Choi Si-won

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Choi Si-won
KCON 2015 Siwon.jpg
Native name 최시원
Born Choi Si-won
(1986-02-10) February 10, 1986 (age 31)
Seoul, South Korea
Occupation
Musical career
Genres K-pop
Instruments
  • Vocals
  • drums
  • keyboards
  • guitar
Years active 2005–Present
Labels
Associated acts
Korean name
Hangul
Hanja
Revised Romanization Choi Si-won
McCune–Reischauer Ch'oe Siwŏn

Choi Si-won (born February 10, 1986) is a South Korean singer, songwriter, model, and actor. He is a member of the South Korean boy band Super Junior and its Mandopop subgroup, Super Junior-M.

Aside from being a member of Super Junior, Choi has also ventured into solo activities, mainly acting. He played lead roles in the Korean dramas Oh! My Lady (2010) and Poseidon (2011), and had supporting roles in Athena: Goddess of War (2010), The King of Dramas (2012) and She Was Pretty (2015). Choi has also participated in various Chinese language films such as Helios, To the Fore and Dragon Blade.

Early life[edit]

Choi was born on April 7, 1986[1] in Seoul, South Korea. He has one younger sister, Ji-won. His father was the former CEO of Boryung Medicine, a pharmaceutical company.[2]

Career[edit]

Pre-debut[edit]

Choi was scouted by a talent agent from SM Entertainment when he was 16 as he was waiting for friends in front of his high school. The agent recommended him to audition for the company's Starlight Casting System. He auditioned without his parent's approval; his parents were notified only after he passed the auditions. Although his parents allowed him to sign a contract with SM Entertainment, they did not give him any help because they wanted him to take responsibility for his actions.[3]

He later moved into dormitories with fellow trainees and was trained in areas of singing, acting, and dancing. He was featured in a music video of The Grace's Dana whilst he was being trained as a solo singer in 2003. A year after, Choi made a brief appearance in short drama, Precious Family and again in 2005 in the KBS drama Eighteen, Twenty-Nine as young Kang Bong-man, while in 2006 he played the supporting role of Park Sang-woo in drama Spring Waltz.

Debut with Super Junior and Super Junior-M[edit]

Not long after Choi's first television appearance, SM Entertainment released an announcement that he would officially debut as one of the twelve members in a boy band. A few months before the debut of Super Junior 05, Choi made his first official media appearance with bandmate Han Geng as one of the runway models in a fashion show by Bum Suk.

Choi officially debuted as part of 12-member rotational project group Super Junior 05 on 6 November 2005 on SBS's music program Popular Songs, performing their first single, "Twins (Knock Out)". Their debut album SuperJunior05 (Twins) was released a month later on 5 December 2005 and debuted at #3 on the monthly MIAK K-pop album charts.

In March 2006, SM Entertainment began to recruit new members for the next Super Junior generation. However, plans changed and the company declared a halt in forming future Super Junior generations. Following the addition of thirteenth member Kyuhyun, the group dropped the suffix "05" and became officially credited as Super Junior. The re-polished group's first CD single "U" was released on 7 June 2006, which was their most successful single until the release of "Sorry, Sorry" in March 2009, which helped them achieve global success.

In April 2008, Choi was put into seven-member sub-group Super Junior-M, a Mandopop subgroup of Super Junior for the Chinese music industry. They debuted in China at the 8th Annual Music Chart Awards, simultaneously with the release of their first music video, "U" on 8 April 2008. This was followed by the release of the debut Chinese-language studio album, Me in selected provinces in China on 23 April and 2 May in Taiwan.

Acting career[edit]

In 2006, Siwon was cast in the Hong Kong epic film A Battle of Wits, playing the role of the Liang Prince. This also marks his film debut.[4] Siwon received praise from co-star Andy Lau, who stated that Siwon sets a good example for Hong Kong actors.[5]

In 2007, Choi starred in Attack on the Pin-Up Boys along with other Super Junior members.[6] The same year, he was cast in MBC's 2-episode mini series Legend of Hyang Dan.

After a 3-year hiatus, Choi returned to the screen with SBS' romantic comedy Oh! My Lady.[7] The same year, he starred in the big-budget spy series Athena: Goddess of War, a spin-off to the 2009 hit drama Iris. He plays a data analyst and rookie elite agent.[8]

In 2011, Choi headlined KBS' action drama Poseidon.[9] The same year, he starred in his first taiwanese drama Skip Beat! with Ivy Chen and fellow band member Donghae. The series is a live-action adaptation of Japanese shōjo manga Skip Beat! by Yoshiki Nakamura.[10]

In 2012, Choi starred in SBS drama The King of Drama, based around Korean television production. He plays Kang Hyun-min, a top celebrity with a prickly personality.[11]

Choi starred in multiple projects in 2015. He co-starred in Hong Kong historical-action film Dragon Blade with Jackie Chan, crime thriller Helios and sports drama To the Fore alongside Eddie Peng and Shawn Dou.[12][13][14] He also starred in the Chinese romance drama Fall In Love With You Again and was cast in Billion Dollar Heir, a Chinese adaptation of the 2013 hit drama The Heirs.[15][16] Back in Korea, Choi starred as the second male lead in MBC's romantic comedy She Was Pretty.[17] He received critical acclaim for his acting performance and comedic portrayal of the character, and experienced a rise in popularity.[18][19][20] He released a single for the drama titled "Only You", which ranked atop the music charts.[21]

In October 2017, Choi is set to star in the upcoming tvN drama Revolutionary Love, alongside Kang So-ra.[22][23] This will be his first project after releasing from his mandatory military enlistment on August 18, 2017.[24]

Personal life[edit]

Choi graduated from Apgu Jeong High School in February 2006 and from Inha University in February 2012 alongside fellow member Kim Ryeowook.[25]

Choi is well known as a devout Protestant Christian, and has said in an interview that after his career, he would like to become a missionary.[26] He frequently posts Bible quotes on his Twitter and Weibo accounts.[citation needed] He also collaborates frequently with the Christian singing group Third Wave Music.[citation needed]

Choi enlisted as a conscripted policeman on 19 November 2015.[27] He was discharged from mandatory military service on 18 August 2017.[28][29]

Philanthropy[edit]

Choi has joined many UNICEF campaigns since 2010. He was appointed as the special representative of the South Korea committee for UNICEF on 12 November 2015.[30]

Upon his release from the military Choi confirmed to volunteer for a UNICEF campaign in Vietnam from August 21 to 25, 2017. The campaign is named as "SMile for U" which is a music education programme for children with disabilities conducted in partnership with Choi's agency.[31][32]

Discography[edit]

Singles[edit]

Year Track Album Notes
2010 Worthless Oh! My Lady OST
2015 You're the Only One She Was Pretty OST

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Country Ref.
2006 A Battle of Wits Prince Liang Shi China, Hong Kong
2007 Attack on the Pin-Up Boys Student Body President South Korea
2012 I AM. Himself South Korea [33]
2015 Dragon Blade Yinpo China, Hong Kong
Helios Park Woo-cheol Hong Kong, China
To the Fore Zheng Ji-won Hong Kong, China

Television series[edit]

Year Title Role Network Notes Ref.
2004 Precious Family N/A KBS Cameo
2005 Eighteen, Twenty-Nine Kang Bong-man (younger)
2006 Spring Waltz Park Sang-woo KBS 2TV
Mystery 6 Himself Mnet
Super Junior Mini-Drama
2007 Legend of Hyang-dan Lee Mong-ryong MBC
2009 Stage of Youth Shi Yuan CCTV2 Cameo
2010 Oh! My Lady Sung Min-woo SBS
Athena: Goddess of War Kim Jun-ho
2011 Poseidon Kim Sun-woo KBS
Skip Beat! Dun He Lian FTV Main Channel
GTV Variety Show
2012 The King of Dramas Kang Hyun-min SBS
2015 Fall In Love With You Again Song Chen Yi Hunan TV
Masked Prosecutor Thief KBS2 Cameo (Episode 1) [34]
She Was Pretty Kim Shin-hyuk MBC
2016 Dramaworld Himself Viki Cameo
2017 Revolution Byun Hyuk tvN
TBA Billion Dollar Heir Yue Xi Wang TBA

Variety show[edit]

Year Title Network Notes Ref.
2015 We Are In Love Jiangsu TV with Liu Wen [35]

Accolades[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2010 SBS Drama Awards New Star Award Oh! My Lady Won
4th Men's Health Cool Guy Awards Best Cover Magazine Himself Won
2012 Mnet 20's Choice Awards 20′s Social Artist Himself Nominated [36]
2015 MBC Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries She Was Pretty Nominated
Popularity Award, Actor Nominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mark Russell (29 April 2014). K-Pop Now!: The Korean Music Revolution. Tuttle Publishing. p. 39. ISBN 978-1-4629-1411-1. 
  2. ^ "Celebrities born with silver spoons". The Korea Times. 
  3. ^ An episode of Behind Story
  4. ^ "Actor Choi Si-won Set to Become Next-Generation Korean Star". HanCinema. 23 November 2006. Retrieved 2006-11-29. 
  5. ^ 崔始源《墨攻》受关注 刘德华赞其后生可畏 [Choi Siwon A Battle of Wits receives attention, receives praise from Andy Lau]. Sina (in Chinese). 23 November 2006. Retrieved 2007-12-15. 
  6. ^ Cathy Rose A. Garcia "Super Junior Hits Big Screen" The Korea Times. 8 July 2007. Retrieved 2012-04-03
  7. ^ "Younger Men, Power, Money Fill Dramas". The Korea Times. 
  8. ^ Hong, Lucia (18 June 2010). "Choi Si-won to join the cast of "IRIS" spin-off". 10Asia. Hancinema. Retrieved 2012-06-29. 
  9. ^ "Choi Si-won, Lee Si-young embark Poseidon". 10Asia. 2 August 2011. Retrieved 2012-04-05.
  10. ^ "Super Junior’s Choi Siwon and Donghae Cast in Taiwanese Drama". Soompi. 3 May 2011. 
  11. ^ Ho, Stewart (11 September 2012). "Super Junior’s Choi Siwon to Return with SBS’ The King of Drama". enewsWorld. CJ E&M. 
  12. ^ "East meets West". Korea JoongAng Daily. 
  13. ^ "SuJu singer to star in movie". Korea JoongAng Daily. 
  14. ^ "Who is Korean heartthrob Choi Siwon’s ‘oppa’?". Today Online. 
  15. ^ "Choi Si-won to lead in Chinese drama". Thee Korea Times. 
  16. ^ "Si-won to star in Chinese drama". Korea JoongAng Daily. 
  17. ^ "Super Junior star to lead new drama". Korea JoongAng Daily. 
  18. ^ "Singer leaves the idol image behind in latest TV role". Korea JoongAng Daily. 
  19. ^ "Choi Si-won shines in ‘She was Pretty’". Kpop Herald. 
  20. ^ "Choi Si-won' star soars on Twitter". The Korea Times. 
  21. ^ "Choi’s song for ‘She Was Pretty’ tops charts". Korea JoongAng Daily. 
  22. ^ Hong Se-youn (19 August 2017). "최시원X강소라 ‘변혁의 사랑’ 출연확정…10월 첫방송 [공식입장]". Sports Donga (in Korean). 
  23. ^ Hye Lim (19 August 2017). "최시원·강소라 '변혁의 사랑' 출연 확정…10월 방송". enews24 (in Korean). 
  24. ^ Park Ji-young (18 August 2017). "[엑's HD] 최시원-최강창민 '늠름한 인사'". Xports News (in Korean). 
  25. ^ "Super Junior’s Choi Siwon graduates from Inha University". Star News. 25 February 2012. Archived from the original on 25 March 2014. Retrieved 2012-05-12. 
  26. ^ CNN's Talk Asia interview
  27. ^ "Super Junior entertainer to serve military". The Korea Times. 
  28. ^ "Celebrities to return from military in 2017". The Korea Times. 
  29. ^ "Changmin and Choi Si-won to be discharged on the 18th". Hancinema. 17 August 2017. 
  30. ^ "Super Junior's Choi Si-won named special rep for UNICEF Korean Committee". The Korea Times. 2015-11-10. 
  31. ^ "Super Junior's Choi Si-won to visit Vietnam for UNICEF campaign". Yonhap News Agency. August 19, 2017. 
  32. ^ Jung An-ji (August 19, 2017). "최시원, 베트남 봉사활동 떠난다 "좋은 일 참여하게 돼 기뻐"". Sports Chosun (in Korean). Retrieved 2017-08-22. 
  33. ^ "Documentary Shows Top K-Pop Singers Behind the Scenes". The Chosun Ilbo. 2 May 2012. Retrieved 2012-05-04. 
  34. ^ "‘복면검사’ 최시원, "뜨개질 미쳐버리겠다" 허당 절도범으로 깜짝 등장!". 스타서울TV. Retrieved 2015-05-25. (in Korean)
  35. ^ "Model pairs with singer in 'We Got Married'". The Korea Times. 
  36. ^ Lee, Nancy (8 June 2012). "20’s Choice Awards Nominees Announced, Voting Open". enewsWorld. CJ E&M. Retrieved 11 June 2012. 

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