Soo-young in 2012
|Birth name||Choi Soo-young|
February 10, 1990 |
Gwangju, Gyeonggi, South Korea
|Genres||Pop, dance-pop, trot, jazz|
|Occupations||Singer, dancer, actress, promotional model, TV presenter, songwriter, rapper, MC|
|Years active||2002 – present|
|Labels||Yoshimoto Kogyo (Japan, 2002–2003)
S.M. Entertainment (2005 – present)
|Associated acts||Route θ (2002–2003)
SM Town (2005 – present)
Girls' Generation (2007 – present)
|Website||SM Town (Girls' Generation)
Signature of Sooyoung
|Revised Romanization||Choe Su-yeong|
Choi Soo-young (born February 10, 1990) is a South Korean singer, dancer, actress, promotional model, TV presenter, songwriter, rapper, and MC. She was a member of the Korean-Japanese duo group Route θ and is currently a member of the South Korean girl group, Girls' Generation, formed by S.M. Entertainment in 2007.
- 1 Biography
- 2 Music Career
- 3 Acting Career
- 4 Show Hosting Career
- 5 Model
- 6 Personal life
- 7 Discography
- 8 Filmography
- 9 Endorsements
- 10 Awards and nominations
- 11 References
- 12 External links
Sooyoung was born in Gwangju, Gyeonggi, South Korea on February 10, 1990. She is the younger sister of Choi Soo-jin, who is a musical theatre actress. Her father, Choi Jungnam, is an architect as well as a manager of a contracting company. Her mother, Moon Sohee, is a housewife and has taught opera classes.
She was discovered on SM Casting System via the 2000 SM Open Audition. She then auditioned for the 2002 Korea-Japan Ultra Idol Duo Audition and won first place, marking her debut into the Japanese music scene with the band Route θ.
After winning first place in the 2002 Korea-Japan Ultra Idol Duo awards, Sooyoung was sent to Japan and debuted as a member of the duo Route θ, alongside Marina Takahashi. The band released three singles: "Waku! Waku! It's Love", "Start", and "Painting", and 3 B-Sides : Go Go Happy!!, Kimi Ni Ae Ta Kara (君に会えたから) and Onna No Ko Magic (女の子マジック). The group was later disbanded in 2003.
Sooyoung graduated from JeongShin Women's High School (Korean: 정신 여자 고등학교) in 2009 and is currently majoring in performing arts and theater at Chung-Ang University with fellow Girls' Generation member Kwon Yuri. She was a member of a choir in JeongShin Women's High School.
After winning first place in the 2002 Korea-Japan Ultra Idol Duo, Sooyoung was sent to Japan and debuted as a member of the duo Route θ, alongside Marina Takahashi. The band released three singles: "Waku! Waku! It's Love","Start", and "Painting", and 3 B-Sides : Go Go Happy!!, Kimi Ni Ae Ta Kara (君に会えたから) and Onna No Ko Magic (女の子マジック). The group was later disbanded in 2003.
In 2008, Sooyoung and Yuri sang the trot song "Kkok" (Hangul: "꼭") for the opening theme of the SBS TV miniseries Working Mom (Hangul: 워킹 맘). She was also featured in "Oh! My Love to You" (Korean: "너만을 느끼며"; or alternatively titled "Feeling Only You") by The Blue (Kim Min-jong and Son Ji-chang), alongside bandmate Tiffany.
She made her debut as a lyricist with the song "How Great Is Your Love", from Girls' Generation's Korean third album, The Boys, and, along with fellow members Yuri and Seohyun, wrote the song "Baby Maybe", from Girls' Generation's fourth album "I Got a Boy".
Sooyoung played a part in the 2007 KBS2 sitcom Unstoppable Marriage alongside Yuri. She co-starred with Lee Yeon-hee and Kangin on the romantic comedy film Hello, Schoolgirl (Korean: 순정만화); SBS TV miniseries Oh! My Lady starring Choi Siwon and Chae Rim with two bandmates, Jessica and Hyoyeon. She also made a cameo on SBS miniseries Paradise Ranch starring her labelmates Changmin and Lee Yeon-hee.
Sooyoung was in talks to be cast in the drama "Speed", about the world of competitive race car driving. She was being considered for the role of 'Seo Ji Won', an orthopedist and team doctor of racing team ‘CKins’. On February 15, 2012, it was announced that Sooyoung would not be taking part in Speed due to scheduling differences with Girls' Generation's activities and problems with the drama itself.
On March 20, 2012, she was cast on a medical drama titled The 3rd Hospital as violist "Eu Jin", who is part of the "love square", along with actors Kim Seung-woo, Oh Ji-ho and Kim Min-jung. Her acting was very well received by both viewers and critics, with co-actor Oh Ji Ho remarking that Sooyoung is "the best actress in Girls' Generation while viewers are drawn to her natural display of emotion".
On June 9, 2012, she made a cameo appearance on a drama titled A Gentleman's Dignity as herself.
On April 2, 2013, it was announced that Sooyoung would be starring alongside Lee Jonghyuk the tvN Monday/Tuesday drama, Dating Agency: Cyrano. Dating Agency: Cyrano is a 16-episode drama based on the webtoon, “Cyrano Agency”, and is a prequel to the original Cyrano Agency movie. Sooyoung played the role of Gong Minyoung. Filming for Dating Agency: Cyrano started in the middle of April, and the first episode was aired near the end of May 2013.
In July 2014, it was confirmed that Sooyoung would be playing the lead role in MBC's upcoming Wednesday/Thursday drama My Spring Days opposite Kam Woo-sung. Sooyoung will play the role of Lee Bom, a terminally ill patient who gets a heart transplant and meets her donor's husband, a widow with two kids who lost his wife in an accident. The first episode will air in September.
Show Hosting Career
Prior to her debut as a member of Girls' Generation, she was a VJ of the 2005 M.net Hello Chat, alongside Super Junior's Kangin. Also she worked as a radio DJ with Super Junior's Sungmin on DMB ChunBangJiChuk Radio (Hangul: 천방지축 라디오; lit. Reckless Radio) from July 2007 to January 2008. From May to November 2009, she was a presenter for MBC TV children's game show Fantastic Duo (Korean: 환상의 짝꿍) along with Oh Sang-jin (Hangul: 오상진), and Kim Je-dong (Hangul: 김제동).
On May 30, 2012, it was announced that Sooyoung will be the new MC in SBS Midnight TV Entertainment with Yoon Dohyun. ” In the same year, she hosted the SBS Entertainment Awards which was held on December 30, 2012.
On December 5, 2013, Sooyoung hosted the “2013 Women’s Film Festival” in Jongno, Seoul. Sooyoung was the sole MC for the event.
Prior to her debut as a member of Girls' Generation, Sooyoung modeled with Route 0 bandmate Takahashi for Chubbygang Clothing Line in 2003. Sooyoung is the tallest and the slimmest member of the group. She also endorsed for Skoolooks Uniform back in 2004 along with Jang Geun-suk and Yoo Ah-in . Shortly after her return from Japan, she appeared in a TV ad for Samsung AnyCall with Park Jeong-Ah (Hangul: 박정아) in 2004. Sooyoung with bandmate Yoona, modeled for the 2008–09 F/W SFAA Seoul Collection: Lee Joo-Young Fashion Show at Seoul Hakyohul Exhibition Hall on March 20, 2008. She had a photoshoot, with Seohyun and Yuri, for QTV's photographer audition survival-themed show Photographer. The photoshoot, entitled "Dreaming Water", is a joint campaign by Cosmopolitan magazine and UNICEF to promote the preservation of water for a clean environment. On March 29, 2010, Sooyoung, along with Taeyeon, Yuri, Yoona, and Seohyun, was hired by Nintendo Korea as campaign models for the portable game console, Nintendo DSi.
She was ranked at #66 on The 2013 Independent Critics List of the 100 Most Beautiful Faces.
On the way to participate in a charity event on Sunday, August 28, 2011, Sooyoung and her sister were involved in a car crash. The crash was due to another motorist's driving, leaving Sooyoung hospitalized with a fractured tailbone. Due to this, she was unable to participate in 'SMTOWN LIVE in TOKYO SPECIAL EDITION' and Girls' Generation's concert in Taiwan. During this time, she made a video (in English and Korean), thanking her fans for their concern and assuring them she was doing her best to recover. On September 27, 2011, Sooyoung rejoined Girls' Generation in their activities.
|2002||Waku! Waku! It's Love||Waku! Waku! It's Love||03:23||Duet with Malina Takahashi|
|Start||Start||03:23||Duet with Malina Takahashi|
|Painting||Painting||05:08||Duet with Malina Takahashi|
|3 B-Sides||Go Go Happy!!||03:58||Duet with Malina Takahashi|
|2003||3 B-Sides||Kimi Ni Ae Ta Kara(君に会えたから)||04:40||Duet with Malina Takahashi|
|3 B-Sides||Onna No Ko Magic (女の子マジック)||04:30||Duet with Malina Takahashi|
|2005||InuYasha||"I Am" (Korean Version)||01:24||Solo|
|2008||SBS Working Mom||KKok||03:24||Duet with Kwon Yuri|
|2009||The First Memories||"Feeling Only You (너만을 느끼며)"||03:26||With Tiffany and The Blue|
|2008||Hello, Schoolgirl||Jeong Da-jeong||Supporting role|
|2012||I AM. – SM Town Live World Tour in Madison Square Garden||Herself||Biographical film of SM Town|
|2008||Unstoppable Marriage||Choi Soo-young||Supporting role||KBS|
|2010||Oh! My Lady||Herself||Cameo appearance (Episode 7)||SBS|
|2011||Paradise Ranch||Miss Soo||Cameo appearance (Episode 3)|
|2012||A Gentleman's Dignity||Herself||Cameo appearance (Episode 5)|
|The 3rd Hospital||Lee Eui-jin||Lead role||tvN|
|2013||Dating Agency: Cyrano||Gong Min-young||Lead role|
|2014||My Spring Days||Lee Bom||Lead role||MBC|
|2009||We Got Married (Season 1)||Herself; Episode 42, 45 & 49||MBC|
|2010||Invincible Youth||Guest; Episode 22 & 23||KBS2|
|2010||We Got Married (Season 2)||Herself; Episode 45 (Guest Commentator), 52 & 69 (On stage)||MBC|
|2012||Quiz on Korea||Presenter||KBS1|
|2012–present||Midnight TV Entertainment||Presenter||SBS|
|2013||Shinhwa Broadcast||Guest on Episodes 47 and 48 along with Hyoyeon, Taeyeon, Yoona, Yuri and Sunny||JTBC|
Music video appearances
|2009||S.E.O.U.L.||Super Junior & Girls' Generation|
|2010||Caribbean Bay||Girl's Generation & 2PM|
|2010||Go Calorie||Ddoongs (Gil & Hyung Don) feat. Jung In|
|2012||I Want To See You||Hi.ni|
|2005||M.Net Hello Chat!||VJ alongside with Kang In|
|2007–2008||DMB ChunBangJiChuk Radio (Hangul: 천방지축 라디오; lit. Reckless Radio)||Co-DJ along with Sungmin|
|2011||August 20||K-Pop All Star Live in Niigata||Tiffany and Yuri|
|2012||December 30||2012 SBS Entertainment Awards||Yoon Dohyun and Haha|
|2013||July 18||17th Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival||Shin Hyun-joon|
|December 5||2013 Women’s Film Festival|
|2014||July 15||Miss Korea 2014||Oh Sang-jin|
Aside from her endorsements alongside Girls' Generation, Sooyoung has also endorsed the following brands:
|2003||Samsung Anycall Haptic||"Song Battle" CF with Park Jeong-ah|
|Chubbygang Clothing Line||Japanese brand|
|2004||Skoolooks Uniform||With Jang Keun-suk, Yoo Ah-in|
|Post Granola Cereal|
|2010||Biotherm Aquasource 1,2,3|
|2011||Dior Snow||With Jessica, Yuri, Sunny, Hyoyeon and Tiffany|
|2013||Double M||Until 2014|
|Tommy Hilfiger Denim||With Seohyun|
Awards and nominations
|2012||Mnet 20's Choice Awards||Best 20′s Style||Nominated|
|KBS Music Awards||Best Female Group Member|
|SBS Entertainment Awards|
|2013||6th Korea Drama Awards||Best New Actress (Dating Agency: Cyrano)|
|6th Style Icon Awards||Best K-Style Award||Won|
|SBS Entertainment Awards||New Rookie Award (MC Category)||Won|
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- Yuri, Tiffany & Sooyoung to MC 'Kpop All Star Live in Niigata’
- Sooyoung Casted as New MC of SBS’s ‘Midnight TV Entertainment’
- 소시 수영, SBS 연예대상 MC 발탁 '여신자태 뽐낸다'
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- Choi SooYoung at HanCinema
- Choi SooYoung at the Korean Movie Database
- Choi SooYoung on Instagram
- Choi SooYoung on Sina Weibo
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