Song Chang-eui

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Song Chang-eui
Born (1979-01-24) 24 January 1979 (age 38)
Seoul, South Korea
Education Seoul Institute of the Arts - Theater
Occupation Actor
Years active 2002-present
Agent WS Entertainment
Korean name
Revised Romanization Song Chang-ui
McCune–Reischauer Song Ch'ang-ŭi

Song Chang-eui (born January 24, 1979) is a South Korean actor. Though better known as a musical theatre actor, notably in Hedwig and the Angry Inch and Gwanghwamun Love Song, Song has also starred in television dramas such as The Scales of Providence and Life Is Beautiful.


Song Chang-eui began his career in musical theatre in 2002's Blue Saigon.[1][2] Most famous for playing a transgender rocker in Hedwig and the Angry Inch,[3] he also starred in the stage adaptation of Hollywood film The Graduate,[4] the musical adaptation of romantic comedy 200 Pounds Beauty with Bada,[5][6] a musical based on The Sorrows of Young Werther,[7] popular German musical Elisabeth with Ock Joo-hyun,[8][9][10][11] and Korea's first jukebox musical Gwanghwamun Younga (younga is the Korean word for "love song" or "sonata") featuring the hit songs of the late composer Lee Young-hoon.[12][13][14][15]

After doing small roles on television starting 2005, Song shot to stardom in 2007 when he starred in Golden Bride,[1] a drama about an inter-cultural marriage between an elite Korean man (Song) and a young Vietnamese woman (played by Lee Young-ah).[16] He followed that with leading roles in the revenge court thriller The Scales of Providence,[17] and the post-war film Once Upon a Time in Seoul. The latter, titled Boys Don't Cry in Korean, is about two orphaned friends (played by Song and Lee Wan) who become involved in the black market to escape poverty. Song had to lose 7 kilograms (15.4 pounds) and shave his head for his role.[18] In 2009 he was cast as the antagonist in the Kwon Sang-woo starrer Cinderella Man, a Prince and the Pauper tale set in the world of fashion merchandising, which drew lackluster ratings.[19]

Penned by renowned drama writer Kim Soo-hyun, the 2010 weekend family drama Life Is Beautiful became memorable and somewhat controversial for its depiction of a loving, functional relationship between two homosexual men, the first Korean show to do so in the primetime slot of a public network.[20][21][22] The drama was a hit with average ratings of 20%, and Song earned praise for his portrayal of a gentle, kind doctor of internal medicine, who happens to be openly gay and in love with Lee Sang-woo's divorcee character.[23][24][25]

Song and Seo Ji-hye played a married couple in melodrama A Lone Tree (the Korean title Tree that Sleeps Standing speaks to the theme of a person's desire to stay next to and support a loved one), then he had a supporting role in A Reason to Live, a contemplative film on grief and forgiveness starring Song Hye-kyo.[26]

He returned to television in the 2011 campus romance Heartstrings (also known as You've Fallen for Me). The drama was co-produced by the Seoul Institute of the Arts, which provided its campus for filming. Song, a graduate of the arts-specialized university, said the classrooms, library and the atmosphere made him feel nostalgic.[27] He and co-star Park Shin-hye had previously worked together as voice actors for the local hand-drawn animated film Green Days: Dinosaur and I.[28][29][30]

Song starred in two series in 2012: Syndrome, a medical drama on cable about neurosurgeons,[31][32] and The Great Seer, a historical epic about the founding of the Joseon Dynasty.[33] Kim Soo-hyun cast him again in her 2013 weekend drama Thrice Married Woman, in which his character has lingering feelings for his ex-wife.

In 2014, Song played the titular character in police procedural Dr. Frost, adapted from the webtoon of the same title. He was then cast as a widowed father with a troubled son in the Make a Woman Cry (2015).[34]


Television series[edit]

Year Title Role Network
2005 Rainy Day on the Tenth Yoon-seok MBC
Wedding Yoon Hyung-chul KBS2
The Youth in Barefoot Hwang Joon-hyuk MBC
Drama City "My Sweet Bloody Lover" Jin-woo KBS2
2006 The 101st Proposal Seo Hyun-joon SBS
2007 Golden Bride Kang Jun-woo SBS
Yi San Jeong Yak-yong MBC
2008 On Air Himself (cameo, episode 11) SBS
The Scales of Providence Jang Joon-ha SBS
2009 Cinderella Man Lee Jae-min MBC
2010 Life Is Beautiful Yang Tae-sub SBS
2011 Heartstrings Kim Suk-hyun MBC
A Thousand Days' Promise Noh Young-soo SBS
2012 Syndrome Cha Yeo-wook jTBC
The Great Seer Lee Jung-geun SBS
2013 Thrice Married Woman Jung Tae-won SBS
2014 Dr. Frost Baek Nam-bong OCN
2015 Make a Woman Cry Kang Jin-woo MBC


Year Title Role
2002 Emergency Act 19 adviser 2
2005 My Girl and I Park Jong-goo
2007 Pacchigi! Love & Peace Jin-sung
2008 Once Upon a Time in Seoul Tae-ho
2010 A Lone Tree Jung Gu-sang
2011 Green Days: Dinosaur and I (animated) Kim Cheol-soo (voice)
A Reason to Live Ji-suk


Year Title Role
2002 Blue Saigon
The Play
2003 Songsan Yahwa
Jesus Christ Superstar Jesus Christ
2004 The Play X
Singin' in the Rain Don Lockwood
Funky Funky
2006 Hedwig and the Angry Inch Hedwig
2007 The Graduate Benjamin Braddock
2008 200 Pounds Beauty Han Sang-jun
2009 Hedwig and the Angry Inch Hedwig
2010 Turandot
The Sorrows of Young Werther Werther
2011 Gwanghwamun Love Song Sang-hoon
2012 Elisabeth Death
Gwanghwamun Love Song Sang-hoon
2013 Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat Joseph
Hedwig and the Angry Inch[35] Hedwig
2014 Blood Brothers Mickey
2015 Rebecca Maxim de Winter
2016 Mata Hari Armand


Album information Track listing
I Love You - Golden Bride OST
  • Single
  • Released: January 7, 2008
Love 101
  • EP
  • Released: March 28, 2008

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2007 SBS Drama Awards Top 10 Stars Golden Bride Won
Excellence Award, Actor in a Serial Drama Nominated
2008 44th Baeksang Arts Awards Best New Actor (TV) Won
SBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actor in a Drama Special The Scales of Providence Nominated
2009 45th Baeksang Arts Awards Best New Actor (Film) Once Upon a Time in Seoul Nominated
17th Chunsa Film Art Awards Best New Actor Won
46th Grand Bell Awards Best New Actor Nominated
30th Blue Dragon Film Awards Best New Actor Nominated
2010 26th Korea Best Dresser Swan Awards Best Dressed, Culture/문화인 category N/A Won
SBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actor in a Weekend/Daily Drama Life Is Beautiful Won
2011 6th Asia Model Festival Awards BBF Popular Star Award N/A Won
2012 SBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actor in a Drama Special The Great Seer Nominated
2014 SBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actor in a Serial Drama Thrice Married Woman Won
2015 4th APAN Star Awards Excellence Award, Actor in a Serial Drama Make a Woman Cry Nominated
2015 MBC Drama Awards Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Serial Drama Make a Woman Cry Won


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  7. ^ Chung, Ah-young (13 September 2010). "Werther marks 10th anniversary". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2012-12-07. 
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  19. ^ Han, Sang-hee (7 April 2009). "Male Hallyu Stars Clash on TV". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2012-12-07. 
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  24. ^ Choi, Ji-eun (22 April 2010). "INTERVIEW: Actor Song Chang-eui — Part 2". 10Asia. Retrieved 2012-12-07. 
  25. ^ Min, Ines (12 August 2010). "Actor Song Chang-ui finds empathy in homosexual role". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2012-12-07. 
  26. ^ Kim, Heidi (25 January 2011). "Song Hye-kyo, Song Chang-eui cast in new film". 10Asia. Retrieved 2012-12-07. 
  27. ^ Kwon, Mee-yoo (28 June 2011). "Campus romance to pull at Heartstrings". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2012-12-07. 
  28. ^ Hong, Lucia (11 May 2011). "Park Shin-hye, Song Chang-eui's animation flick to open next month". 10Asia. Retrieved 2012-12-07. 
  29. ^ Lee, Hyo-won (9 June 2011). "Green spearheads Korean animations". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2012-12-07. 
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  32. ^ Choi, Eun-hwa (7 February 2012). "Song Chang Eui to Become a Real Doctor with Syndrome". enewsWorld. Retrieved 2012-12-07. 
  33. ^ Lee, Tae-ho (24 August 2012). "Song Chang-eui to play male lead in new historical drama". 10Asia. Retrieved 2012-12-07. 
  34. ^ Ghim, Sora (25 February 2015). "Song Chang Eui Will Be The Leading Man In Make A Woman Cry". BNTNews. Retrieved 2015-04-28. 
  35. ^ Lee, Sun-min (13 June 2013). "Stars gear up for Hedwig and the Angry Inch". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2013-06-17. 

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