Suho (Korean: 수호 Hanja: 守護) is the leader of EXO-K. Born Kim Joon-myun (Korean: 김준면; Hanja: 金俊勉) on May 22, 1991 in Seoul, South Korea. Suho was an active student and earned good grades during grade school. He was the class president at his primary school and the vice chairman at his high school. At sixteen, he became the first member of EXO to become a trainee at SM, and was discovered through the company’s street casting system in 2006. In 2007, Suho was cast as an extra in the Super Junior film, Attack on the Pin-Up Boys, and in 2008, he made a brief appearance in TVXQ’s music video, “HaHaHa Song” with fellow Exo bandmates Kai and Chanyeol. Suho was cast as the lead in the Christmas movie Saving Santa, dubbing the voice of the main character Bernard, along with A-Pink’s Jung Eunji and Shin Dong-Yeob.
On February 15, 2012, Suho was introduced as the tenth member of EXO. Pursuing a degree in acting, he currently attends Korea National University of Arts and is ranked in the top 50 of 400 students at the school. He enjoys listening to funk rock and has expressed his admiration for Super Junior’s leader, Leeteuk, and TVXQ’s leader, U-Know Yunho.
Baekhyun (Korean: 변백현; Hanja: 邊伯賢), born Byun Baek-hyun on May 6, 1992 in Bucheon, Gyeonggi Province, South Korea, is the main vocalist of Exo-K. He is a former pupil of Jungwon High School. Baekhyun was a member of the school’s band and attended several musical festivals, later winning an award at a local rock festival. He joined S.M. Entertainment in 2011 through the S.M. Casting System. Baekhyun was studying for his college musical entrance exams when he joined the label.
Baekhyun was one of the last members to join EXO, and was revealed as the group’s ninth member on January 30, 2012. Byun has cited Rain as one of his main influences and hopes to emulate Rain’s “well-rounded” success.
Baekhyun has been a host of Korean music show Inkigayo since February 2014. In July he starred in a Korean adaptation of the musical “Singin’ in the Rain” produced by SM C&C.
In June 2014, Baekhyun and fellow S.M. artist Taeyeon from Girls’ Generation were reported by Korean media to be dating and SM Entertainment confirmed that they had been in a relationship since February.
Chanyeol (Korean: 박찬열; Hanja: 朴燦烈), born Park Chan-yeol on November 27, 1992 in Seoul, South Korea, is one of the main rappers of EXO and the main rapper of its sub-group EXO-K. He attended Hyundai Chungun High School in Dong-gu, Ulsan and was admitted to a private acting institution when he was sixteen years old. Chanyeol has been a fan of musical instruments since his primary school years and has cited the film School of Rock to be his main influence in inspiring him to learn the drums.
During middle school, Chanyeol formed the band “Heavy Noise” with his friends. After winning second place in a televised uniform modeling contest in 2008, Chanyeol successfully auditioned for S.M. Entertainment through the S.M. Casting System. During this time, he was involved in his school’s band, “Seiren.” He made several media appearances prior to his debut with Exo, including TVXQ’s music video, “HaHaHa Song” with Suho and Kai in 2008, and in 2010, he starred in the music video of Girls’ Generation Japanese single, “Genie”. He was also featured as a cameo in Girls’ Generation-TTS’s Twinkle’s music video along with fellow members Kai, Sehun, and Baekhyun.
Chanyeol was the twelfth and last member of EXO to be formally introduced to the public, on February 23, 2012. He cites Jason Mraz and Eminem to be his biggest influences. Chanyeol guest starred in the second episode of the 2013 sitcom, Royal Villa, with fellow member Sehun. He also appeared in K.Will’s ‘You Don’t Know Love’ music video with actress Lee Hojung. Chanyeol was a member of SBS’s Law of the Jungle in Micronesia and is a current member of Roommate.
D.O. (Korean: 디오) is one of the main vocalist of EXO and main vocalist of its sub-group EXO-K, known for his singing skill. Born Do Kyung-soo (Korean: 도경수; Hanja: 都暻秀) on January 12, 1993 in Goyang, Gyeonggi Province, South Korea. D.O. has been singing since primary school and was an avid participant in local singing competitions throughout his high school career. In 2010, he was recommended to audition for S.M. Entertainment after winning at a local singing festival. He subsequently became an S.M. Entertainment trainee during his last two years of high school. He performed Na Yoon-kwon’s “Anticipation” and Browneyed Soul’s “My Story” at his S.M. audition.
D.O. was formally introduced as the eighth member of Exo on January 30, 2012. His stage name is derived from his family name, Do. He sees Yoo Young-jin, S.M.’s music producer, as his role model. In July 29, 2013, he was featured in f(x)’s song “Goodbye Summer”, a track from their album Pink Tape. D.O. will also be having his feature film debut in the upcoming movie Cart.
Kai (Korean: 카이) was born Kim Jong-in (Korean: 김종인; Hanja: 金鍾仁) on January 14, 1994 in Seoul, South Korea. The second Exo member to sign with S.M. Entertainment, Kai joined the company after winning in the 10th S.M. Youth Best Contest in 2007, at thirteen years old. He said that it was Shinhwa who inspired him to be a singer.
Known as the group’s main dancer, Kai has been dancing since he was eight years old and was trained in jazz dance and ballet. He stated that his parents initially wanted him to learn Taekwondo and the piano, but he quickly lost interest in both. After watching The Nutcracker when he was in fourth grade, Kai expressed his wish to study ballet professionally. He developed his current technical expertise of hip hop, popping, and locking after joining S.M. Entertainment. In 2008, Kai made a brief appearance in TVXQ’s music video, “HaHaHa Song” along with Exo-K’s Suho and Chanyeol.
Kai was the first of twelve Exo members to be formally introduced to the public through teaser trailers. His first teaser was released on December 23, 2011. He appeared in twelve more trailers released in the next three months, and had his first televised performance with Exo-M’s Lu Han, Chen and Tao on SBS’s Gayo Daejun event on December 29, 2011. Kai graduated from School of Performing Arts Seoul in early 2012.
Kai is also associated with the promotional singing group, Younique Unit, with Exo-M’s Lu Han, and S.M. Entertainment’s dance group, S.M. The Performance, with Exo-M’s Lay. He also appeared as a cameo on TaeTiSeo’s Twinkle MV with fellow members Sehun, Baekhyun and Chanyeol.
Sehun (Korean: 오세훈; Hanja: 吳世勳), born Oh Se-hun on April 12, 1994 in Seoul, South Korea. He is one of the lead dancers and maknae of EXO and the lead dancer and maknae of its sub-group EXO-K as well. Sehun was scouted by a casting agent on the streets when he was twelve, and was finally cast into S.M. Entertainment in 2008, after going through four auditions in two years. On January 10, 2012, he was introduced as the fifth member of EXO. Sehun made a brief appearance in Girls’ Generation-TTS’s music video for “Twinkle” alongside fellow members Baekhyun, Chanyeol, and Kai. He graduated from the School of Performing Arts Seoul in February 2013. Sehun starred as a cameo and guest in the second episode of the 2013 sitcom, Royal Villa, with fellow member Chanyeol.