Choi Soo-young

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Soo-young in 2012
Background information
Birth name Choi Soo-young
Born (1990-02-10) February 10, 1990 (age 24)
Gwangju, Gyeonggi, South Korea
Genres K-pop, dance
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter, actress
Instruments Vocals
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)
Choi Soo-jin
Website SM Town (Girls' Generation)
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Signature of Sooyoung
Choi Soo-young
Hangul
Hanja [1]
Revised Romanization Choe Su-yeong
McCune–Reischauer Ch'oe Suyŏng

Choi Soo-young (born February 10, 1990) is a South Korean singer-songwriter and actress. She was a member of the Korean-Japanese duo group Route θ and is now a member of the South Korean girl group, Girls' Generation, formed by S.M. Entertainment in 2007.

Biography[edit]

Soo-young 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.[2] 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.

Soo-young speaks fluent Korean & Japanese as well as conversational English.[3][4][5]

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.[6][7]

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.[6] The band released three singles: "Waku! Waku! It's Love",[8] "Start",[8] 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).[8] The group was later disbanded in 2003.

Soo-young graduated from JeongShin Women's High School (Korean: 정신 여자 고등학교) in 2009 and is 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.

On December 17, 2013, Soo-young and her labelmate Choi Siwon have been appointed as ambassadors for UNICEF's Aanta campaign to help children in need.[9]

Music career[edit]

Singing career[edit]

After winning first place in the 2002 Korea-Japan Ultra Idol Duo, Soo-young 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.[10]

In 2005, she made a song titled "I Am" for the Korean version of Inuyasha.[11]

In 2008, Soo-young and Yuri sang the trot song "Kkok" (Hangul: "꼭") for the opening theme of the SBS TV miniseries Working Mom (Hangul: 워킹 맘).[12][13] 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.[14][15]

Songwriting[edit]

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.

Acting career[edit]

Soo-young played a part in the 2007 KBS2 sitcom Unstoppable Marriage alongside Yuri.[16] 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.[17] She also made a cameo on SBS miniseries Paradise Ranch starring her labelmates Changmin and Lee Yeon-hee.

Soo-young 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.[18]

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".[19][20][21]

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 Soo-young would be starring with 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.[22]

In July 2014, it was confirmed that Soo-young 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.[23][24]

Show-hosting career[edit]

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.[25] 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).[26]

On August 20, 2011, she was a MC for K-Pop All Star Live in Niigata together with Yuri & Tiffany.[27] She was also a MC in M! Countdown in 2011, following their win on "The Boys".

On May 30, 2012, it was announced that Soo-young will be the new MC in SBS Midnight TV Entertainment with Yoon Dohyun.[28] ” In the same year, she hosted the SBS Entertainment Awards which was held on December 30, 2012.[29]

On July 18, 2013, Soo-young was the MC for “ 17th Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival (PiFan)” alongside Shin Hyun-joon.[30]

On December 5, 2013, Soo-young hosted the “2013 Women’s Film Festival” in Jongno, Seoul. Sooyoung was the sole MC for the event.[31]

It was announced that Soo-young will be hosting the 2014 Miss Korea Pageant with Oh Sang-jin. It was held on July 15, 2014.[32]

Personal life[edit]

On the way to participate in a charity event on Sunday, August 28, 2011, Soo-young and her sister were involved in a car crash.[33] The crash was due to another motorist's driving, leaving Soo-young 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.[34] On September 27, 2011, Soo-young rejoined Girls' Generation in their activities.[35]

It was announced in January 2014 that Soo-young is in a relationship with the South Korean actor Jung Kyung-ho.[36]

Discography[edit]

Soundtracks[edit]

Year Title Song Duration Artist
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

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Other notes
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[37]

Television dramas[edit]

Year Title Role Notes Network
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

Variety shows[edit]

Year Title Role Network
2009 Fantastic Duo Presenter 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[38]

Music video appearances[edit]

Year Song Artist(s)
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

Radio show[edit]

Year Title Role
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

Hosted events[edit]

Year Date Event Co-host
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

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Result
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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  3. ^ Girls Generation | Korean Pop Singer – Girls Generation(소녀시대), korean star
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  11. ^ Choi Sooyoung 최수영 – " I Am" (Korean Ver.) Inuyasha Opening – YouTube
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  18. ^ Girl's Generation Sooyoung not to star in drama "Speed" @ HanCinema :: The Korean Movie and Drama Database, discover the South Korean cinema and drama diversity
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  27. ^ Yuri, Tiffany & Sooyoung to MC 'Kpop All Star Live in Niigata’
  28. ^ Sooyoung Casted as New MC of SBS’s ‘Midnight TV Entertainment’
  29. ^ 소시 수영, SBS 연예대상 MC 발탁 '여신자태 뽐낸다'
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  35. ^ SNSD’s Sooyoung gets injured in a car accident, forced to withdraw from schedules
  36. ^ [2] [Breaking] Girls' Generation's Sooyoung & Jung Kyung Ho reported to be dating again + both sides confirm
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