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Kim Jong-in (김종인), better known as Kai, is the main dancer, singer, and rapper of EXO. He is a part of EXO-K. He is also a member of the supergroup SuperM, debuted in 2019. He is often the Center of the group EXO and Super-M.

Biography

Kai (Korean: 카이) was born Kim Jong-in (Korean: 김종인; Hanja: 金鍾仁) on January 14, 1994 (age 26) in Seoul, South Korea. The second EXO member to sign with S.M. Entertainment, Kai joined the company after winning in the 10th S.M. Youth Best Contest in 2007, at thirteen years old. He said that it was Shinhwa who inspired him to be a singer.

Known as the group's "lead" dancer, Kai has been dancing since he was eight years old and was trained in jazz dance and ballet. He stated that his parents initially wanted him to learn Taekwondo and the piano, but he quickly lost interest in both. After watching The Nutcracker when he was in fourth grade, Kai expressed his wish to study ballet professionally. He developed his current technical expertise of hip hop, popping, and locking after joining S.M. Entertainment. In 2008, Kai made a brief appearance in TVXQ's music video, "HaHaHa Song" along with Exo-K's Suho and Chanyeol.

Kai was the first of twelve Exo members to be formally introduced to the public through teaser trailers. His first teaser was released on December 23, 2011. He appeared in twelve more trailers released in the next three months and had his first televised performance with EXO-M's Lu Han, Chen, and Tao on SBS's Gayo Daejun event on December 29, 2011. Kai graduated from the School of Performing Arts Seoul in early 2012.

Kai is also associated with the promotional singing group, Younique Unit, with Exo-M's Lu Han, and S.M. Entertainment's dance group, S.M. The Performance, with Exo-M's Lay. and TaeTiSeo's Twinkle MV with Sehun.

In 2019, he became a member of a super-group called SuperM along with Baekhyun of EXO, Taemin of SHINee, Taeyoung, and Mark of NCT, Ten and Lucas of WayV.

Filmography

TV Drama

Year Name Channel Role
2012 To The Beautiful You SBS Himself (Cameo)
2015 Exo Next Door Naver TV Cast Kai
2016 Choco Bank Kim Eun-haeng
First Seven Kisses Kai
2017 Andante KBS1 Lee Shi-kyung
2018 Spring Has Come WOWOW Lee Ji-won
Miracle That We Met KBS2 Ato

Official Account

Trivia

  • Kai was a student at Seoul Arts High School.
  • He is a great dancer and knows a lot of dance styles such as ballet, jazz, hip hop, popping, and rocking. He was trained as a ballet dancer before becoming a part of the SM family.
  • He has two older sisters; one who is 5 years older and one who is 9 years older.
  • Kai is known for his sexy charisma, dancing skills, dark skin, and visual appeal.
  • He is a dog lover; he has two poodles.
  • He has a close relationship with SHINee’s Taemin.
  • Kai’s ideal girl is someone who is gentle and affectionate.
  • – He’s got several nicknames over the years: Asia’s first love (for his solo performance “Deep breath” in Japan, Sun-kissed boy (due to the beautiful golden color of his skin), Idol’s idol (since a lot of idols pick him as their role model, Olympics secret weapon (after his solo stage at the Olympics), Subway angel (after his photoshoot for “Big Issue” which he did for free to help the homeless), K-Pop’s sharpest dancer (by the editor of Lined magazine)
  • He likes R&B and hip-hop and he also idolizes Michael Jackson.
  • Kai is ranked 51st on TC Candler “The 100 Most Handsome Faces of 2018”.
  • Kai had a relationship with f(x)’s Krystal that lasted for about one year before they separated.
  • Kai had a relationship with BLACKPINK's Jennie that lasted for about four months. They broke up three weeks after their relationship was announced publicly.
  • Kai has a good friendship with BTS' Jimin, HotShot’s Sungwoon, HotShot‘s Timoteo, and VIXX’s Ravi.
  • His issue of the magazine “Big Issue” beat its record in sales since its creation and numerous homeless people thanked him and EXO-L’s who bought the magazine for their contribution.

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