Kris is the leader of Exo-M. Also known by his Chinese name Wu Yifan (simplified Chinese: 吴亦凡; traditional Chinese: 吳亦凡; Mandarin Pinyin: Wú Yìfán), Kris was born Kevin Li Jiaheng (Chinese: 李嘉恒; Mandarin Pinyin: Lǐ Jiāhéng) on (1990-11-06) November 6, 1990 in Guangzhou, Guangdong, China, and holds Canadian citizenship. In 2007, Kris was cast into S.M. Entertainment through the S.M. Global Audition held in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada while attending Sir Winston Churchill Secondary School. Prior to joining the band, Kris made an appearance in an intermission video from the Taipei, Taiwan stop of the Girls’ Generation Tour in 2011. Kris was formally introduced as a member of Exo on February 17, 2012. He is fluent in four languages: English, Mandarin Chinese, Cantonese and Korean.
Xiumin, born Kim Min-seok (Korean: 김민석; Hanja: 金珉碩) on (1990-03-26) March 26, 1990, is from South Korea. In 2008, he was cast into S.M. Entertainment after winning second place in the S.M. Everysing Contest. Xiumin was formally introduced as a member of Exo on January 26, 2012.
Lu Han (Chinese: 鹿晗; pinyin: Lù Hán), born (1990-04-20) April 20, 1990, is from Haidian District, Beijing, China. He graduated from the Beijing Shida Middle School and attended the Beijing Haidian Foreign Language Shi Yan School before leaving for South Korea to attend Yonsei University as an exchange student. In 2008, Lu Han auditioned for JYP Entertainment’s global audition in China, but failed to get casted. While studying in Seoul, Lu Han was scouted by an S.M. Entertainment casting agent, who recommended him to audition for the company’s annual S.M. Casting System. His audition was successful, and Lu Han joined Exo in 2011. Lu Han was the second of the twelve Exo members to be formally introduced to the public, on December 27, 2011. Along with Tao, Chen, and Exo-K’s Kai, Lu Han made his first televised performance on SBS’s Gayo Daejun event on December 29, 2011. Lu Han currently attends the Seoul Institute of the Arts majoring in Applied Music.
Lay, born Zhang Yixing (simplified Chinese: 张艺兴; traditional Chinese: 張藝興; pinyin: Zhāng Yìxīng) on (1991-10-07) October 7, 1991, is from Changsha, Hunan, China. In 2008, he was cast into S.M. Entertainment through the company’s global casting system. Prior to joining S.M. Entertainment, Lay was a local child star in China, and made guest performances in various Chinese variety shows. In 2011, Lay briefly worked for SHINee in their concert tour as Jonghyun’s dance replacement. Lay was formally introduced as a member of Exo on January 17, 2012.
Chen is the main vocalist of Exo-M. Born Kim Jong-dae (Korean: 김종대; Hanja: 金鐘大) on (1992-09-21) September 21, 1992 in South Korea, he was last Exo member to get cast into S.M. Entertainment, which was through the S.M. Casting System in 2011. Chen was the fourth member to be formally introduced to the public, on December 29, 2011. Along with Lu Han, Tao, and Exo-K’s Kai, Chen had his first televised performance at SBS’s Gayo Daejun event on December 29, 2011.
Tao, born Huang Zitao (simplified Chinese: 黄子韬; traditional Chinese: 黃子韜; pinyin: Huáng Zitāo) on (1993-05-02) May 2, 1993, is from Qingdao, Shandong, China. He attended Humen Centre Primary School, one of the most prestigious primary schools in Qingdao, and Qingdao Middle School. Tao is a martial artist, and has been practicing Wushu since he was six years old. When he stayed in Hong Kong, he won first place in a free style rapping competition. Tao was cast into S.M. Entertainment through the company’s global casting system in 2010. He was the third Exo member to be formally introduced to the public, on December 27, 2011. Along with Lu Han, Chen, and Exo-K’s Kai, Tao made his first televised performance on SBS’s Gayo Daejun event on December 29, 2011.