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Choi Jinri (Hangul: 최진리; Hanja: 崔真理; born March 29, 1994), better known by her stage name Sulli (설리) was a Korean actress, singer, dancer, and model. She made her debut as a child actress in 2005 with the historical drama Ballad of Seodong. She was a member of the girl group f(x) and an MC of SBS’s program Inkigayo from 07/02/2010 until 11/13/2011.[1] She passed away on October 14, 2019.

Career[]

Early Life[]

Sulli was born on March 29th 1994 in the City of Yangsan, South Gyeongsang Province, Republic of Korea, but spent her childhood in Busan. Her real name is Choi Jin Ri, Jinri meaning the truth in Korean. Sulli is the only daughter of her family, and she has two older brothers. Her mother enrolled her in acting school at a young age. Sulli first came to Seoul in 2004 while in 4th grade, and in 2005, Sulli began acting professionally as little Princess Sunhwa in the SBS drama The Ballad of Seodong and some later became had a cameo role in another SBS drama, Love Needs a Miracle.

Sulli later developed a desire to become a singer, a dream she followed by attending an SM audition, during which she sang the S.E.S song titled Chingu (Friend). After the audition she was officially made an SM trainee, and in 2005, while in fifth grade, moved into a dormitory with Taeyeon and Tiffany of Girls' Generation. She continued to share a dormitory with them until Girls' Generation's debut in 2007.[2]

Sulli attended Jungbu Elementary School (중부초등학교)[3] and then attended Chungdam Middle School (청담중학교).[4][5] She graduated Seoul Performing Arts High School alongside with miss A's Suzy, while focusing on acting. Sulli is currently featured on her school's website homepage.[6]

2005-2008: Acting Debut[]

Sulli began acting professionally at the age of 11, when she was back selected to play young Princess Sun-hwa in the SBS television drama, The Ballad of Seo-dong. A few months later, she made a cameo appearance in Love Needs a Miracle, another SBS television drama. In 2006, she made a small supporting appearance as the childhood crush of TVXQ/JYJ 's Micky Yoochun in the theatrical drama Vacation. Sulli later landed a minor role in Punch Lady and The Flower Girl is Here (2007) and also BABO (2008).

On April 26, 2012, Sulli along labelmate, SHINee 's Choi Minho was confirmed to play the leading role for SM Entertainment's new drama, To the Beautiful You, a Korean version of Hana-Kimi. The drama will be directed by 2009 popular drama Boys Over Flowers 's director, Jun Ki Sang and began airing on August 15 on SBS.

2009: f(x) Debut[]

2010-2011: MC of Inkigayo, Nu ABO, Pinocchio[]

2012: Electric Shock, To the Beautiful You[]

2013: Acting, Rum Pum Pum Pum[]

2014: Red Light, f(x) Hiatus[]

2015-2016: Departure from f(x)[]

2017: Real[]

2018: Dayfly, Jinri's Shop[]

In 2018 had her first solo musical project, as being featured in DEAN's Dayfly. Later that year Sulli released her own reality show through Vlive titled Jinri's Shop, which documented her process in opening a pop-up hat shop.

2019: Love Myself, Goblin, Hotel Del Luna, Personal Life[]

In January of 2019, SM Entertainment released a limited edition solo photobook for Sulli, titled Love, Myself. Later that year she made her solo debut with the digital single Goblin. The single was praised by fans of the group, especially with its depiction of mental illness. Several months later Sulli was featured in tvN's television drama, Hotel Del Luna, along with close friend IU.

On October 14, 2019 police officials announced that Sulli had been found in her home unresponsive by her manager. It was later confirmed that she had passed away from a suspected suicide. Many fans cited malicious comments as a cause of her death.

Profile[]

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  • Stage Name: Sulli (설리)
  • Birth Name: Choi Jin Ri (최진리/崔真理)
  • Name Meaning(s):
    • 崔 [최/Choi]: Meaning high or first[7]
    • 真 [진/Jin]: Meaning real or truth[8][9]
    • 理 [리/Ri]: Meaning reason or logic[10]
  • Nickname(s): Ssul (main), Giant Baby, One Million Dollar Smile, Sulliver
  • Birth date: March 29, 1994 (Age 25)
  • Horoscope: Aries
  • Blood type: O
  • Birth place: Yangsan, South Gyeongsang, South Korea
  • Current residence: Seongnam, Gyeonggi Province, South Korea
  • Roommates (during f(x)): Luna[11]
  • Family: Mother, Father, Two Older Brothers, Younger Brother (Choi San Ri)
  • Body statistics: 170 cm (5‘7″) (height), 41 kg (90 lbs) (weight)
  • Education: Jungbu Elementary School, MTM Academy (Seoul Branch)
  • Languages: Korean
  • Position: Vocalist, Lead Rapper, Visual, Face of The Group
  • Instruments: Guitar, Piano[12]
  • Hobbies:
  • Likes: Stuffed Animals
  • Dislikes: Birds
  • Personality: Cheerful, Bright

Discography[]

Digital Singles[]

Features[]

  • DEAN - Dayfly (with Rad Museum) (2018)

Filmography[]

Films[]

  • Punch Lady (2007)
  • BABO (2008)
  • The Pirates (2014)
  • Fashion King (2014)
  • Real (2017)

Television Shows[]

  • Ballad of Seodong (2005)
  • Drama City (2005)
  • Ballad of Seodong (2005)
  • Love Needs a Miracle (2005)
  • Vacation (2006)
  • Oh! My Lady (2010)
  • Inkigayo (2010-2011)
  • Welcome to the Show (2011)
  • To the Beautiful You (2012)
  • Jinri's Shop (2018)
  • Hotel Del Luna (2019)
  • Night of Malicious Comments (JTBC2, 2019)

Voice acting[]

  • A Turtle's Tale: Sammy's Adventures (2019)

Documentaries[]

  • I AM. (2012)
  • SM Town Live in Tokyo Special Edition in 3D (2012)

Television series[]

Channel Title Role Episode Date Other
KBS Gag Concert Guest 518 2009.10.25 with f(x)
MBC MBLAQ Idol Army Guest 13 and 14 2010.03.10 - 2010.03.17
SBS Star King Guest 161, 163, 164, 167, 169, 170, 171, 172, 173, 174, 176, 177, 182, 215, 216, 218, 224 2010.04.10 - 2011.07.16
YStar Hello f(x) Herself 1 - 4 2010.04.17 - 2010.05.08 with f(x)
MBC Golden Fishery Radio Star Guest 185 and 186 2010.06.16 - 2010.06.23 with f(x)
SBS 1000 Songs Challenge Guest 2010.07.11 - 2010.07.18 with Luna
MBC We Got Married: Khuntoria Guest 15, 16, 43, 44, 45 2010.10.02, 2010.10.09, 2011.04.23, 2011.04.30, 2011.05.07 with f(x), Lee Yong Dae
MBC Infinity Challenge Guest 208 2010.07.24 with f(x)
SBS HahaMong Show Guest 11 2010.09.12 Jung Yong Hwa, Jokwon
MBC f(x) Koala Herself 1 - 15 2010.10.02 - 2011.01.08 with f(x)
SBS Delicious Invitation Guest 2010.10.22
KBS Invincible Youth Season 1 Guest 52 2010.11.05 with Luna, Krystal, Kang Ji-young, Song Jieun
KBS Oh My School Guest 23 2011.04.23
KBS On Your Command, Sir Guest 20 2011.05.14 with Luna
SBS Kim Yuna's Kiss & Cry Guest for support Krystal, join Krystal’s Circus skating performance, video message support for Krystal. 1, 9, and 14 2011.05.22, 2011.07.17, 2011.08.21 with Amber, Victoria, Changmin, Park Ji-yeon, Choi Minho,[13]
FashionN Actress’ House Guest 9 2011.06.24 with f(x)
MBC Come To Play Guest 344 2011.06.27 with Super Junior, Girls' Generation, Krystal
SBS Strong Heart Guest 86, 87 and 142 (cast "to the beautiful you") 2011.07.12 - 2011.07.19 MC Edition
Mnet The Beatles Code Guest 48 2011.07.14 with f(x)
SBS Running Man Guest (teamed up with Yoo Jae-Seok)[14] 55 2011.08.07 with Luna, Park Ji-yeon, Suzy
MBC Star Audition 2 2011.09.09 with f(x)
SBS Running Man]] Guest (teamed up with Garie]and Haha) 75 2012.01.01 with Choi Si-won, Hyolyn, Minho, and Sohee
SBS Running Man Guest (teamed up with Idol Team 129 2013.01.20 with Hwang Kwang-hee (ZE:A), Jung Yong-hwa (CN Blue), L (Infinite), Lee Jong-hyun (CN Blue), Lee Joon (MBLAQ), Min-ho (Shinee)

Television non-series[]

Channel Title Role Date Other
KBS Star Show! Dance Grand Prix Jive dancing 2010.09.23
SBS Star Couple Challenge Cup Dance to Singin' In the Rain/Umbrella - Glee cast 2011.02.03 partner with 2PM’s Chansung
KBS Idol Brain Collision Participant 2011.02.03 with f(x), Brown Eyed Girls, miss A, T-ara, SISTAR, Rainbow, Girl's Day and Dal Shabet

Endorsements[]

  • 2006: Maru-i kids clothes[15] with Yoo Seung Ho
  • 2007: Pepero cookie stick[16] with Ayumi Lee
  • 2009: LG Cyon Chocolate phone[17] with f(x) & SNSD
  • 2009: K-Swiss with f(x)
  • 2009: Auction Co.[18] with f(x) & SHINee
  • 2009: Nana's B cream
  • 2009: LG Lollipop with f(x) & M.I.C
  • 2010: Bbusyeo Bbusyeo snack with f(x)
  • 2010: LG Optimus Z phone[19] with Gong Yoo
  • 2010: FreeStyle Street Basketball with f(x)
  • 2010: Calvin Klein jeans[20] with Victoria & Krystal
  • 2010: Love living with rabbits (H2) with f(x), SHINee, & Zhang Liyin
  • 2010: Sony Cybershot TX9[21]
  • 2010: Chicken Mania with Victoria Song, Luna Park & Krystal Jung
  • 2010: Elite Uniform with Victoria Song, Luna Park, Krystal Jung & Infinite
  • 2010: Crown Bakery with Victoria Song, Luna Park & Krystal Jung
  • 2010: Video Game "Gran Age" with Victoria Song, Luna Park & Krystal Jung
  • 2011: FIFA Online 2[22]
  • 2011: Smoothie King[23] with Victoria Song
  • 2011: Sony Cybershot WX7[24]
  • 2011: QUA Fashion Corp[25] with Krystal
  • 2013: Etude House with Krystal[26][27]

Awards[]

Year Award Category Result
2005 Big Ribbon Child Award
2012 Mnet 20's Choice Awards Upcoming 20's
SBS Drama Awards Popularity Award To the Beautiful You
Best Couple Award with Choi Minho
New Star Award To the Beautiful You

Trivia[]

  • IU wrote a song about her, titled "Peach".
  • She has the word "Cuba" tattooed on her finger, in memory of the time she visited there.
  • She loves elephants.
  • Her fans are called "Peaches".
  • Sulli's afraid of birds, so whenever one approaches her the other members scare it off.

Gallery[]

To view the gallery for Sulli, click here.

References[]

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