They weren't far wrong.
Starring in a phenomenal nine television series and three features in Asia in just three years, her sitcom Achar! (Mediacorp Television) was a winner at the 2005 New York Festivals for Best International Situation Comedy, second only to NBC's Frasier.
In 2006, she was voted, by Asian FHM readers polled on line, as The Sexiest Women in the World 2006/ 2007, with Kiera Knightley holding the number 1 spot in UK and Europe. She was also named as one of the 10 People to Watch Out For in Canada by Playback, Canada's leading Film and TV business newspaper and named by Entertainment Tonight Canada as one of the 10 Best Dressed in 2006.
A rough and tumble tomboy at heart, Steph still finds the attention from her fans highly amusing.
Raised in remote Saskatoon, Steph returned to Canada in her breakthrough role as the female lead, opposite Paulo Costanzo (NBC's Joey) in the feature film Everything's Gone Green (Think Film / First Look Entertainment).
Penned by social commentator / satirist / author Douglas Coupland (Generation X), Everything's Gone Green had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival and won numerous awards including the Audience Prize in the Edmonton International Film Festival and Best Western Canadian Feature at the Vancouver International Film Festival. The film will be released in theaters in the US and Canada in April 2007.
And before people start getting ideas that Steph can only play the sophisticated babe, along comes her next role as a Cambodian village girl turned damaged prostitute in CBC's gritty mini-series Dragon Boys opposite Eric Tsang, Tzi Ma and Byron Mann.
She learnt Cambodian from scratch for the role, and can now add it to her list of languages which include English, Hokkien and Spanish.
Steph has also just finished shooting the Pilot J-Pod for CBC.
Steph is a new breed of Asian actress. Eastern looks and soul, combined with the feistiness and dedication to the craft born in the West. Once quoted as saying she'd "eat a homeless dwarf's toenails to work with David Lynch", she is not without humility or humor.
With citizenships in Canada, Australia and a US green card, and residences in Singapore and Canada, in Steph Song, you may just find the best of both cultures.
Steph Song Facts
|jPod season 1|
|Dim Sum Funeral|
|Everything's Gone Green|