What IU's gained and lost by appearing in "Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo"
What IU gained
Some say "Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo" is a flop, and it's true the drama couldn't gain sensational popularity in Korea. However, after all, "Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo" became number one in ratings, while the drama was quite popular in China too. Actually, the drama was aimed at Chinese market, which means the drama has achieved the desired result anyway. So, it can be said that IU did her job well as the leading actress of "Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo," proving her high popularity at home and abroad. There are few singer-turned-actresses who have as powerful influence as IU.
And it's also notable that "Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo" was IU's first ever historical drama. Of course, it is open to dispute whether her challenge is really a success, but it's true that it was a great experience for IU to appear in the drama. She could build her acting experience and showed potential as an actress through the drama. The experience will be the key for IU to move ahead faster as an actress.
What IU lost
It was too bad that IU's acting performance has been called into question. Her performance was not terrible, but it's true that she showed a lack of acting skills. Her acting was a little bit unnatural. And the main problem was that her acting and speech style was not adequate to a historical drama.
You know, "Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo" is not her first drama, while she's already acquired some acting experiences by appearing her previous dramas such as "The best Lee Soon Shin," "Pretty Boy," and "Producer." That's why people had expectations that IU would show very competitive acting performance as the lead actress of "Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo," but IU's performance was not enough to satisfy the viewers.
Oh, of course, IU is just 23 years old, and not many actresses of her age are better than her. The talented star is still learning, and she'll be able to get much better in a few years if she makes steady and persistent effort.