stoves Y age of youthrevealed that it was program director Yoo In-shik and writer Moon Ji-won who convinced her to accept the role.
“I knew they were a wonderful director and a wonderful writer. So I made the decision that I wanted to be a part of this project. And I think that’s a great choice that I made,” Park said.
Still, the role put a lot of pressure on Park, as she didn’t want to perpetuate any negative stereotypes about people with autism and knew that representing this community was a sensitive issue. This was his biggest concern when playing the character.
“I thought I couldn’t have any stereotypes or biases on this project. That was one of my main concerns,” Park said. “Because this drama and its themes involve and concern many people, I felt a great sense of responsibility. I didn’t want to offend or hurt anyone.”
The show currently has an 81% viewership score on Rotten Tomatoes and its early reviews have been largely positive.
Extraordinary Lawyer Woo is available to watch on Netflix.
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