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Background information
Birth name Choi Jin Ri (최진리)
Born (1994-03-29) March 29, 1994 (age 20)
Yangsan, South Gyeongsang, South Korea
Origin Busan, South Korea
Genres K-pop
Occupations Actress, dancer, singer, model, MC, rapper, visual
Instruments Vocals, guitar
Years active 2005–present
Labels S.M. Entertainment
Associated acts f(x), SM Town
Hangul 설리
Revised Romanization Seolli
McCune–Reischauer Sǒlli
Birth name
Hangul 최진리
Revised Romanization Choe jin-ri
McCune–Reischauer Ch'oe jinri

Choi Jinri (Hangul: 최진리; Hanja: 崔真理; born March 29, 1994), better known by her stage name Sulli, is a South Korean model, actress and a member of the artist group f(x) as the sub-rapper,visual, and vocalist.

Early life[edit]

Sulli was born on 29 March 1994 in the City of Yangsan, South Gyeongsang Province, Republic of Korea, but spent her childhood in Busan. Her real name is Choi Jin Ri; her given name means the truth in Korean. She is the only daughter of her family, having two older brothers and a younger brother. Her mother enrolled her in acting school at a young age.

Sulli first came to Seoul in 2004 while in the fourth grade, and in 2005 and began acting professionally as Princess Sunhwa in the SBS drama The Ballad of Seodong and, some time later, had a cameo role in yet another SBS drama, Love Needs a Miracle. She later developed a desire to become a singer, a dream she followed by attending an SM audition, during which she sang the S.E.S song titled Chingu (Friend). After the audition she was officially cast as an SM trainee and in 2005, while in fifth grade, moved into a dormitory with Taeyeon and Tiffany of Girls' Generation. Here she continued to do so up until the debut of Girls' Generation, in 2007.[1]


Sulli attended Jungbu Elementary School (중부초등학교)[2] and then attended Chungdam Middle School (청담중학교).[3][4] She graduated from School of Performing Arts Seoul alongside with miss A's Suzy and her classmate former A Pink member Yookyung, while focusing on acting. Sulli is currently featured on her school's website homepage.[5]

Music career[edit]

Sulli accepted into S.M. Entertainment through an SM audition casting system, from there she became an SM’s trainee before become f(x) member and lived in Seoul alone without her parents. On September 1, 2009 Sulli and her group f(x) debuted with their single 'La Cha Ta'.

Acting career[edit]

Sulli began acting professionally at the age of 11, when she was back selected to play young Princess Sun-hwa in the SBS television drama, The Ballad of Seo-dong. A few months later, she made a cameo appearance in Love Needs a Miracle, another SBS television drama. In 2006, she made a small supporting appearance as the childhood crush of TVXQ/JYJ's Micky Yoochun in the theatrical drama Vacation. Sulli later landed a minor role in Punch Lady and The Flower Girl is Here (2007) and also BABO (2008).

On April 26, 2012, Sulli along labelmate, SHINee's Choi Minho was confirmed to play the leading role for SM Entertainment's new drama, To the Beautiful You, a Korean version of Hana-Kimi. The drama was directed by 2009 popular drama Boys Over Flowers's director, Jun Ki Sang, and began airing on August 15 on SBS.[6]

On August 13, 2013, SM Entertainment announced on August 13 that the singer will star alongside Son Ye Jin and Kim Nam Gil in the Korean film Pirates set to be released in the first half of 2014. Sulli's will be playing Heuk Myo (a supporting character) who is the mood maker and has a lively personality. Lee Suk Hoon, who directed the 2012 movie 'Dancing Queen,' will direct Pirates which has a 10 billion won production budget and has been likened as a Korean version of Pirates of the Caribbean (this does not mean that the film will be like Pirates of the Caribbean but based on the theme). Set in the Joseon era, the storyline tells of a group of female pirates and male bandits in search of treasure that has been swallowed by a whale.

In late 2013 rumors have surfaced online of Sulli possibly taking on the role of the female lead of the Korean movie Fashion King starring alongside Joo Won. By of late December 2013, The movie's production company announced on December 27, "Joo Won, f(x)'s Sulli, and Kim Sung Oh have been confirmed to star in the film 'Fashion King'." A rep from Joo Won's agency Sim Entertainment stated, "After being in talks for 'Fashion King', it is true that Joo Won's casting was recently confirmed."'Fashion King' (not to be confused with the past drama or the survival variety show of the same title) is based on a popular webtoon and portrays the story of a male student Woo Ki-Myung (Joo Won) who becomes interested in fashion and tries to become the most handsome and best dressed man around. The reason for his decision is due to his wish to become a cool enough guy to catch the attention of the ulzzang girl in his class portrayed by Park Se-young. [7] Sulli will be taking on the role of Kwak Eun-Jin (Sulli) likes Woo Ki-Myung. She attempts to change her style to catch his attention. [8]

Image and artistry[edit]

Sulli is widely known in Korea as "Giant Baby" because of her baby face and being the tallest member in f(x), having her the height of 170 cm. She is the member that debuted first as a child actress in the drama The Ballad of Seo-dong as Young Princess Sun-Hwa and is highly recognized for her acting abilities especially for her role in the Korean film Punch Lady as Gwak Chun Sim. She is also known as the group's visual, maknae (alongside Krystal), vocalist and sub-rapper. She is also praised as one of the unique beauties among Korean idols and has been claimed as the ideal type of many male idols ever since their debut. In this singer IU has written and composed the song "Peach" about Sulli. Official statements and articles online have been released which state that among SM artists Sulli is considered in the Top 6 among SM beauties alongside Girl's Generation Yoona while the rest are SM actresses.[9]



Music video appearances[edit]

Year Song title Artist Role
2012 Mr. Simple (3D LG Ver.) Super Junior Herself with Victoria



Year Title Role Other notes
2007 Punch Lady[10] Gwak Chun Sim
2008 BABO Young Ji-ho
2010 A Turtle's Tale: Sammy's Adventures[11] Shelly Korean dub

with Daesung

2012 I AM. - SM Town Live World Tour in Madison Square Garden Herself Documentary of SMTown in New York
2014 Pirates Heuk-myo
2014 Fashion King Kwak Eun-jin

Television Dramas[edit]

Year Title Role Network Other notes
2005 Ballad of Suh Dong Young Princess Sun Hwa SBS
2005 Love Needs a Miracle Na Sun Ju MBC Cameo Appearance
2006 Vacation Jin Joo SBS Supporting Appearance
2012 Oh! My Lady Runway Model SBS Cameo Appearance
2011 Welcome to the Show Sulli (fictional version of herself) SBS Lead Role
2012 To the Beautiful You Goo Jae Hee SBS Korean version of Hana Kimi

Variety Show Series[edit]

Year Title Network Member Note
2010 Hello f(x) YStar f(x) Detail
2010-2011 f(x)'s Koala MBC f(x) Detail Amber was not in the show due to her ankle injury.
2010–Present Star King SBS f(x) members are recurring in the show
2010–2011 Inkigayo SBS Sulli (Host) Detail
2013 Amazing f(x) MBC f(x) Detail
2013 Go! f(x) Mnet f(x) Detail

Variety Show Non-series[edit]

Date Network Title Member Note
2009-10-26 SBS Finding Green, Yellow, Gold f(x)
2009-12-25 KBS Music Back Christmas Special f(x)
2010-01-31 SBS Kim Jung Eun’s Chocolate f(x)
2010-03-10 MBC Every1 Idol Army Sulli
2010-03-17 MBC Every1 Idol Army Sulli
2010-06-05 MBC Quiz That Changed The World Luna, Sulli
2010-06-16 MBC Golden Fishery - Radio Star f(x)
2010-06-23 MBC Golden Fishery - Radio Star f(x)
2010-06-24 MBC Music Travel LaLaLa f(x)
2010-07-11 SBS 1000 Song Challenge Luna, Sulli
2010-07-19 SBS 1000 Song Challenge Luna, Sulli
2010-07-31 MBC Infinite Challenge f(x)
2010-09-02 MBC 7-Day Miracle Victoria, Luna, Sulli, Krystal
2010-09-12 SBS HahaMong Show Sulli
2010-10-22 SBS Tasty Invitation Sulli
2011-02-03 SBS Star Couple Challenge Victoria, Sulli
2011-02-03 KBS Idol Brain Collision Victoria, Luna, Sulli, Krystal
2011-02-10 KBS Happy Together Luna, Sulli, Krystal Episode 183
2011-04-23 KBS 100 Points Out Of 100 (Oh My School) Sulli
2011-05-14 KBS On Your Command, Sir! Luna, Sulli
2011-06-24 Fashion N Actress House f(x)
2011-06-27 MBC Come To Play Sulli, Krystal
2011-07-12 SBS Strong Heart Sulli
2011-07-19 SBS Strong Heart Sulli
2011-08-07 SBS Running Man Luna, Sulli Episode 55
2012-01-01 SBS Running Man Sulli Episode 75
2012-04-27 Mnet The Voice of Korea Amber, Luna, Sulli
2012-08-19 SBS Strong Heart Sulli Episode 142
2012-08-21 SBS Strong Heart Sulli Episode 143
2013-01-20 SBS Running Man Sulli Episode 129
2013-03-16 HBS Happy Camp f(x) Episode "The Most Beautiful"
2013-07-07 SBS Running Man Sulli Episode 153
2013-07-14 SBS Running Man Sulli Episode 154
2013-08-01 Mnet M Countdown f(x) Episode 334
2013-08-29 Mnet Entertainment Wide News f(x) Episode 802

Inkigayo MC[edit]

Date Member Other Hosts
February 7, 2010 - July 11, 2010 Sulli Taecyeon, Wooyoung
July 18, 2010 - March 13, 2011 Sulli Jung Yong-hwa, Jo Kwon
March 20, 2011 - November 13, 2011 Sulli Jo Kwon, Lee Gi-kwang, IU

Special Guest Appearance[edit]

Year Title Network Episode Note
2010 Invincible Youth KBS2 Episode: 52 Special Guest along Krystal, Luna
2010-2011 We Got Married Khuntoria MBC Episode: 4, 15, 16, 43, 44, 45, 64 Special Guest

Fashion Show Modeling[edit]

Year Title Designer Notes
2010 S/S SEOUL COLLECTION Ha Sang Baek With f(x) Amber, Krystal
2010 André Kim's Fashion Show Andre Kim With Siwon


List of awards and nominations received by f(x)

Year Recipient Award Result
2005 Prettiest Child Contest Big Ribbon Child Award Won

SBS Drama Awards[edit]

Year Recipient Award Result
2012 To the Beautiful You 'New Star Award' Won


External links[edit]