1. Kris (inactive)

Kris (Chinese: 吴亦凡; pinyin: Wú Yìfán; Jyutping: Ng4 Jik6 Faan4) is the leader of Exo-M and performs as the group’s rapper. Born Li Jiaheng (Kevin Li) (Chinese: 李嘉恒; pinyin: Lǐ Jiāhéng; Jyutping: Lei5 Gaa1 Hang4) on November 6, 1990 (age 23) in Guangzhou, Guangdong, China, Wu also holds Canadian citizenship. Wu attended Guangzhou No. 47 High School, Point Grey Secondary School and Sir Winston Churchill Secondary School in Vancouver, Canada and was the captain of the basketball teams for both this schools. He would have pursued a professional career in basketball.

In 2007, at age 16, Wu auditioned for S.M. Entertainment’s Canadian S.M. Global Auditions, which was held in Vancouver, British Columbia on October 14, 2007. He was attending Sir Winston Churchill Secondary School at the time of the casting. After passing the auditions, he moved to South Korea the following year and became an S.M. trainee. Prior to joining EXO, he made an appearance in an intermission video for the Girls’ Generation Tour in 2011.

Wu was introduced as the eleventh member of Exo on February 17, 2012. He speaks fluent Cantonese, Mandarin, English, and Korean.

As of May 15, 2014, Kris has filed a lawsuit against SM Entertainment to terminate his contract, which is based on a disagreement towards a disagreement with activities between himself and SM Entertainment. He has been inactive for Exo activities since his lawsuit.

2. Xiumin

Xiumin (Chinese: 秀敏; pinyin: Xiùmǐn; Korean: 시우민), born Kim Min-seok (Korean: 김민석; Hanja: 金珉錫) on March 26, 1990 (age 24), is from Guri, Gyeonggi Province, South Korea. In 2008, at age 18, he was cast into S.M. Entertainment after winning second place in the S.M. Everysing Contest. Xiumin was formally introduced as the seventh member of Exo on January 26, 2012. He also practices taekwondo and kendo. Xiumin was featured on the music video of “Gone” by JIN, alongside actress Kim Yoo-jung. During episode 3 of EXO Showtime, Xiumin shared that he is 25 years old. He was born in 1989 and not 1990 as it was circulating the internet.

3. Luhan

Lu Han (Chinese: 鹿晗; pinyin: Lù Hán; Korean: 루한), born on April 20, 1990 (age 24), is from Haidian District, Beijing, China. He graduated from the Beijing Shida Middle School and attended the boarding school, Beijing Haidian Foreign Language Shi Yan School, before leaving for South Korea to attend Yonsei University as an exchange student. Lu Han had auditioned for JYP Entertainment’s Chinese global auditions in 2008, but failed to get cast.

While studying in Seoul, Lu Han was scouted by an S.M. Entertainment casting agent, who recommended him to audition for the company’s annual S.M. Casting System. His audition was successful, and Lu Han joined Exo in 2011. Lu was the second of the twelve Exo members to be formally introduced to the public, on December 27, 2011. Along with Tao, Chen, and Exo-K’s Kai, Lu Han made his first televised performance on SBS’s Gayo Daejun event on December 29, 2011. Lu Han currently attends the Seoul Institute of the Arts majoring in Applied Music. Lu Han is also associated with the promotional dance group, Younique Unit, with Exo-K’s Kai. On April 23 Luhan was announced to be cast in Once Again, 20s a Chinese re-make of the Korean movie Miss Granny. Shooting started May 20 and the film is expected to be in theaters in late 2014.

4. Lay

Lay (Korean: 레이), born Zhang Yixing (Chinese: 张艺兴; pinyin: Zhāng Yìxīng) on October 7, 1991 (age 22), is from Changsha, Hunan, China. He is the main dancer of Exo-M Lay was a local child star in Hunan, having won third place in a competition hosted by the popular TV program, Star Academy (明星学院) in 2005. He also appeared in an episode of Yue Ce Yue Kai Xin (越策越开心) and Liu Na’s variety show, Na Ke Bu Yi Yang (娜可不一样) that same year.

Lay joined S.M. Entertainment in 2008 after a successful audition with the company’s global casting system in Changsha. At the time of the auditions, he was 16 years old and was studying for his college entrance exams. In 2011, prior to debuting with Exo, he briefly worked for SHINee in their concert tour as Jonghyun’s dance replacement. Lay was formally introduced as a member of Exo on January 17, 2012. He is also associated with the dance group, S.M. The Performance, with Exo-K’s Kai. For the June 19th edition of “Music Billboard Charts,” Lay was a special temporary MC.

5. Chen

Chen (Korean: ) is the main vocalist of Exo-M. Born Kim Jong-dae (Korean: 김종대; Hanja: 金鐘大) on September 21, 1992 (age 21) in Siheung, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea, Chen has one older brother, Kim Jong-deok. Chen was the last Exo member scouted by S.M. Entertainment; he auditioned for S.M. through the S.M. Casting System in early 2011, at age 18.

Chen was the fourth member to be formally introduced to the public, on December 29, 2011. Along with Lu Han, Tao, and Exo-K’s Kai, Chen had his first televised performance at the SBS Gayo Daejun event on December 29, 2011. On February 4, 2014, SM revealed that the group “SM The Ballad” would make a comeback with new members, including Chen. He sang the Chinese version of the title track, Breath with Zhang Liyin.

6. Tao

Tao (Korean: 타오), born Huang Zitao (Chinese: 黄子韬; pinyin: Huáng Zitāo) on May 2, 1993 (age 21) in Qingdao, Shandong, China. He is the main rapper of Exo-M. He attended Humen Centre Primary School, one of the most prestigious primary schools in Qingdao, and Qingdao Middle School. Tao is a martial artist, and has been practicing Wushu since he was five years old. He competed in several martial arts championships in Qingdao, and won the “Top Rap Award” at Beijing 3rd Annual Collage Street Jam.[citation needed] In 2010, Tao appeared as an extra in the ninth episode of the mainland Chinese idol drama, That Love Comes (欢迎爱光临).

Tao auditioned for S.M. Entertainment’s global casting system in Qingdao and became an S.M. trainee in late 2010. He was one of the last Exo members to join S.M. Entertainment and had a training period of less than one year. On December 27, 2011, Tao was formally introduced to the public as the third member of Exo. Along with Lu Han, Chen, and Exo-K’s Kai, Tao made his first televised performance on SBS Gayo Daejeon event on December 29, 2011.


7 comments on “EXO-M

  1. “During episode 3 of EXO Showtime, Xiumin shared that he is 25 years old. He was born in 1989 and not 1990 as it was circulating the internet.”

    This is incorrect. In the Korean aging system, you are immediately one year older as soon as there is a new year. For example, since Xiumin was 23 years old, and his Korean age was 24 in 2013. However, in 2014, he got one year older and became 25. He had to become 24 years old in international age until it was his actual birthday, March 26.

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