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This is a Korean name; the family name is Choi.
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Sulli in 2014
Background information
Birth name Choi Jin-ri[1]
Born (1994-03-29) March 29, 1994 (age 21)
Yangsan, South Gyeongsang, South Korea
Origin Busan, South Korea
Genres K-pop
Occupation(s) Actress, singer
Instruments Vocals
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 Jin-ri[1] (born March 29, 1994), better known by her stage name Sulli, is a South Korean singer and actress. She is a member of the South Korean girl group f(x).

Early life[edit]

Sulli was born on March 29, 1994[2] in the city of Yangsan, South Gyeongsang Province, Republic of Korea, but spent her childhood in Busan.[3] Her birth 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. In 2005, she began her acting career, playing the young Princess Seonhwa of Silla in the SBS drama Ballad of Seodong[4] and, some time later, had a cameo appearance in another SBS drama, Love Needs a Miracle.[5]

She later developed a desire to become a singer, a dream she followed by attending an S.M. Entertainment 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 during the same year, moved into a dormitory with Taeyeon and Tiffany of Girls' Generation. She continued to stay there up until the debut of Girls' Generation, in 2007.[6]


Sulli attended Jungbu Elementary School (중부초등학교)[7] and then attended Chungdam Middle School (청담중학교).[8][9] She graduated from the 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.[10]

Music career[edit]

See also: f(x) (band)

Sulli was accepted into S.M. Entertainment through an SM audition casting system, from there she became an SM's trainee before becoming an 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 Seonhwa of Silla in the SBS television drama, Ballad of Seodong. A few months later, she made a cameo appearance in Love Needs a Miracle, another SBS television drama. In 2006, she had a small supporting role as the childhood crush of TVXQ/JYJ's Micky Yoochun in the theatrical drama Vacation. Sulli later landed a minor role in Punch Lady (2007), The Flower Girl is Here (2007) and BABO (2008).[5]

In August 2012, Sulli starred as the lead role in the drama To the Beautiful You, alongside SHINee's Choi Minho. The drama, a remake version of the Japanese manga and drama Hana-Kimi, was directed by Director Jeon Ki-sang.[11] Contrary to her athletic onscreen character, f(x)'s Krystal disclosed that Sulli does not like to play any sports in real life.[12]

In August 2014, she appeared in the movie The Pirates alongside Son Ye-jin and Kim Nam-gil.[5] She played a supporting character named Heuk-myo, who is the mood maker and has a lively personality. The drama had a production budget of ₩10 billion and was directed by Director Lee Seok-hoon. 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. The movie has been sold to 15 countries. In November 2014, she played the lead role in the movie Fashion King, alongside Joo Won and Kim Sung-oh. It was based on the popular webtoon that 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).[13] Sulli played a character named Kwak Eun-jin, a shy girl who likes Woo Ki-myung, and attempts to change her style to catch his attention.

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). She is the member that debuted first as a child actress in the drama Ballad of Seodong as young Princess Seonhwa of Silla. The singer IU wrote the song, "Peach", with her in mind.

Personal life[edit]

On July 25, 2014, SM Entertainment announced Sulli would be taking a temporary hiatus from the Korean entertainment industry.[14] It was confirmed on August 19, 2014, by both Amoeba Culture and SM Entertainment, that Sulli and Dynamic Duo's Choiza are in a relationship.[15][16]


Main article: f(x) discography

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[17] Gwak Chun-sim
2008 BABO young Ji-ho
2010 A Turtle's Tale: Sammy's Adventures[18] 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 The Pirates Heuk-myo Supporting role
2014 Fashion King Kwak Eun-jin Lead role

Television dramas[edit]

Year Title Role Network Other notes
2005 Ballad of Seodong Young Princess Seonhwa of Silla SBS
2005 Love Needs a Miracle Na Sun-ju MBC Cameo appearance
2006 Vacation Jin-joo SBS Supporting role
2010 Oh! My Lady Runway model Cameo appearance
2011 Welcome to the Show Sulli (fictional version of herself) Lead role
2012 To the Beautiful You Goo Jae-hee Lead role, Korean version of Hana Kimi

Variety shows[edit]

Year Title Network Role
2010–2011 Inkigayo SBS Host


Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2005 Prettiest Child Contest Big Ribbon Child Award N/A Won
2012 SBS Drama Awards New Star Award To the Beautiful You Won


  1. ^ a b "SM Town Live '10 World Tour in Shanghai ″Artistes Confirmation″(Choi Jin Ri)" (in Chinese).中國票務在綫). Retrieved 2015-01-08. 
  2. ^ Mark Russell (29 April 2014). K-Pop Now!: The Korean Music Revolution. Tuttle Publishing. p. 93. ISBN 978-1-4629-1411-1. 
  3. ^ Behind the glamour: S.M. stars retrace their beginnings (May 1, 2012). Retrieved on January 28, 2015.
  4. ^ f(x)'s Sulli snapped a photo with Director Lee Byung Hoon Originally from (November 15, 2011). Archived on June 5, 2014. Retrieved on June 12, 2014.
  5. ^ a b c f(x) Singer Sulli Becomes A Pirate (August 13, 2013). Retrieved on June 1, 2014
  6. ^ f(x)’s Sulli tears up while talking about SNSD’s Taeyeon, Tiffany Allkpop (June 28, 2011). Retrieved on May 21, 2014
  7. ^ 중부초등학교
  8. ^ Cheongdam Middle School Seoul
  9. ^ f(x) member Sulli’s graduation photos revealed! Allkpop (February 3, 2010). Retrieved on May 21, 2014
  10. ^ Seoul Performing Arts High School Home Page Retrieved on May 21, 2014
  11. ^ "f(x) Sulli Expresses Anxiety and Anticipation for Her Upcoming Drama "To the Beautiful You"". Soompi. June 29, 2012. Retrieved June 29, 2012. 
  12. ^ "Chinese Variety Show Happy Camp". Happy Camp (in Chinese and Korean). March 16, 2013. approx. 16 minutes in. Hunan Broadcasting System. 
  13. ^ Sulli rumored to star opposite potential male lead Joo Won in movie 'Fashion King' Allkpop (November 2013). Retrieved on June 20, 2014.
  14. ^ "f(x)’s Sulli takes a break from showbiz". ChannelNews Asia. Retrieved 17 August 2014. 
  15. ^ "최자-설리 양측 "호감 갖고 의지하는 사이" 첫 공식 인정". Naver News. OSEN. Retrieved 19 August 2014. 
  16. ^ SM Confirms Choiza and Sulli′s Relationship (August 19, 2014). Retrieved August 20, 2014.
  17. ^ "Rebellious Sulli takes netizens by surprise". Allkpop. 28 December 2009. Retrieved 2014-06-27. 
  18. ^ "Big Bang's Daesung and f(x)'s Sulli to dub for 3-D animation film". Allkpop. 11 November 2010. Retrieved 2014-06-27. 

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