Park Ji-hoon

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Park Ji-hoon
Park Ji-hoon on July 28, 2017
Native name 박지훈
Born (1999-05-29) May 29, 1999 (age 19)
Masan, South Korea
Education School of Performing Arts Seoul – Department of Broadcasting Arts
  • Singer
  • actor
Years active 2006–present
Agent Maroo Entertainment
Musical career
Instruments Vocals
Labels YMC Entertainment
Swing Entertainment
Associated acts Wanna One
Korean name
Hangul 지훈
Revised Romanization Park Ji-hoon
McCune–Reischauer Pak Chihun
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Park Ji-hoon (Hangul: 박지훈, born May 29, 1999) is a South Korean singer and former child actor, known for finishing second in Produce 101 Season 2. He is currently active as a member of Wanna One.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

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


2006–2016: Beginnings[edit]

Park Ji-hoon debuted as a child actor, participating in musicals Peter Pan (2007–2009), The Harmonium in My Memory (2010) and Radio Star (2010–2011), television dramas Jumong (2006-2007), The King and I (2007–2008), Kimchi Cheese Smile (2007–2008), Iljimae (2008) and more.[8] Park also previously appeared in SS501's reality show SS501 SOS (2006), although his face was blurred out through the episodes.[9] In 2007, he appeared in KM Idol War with Big Bang.[10] During his childhood, he continued to be active in musical theatre, television broadcasts and film, as well as working as an advertisement model.[11]

Less active in the entertainment industry in his teen years, Park began training to become an idol singer under S.M. Entertainment and Fantagio. Due to a knee injury, he did not make the final line up of Fantagio's boy group Astro and subsequently transferred to his current agency, Maroo Entertainment.[12]

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

In 2017, Ji-hoon 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.[13] 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)" became famous on social media and various broadcast platforms, leading to companies, such as Banila Co., Coca-Cola, Banana Milk, Melon and KT Corporation, using the phrase for marketing purposes.[14] The phrase was later crowned as the best catchphrase of 2017 by KOCCA.[15] Furthermore, Park started receiving offers from companies to become their advertisement model while the show was still being aired as everything either worn or used by him became sold-out.[16][17] It was later revealed that Park had signed an exclusive contract with Maroo Entertainment before the show had started.[18][19]

During the survival show, Park consistently placed high during ranking announcements and was voted as the "visual centre" by the other participating trainees.[20] He ranked second during the final episode, making him a member of the project boy group Wanna One under YMC Entertainment.



Television series[edit]

Year Title Network Role
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 Just Like That Show Tooniverse Kang Jae-min (Episodes 10, 11)

Reality show[edit]

Year Title Network Notes
2017 Produce 101 Season 2 Mnet Contestant
2017 Wanna One Go Season 1 Mnet
2017 Wanna One City SBS Mobidic
2017 Wanna One Go Season 2: Zero Base Mnet
2018 Wanna One go in Jeju
2018 Wanna One Go Season 3: X-CON Mnet
2018 Wanna Travel Olleh TV


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


  1. ^ "'프듀2' 강다니엘 워너원 최종 센터, 2등 박지훈·11등 하성운(종합)" (in Korean). Retrieved 2017-06-16. 
  2. ^ "[엑's 토크] '한끼줍쇼'PD "솔직한 강다니엘·박지훈, 규동형제와 케미 굿"" (in Korean). Retrieved 2017-08-15. 
  3. ^ "'프레젠트' 워너원, 애교부터 신곡까지…너무 짧은 30분 (종합)" (in Korean). Retrieved 2017-08-15. 
  4. ^ "박지훈 중학교 졸사, 어제풀린 졸업사진 + 꾸꾸까까 저장남의 애교". 메 종 드 앙 트 완 ♥ (in Korean). May 30, 2017. Retrieved 2017-08-15. 
  5. ^ "박지훈, 과거 '매점배 댄스배틀' 화제 "수줍음 뒤 박력 폭발"" (in Korean). Retrieved 2017-08-15. 
  6. ^ "Korean celebrities graduate high school". Korea JoongAng Daily. February 9, 2018. 
  7. ^ "Wanna One′s Park Ji Hoon Just Became A College Freshman". Mwave. November 20, 2017. 
  8. ^ ""박지훈 잘 컸네" '프로듀스101 1위 박지훈, 10년 전 사극서 '거세 연기'로 주목받은 과거 화제" (in Korean). Retrieved 2017-05-30. 
  9. ^ "공연의 모든 것 - 플레이DB". Retrieved 2017-05-30. 
  10. ^ "'프로듀스 101' 박지훈, 과거 빅뱅과 인연?...눈물 대결서 승리" (in Korean). Retrieved 2017-08-15. 
  11. ^ "'거세당하는 연기'도 소화했던 '프듀 101' 연습생" (in Korean). Retrieved 2017-05-30. 
  12. ^ "'프듀 101 윙크남' 박지훈이 거쳐간 소속사 클래스". 인사이트 (in Korean). Retrieved 2017-05-30. 
  13. ^ "[단독] '프듀101 시즌2' 윙크남, 김종국-하석진 후배…19살 훈남" (in Korean). Retrieved 2017-05-30. 
  14. ^ "'프듀2' 박지훈 데뷔 전부터 '시청자 마음 속에 유행어 저장'" (in Korean). Retrieved 2017-05-30. 
  15. ^ "박지훈 "내 마음 속에 저장", 2017 상반기 최고 유행어 선정" (in Korean). Retrieved 2017-08-26. 
  16. ^ "데뷔 전부터 완판남…'프듀2' 박지훈, 뜨거운 파급력" (in Korean). Retrieved 2017-06-14. 
  17. ^ "데뷔 전부터 완판남…'프듀2' 박지훈, 뜨거운 파급력". TV리포트 (in Korean). Retrieved 2017-06-14. 
  18. ^ "Maroo Ent responds: "We've signed a contract with Park Ji-hoon before production for Produce 101 started"". Newsen. June 14, 2017. 
  19. ^ "[Oh!쎈 초점] '프듀2' 데뷔 유력 연습생들, 계약관계 변한다" (in Korean). Retrieved 2017-06-14. 
  20. ^ "'프듀101' 시즌2, 시청률 3%대 돌파…비주얼 센터 박지훈" (in Korean). Retrieved 2017-08-13.