Sulli

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This is a Korean name; the family name is Choi.
Sulli
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Sulli in 2014
Born Choi Jin-ri[1]
(1994-03-29) March 29, 1994 (age 22)
Busan, South Korea
Occupation
Years active 2005–present
Agent S.M. Entertainment
Musical career
Genres
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2009–present
Associated acts
Korean name
Hangul 최진리
Hanja
Revised Romanization Choe Jin-ri
McCune–Reischauer Ch'oe Chin-ri
Stage name
Hangul 설리
Revised Romanization Seol-ri
McCune–Reischauer Sŏl-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 On August 7, 2015 (a year into her hiatus) it was announced that Sulli had officially withdrawn from the group to pursue her acting career and S.M. Entertainment still managing Sulli's acting endeavors.[2][3]

Early life[edit]

Sulli was born on March 29, 1994[4] in Busan, South Korea.[5][6] 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.[7]

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 S.M. 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.[8]

Education[edit]

Sulli attended Jungbu Elementary School (중부초등학교)[9] and then attended Chungdam Middle School (청담중학교). She graduated from the School of Performing Arts Seoul.

Music career[edit]

f(x) (2009–2015)[edit]

Main article: f(x) (band)
f(x) performing at the Microsoft Windows 7 Blogger 777 party.

When Sulli was in fourth grade, she was accepted into S.M. Entertainment through the S.M. audition casting system, from there she became a trainee under the label.[10] On September 5, 2009, she debuted as a member of the group f(x), with the 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.[11] Her hiatus was officially announced on July 24, 2014.[12] In August 2015 (a year into her hiatus), it was announced that Sulli has officially withdrawn from the group.[13]

Acting career[edit]

Sulli began acting professionally at the age of 11, when she was selected to play young Princess Seonhwa of Silla in the SBS television drama Ballad of Seodong. She continued to take on minor roles in television dramas and movies such as Vacation (2006) Punch Lady (2007), The Flower Girl is Here (2007) and BABO (2008).[14]

In August 2012, Sulli starred as the lead role in To the Beautiful You, based on the famous Japanese shojo manga series Hanazakari no Kimitachie.[15] The drama series started broadcasting on August 15, 2012 on SBS. Sulli plays Gu Jae-hee, who disguises as a boy in order to attend the same school as her crush. In order to prepare for her role, Sulli who was known for her long hair cut 60 cm off of it.[16] She later won the New Star Award at the SBS Drama Awards for her performance in the drama.

In August 2014, she appeared in period adventure film The Pirates alongside Son Ye-jin and Kim Nam-gil.[14] She played a supporting character named Heuk-myo, a young girl who became a pirate after being saved by the female captain. Later, she played the leading role in comedy film Fashion King, based on the webtoon series of the same name, alongside Joo Won and Kim Sung-oh.

In 2016, Sulli was cast in the movie Real alongside Kim Soo-hyun.[17] She will be portraying the role of a rehabilitation therapist. It has been reported that Sulli would complete the bed scenes in the film without a stunt double. In November 2016, it was announced that Sulli has been cast in the mystery thriller film Burning alongside Kang Dong-won and Yoo Ah-in. Directed by award-winning director Lee Chang-dong, the film is slated for a 2017 release.

Personal life[edit]

It was confirmed on August 19, 2014 by both Amoeba Culture and S.M. Entertainment, that Sulli and Dynamic Duo's Choiza had been in a relationship since September 2013.[18][19]

Discography[edit]

Main article: f(x) discography

Music video appearances[edit]

Year Song title Artist Role
2012 Mr. Simple (3D LG Ver.) Super Junior Herself with Victoria

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Other notes
2007 Punch Lady[20] Gwak Chun-sim
2008 BABO young Ji-ho
2010 A Turtle's Tale: Sammy's Adventures[21] Shelly Korean dub

with Daesung

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 Lead Role
2017 Burning Lead role

Television dramas[edit]

Year Title Role Network Other notes
2005 Ballad of Seodong Young Princess Seonhwa of Silla SBS
2005 Love Needs a Miracle Na Sun-ju MBC Cameo appearance
2006 Vacation Jin-joo SBS Supporting role
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

Variety show[edit]

Year Title Network Role
2010–2011 Inkigayo SBS Host
2011 Strong Heart (Episode 143) Guest
Running Man (Episode 55)
2012 Running Man (Episode 75)
2013 Running Man (Episode 129, 152, 153, 154)

Awards[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
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

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Fans cash in with celebrity products". The Korea Times. February 2, 2016. Retrieved April 12, 2016. 
  2. ^ 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. 
  3. ^ "설리, 에프엑스 탈퇴…"연기 활동 집중' : 네이트 뉴스" (in Korean). News.nate.com. Retrieved March 31, 2016. 
  4. ^ Mark Russell (April 29, 2014). K-Pop Now!: The Korean Music Revolution. Tuttle Publishing. p. 93. ISBN 978-1-4629-1411-1. 
  5. ^ Behind the glamour: S.M. stars retrace their beginnings Koreaherald.com (May 1, 2012). Retrieved on January 28, 2015.
  6. ^ "f(x)설리, 에프터스쿨 리지와 '절친인증샷' 공개" (in Korean). 마이데일리. September 24, 2010. Retrieved May 16, 2015. 
  7. ^ 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.
  8. ^ f(x)’s Sulli tears up while talking about SNSD’s Taeyeon, Tiffany Allkpop (June 28, 2011). Retrieved on May 21, 2014
  9. ^ "중부초등학교". Ysjb.es.kr. Retrieved March 31, 2016. 
  10. ^ "f(x)'s Sulli tears up while talking about SNSD's Taeyeon, Tiffany". allkpop.com. June 28, 2011. Retrieved March 31, 2016. 
  11. ^ "f(x)'s Sulli takes a break from showbiz". ChannelNews Asia. Retrieved August 17, 2014. 
  12. ^ Jones, Julie. "HOME Celebs View Archives Rumors Force Sulli To Take A Break From Performing". Kdramastars. Kdramastars. Retrieved February 3, 2015. 
  13. ^ "Sulli no longer f(x) member". The Korea Times. August 9, 2015. Retrieved August 13, 2015. 
  14. ^ a b f(x) Singer Sulli Becomes A Pirate Kpopstarz.com (August 13, 2013). Retrieved on June 1, 2014
  15. ^ http://www.soompi.com/2012/06/29/fx-sulli-expresses-anxiety-and-anticipation-for-her-upcoming-drama-to-the-beautiful-you
  16. ^ http://mwave.interest.me/en/kpop-news/article/12315/fxs-sulli-cried-when-she-cut-her-hair
  17. ^ http://www.kpopherald.com/view.php?ud=201512291740066373360_2
  18. ^ "최자-설리 양측 "호감 갖고 의지하는 사이" 첫 공식 인정". Naver News. OSEN. Retrieved August 19, 2014. 
  19. ^ SM Confirms Choiza and Sulli′s Relationship Mwave.interest.me (August 19, 2014). Retrieved August 20, 2014.
  20. ^ "Rebellious Sulli takes netizens by surprise". Allkpop. December 28, 2009. Retrieved June 27, 2014. 
  21. ^ "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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