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Actor Spotlight: Kang Chan-hee

In this week’s actor spotlight, we delve into the dynamic career of Kang Chan-hee, an all-rounder who embarked on his journey as a child actor and has seamlessly transitioned into the realms of music, acting, and entertainment. Let’s explore the diverse and evolving career of Kang Chan-hee (aka. Chani).

Early Beginnings in Acting

Kang Chan-hee’s foray into the acting industry commenced at a tender age of nine when he graced the screen in the 2009 production ‘Queen Seondeok.’ The same year, he showcased his acting prowess in the drama ‘Three Brothers,’ marking the inception of his remarkable journey in the entertainment industry.

After a brief hiatus from the small screen, Chan-hee returned in 2011, securing supporting roles in the dramas ‘Listen to My Heart’ and ‘Garden of Heaven.’

Following this period, Chan-hee gracefully transitioned into more prominent supporting roles, leaving his mark in dramas such as ‘To the Beautiful You,’ ‘The Queen’s Classroom,’ ‘Signal,’ and many others.

Debut in the Big Screen and Music

The year 2016 marked a pivotal moment in Chan-hee’s career. At the age of sixteen, he made his debut on the big screen with the movie ‘Familyhood.’ Simultaneously, he embarked on a musical journey, debuting as part of the boy group SF9.

In the same year, Chan-hee participated in the drama ‘Signal’ and took on his first main role in the web-drama ‘Click Your Heart’ alongside his fellow bandmates.

After a brief hiatus to focus on his activities as an idol, Chan-hee made a triumphant return to acting in the acclaimed 2018-2019 production ‘Skycastle,’ followed by the web-drama ‘Love as You Taste.’

Latest roles 

While prioritizing his music career after his debut as an idol, Chan-hee continued to leave his mark in the acting world. Notable roles include appearances in ‘True Beauty‘ (2020), ‘Imitation’ (2021), and ‘Under the Queen’s Umbrella’ (2022), showcasing his versatility in various genres.

Looking ahead, Chan-hee is set to captivate audiences in the upcoming web-series ‘Chunhwa Love Story’ in 2024. Stay tuned with his activities as actor and idol on his instagram, and you can find out more about SF9 here. 

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