Park Chanyeol

Park Chanyeol


Park Chan-yeol (Korean: 박찬열; Hanja: 朴찬열[2][Remark 2]) better known as simply Chanyeol, born November 27, 1992 in Seoul,South Korea, is a South Korean actor and a singer of the South KoreanChinese boy group EXO,[3][4] and its sub-group EXO-K.[5] He is currently signed to S.M. Entertainment in South Korea and Avex Trax in Japan.

Early life

Park Chanyeol was born on November 27, 1992 in Seoul South Korea and attended Hyundai High School in Apgujeong-dong, Seoul. He has a sister named Park YooRa, who is an Announcer at MBC Broadcasting Station in South Korea. Chanyeol was admitted to a private acting institution when he was sixteen years old, where he became good friends with Block B’s P.O.[6] He is currently a student majoring in Culture and Art Management at Kyung Hee Cyber University alongside his fellow members of EXO, Suho and Baekhyun.[7] After he watched <School of Rock> during elementary school, he began to be interested in music. He started playing drums after he saw a hero who played drums in a movie. Since his father worked in music during his young days, he had easy access to any musical instrument during his young days. When he was middle school first grade student, he joined a band with his best friends and played with them for about 3 years (middle school days). He was accepted as a trainee under SM Entertainment after coming second place in the 2008 Smart Model Contest. When he first got into SM entertainment, he expected band activity like Trax (SM Entertainment’s superior singer). But when he realized that it is not easy to promote a band, he was little bit disappointed. However, after he listened to various music during training, he finally found his music style (rap).



Main article: Exo (band)

Chanyeol was accepted into S.M. Entertainment in his first year of high school after winning second place in the 2008 Smart Model Contest. During this time, he was involved in his school’s band, “Siren”. He made several media appearances prior to his debut with EXO, including TVXQ‘s music video “HaHaHa Song” with fellow members Suho and Kai in 2008. In 2010, he starred in the music video of Girls’ Generation‘s Japanese single “Genie“. He was featured in TaeTiSeo‘s “Twinkle” music video along with fellow members Kai, Sehun, and Baekhyun as well. Chanyeol had been trained for four years before making his debut in Exo on 8th April, 2012.

Chanyeol was the last member of EXO to be formally introduced to the public, on February 23, 2012. He cites Jason Mraz andEminem as his biggest influences, though he was a fan of rock bands like Muse, Green Day, Nirvana, and X-Japan in middle school.[8]

Chanyeol wrote the rap for the EXO-K version of “Run” from their Overdose EP. He composes music together with fellow EXO-M member Lay.[9]

Solo activities

Chanyeol guest starred in the second episode of the 2013 sitcom Royal Villa.[citation needed] Chanyeol was a member of SBS‘s Law of the Jungle in Micronesia[citation needed] and the first season of Roommate but left in September because of schedule conflicts.[10] He recently started filming for the movie Jang Soo Shop, which is set to be released in 2015.[11]


Main article: Exo filmography


Year Title Role Network Remarks
2008 High Kick High School Kid KBS Ep. 71
2012 To the Beautiful You Himself SBS Ep. 2
2013 Royal Villa JTBC


Year Title Role
2015 장수상회 (Jang Soo Shop) Min Seongyeok

As featured artist

Year Song Album Artist(s) Group affiliation
2014 “Bad Girl” Fantastic Henry Super Junior-M
2014 “Rewind” Rewind Zhou Mi Super Junior-M

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