Ok Taec-yeon

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Taecyeon
2PM Ok Taecyeon.jpg
2PM Go Crazy World Tour 2014, Rosemont Theatre, Chicago (Rosemont), Illinois, United States
Background information
Native name 옥택연
Birth name Ok Taek-yeon
Born (1988-12-27) December 27, 1988 (age 28)[1]
Occupation(s)
Musical career
Genres
Years active 2008–2017 hiatus (Military Service)
Associated acts
Website 2pm.jype.com
Korean name
Hangul
Hanja
Revised Romanization Ok Taek-yeon
McCune–Reischauer Ok T'aegyŏn

Ok Taec-yeon (Hangul옥택연; Hanja玉澤演; born December 27, 1988),[1] known mononymously as Taecyeon, is a South Korean rapper, 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), Who Are You? (2013), Wonderful Days (2014), Assembly (2015), Let's Fight, Ghost (2016), and Save Me (2017), as well as the movies Marriage Blue (2013) and House of the Disappeared (2017).

Early life[edit]

Taecyeon was born in Seoul, South Korea,[3] but immigrated at the age of 10, with his parents and older sister Jihyen to Bedford, Massachusetts,[4] a small town situated in the Greater Boston Area. Taecyeon lived there for seven years, attending Bedford High School where he was a 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 attended Korea University Graduate School of International Studies.[5] He is fluent in English, Korean and Japanese.[6] 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 South 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.[7]

Music career[edit]

Debut with 2PM[edit]

In 2008 he took part in Mnet's Hot Blood Men[4] 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" 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.[4]

Solo career[edit]

Taecyeon was featured in Baek Ji-young's 2009 hit song "My Ear's Candy". Baek revealed that she asked Taecyeon to feature on the song after having listened to his rap on 2PM's single "10 Points out of 10 Points".[8]

In 2012, Taecyeon teamed up with his fellow Dankook University alumni students to produce a digital album titled Blue Bears with Taecyeon. The album was performed live at Dankook University for the matriculation ceremony. The title song “Wings” featured penned rap lyrics written by Taecyeon. The second song, a remake of Lee Gwangjo's “A Night Like Tonight" was also included in the performance, with an original rap written by Taecyeon himself.[9] The album went on sale in February 2012, with all proceeds donated back the University.[10]

Taecyeon released his first solo Japanese album Taecyeon Special: Winter Hitori in 2017.[11] 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.[12]

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.[13]

In 2010 he made his acting debut in KBS drama series Cinderella's Sister alongside Moon Geun-young and Chun Jung-myung.[14][15] He then starred in high school drama Dream High, which received high domestic ratings as well as international popularity.[16]

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.[17]

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.[18] The same year, he made his film debut in romantic comedy Marriage Blue.[19] He composed two songs for the soundtrack of the film.[20]

In 2014, he starred in KBS' weekend drama Wonderful Days, playing a tough-fisted bodyguard.[21] The same year, he joined tvN's cooking variety show Three Meals a Day directed by Na PD.[22] He later rejoined for a second season in 2015.[23] Taecyeon was praised for his hardworking image and easygoing personality on the show.[24]

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.[25]

In 2016, he starred in horror comedy Hey Ghost, Let's Fight with Kim So-hyun,[26] and featured in web-drama First Seven Kisses by Lotte Duty Free.[27]

In 2017, he starred in mystery thriller House of the Disappeared with veteran actress Kim Yunjin.[28] He then starred in OCN’s thriler drama Save Me alongside Seo Ye-ji.[29]

Other activities[edit]

OKCAT[edit]

In 2013, Taecyeon hosted a 30-minute press conference on ustream to introduce "Okcat", a green-colored cat character to the public. Previously, Okcat emoticons have been released on the chat application KakaoTalk. During the conference, Taecyeon told the history of his development of the character, and released his sketches to the public. The "Okcat" shop was opened on the same day, and featured a line of products with the image of the Okcat.[30][31]

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.”[32]

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. 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. He was cleared for active duty in December 2013 but delayed his enlistment due to busy workload.[33]

In September 4, 2017, Taecyeon officially enlisted as an active duty soldier and began his mandatory military service.[34][35] On October 18, he completed his basic military training and was placed at the 9th Armed Forces Division in Gyeonggi Province as a military instruction assistant.[36]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

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

Television series[edit]

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 Let's Fight, Ghost tvN Park Bong-pal
2017 Save Me OCN Han Sang-hwan

Television film[edit]

Year Title Network Role Notes
2016 Home Sweet Home KBS2 Taecyeon Cameo
2017 You Are Closer Than I Think KBS2 Kang Sung-min's friend Cameo

Web series[edit]

Year Title Network Role Notes
2016 Touching You Naver TV Cast Do Jin-woo
7 First Kisses Naver TV Cast Ok Taec-yeon Ep. 5-6

Variety shows[edit]

Year Title Network Notes
2010 Family Outing 2 SBS Main cast
2013 Human Condition KBS2 Segment: Living Without Stress
We Got Married (Global Edition) MBC with Emma Wu
2014 Three Meals a Day tvN Main cast
2015 Three Meals a Day Season 2 tvN
2016 Mommy SBS MC with Lee Hwi-jae[37]
2017 Suddenly a Millionaire O'live TV Episodes 1-7

Discography[edit]

Collaborations[edit]

Year Song Title Artist Album
2009 "My Ear's Candy" Baek Ji-young ft. Taecyeon EGO
2009 "Yes I'm In Love" Bada ft. Taecyeon See the Sea
2012 "Classic" Park Jin-young, Miss A's Suzy, 2PM's Wooyoung and Taecyeon Digital Single (Reebok Classic CF)
"Madness" Miss A ft. Taecyeon Independent Women Part III
2013 "Hello (Japanese Ver.)"[38] Cho Yong-pil ft. Taecyeon Hello
2017 "Just Feeling" Kim Tae-woo ft. Jun. K & Taecyeon of 2PM T-WITH

Original soundtrack[edit]

Year Song Title Album
2011 "Dream High" (with Wooyoung, Kim Soo-hyun and Suzy) Dream High OST
"My Valentine" (with J.Y. Park & Nichkhun)
2013 "My Way to You" (with Junho) 7th Grade Civil Servant OST
"Marriage Blue Opening (결혼전야 Opening)" Marriage Blue OST

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 Ming-ki) Three Meals a Day Nominated
2017 2017 Korean Film Shining Star Awards Popularity Award[39] House of the Disappeared Won

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "2PM 택연, '옥캣' 캐릭터 사업 스타트 CEO변신 : 스포츠조선". Sports Chosun (in Korean). Retrieved 2016-05-19. 
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  4. ^ a b c Cover story: 2PM. Archived 5 February 2011 at the Wayback Machine. iamkoream.com. Retrieved 2011-01-08.
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  6. ^ (Video) 2PM′s Taecyeon Understands...Arabic?? enewsWorld. 29 May 2012.
  7. ^ BHS junior competes in Korean 'Survivor' – Bedford, MA – Bedford Minuteman. Wickedlocal.com. Retrieved on 2012-08-14.
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  19. ^ "Ok Taec-yeon to appear in 'The Nights Before Wedding'". Korea JoongAng Daily. 9 April 2013. 
  20. ^ 21, G. Jeong November; 2013 (21 November 2013). "2PM's Taecyeon Turns Composer for "Marriage Blue" OST, Movie Premieres Today". Soompi. 
  21. ^ "Ok Taec-yeon to play troubled bodyguard". The Korea Herald. 18 February 2014. 
  22. ^ "Na PD Takes 2PM′s Taecyeon and Lee Seo Jin on a New Cooking Variety Show". enewsWorld. 
  23. ^ "'Three Meals a Day' kicks off new season". The Korea Times. 15 May 2015. 
  24. ^ "'삼시세끼' 옥택연, 도시락 반찬 다섯가지 완성 '빙구파워'". Xports News (in Korean). 28 June 2015. 
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  26. ^ "Taecyeon to fight ghosts in new tvN drama". Korea JoongAng Daily. 5 May 2016. 
  27. ^ "Lotte Duty Free to release a web drama". Korea JoongAng Daily. 
  28. ^ "Kim Yun-jin, Ok Taec-yeon to star in mystery thriller". The Korea Herald. 16 February 2017. 
  29. ^ "2PM's Ok Taecyeon stars in OCN thriller 'Save Me'". Yonhap News Agency. 27 July 2017. 
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  33. ^ "Ok Taec-yeon Cleared for Active Duty on Second Attempt". The Chosun Ilbo. 13 December 2013. 
  34. ^ Bae Seung-hoon (5 September 2017). "2PM's Ok Taec-yeon laces up his boots". Korea JoongAng Daily. 
  35. ^ "LEAD) 2PM's Ok Taecyeon begins military duty". Yonhap News Agency. 4 September 2017. 
  36. ^ "[공식입장] JYP 측 "택연 백마무대 신교대 조교됐다"". Xports News (in Korean). 1 November 2017. 
  37. ^ "Lee Hwi-jae, Taecyeon to host new TV show". Korea JoongAng Daily. 13 April 2016. 
  38. ^ "Taecyeon to help Cho in Japan". Korea JoongAng Daily. 5 September 2013. 
  39. ^ "김윤진·장혁부터 도경수까지...한국영화를 빛낸 ★들 [종합]". Osen (in Korean). 4 July 2017. 


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