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Nichkhun
2PM Nichkhun Buck Horvejkul.jpg
2PM Go Crazy World Tour 2014, Prudential Centre, Newark, New Jersey, U.S.A
Background information
Birth name Nichkhun Buck Horvejkul
Born (1988-06-24) June 24, 1988 (age 26)
Rancho Cucamonga, California, United States
Occupation(s) Singer, rapper, model, dancer, actor,Mc,Host,designer(bags,t-shirts)[1]
Instruments Vocals, Keyboard, Piano, Guitar
Years active 2008–present
Labels JYP Entertainment
Associated acts 2PM 2AM JYP Nation One Day
Website Nichkhun's Profile on 2PM's Website

Nichkhun Buck Horvejkul (Thai: นิชคุณ หรเวชกุล, RTGS: Nitchakhun Horawetchakun; born June 24, 1988), usually known mononymously as Nichkhun (Korean: 닉쿤), is a Thai American singer, model and actor active in South Korea. He sings and raps as a member of 2PM, a six-member South Korean boy band.

Background[edit]

Nichkhun was born in Rancho Cucamonga, California to Thai-Chinese parents. Nichkhun has one older brother Nichan, and two younger sisters, Nichthima (Yanin) and Nachjaree (Chereen). At the age of five, he moved to Thailand with his family and studied at Dhepkanjana School and Tangpiroondham School. At the age of twelve, he studied at Wanganui Collegiate School in New Zealand for a year and a half and moved back to the United States to finish his schooling at Los Osos High School in Rancho Cucamonga, California. After high school, he was a coach at Rosemead High School for their badminton team. There, he was scouted by a scout manager of JYP Entertainment at the Los Angeles Korean Music Festival.

After passing the audition hosted by JYP Entertainment, he signed a ten-year contract with the company but later re-signed for an eight-year contract, not including training, and was brought to South Korea in 2006 as a trainee, being put into a class of 24 other students. Park Jin-young informed him that he was required to learn how to sing and to dance, learn Korean and Mandarin Chinese, and to bulk up. He first appeared through MNET's Hot Blood, a program that showed the intense physical training that 13 male trainees had to go through for the opportunity to debut in either a 4-member ballad group 2AM or a 6-member dance group (originally had 7 members until the leader Jay Park left the group) 2PM under JYP Entertainment.[2]

2PM[edit]

Main article: 2PM

On 4 September 2008, Nichkhun debuted as a 2PM member with their first single "10점 만점에 10점" ("10 Points out of 10 Points") from their single album "Hottest Time of the Day". Nichkhun was one of the hosts for the Korean Music Wave in Bangkok in 2010, 2011, and 2013.

Flower boys 2PM's Nichkhun, CNBLUE's Yonghwa, B1A4's Baro, INFINITE's L, and WINNER's Song Min Ho (Mino) teamed up for project group Lucky Boys (Super 5) for the '2014 SBS Gayo Daejun'! "Nichkhun and Baro will be the MCs of 'Gayo Daejun' and members of Lucky Boys. [3]

Solo activities[edit]

Television[edit]

Nichkhun played a main character in the 12-minute music video drama, released on February 8, 2010.[4] Nichkhun also hosted JYP's talent competition, Superstar Survival.

In December 2009, he had been confirmed to star in 2010 film "The Shining Diploma",[5] but due to scheduling conflicts with the filming delays, he dropped out of the project in March.[6]

On June 2010, it was announced Nichkhun was to be a cast member to We Got Married, pairing up with Victoria of f(x). Khuntoria was the couple's name in We Got Married.

Nichkhun appeared in the music video of the single "Touch (觸動)" by Taiwanese Mandopop artist Wilber Pan, which premiered on January 31, 2011.[7]

In May 2011, 2PM Nichkhun was selected as the new 2011 models for Everland's Caribbean Bay Aqualoop CF.[citation needed]

In July 2011, on "2PM Show", he met the child actor Moon Mason, who had been called his lookalike since late 2009.[8]

In 2013, he finished filming for One and A Half Summer in China and Greece. It is the first time that Nichkhun played the lead in the Chinese TV play. He used English and Chinese to finish filming. It will be on air on June,2014.[9][10] He also appeared in Chinese drama One and Half summer along with fellow JYP artist Jia, from Miss A. Nichkhun is set to star in yet another Chinese drama, called "Wishlist."

Endorsements[edit]

After 2PM's debut in 2008, Nichkhun began doing Thai endorsements, and was selected by the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) for their campaign, "Come to Thailand; Let's Take a Break!"[11] Nichkhun has also done a wide variety of runway modeling including for Pony,[12] and Andre Kim's fashion show in 2008 with 2AM member Seulong.[13]

In May 2010, he was in a commercial for Everland's Caribbean Bay water theme park along with 2PM Taecyeon & Chansung and Girls' Generation members Yoona, Seohyun & Yuri.[14][15][16]

In 2013 Nichkhun was also selected to endorse Bench (Philippine clothing brand), a top Filipino brand. Prior to this he was on the cover of Men's Health magazine in 2011 and Thai magazine Seventeen. He was also selected to endorse Coca-Cola's "Open Happiness", in Thailand in 2014, in celebration for the FIFA World Cup. In the same year, he landed a number of endorsements in China, following the release of his Drama "One and a Half Summer." He was on the cover of Men's Uno and Shanghai TV Weekly. Because of his skills in badminton which he displayed in 2 episodes of Cool Kids on the Block, he was also selected to become Yonex's model for 2014. He became the first idol (non sportsman) to model for Yonex. Furthermore, he took part in a photoshoot for Allure magazine. The shoot was held in Switzerland. Nichkhun will also be endorsing Pelicana Chicken and the fansigning will be held in August 2014.

In 2014, Nichkhun teamed up with contemporary classic fashion brand "rosa.K" for a collaboration line of bags.Nichkhun decided to do a collaboration with a classic fashion brand to release a handbag that is his own style. Nichkhun had always shown much interest in fashion items especially in handbags that are used everyday, so he decided to do a collaboration with designer rosa.K to release a sophisticated and trendy bag. On August 26, numerous celebrities gathered under the same roof to celebrate the launch of Nichkhun’s line at the Lotte Hotel located in Jamsil, Seoul. Despite this being Nichkhun’s debut collection as a fashion designer, rosa.K expressed their satisfaction with the turnout and the young talent’s work.

The brand’s main designer revealed her thoughts on the collaboration, “For this F/W season, we worked together with Nichkhun and prepared this event to showcase the outcome. Nichkhun said his ideal design is practical, great for daily wear, and a bag you want to use,” and explained why they started the experiment, “We believe our design aesthetics match.” Known for his great style sense, the idol participated in designing three bags: Dusting, Lawnick, and Dave.

Celebrities showing their support of Nichkhun’s designer debut included 2AM‘s Jokwon, miss A‘s Fei and Jia, Park Ji Yoon,Sunmi, and Jo Se Ho.[17] [18]

Endorsement(2014)
I'm David
Yonex Korea
Coca-cola Thailand
Aj elec.
Lotte seolleim
Lotte lollipop
Rosa.K
Carbonell cocktail
Fanxi shop
Brand's
Mitsubishi Mirage
Bench
It's skin
Line Play
Unicef Thailand
Pelicana Chicken
Crossfire
Look optical

Film[edit]

Nichkhun is set to star in Japanese live-adaptation film Ouran High School Host Club as Lawrence, the president of a Singaporean corporation.[19]

In 2012, Nichkhun starred in the debut Thai film Seven Something.

In 2014, 2PM′s Chansung talked about his fellow member, Nichkhun, who appeared as a cameo in his new movie (Five Siblings in Deoksu Village).2PM′s Chansung Says Staff was Surprised by Nichkhun′s Cameo Acting in ′Deoksuri 5′. "Nichkhung appeared as a cameo, but I didn′t think he would deliver the lines like that. He was quite good." "After I had finished filming all my parts, Nichkhun came to film. He was supposed to act angry, and he pulled off the lines really well." Chansung added, "All the people on the set were all very surprised at Nichkhun′s acting, saying he did really well and that he was funny." [20]

In 2014 ,Nichkhun will cameo in the Thai movie "Chalouis" in.Despite Nichkun will be playing a small role in Thailand movie, (Chalouis), his fans are very much looking forward to see him acting. He has gained tremendous support from his fans in Thailand.[21]

In 2014,Nichkhun is taking on a new role in the entertainment industry.2PM’s Nichkhun transforms into Boxing Manager for Chinese Show ‘Brave Heart’.Nichkhun took his first step forward as the boxers’ manager during the first episode of boxing reality program BTV’s Brave Heart aired on October 5. As the first boxing reality program, Brave Heart features boxing athletes selected out of 20,000 boxers around the world as well as four managers, namely Nichkhun, Taiwanese actor Godfrey Tsao, Chinese actress Zhang Langxin and Chinese actor Jiang Wu. Brave Heart airs every Sunday through Beijing TV and online streaming site Youku Todou.[22][23]

In 2014,2PM's Chansung and miss A's Fei were spotted filming for the Chinese dating reality program 'If You Love'!The show will feature six male and female celebrities including Chansung, Fei, Sunny Wang, Sun Jian, and Liu Yan with Nichkhun as a special guest.

Personal life[edit]

On April 3, 2014, Nichkhun and Girls' Generation's Tiffany were confirmed to be currently in a relationship since December 2013.[24][25][26]

Ambassador[edit]

Boy band 2PM’s Nichkhun has been selected as an ambassador of the KOICA (Korea International Cooperation Agency). The agency was established by the South Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade in 1991 to assist developing countries for better living conditions.

Besides Nichkhun, the KOICA has also officially assigned actress Park Boyoung, Brown Eyed Girls’ Narsha and actor Park Sangwon as ambassadors at an event that was held at the KOICA office in Gyeonggi-do on November 25 2013.[27]

From Korea to Thailand, 2PM’s Nichkhun Continues To ‘Open Happiness’ with Coca Cola.[28]

2PM’s Nichkhun chosen as YONEX South Korea ambassador.2PM’s Nichkhun has been chosen as the first celebrity to be the brand ambassador for Japanese sports equipment brand, YONEX, in South Korea.A representative of the brand stated that Nichkhun was chosen because of his manly image and his well-known ability to play badminton.[29]

BANGKOK, 9 April 2013 – UNICEF Thailand today announced two new celebrity supporters, Paula Taylor and Nichkhun Horvejkul, who have been named as the first two “Friends of UNICEF” for Thailand. In mid-March, Nichkhun visited an economically disadvantaged community in Bangkok that is home to many children who have to work on the streets to help bring in income for their families. While talking to and playing with the children, Nichkhun also learned the many problems they face in daily life.

“The children in this community spend a lot of time working on the streets, and because of this they miss many days of school, which hurts their opportunity to get a good education,” Nichkhun said. “By being on the streets, these children are also at great risk of abuse and exploitation.”[30]

2011 Nichkhun became a wax model for Madame Tussauds Bangkok.Nichkhun, to be the first K-pop singer to enter the Madame Tussaud’s.Nichkhun is the first and the only Thai person to have passed the stringent audition process of JYP Entertainment

Discography[edit]

Main article: 2PM Discography

Thai songs[edit]

  • 2008: "We Become One"
  • 2009: "Let's Take a Break"
  • 2009: "Cute"

Korean songs[edit]

English songs[edit]

Japanese songs[edit]

  • 2014: "So Wonderful"

Filmography[edit]

TV series/show[edit]

Year Title Network Role Note
2008 Hot Blood Men Mnet Himself Pre-debut days
Idol Army Season 3 MBC Himself
2008–2009 Star King SBS Himself Recurring in the show
2008 Yashimanman Season 2 SBS Himself
2009 2PM Wild Bunny Mnet Himself
2010 We Got Married MBC Himself Last episode aired on September 17, 2011. Main article: Khuntoria
Running Man SBS Himself Appeared in Ep 4-5, 19, 40, 50-51, 104, 195 as guest
All My Love MBC Fake OkYup
More Charming By The Day SBS Nichkhun Horvejkul Ep 76
2011 Dream High KBS Cameo As one of the commercial actor in episode 8
Welcome To The Show SBS Nichkhun
2PM Show SBS Himself
2013 A Song For You From 2PM KBS Himself
Mamma Mia KBS Himself Guest w/ his mother
Cool Kidz On The Block KBS Himself Appeared in Ep 14-15 as guest
2014 Cool Kidz On The Block KBS Himself Appeared in Ep 39-40 as guest
After School Club Arirang TV Himself Appeared in Ep 103 with Wooyoung and Chansung

Film and Drama[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2012 Ouran High School Host Club Lawrence The film was released on March 17, 2012 (Japan)
Seven Something(Rak Jet Pee Dee Jet Hon) Produced by GTH, was released July 26, 2012 (Thailand)
2013 One And A Half Summer Zhang Hao (China)
2014 Kindaichi Shounen no Jikenbo Mataichi (Japan)
2014 Wishlist International lawyer (China)
2014 Five Eagle Brothers Cameo as policeman (Korea)
2014-2015 Chalouis Cameo Thai movie
2014-2015 Brave Heart show Himself (Box Manager) (China)
2014 If You Love! Cameo ep 1&2 (China)

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2009 Mnet 20's Choice Awards Hot Mr. Beauty Award Nichkhun Won
2010 allkpop Awards Best Social Network Personality Nichkhun Nominated
Nine Entertainment Awards (Thailand) Popular Vote Nichkhun Horvejkul Nominated
Remarkable Awards Best Couple (Khuntoria) Nominated
Best Twitter-Idol Nichkhun Nominated
MBC Entertainment Awards Popularity Award We Got Married Won
2011 allkpop Awards Best Social Network Personality Nichkhun Nominated
3rd Bugs Music Awards OST of the Year "My Valentine" Nichkhun & Taecyeon Won
KBS Best Idol Icon Awards Icon of the year Nichkhun Nominated
Mnet Media Awards Most CHARMING Boy Nichkhun Won
MTV K’s very first Valentine King and Queen Valentine King Nichkhun Won
2012 Kerd Awards Kerd of the Year (Thailand) Nichkhun Won
TVCF AWARDS CF Model of The Year Nichkhun Nominated
Top Award in Thailand Rising Actor for Seven Something Nichkhun Nominated
6th.Nine Entertainment Awards The public's favorite actor Nichkhun Nominated
'2013 STYEBIBLE.PH International celebrity collab NICHKHUN for Bench (Philippine clothing brand) Nominated

References[edit]

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  2. ^ 열혈남아 JYP 13조, 쌓아온 실력 첫 공개!. Newent. March 25, 2008.
  3. ^ "Nichkhun, Yonghwa, Baro, L, and Mino pose as Lucky Boys (Super 5) for ‘SBS Gayo Daejun’ + video teaser – News". Dramanewsnetwork.com. Retrieved 19 December 2014. 
  4. ^ 2PM 택연-닉쿤, 윤은혜 두고 삼각관계?. 조윤선 동아닷컴 기자. January 7, 2010.
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  6. ^ 2PM 닉쿤, 스크린 데뷔작 ‘빛나는 졸업장’ 출연 무산 . IS PLUS 양지원 기자. March 16, 2010.
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  23. ^ "Nichkhun’s variety show gains high popularity". Kpopherald.com. Retrieved 19 December 2014. 
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