Sooyoung in June, 2016
February 10, 1990
Gwangju, Gyeonggi, South Korea
|Alma mater||Chung-Ang University|
|Revised Romanization||Choe Su-yeong|
Choi Soo-young (born February 10, 1990), most often credited as Sooyoung, is a South Korean singer and actress. She was a member of Korean-Japanese duo Route θ and is a member of South Korean girl group Girls' Generation. Besides music activities, Sooyoung has also starred in various television dramas such as The 3rd Hospital (2012), Dating Agency: Cyrano (2013), My Spring Days (2014) and 38 Revenue Collection Unit (2016)
Life and career
1990–2007: Early life and career beginnings
Choi Soo-young was born in Gwangju, Gyeonggi, South Korea on February 10, 1990. She is the younger sister of Choi Soo-jin, who is a musical theatre actress. Sooyoung was initially discovered through an S.M. Entertainment Open Audition when she was in fifth grade. She later won first place at the 2002 Korea-Japan Ultra Idol Duo Audition and debuted in Japan as a member of the group Route θ. The group released three singles before disbanding in 2003. Sooyoung returned to S.M. Entertainment and eventually debuted in South Korea as a member of the girl group Girls' Generation in August 2007. The group gained significant popularity with the release of their hit single "Gee" in 2009. That same year, Sooyoung graduated from JeongShin Women's High School. Soo-young has said in an interview that she was also interested in acting before debuting as a singer and had failed more than 70 auditions during her pre-debut days.
2008–present: Acting roles and lyrics writing
Aside from Girls' Generation's activities, Soo-young has participated in various music and acting projects. In the early days, her acting work mostly involved several small roles and guest appearances—these include KBS2's sitcom Unstoppable Marriage (2007), romantic comedy film Hello, Schoolgirl (2008), SBS's drama Oh! My Lady (2010), SBS's Paradise Ranch (2011) and SBS's A Gentleman's Dignity (2012). During this period, musically, she recorded two songs—one trot song titled "KKok" with Girls' Generation member Yuri for the SBS's drama Working Mom, while the other one, "Feeling Only You", was a collaboration with Girls' Generation member Tiffany and South Korean duo The Blue. Throughout her career, besides contributing her vocal to Girls' Generation's songs, Soo-young has explored into lyrics writing. She penned the lyrics for "How Great is Your Love" (2011), co-wrote "Baby Maybe" (2013) and also wrote "What Do I Do" (2016) for her fellow Girls' Generation member Tiffany's single.
In September 2012, she landed her first major acting role in tvN's drama The 3rd Hospital. She played a cute and innocent violinist named Lee Eui Jin, who falls in love with one of the male leads. She was praised by both co-actors Oh Ji Ho and Kim Seung-woo and the viewers were drawn to her emotional scene due to her natural display of emotion. In May 2013, Soo-young was cast in a lead role in tvN's drama, Dating Agency: Cyrano. It was a spin-off of the 2010 movie Cyrano Agency. She played a dating expert named Gong Min-young, who works at a dating agency helping people to find their love. Park Ju-yeon from the Hankook Ilbo praised Soo-young for her lively character portrayal and said that there was not any "overdone emotions commonly appear in acting newcomers".
In September 2014, Soo-young scored a lead role in MBC's drama, My Spring Days. Her character, Lee Bom, is a terminally ill patient who gets a heart transplant; she meets her donor's husband, played by Kam Woo-sung, a widow with two kids who lost his wife in an accident. This was a breakthrough performance for Soo-young as she won the "Best Actress in a Miniseries" award at the 2014 MBC Drama Awards and the "Excellence Award for Actress" at the 2015 Korea Drama Awards. She also sang a song for the soundtrack of the drama, titled "Wind Flower". In 2015, she was cast as the female lead in KBS2's special drama Perfect Sense. It was produced by Samsung Fire & Marine Insurance to help raise public understanding of the disabled. Soo-young played a teacher named Ayeon, who is visually impaired. In 2016, she was cast as the female lead alongside Ma Dong-seok and Seo In-guk in the OCN drama 38 Revenue Collection Unit.
On February 15, 2016, she graduated from Chung-Ang University with a bachelor's degree in theater and film. At the graduation ceremony, she received a Lifetime Achievement Award as Honorary Ambassador of the school. Her fellow Girls' Generation member Kwon Yuri also attended the same university.
|2002||Start||"Start"||03:23||Duet with Malina Takahashi
as Route θ
|"Kimi Ni Ae Ta Kara... (君に会えたから…)"||04:40|
|Waku Waku It's Love||"Waku Waku It's Love (ワクワク)"||03:23|
|"Go Go Happy (明日はあしたの風が吹く)"||03:58|
|"Onna No Ko Magic (女の子マジック)"||04:30|
|2005||InuYasha||"I Am" (Korean Version)||01:24||Solo|
|2008||SBS Working Mom||"KKok (꼭)"||03:24||Duet with Kwon Yuri|
|2009||The First Memories||"Feeling Only You (너만을 느끼며)"||03:26||With Tiffany and The Blue|
|2014||My Spring Days||"Wind Flower (바람꽃)"||03:29||Solo|
|2008||Hello, Schoolgirl||Jeong Da-jeong||Supporting role|
|2012||I AM.||Herself||Biographical film of SM Town|
|2015||SMTown The Stage||Herself||Documentary film of SM Town|
|2008||Unstoppable Marriage||Choi Soo-young||Supporting role||KBS|
|2010||Oh! My Lady||Herself||Cameo appearance (Episode 7)||SBS|
|2011||Paradise Ranch||Miss Soo||Cameo appearance (Episode 3)|
|2012||A Gentleman's Dignity||Herself||Cameo appearance (Episode 5)|
|The 3rd Hospital||Lee Eui-jin||Lead role||tvN|
|2013||Dating Agency: Cyrano||Gong Min-young||Lead role|
|2014||My Spring Days||Lee Bom-yi||Lead role||MBC|
|2016||Drama Special: Perfect Sense||Eun-soo||Lead role||KBS|
|38 Revenue Collection Unit||Cheon Sung-hee||Lead role||OCN|
|2012||Quiz on Korea||Presenter||KBS1|
|2012–2014||TV Entertainment Tonight||Presenter||SBS|
|2005||M.Net Hello Chat!||VJ alongside with Kangin|
|2007–2008||DMB ChunBangJiChuk Radio (Hangul: 천방지축 라디오; lit. Reckless Radio)||Co-DJ along with Sungmin|
Awards and nominations
|2012||Mnet 20's Choice Awards||Best 20's Style||N/A||Nominated|
|KBS Music Awards||Best Female Group Member||N/A||Nominated|
|2013||6th Korea Drama Awards||Best New Actress||Dating Agency: Cyrano||Nominated|
|6th Style Icon Awards||Best K-Style Award||Herself||Won|
|SBS Entertainment Awards||New Rookie Award (MC Category)||TV Entertainment Tonight||Won|
|2014||MBC Drama Awards||Excellence Award, Actress in a Miniseries||My Spring Days||Won|
|Best Couple Award||Nominated|
|2015||8th Korea Drama Awards||Excellence Award, Actress||Won|
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