Ricky Kim hopes for EXO’s Kai to drop by for another play date

The actor spoke highly of the idol singer, whom his son is said to resemble


Photos: Toh Zi Yi, ONE TV ASIA, MBC
Video: Teng Siew Eng, Sarah Tay

American-Korean Ricky Kim and his family, who are known as one of the stars of the Korean reality show Oh! My Baby, which showcases the daily lives of celebrity families, are currently in Singapore. For those who don’t know yet, the actor and his two older children are here for the ONE Family Day Out with Ricky Kim and Kids event, which will take place tomorrow.

The model-actor headed to Singapore with his wife as well as his daughter Kim Tae Rin, 5, and son Kim Tae Oh, 3, yesterday, where they met with Toggle and other media outlets in a group interview.

During the interview, the bilingual actor showed his dedication and love for his family, not just in his answers, but in his actions as well. When his wife, theatre actress Ryu Seungjoo called him in the middle of the interview, Ricky gave the reporters a quick apology, before swiftly answering the call with a greeting of “Hello honey” in Korean.

After the call ended, Ricky explained that to him, his family is his “first job”, which is why he makes it a rule to always answer his phone whenever his wife calls, or when the call is about his family.


Ricky also heaped praises upon Taeoh’s doppelganger, EXO’s Kai, who visited the family late last year for a play date with the kids.

“I think Kai looks like Taeoh, not the other way,” he quipped immediately, when asked if he could see the resemblance between the two.

The model-actor then went on to praise Kai, saying that the 22-year-old will become “a good father, [and] a very good husband one day”. 

“There was so much [footage] that did not appear on Oh! My Baby, they had so much fun that day. The kids miss him, and keep asking, when will Kai come back and play with them.”

Ricky also spoke highly of the singer’s character, commenting that he could see Kai was in the entertainment industry because of his love for the art, and what he does, and that he does not put on a front when he’s with the children.

“I’ve seen entertainers that are almost not real, which makes it uncomfortable sometimes, as it’s the total opposite from me, [as] I try to be as real as I can be. But I was really really impressed with Kai, I speak highly of his character.”

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