Drama Casting & News
Chae Jung-ahn to play Song Seung-heon’s wife
by | February 2, 2013 | 81 Comments

Interesting. Chae Jung-ahn (Queen of Reversals) was originally planning to make her drama comeback in the JTBC sageuk War of the Flowers, but has dropped that project to join Song Seung-heon’s new gangster-who-loves show When A Man Loves. Well, they’ll certainly make a pretty pair. This should tell us everything we need to know about this drama: She plays his wife, and is the second lead. I smell cheater!

It’s a melodrama about people who are swept up in “the feverish craze of love,” and the strife that comes from their entanglements. Song Seung-heon stars as a gangster who falls in love with his mob boss’ wife, and then marries her once the boss dies. Whether it’s for love or power is anybody’s guess. And then he’ll meet and fall in love with Shin Se-kyung, while still married to Chae Jung-ahn. Are we supposed to like him at all? Yeon Woo-jin will be his rival, who also falls for Shin Se-kyung.

Chae Jung-ahn’s character is described as a passionate, sophisticated woman, who finds out about her husband falling in love with another woman… and just sits back and keeps tabs on the affair. Hm, why does that sound scarier than if she were to blow her top? I’m not sure this drama is my cup of tea, but I do like Chae Jung-ahn. She’s definitely better in cute comedic roles, and second lead is no new territory for her, but I can see her playing up the cold jilted lover.

When A Man Loves will be helmed by the director of Arang and the Magistrate and the writer of Equator Man. It follows Level 7 Civil Servant and premieres in April on MBC.

Via Osen


81 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. Soo Won

    i might have given it a try… only if it wasn’t song seung heon!

    • 1.1 Yasmin

      i agree!

      • 1.1.1 Soo Won

        i really dont know what had gotten into me… but…. i… actually LIKED him in Autumn in My Heart!!!
        well i suppose it was ages ago and i was a kid with fantasies or whatever u call! but the drama was a fave of mine for years afterwards! (HOW?! idk!) but then i just needed to watch him in summer scent! and hes become a FOREVER NO for me eversince!!! just imagining a man his age and size…. whining and pouting like a schoolgirl… gives me goosebumps now!

        • lemonade candy

          naaaah~ you’re okay. i share thy pain, sister.

          i loved him too damn much in autumn in my heart; but then again, i was 14. LOL~ **I forgive myself for being young and clueless, all I ever saw was his handsome /charming look**

          and yep. summer scent ruins my whatever fangirly streak for him… ^^

        • hanie

          nah… dun worry. I’m like that too. I really really like Autumn tale and watched it few times after it was aired. But, oneday…puff..magic is gone~ back to reality.. It was scary!!!

    • 1.2 selina

      my thoughts exactly.

    • 1.3 canxi

      WORD! I see Yeon Woo Jin and Shin Se Kyung and I’m like…”this is a pairing, I can get behind” and then I see Song Seung Heon and I’m all *sigh*. XD

      The woes of a k-drama addict.

    • 1.4 ys

      Hi, could someone explain why people don’t like Song Seung-heon? Is he a bad actor or is it that he’s been in bad projects? I liked him very much in A Better Tomorrow.

      • 1.4.1 korfan

        ys –

        Hi. I’ve only seen him in a couple if things, so I can’t speak with authority on his whole body of work. However, based on what I have seen, I think people’s “dislike” of him has to do with what we call here in the States, “lack of range”. He seems to do okay only in a certain type of genre, like rom-coms …. and that’s it. Remove him from this and it starts to get a little off.

        I would add that he seems “too aware” of the camera, if that makes any sense ….. like he knows everyone is looking at him “right now” and on some level he feels uncomfortable with all eyes on him. I think he’s a very good-looking man, and I’m guessing he was very good-looking since a very,very early age. Perhaps he received a lot of attention because of this early on and for whatever reason, it was just too much …. too much for a young boy to handle which later carried on into adulthood.

        All this being said, I like him too. I didn’t think he was that bad in My Princess (rom-com of course). It suited him. I’ll give him credit for trying different things though. At least he tries to diversify himself and he keeps at it. Can’t blame a guy for trying.

        Anyway, a bit long here, but this is my best guess so far.

      • 1.4.2 Mystisith

        In My Princess, he was OK: Give him simple scenes where he has to smile and be flirty and he nails it. In Dr Jin, I was always whispering at my screen: “overacting” “flat” “non fitting” “dead fish eyes”… Script was awful but it doesn’t prevent a good actor from harboring the right emotion/expression for a scene: Some actors for secondary characters did better than him with what they were given.

      • 1.4.3 mia

        He’s actually very good in A Better Tomorrow….filling in commendably in the very big shoes of Chow Yuen Fatt. And he’s delightful in My Princess. But unfortunately….lacklustre in his other efforts, especially his portrayer of the character of Dr Jin lately, although the writer in that drama have to take most of the blame.

        With actor such as him, he has to be very aware of his own limitation and be clever enough with the right drama/movie selection which will allow him to shine.

        • browncoat78

          I agree. He’s been good exactly twice — My Princess and A Better Tomorrow. In My Princess he did comedy and was golden and in Better Tomorrow he was really quirky and kinda crazy and therefore awesome. But he also was not the lead so he didn’t have to carry the emotional center of the film. In those kinds of roles, he’s good, but as a dramatic lead, YUCK!

      • 1.4.4 ys

        Aha, ok, thanks everyone.

      • 1.4.5 Pipit

        I’m not one of those who don’t like him. But, it is true that his acting skills aren’t something to talk about. He’s pretty no body can deny it but sometimes being pretty is not enough particularly if your enjoyment in watching movies or dramas mainly comes from a good acting. But I like him in He Was Cool, I like him in My Princess and I don’t hate him in Summer Scent. Having said that I have to say that I the main reason for me in watching drama is its story line and reading what this one is all about I think I’ll pass. Not because of Song Seung Hun but because melo isn’t my cup of tea and this cheater’s story is a no no for me.

      • 1.4.6 Rachel K

        I can’t say that he portrays a mind blowing acting, but he definitely has a look that takes everyone’s breath away. He is very well received among Korean netizens. I don’t know where you’re getting such an idea.

    • 1.5 Lotus_Blossom

      Yup, he’s mighty fine but I can’t stand his acting. I am forever traumatized after Dr. Jin.

  2. snow_white

    well….now the plot seems interesting…..but I’m definitely not gonna like a hero who is a cheater….
    but might give this a try….

  3. Gaeina Lee

    I’m definitely in.. for YWJ, of course. ^^

  4. welma

    My bet is on her killing SSH’s character in the end.

    • 4.1 Dongsaeng killer

      I’m okay with that…

    • 4.2 jomo

      me, three

    • 4.3 Kiara

      me four

    • 4.4 canxi


    • 4.5 YY

      He’d probably die bug-eyed.

  5. MsB

    Cheating husband? Not sure about this now.

    • 5.1 Mystisith

      I knew it wouldn’t be for me before and now they add a cheater in the mix? Hell, no!

  6. Francesca

    I like both ladies. I wish the lead man weren’t SSH

  7. Carmensitta

    I really hope she makes him suffer in every mode possible. It’s not exactly fair or moral to wish she”ll kill that freaking cheater, but he deserves hell on earth!

  8. lee


    • 8.1 Mystisith

      Since you’re going to post that same exact line on every post related to SSH, how about a bit of creativity? The public is yawning…

      • 8.1.1 Stellamaris

        I watched Sheung’s work for the first time, and truth be told, I don’t get where you get off bashing SSH coz what I have read, none of you. Got the story line on WHEN A MAN LOVES…facts…he was never married to the 2nd lead female who happened to be his dead boss’s girlfriend…she infact had a one_sided relationship…they almost got married, but she didn’t turnout for the wedding to save him from being falsely accused. He nailed his character, no need to fault a guy for his looks. Am totally beyond comprehending how none of you, are talking about the horrible drop dead to kingdom come acting of the lead female actress I kept going…”are you freaking kidding me, the whole drama she had one emotional expression she failed miserably in bringing her character to life , be realistic in your reviews don’t just bash for the sake of bashing. Am about to watch Dr.Jin am sure just like WHEN A MAN LOVES….yu all bashers will definitely be off the mark. When a man loves was well written , it brought out all the emotions that the.writer envisaged, it had twists and turns and the ending left one with the feeling of “I didn’t see that coming” considering the events unfolding to.that point. As far as this drama is concerned SSH nailed it, and the two gangster friends of SSH. I give the female trophy to the actress that played the mom of Seo Mi Do,..I will watch more of SSH WORKS PROBABLY I WILL BE PROVEN WRONG BUT O HIGHLY DOUBT IT. I Enjoyed his work as I did the four gentlemen in THE.DRAMA A GENTLEMAN’S DIGNITY.

    • 8.2 LangitBiru

      Come on girl. You can praised SSH all you want at any SSH forum/blog or whatever but we are talking about talent and kdrama politic anyway.

    • 8.3 Pipit

      I don’t think that’s true. He is quite a darling here. We even have a pet name for him Mr. Hand Towel. And we don’t give a pet name to just any actor. Another darling here is Jo Hyun Jae who is practically lost his name here and simply called as Kang Ah. The different is that Song Seung Hun got his pet name because of his lack luster acting skills but there are many other actors/idols who also don’t shine in that department and they don’t get a pet name let alone so much attention as Song Seung Hun. So, you see in a way we are his fan.

      And I can tell you that I’m not anti Song Seung Hun.

  9. HT

    Damn, SSH, stop cheating on your fiancée and now your wife. First in Autumn in my Heart and now here. D: Just kidding, no hate, lol.

    But honestly I cannot imagine SSH in a melo again.. He always has this.. facial expression.. I..

    • 9.1 jomo

      Don’t forget My Princess with the Yoon Joo abominable snowman.

  10. 10 Annie

    Yep, there will be blood at the end of this drama. Cheating is the crappiest thing you can do to a partner but I find it interesting that if the genders were reversed, even my initial reaction would have been ‘oh, maybe her husband was abusive/uncaring/cheating’ but no such benefit of doubt is extended to men. Just an interesting thought.

    Anyhow, I’m guessing that either their relationship is business only (on his end at least) or the wife betrays him in some unforgiveable way.

    • 10.1 Lisa-Loo-Loo

      Or he is a cheater, sometimes it is just like that.

      But your point is so true. We immediately assume men to be at fault and women to be victims. I wonder why?

      • 10.1.1 Annie

        That’s a possibility, but I guess I was just assuming that SSH wouldn’t take a role as an out and out cheater and SSK as a ‘mistress’.

      • 10.1.2 mia

        Most drama watchers are women, and most of these women are middle-aged married women….so no brainer that they have an aversion to cheating husbands, so they just jump at the slightest whiff of being betrayed, cheated and dumped, hubby running off with a younger, more beautiful, sexy rival. No ?

  11. 11 asianromance

    Wow her role sounds much more interesting than Shin Se-Kyung’s role. I hope this role is as good as it sounds because she just dropped a JTBC drama for it and JTBC seems to be turning out some good stuff.

  12. 12 Rachel

    Is it just me or does she actually look like Shin Se Kyung in this photo?

    • 12.1 welma

      me too

    • 12.2 ladysarahii

      That’s who I thought it was, at first.

  13. 13 ck1Oz

    Wow what kind of drama are we supposed to be watching?
    I don’t even know whether to be turned off or interested.

  14. 14 haha

    I don’t know why, but I sense another kind of “Fashion King” with this plot. Shin Se Kyung! Why you have to pick up this kind of role again?

  15. 15 laraffinee

    Ugh…a mediocre actress and a mediocre or worse actor….how good can this be???

  16. 16 Sajen

    hmmm I like both lovely ladies considerably more than Song Seung-heon I expressed my feelings on Shin Se Kyung earlier. But I think I also like Chae Jung Ahn granted the only thing I’ve seen her in is Coffee Prince and I’m not sure whether I actually like her or if it’s just transference from my overwhelming love of Lee Sun Gyun.

  17. 17 jomo

    I really like her. Very cool customer.

    This project is beginning to spark my interest. THT as a scoundrel is a risk for him, since he sells duty-free goods to boredom bound ahjummas for his actual income.
    What if they turn on him?
    Insert sexy photo of SSH, Mickey, KTH making pizza.

    Naaah, they will NEVER turn on him. Both EoE and Jin taught me that.

    • 17.1 trotwood

      Thanks for making me smile today!

    • 17.2 Rachel K

      Is it just me or Korean actresses never age, if not getting younger by day? Mysterious. Anyhoo, yup, she’s one gorgeous lady.

      • 17.2.1 skelly

        Yes, she is beautiful, but seems to have a sort of cool plasticity about her; I wonder if she is capable of much range. She cries well, but then you can say that for about 10,000 other Korean actresses. Will she cry as she shoots him?

  18. 18 Trina

    I wonder why she pick this drama instead Wall of Flowers. Oh we’ll, interesting except what expression will Mr. Hand Towel find out he is cheater. Also, will he died at the end.

  19. 19 Danna

    So this is going to be one of those melodramas……adultery can make for interesting drama conflicts and characterizations but it always depends on the writing….could either be like A wife’s credentials (good) or like Wife’s Temptation (terrible)…but I’m not going to hold my breath with this show since the casting is already so meh…I really wish Chae Jung Ahn had stuck to War of the Flowers instead

    • 19.1 Alex

      I actually loved Wife’s Temptation….I loved every minute of its hair pulling…dead not dead…cheating…makjang goodness.

  20. 20 milkmustache

    Not the biggest fan of Shin Se-kyung of Song Seung-heon (could just be because I haven’t liked any of the projects they’ve been. nothing against their acting though), but I do like Chae Jung-ahn and her character sounds intriguing here.

  21. 21 Alex

    I was actually looking forward to seeing Chae Jung square of against Kim Hyun Joo in War of the Flowers. It’s been to long since I’ve seen her in a saguek and was thinking it’s be legit.

  22. 22 Jess

    Didn’t Chae Jung-ahn get plastic surgery? She was so beautiful during her Coffee Prince days, but now, she looks different. 🙁

    • 22.1 Kiara

      Soon they’ll all look like each other.

  23. 23 goldeng

    Oh not this again… Th male lead sounds like Oh la la spouses’ lead minus the gangster stuff… I think this is def.not my cup of tea… Id like to see her play the cold wife role but man.. If hes a player like th male lead in oh la la spouses, that would make me want to flip a table with every words he says… No, i cant watch it like that…

  24. 24 canxi

    I’m interested in the story, but not so much all the actors in the story. I like Shin Se Kyung and Yeon Woo Jin. I’ve only see Chae Jung Ahn in one thing, so I dunno. And I don’t like SSH…lol

    Hmmmm, I’m wondering why he’s a cheater? Did he only like the IDEA of the boss’ wife and then married her and then he found it she wasn’t that great? Or do they argue a lot? Or is he just an asshole? So many possibilities?

  25. 25 Anvesha

    SSH has an uphill battle to win audience’s love if he turns out be a cheater.. I don’t mind power-hungry but cheater is a no-no, may be it’s contract marriage so both could have power (that would explain her reaction to the affair).

  26. 26 YY

    The Climax

    SSH: Wife, it’s all my fault. I’m a bad guy. (Clenches fist and punches own face)
    Wife: Omg, you’re bleeding….and is that a tooth on the floor?
    SSH: I am so sorry I hurt you. (Runs and dashes head into wall)
    Wife: Stop, please stop.
    SSH: I can’t help the way I am. (Breaks flower pot over head)
    Wife; Please stop hurting yourself.
    SSH: Pain. More pain. I want pain. I need pain. (Yanks leg hair out in clumps)
    Wife: Stop. Please stop. God help me, what are you doing now?????(SSH climbs over balcony and jumps down)
    Wife: Oh no, oh no, honey, talk to me, say something!
    SSH: (Makes bug eyes)
    Wife: Okay, you win! I’ll divorce you! I’ll divorce you!

    • 26.1 moonie


    • 26.2 jomo

      Perfect Sunday morning reading.

    • 26.3 Pipit

      Oooh YY! LOL!

  27. 27 koreampuff

    I bet she kills her mob boss husband to be with him only to find out he falls in love with someone else later. LOL jilted lover #makjangfilter

    • 27.1 canxi

      LOL, that would actually be the best thing ever???…except not for the mob boss…and not for the wife..

      Or what If SSH’s character kills him? And makes it look like someone else did it, or it was an accident, or he didn’t get there in time to help. And then he just cons the wife into marrying him right after even though she may not really like him all that much. And then when he falls in love with the other girl, she’s all “Oh, hell no! You don’t lock me into a marriage with you and try to get away! You better fix up your emotions right now!”


  28. 28 jomo

    Funny Picture Website-bot has obviously never read a Dr. Jin recap…

  29. 29 browncoat78

    It’s like the writer and PD said: “let’s create a drama that there is no way in hell browncoat78 will ever want to watch.” Everything about this drama sounds like the worst thing ever — plot, casting, characterizations. I find it actually intriguing in its awfulness. Ha.

    • 29.1 skelly

      Return of Jin??? Can we but hope?

  30. 30 n0220

    I’m not being biased or whatever but I really want to give my opinion about SSH.

    SSH’s talent in acting seems to be controversial and doubting for everyone here. Anyway, have you all watched East of Eden ? or any other series except My Princess and Dr.Jin?

    I think he is not only good at rom-com because before that he had been playing in many melodramas. Most of his roles are very tough and really need a lot of effort. Autumn in My Heart, Summer Scent, East of Eden are very good examples.
    His acting is so good. I mean while I am watching I really believe he’s 100% of that character.

    If you have watched these series you might change your attitude toward SSH.

    For Dr.Jin, I think he can’t really show his talent. I believe he can do better if the writing is good. His character is not quite interesting and less outstanding compare to other characters in Dr.Jin.
    That’s why people who watch it might think he’s not talented.

    • 30.1 jomo

      I did watch EoE all the way up to ep 20, and SSH was absolutely astoundingly gorgeous. I actually stopped the video just to stare. They dressed and lit him with loving care.
      But he was not a good actor in that. Yes, he can do the quiet moments nicely, and some romantic ones, but everything heavy duty is so forced, and BIG and everyonelookatmeIamacting!
      The other thing I noticed in EoE is how little connection he makes to the other actors in his scenes. You can almost see him recite the other actors lines in his head waiting for his turn to speak. Nothing natural, organic, smooth.
      The fact that he won an acting award is still considered a joke. He shared it with Kim Myung Min, for goodness sakes.

      http://www.dramabeans.com/2008/12/2008-mbc-acting-awards/ (This is good reading for lee, who has pointed out repeatedly that DB is anti-SSH.)(But they are not – I don’t know how being pro-good acting means you are anti-SSH.)

    • 30.2 erychris

      I m definitely agree that SSH is one of great actor in korea. First time i fall in love with him when i watched East Of Eden. His character is tough there. So, it proves that SSH is not only good in melo drama. He s good too in action drama. For those who said that anti SSH, i recommend u watch another movies by SSH beside my princess n jin. In jin, i think the story is not good enough to prove the skill acting of SSH. Not because he cant act but the story does not good enough.

  31. 31 skelly

    Move along, folks; nothing to see here but a troll who actually gets paid to insert links and feeble product placement in innocent blogs. Just another dead skunk in the middle of the road.

  32. 32 galatea_phil

    No mater what bad things you’ve to SSH.. I still believe in his talent… projects continue coming, proves that he is a very good actor!!! I pity those people who always complains about others flaws as if they were perfect.. get a life! eat your heart out SSH has a new project .. ;P

  33. 33 Marry

    Whatever you said, I like Song Seung Hun.
    He is charming and kind person.
    I think the story of this drama is not about cheating, maybe he has reason for fall in love with Shin Se kyung while he has a wife.
    Dont judge before you watch it.

  34. 34 perlie

    Song seung hun is a talent actor. I had watched his drama since i was a primary sch student. And for those who anti SSH, pls respect himself and also urself!!!

  35. 35 katlovesdrama

    After watching this, I think the description is a bit off. At least in the beginning of the drama he is not married to her and she chases him endlessly through out the drama causing problems. He isn’t into her at all, just a friend. Song Seung Hun is doing an amazing job in the video with this role, it’s going through lots of nuances with his character and he plays them all very believable. So talented!

  36. 36 doel

    Chae Jung Ahn is NOT, and NEVER MArried to SONG SEUNG HEON.
    Now I realise that sometimes the pre-description from the production media could be off.

  37. 37 lalboi18

    please don’t complain about chae jung ahn.cos she is my best actress.
    Moreover,her expression in when a man loves, is really incredible.she is so talented!!!!!!!!

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