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 On August 7, 2015 (a year into her hiatus) it was announced that Sulli had officially withdrawn from the group to pursue her acting career and S.M. Entertainment still managing Sulli's acting endeavors.
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.
She later attended an S.M. Entertainment audition, throughout which she sang the S.E.S. song titled Chingu ("Friend"). After the audition she was officially cast as an S.M. trainee and throughout 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 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 In August 2015 (a year into her hiatus), it was announced that Sulli has officially withdrawn from the group.
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.
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||Supporting 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|