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Is Steven Yeun Really Singing in Beef?

Steven Yeun Sings in Netflix's "Beef," and His Musical Talents Are Well-Documented

Beef. Steven Yeun as Danny in episode 102 of Beef. Cr. Andrew Cooper/Netflix © 2023

In Netflix's new thriller series "Beef," Steven Yeun plays Danny Cho, a struggling contractor who feels responsible for the failure of his parents' motel. In the very first episode, he gets into a road rage incident with Amy Lau (played by Ali Wong), a successful and wealthy businessperson who can't help but feel a lot of ennui about her life. It sets them both on a course toward mutual destruction, changing their lives and the lives of everyone they know forever.

During the series, Danny joins a Korean church in Orange County where the pastor is the husband of his ex-girlfriend. At first, Danny's involvement seems pretty self-interested, but he's taken aback by the emotional response he has to the service and the music there. Later in the series, during episode seven, he even becomes a singer in the church's praise band, too, performing "Amazing Grace" for the congregation. But fans might wonder: is that really Yeun singing?

The answer is yes, Yeun does his own singing in "Beef," and there are a few places online where you can see him flex his musical talent. In a March 2021 interview with W Magazine, he opened up about his karaoke song — O-Town's "All or Nothing," a truly inspired choice — and sang a couple bars of it. The magazine also had some celebrities perform BTS's "Dynamite" at the same time, and while most chose to speak the lyrics, Yeun chose to sing.

There are also quite a few videos of the "Walking Dead" star from his prefame days singing and playing guitar, including one from his college years. He also made videos covering songs by Ray Lamontagne and Alicia Keys.

"Beef" isn't the first project to take advantage of Yeun's singing skills. He appeared in a 2019 episode of "The Twilight Zone" where his character performs karaoke, per a clip from TV Guide, though he made himself sound less good for the part. But now that we know Yeun has a voice and guitar skills to match, we can't help but hope a musical is in his near future.

All 10 episodes of "Beef" are streaming now on Netflix.

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