Sulli in 2014
March 29, 1994
Busan, South Korea
|Revised Romanization||Choe Jin-ri|
Choi Jin-ri (born March 29, 1994), better known by her stage name Sulli, is a South Korean actress, singer, rapper, and model. She was a member of South Korean girl group f(x). On August 7, 2015 (a year into her hiatus) it was announced that Sulli had officially withdrawn from the group to pursue her acting career and SM still managing Sulli's acting endeavors.
Sulli was born on March 29, 1994 in Busan, South Korea. Her birth name is Choi Jin-ri; her given name means "the truth" in Korean. She is the only daughter of her family, having two older brothers and a younger brother. Her mother enrolled her in acting school at a young age.
Sulli first came to Seoul in 2004 while in the fourth grade. In 2005, she began her acting career, playing the young Princess Seonhwa of Silla in the SBS drama Ballad of Seodong and, some time later, had a cameo appearance in another SBS drama, Love Needs a Miracle.
She later attended an S.M. Entertainment audition, during which she sang the S.E.S. song titled Chingu ("Friend"). After the audition she was officially cast as an SM trainee and during the same year, moved into a dormitory with Taeyeon and Tiffany of Girls' Generation. She continued to stay there up until the debut of Girls' Generation, in 2007.
Sulli attended Jungbu Elementary School (중부초등학교) and then attended Chungdam Middle School (청담중학교). She graduated from the School of Performing Arts Seoul.
When Sulli was in fourth grade, she was accepted into S.M. Entertainment through an SM audition casting system, from there she became an SM trainee. On September 5, 2009, she debuted as a member of the group f(x), with their single 'La Cha Ta'.
In the midst of Red Light promotions, Sulli abruptly went on hiatus from the Korean entertainment industry due to being "mentally and physically exhausted from the continuous, malicious comments and false rumors" that had been spread about her. Her hiatus was officially announced on July 24, 2014. In August 2015, (a year into her hiatus) it was announced that Sulli has officially withdrawn from the group.
Sulli began acting professionally at the age of 11, when she was back selected to play young Princess Seonhwa of Silla in the SBS television drama, Ballad of Seodong. A few months later, she made a cameo appearance in Love Needs a Miracle, another SBS television drama. In 2006, she had a small supporting role in the theatrical drama Vacation. Sulli later landed a minor role in Punch Lady (2007), The Flower Girl is Here (2007) and BABO (2008).
In August 2012, Sulli starred as the lead role in the drama To the Beautiful You. , a Korean version of "Hana Kimi". The drama is a remake version of the Japanese manga and drama Hana-Kimi, was directed by Director Jeon Ki-sang. The drama started broadcasting on August 15, 2012 on SBS. Sulli's character is Goo Jae-hee/Jay Dawson. Goo Jae-hee relocated to the US when she was five, she was love-struck when she saw Kang Tae-joon in a high jump competition. Determined to see him jump again, she masqueraded as a male student to transfer to all-boy Genie High School. Sulli, known for her feminine look and long hair, cut 60 cm of her hair for the role in the drama.
In August 2014, she appeared in the movie The Pirates alongside Son Ye-jin and Kim Nam-gil. She played a supporting character named Heuk-myo. The drama had a production budget of ₩10 billion and was directed by Director Lee Seok-hoon. The movie has been sold to 15 countries. In November 2014, she played the lead role in the movie Fashion King, alongside Joo Won and Kim Sung-oh. It was based a popular webtoon.
In 2016, Sulli was cast in a movie titled "Real" alongside actor Kim Soo-hyun. It is also her first acting after leaving f(x).
Image and artistry
Sulli is widely known in Korea as "Giant Baby" because of her baby face and being the tallest member in f(x). She is the member that debuted first as a child actress in the drama Ballad of Seodong as young Princess Seonhwa of Silla. The singer IU wrote the song, "Peach", with her in mind.
On July 25, 2014, SM Entertainment announced Sulli would be taking a temporary hiatus from the Korean entertainment industry due to being mentally and physically exhausted by her chaotic career. In August 2015, it was announced that Sulli has officially withdrawn from f(x) to focus just on her acting career.
Music video appearances
|2012||Mr. Simple (3D LG Ver.)||Super Junior||Herself with Victoria|
|2007||Punch Lady||Gwak Chun-sim|
|2010||A Turtle's Tale: Sammy's Adventures||Shelly||Korean dub
|2012||I AM.||Herself||Documentary of SM Town Live '10 World Tour at Madison Square Garden|
|SM Town Live in Tokyo Special Edition in 3D||Herself||Documentary of SM Town Live World Tour III at Tokyo|
|2014||The Pirates||Heuk-myo||Supporting role|
|2014||Fashion King||Kwak Eun-jin||Lead role|
|2016||Real||Song Yoo Hwa||Female lead role|
|2005||Ballad of Seodong||Young Princess Seonhwa of Silla||SBS|
|2005||Love Needs a Miracle||Na Sun-ju||MBC||Cameo appearance|
|2010||Oh! My Lady||Runway model||Cameo appearance|
|2011||Welcome to the Show||Sulli (fictional version of herself)||Lead role|
|2012||To the Beautiful You||Goo Jae-hee||Lead role, Korean version of Hana Kimi|
|2011||Strong Heart (Episode 143)||Guest|
|Running Man (Episode 55)|
|2012||Running Man (Episode 75)|
|2013||Running Man (Episode 129, 152, 153, 154)|
|2005||Prettiest Child Contest||Big Ribbon Child Award||N/A||Won|
|2012||SBS Drama Awards||New Star Award||To the Beautiful You||Won|
|Best Couple Award (with Choi Min-ho)||Nominated|
- "Fans cash in with celebrity products". The Korea Times. February 2, 2016. Retrieved April 12, 2016.
- "SM Town Live '10 World Tour in Shanghai "Artistes Confirmation"(Choi Jin Ri)" (in Chinese). sh.piao.com.cn(中國票務在綫). Retrieved January 8, 2015.
- 기사입력2015.08.07 오후 2:16. "SM "설리, f(x) 탈퇴 결정..연기 활동에 집중할 것"[공식입장] :: 네이버 TV연예" (in Korean). Entertain.naver.com. Retrieved March 31, 2016.
- "설리, 에프엑스 탈퇴…"연기 활동 집중' : 네이트 뉴스" (in Korean). News.nate.com. Retrieved March 31, 2016.
- Mark Russell (April 29, 2014). K-Pop Now!: The Korean Music Revolution. Tuttle Publishing. p. 93. ISBN 978-1-4629-1411-1.
- Behind the glamour: S.M. stars retrace their beginnings Koreaherald.com (May 1, 2012). Retrieved on January 28, 2015.
- "f(x)설리, 에프터스쿨 리지와 '절친인증샷' 공개" (in Korean). 마이데일리. September 24, 2010. Retrieved May 16, 2015.
- f(x)'s Sulli snapped a photo with Director Lee Byung Hoon Originally from WonderfulGeneration.net (November 15, 2011). Archived on June 5, 2014. Retrieved on June 12, 2014.
- f(x) Singer Sulli Becomes A Pirate Kpopstarz.com (August 13, 2013). Retrieved on June 1, 2014
- f(x)’s Sulli tears up while talking about SNSD’s Taeyeon, Tiffany Allkpop (June 28, 2011). Retrieved on May 21, 2014
- "중부초등학교". Ysjb.es.kr. Retrieved March 31, 2016.
- "f(x)'s Sulli tears up while talking about SNSD's Taeyeon, Tiffany". allkpop.com. June 28, 2011. Retrieved March 31, 2016.
- "f(x)'s Sulli takes a break from showbiz". ChannelNews Asia. Retrieved August 17, 2014.
- Jones, Julie. "HOME Celebs View Archives Rumors Force Sulli To Take A Break From Performing". Kdramastars. Kdramastars. Retrieved February 3, 2015.
- "Sulli no longer f(x) member". The Korea Times. August 9, 2015. Retrieved August 13, 2015.
- "f(x) Sulli Expresses Anxiety and Anticipation for Her Upcoming Drama "To the Beautiful You"". Soompi. June 29, 2012. Retrieved June 29, 2012.
- "최자-설리 양측 "호감 갖고 의지하는 사이" 첫 공식 인정". Naver News. OSEN. Retrieved August 19, 2014.
- SM Confirms Choiza and Sulli′s Relationship Mwave.interest.me (August 19, 2014). Retrieved August 20, 2014.
- "Rebellious Sulli takes netizens by surprise". Allkpop. December 28, 2009. Retrieved June 27, 2014.
- "Big Bang's Daesung and f(x)'s Sulli to dub for 3-D animation film". Allkpop. November 11, 2010. Retrieved June 27, 2014.
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