N on the red carpet of the 2016 Gaon Chart K-pop Awards
June 30, 1990
Changwon, South Korea
|Residence||Seoul, South Korea|
|Revised Romanization||Cha Hak-yeon|
Cha Hak-yeon (Hangul: 차학연, born June 30, 1990), better known by his stage name N (Hangul: 엔), is a South Korean singer, actor, presenter, and radio host, signed under Jellyfish Entertainment. Debuted as a member of the South Korean boy group VIXX in May 2012, he began his acting career in 2014 in MBC's romantic-melodrama Hotel King as Noah. He has since had roles in The Family is Coming (2015), Cheer Up! (2015) and Tomorrow Boy (2016). N began his career as a radio host in May 2015 with his show VIXX N K-pop on SBS Power FM.
Born in Changwon, South Korea, N's family consists of himself, his parents, one older brother and two older sisters. N studied at Howon University and spent a year in Japan. Before debuting with VIXX, N participated in a musical called Gwanghwamun Love Song and entered in dance competitions. He had an extensive dance background, specializing in hip-hop, ballet, jazz, and contemporary. In 2009, he participated and won various competitions held by big entertainment agencies such as SM, YG, and JYP. His blindfold dance, which he personally choreographed, won the Grand Prize at the Korean Youth Dance Festival.
2012-2013: Debut with VIXX and variety show appearancesEdit
N was one of ten trainees who were contestants in Mnet's survival reality show MyDOL and was chosen to be a part of the final line-up and the 6-member boy group VIXX finally debuted with "Super Hero" on May 24, 2012 on M! Countdown. During MyDOL; N was featured in Brian Joo's "Let This Die" and Seo In-guk's "Shake It Up" music videos.
In 2013 with the release of VIXX's album, Jekyll N created the choreography to go along with title song "G.R.8.U" of the repackaged Hyde mini-album; he also appeared in Episode 4 of SBS's Television Drama The Heirs alongside his group members. That same year, he choreographed other VIXX performances for their song "Light Up the Darkness" and for a special performance on the show Dancing 9 with Justin Timberlake's "LoveStoned".
2014-2015: Big Byung, acting debut, MC-ing and Radio HostingEdit
In 2014, N appeared in many variety shows as a cast member such as Mnet's 4 Things Show, TVN's First Day of Work Season 3 and MBC Every 1's Hitmaker. In Hitmaker, he became a member of Jeong Hyeong-don and Defconn's first project group, Big Byung, alongside VIXX member Hyuk, Got7's Jackson and BtoB's Sungjae. Going by the stage name Dol Baeki, N and the group created two singles "Stress Come On" and "Ojingeo Doenjang" (Hangul: 오징어 된장).
N was cast in his first television drama in a supporting role as Noah, a bright and lively hotel employee in MBC's romantic-melodrama Hotel King. and appeared with Hongbin as a backup dancer in K.Will, Mamamoo and Wheesung's "Peppermint Chocolate" music video.
In 2015, N was cast in his second television drama in a supporting role as Cha Hak-yeon in SBS's The Family Is Coming  and also appeared on Running Man alongside other idols, later he joined Super Junior's Eunhyuk and Kangin as cast members of MBC Every 1's Bachelor's Party. On April 25, 2015, N joined SHINee's Minho and Red Velvet's Yeri as MC on MBC's Show! Music Core from April 25, 2015 to November 14, 2015. On May 2, 2015, N's own radio show VIXX N K-pop premiered on the radio with N as the host and fellow member Ken as a fixed guest for the Quiz King segment (every Wednesday). N was also appearing on Super Junior Kiss the Radio as a fixed guest hosted by Super Junior's Ryeowook.
On July 7, 2015, N went Off to School at Hyundai Chungun High School in Ulsan, South Korea for three days as a student in JTBC’s variety program Off to School alongside other celebrities. Towards the end of July, N was confirmed to join the cast in SBS's survival variety show Law of the Jungle in Nicaragua; the show aired in September. In August 2015, N was appointed as co-MC on Weekly Idol with AOA's Mina and Apink's Ha-young. He was the MC of the show with the main MC's Jeong Hyeong-don and Defconn from September 2, 2015 to March 24, 2016 In September 2015, N was cast as Ha Dong-jae, a character who is brilliant yet has an oddball personality in KBS’s drama Cheer Up! which follows the lives of students at a prestigious boarding high school as they form a cheer-leading club.
2016–Present: Web dramas, First OST and musical theatre debutEdit
In February 2016, N was cast in his first web drama as Ahn Tae-pyung, a character who takes care of his grandmother and three siblings after his parents’ death in the web drama Tomorrow Boy which aired on Naver TV Cast in March. In September, N participated in his first original soundtrack for a drama. N and Melody Day’s Yeoeun released the song "Without You" (Hangul: 니가 없는 난) for the drama W on September 7, 2016. In the same month, N was cast alongside fellow VIXX member Lee Hong-bin and AOA’s Chanmi in the web drama What’s Up With These Kids? which will air on Naver TV Cast on November 16. In November N was cast in the musical In The Heights as the lead role of Benny from December 20, 2016 to February 12, 2017 at the CJ Towol Theater in Seoul Arts Center.
|Title||Year||Peak chart position||Sales||Album|
|"Stress Come On"
(with Hyuk, Jackson and Sungjae as Big Byung)
|"Ojingeo Doenjang" (오징어 된장)
(with Hyuk, Jackson and Sungjae as Big Byung)
|"Without You" (니가 없는 난)
(with Yeoeun (Melody Day)
||W OST Part.9|
|"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.|
|2013||The Heirs||Himself||SBS||Cameo with VIXX members (Episode 4)|
|2014||Hotel King||Noah||MBC||Supporting role|
|2015||The Family is Coming||Cha Hak-yeon||SBS||Supporting role|
|Cheer Up!||Ha Dong-jae||KBS||Second Male lead|
|2016||Tomorrow Boy||Ahn Tae-pyung||Naver TV Cast||Web series, lead role|
|What’s Up With These Kids?||Choi Geum-son||Web series, main cast|
|2017||Tunnel||Park Gwang-ho||OCN||Airs in March|
TV Appearance & Variety ShowsEdit
|2012||The Romantic & Idol Season 2||TVN||Cast member|
|2014||4 Things Show||Mnet||Main star|
|Hitmaker||MBC Every 1||Cast member|
|First Day Of Work Season 3||TVN||Cast member|
|2015||Hitmaker Season 2||MBC Every 1||Cast member|
|Running Man||SBS||Guest (Episode 233)|
|Show! Music Core||MBC||Co-Host with Yeri (Red Velvet) and Minho (Shinee)|
|Bachelor's Party||MBC Every 1||Cast member|
|100 People, 100 Songs||JTBC||Contestant|
|Off to School||Cast member (Episodes 53–56)|
|Law of the Jungle in Nicaragua||SBS||Cast member (Nicaragua edition)|
|2015-16||Weekly Idol||MBC Every1||Assistant MC with Mina (AOA) and Ha-young (Apink)|
|2016||Celebrity Bromance||MBig TV||Cast member, Season 7 with Lee Won-keun (Web series)|
Music video appearancesEdit
|2011||"Shake It Up"||Seo In-guk|
|2012||"Let This Die"||Brian Joo|
|"Let This Die" (Extended Eng Ver.)|
|2014||"Peppermint Chocolate"||K.Will, MAMAMOO, Wheesung|
|"Stress Come On"||Big Byung: N, Hyuk (VIXX), Jackson (GOT7), Sungjae (BTOB)|
|2015||SBS Power FM||VIXX N K-pop||Host from May 2, 2015 to November 2, 2015|
|2016-17||In The Heights||Benny||Main role|
- N Official Profile
- "Upcoming group VIXX releases 3rd video teaser for "Super Hero"". allkpop. 20 May 2012.
- Park, Su-jeong (13 February 2014). "VIXX Member N to Try Hand at Acting". TenAsia. Retrieved 2014-02-22.
- "VIXX's N fulfils his dream as a radio DJ for "VIXX N K-POP"". Koreaboo. 27 April 2015. Retrieved 2015-06-19.
- "[My name is] 빅스(1) 엔(N)". 10Asia. 2 May 2013. Retrieved 2015-06-08.
- "VIXX's N Received Offers From SM, YG and JYP in the Past". Soompi. 2013-02-07. Retrieved 2015-01-29.
- Nguyen, Mai (2013-11-18). "The Milky Way: VIXX Showcase Review". US-China Today. Retrieved 2015-06-13.
- "VIXX to watch the last episode of 'Mydol' with their fans at a movie theater". allkpop. 31 May 2012.
- "VIXX to share download links for their music and teasers on Twitter". allkpop. 20 May 2012.
- "Finalists from 'Mydol' reveal official group name, Vixx". allkpop. 10 May 2012.
- Brian Joo (브라이언) – Let This Die (Extended Eng Ver.). 31 Jan 2012.
- Seo In Guk (서인국) "SHAKE IT UP" Music Video. 8 Aug 2011.
- "'The Romantic & Idol' reveals lineup for season 2". Allkpop. 2012-12-18. Retrieved 2015-05-13.
- "빅스 엔, '대.다.나.다.너' 안무제작 '포인트안무 4종 공개". Naver News. 2013-07-29. Retrieved 2015-06-13.
- "빅스, 소년들을 지켜봐줘(인터뷰)". 10Asia. 2013-07-25. Retrieved 2015-06-13.
- ""4 Things Show" prepares for Season 2 with Sungkyu and Zico's possible reappearance". Koreaboo. Retrieved 2015-05-13.
- "VIXX's N, Freestyle's Mino and More Join 'First Day of Work'". Mwave. 2014-11-13. Retrieved 2015-05-13.
- "GOT7's Jackson, VIXX's N and Hyuk, and BTOB's Sungjae are the first project group for Jung Hyung Don and Defconn's new variety show 'Hitmaker'". Allkpop. 2014-07-18. Retrieved 2015-05-13.
- "Big Byung (Yook Sungjae, Jackson, N, Hyuk) Releases Goofy "Stress Come On" MV". Soompi. 2014-08-19. Retrieved 2015-06-13.
- "Big Byung Releases New MV "Ojingeo Doenjang"". Soompi. 2015-01-16. Retrieved 2015-01-29.
- Jung, Ji-won (14 February 2014). "Vixx's N Cast in New Drama Hotel King". enewsWorld. Retrieved 2014-02-22.
- [MV] K.will(케이윌), Mamamoo(마마무) _ Peppermint Chocolate(썸남썸녀) (Feat. Whee sung(휘성)). 10 Feb 2014.
- "VIXX's N Confirms Casting in Upcoming SBS Weekend Drama". Soompi. 2014-10-20. Retrieved 2015-06-19.
- "VIXX's N Joins Super Junior's Eunhyuk and Kangin on "Shin Dong Yup's Bachelor Party"". Soompi. 2015-01-28. Retrieved 2015-05-13.
- "VIXX's N to Join MBC's "Music Core" as New MC". Soompi. 18 April 2015. Retrieved 2015-06-19.
- "A Pink's Jung Eunji, VIXX's N, and More to Participate in "Off to School"". soompi.com. July 6, 2015. Retrieved 2015-07-22.
- "Apink′s Jung Eun Ji, VIXX′s N and More Confirmed for ′I′m Going to School′". mwave.interest.me. July 7, 2015. Retrieved 2015-07-22.
- ""Law of the Jungle" Confirms Impressive Lineup Including EXID Hani, Got7 Jackson, Girl's Day Minah, and More". soompi.com. 2015-07-26. Retrieved 2015-07-31.
- "N, Ha Young And Mina Join 'Weekly Idol' As Fixed Members". BNTNews. August 13, 2015. Retrieved August 14, 2015.
- "Jung Eunji, Lee Won Geun, VIXX's N, Ji Soo, and More Confirmed for KBS Cheerleader Drama". soompi.com. September 8, 2015. Retrieved September 10, 2015.
- "VIXX's N Is a Cute Basketball Star in "Sassy, Go Go" Stills". soompi.com. September 18, 2015. Retrieved October 18, 2015.
- "빅스 엔, 웹드라마 '투모로우 보이'서 첫 주연 꿰차". heraldpop.com. February 16, 2016. Retrieved February 17, 2016.
- "VIXX's N Confirmed for Main Role in Upcoming Web Drama". soompi.com. February 16, 2016. Retrieved February 18, 2016.
- kokoberry (2016-09-03). "VIXX's N And Melody Day's Yeoeun To Sing Duet For "W"". Soompi. Retrieved 2016-09-03.
- "VIXX's N And Hongbin Cast Along AOA's Chanmi In Web Drama". Soompi. 2016-09-20. Retrieved 2016-09-20.
- "빅스 엔, 뮤지컬 '인더하이츠' 합류…양동근·샤이니 키와 호흡". Naver. 2016-11-02. Retrieved 2016-11-02.
- "Gaon Digital Chart". Gaon Chart (in Korean). Korea Music Content Industry Association. Retrieved July 1, 2015.
- "Gaon Download Chart - 2016년 36주차". Gaon Music Chart (in Korean). Retrieved September 19, 2016.