Song Chang-eui plays gay character in weekend drama
There’s a new weekend drama premiering tomorrow, SBS’s Life Is Beautiful, written by drama hitmaker Kim Soo-hyun (Mom’s Dead Upset). And in the intergenerational storyline, Song Chang-eui (Golden Bride) plays one of the younger generation, a doctor of internal medicine with a gentle, kind personality. He is also gay.
Song said of the homosexual aspect, “When I received the casting offer, that was the part I was most worried about. After deliberating on it, I decided to go for it. As I shared strong relationships with friends, I started to understand love for a person that goes beyond gender. I hope that Life Is Beautiful will help disperse some of those uncomfortable thoughts about homosexual love. Everyone has a right to happiness, don’t they?”
Aside from that one concern, Song explains that he finds it an honor to be acting in a Kim Soo-hyun drama: “I was shocked, because this was the first time I received a script that was so accurate, that conveyed reality in every single word.”
The drama centers around a family in Jeju Island, in which the parents have come together in second marriages. Each parent has a child from a previous marriage; Song is the son of the father (Kim Young-chul), while Woo Hee-jin is the daughter of the mother (Kim Hae-sook). Their two younger siblings (Nam Gyuri, Lee Sang-yoon) are born of the second/current marriage. And that’s just one family; the drama also features Jang Mi-hee and Nam Sang-mi.