Kwon Yuri

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This is a Korean name; the family name is Kwon.
Yuri
Kwon Yuri at a fanmeet of Lotte Department Store Casio in June 2016 01.jpg
Yuri at a fan meeting in June 2016
Native name 권유리
Born Kwon Yu-ri
(1989-12-05) December 5, 1989 (age 26)
Goyang, Gyeonggi, South Korea
Education Chung-Ang University
Occupation
  • Singer
  • dancer
  • actress
Musical career
Genres K-pop
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2007–present
Labels S.M. Entertainment
Associated acts
Korean name
Hangul
Hanja
Revised Romanization Gwon Yu-ri
McCune–Reischauer Kwŏn Yu-ri
Yuri Signature

Kwon Yuri (born December 5, 1989) is a South Korean singer, dancer and actress. She is a member of South Korean girl group Girls' Generation. She has also pursued acting, including the dramas Fashion King (2012) and Neighborhood Hero (2016) and the movie No Breathing (2013).

Early life[edit]

Yuri was born in Goyang, Gyeonggi, South Korea on December 5, 1989.[1] She has one older brother, Kwon Hyuk-jun.[2] 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.[3] She and Sooyoung were appointed as Chung-Ang University new ambassadors on May 20, 2014.[4] 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.[5][6][7]

Career[edit]

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

Main article: Girls' Generation

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.[8] In June, she sang a duet called "Kkok (Must!)" with Sooyoung for the soundtrack of SBS television series, Working Mom.[9] 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.[10] 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.[11] 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.

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.[12] 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.[13][14][15]

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".[16] In September, she was featured in the track "Like A Soap", from TVXQ's sixth Korean studio album Catch Me.[17]

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.[18]

In 2012, Yuri played the female lead role Choi Anna in SBS drama series Fashion King alongside actor Yoo Ah-in.[19][20] 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.[21]

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.[22][23]

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.[24][25] 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.[26]

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.[27]

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.[28][29] Yuri was also a guest on the programs Star With Two Job and Dating Alone. In May, Yuri was chosen to host Olive TV's travel program MAPS with Choi Kang-hee.[30] 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. 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.

Yuri returned to acting in January 2016, playing the female lead in the OCN spy thriller, Neighborhood Hero. She was cast in early 2016 to play the leading role in Korea-China web drama Gogh, The Starry Night alongside Kim Young-kwang. The series airs its episodes every weekend on Sohu TV, starting July 1st 2016.

On February 25, OnStyle announced a new reality show about Yuri and her cousin, model Vivian Cha, titled YULVIV MY SISTER. 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 2nd, 2016.[31]

Personal life[edit]

It was announced in April 2015 that Yuri was in a relationship with the South Korean baseball player Oh Seung-hwan.[32] The couple were confirmed to have broken up in October 2015 after six months of dating due to busy schedules and the long distance in their relationship.[33]

Discography[edit]

Digital Singles[edit]

Year Title Song Duration Artist
2008 SBS Working Mom OST "Must" 03:24 with Sooyoung
2012 Catch Me "Like a Soap" 03:29 TVXQ
2013 No Breathing OST "Bling Star" 04:02 Solo
"Twinkle Twinkle" 03:22
2016 SM Station "Secret" 3:58 with Seohyun

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

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[34]
2013 No Breathing Jung Eun (정은) Lead role
2015 SMTown The Stage Herself Documentary film of SM Town [35]

Television drama[edit]

Year Title Network Role Notes
2007–2008 Unstoppable Marriage KBS Kwon Yuri (권유리) Supporting role
2012 Fashion King SBS Choi Anna Supporting role
2015 Kill Me, Heal Me MBC Ahn Yo-na Cameo[36]
2016 Neighborhood Hero OCN Bae Jung-yeon (배정연) Lead role
Gogh, The Starry Night Sohu Goho Lead role[37]

Reality and variety shows[edit]

Year Title Network Role Note
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
2011–2012 co-Host
2013 Dancing 9 Mnet Coach with Hyoyeon
2015 Animals MBC Main cast Episode 1–5
MAPS Olive TV Host [38]
Our Neighborhood Arts and Physical Education KBS2 Main cast
The Rallyist SBS Host [39]
2016 Yulviv My Sister OnStyle Main cast
Law of the Jungle SBS Main cast

Music Video[edit]

Year Title Singer Notes
2006 Beautiful Life DBSK Lead role
2009 Tears are Dropping K.Will Lead role
2009 Jjalajjajja Jo Hyunmi & Seohyun Lead role
2014 Without You S (Kangta, Jihoon, Hyesung) Lead role
2016 Secret Herself With Seohyun

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2010 KBS Entertainment Awards Best Female MC Invincible Youth Nominated
2011 5th Mnet 20's Choice Awards Hot Campus Girl[40] Herself Nominated
MBC Entertainment Awards MC Special Award (with Tiffany)[41] Show! Music Core Won
2012 5th Korea Drama Awards Best New Actress Fashion King Nominated
SBS Drama Awards New Star Award[42] Won
2013 49th Baeksang Arts Awards Most Popular Actress (TV)[43] Won
2014 50th Baeksang Arts Awards Most Popular Actress (Film)[44] No Breathing Won

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