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From K-Pop Idol to K-Drama Star: The Evolution of Korean Heartthrob Ok Taec-yeon

Whether as 2PM’s main rapper or Vincenzo’s main villain, Taecyeon’s transformations prove why he’s one of the industry’s hottest

Warning! Minor spoilers ahead for Vincenzo.


If you’re still reeling from last weekend’s Vincenzo finale as much as we are, then you already know why we’re all on an Ok Taec-yeon high. 


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Originally debuting as an idol with South Korean boy band 2PM in 2008, Taecyeon has largely been focused on his acting career since the group went on official hiatus in 2017. Fast forward to his recent turn as the sinister antagonist Jang Joon-woo/Han-seok to Vincenzo’s titular character (played by Song Joong-ki)—a character he portrayed so well, we all fell in love with him but also cowered in fear of him at the same time.


Now 32 years old, Taecyeon has gone through many a makeover given his K-Pop background. Here, we try to run through some of his significant transformations through the years—especially in his dramas! Swipe through the gallery below!



Lead photos via Channel Korea, Rakuten blog, Men's Health Korea, Hancinema


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