Ren (singer)

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Ren
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Ren in November 2019
Born
Choi Min-gi

(1995-11-03) November 3, 1995 (age 27)[1]
Busan, South Korea
EducationHanyang University Institute for Future Talents [2]
Occupations
  • Singer
  • actor
  • television personality
Musical career
GenresK-pop
Years active2012–present
Labels
Formerly of
Korean name
Hangul
Hanja
Revised RomanizationChoe Min-gi
McCune–ReischauerChóe Minki
Stage name
Hangul
Revised RomanizationRen
McCune–ReischauerRen
Signature
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Choi Min-gi (born November 3, 1995), known professionally as Ren, is a South Korean singer, actor and television personality. He began his professional career in 2012 as a vocalist of the South Korean boy group NU'EST. Following his contract's expiration in Pledis Entertainment in March 2022, Choi established his career as a solo artist signed under BPM Entertainment.

Career[edit]

Pre-debut[edit]

Ren was accepted into Pledis Entertainment after auditioning in 2010.[citation needed] Prior to debuting, Ren appeared as a back-up dancer in After School Blue's "Wonder Boy" in 2011. He participated in Pledis Entertainment's Christmas single "Love Letter" and was also featured in an alternate music video for the song as a member of Pledis Boys.[3] He performed with After School with the rest of Pledis Boys, now dubbed "After School Boys", at the SBS Gayo Daejeon.[4]

2012-2022: NU'EST[edit]

Along with four other Pledis Boys, Ren debuted in the boy band NU'EST in 2012 as a sub-vocalist. He also modeled for Park Yoon-so during the Fall/Winter Seoul Fashion Week,[5] and his androgynous styling drew attention for breaking gender norms.[6] In 2013, Ren appeared Jeon Woo-chi in a minor role. In 2015, he starred in the Japanese film Their Distance.[7]

In 2017, Ren participated as a contestant on Produce 101 Season 2 under his full name for a chance to debut in Wanna One,[8] but he was eliminated in the final episode at rank #20. After the show's end, he and the remaining NU'EST members began promoting as the sub-group NU'EST W from 2017 to 2018.[9] During the group's activity, he wrote the lyrics for his solo songs, "Paradise" and "You & I."[10][11] At the same time, Ren became a fixed panelist on the talk show Learning the Hard Way.[12] He was also cast in a starring role on the drama Four Sons,[13] but the show's production was briefly suspended in 2018 with only four of sixteen episodes filmed.[14][15][16]

In 2018, Ren became a regular cast member on The Kkondae Live.[17] In 2019, he became a regular cast member on Hogu Chart.[18]

From 2020 to 2021, Ren hosted the radio show "To.Night" on Naver NOW with bandmate Aron.[19][20] He also began his musical theatre career as the lead role in Everybody's Talking About Jamie in 2020[21] and in Hedwig and the Angry Inch in 2021.[22]

NU'EST's exclusive contract with Pledis Entertainment expired on March 14, 2022 and Ren (alongside members Aron and JR) will leave the agency, therefore concluding their 10-year career as a group. [23]

2022-present: solo activities[edit]

In May 2022, Ren signed with BPM Entertainment as a solo artist.[24]In the same month, Ren also joins the UNIVERSE platform.[25]

In September 2022, it was confirmed by the agency that Ren would hold a solo fan-con event '2022 Ren Fan-Con [The Day After]' in Korea and Japan in early November.[26]

Philanthropy[edit]

On April 18, 2018, Ren hand-delivered two piggy banks to the Korea Pediatric Cancer Foundation to support the latter's "Creating My Own Angel Contest" campaign.[27] The following year, he and NU'EST member Minhyun brought the children of the foundation to NU'EST's 2019 LOVE Page Fan Meeting in Seoul.[28] In December of the same year, Ren donated all the proceeds of his self-published fairy tale book “함께라서 행복한 우리들" (literally translated as "We're Happy Because We're Together") to the foundation.[29]

Discography[edit]

Filmography[edit]

Films[edit]

Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2015 Their Distance Kim Leon Japanese film [7][30]
TBA Asian Ghost Project TBA Lead role (Series) [31]

Television series[edit]

Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2013 Jeon Woo-chi Kang-sul Cameo (Episode 19,21,22) [32]
Reckless Family 3 Himself Cameo (Episode 29)
2018 Something Family Season 2 Mali / Park Seong-min Cameo (Episode 10–11) [33]
Coffee Society 4.0 Jeongseok Cameo (Episode 16) [34]
TBA Four Sons Yeo Hoon Lead role; four of sixteen episodes filmed[16] [13]

Television shows[edit]

Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2017 Produce 101 Season 2 Contestant Reality competition show [8]
Learning the Hard Way Panelist [12]
2018 The Kkondae Live [17]
2019 Hogu Chart [18]

Radio shows[edit]

Year Title Role Ref.
2020–2021 To.Night DJ [19][20]

Theatre[edit]

Year Title Role Ref.
2020 Everybody's Talking About Jamie Jamie [35]
2021 Hedwig and the Angry Inch Hedwig / Tommy [36]
2022 Bungee Jumping of Their Own Im Hyun-bin [37]
The Three Musketeers Daltagyan [38]

References[edit]

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