Kwon Yuri, August 2015
December 5, 1989
Goyang, Gyeonggi, South Korea
|Revised Romanization||Gwon Yu-ri|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Career
- 3 Personal life
- 4 Discography
- 5 Filmography
- 6 Awards and nominations
- 7 References
- 8 External links
Yuri was born in Goyang, Gyeonggi, South Korea on December 5, 1989. She has one older brother, Kwon Hyuk-jun. She auditioned at the S.M. 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 and is currently attending Chung-Ang University with fellow group member Sooyoung. She and Sooyoung were appointed as the university's new ambassadors on May 20, 2014.
2007–2010: Girls' Generation debut and solo activities
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 2005–2006 KMTV Super Junior documentary, Super Junior Show and she made a cameo appearance as a ballerina in the Super Junior film, Attack on the Pin-Up Boys. She also had a recurring role in the 2008 KBS2 sitcom, Unstoppable Marriage where she played a high school student along with fellow member, Sooyoung. In June, she sang a duet called "Kkok (Must!)" with Sooyoung for the soundtrack of the SBS TV series, Working Mom.
She appeared in the second season of Kko Kko Tours Single♥Single, a dating show between celebrities which her fellow member Tiffany appeared in during its first season. The show lasted for six episodes, ending in the same year.
In 2009, she became the host of the MBC music program, Show! Music Core with Tiffany. At the end of 2009, she became a main cast along with fellow member Sunny in the KBS2 reality variety show, Invincible Youth, for which she earned a nomination as Best Female MC at the 2010 KBS Entertainment Awards.
She was featured in the music video of K.Will's "Dropping the Tears" which was released in April 2009. 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.
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. 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.
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". In September, she was featured in the track "Like A Soap", from TVXQ's sixth Korean studio album Catch Me.
2011–2014: Acting career
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.
Yuri played the female lead role Choi Anna in SBS' television drama Fashion King. This 20-episode drama was aired on SBS from March 19, 2012 to May 22, 2012. Yuri received nominations at the 5th Korea Drama Awards and the 2012 SBS Drama Awards, receiving the New Star Award at the latter on December 31, 2012.
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" with Sooyoung & Seohyun and "XYZ" 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.
She 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. 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.
In October 2014, she acted as a couple with Lee Ji-hoon in the music video of S' "Without You", which is the group's first single in 11 years. In November, she appeared as a one-day guest DJ on Kiss the Radio.
2015–present: Variety shows
In January 2015, Yuri joined MBC's variety show, Animals, becoming the only female member of the cast. The show focuses on the interactions between humans and animals and what it will be like living together. An 'Animal Town' was also created for the show where the cast will be taking care of the animals. The show's first episode was aired on January 25.
Yuri also hosted Olive TV's travel program MAPS with Choi Kang-hee. She joined the cast of Our Neighborhood Arts and Physical Education for its swimming special, showing off her swimming skills for the first time. The singer stated that she took swimming lessons until her 2nd grade in elementary school and had once dreamed of becoming a professional swimmer. On July 23, it was revealed that Yuri will be hosting an upcoming SBS reality show about rally drivers called The Rallyist alongside announcer Bae Sung-jae.
|2008||SBS Working Mom||"Must"||03:24||Duet with Sooyoung|
|2012||TVXQ's Album "Catch Me"||"Like a Soap"||03:29||TVXQ|
|2013||No Breathing||"Bling Star"||04:02||Solo|
|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|
|2013||No Breathing||Jung Eun||Lead role|
|2015||SMTown The Stage||Herself||Documentary film of SM Town |
|2007–2008||Unstoppable Marriage||KBS||Yuri||Supporting role|
|2012||Fashion King||SBS||Choi Anna||Lead role|
|2015||Kill Me, Heal Me||MBC||Ahn Yo-na||Cameo appearance (Episode 20)|
|2016||Neighborhood Hero||OCN||Bae Jung-yeon||Female lead|
Reality and variety shows
|2008||Kko Kko Tours Single♥Single||KBS2||Main Cast||Season 2|
|2009–2010||Invincible Youth||KBS2||Main Cast||with Sunny (Episode 1–32, 42)|
|Show! Music Core||MBC||Co-host||with Tiffany|
|2013||Dancing 9||Mnet||Coach||with Hyoyeon|
|2015||Animals||MBC||Main Cast||Episode 1-5|
|Star With Two Job||KBS2||Main Cast||Episode 1-2|
|Dating Alone||JTBC||Herself||Episode 3-4|
|Our Neighborhood Arts and Physical Education||KBS2||Main Cast|
Awards and nominations
|2010||KBS Entertainment Awards||Best Female MC||Invincible Youth||Nominated|
|2011||5th Mnet 20's Choice Awards||Hot Campus Girl||Herself||Nominated|
|MBC Entertainment Awards||MC Special Award (with Tiffany)||Show! Music Core||Won|
|2012||5th Korea Drama Awards||Best New Actress||Fashion King||Nominated|
|SBS Drama Awards||New Star Award||Won|
|2013||49th Baeksang Arts Awards||Most Popular Actress (TV)||Won|
|2014||50th Baeksang Arts Awards||Most Popular Actress (Film)||No Breathing||Won|
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