Here it is! A post on EXO‘s mysterious member, Kris (크리스)!
Kris‘ Chinese name is Wu Fan/Wu Yi Fan (吴凡/吴亦凡), whereas his English name is Kris Wu. He knows four languages: English, Cantonese, Mandarin, and Korean. He was born in Guangzhou, Guangdong Province, China and grew up in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Kris is currently 21 years old (born on November 6, 1990). He is the leader, lead rapper, and sub-vocalist of EXO-M, the Chinese sub-unit of the 12 member South Korean-Chinese boy group, EXO (the other sub-unit being, EXO-K, for Korea), and has been trained by SM Entertainment since 2007 (he was cast into the company through the SM Global Audition in 2007 held in Vancouver) for acting, rapping, singing, and dancing. There is a high chance that he will be acting in the near future. On an interesting note, Kris was supposed to be in EXO-K, but due to SM Entertainment having a large market share in China, he joined EXO-M.
With a height of 187cm, Kris is currently known by the public as the tallest person working under SM Entertainment (Changmin of DBSK/TVXQ previously held onto this title until Kris became known). Additionally, it has been stated that he is better looking in real in comparison to the way appears in pictures and videos. Other interesting “facts”: Kris used to be the captain of his basketball team in China when he was 15 and he likes to read books that are inspiring and are about self-improvement. Furthermore, he is known to be sociable and is looked up to as an elder brother.
Although Kris was initially seen towards the end of EXO‘s Teaser 8 on the 10th of January, 2012, and later in the music video for EXO‘s first prologue song, “What Is Love” (Chinese and Korean version), on the 30th of January, 2012, he was officially revealed in EXO‘s Teaser 17 on the 16th of February, 2012. Here the viewer can see that Kris has the power to bring on an eclipse…and fly.
Kris was already rumored to be in EXO when a fan cam. capture of him and Tao crossing a street in Seoul, South Korea had been uploaded on YouTube prior to the announcement of EXO‘s first teaser. His appearance and aura is what captured many viewers’ attention. No doubt, his prominent features are his face, hair, and height (mashAllah – “As Allah wills”; a term, we Muslims, use in place of “God Bless”. It is used when we appreciate or praise someone). His eyebrows seem to get attention too and are often compared to those of Siwon from Super Junior (I think they are cool).
Kris is also well-known for his rap in the beginning of EXO-M‘s version of “Two Moons” It has been stated that he was the one that sang the popular and somewhat amusing line, “Roll like a buffalo…” xD The number one topic about Kris, however, is that we haven’t seen a picture of him where he smiles AT ALL. I don’t know if it’s just him or if this is part of SM Entertainment’s marketing strategy for promoting Kris ’cause I am pretty sure he has AT LEAST ONE picture of him smiling and we just haven’t seen it yet. OR maybe someone stole his candy when he was young and hence, he hasn’t smiled ever since =P
Pre-debut video (fan cam. capture) of Kris and Tao: Pay close attention to Kris‘ denim jacket. I spotted him wearing the same one in one of SM Entertainment’s official pictures for EXO. Here, he is wearing a black undershirt with his denim jacket, whereas in the official EXO picture, he is wearing a white undershirt. Since he has often been seen wearing the denim jacket during his pre-debut days, many people that did not know his name decided to give him the nickname, “cowboy/jean boy.” It is interesting to note that in most of his pre-debut pictures, he is seen wearing black. After EXO was revealed, he is seen wearing white clothes! The transition from black to white is noticeable.
Surprisingly, Kris made an appearance in SNSD’s Tour Concert VCR in Taiwan some time late last year. At that time, nobody knew who he was but SM Entertainment was secretly revealing the members of EXO since then, it seems. I thought Kris‘ face resembled Cloud’s from the popular video game, Final Fantasy 7, and that his hair was kind of like Angeal’s, who is from Final Fantasy 7: Crisis Core. Update: For the fan cam. capture of his appearance in SNSD’s Tour Concert VCR in Taiwan, click here (Personally, I find it creepy because of the eerie music. Nevertheless, I agree with some fans that he does look like a Chinese fairytale prince ^^).
Kris was also seen in a short news coverage about SM Entertainment on Japan TV (I can do the dance move that the choreographer is teaching in the video =P) called “Close-Up Gendai – Behind the Scene ‘K-Pop Girls Boom’.” Here you can see many trainees, including some of the EXO members! Kris appears at 0:07-0:15 in SM Entertainment’s well-recognized dance practice room and is wearing a gray top, black pants, and a round necklace (look at the right-hand side of the screen where the white block appears). He can also be seen at 0:22-0:35. Kris is the one practicing his rap skills to the song, “Fireworks” by Drake (also notice that he is wearing black clothes and a round necklace, which I will mention again later on).
Interestingly, Kris had a Facebook account (or is it RenRen?) and he deleted/deactivated it after fans had found out about it. Nobody knows whether he did this out of his own will or whether SM Entertainment had told him to. Of course, it would have been an issue if he continued using Facebook (RenRen?) and ended up getting several friend requests. I suggest that Kris uses Twitter like all of the other celebrities. That would be a nice option or he can continue being mysterious xD However, it seems as though he is back on the social-networking site. His latest status update seems to be from RenRen.
Kris‘ previous update on the social-networking site included a picture of him at the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles in late December, 2011 with the caption, “Hollywood i will have my name there one day,” and, “wait for me” (Be careful what you wish for, Kris…earthly desires never last. Also, why wait for that one day when one can achieve this by using the Hollywood Walk of Fame Star Generator in only a few seconds?). In the following picture, the star that Kris is standing on seems to have Andy Garcia’s name on it. The star is located in 7000 Hollywood Boulevard near the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel:
I have noticed many other things about Kris. It’s not just his lack of smiles but most of his photos include a necklace that he seems to wear quite frequently and his black clothes. I’m assuming that black must be his favorite color. I was once like that too. In my teenage years, I used to love wearing black clothes, bandanas, black/silver necklaces, that many of my friends would notice and point that out too. Black and silver were my favorite colors. Then there was a time when I used to like wearing a lot of white clothes. I, however, have changed since then and love colorful things now! xD Now imagine Kris wearing pink pants like Lay and Kai…that would be quite a sight!
Here are Kris‘ pre-debut pics. that have been revealed so far (NOTE: These photos are all from a Facebook Fan Page):
You may also check out this pre-debut video on YouTube and see Kris in the left-hand side wearing black clothes, his round necklace, and no smile.
Kris updated his RenRen with his childhood photo about a day ago. His caption for the picture is, “Dreaming…I’ll give my best” Don’t worry, Kris…we know you will! ^_^
The grown up and groomed version of Kris that we know today:
Kris is definitely looking forward to the future!
That wraps up my post for now. I have uni. tomorrow and it’s late >_< Good luck, Kris! Wish you all the best for your future and I hope that you don’t pay a lot of attention to fame. Just continue being yourself and being inspired by the positive things around you. We all are looking forward to seeing a charming smile on your face, inshAllah ^_^
UPDATE: For all related media (interviews, variety shows, performances, etc.) and new facts on Kris:
For more information and my posts on EXO and Kris (or posts that mention the group or him), you may visit the following pages:
- Favorite EXO Teasers (so far…)
- EXO Teaser 12 – Two Moons
- EXO’s Prologue Song – What Is Love
- My Thoughts on EXO-M
- EXO, Please Debut!
- EXO Teaser 15 – Ninja Skills by Tao
- EXO’s New Teasers
- EXO’s Last Teaser?
- Who is the Most Searched EXO Member on My Blog?
- EXO…Are We Close To Their Debut?
- EXO’s “Into Your World” English Translation (Teaser 22 and 23 Lyrics)
- EXO’s Song Bought From A Foreign Producer and EXO’s Debut Project
- EXO ‘History’ – Second Prologue Song
- Blogging Surprise
- Dance Practice for EXO’s ‘History’
- Thoughts and New Pre-Debut Pic. of Tao and Kris
- My Good Luck Message for EXO
- After 12 Years…
- The Day I See EXO’s Kris Do Aegyo…
- EXO’s Kris Can Smile
- EXO Set to Hold a Showcase in both Korea and China…AND Debut!
- EXO Food?
- My Questions for EXO’s Showcase – No Response
- SJ and EXO; Thoughts on Temporary Entertainment
- Kris’ Modesty vs. Hee Hee’s Self-Praise
- EXO’s Kris – Jjang at the Showcase!
- Chinese Fans Name A Star After EXO!
- EXO’s MAMA MV Teaser and Member/Group Symbols
- The Wait Is Finally Over – EXO’s Debut MV “MAMA” Is Revealed
- Words of Comfort for EXO-M
- EXO-M Interviews (English Subtitles)
- EXO Kris’ Speciality – Raising Eyebrows in Music Videos
- Highlight of Today (featuring new facts on Kris)
- EXO’s Kris: Before and After
- EXO’s Kris and Final Fantasy’s Cloud Strife: Similarities
- EXO Kris’ Wikipedia Page: EXOTICS Trolling Like a Buffalo
- My EXO-K and EXO-M Mini-Album
- Kris’ Message on EXO-M Official Site [24/04/2012] – (English Translation)
- EXO “MAMA” Instrumental Covers by Fans
- EXO Food (Revisited)
- EXO’s Kris – Smiles and Thoughts
- EXO Kris’ Look-Alikes
- The Latest News and Thoughts on EXO
- Cutest Version of EXO-K’s “History”
- EXO’s Kris The Magic Dragon
- Update on EXO-M (08/05/12)
- How I Predicted That One Of The EXO Members Can Fly
- My Gift to EXO-M at their First Fan Signing Event
- EXO-M’s Second Fan Signing Event
- EXO-M’s Third Fan Signing Event
- Info. About EXO’s Kris From His Close Ones
- EXO-M’s Message to YouTube Fans and EXO Comedy – A New Side of Kris
- EXO’s Kris Infected by the Happy Virus?
- Kakao and StarCall Update from EXO
- May We Have EXO-E?
- EXO in Disneyland!
- EXO at the SMTOWN Concert in L.A.
- When EXO’s Kris Becomes Mysterious Again
- A Dream About EXO-M
- Babies Love EXO’s Kris
- EXO-M: Then and Now
- How I Became a Fan of EXO
- EXO’s Kris Wu – The Intellectual Leader
- Happy Camp EXO-M Preview with English Subtitles (05/06/12)
- And Yet Another Pre-Debut Photo of EXO’s Kris Emerges…
- EXO’s Kris Should Star In An Ice Cream Advertisement
- EXO’s Kris on Happy Camp and SMTOWN Taiwan (09/06/12)
- EXO-M Stunning Debut, Secrets of Korean Trainee Life
- EXO Ready For The Next Round Of Promotions?
- Mystery of the ‘Dragon Prince’ Wu and Fruit Ninja Kai
- EXO-M Interviews and Show Appearances Continue to Roll
- Do Your Best, Kris…Do Your Best!
- EXO-M’s Kris – Ballroom Dancing, Interaction with Kids, and Kung-Fu with Broomsticks
- KRIS’ 100th Day Debut Celebration Event – Organized by Baidu Wufan (Kris) Bar
- Discovering Chinese Music through EXO-M and Discussion about Music from My Home Country
- EXO Kris’ Airport Runway Photo Shoot Sessions Explained
- Dui Zhang Kris – From EXO’s Showcase Days to 3 Months of Debut
- SM Entertainment’s New Drama “To the Beautiful You”
- EXO’s Fabulous Kris (featuring pre-debut pics. with EXO-M)
- EXO Kris’ Other Speciality…
- EXO, EXO-M’s July Variety Show/Performance Schedule and Member Fan Names
- EXO-M July Variety Shows (with English Subtitles)
- My Message for 100 Days of Debut with EXO
- EXO’s Kris Wu Earns a Masters Degree in Airport Fashion
- Tweety Bird Kris + EXO Planet + Basketball = SPACE JAM!?
- EXO: ‘I Lost My Mind’ at Noraebang (Karaoke)
- Drawing Dui Zhang Kris of EXO Planet?
- EXO-M/EXO Promotions in Thailand
- EXO at the S.M. Art Exhibition
- EXO’s Fiery Dragon Prince Kris Unleashes His Cute Side
- The Melody in Fiction – Ice XV and EXO Teaser 20 (El Dorado)
- EXO’s Kris Prepares For A Trip To Hawaii At SMTOWN World Tour III In Seoul
- EXO’s Kris and Fortune Cookies
- Kris Drawing in Progress and etc.
- EXO Kris’ Unique Style at the Korea-China Music Festival
- My Small Yi Xing/Lay Appreciation Post
- Rookie K-Pop Groups for the First Half of 2012
- Every, Every, Every Day is a Photoshoot for EXO’s Kris
- A Day in the Life of Kris
- EXO Kris’ “Mysterious” Pet and Other Cute Traits
- The Wait for the Newcomer Award – A Test of SM Entertainment’s Marketing Strategy for EXO in China
- EXO Wins ‘Most Popular Group of the Year Award’ and ‘Best Outfit Award’ at the Mengniu Annual Billboard Music Festival
- EXO-M Promotions in Taiwan
- EXO Kris’ Never-Ending Fashion Show
- Happy Birthday Lay/Yi Xing!
- EXO-M Chibis and Fanboard Messages by Kris and Lay
- Kris’ ‘Buing Buing’ aka Aegyo and EXO-M’s English
- EXO Kris’ NATURAL Aegyo
- EXO-M Cute Concept, Chuseok Greetings, and Other Randomness
- The Innocent and Child-like Face of Dui Zhang Kris
- EXO’s Krisoala
- A Day in the City of Sydney to Wish EXO’s Kris ‘Happy Birthday’
- Kris’ Request for 30 Seconds of Silence at the Yangtze River Music Festival
- EXO-M in Halloween “Costumes”
- Kris and the Alpaca, Vintage Kris, and Discussion about K-Pop in General
- EXO’s Kris Stars in Olay Total Effects Ad
- HAPPY BIRTHDAY KRIS!!!
- Introduction of EXO’s New Member: Ace Wu (My New Bias)
- EXO Kris’ Birthday Message aka “Love Letter” xD
- Insights on SM Entertainment: EXO on French TV
- EXO-M: 7 Months, 41 Trips…and Counting
- The Ace Wu Phenomenon
- Flying in the Same Sky as Dui Zhang Kris…As We Wait for EXO’s Comeback
- EXO at Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMA) in Hong Kong Wins Best ‘New Asian Artist’ Award
- EXO-M Basketball Performance on Stage?
- A Glimpse at H.O.T.’s Songs and SME’s Current K-Pop Boy Groups
- If EXO-M Were Cats…
- EXO’s Official Calendar for 2013
- Fish and Kris
- K-Pop Legends: Shinhwa
- KrisBaek in the House, Yo!
- EXO-M on Sina Weibo Chat (24/12/12)
- EXO’s Kung Fu Panda Tao
- LINE Camera App. for iPhone (As Seen in Fan Taken Photos)
- Caught by the Shinhwa Fever… ‘Eusha! Eusha!’ xD
- EXO at SBS Gayo Daejun 2012
- Real Life Ace Wu
- EXO-K and EXO-M on New Years Eve
- Wu and the Yellow Dragon
- Snow Prince Wu
- EXO’s Little Deer Luhan aka Sweet Lulu
- When Dui Zhang Kris Trends Worldwide on Twitter…
- “Hawak Kamay” by EXO at the Dream KPOP Fantasy Concert
- Counting with Dui Zhang and Ace
- [FAN ACCOUNT] I Saw EXO…
- When Everyone Wants To Be Dui Zhang Kris…
- How to Carry Plushies…EXO Style
- When I Imagine Meeting My Ultimate Bias…
- From Winter to Summer (or vice verse)…When is EXO’s Comeback?
- Dui Zhang’s Absence
- A Premonition by Dui Zhang Kris?
- One Year of Flying with Dui Zhang Kris
- Everyday Objects That Remind Me Of EXO
- Dui Zhang Kris Makes A “Comeback”
- Dui Zhang Kris’ Visit to Another Hometown
- Believing in EXO’s Comeback When It ACTUALLY Happens!
- EXO-K’s Volunteer Work at a Nursery
- Like a Dui Zhang…Surrounded by an Ocean of Fans
- A Funny Reaction to EXO’s “Wolf”
- Waiting for EXO and Dui Zhang’s Comeback…
- Dui Zhang’s Good Morning Message to Friends
- EXO’s Dui Zhang Kris is Back!
- Going Back In Time – EXO’s Kris and Andy Garcia’s Star at the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and etc.
- M4M – New Rookie K-Pop Group to Break into Chinese Market
- EXO-M Perform “Open Arms” at Super Joint Concert in Thailand
- EXO’s Krisuigi and Cosplayer Look-A-Like
- One Year with EXO
- EXO’s Indiana Kris
- EXO at the 13th Top Chinese Music Awards
- EXO and Dui Zhang Kris Appear on a Midterm Exam
- Dui Zhang Kris’ Shocked Expression
- Happy Birthday, EXO’s Kung Fu Panda!
- EXO’s Kris as a PR Manager/Publicist?
- Favorite GIF of Dui Zhang Kris
- EXO Express their Gratitude on Parents’ Day
- EXO’s GLAMOROUS feat. LudaKRIS
- EXO to Comeback with 1st Album: XOXO (Kiss&Hug)
- EXO’s XOXO (Kiss&Hug) Teaser Images
- Another EXO XOXO (Kiss&Hug) Teaser Image
- EXO’s Ben Ben
- EXO’s KT in the B-Ball Court (and Other KT Moments)
- Individual EXO Teaser Images for XOXO (Kiss&Hug)
- EXO To Give Away Their Most Treasured Item To Fans
- LC9′s “Mama Beat”
- EXO’s Music Video Teaser for “Wolf” is Released!
-  YES Magazine Issue 1158 – Kris 50 Question Interview (English Translation)
- EXO 1st Album: XOXO (Kiss&Hug) Tracklist
- EXO’s Kris “Then and Now”
- EXO 1st Album: XOXO (Kiss&Hug) Highlight Medley (Korean and Chinese Version)
- Sunlight through the Cracks…Kris’ RenRen Update (28/05/13)
- EXO’s Second Music Video Teaser for “Wolf” is Revealed!
- EXO Promote “Wolf” Through Their Airport Fashion
- EXO Makes A Comeback With “Wolf”!
-  KBS Sukira (Kiss The Radio) featuring EXO
-  EXO Performs “Wolf” on KBS Music Bank
- When Things Become Obvious…
- EXO’s 1st Album: XOXO (Kiss&Hug) is Released!
- Kris’ “Thank You” Message on EXO’s 1st Album: XOXO (Kiss&Hug) Handwritten and Printed
- Of ‘Buing Buings’, Gummy Smiles, and Angry Birds…Kris Style!
- Flying Over the Sun, Moon, and Stars
- Arirang’s “After School Club” featuring EXO
- Princess Kris/Wu Yi Fan?
- EXO’s 1st Album “XOXO (Kiss&Hug)” Ranked 1st Place on Billboard World Albums!
- EXO Wins on KBS Music Bank and EXO’s Official LINE Update!
- EXO Wins on MBC Show! Music Core
- “Officially Missing You” Cover by Lay, Kris, Chanyeol, and D.O.
- EXO Wins on SBS Inkigayo! A “Triple Win” for EXO!
—Moonlight (another mysterious person =P)