Kwon Yuri

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Kwon Yuri
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Background information
Birth name Kwon Yuri (권유리)
Born (1989-12-05) December 5, 1989 (age 25)
Goyang, Gyeonggi, South Korea[1]
Origin South Korea
Genres K-pop, dance
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter, actress
Instruments Vocals, violin, piano[2] guitar
Years active 2006–present
Labels S.M. Entertainment
Associated acts Girls' Generation, SM Town
Korean name
Revised Romanization Gwon Yu-ri
McCune–Reischauer Kwŏn Yuri

Kwon Yuri (born December 5, 1989) is a South Korean singer and actress. She is a member of the South Korean girl group, Girls' Generation.


Yuri was born in Goyang, Gyeonggi, South Korea on December 5, 1989. She auditioned at the S.M. Entertainment Casting System and joined the company in 2001 after finishing in second place in the 2001 SM Youth Best Dancer Contest. She then underwent training for 5 years and 11 months before her debut. She graduated from Neunggok High School in 2008[3] and is currently attending Chung-Ang University with fellow group member Sooyoung.[4] She and Sooyoung were appointed as the university's new ambassadors on May 20, 2014.[5]

Music career[edit]

Girls' Generation[edit]

Main article: Girls' Generation

Kwon Yuri is a member of South Korean girl group, Girls' Generation. She joined the S.M. Entertainment Casting System when she competed in the 2001 SM Youth Best Dancer Contest where she finished in 2nd place.

Solo activities and songwriting[edit]

Over the years, Yuri has released two solo songs, "Bling Star" and "Twinkle Twinkle", for her own movie No Breathing.[6] She also had two duets. One is "Must!", with fellow Girls' Generation member Sooyoung, for the SBS's drama Working Mom,[7] and the other is "Like A Soap" with TVXQ, featured in their sixth Korean studio album, Catch Me.[8]

Besides singing, Yuri has also contributed to songwriting. In Girls' Generation's third Korean mini album, Hoot, Yuri wrote the lyrics for the song "Mistake".[9] She then collaborated with fellow Girls' Generation member Sooyoung for the song "Baby Maybe", and Seohyun, for the song "XYZ", featured in the group's fourth studio album I Got a Boy.[10]

Acting career[edit]

Yuri at a LG event in 2010

Yuri made her acting debut in the KBS2 sitcom Unstoppable Marriage alongside Sooyoung where they played two high school students who were recurring characters on the show.[11]

In 2012, Yuri played the female lead role Choi Anna in SBS's television drama Fashion King.[12][13] This 20-episode drama was aired on SBS from March 19, 2012 to May 22, 2012. On December 31, 2012, Yuri received the New Star Award at the 2012 SBS Drama Awards[14] and on May 9, 2013, she won the Most Popular Television Actress award at the 49th PaekSang Arts Awards for her role.[15]

In 2013, Yuri was cast as the female lead in South Korea's first swimming-themed film, No Breathing. In the coming-of-age film, Yuri portrayed the role of Jung-eun, a girl who dreams of becoming a musician who is also the love interest of the two male leads played by Lee Jong-suk and Seo In-guk. Aside from learning how to play the guitar for her character, Yuri also sang two songs for the film's soundtrack, "Bling Star" and "Twinkle Twinkle" which she performed in the film.[16][17] She won the "Most Popular Film Actress" award at the 50th Paeksang Arts Awards on May 27, 2014.[18]

Hosting career[edit]

In 2009, Yuri, along with fellow Girls' Generation member Tiffany, became an MC for the MBC's music show Show! Music Core. They left the show in July 2010 to focus on Girls’ Generation's debut in Japan,[19][20][21] but came back in October 2011. Yuri, however, left the show again in January 2012 to focus on her drama debut Fashion King.[22]

Yuri has co-hosted the Incheon Korean Music Wave with Tiffany for four years, in 2009,[23] 2010,[24] 2011,[25] and 2013.[26] She has also co-hosted other events such as the 2010 MBC Gayo Daejeon Show,[27] the 20th Seoul Music Awards,[28] the 50th Anniversary Music Wave Concert,[29] the K-Pop All Star Live in Niigata,[30] the K-POP Music Festival in Sydney, the 2014 Gaon Chart K-Pop Awards,[31] and most recently, the 2014 Korean Music Wave in Beijing.[32]

Variety show appearances[edit]

She had a small role in a television segment, The King's Boyfriend, which was part of the 2005–2006 KMTV Super Junior documentary, Super Junior Show.

In 2008, Yuri became a part of the second season of KBS2's celebrity dating reality show, Kko Kko Tours Single♥Single, which her fellow member, Tiffany, was a part of during its first season. The show's second season premiered on November 2.[33]

At the end of 2009, she became a main cast in the KBS2 reality show Invincible Youth with fellow member, Sunny.[34] Because of Girls' Generation's international promotions, Yuri left the show along with Sunny and Hyuna of 4Minute in June 2010.[35]

On June 17, 2013, it was revealed that Yuri together with Hyoyeon and others would appear on Dancing 9, Mnet's global dance survival show. The two Girls' Generation members coached the show's contestants as "K-pop dance masters" alongside other notable stars.[36][37]

In January 2015, Yuri joined MBC's variety show, Animals, becoming the only female member of the cast. The show will focus on the interactions between humans and animals and what it will be like living together. An 'Animal Town' was also created for the show where the cast will be taking care of the animals. The show's first episode will air on January 25.[38][39][40]

On January 25, 2015 was revealed that Yuri has been chosen as the second virtual girlfriend on JTBC’s Dating Alone. Dating Alone is set to air on January 31 at 11 p.m.[41]



Year Title Song Duration Artist
2008 SBS Working Mom "Must" 03:24 Duet with Sooyoung
2012 TVXQ's Album "Catch Me" "Like a Soap" 03:29 TVXQ
2013 No Breathing "Bling Star" 04:02 Solo
"Twinkle Twinkle" 03:22



Year Title Role Notes
2007 Attack on the Pin-Up Boys Ballerina Cameo
2012 I AM. – SM Town Live World Tour in Madison Square Garden Herself Biographical film of SM Town[42]
2013 No Breathing Jung Eun Lead role

Television drama[edit]

Year Title Network Role Notes
2007–2008 Unstoppable Marriage KBS Yuri Supporting role
2012 Fashion King SBS Choi Anna Lead role

Reality and variety shows[edit]

Year Title Network Role Notes
2008 Kko Kko Tours Single♥Single KBS2 Main Cast Season 2
2009–2010 Invincible Youth KBS2 Main Cast with Sunny (Episode 1–32, 42)
Show! Music Core MBC Co-host with Tiffany
2011–2012 Co-host
2013 Dancing 9 Mnet Coach with Hyoyeon
2015 Animals MBC Main Cast
Dating Alone JTBC Main Cast

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2010 KBS Entertainment Awards Best Female MC Invincible Youth Nominated
2011 5th Mnet 20's Choice Awards Hot Campus Girl[43] Herself Nominated
MBC Entertainment Awards MC Special Award (with Tiffany)[44] Show! Music Core Won
2012 5th Korea Drama Awards Best New Actress Fashion King Nominated
SBS Drama Awards New Star Award Won
2013 49th Baeksang Arts Awards Most Popular Actress (TV) Won
2014 50th Baeksang Arts Awards Most Popular Actress (Film) No Breathing Won


  1. ^ Dalgona EP 17 – Hyoyeon, Yuri & Sooyoung Cut [2011.09.12] (en) – YouTube
  2. ^ SNSD Christmas Fairy Tale - SNSD - Yuri & Seohyun - Winter Wonderland
  3. ^ SNSD Yuri Receives her Shiny High School Diploma (in Korean) (February 13, 2008). Retrieved on November 28, 2014.
  4. ^ "빅뱅 승리-소녀시대 유리, 새내기로 중앙대 입학식 참석 활짝 웃음". Newsem. 26 February 2013. Retrieved 5 September 2013. 
  5. ^ "김수현·박신혜·수영·유리, 중앙대 홍보대사 위촉". 20 May 2014. Retrieved 20 May 2014. 
  6. ^ Hong, Grace Danbi (22 October 2013). "[Video] SNSD’s Yuri Sings ‘Bling Star’ for ‘No Breathing’ MV". M Wave. Retrieved 9 December 2014. 
  7. ^ "워킹맘 OST". MelOn. Retrieved 2014-06-27. 
  8. ^ "소시 유리, 동방신기에 굿나잇인사? 신곡에 목소리 깜짝등장". Newsen. 2012-09-25. Retrieved 2014-06-30. 
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  11. ^ "コミックで戻って来た『春のワルツ』ソ・ドヨンの、『止められない結婚』制作発表会". Innolife. Retrieved 2014-06-25. 
  12. ^ "SNSD’s Yuri up for Fashion King alongside Yoo Ah-in". Dramabeans. 17 December 2011. Retrieved 2 June 2011. 
  13. ^ Kim Ji-yeon (27 December 2011). "Stars of ‘Fashion King’ Meet for the First Time". M Wave. Retrieved 9 December 2014. 
  14. ^ "Yuri \ Win Awards at SBS and KBS '2012 Drama Awards' and Seohyun MCs for MBC's 'Gayo Daejejun'". Soshified. 
  15. ^ "Winners of the '49th Baeksang Arts Awards'". Allkpop. 10 May 2013. Retrieved 6 September 2013. 
  16. ^ Lee Sun-min (17 May 2013). "Yuri will play lead in ‘No Breathing’". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 9 December 2014. 
  17. ^ Jeon Su-mi (16 May 2013). "[Movie] SNSD′s Yuri to Make Big Screen Debut with ′No Breathing′". M Wave. Retrieved 9 December 2014. 
  18. ^ "50th Baeksang Arts Awards". Dramabeans. 28 May 2014. Retrieved 28 May 2014. 
  19. ^ (Korean) 티파니·유리, '음악중심' 새 MC..."샤방샤방 즐거움 드릴게요", March 28, 2009
  20. ^ "소녀시대 티파니 유리, '쇼! 음악중심' 새 MC 발탁". webpage (in Korean). Media Retrieved March 28, 2009. 
  21. ^ Tiffany and Yuri perform MC farewell stage on Music Core!
  22. ^ Lee Jin-ho (January 29, 2012). "Yuri Leaves MC Spot of ′Music Core′". M Wave. Retrieved December 9, 2014. 
  23. ^ "[09.05.09] SNSD at ‘Incheon Korean Music Wave 2009′". Soshified. 7 September 2009. Retrieved 7 September 2013. 
  24. ^ "2010 Incheon Korean Music Wave Red Carpet". Allkpop. 29 August 2010. Retrieved 6 September 2013. 
  25. ^ SNSD’s Yuri and Tiffany to MC 2011 Incheon Korean Music Wave Concert
  26. ^ "Girls' Generation's Tiffany and Yuri to show their perfect teamwork as MCs for 'Incheon Korean Music Wave 2013'". Allkpop. 8 August 2013. Retrieved 6 September 2013. 
  27. ^ Ryu Si Won, SNSD’s Tiffany & Yuri to MC for MBC’s “2010 Gayo Daejun”
  28. ^ "The 20th Seoul Music Awards". Soompi. 21 January 2011. Retrieved 2014-06-26. 
  29. ^ "MBC’s Korean Music Wave Concert In Bangkok". Soompi. 18 April 2011. Retrieved 2014-06-26. 
  30. ^ Yuri, Tiffany & Sooyoung to MC 'Kpop All Star Live in Niigata’
  31. ^ "Yuri to Host '3rd Gaon K-Pop Chart Awards'". Soshified. 15 January 2014. Retrieved 13 February 2014. 
  32. ^ "MBC鸟巢开唱 少时EXO担主持16组嘉宾献艺". Sina. 21 October 2014. Retrieved 2014-11-17. 
  33. ^ "[10.23.08] SNSD Yuri will be Featured Next on Kko Kko Tour". Soshified. October 23, 2008. Retrieved 2014-07-07. 
  34. ^ "‘Invincible Youth’, First episode jumps to 1st place in its time slot, Amazing ‘Girl Power’". Soshified. October 24, 2009. Retrieved 2014-07-08. 
  35. ^ (Korean) '하차설 끝내 사실로..' 유리-써니-현아 19일 ‘청춘불패’ 마지막 녹화, Newsen. May 14, 2010. Retrieved May 15, 2010
  36. ^ Hyoyeon and Yuri will soon appear on “Dancing 9"
  37. ^ Lee Sun-mi (18 June 2013). focusm/news/article/article.aspx?aid=2973200 "‘Dancing 9’ adds trio of coaches". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 9 December 2014. 
  38. ^ (Korean) 유리-돈스파이크, '애니멀즈' 출연 확정..동물예능 도전, Osen. January 13, 2015. Retrieved January 15, 2015
  39. ^ "“Animals” Finalized as the Variety Show to Replace “Dad! Where Are We Going?”". Soompi. January 7, 2015. Retrieved January 15, 2015. 
  40. ^ "Super Junior’s Eunhyuk, Girls’ Generation’s Yuri, and Don Spike Join Cast Lineup of New Variety Show “Animals”". Soompi. January 12, 2015. Retrieved January 15, 2015. 
  41. ^ SNSD’s Yuri Chosen as the Second Virtual Lover on ′Dating Alone′
  42. ^ "Documentary Shows Top K-Pop Singers Behind the Scenes". Chosun Ilbo. 2 May 2012. Retrieved 4 May 2012. 
  43. ^ "Mnet releases nominees for "Mnet Summer Break 20's Choice Awards"". Koreaboo. June 17, 2011. Retrieved 2014-07-18. 
  44. ^ "Tiffany and Yuri Receive Special MC Award at MBC Entertainment Awards". Soshified. 29 December 2011. Retrieved 2014-06-30. 

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