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5 facts you need to know about Jaemin from NCT

How many K-pop idols do you know got scouted when they were collecting trash? That’s exactly how NCT Dream member Jaemin was discovered. This idol with endearing eyes and a kind smile is one of the most popular members of NCT. Keep reading to find out facts about Jaemin that you never knew!

  • Jaemin debuted with NCT Dream in 2016, when he was only 15 years old.
  • He has 5.7 million followers on his Instagram account.
  • The K-pop star can not only sing and rap, he also participates in writing the lyrics for NCT Dream’s songs.

1) He was scouted while collecting trash.

Jaemin volunteering for UNICEF Vietnam

Every idol has interesting casting stories, but Jaemin’s is very special. He revealed that he was scouted by SM Entertainment staff when he was volunteering at an event with his mom. The idol said:

“While I was in Incheon, I was handing out posters and collecting trash as a volunteer, and that was when the officials from SM noticed me.”

Though Jaemin wanted to become a doctor, his mom encouraged him to audition (it’s rumored that studying wasn’t really his strong point). Even with his busy schedule, the singer still does volunteer work in his free time for organizations like UNICEF.

2) He was on hiatus for a year.

NCT Dream's 'Hot Sauce' Concept Photo

From November 2016 to 7th February 2018, Jaemin did not work with NCT Dream because of health issues. He was suffering from a spinal disc injury. In February 2017 SM Entertainment released a statement saying his condition had worsened, so he had withdrawn from all promotions. Fans were extremely worried, but they patiently waited for his recovery. And they were stunned when he did come back because Jaemin had grown from a cute 16-year-old singer to a charismatic rapper in NCT Dream’s song ‘Go’ (with which he made his return). 

3) His role model is EXO’s Kai.

Jaemin in NCT U's 'Make A Wish'

Jaemin looks up to his seniors at SM Entertainment. EXO’s main dancer Kai in particular inspires him to improve as an idol. Once, he even said that the choreography of Love Me Right by EXO was his favorite.


4) He won an acting award!

A still from Jaemin's drama

Jaemin has only worked in one k-drama because his main job is being a K-pop idol. But his role as the male lead in the web drama ‘Ways To Hate You’ proved that he is an all-rounder. He won the Best Korean Actor award at the 6th Seoul Webfest Awards, held online on 22nd August 2020. That’s a big achievement considering he was up against 190 nominated web series from 25 countries and their actors.

5) He used to be a speed skater.

Jaemin at a concert

At this point, you must be wondering what the 20-year-old singer can’t do. Turns out, he was a talented speed skater back in middle school. He even ranked no. 2 nationally within his age range. But he gave up the sport so that he could become an idol.

NCT Dream members Chenle, Jeno, Jaemin and Haechan

How many of these facts about Jaemin did you know already? Let us know in the comments! And also check out this video about the 5 most powerful K-pop idols before you go:

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