Minho at a Shinee fansign event in Goyang, June 2018
December 9, 1991|
Incheon, South Korea
|Revised Romanization||Choe Min-ho|
Choi Min-ho (born December 9, 1991), better known by the mononym Minho, is a South Korean singer, rapper and actor. He debuted as a member of South Korean boy group Shinee in May 2008. Aside from group activities as singer, he has debuted as an actor in November 2010 in a KBS2's drama special, entitled Pianist. He has since had roles in various television dramas such as SBS's sitcom, Salamander Guru and The Shadows (2012), To the Beautiful You (2012), Medical Top Team (2013), Because It's The First Time (2015) and Hwarang: The Poet Warrior Youth (2016). He made his feature film debut in 2016 with the movie Canola.
2008–09: Career beginnings and Shinee
Minho was discovered at the S.M. Casting System in 2006 and modeled for Ha Sang-beg's Seoul Collection F/W 08-09 in March 2008. One month later, Minho was chosen as a member of the group Shinee, the five-member boy group debuted on May 25, 2008 on SBS's Inkigayo. The group's first mini-album, Replay was released on May 22  and debuted on the Korean music charts MIAK at #10 and peaked at #8.
In 2009 and 2010 Minho appeared in both the Korean and Japanese versions of Girls' Generation's music video "Gee". He was also featured in the music video of VNT's debut song Sound in 2010. In 2009, Minho joined the popular show Let's Go! Dream Team as a regular member.
2010–15: Songwriting and acting debut
In 2012, Minho was confirmed to be the lead role, alongside f(x)'s Sulli and Lee Hyun-woo, in To the Beautiful You, Korean adaptation of "Hana Kimi". The drama started broadcasting on August 15, 2012 on SBS. In preparation for his role as a high jump gold medalist, Minho received personal training from coach Kim Tae-young, former national high jump athlete and a member of the Korea Association of Athletics Federations, for a month and a half. His personal record at the moment is 175 cm.
In September 2012 JQ, who works under SM Entertainment to improve and direct the rapping abilities of their artists and used to be Shinee's rap instructor, praised Minho's writing ability and pointed out that he has many good ideas and "a few genius moments here and there". He was especially pleased with Minho's rap lyrics for Shinee's lead single "Juliette" in 2009. Minho has been participating in the rap making of Shinee's songs since debut and has written and co-written several of the rap lyrics for Shinee's earlier songs like "Love's Way", "Love Like Oxygen", "Graze", and "Best Place" in Shinee's debut album The Shinee World. In addition to Shinee's second extended play Romeo he assisted JQ with "Talk to You" and "Juliette" in the rap making.
In July 2013, Minho returned to the small screen with MBC's Medical Top Team. The drama received low ratings and was criticized for trying to tell too many stories at once and losing the main focal point of the story however Minho's acting performance received positive response and was praised for his growth as an actor.
In 2015, Minho was cast as the lead in OnStyle's drama Because It's The First Time together with actress Park So-dam, which was broadcast in September. It is the first drama premiered by OnStyle, with a total of eight episodes.
2016–present: Big screen debut
In early 2016, Minho extended his popularity as an actor. He was cast in several projects, including a historical Korean drama entitled Hwarang: The Poet Warrior Youth, which was aired on December 19, 2016 on KBS2. His debut movie project titled Canola, alongside Youn Yuh-jung and Kim Go-eun and directed by Yoon Hong-seung (pseudonym Director Changwhich), was filmed in 2015 and was released on the big screen in May 2016. The second one is a supporting role in a film entitled The Princess and the Matchmaker, to be led by Lee Seung-gi and Shim Eun-kyung. The movie is the second installment in a planned trilogy by Jupiter Films after the 2013 box-office hit The Face Reader. Choi was then cast in the movie Derailed alongside veteran actor Ma Dong-seok, which is directed by Lee Seong-tae and premiered at 2016 Cannes Film Festival. The movie had its world premiere screening at the 21st Busan International Film Festival in October 2016.
In 2017, Choi took part in the JTBC web drama entitled Somehow 18 alongside Lee Yu-bi. As a result of high online viewer ratings of more than 870,000 views, the web drama was announced to be broadcast on television through JTBC on 8 October. After receiving positive response for his acting performance in Derailed, Minho was cast in science fiction action thriller Illang: The Wolf Brigade, the Korean adaptation of the Japanese anime Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade. The film released on July 25, 2018. In September 2017, Choi received the Special Award at the Indonesian Television Awards 2017 due to his wideapread popularity in the country as well as for his performances in various dramas. Minho was the first Korean artist to be presented an award at the show. On 15 November, Minho was included in Vogue's list of "Sexiest Men Alive". Later that year, Minho was cast in a four episode mini drama The Most Beautiful Goodbye, which is a remake of the 1996 drama of the same name.
–Minho about his dreams and the relationship with his father.
Minho graduated from Konkuk University's affiliated high school on February 10, 2010. After taking the college admissions test the previous year, he was admitted in 2010 to Konkuk's part-time admittance for the arts and culture film major and graduated in 2015. His father, Choi Yun-kyum, is a well-known South Korean soccer coach. Minho inherited his father's ability and showed his skills in shows like KBS2's Our Town's Physical Variety and won high praise from Lee Young-pyo, a retired member of the national team. Minho also led his team to victory at the Idol Futsal World Cup Competition. Originally Minho wanted to become a professional football player like his father but he disapproved of his decision stating: "Frankly, I didn't want him to follow my path, [...] Back when I was playing, it was difficult to make it in that world, very abusive back in those days. I would stay home for a couple of hours and then be off to training camp. It pained me to see my son asking me to stay over for the night.". His father also added that from the football manager's point of view, he didn't think his son had it in him to make it in that field stating Minho is a strong-willed person, but has a small frame.
In 2011, he was named an Honorary Ambassador for Youth 2011. Three years later in 2014, Minho and Yoona were appointed as UNICEF Unihero Campaign Ambassadors "Giving Hope to the Children". In the same year, Minho was listed among the Top Korean Stars, receiving 300 million won as his annual advertising rate. In 2016, Minho was part of UNICEF's #IMAGINE campaign, which was first introduced in November 2014 to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the United Nation's Convention on the Rights of the Child.
In November 2017, Choi together with the First Lady of the United States Melania Trump attended the "Girls Play 2" campaign at the US embassy in Korea, an event organised to promote 2018 Winter Olympics.
|2012||I AM.||Himself||Biographical film of SM Town|
|2015||SMTOWN The Stage||Documentary of SM Town|
|2018||The Princess and the Matchmaker||Seo Ga-yoon|
|Illang: The Wolf Brigade||Kim Cheol-jin|
|2008||My Precious You||Himself||KBS2||Special appearance|
|2010||Pianist||Oh Je-ro||Drama special|
|2012||Salamander Guru and The Shadows||Choi Min-hyuk||SBS||Sitcom|
|To The Beautiful You||Kang Tae-joon|
|2013||Medical Top Team||Kim Seong-woo||MBC|
|2015||Because It's The First Time||Yoon Tae-oh||OnStyle|
|2016-2017||Hwarang: The Poet Warrior Youth||Kim Soo-ho||KBS2|
|2017||Somehow 18||Oh Kyung-hwi||JTBC, Naver TV Cast||Web series|
|The Most Beautiful Goodbye||Jung Soo||tvN||Four-episode mini series|
|2009-2012||Dream Team||KBS||Main cast|
|2010||Oh! My School|
|Star Diving Show Splash||MBC||Main cast|
|2013-2015||Show! Music Core||Host|
|2015||Exciting India||KBS||Main cast|
Awards and nominations
|2010||SBS Entertainment Awards||Best Newcomer in a Variety Show||N/A||Won|||
|2011||Honorary Ambassador for Youth 2011||N/A||N/A||Won|||
|2012||SBS Drama Awards||New Star Award||To the Beautiful You||Won|||
|Best Couple Award (with Sulli)||Won|
|2013||MBC Drama Awards||Best New Actor||Medical Top Team||Nominated|||
|2014||Baeksang Arts Awards||Most Popular Actor (TV)||Nominated|||
|2014-2015||MBC Entertainment Awards||Popularity Award (Music Talk Show)||Show! Music Core||Won|||
|2017||Indonesian Television Awards||Special Award||N/A||Won|||
|54th Grand Bell Awards||Best New Actor||Derailed||Nominated|||
- Russell, Mark (April 29, 2014). K-Pop Now!: The Korean Music Revolution. Tuttle Publishing. p. 67. ISBN 978-1-4629-1411-1.
- SHINee Minho to make acting debut through KBS drama. 10Asia November 9, 2010. Retrieved November 13, 2010
- Jae-hyun, Hong (May 29, 2008). 5인조 틴에이저그룹 '샤이니', 실력&풋풋함…"누나들이 예뻐해요". Donga (in Korean). Archived from the original on July 26, 2016. Retrieved January 19, 2009.
- (in Korean)민호맞아? 파격 변신 샤이니 티저 사진 공개 Nate. Retrieved December 15, 2010.
- "SM 대형 신인 '샤이니' 25일 '인기가요' 통해 데뷔". Digital News. August 20, 2008. Archived from the original on 11 July 2016.
- "SHINee Open to New Opportunities". The Korea Times. Han, Sang-hee. November 10, 2008. Retrieved November 25, 2008.
- "May 2008 Album Sales" (in Korean). Music Industry Association of Korea. Archived from the original on March 8, 2009. Retrieved March 8, 2009.
- "June 2008 Album Sales" (in Korean). Music Industry Association of Korea. Archived from the original on July 18, 2008. Retrieved March 8, 2009.
- "SHINee's Minho, Girls' Generation's "Gee"". Good Day Sports (in Korean). January 7, 2009. Archived from the original on May 6, 2012. Retrieved January 19, 2009.
- "신인그룹 VNT 뮤비에 샤이니 민호 깜짝 출연 화제". Naver (in Korean). October 29, 2010. Retrieved May 19, 2013.
- Im, Hae Seon (October 15, 2009). 이창명 "'출발드림팀2' 진행, 더 이상의 소원은 없다". Asiae News (in Korean). Retrieved July 10, 2011.
- Hwang, Gun Yong (January 28, 2012). "'도룡뇽도사' 민호, 첫 시트콤 도전 합격점..'연기까지 접수'". SEGYE (in Korean). Retrieved May 19, 2013.
- "f(x)'s Sulli and SHINee's Minho Confirmed as Leads in ′Hana-Kimi′ Remake". Mwave. Retrieved June 5, 2012.
- "SM 제작 '아름다운 그대에게' SBS 편성..민호-설리 주연 : 네이트 뉴스". Nate News (in Korean). April 26, 2012. Retrieved October 5, 2012.
- "SHINee's Minho Says He'll Overcome the Acting Controversies". Mwave. Retrieved August 14, 2012.
- (in Korean) '아그대' 민호, 높이뛰기 선수로 완벽 '빙의' :: 네이버 뉴스. Naver. (July 18, 2012). Retrieved on October 14, 2012.
- (in Korean) 아름다운 그대에게> 민호 "제 높이뛰기 기록은요..." – 오마이스타 Archived November 13, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.. Star News. Retrieved on October 14, 2012.
- "JQ "샤이니 민호 도도하다고? 숨겨진 실체는.."(인터뷰)" [JQ, SM Entertainments rap instructor talks about Minho's personality + interview]. Nate. Newsen. September 23, 2012. Archived from the original on July 18, 2017. Retrieved July 18, 2017.
- Jeon, Su Mi. "SHINee′s Minho Joins ′Medical Top Team′ as Another Doctor". MWave. Retrieved December 28, 2013.
- Son, Angela. "'Medical Top Team' Finale: Failure Of Medical Drama". Retrieved July 19, 2017.
- Jang, Young-joon. "'메디컬 탑팀' 민호, 가슴 울리는 이유…성실한 연기" ['Medical top team' Minho, the reason for the chest ring ... Sincere acting]. Asiae (in Korean). Retrieved July 19, 2017.
- "OnStyle drama". Hankyung. Archived from the original on July 6, 2015. Retrieved July 4, 2015.
- "SHINee's Minho talks about role, fellow cast members in new series 'My First Time'". Kpop Herald. October 5, 2015.
- "Idols explain their roles in drama 'Hwarang'". Yonhap News Agency. December 19, 2016.
- "SHINee singer Minho forays to the big screen". Korea Joongang Daily. May 17, 2016. Retrieved June 18, 2016.
- "Long-lost granddaughter returns in 'Canola'". The Korea Herald. Retrieved June 15, 2016.
- "SHINee′s Minho Talks about ′Canola′". Mwave. BNT News. Retrieved April 19, 2016.
- "SHIM Eun-kyoung and LEE Seung-gi' MARITAL HARMONY Began Shooting". Korean Film Council. September 15, 2015. Retrieved September 29, 2015.
- Koo Jae-wan. "스포츠조선 :: 이승기-심은경, 영화 '궁합'서 호흡...완벽 '케미' 과시할까" [Lee Seung-gi, Shim Eun-kyung, film 'chemistry' perfect to show off]. Sports Chosun (in Korean). Retrieved November 4, 2015.
- Kim Kyoung Joo. "마동석·민호, 저예산영화 '두 남자'로 뭉친다" [Min-ho and Dong-seok converge to low-budget film 'Two Men']. Chosun (in Korean). Retrieved January 13, 2016.
- Lee Hyo-won (10 May 2016). "Cannes: South Korea's M-Line Presents K-Pop-Fueled 'No Way to Go'". The Hollywood Report. Archived from the original on August 23, 2016. Retrieved August 23, 2016.
- "BIFF – DERAILED (a.k.a. NO WAY TO GO)". Busan International Film Festival. Archived from the original on September 30, 2016. Retrieved September 30, 2016.
- "샤이니 민호, JTBC 웹드 '어쩌다 18' 남주인공 확정 (공식)" [SHINee's Minho Confirmed For Lead Role In Upcoming JTBC Rom-Com Drama]. Nate News (in Korean). 31 May 2017. Retrieved June 10, 2017.
- "JTBC makes first web drama 'Somehow 18'". The Korea Times. August 27, 2017.
- Cho Hye-jin (September 18, 2017). "'알사람' '힙한선생' '어쩌다18'…JTBC 웹드라마, 추석 TV서 본다" ['The Person You Could Know' 'Hip Hop Teacher' 'Somehow 18' JTBC Web dramas will be broadcast for Chuseok TV]. TV Daily (in Korean). Retrieved September 19, 2017.
- Kim, Soo-jung (July 18, 2017). "'인랑' 강동원x한효주x정우성x민호…꿈의 캐스팅 확정[공식]" [Kang Dongwon x Han Hyo Ju x Jung Woo Sung x Min Ho ... Confirmed casting of dreams [Official]]. TV Report (in Korean). Retrieved July 18, 2017.
In addition, Choi Min-ho, who has set himself up as an actor through the impressive performance shown in 'Derailed', will portray 'Kim Chul-jin', a young talent specialist who always covers him right behind Lim Chung-kyung. Filming to begin in August 2017.
- Noh, Jean (July 17, 2017). "'The Good, The Bad, The Weird' director Kim Jee-woon sets cast, shoot date for new sci-fi". Screen Dailyn. Retrieved July 20, 2017.
- Park, Jung-sun (June 25, 2018). "'인랑' 강동원→최민호, 시선 뗄 수 없다 '압도적 비주얼'" ['In-Rang' Kang Dong Won → Choi Min Ho, unable to keep eye on 'overwhelming visual']. Naver (in Korean). Retrieved June 25, 2018.
- Lee So-dam (September 21, 2017). "샤이니 민호, 인도네시안 시상식서 수상.."韓가수 중 유일"" [SHINee's Minho Receives Special Award At Indonesian Television Awards 2017]. JoongAng Ilbo (in Korean). Archived from the original on September 21, 2017.
- "SHINee's Minho receives award at Indonesian Television Awards". Kpop Herald. September 22, 2017.
- Janelle Okwodu (November 15, 2017). "Blake Shelton May Be People's Sexiest Man Alive, But Here's Our List". Vogue. Retrieved November 17, 2017.
- Jung Da-hoon (October 19, 2017). "'세상에서 가장 아름다운 이별' 최지우-최민호 출연 확정 (공식)" ['The most beautiful farewell in the world' Choi Ji Woo - Choi Min Ho]. SE Daily (in Korean). Retrieved October 19, 2017.
- Park, Lin (November 29, 2016). "In football and K-pop, like father, like son". Korea Joongang Daily. Retrieved November 29, 2016.
- "민호 두 손 모아 부르는 애국가". Ilgan Sports (in Korean). February 10, 2010. Retrieved June 21, 2016.
- (in Korean)샤이니 민호, 건국대 정시 합격 Archived September 17, 2012, at Archive.is Today Korea. Retrieved December 15, 2010.
- "What if idols were soccer players?". Kpop Herald. May 14, 2014. Retrieved June 21, 2016.
- "샤이니 민호, '청소년 홍보대사 위촉'". Osen (in Korean). May 25, 2011. Retrieved June 21, 2016.
- "SHINee, Girls' Generation stars promote UNICEF". The Korea Times. December 15, 2012. Retrieved June 21, 2016.
- "中대륙 뒤흔든 김수현·이민호, CF 10억 '훌쩍'". Hankyung (in Korean). November 11, 2014. Retrieved June 21, 2016.
- Minh, Nguyen (June 29, 2016). "Korean Pop Stars Join UNICEF's #IMAGINE Project". NBC News. Retrieved July 8, 2016.
- Im, Eun-byel (November 7, 2017). "Melania Trump meets Minho of Shinee". The Korea Herald. Retrieved November 8, 2017.
- Martin, Annie (November 7, 2017). "Melania Trump meets Shinee singer Minho in South Korea". UPI. Retrieved November 8, 2017.
- "Documentary Shows Top K-Pop Singers Behind the Scenes". The Chosun Ilbo. May 2, 2012. Retrieved May 4, 2012.
- Lee, Edmund (November 24, 2015). "Film review: SMTown: The Stage". South China Morning Post. Retrieved April 8, 2016.
- "SHINee's Minho bullies Key". Kpop Herald. September 20, 2016.
- "노홍철·민호·김소현, MBC '쇼! 음악중심' 진행 - 매일경제". MK News (in Korean). April 18, 2013.
- "'Exciting India' glitters with K-pop stars". The Korea Herald. April 10, 2015.
- Lee Jung-ah. "강호동 대상-이승기 2관왕, 골고루 트로피 품안에" ['2010 SBS Entertainment Grand Prize']. Chosun (in Korean). Retrieved September 16, 2017.
- "[사진]샤이니 민호, '청소년 홍보대사 기뻐요'" [Minho named Honorary Ambassador for Youth 2011]. Chosun (in Korean). Retrieved September 16, 2017.
Shinee's Minho, appointed as the honorary ambassador for Youth 2011, is receiving a name plate at the Youth Week celebration held in the COEX auditorium on May 23, 2011.
- "[SBS연기대상]뉴스타상, 아이돌스타만 4명 수상". JoongAng Ilbo (in Korean). Retrieved December 23, 2013.
- "MBC연기대상 男신인상 후보, 박서준 오창석 최진혁 등 확정". Nate (in Korean). Retrieved December 27, 2013.
- "Baeksang Award, Most Popular Male Actor". JoongAng Ilbo (in Korean). April 28, 2014.
- "[MBC 연예대상]유재석 대상 수상…'진짜사나이' 9관왕(종합)". Joy News (in Korean). December 12, 2014. Retrieved August 27, 2016.
- "'음중' 샤이니 민호 인기상 수상 "그녀석 형에게도 고맙다"[MBC연예대상2015]". JoongAng Ilbo (in Korean). December 29, 2015. Archived from the original on August 27, 2016. Retrieved August 27, 2016.
- Jo Youkyung (September 29, 2017). "제54회 대종상영화제 후보작 공개…'더 킹'부터 '택시운전사'까지" [Nominees for the 54th Grand Bell Awards revealed]. Naver (in Korean).