Suho

Suho
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SUHO at the MBC Gayo Daejejeon in December 2018.jpg
Suho as MC at the MBC Gayo Daejejeon in December 2017
Born
Kim Jun-myeon

(1991-05-22) May 22, 1991 (age 29)
Seoul, South Korea
Other names SH2O
Occupation
  • Singer
  • actor
  • model
  • songwriter
Years active 2012–present
Musical career
Genres K-pop
Labels
Associated acts
Website suho.smtown.com
Korean name
Hangul
Hanja
Revised Romanization Gim Jun-myeon
McCune–Reischauer Kim Chunmyŏn
Stage name
Hangul
Hanja
Revised Romanization Suho
McCune–Reischauer Suho

Kim Jun-myeon (born (1991-05-22)May 22, 1991), better known by his stage name Suho (meaning "guardian" in Korean), is a South Korean singer, songwriter and actor. He is the leader and lead vocalist of the South Korean-Chinese boy group Exo and its sub-unit Exo-K. Apart from his group's activities, Suho has also starred in various television dramas and movies such as One Way Trip (2016), The Universe's Star (2017), Rich Man (2018), Middle School Girl A (2018), and How Are U Bread (2020). He debuted as a soloist on March 30, 2020 with the release of his debut EP, Self-Portrait.

Early life

Suho is a native of Seoul and lives in the Seoul area of Apgujeong with his family. During his youth, Suho was the class president in elementary school and the vice-chairman of his school's student body. He graduated from the prestigious Whimoon High School, where he excelled academically.[1]

Suho became a trainee through SM Entertainment's Casting System in 2006 when he was 16 years old, after being discovered on the streets by an SM casting manager. In 2007, he was cast with a cameo role in the Super Junior film Attack on the Pin-Up Boys.[2]

Career

2012–2014: Career beginnings

Suho was introduced as the tenth member of Exo on February 15, 2012.[3] The group debuted in April 2012 with the extended play Mama with him as their leader.[4]

In 2013, Suho voiced the main character Bernard for the Korean dub of the animated movie, Saving Santa.[5] He also recorded the movie's original soundtrack of the same name with Apink's Jung Eun-ji.[6]

In February 2014, Suho became a regular host for SBS' weekly music show Inkigayo alongside fellow Exo member Baekhyun, ZE:A member Kwanghee and actress Lee Yu-bi.[7] Suho and Baekhyun left the position in November 2014 in order to focus on the release of Exo's second studio album.[8]

2015–present: Acting roles, musicals and solo debut

In January 2015, he starred in SM Entertainment's hologram musical, School OZ, playing the character of Hans alongside labelmates Changmin, Key, Luna, Xiumin and Seulgi.[9] In April 2015, he was a regular cast member in the KBS variety show Fluttering India, where they explored few places in Mumbai,India.[10]

In March 2016, Suho made his big screen debut the indie film One Way Trip, which premiered at the 20th Busan International Film Festival.[11][12] In April 2016, he was confirmed to be starring in the upcoming web drama How Are U Bread. The series is scheduled to be released in Korea and China.[13] In July 2016, Suho and fellow Exo member Chen released a duet titled "Beautiful Accident" as an original soundtrack for the Chinese movie of the same name.[14]

In January 2017, Suho starred as the male lead in the MBC drama special The Universe's Star, part of the drama trilogy Three Color Fantasy.[15] He also recorded an original soundtrack titled "Starlight" for the drama.[16] In February 2017, Suho collaborated with jazz pianist Song Young-joo on "Curtain", the last single from the Station project's first season.[17] In September 2017, it was confirmed that Suho will be the male lead of the film Female Middle Schooler A.[18][19]

In March 2018, Suho collaborated with Jang Jae-in and released two duets titled "Dinner" and "Do you have a moment".[20] In May 2018, Suho returned to the small screen with the South Korean adaption of the 2012 Japanese drama Rich Man, Poor Woman. He played the role of an IT company founder which was portrayed by Shun Oguri in the original.[21][22][23] Suho also starred in "Student A", is a film adaptation of webtoon which is released in the month of June, 2018.[24] In July till August 2018, Suho starred in the musical The Man Who Laughs, playing the role of Gwynplaine, a pure character who has a monster like face.[25] He received standing ovation and a positive feedback for his role from the audience on the musical's first day.[26]

On October 28, 2019, a VR Film titled "The Present" is released in which Suho played the role of a young entrepreneur Ha-Neul, along with actors like Shin Ha-Kyun and Kim Seul-gi.[27]

On March 30, 2020, Suho released his debut EP, Self-Portrait. He is the fourth member of Exo to debut as a solo artist.[28][29]

Suho enlisted for his mandatory military service on May 14 as a public service officer.[30][31]

Personal life

In 2009, Suho began attending Korea National University of Arts, however, he withdrew from it in 2011 and continued his education at Kyung Hee Cyber University along with fellow Exo members Chanyeol and Baekhyun. There he took classes for the Culture and Arts Department of Business Administration.[32]

Discography

Extended plays

List of extended plays, with selected chart positions and sales
Title Details Peak chart positions Sales
KOR
[33]
JPN
[34]
US
World

[35]
Self-Portrait 1 26 13

Songs

Title Year Peak charts
position
Sales
(DL)
Album
KOR
[40]
KOR
Hot

[41]
US
World

[42]
As lead artist
"Let's Love" (사랑, 하자) 2020 7 19 N/A Self-Portrait
Collaborations
"My Hero" (나의 영웅)
(with Leeteuk, Kassy & Jo Young-soo)
2016 177 N/A S.M. Station Season 1
"Curtain" (커튼)
(with Song Young-joo)
2017 74 16
"Do You Have A Moment" (실례해도 될까요)
(with Jang Jae-in)
2018 91 N/A Non-album singles
"Dinner"
(with Jang Jae-in)
11
Soundtrack appearances
"Saving Santa"
(with Jung Eun-ji)
2013 N/A Saving Santa OST
"Starlight" (낮에 뜨는 별)
(feat. Remi)
2017 The Universe's Star OST
"Beautiful Accident"
(with Chen)
Beautiful Accident OST
"Sedansogu" (세단소그) 2020 How Are You Bread OST
Other charted songs
"Beautiful" 2014 75 Exology Chapter 1: The Lost Planet
"Playboy" 2019 N/A Exo Planet #4 - The EℓyXiOn [dot]
"O2" 2020 91 39 Self-Portrait
"Made in You" 75 35
"Starry Night" (암막 커튼) 100 43
"Self-Portrait" (자화상) 88 38
"For You Now" (너의 차례)
(feat. Younha)
87 42
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.

Songwriting

All credits are adapted from the Korea Music Copyright Association, unless stated otherwise.[45]

Year Song Album Artist(s) Lyrics[A]
Credited With
2018 "Do You Have A Moment" Non-album single Suho, Jang Jae-in Yes Jang Jae-in, Kouame Jean Baptiste, Gerongco Robert Tigley, Gerongco Samuel Tigley, Aless Ria Iorio
"Dinner" Non-album single Yes Jang Jae-in
2020 "O2" Self-Portrait Suho Yes DJ HotBoyzZz (Cliff Lin, Ryan Colt Levy, Bryan Cho)
"Let's Love" Yes Noday, Aisle, Park Moon-chi
"Made In You" Yes minGtion, JUNNY
"Starry Night" Yes Jo Yoon-kyung
"Self-Portrait" Yes B-Rock (CLEF), J-Lin (CLEF), ALBN (CLEF), CLEF CREW
"For You Now (feat. Younha)" Yes Bang Hye-hyun (Jam Factory), JUNNY

Filmography

Film

Title Year Role Notes
Attack on the Pin-Up Boys 2007 Dancer Extra
Saving Santa 2013 Bernard (voice) Korean dub; lead role
One Way Trip 2016 Sang-woo Lead role
Middle School Girl A 2018 Hyun Jae Hee Lead role
The Present 2019 Ha Neul VR film[46]

Television series

Title Year Network Role Notes
To the Beautiful You 2012
SBS
Himself Cameo (Episode 2)
Prime Minister & I 2014
KBS2
Han Tae-woong Cameo (Episodes 10-12)[47]
Exo Next Door 2015
Naver TV Cast
Suho Fictional version of himself
The Universe's Star 2017
MBC, Naver TV Cast
Woo-joo
Rich Man 2018
Dramax, MBN
Lee Yoo-chan
How Are U Bread 2020
Seezn
Han Do-woo South Korean-Chinese web series filmed in 2016

Documentaries

Title Year Network Note
Korea From Above 2017
Mountain TV
Narration with Xiumin

Variety show

Title Year Network Role Notes Ref.
Inkigayo 2014
SBS
Himself Co-host
Fluttering India 2015
KBS
Himself Main cast

Music videos

Title Year Ref.
"Saving Santa" (with Eunji) 2013 [48]
"My Hero" (with Leeteuk, Jo Young-soo & Kassy) 2016 [49]
"Curtain" (with Song Young-joo) 2017 [50]
"Beautiful Accident" (with Chen) [51]
"Do You Have A Moment" (with Jang Jae-in) 2018 [52]
"Dinner" (with Jang Jae-in) [53]
"This is Your Day (for every child, UNICEF)" (as part of UNICEF) 2019 [54]
"Let's Love" 2020 [55]
Guest appearances
"To Mother" (remake; G.O.D.) 2014 [56]
"Crosswalk (황단보도)" by Jo Kwon 2016 [57]

Theater

Title Year Role Notes
School OZ 2015 Hans Holographic musical; main role
The Last Kiss 2017 Crown Prince Rudolf Lead role
The Man Who Laughs 2018,2020 Gwynplaine Lead role[25]

Ambassadorship

Year Title Ref.
2019 Bvlgari Brand Ambassador [58]
13th Daegu International Musical Festival Ambassador [59]
7th Suncheon Bay World Animal Film Festival Ambassador [60]
4th International Film Festival and Awards • Macao (IFFAM) Ambassador [61]

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2016 Click!StarWars TheFactNews Year-End Awards Popular K-pop Star Award N/A Won [62]
2018 7th Yegreen Musical Awards Best New Male Actor Award The Man Who Laughs Nominated [63]
Popularity Award Male Actor Won [64]
2018 Melon Music Awards Hot Trend Award with Jang Jae-in Do You Have a Moment Nominated [65]
Stagetalk Audience Choice Awards Best Male Rookie Musical Actor Award The Man Who Laughs Won [66]
2019 Asia Culture Awards Male Rookie Actor Won [67]
3rd Korea Musical Awards Best Male Rookie Actor Nominated [68] [69]
13th DIMF Awards DIMF PR Ambassador N/A Won [70]
15th JIMFF Awards Discovery of the Year - Male Actor Middle School Girl A Won [71]
2019 4th International Film Festival & Awards Macao Token Of Appreciation N/A Won [72]

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