Nichkhun Buck Horvejkul (Thai: นิชคุณ หรเวชกุล; rtgsNitchakhun Horawetchakun; born June 24, 1988), known mononymously as Nichkhun (Korean: 닉쿤; Chinese: 尼坤; pinyin: Ní Kún), is a Thai-American rapper, singer, songwriter, model and actor. He is currently based in South Korea as a member of the South Korean boy band 2PM.

Early life

Nichkhun was born in Rancho Cucamonga, California to Thai parents of Chinese descent. His paternal grandmother is from Hainan, China while his paternal grandfather is Thai Chinese. His mother Yenjit Horvejkul was born in Thailand to Hainanese immigrant parents from China. His mother is the chief executive officer of a Thai pharmaceutical company, Union Medical, established in 1976, which acts as an importer and distributor. He has said that he has extended family and distant ancestors from Guangzhou.

He comes from a wealthy background and his luxurious lifestyle, portrayed in the K-pop tabloids with photos of his home and private school, earned him the nickname “Thai Prince" in South Korea. Nichkhun has one older brother, Nichan, and two younger sisters, Nichthima (Yanin) and Nachjaree (Chereen). At the age of five, he moved to Thailand from the United States with his family and studied at Dhepkanjana School and Tangpiroondham School. At the age of twelve, he studied at Wanganui Collegiate School in New Zealand for a year and a half and moved back to the United States to finish his schooling at Los Osos High School in Rancho Cucamonga, California. After high school, he was a coach of the Rosemead High School badminton team. There, he was scouted by a scout manager of JYP Entertainment at the Los Angeles Korean Music Festival.

After passing an audition hosted by JYP Entertainment, he signed a ten-year contract with the company but later re-signed an eight-year contract, not including training, and was brought to South Korea in 2006 as a trainee, being put into a class of 24 additional students. Park Jin-young informed him that he was required to learn how to sing and to dance, learn Korean and Mandarin Chinese, and to bulk up. He first appeared through MNET's Hot Blood, a programme that showed the intense physical training that 13 male trainees had to go through for the opportunity to debut in either a four-member ballad group (2AM) or a seven-member dance group (2PM) under JYP Entertainment.

As a male citizen of Thailand, he was subject to the military draught lottery in 2009 and subsequently received an exemption from military service.

Career

2PM

On 4 September 2008, Nichkhun debuted as part of 2PM in their first single "10 Points out of 10 Points" (Korean: "10점 만점에 10점") from their single album "Hottest Time of the Day". They have released five studio albums in Korea and four studio albums in Japan.

Solo activities

Nichkhun was one of the hosts for the Korean Music Wave in Bangkok in 2010, 2011, and 2013. In 2010, along with Taecyeon and Yoon Eun-hye, Nichkhun played one of the main characters in a 12-minute music video drama for Cass Beer, which was released on February 8. He additionally hosted JYP's talent competition Superstar Survival. On June 2010, he was cast in the second season of variety show We Got Married, pairing up with Victoria of f(x). The couple, known as Khuntoria, was featured on the show leaving in September 2011.

In 2011, Nichkhun appeared in the music video of the single "Touch (觸動)" by Taiwanese Mandopop artist Wilber Pan, which premiered on January 31. In May, he was selected as the new model for Everland's Caribbean Bay Aqualoop CF. He additionally starred in the Japanese live-adaptation film of Ouran High School Host Club as Lawrence, the president of a Singaporean corporation, followed in 2012 by the Thai film Seven Something.

In 2013, he filmed the Chinese TV series One and a Half Summer, where he plays the lead character. The series aired between June and July 2014. In 2014, he had a cameo in the Thai movie Chalouis. He teamed up with CNBLUE's Jung Yong-hwa, B1A4's Baro, Infinite's L, and Winner's Mino for project group Lucky Boys (Super 5) for the 2014 SBS Gayo Daejun. Nichkhun and Baro additionally hosted the show.

In 2015, Nichkhun joined the cast of the Chinese movie Forever Young, Gardenia in Blossom (Forever Young, 栀子花开), starring Li Yi Feng and Zhang Hui We and a new Chinese music reality show Youth Trainee. He will additionally be a special guest on a Thai sitcom, Yes Sir My Boss.

Discography

Solo works

Thai songs
  • 2008: "We Become One"
  • 2009: "Let's Take a Break"
  • 2009: "Cute"
Japanese songs
  • 2014: "So Wonderful"
  • 2015: "Miss Wonderful"
  • 2015: "Maybe You Are"

Compositions

Release DateTitleArtistAlbumNotes
June 19, 2013"Let It Rain"2PM3rd Album Grown Grand EditionFirst self-composed song
September 15, 2014"Love is True"Nichkhun x Lee Jun-ho (singer)Go Crazy!composed & written with Junho
April 27, 2016"GIRLFRIEND ( 彼女 / Kanojo )"Nichkhun x WooyoungGALAXY OF 2PM [Limited Edition / Type C2PM's sixth Japanese Album

Collaborations

YearArtistSong titleAlbum
2011Wilber Pan ft. Wilber Pan"Touch (觸動)"808
20122PM &2AM (band) ft. 2PM &2AM (band)One DayOne Day (Japanese Single)
2014Junho(2PM)"Love is True"(Bonus track from the album Go Crazy! (Grand Edition)
2016Wooyoung(2PM)"Kanojo(Girlfriend)"Unit songs the album

Galaxy of 2PM

Yugyeom,Mark, Jackson Wang of Got7& Hyelim, Yenny, Kim Yu-bin of Wonder Girls& Nayeon,Jeongyeon,Momo,Mina of Twice (band) & Min (singer) of Miss A & Lee Jun-ho (singer) of 2PM"Encore"JYP Nation concert 'Mix & Match'

Original soundtrack

YearSong TitleAlbum
2011"My Valentine" (with J.Y. Park & Taecyeon)Dream High OST
2012"Let It Rain" (Bonus track from the album Legend of 2PM)One and a Half Summer OST
2015"Wan Nun Wan Nee Wan Nhai" (featuring Taecyeon of 2PM)Chalouis OST

Filmography

Television drama

YearTitleRoleNote
2010All My LoveOk Yub's human substituteCameo (episode 16)
2011Dream HighRi-ah's CF partnerCameo (episode 8)
Welcome to the ShowHimselfLead Role
2014One and a Half SummerZhang HaoLead Role
Kindaichi Shounen no JikenboMataichiJapanese TV movie
2015Looking For AuroraWang YilinLead Role
Yes Sir My BossThaiCameo (episodes 7-8)
The ProducersHimselfCameo (episode 3)

Film

YearTitleRole
2012Ouran High School Host ClubLawrence
Seven SomethingHe
Beyond the ONEDAY ~Story of 2PM & 2AM~Himself
2014Five Eagle BrothersPoliceman
2015ChalouisCameo
Forever Young, Gardenia in BlossomCameo

Reality shows

Overview

YearTitleNetworkEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
Hot BloodMnet10October 10, 2008 (October 10, 2008)November 8, 2008 (November 8, 2008)
Idol Army (Season 3)MBC174 December 2008 (4 December 2008)26 March 2009 (26 March 2009)
Wild BunnyMnet7July 21, 2009 (July 21, 2009)August 21, 2009 (August 21, 2009)
We Got Married (Season 2)MBC41-80March 6, 2010 (March 6, 2010)January 22, 2011 (January 22, 2011)
2PM Show!SBS12July 9, 2011 (July 9, 2011)September 24, 2011 (September 24, 2011)
KOICA’S DREAM IN TANZANIAMBC2December 12, 2012 (December 12, 2012)December 27, 2012 (December 27, 2012)
A Song For You From 2PMKBS215February 17, 2013 (February 17, 2013)May 24, 2013 (May 24, 2013)
Brave HeartBTV8October 5, 2014 (October 5, 2014)November 23, 2014 (November 23, 2014)
Oven Radio1theK5June 14, 2015 (June 14, 2015)June 18, 2015 (June 18, 2015)
Youth TraineeZhejiang TV9-12April 16, 2015 (April 16, 2015)June 25, 2015 (June 25, 2015)
Ok.Jang.Khun ReciPeV-Live5August 5, 2015 (August 5, 2015)November 22, 2015 (November 22, 2015)

Korean Variety shows

YearTitleNetworkRole
2008Yashimmanman Season 2SBSHimself
Schoolympic Happy SundayKBSHimself
2009Sunday Sunday NightMBCHimself; "Body Body Body"
M! WideMnetHimself; Hidden Camera "Girl Punch!" Segment
2010Idol Star Athletics ChampionshipsMBC
  • Season 1: Contestant with 2PM
For The First TimeMBCGuest with Jun.K, Junho and Chansung
Running ManSBS
M! CountdownMnetMC
Happy TogetherKBS2Guest
2011Running ManSBS
Dream TeamKBS
  • Episode 33: Guest with Junho and Super Junior
  • Episode 57 & 59: Guest with 2PM
2012Running ManSBSEpisode 104 (Idol VS. Running Men)
KOICA's DreamMBCHimself
2013IncarnationSBSwith Taecyeon and Chansung
VitaminKBS2with Taecyeon and Wooyoung
Mamma MiaKBS
  • Episode 7: Guest with his mother
National Talk Show HelloKBS2Himself
Strong Heart 2SBS
Cool Kiz on The BlockKBS
2014Running ManSBS
  • Episode 195: Guest with 2PM and 2NE1
SBS Gayo DaejunSBSMC with L, Jung Yong-hwa, Mino, Baro, and Song Ji-hyo
If You Love!HBTVEpisodes 1, 2 (Cameo)
2015Idol Star Athletics ChampionshipsMBC
Running ManSBS
Dream TeamKBS
  • Episode 300 Special (Korea VS. China):

Guest With Chansung, 2AM's, Jo Kwon and Jeong Jinwoon

SIXTEENMnet
2016Running ManSBSEpisode 306 (with Lee Ki-woo& Nine Muses (band)'s Kyungri )
Cool Kiz on The BlockKBS
I Can See Your Voice Season 3Mnet
Saturday Night Live Korea Season 8TVN
  • Episode 2 (with 2PM) and They will be host
How To Eat and Live WellSBS

Thai Variety shows

YearTitleNetworkRole
2009The Woody ShowModernine TVGuest
2012The Woody ShowModernine TVGuest
Night Society ShowChannel 3Guest
2015Yes Sir, My BossTrue4UEpisodes 7, 8 (Cameo)
2016Kidzaaa AcademyCH3Episodes 2 (Cameo)

Chinese Variety shows

YearTitleNetworkRole
2013Superstar ChinaHBTVHost
2014Music BillboardBTVGuest
Star TalkiTQQGuest
Sina TVSinaGuest
Toudou ShowTudouGuest
God&GoddessYoukuGuest
Tonight 80's ShowDragon TVwith Wei Da Xun
Music BillboardBTVGuest; Special Segment
All Star ShowYoukuHimself
Dream Music Charity EventCGVHimself
Happy CampHBSwith Wooyoung
C-radio idol true colorsMBC 900AMGuest
Brave HeartBTVGuest
2015Youth TraineeZhejiang Televisionwith Wang Dongcheng, Shang Wenjie, and Li Quan
Grade One FreshmanChina
  • Episode 12: Special Guest
2016Beat the ChampionsZJTV
  • Episode n/a: Special Guest
Super Girl GroupChina
  • Episode 12: Special Guest

Music video appearances

YearSong titleArtist
2007"Irony"Wonder Girls
2010"The End is Coming"8Eight
2010"This Christmas"JYP Nation
2011"Touch (觸動)"Wilber Pan
2011"Push"The ETC Band

Awards and nominations

YearAwardCategoryRecipient / Nominated workResult
2009Mnet 20's Choice AwardsHot Mr. Beauty AwardHimselfWon
Tourism Authority of ThailandPR AmbassadorWon
2010Nine Entertain Awards (Thailand)Popular VoteNominated
MBC Entertainment AwardsPopularity AwardWe Got Married with Victoria SongWon
Korea Jewerly AwardsDiamond Award (with Chansung)HimselfWon
20113rd Bugs Music AwardsOST of the Year (with Taecyeon)"My Valentine"Won
KBS Best Idol Icon AwardsIcon of the yearHimselfNominated
Mnet Media AwardsMost CHARMING BoyWon
MTV K’s quite first Valentine King and QueenValentine KingWon
TVCF AwardsMost Popular CF StarNominated
2012Kerd Awards (Thailand)Kerd of the YearWon
TVCF AWARDSCF Model of The YearNominated
Top Award (Thailand)Best Rising Film ActorSeven SomethingNominated
BK Film AwardsThe Eye Candy AwardWon
6th Nine Entertain Awards (Thailand)Popular AwardNominated
2013STYEBIBLE.PHInternational Celebrity CollabNICHKHUN for BenchNominated
Nine Entertain AwardsPopular AwardHimselfNominated
Singapore Blog AwardsMost Popular Overseas CelebrityNominated
The Goodness Idol Thailand AwardsThe 9 Idols for The KingWon
2014N/AAsian's Male GodNominated
2015Microblogging Star 2014 (China)Weibo StarNominated
K-pop Gaon Chart AwardSocial StarNominated
N/AAsian's Male GodNominated
Micro-star Magazine (Chinese)Star Scoreboard in February (Overseas)Nominated
UNICEF Thailand AwardFriend of UNICEFWon
Zocial Awards 2015 (Thailand)‘Thailand Twitter Ranking’Rank #1
Most Mentioned in Thailand on TwitterRank #2
2016IME Chinese Online Media Popular AwardThailand Headlines Person of the Year AwardsWon
China Weibo AwardsMale God of the YearWon
VDFLYTop Ten Handsome Asian MenNominated

Humanitarian work

  • Nichkhun is a goodwill ambassador of Thailand after 2010.
YearTitleWork
2009Tourism Authority of ThailandPromotional/Awarded Ambassador
Children and Youth Human Rights Ambassador with 2PMHonorary Ambassador
G-Star with 2PMPromotional Ambassador
2010Ambassador of Seoul for Japan with 2PMHonorary Ambassador (2PM) releases a new song 'Fly to Seoul (Boom Boom Boom)
2011Singapore Tourism Ambassadors with 2PMPromotional Ambassador
Visit Korea Committee with 2PMHonorary Ambassador
Save energy at 2 PM with 2PMPromotional Ambassador
2012Brands's Ambassador in ThailandPromotional Ambassador
"Touch Korea Tour" with 2PM& Miss APromotional Ambassador
Ambassador of Peace in Japan with 2PMHonorary Ambassador
Coway 2012 with 2PMPromotional Ambassador
2013-currentSeoul Hot Summer Sale 2013 with 2PMPromotional Ambassador
LINE PLAY Brand AmbassadorPromotional Ambassador
KOICA (Korea International Cooperation Agency)Honorary Ambassador
“Friends of UNICEF” for Thailand with Paula TaylorHonorary Ambassador
2014-currentYONEX, in South KoreaPromotional Ambassador
Coca-Cola FIFA World Cup in ThailandPromotional Ambassador
K-Pop Expo in Asia with 2PMHonorary Ambassador
2015-currentKorea Culture and Travel FestivalPromotional Ambassador
2016-currentAmbassador of Korea Tourism in Korea and ThailandGangnam Multicultural Family Presenter(with Twice (band), Kim Soo-hyun)