Seo Hye-rin – The Youthful Looking Member of EXID!
Seo Hye-lin, Hyelin, or Hyerin, who was born in 1993, is currently a member of EXID. She joined EXID (read: E.X.I.D) in August 2012, with Heo Sol-ji, after AB Entertainment announced that the three original members Yuji, Dami, and Na Hae-ryung left the group. When she was 18 years old, she participated in the audition “Superstar K3,” made it through the auditions to “SuperWeek,” however, she failed with a severe evaluation of her performance. Now, she is one of leading vocalists of the group. Although many aspiring singers dream to debut in an idol group, not all groups find success right away. In fact, she faced a financial struggle even after debuting. Let’s find out more about Hyerin, from her pre-debut days to today!
Full Profile of EXID’s Seo Hye-rin
Name: Seo Hye-lin/Seo Hye-rin
Hangul Name: 서혜린
Hanja Name: 徐慧潾
Stage Name: Hyelin
Nickname: seo galgari, jenny, jjeobjjeobi (쩝쩝이), imsimebo (임시 메보), doli/stone (돌+I), michinja (미친자), jjeulbo (쫄보), boldeumoteu/voldemort (볼드모트), agijjae (아기째), ddeorini (떼리니), maiweirin (마이웨이린), music bank chigaek/music bank courier (뮤직뱅크 취객), chihuahua, baby
Occupation: Idol Singer
Position in E.X.I.D: Lead Vocalist
Years Active: 2012 – present
Label: Sony Music, LOEN Entertainment
Agency: Banana Culture Entertainment
Nationality: South Korean
Date of Birth: August 23rd, 1993 (age 25)
Birthplace: Gwangju, South Korea
Western Zodiac Sign: Virgo
Chinese Zodiac Sign: Rooster
Height: 166,7 cm (5’5″)
Weight: 51 kg (112 lbs)
Blood Type: O
Education: Ildong Junior High School (일동중학교), Gwangju Dongshin Girls High School (광주동신여자고등학교), Dongduk Women’s University (동덕여자대학교 방송연예과)
Trivia and Facts About EXID’s Seo Hye-rin
- She is the only child in the family.
- Hyerin’s English name is Jenny.
- Hyerin’s nickname is Jjeop Jjeop (the sound made when someone chews loudly).
- Hyerin participated in the show “Superstar K3” (2011).
- Hyerin, Junghwa, and LE were all former CUBE trainees.
- She participated in “King of Mask Singer”, but sadly didn’t get past the first round.
- She dropped when EXID was established. But then made an effort so she could become a member of EXID later.
- She likes saving money.
- She likes making strange expressions on her face.
- She likes cooking.
- Favorite food: Sushi
- Favorite color: Blue
- Role Model: Shinhwa
- She does not like cats.
- Hyerin once sprayed perfume in Solji’s mouth.
- She is known to be dirty by the other members (during their debut years, LE found mold in Hyerin’s food).
- She speaks Korean and English.
- She can play the violin from a young age.
- Her aunt is a music teacher.
- Hyerin’s ideal type: Hyerin once said her ideal man is a tsundere type and Seo In-guk’s character in Reply 1997 is the closest to her ideal type. She also likes Kim Woo-bin and Park Seo-joon. She said she likes Park Seo-joon because he was speaking Spanish in such a sexy way in Youn’s Kitchen 2, “It seemed sexy because I didn’t understand.”
- Not only LE, but all the other members also named Hyerin as the troublemaker.
She had to work part-time at an ice cream shop in the early morning before going to practice during her early debut days because of financial struggles. Upon hearing her story, Hani noted that she simply thought Hyerin woke up early every morning to work out, revealing that she was oblivious to Hyerin’s secret.
- She was involved in dating rumors with Monsta X’s Minhyuk, which later both sides denied. During The Show pre-recording, Hyerin told fans that she was not dating the MONSTA X member. According to accounts, she grabbed the mic on stage and said, “There are MONSTA X fans here, right? I’ve got something to say… I’m not dating Minhyuk.” According to fans, she had been upset after rumors started about the pair dating when she congratulated him on his win with “DRAMARAMA” back in November last year because she was just congratulating a friend.
- Hyerin went to Seungri’s (Big Bang) dance academy before joining EXID.
- She is friends with BTS’s Jhope, 9MUSES’s Hyemi, and VIXX’s Hyuk from dance activities back in Gwangju. This explains why Hyerin has such a good relationship with Seungri’s little sister.
- Favorite character: Shinnosuke Nohara (Shin Chan).
- She doesn’t like fish soup and cannot eat tteokbokki.
- She has a dog named Ggomul.
- Junghwa is her ex-roommate.
- Hyerin learned to play the violin at the age of six thanks to the support and skill of her mother, a woman with a great passion for classical music.
- When she was small, her classmates nicknamed her Galgari because of how difficult it was to pronounce the Siot (ㅅ) sound.
- Hyerin becomes incredibly scary when she sees pigeons around her, she hates them.
- The part that she likes least about her body is her thighs.
- Hyerin can move up and lose weight easily, that’s why before the comeback of EXID with the song “Up & Down,” she had to lose 10 Kg.
- Hyerin, in the November 25th, 2015 episode of Weekly Idol, responded to the question of the MC’s that she had been able to fulfill her dream and already had her own home.
- Hyerin acts along with the rest of the members of EXID in her first web movie titled Idol, produced by the company Banana Movie.
- Hyerin made a cover of a song from the singer Josh Groban at the “London Korean Festival” in 2017, in honor of all the victims of terrorism who succumbed to the country throughout the year, the song was “You Raise Me Up,” and generated good reviews for her good voice and pronunciation.
- Hyerin took on the lead vocal role of the group during Solji’s absence, performing many of the parts of her partner during the presentations.
- She collaborated as a lyricist in her first solo on EXID’s mini-album, Full Moon. This was the first time she wrote the lyrics to a song.
EXID’s Seo Hye-rin on Superstar K3
If you have been a K-Pop fan for quite some time, you must have heard of the stories about how idols audition over and over again just to have a shot in making it big. In South Korea, there are a lot of auditions and singing competition programs, one of which is Mnet’s Superstar K. Many of the contestants who have appeared on the show have actually debuted and have managed to become rather popular.
Hyerin revealed that she had participated in Superstar K3, though she was rejected during super-week (the third round of the show). In her audition video, she could be seen as a naïve and young student. She also got some helpful criticism from Yoon Mi-rae.