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Sunday, 3 August 2014

Koihime Musou Girls and Famous Koreans, Part XXVIII: Zhang Liao and Jang Woo-young


Jang Wooyoung (Hangul/Hanja: 장우영/張祐榮, generally known as Wooyoung, born on April 30, 1989 in Busan Metropole, Korea) is a South Korean idol and K-pop singer. He is one of six members of 2PM, a boy band managed by JYP Entertainment. He is a member of Indong Jang Clan (인동 장씨/仁同張氏), a clan which is originated from the administrative precinct of Indong-dong, Gumi City, Northern Gyeongsang Province.

On May 22, 2012, it was revealed that Wooyoung will release solo album in early July. Although Jun. K had experienced releasing solo tracks through their Asia tour, Wooyoung will be the first member to formally release a solo album and promote it. Wooyoung's album will include one self-composed song each by fellow member Junho and Jun. K and will contain five to six songs, making it a mini-album. On June 28, he performed his upcoming title track called, "Sexy Lady" in Mnet 20's Choice award. On the same day, Wooyoung's first solo album tracklist was revealed. In July 2012 Wooyoung, along with JYP, Taecyeon, miss A's Suzy promoted the clothing company Reebok with the collaboration for the “Classic Campaign, and with their song named "Classic". On 9 June 2014, Wooyoung released two duets: "Two Hands Clasped" with Park Se-young, and "Fireflies' Glow" with lel. 

Wooyoung, along with fellow 2PM member Taecyeon, hosted SBS's music show Inkigayo from July 2009 to July 2010. In February 2010, he was named a sub-MC for Kim Seung Woo's talk show KBS Win Win alongside Girls' Generation's Taeyeon, Kim Shin Young, and Choi Hwa Jung. He received praise as a genius in the making for his natural MC style and quick wit. He regularly expressed curiosity on the show, regularly beginning his sentences with, "I'm curious about something..." This tendency earning the nickname "Curious Wooyoung." He left the show in August 2010, along with Taeyeon, to focus on 2PM's first concert.

Wooyoung debuted as an actor in the 2011 KBS drama series Dream High. There, he played the role of Jason, a Korean-American. His performance in the drama made him famous for the English line, "Is it my turn already?" Also, he had help from Ok Taecyeon and Nichkhun Buck Horvejkul with his English line due to their both experience with the language. After concluding his drama debut in Dream High, Wooyoung expressed a desire to continue acting while maintaining a musical career. A representative for JYP Entertainment noted the future opportunities, saying "We're planning to continue Wooyoung's acting career when he receives another great project. He was worried before Dream High began filming, and often wondered whether he'd be able to act, but we believe that he's gained a lot of confidence since then. He's gotten very interested in the acting field, so we plan to continue his acting career, along with fellow member Taecyeon".

In September 2011, Wooyoung and Miss A's Suzy made a cameo appearances in the new KBS Drama Special Human Casino. The two idols played the role of a couple caught up in gambling scandals. The two are good friends with the PD of Human Casino, who also produced the KBS 2TV series High Kick. Their scenes weren't a part of the actual drama, but were rather featured towards the end with the rolling credits. Kim PD stated, "I told these two that I was starting a new project and they told me they wanted to visit, so I thought of giving them a small cameo role."

Wooyoung trained Kim Gyuri for her performance on MBC's Dancing With the Stars in July 2011. Netizens praised his talents as a dancer for having the chance to teach others about it. For 2PM's tours in 2011 (Hands Up Asia Tour and Republic of 2PM), Junho and Wooyoung performed a duet that Junho wrote, while Wooyoung choreographed and designed their outfits.

Taecyeon and Wooyoung modeled for the fall collection for the clothing brand, Evisu. In this photo shoot, they put aside their fun image and showed a more chic side. For Evisu's fall collection, Taecyeon and Wooyoung modeled denim jackets, jeans, and shirts, along with vintage-style items.

On June 26, JYP revealed news of a collaboration between JYP Entertainment and Swizz Beatz for Reebok. He also revealed the endorsement models from his agency: 2PM's Wooyoung, Nichkhun, and miss A's Suzy.