Park Ji-hoon

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Park Ji-hoon
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Park Ji Hoon on GQ KOREA TMI interview
Born (1999-05-29) May 29, 1999 (age 21)
Masan, South Korea
EducationChungang University
Alma materSchool of Performing Arts Seoul
  • Singer
  • actor
Years active2006–present
Musical career
Years active2017–present
Associated actsWanna One
Korean name
Revised RomanizationPak Ji-hun
McCune–ReischauerPak Chihun
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Park Ji-hoon (Korean박지훈; born May 29, 1999) is a South Korean singer and actor. He is known for his participation in the reality competition show Produce 101 Season 2, where he finished in second place overall and became a member of the boy group Wanna One, which released several chart-topping albums and singles from 2017 to 2019. The group achieved both critical and commercial success, with six Korean topped-five singles.[1] He also returned to the acting scene in September 2019, making a lead role on JTBC historical drama Flower Crew: Joseon Marriage Agency.

Park first made his debut as a child actor, appearing as a supporting cast member on the MBC historical drama Jumong (2006) and earned roles in the several television dramas such as The King and I, Kimchi Cheese Smile and Iljimae. He also established himself as a musical actor through his participation in the musicals Peter Pan, The Harmonium in My Memory and Radio Star. With the conclusion of the group activities in January 2019, Park began his solo career with EP O'Clock in March 2019.

Early life and education[edit]

Park Ji-hoon was born on May 29, 1999, in Masan, South Korea.[2][3] Although he comes from Gyeongsang Province, Park has lived in Seoul since he was seven-years-old.[4] He graduated from National Middle School of Traditional Arts, where he majored in musical theatre.[5] Park majored in broadcasting arts at School of Performing Arts Seoul[6] and graduated in January 2018.[7] Park was accepted into Chung-Ang University’s Department of Theater for 2018.[8]


2006–2016: Beginnings[edit]

Park debuted as a child actor, participating in musicals Peter Pan (2007–2009), The Harmonium in My Memory (2010), and Radio Star (2010–2011), and in television dramas Jumong (2006–2007), The King and I (2007–2008), Kimchi Cheese Smile (2007–2008), Iljimae (2008), and more.[9] Park also appeared in SS501's reality show SS501 SOS (2006), although his face was blurred out through the episodes.[10] In 2007, he appeared in KM Idol War with Big Bang.[11] During his childhood, he continued to be active in musical theatre, television broadcasts, and film, as well as working as an advertisement model.[12]

Less active in the entertainment industry in his teen years, Park began training to become an idol singer under SM Entertainment and Fantagio. Due to a knee injury, he did not make it to the final line up of Fantagio's boy group Astro and subsequently transferred to Maroo Entertainment.[13]

2017–2018: Produce 101 and Wanna One[edit]

In 2017, Park represented Maroo Entertainment in the second season of Produce 101. He experienced a sudden rise in popularity after going viral as "wink boy (ko: 윙크남)", after the introductory "It's Me (Pick Me)" stage on M Countdown, before the show had started airing.[14] Consequently, Park's participation in the survival show received extensive media attention, to the extent that his self-made aegyo catchphrase "save you in my heart (ko: 내 마음 속에 저장)" trended on social media and was used by various companies using the phrase for marketing purposes.[15] The phrase was later crowned as the best catchphrase of 2017 by KOCCA.[16] Furthermore, Park received offers from various companies to become their advertisement model while the show was still being aired,[17][18] and it was later revealed that Park had signed an exclusive contract with Maroo Entertainment before the show had started.[19] He finished second, which made him a member of the project boy group Wanna One under YMC Entertainment. Wanna One disbanded on December 31, 2018 and officially completed activities after their sold out 4-day final concert series 'Therefore' that ran from January 24 to 27 at Gocheok Sky Dome.[20]

2019—present: Continued acting, solo debut with O'Clock, 360, The W, Love Revolution, and Message[edit]

On March 26, 2019, Park released his debut EP as a soloist, O'Clock, with the lead single "L.O.V.E."[21][22] Park Jihoon took his first-ever solo music show win with his Debut album "L.O.V.E" on KBS Music Bank on Apr 5, 2019. [23] The same month, Park was cast in JTBC's historical drama Flower Crew: Joseon Marriage Agency,[24] which was aired on September 16.[25] Park received praise for his great acting skills and got many positive reviews for his debut drama (his adult actor career start).[26] Park Jihoon topping the list, ranked #1 in drama cast hot topic for 8 consecutive weeks (Good Data - Drama Actors Category and Racoi ranking) on his Flower Crew drama airing (2 months)[27]

On December 4, Park released his second EP, 360, and its lead single of the same name.[28]

More than five months later, Park returned with his third EP, The W, with the title track "Wing" on May 26, 2020.[29] Park Jihoon made several appearances on radio shows for his 'The W' promotion including Cool FM KBS Radio Show [30],SBS Cultwo Radio Show [31], Noon Hope Radio Show [32] and Sung Woon Late Night Radio Show.

Park Jihoon is set to star as the male lead in the Kakao M's Digital Drama, an adaptation of the popular Webtoon "Love Revolution" and will play the role of Gong Juyeong, alongside Lee Ruby and The Boyz' Younghoon. The drama will airs in the second half of 2020.[1] Park Jihoon's Love Revolution drama has surpassed 1 million views on KakaoTV and is #1 on the Top 10 weekly videos. All 5 episodes so far have achieved the 1M milestone. His popularity is rising and viewers are praised his acting skills.[2]

On November 4, 2020, Park will release his first studio album, Message, with the title track "Gotcha".[33]


Studio albums[edit]

List of studio albums, with selected chart positions and sales
Title Album details Peak chart positions Sales
Message To be announced

Extended plays[edit]

List of extended plays, with selected chart positions and sales
Title Album details Peak chart positions Sales
  • Released: March 26, 2019
  • Label: Maroo Entertainment
  • Formats: CD, digital download
  • Released: December 4, 2019
  • Label: Maroo Entertainment
  • Formats: CD, digital download
The W
  • Released: May 26, 2020
  • Label: Maroo Entertainment
  • Formats: CD, digital download


As lead artist[edit]

List of singles, with selected chart positions, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
"L.O.V.E" 2019 59 O'Clock
"360" 138 360
"Wing" 2020 109 The W
"Gotcha" TBA Message


Television series[edit]

Year Title Network Role Ref.
2006–2007 Jumong MBC
2007 The Stories of One Thousand People SBS Lee Dong-gyu (Episode 20)
2007–2008 Kimchi Cheese Smile MBC
The King and I SBS Eunuch
2008 Iljimae Villager's son
2011 The Unlimited Show Tooniverse Kang Jae-min (Episodes 10, 11)
2019 Flower Crew: Joseon Marriage Agency JTBC Go Young-soo [38]
2020 Love Revolution (web series) Kakao M Gong Joo Young [39]

Television show[edit]

Year Title Network Role Notes Ref.
2017 Produce 101 (Season 2) Mnet Contestant Finished second place [40]
2019 Inkigayo SBS Special MC Episode 1,014 [41][42]


  • Peter Pan (2007–2009)
  • The Harmonium in My Memory (2010)
  • Radio Star (2010–2011)
  • A Midsummer Night's Dream (2014)

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Result Ref.
2019 Asia Model Awards Asia Star Award (Singers) Won [43]
Soribada Best K-Music Awards Bonsang Award Won [44]
The New K-wave Icon Award Won
Male Popularity Award Nominated
Asia Artist Awards StarNews Popularity Award Nominated [45]
Ten Asia Global Top Ten Awards Popularity Award - China Won [46]
2020 34th Golden Disc Awards Album Bonsang Nominated [47]
Popularity Award Nominated
Rookie of the Year Nominated
29th Seoul Music Awards Dance Performance Award Nominated [47]
Popularity Award Nominated
K-Wave Award Nominated
Soribada Best K-Music Awards Bonsang Award Nominated [48]
Global Artist Award Nominated
Male Popularity Award Nominated


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