[Actor Spotlight] Choi Siwon
Choi Siwon is in this week’s spotlight — he’s the star of KBS’s currently airing crime comedy My Fellow Citizens.
Born in 1987 in Seoul, South Korea, Choi Siwon was famously scouted as a teenager by SM Entertainment, and signed with the company at a young age. Though he started his career with some small drama roles, SM marked Choi’s official debut in 2005 as a part of Super Junior05. The group soon transitioned into Super Junior, and the rest, as they say, is history.
Though active for many years with the huge success that was Super Junior, Choi Siwon also has an impressive number of acting credits under his belt. As an actor, Choi Siwon definitely knows his strong points. The dramas he has chosen are the perfect evidence of the colorful and vibrant roles he’s so good at, whether he’s playing a stuck-up actor, self-absorbed pop star, or undercover chaebol. He also excels in roles around hidden identities rife with comedic subterfuge, much like his roles in She Was Pretty, Revolutionary Love, and My Fellow Citizens.
Here are some dramaland moments from Choi Siwon, followed by his full filmography.
Oh My Lady (2010)
Oh My Lady is a sweet, feel-good drama that starred Choi Siwon as the self-centered pop star who found out he had a young daughter when she was basically dropped on his doorstep. Chae Rim starred opposite as the recently divorced woman trying to get custody of her own daughter. She wound up working as Choi Siwon’s housekeeper, and what followed was as much rom-com and noona romance as it was the story of a new family coming together. Amongst the many noona romances of dramaland, this one is a favorite — the two really felt like they were a generation (and a world) apart. Watching an ajumma and a pop star fall in love turns about to be a whole lot of fun, and I loved how this drama was about their relationship bringing out the best in each other.
She Was Pretty (2015)
I wouldn’t exactly call it an easy feat to steal the spotlight from Park Seo-joon, but that’s kinda what Choi Siwon did in She Was Pretty. Second leads are a demographic all their own — especially when they are secondary heroes pursuing the heroine. Often, they see her, understand her, and relate to her better than the leading male character does. Why they rarely end up together is a dramaland riddle that I don’t think we shall ever truly unwind. However, in She Was Pretty, Choi Siwon was able to take his doomed second lead standing and make such an infectious character that the rest of the drama seemed a bit dull in comparison. Zany done well means a character that goes down in dramaland history, and that’s just what Choi’s scruffy, wackadoo man-with-a-secret did.
My Fellow Citizens (2019)
Choi Siwon is back in dramaland with My Fellow Citizens, which is in its final weeks on KBS. Choi Siwon plays a con artist campaigning for a political seat, Lee Yoo-young plays a police detective, and somehow the two wind up getting married. The comedy is high in this one, and literally every screenshot I have seen features Choi Siwon with some kind of hilarious, exaggerated expression on his face. I love stories that feature married couples, and this one sounds like a nice twist on the married couple that not only don’t understand each other, but don’t really know each other. I can only imagine what happens as the cover starts to drop, and these two have to come to terms with the truth!
Choi Siwon’s full filmography:
- Precious Family (2004) [Drama]
Choi Siwon’s first pre-idol debut acting role was in this weekend family drama.
- Eighteen, Twenty-Nine (2005) [Drama]
A housewife (Park Sun-young) has a car accident + amnesia and reverts to her 18-year-old self. Choi Siwon played the younger version of her husband (Ryu Soo-young) in his second acting gig.
- Spring Waltz (2006) [Drama]
The fourth in the Endless Love drama series, this drama starred Daniel Henney and Han Hyo-joo. It goes without saying that it is a romance melo.
- A Battle of Wits (2006) [Film]
This historical action/war drama was Choi Siwon’s first foray into the world of films from China and Hong Kong. Many would follow!
- Legend of Hyang-dan (2007) [Drama]
Short drama that starred Choi Siwon and Seo Ji-hye in a new take on the classic Korean story Chunhyangga.
- Flower Boys’ Series of Terror Events (2007) [Film]
This high school mystery/comedy film starred, yes, the members of Super Junior, and was the first film to come out of SM’s production company.
- Stage of Youth (2009) [Drama/Cameo]
Chinese drama that was a tribute to the 2008 Summer Olympics. Siwon and the other Super Junior-M members cameoed.
- Oh My Lady (2010) [Drama]
There’s something about Siwon carrying around an adorable three-year-old girl that just melted me into goo (see above).
- Athena: Goddess of War (2010) [Drama]
This Iris spin-off had a budget to reckon with, and an impressive cast of Jung Woo-sung, Cha Seung-won, and Soo Ae. Choi Siwon had a supporting role as a secret agent.
- Poseidon (2011) [Drama]
This drama told the story of the lives and loves of the Korean Coast Guard and starred Lee Shi-young and Lee Sung-jae alongside Choi Siwon.
- Skip Beat! (2011) [Drama]
This Taiwanese drama starred Siwon and his Super Junior bandmate Donghae (incidentally, their Mandarin lines were dubbed in).
- The King of Dramas (2012) [Drama]
Choi Siwon played an egomaniac actor in this satire drama/drama satire.
- Fall In Love With You Again (2015) [Drama]
Choi Siwon starred in this Chinese supernatural romance drama that also starred Wang Luodan.
- Masked Prosecutor (2015) [Drama/Cameo]
That thief in Episode 1 was none other than Choi Siwon in a cameo.
- She Was Pretty (2015) [Drama]
Hwang Jung-eum used to be pretty, but Choi Siwon didn’t seem to care (see above).
- Dragon Blade (2015) [Film]
Yes, Choi Siwon was in this Chinese/Hong Kong historical action film that starred Jackie Chan. Also present were John Cusack and Adrien Brody. Does not compute.
- Helios (2015) [Film]
Choi Siwon played a South Korean special agent in this Chinese/Hong Kong crime thriller with an ensemble cast.
- To the Fore (2015) [Film]
Another foray into the world of films from Hong Kong and China. This one was a sports drama about a cycling team.
- Billion Dollar Heir (2015) [Drama]
The Chinese remake of the Korean drama Heirs that made waves in Asia.
- Dramaworld (2016) [Drama/Cameo]
Choi Siwon cameoed as himself in Viki’s first in-house production.
- Revolutionary Love (2017) [Drama]
Choi Siwon starred with Kang So-ra and Gong Myung in this story of love, friendship, and social divides.
- My Fellow Citizens (2019) [Drama]
Con man + cop = marriage (see above).
- My Fellow Citizens: Episodes 1-2
- Choi Siwon cons his way into public office in KBS’s My Fellow Citizens
- Revolutionary Love: Episode 1
- The not-so-Candy heroine and the not-so-hidden chaebol in Revolutionary Love
- She Was Pretty: Episode 1
- Siwon considers MBC rom-com She Was Pretty
- Choi Siwon cameos as inept thief for Masked Prosecutor
- Choi Siwon headlines Chinese version of Heirs