‘Chajumma’ signs ad deals
“After he earned the nickname ‘Chajumma,’ he’s been receiving requests from advertisers,” the agency said.
Chajumma is a coined word combining Cha’s first name and ajumma, a Korean word meaning middle-aged married woman.
The 45-year-old actor earned the nickname because of the versatile cooking techniques he showed on the TV show.
While living on a remote island, located in Korea’s South Sea, the actor made all kinds of foods imaginable, from pizza topped with freshly
caught seafood to Chinese spicy noodles to baked bread, all with the minimum number of utensils and without electronic appliances such as an oven or microwave.
Cha has recently endorsed carbonated drinks, instant noodles, sports clothing and mobile games.
The actor will return to the screen in April. He will play the role of Gwanghaegun, or Prince Gwanghae, one of the rulers of Korea’s Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910) in the upcoming period drama series “Hwajeong.”
Cha will team up with other actors including Kim Jae-won of “May Queen” (2012) and actress Lee Yeon-hee of “Miss Korea” (2014).
By Sung So-young