Ok Taec-yeon

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2PM Go Crazy World Tour 2014, Rosemont Theatre, Chicago (Rosemont), Illinois, U.S.A
Background information
Native name 옥택연
Birth name Ok Taek-yeon
Born (1988-12-27) December 27, 1988 (age 28)[1]
Musical career
Years active 2008–present
Associated acts
Website 2pm.jype.com
Korean name
Revised Romanization Ok Taek-yeon
McCune–Reischauer Ok T'aegyŏn

Ok Taec-yeon (Hangul옥택연; Hanja玉澤演; born December 27, 1988),[1] best known as Taecyeon, is a South Korean singer, songwriter, actor, and entrepreneur. He is the main rapper of the South Korean boy group 2PM. In 2010, Taecyeon debuted as an actor in the Korean drama Cinderella's Sister and since then has starred in Dream High (2011) and Hey Ghost, Let's Fight (2016).

Early life[edit]

Taecyeon was born in Busan, South Korea,[3][4] but immigrated at the age of 10, with his parents and older sister Jihyen to Bedford, Massachusetts,[5] a small town situated in the Greater Boston Area. Taecyeon lived there for seven years, attending Bedford High School where he was an active member of the Chess Club, Jazz Band, JV Soccer Team and National Honor Society, before returning to pursue his career in Korea. Taecyeon transferred to Young Dong High School in Seoul and then studied Business Administration at Dankook University and currently attending Korea University Graduate School of International Studies.[6] He is fluent in English, Korean and Japanese.[7] Being from Busan,[8] Taecyeon is also familiar with the use of the Busan satoori (dialect), which he used in the KBS2 drama Wonderful Days.

It was his sister Jihyen who persuaded him to participate in a JYP Entertainment audition, whose promotion she had noticed when surfing on the Internet. After his reluctant agreement to participate, both headed for New York City on his 17th birthday. A week later he was chosen for the final 35 and got the call to go to Korea to go further in the competition. At first Taecyeon applied to become a model, but the judges suggested he try dancing and singing. Eventually he was named one of the dozen finalists (including his future bandmates Lee Junho and Hwang Chansung) to compete in the show Superstar Survival, but was the first contestant to leave the show.[9]

Music career[edit]

Debut with 2PM[edit]

In 2008 he took part in Mnet's Hot Blood Men[5] which follows the extreme training of 13 trainees in order to become a member of the boy band One Day. One Day spawned two boy bands, 2AM and 2PM, the latter of which Taecyeon became a member of. Six months after Hot Blood was aired on TV 2PM debuted with their first single "10 Points out of 10 Points" ("10점 만점에 10점")[10] from their first EP Hottest Time of the Day, but it wasn't until their second EP 2:00PM Time For Change that their success in the Korean music industry skyrocketed.[5] So far 2PM has released five Korean studio albums, four Japanese studio albums, and one EP.

Solo career[edit]

Taecyeon is featured in "Yes I'm In Love" by Bada on her fourth album and Baek Ji-young's 2009 song "내 귀에 캔디" (My Ear's Candy).

In 2012, Taecyeon teamed up with his fellow Dankook University alumni students to produce a digital album, Blue Bears with Taecyeon. The album was performed live on 2012/02/24 at Dankook University for the matriculation ceremony. The title song “Wings (날개)” was written and composed by Life Music and the Dankook University students, and featured personally penned rap lyrics written by Taecyeon. The second song, a remake of Lee Gwangjo's “A Night Like Tonight (오늘같은 밤)” was also included in the performance, complete with an original rap also written by Taecyeon himself.[11] The album went on sale 2012/02/29, with all proceeds donated back the University.[12][13][14]

On 2012/05/25 Taecyeon performed "Kiss" and "After you've left me" for his solo stage. Both songs were written and composed by Taecyeon himself.

On 2012/06/18 Taecyeon, composing as TY, uploaded a message on 2PM's Official Fan Cafe [15] with his newest self-composed song: 자장가 for Hottest. Taecyeon included the .mp3 as a free download for Hottest, asking them to like the song.[16]

Taecyeon released his 1st solo album on 18th Jan 2017. As part of the solo project, he successfully held his first solo concert, 'Taecyeon (From 2PM) Premium Concert' at the Tokyo Dome City Hall in Japan on January 2 and the 3rd, attracting many fans.

Acting and hosting career[edit]

He formerly hosted SBS's music show Inkigayo with Wooyoung, and was a permanent cast member on Family Outing 2 before it was cancelled.

In 2010 he made his acting debut in Korean Broadcasting System (KBS) drama series Cinderella's Sister alongside Moon Geun-young and Chun Jung-myung.[17][18] He then starred in high school drama Dream High, which received high domestic ratings as well as international popularity.[19]

In September 2011, FujiTV announced that Taecyeon was going to become a regular on their Sunday drama Boku to Star no 99 Nichi, along with Japanese actor Nishijima Hidetoshi and South Korean actress Kim Tae-hee. This is his first regular role on a Japanese drama.[20]

In February 2013, it was announced that Taecyeon would form an on-screen couple with Taiwanese actress Emma Wu, in the Global Edition of the reality show We Got Married. The show premiered in April 2013 and the couple quickly gained popularity in China, Taiwan, Korea and Southeast Asia.[21][22] The same year, he made his film debut in romantic comedy Marriage Blue. He composed two songs for the soundtrack of the film.[23]

In 2014, he starred in KBS' weekend drama Wonderful Days, playing a tough-fisted bodyguard.[24] The same year, he joined tvN's cooking variety show Three Meals a Day directed by Na PD.[25] He later rejoined for a second season in 2015.[26] Taecyeon was praised for his hardworking image and easygoing personality on the show.[27]

In 2015, Taecyeon was cast in KBS' political drama Assembly. He plays an aspiring police officer who studies at the library to pass his entrance exams by day and works as an official’s chauffeur by night.[28]

In 2016, he starred in horror comedy Hey Ghost, Let's Fight with Kim So-hyun[29] and co-starred in web-drama First Seven Kisses by Lotte Duty Free.[30]

In 2017, he starred in mystery thriller House of the Disappeared with veteran actress Kim Yunjin.[31] He then confirmed to star in OCN’s upcoming psycho-religious-thriller drama “Save Me” alongside Seo Ye-ji[32]

Other activities[edit]


Taecyeon is known to draw large headed, long bodied cats that he has incorporated into his signatures and autographs. He, and fans, refer to the drawings as Okcats (옥캣). As a result of seeing knock-off Okcat shirts being produced in countries like Thailand, Taecyeon relayed through his Twitter, that he desired to produce his own line of Okcats.

On 2013/11/10 Taecyeon hosted a 30-minute press conference on ustream to introduce his "Okcat" brand to the public. The presentation, titled "The Okcat Live",[33] took place at the COEX building with approx 50+ reporters in attendance.[34] The presentation consisted of video and illustrations of the evolution of his Okcat character over the years, to its present form. Taecyeon also revealed a jingle and merchandise that he is producing under the "Okcat" brand including: pillows, plush toys, USB drives and phone accessories. Taecyeon stated that the merchandise will be sold through various online merchants, and be announced through his Official venues on Twitter and Facebook.

On 2013/17/09 A representative from JYPE revealed that the release of the emoticons on Kakao Talk would be just the first wave Okcat items. Taecyeon plans to release more items in October, 2013.[35]

It was reported that Taecyeon's Okcat business generated one million USD revenues in 10 months. He's going to expand his business even more by going from producing 32 to 70 kinds of products by the end 2014.[36]

Military enlistment[edit]

On December 9, 2010 a JYP Entertainment representative revealed that “Taecyeon would like to give up his American permanent residence visa and recently, on December 1st, he received his official confirmation for his permanent residence cancellation.”[37]

Taecyeon had a physical examination for drafting but received a physical body status sufficient only for enlistment as public service personnel, due to his poor vision and a dislocated shoulder back in 2008.[38] In 2012 and 2013 he underwent surgery to correct the disk as well as to remove pins in his upper arm from a serious break in 2013.[39] He was cleared for active duty in December 2013 but delayed his enlistment due to busy workload.[40]

In early 2016, JYP Entertainment announced that Taecyeon and fellow 2PM member Jun.K would be enlisting to begin their two-year mandatory military service in January 2017, but in the middle of September 2016 Taecyeon announced that he will join the army in early 2017.



Year Title Role
2013 Marriage Blue Won-chul
2017 House of the Disappeared Priest Choi


Year Title Network Role Notes
2010 Cinderella's Sister KBS2 Han Jung-woo
2011 Dream High KBS2 Jin Gook / Hyun Shi-hyuk
Boku to Star no 99 Nichi Fuji TV Tae-sung
2013 Who Are You? tvN Cha Gun-woo
2014 Wonderful Days KBS2 Kang Dong-hee
2015 Assembly KBS2 Kim Kyu-hwan
2016 Hey Ghost, Let's Fight tvN Park Bong-pal
Home Sweet Home KBS2 Taecyeon Cameo
2017 Save Me OCN Han Sang-Hwan

Web series[edit]

Year Title Network Role Notes
2016 Touching You Naver TV Cast (South Korea)
Hollywood HDTV (Thailand)
iQiyi (Taiwan)
Do Jin-woo
7 First Kisses Naver TV Cast Ok Taec-Yeon Ep. 5-6

Reality shows[edit]


Year Title Network Episodes Originally aired
First aired Last aired
2006 Superstar Survival SBS TBA TBA TBA
2008 Hot Blood Mnet 10 October 10, 2008 (October 10, 2008) November 8, 2008 (November 8, 2008)
Idol Army (Season 3) MBC 17 4 December 2008 (4 December 2008) 26 March 2009 (26 March 2009)
2009 Wild Bunny Mnet 7 July 21, 2009 (July 21, 2009) August 21, 2009 (August 21, 2009)
2011 2PM Show! SBS 12 July 9, 2011 (July 9, 2011) September 24, 2011 (September 24, 2011)
2013 A Song For You From 2PM KBS2 15 February 17, 2013 (February 17, 2013) May 24, 2013 (May 24, 2013)
We Got Married (Global Edition) Mnet 1 - 20 April 7, 2013 (April 7, 2013) July 14, 2013 (July 14, 2013)
2015 Oven Radio 1theK 5 June 14, 2015 (June 14, 2015) June 18, 2015 (June 18, 2015)

Variety show[edit]

Year Title Network Notes
2010 Family Outing 2 SBS fixed cast
2014 Three Meals a Day tvN fixed cast with Lee Seo-jin
2015 Three Meals a Day Season 2 tvN fixed cast with Lee Seo-jin and Kim Kwang-kyu
2016 Mommy SBS MC with Lee Hwi-jae

Music video-drama[edit]

On January 7, 2010 photographs surfaced of Taecyeon and Nichkhun with actress Yoon Eunhye for Cass Beer. 2PM were chosen to endorse the beer with a special, promotional single "Tik Tok". Taecyeon played one of the three main character in the 12-minute music video-drama, which was released on February 8, 2010.[41]

In May 2010 Taecyeon featured in another music video-drama for Everland's Caribbean Bay water theme park along with 2PM's Nichkhun & Chansung and Girls' Generation members Yoona, Seohyun & Kwon Yuri.[42][43]


Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2010 KBS Drama Awards Best New Actor Cinderella's Sister Nominated
Popularity Award Taecyeon Nominated
2011 47th Baeksang Arts Awards Best New Actor (TV) Taecyeon Nominated
Most Popular Actor (TV) Taecyeon Nominated
Mnet 20's Choice Awards Best Sixpack N/A Nominated
3rd Bugs Music Awards OST of the Year with Nichkhun & Park Jin-young "My Valentine" Won
KBS Drama Awards Best Couple with Suzy Dream High Nominated
2014 50th Baeksang Arts Awards Most Popular Actor (Film) Marriage Blue Nominated
Most Popular Actor (TV) Wonderful Days Nominated
3rd APAN Star Awards Excellence Award, Actor in a Serial Drama Nominated
KBS Drama Awards Nominated
2016 KWEB FEST Best Actor Touching You Nominated
tvN10 Awards Best Chemistry with Mingky Three Meals a Day Nominated
2017 Soompi Awards Best Idol Actor Hey Ghost, Let's Fight Nominated


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