Kim Jun-myeon (born May 22, 1991), better known by his stage name Suho (meaning “guardian” in Korean), is a South Korean singer, songwriter, actor, and model. He is a member and leader of the South Korean-Chinese boy group Exo and its sub-unit Exo-K. Apart from his group’s activities, Suho has also starred in various television dramas and movies such as One Way Trip (2016), The Universe’s Star (2017), and Rich Man (2018).
Suho is a native of Seoul and lives in the Seoul area of Apgujeon with his family. During his youth, Suho was the class president in elementary school and the vice-chairman of his school’s student body. He graduated from the prestigious Whimoon High School, where he excelled academically.
Suho became a trainee through SM Entertainment’s Casting System in 2006 when he was 16 years old, after being discovered on the streets by an SM casting manager. In 2007, he was cast with a cameo role in the Super Junior film Attack on the Pin-Up Boys.
Suho was introduced as the tenth member of Exo on February 15, 2012. The group debuted in April 2012 with the extended play Mama with him as their leader.
In 2013, Suho voiced the main character Bernard for the Korean dub of the animated movie, Saving Santa. He also recorded the movie’s original soundtrack of the same name with Apink’s Jung Eun-ji.
In February 2014, Suho became a regular host for SBS’ weekly music show Inkigayo alongside fellow Exo member Baekhyun, ZE:A member Kwanghee and actress Lee Yu-bi. Suho and Baekhyun left the position in November 2014 in order to focus on the release of Exo’s second studio album.
In January 2015, he starred in SM Entertainment’s hologram musical, School OZ, playing the character of Hans alongside labelmates Changmin, Key, Luna, Xiumin and Seulgi. In April 2015, he was a regular cast member alongside Infinite’s Sungkyu, CNBLUE’s Jonghyun, Super Junior’s Kyuhyun and Shinee’s Minho in the KBS variety show Fluttering India, where they explored the country.
In March 2016, Suho made his big screen debut the indie film One Way Trip, which premiered at the 20th Busan International Film Festival. In April 2016, he was confirmed to be starring in the upcoming web drama How Are You Bread. The series is scheduled to be released in Korea and China. In June 2016, Suho collaborated with Leeteuk, Kassy and songwriter Cho Young-soo in a song titled “My Hero”, part of SM Entertainment’s music project SM Station. In July 2016, Suho and fellow EXO member Chen released a duet titled “Beautiful Accident” as an original soundtrack for the Chinese movie of the same name.
In January 2017, Suho starred as the male lead in the MBC drama special The Universe’s Star, part of the drama trilogy Three Color Fantasy. He also recorded an original soundtrack titled “Starlight” for the drama. In February 2017, Suho collaborated with jazz pianist Song Young-joo on “Curtain”, the last single from the Station project’s first season. In September 2017, it was confirmed that Suho will be the male lead of the film Female Middle Schooler A. On October 16, it was reported that Suho will star in the musical The Last Kiss from December 2017 to March 2018, playing the role of Crown Prince Rudolf.
In March 2018, Suho collaborated with Jang Jae-in and released two duets titled “Dinner” and “Excuse Me”. In May 2018, Suho returned to the small screen with the South Korean adaption of the 2012 Japanese drama Rich Man, Poor Woman. He played the role of an IT company founder which was portrayed by Shun Oguri in the original. In July till August 2018, Suho starred in the musical The Man Who Laughs, playing the role of Gwynplaine, a pure character who has a monster like face. He received standing ovation and a positive feedback for his role from the audience on the musical’s first day.
In 2009, Suho began attending Korea National University of Arts, however, he withdrew from it in 2011 and continued his education at Kyung Hee Cyber University along with fellow Exo members Chanyeol and Baekhyun. There he took classes for the Culture and Arts Department of Business Administration. Suho is a Buddhist.