Kwon Yu-ri

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Kwon Yu-ri
Kwon Yu-ri going to a Happy Together recording in July 2017.jpg
Yuri in July 2017
Native name 권유리
Born (1989-12-05) December 5, 1989 (age 28)
Deogyang-gu, Goyang, South Korea
Education Chung-Ang University
  • Singer
  • lyricist
  • actress
Musical career
Genres K-pop
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2007–present
Labels SM Entertainment
Associated acts
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Korean name
Hangul 권유리
Revised Romanization Gwon Yu-ri
McCune–Reischauer Kwŏn Yuri

Kwon Yu-ri (born December 5, 1989), better known by the mononym Yuri, is a South Korean singer and actress. She debuted as a member of girl group Girls' Generation in August 2007, who went on to be one of the best-selling artists in South Korea and one of South Korea's most popular girl groups worldwide. Apart from her group's activities, she has been in several television dramas such as Fashion King (2012), Local Hero (2016), Gogh, The Starry Night and Innocent Defendant (2017). In 2013, she made her film debut in No Breathing.

Early life[edit]

Yuri was born in Goyang, Gyeonggi, South Korea on December 5, 1989.[1] She has one older brother, Kwon Hyuk-joon.[2][3] She auditioned at the SM 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.[4] She and Sooyoung were appointed as Chung-Ang University new ambassadors on May 20, 2014.[5] On February 15, 2016, she graduated with a degree in Theater and Film as well as receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award as Honorary Ambassador of the school at the graduation ceremony.[6][7][8]


2007–2010: Girls' Generation debut and solo activities[edit]

Yuri made her official debut as a member of the 9-member girl group, Girls' Generation in August 2007. Aside from her group activities, she had a small role in a television segment, The King's Boyfriend, which was part of the documentary Super Junior Show by S.M Entertainment's boy group Super Junior. She also made a cameo appearance as a ballerina in the film, Attack on the Pin-Up Boys, which also stars Super Junior members.

In 2008, Yuri had a recurring role in the 2008 KBS2 sitcom, Unstoppable Marriage, where she played a high school student along with fellow member Sooyoung.[9] In June, she sang a duet called "Kkok (Must!)" with Sooyoung for the soundtrack of SBS television series, Working Mom.[10] Yuri also became a cast member in the second season of Kko Kko Tours Single♥Single, a dating show between celebrities.

In 2009, she was announced to be a host of MBC music program, Show! Music Core with fellow member Tiffany.[11] In April, K.Will released the music video of "Dropping The Tears", featuring Yuri. She then performed a special stage with him for one of his performances of the song on Show! Music Core, playing the piano in the background.[12] At the end of the year, Yuri was cast alongside Sunny as one of the 7 girl group members, dubbed as 'G7' in the KBS2 reality variety show, Invincible Youth, for which she earned a nomination as Best Female MC at the 2010 KBS Entertainment Awards.[13]

As Girls' Generation started preparing for their Japanese debut, their schedules became busier. Because of this, Yuri and Sunny left Invincible Youth in June 2010.[14] For the same reason, she and Tiffany also had to leave Show! Music Core in the following month to focus on the group's activities.[15][16]

Yuri made her first contribution as a songwriter for Girls' Generation's third mini album, Hoot, where she wrote the lyrics for the track, "Mistake".[17] In September, she was featured in the track "Like A Soap", from TVXQ's sixth Korean studio album Catch Me.[18]

2011–2014: Acting career[edit]

Yuri at VIP premiere of the film No Breathing in October 2013

In October 2011, Tiffany and Yuri returned to Show! Music Core and hosted the show until January 2012 when Yuri left the show once again to focus on her drama debut.[19]

In 2012, Yuri made her acting debut in SBS drama series Fashion King alongside actor Yoo Ah-in.[20][21] Yuri received nominations at the 5th Korea Drama Awards and the 2012 SBS Drama Awards for her acting performance, and received the New Star Award at the latter on December 31.[22]

In 2013, Girls' Generation released their fourth Korean studio album, I Got a Boy, which has two of its tracks' lyrics co-written by Yuri. "Baby Maybe" was co-written by Yuri and her fellow members Sooyoung and Seohyun, while "XYZ" was penned with Seohyun. In June, she appeared alongside Hyoyeon in Mnet's global dance survival show, Dancing 9. The two coached the show's contestants as "K-pop dance masters" along with other notable stars who also appeared as dance masters in their specific fields.[23][24]

Yuri made her film debut in the same year, when she 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.[25][26] 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.[27]

In October 2014, she acted as a couple with Lee Ji-hoon in the music video of "Without You" by S, which is the group's comeback single after 11 years.[28]

2015–present: Variety shows and return to acting[edit]

In January 2015, Yuri joined MBC's variety show, Animals, becoming the only female member of the cast.[29][30] Yuri was also a guest on the programs Star With Two Job and Dating Alone.[31][32] In May, Yuri was chosen to host Olive TV's travel program MAPS with Choi Kang-hee.[33] She also joined the cast of Our Neighborhood Arts and Physical Education for its swimming special, showing off her swimming skills for the first time.[34] On July 23, it was revealed that Yuri was cast as a host in an SBS reality show about rally drivers called The Rallyist alongside announcer Bae Sung-jae.[35]

Yuri returned to acting in January 2016, playing the female lead in the OCN spy thriller, Local Hero.[36] On February 25, OnStyle announced a new reality show about Yuri and her cousin, model Vivian Cha, titled YULVIV MY SISTER. However, the show was later postponed.[citation needed] She also joined the new cast of SBS' reality-documentary show Law of the Jungle for its new season which was filmed in New Caledonia. The first episode of the show aired on July 2, 2016.[37] In July 2016, Yuri starred as the female lead alongside Kim Young-kwang in the web drama Gogh, The Starry Night. After premiering on Sohu, the series was broadcast on television by SBS.[38] In August 2016, Yuri released a single titled "Secret" with fellow member Seohyun as part of SM Station.[39]

In January 2017, she starred in SBS' drama Innocent Defendant, playing a lawyer.[40]

In 2018, Yuri is set to star in the second season of the sitcom, The Sound of Your Heart as the female lead.[41] In January, she released a collaboration single titled "Always Find You" with DJ Raiden.[42] She was also cast in MBC's upcoming drama Dae Jang Geum Is Watching, set to premiere in September.[43] On September 21, 2018, her company announced that she will make her solo debut in October and will release an album.[44]


Title Year Peak
Sales Album


"Always Find You"
(with Raiden)
2018 N/A S.M. Station Season 2
Promotional singles
(with Seohyun)
2016 149 10 Non-album single
Soundtrack appearances
(with Sooyoung)
2008 N/A Working Mom soundtrack
"Bling Star"
(with Masyta Band)
2013 N/A No Breathing soundtrack
"Twinkle Twinkle"
(with Masyta Band)
"—" denotes songs that did not chart.



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[48]
2013 No Breathing Jung-eun Lead role
2015 SMTown The Stage Herself Documentary film of SM Town [49]

Television drama[edit]

Year Title Network Role Notes Ref.
2007–08 Unstoppable Marriage KBS Kwon Yu-ri Supporting role
2012 Fashion King SBS Choi An-na Lead role
2015 Kill Me, Heal Me MBC Ahn Yo-na Cameo Ep 20 [50]
2016 Local Hero OCN Bae Jung-yeon Lead role
Gogh, The Starry Night Sohu, SBS Go-ho Lead role; Web series [51]
2017 Innocent Defendant SBS Seo Eun-hye Lead role
2018 Sound of Your Heart - Reboot KBS2 Aebong
Dae Jang Geum Is Watching MBC Bok Soong-ah [43]

Reality and variety shows[edit]

Year Title Network Role Note
2008 Kko Kko Tours Single♥Single KBS2 Main cast Season 2
2009–10 Invincible Youth with Sunny (Ep 1–32, 42)
Show! Music Core MBC Co-host with Tiffany
2011–12 Co-host
2013 Dancing 9 Mnet Coach with Hyoyeon
2015 Animals MBC Main cast Ep 1–5
MAPS O'live Host
Our Neighborhood Arts and Physical Education KBS2 Main cast Swimming – (Ep 113–124)
The Rallyist SBS Host
2016 Law of the Jungle Main cast New Caledonia Episode
2018 Kim Je-dong's Talk to You Season 2 JTBC Co-host[52]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2010 KBS Entertainment Awards Best Female MC Invincible Youth Nominated
2011 5th Mnet 20's Choice Awards Hot Campus Girl Herself Nominated [53]
MBC Entertainment Awards MC Special Award (with Tiffany) Show! Music Core Won [54]
2012 5th Korea Drama Awards Best New Actress Fashion King Nominated
SBS Drama Awards New Star Award Won [22]
2013 49th Baeksang Arts Awards Most Popular Actress (TV) Won [55]
2014 50th Baeksang Arts Awards Most Popular Actress (Film) No Breathing Won [56]
2017 SBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actress in a Monday-Tuesday Drama Innocent Defendant Nominated


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