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 On August 7, 2015 (a year into her hiatus) it was announced that Sulli had officially withdrawn from the group to pursue her acting career and S.M. Entertainment still managing Sulli's acting endeavors.

Early life

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.

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.

Education

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

Music career

f(x) (2009–2015)

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. 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. 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 In August 2015 (a year into her hiatus), it was announced that Sulli has officially withdrawn from the group.

Acting career

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).

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. 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 feminine look and long hair cut 60 cm of her hair. 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. 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. 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

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.

Discography

Music video appearances

YearSong titleArtistRole
2012Mr. Simple (3D LG Ver.)Super JuniorHerself with Victoria

Filmography

Film

YearTitleRoleOther notes
2007Punch LadyGwak Chun-sim
2008BABOyoung Ji-ho
2010A Turtle's Tale: Sammy's AdventuresShellyKorean dub

with Daesung

2012I AM.HerselfDocumentary of SM Town Live '10 World Tour at Madison Square Garden
SM Town Live in Tokyo Special Edition in 3DHerselfDocumentary of SM Town Live World Tour III at Tokyo
2014The PiratesHeuk-myoSupporting role
2014Fashion KingKwak Eun-jinLead role
2016RealSong Yoo-hwaSupporting role
2017BurningLead role

Television dramas

YearTitleRoleNetworkOther notes
2005Ballad of SeodongYoung Princess Seonhwa of SillaSBS
2005Love Needs a MiracleNa Sun-juMBCCameo appearance
2006VacationJin-jooSBSSupporting role
2010Oh! My LadyRunway modelCameo appearance
2011Welcome to the ShowSulli (fictional version of herself)Lead role
2012To the Beautiful YouGoo Jae-heeLead role, Korean version of Hana Kimi

Variety show

YearTitleNetworkRole
2010–2011InkigayoSBSHost
2011Strong Heart (Episode 143)Guest
Running Man (Episode 55)
2012Running Man (Episode 75)
2013Running Man (Episode 129, 152, 153, 154)

Awards

YearAwardCategoryNominated workResult
2005Prettiest Child ContestBig Ribbon Child AwardN/AWon
2012SBS Drama AwardsNew Star AwardTo the Beautiful YouWon
Best Couple Award (with Choi Min-ho)Nominated