Sulli also is known as Choi Jin-Ri is a popular South Korean actress, model, and singer. She appeared on the TV series ‘Ballad of Seodong’ in 2005 at the age of 11. Born and raised in Busan, South Korea, Sulli has always been fascinated by business and has had a lot of fun with it.
She learned acting at a very young age and began auditioning for roles in movies and TV and began her career as a child artist in films such as ‘BABO’ and ‘Punch Lady’ and the TV series ‘Vacation’ and ‘Love Needs a Miracle’. In addition to acting, she became a member of the band ‘f (x)’ in 2009. The band released their first single ‘LA chA TA’.
In the following years, she was busy with her music and acting careers and became a lead actress with the 2012 series ‘To the Beautiful You’ from Child Artist. For this part, she received the SBS Drama Award for Best New Actor. She later left her band to focus more on her acting career.
Early Life of Sulli
Sulli was born on March 29, 1994, in Busan, South Korea, and was named Choi Jin-Ri by her parents. She grew up in a family of four children – two older brothers and a younger one.
She has always been interested in show business since she was a child. She joined the acting school at a very young age. Sulli praised by all her teachers as an instant learner and, seeing the great talent in her, her family moved to Seoul to give her daughter a serious opportunity to pursue a career in acting. By then she was in fourth grade, but was never afraid to face the camera, and was auditioned after audition and eventually got a role in an SBS play ‘The Ballad of Seodong’.
Sulli completed her high school education and starred in films and TV shows from the School of Performing Arts in Seoul, where she also got into music and began working on her singing skills.
To give wings to her musical aspirations, Sulli joined S.M. Entertainment as a trainee. She met two musicians who were struggling there, formed a group called ‘Girl Generation’, and began her musical journey.
Sulli began her acting career at the age of eleven with the historical play ‘The Ballad of Seodong’, where she played the role of a princess. It was a minor role, but Sulli’s talent was evident and a short time later that same year, she appeared in a guest role for another show, ‘Love Needs a Miracle’.
In 2006, she played a supporting role in the TV series ‘Vacation’. She made her film debut in the 2007 film ‘Punch Lady’. The film was a moderate success and was largely unknown.
Gradually more characters began to emerge. One such part is in the film ‘Babo’, in which Suli plays a minor version of the popular female character Ji-ho. Released in 2008, the film was well-received and since then Sulli has been busy with her band ‘f (x)’.
‘f (x)’ is a five-member dance-pop group formed for all young South Korean female artists and released their first single ‘LA chA TA’ in September and soon a promotional video was signed by LG Group on the latest cell phone.
With the release of her debut album ‘Pinnochio’, Sulli focused on her acting career and appeared as a model in the 2010 film ‘Oh My Lady’.
In 2011, she appeared as a fictional version of herself in ‘Welcome to the Show’ and the following year she starred in the documentary ‘I Am’.
The year 2012 saw the release of ‘To The Beautiful You’, the biggest character of her career, which marked a turning point in her career. In the show, she plays a girl who destabilizes her love as a boy. The series was based on the Japanese manga and was a huge success. Sulli cut her hair to prepare for the role and because of her hard work, she won the SBS Drama Award for her role.
In 2014, she played a supporting role in the period action-adventure film ‘The Pirate’. Sulli plays a supporting role for a young woman who loses at sea, is rescued by a pirate woman captain and later, she also becomes a pirate.
Among her acting roles, her band ‘f (X)’ was hugely popular with the release of two more albums titled ‘Pink Tape’ and ‘Red Light’.The band received two major awards – Golden Disc Award and the Seoul Music Award.
The band also gained prominence in Japan, but some internal issues plagued the band. Sulli was also said to have been unable to devote enough time to the team due to a busy acting schedule and was suffering from depression. She finally left the group in July 2014, but the official announcement came a year later. Sulli later stated that hse was finally getting some big roles in movies and that she always wanted acting to be the first priority.
In 2014, she played the lead female role in the film ‘Fashion King’, which tells the story of a young man who reveals that he has shown an immense talent for fashion designing. It is a movie adaptation of a popular webtoon series and received critical acclaim upon its release.
After being away from both the big screen and the small screen for almost three years, Sulli appeared in a supporting role in the 2017 film ‘Real’, a dark thriller set in a fictional city. The film was on a large scale, but the performances of the cast members were highly acclaimed.
Sulli’s Personal Life
In addition to acting and singing, Sulli also enjoys dancing. She said she was looking forward to a role that would make full use of her talent as a talented dancer.
Sulli is too tall for the average Korean girl and for this reason she is mostly ordered to appear on screen with flat shoes. Her fans called her ‘Giant Baby’.
Sulli has been in a lot of relationships. Prior to her death, she was in a relationship with a brand director named Kim Min-jun. The couple was best friends before their romantic engagement. Prior to Kim, Sullivan was associated with the famous South Korean musician Choiza.
Sully was found dead by her manager on October 14, 2019. She was hanged from the second floor of her home in Seongnam. She is suffering from severe depression.
Sulli’s Cause of Death
An emergency call center employee revealed the information, Sulli was found dead by her manager on the second floor of her home. She lived in Seongnam. The sad news aired on October 14, 2019. Sources said the manager went to her home after he failed to contact her. Police, who launched an investigation, called the incident a suicide because there was no evidence of murder.
Choi Jin-RI’s awakening and funeral were held privately by her family and friends, media and fans were not invited. However, his management, SM Entertainment, set up a special venue in the funeral hall of Severance Hospital in Sinchon-dong, Seoul. Many companies and celebrities have canceled their activities and events in memory of Choi Jin-Ri. 4 days after her funeral, her family buried Sulli in an unknown location.
Choi Jin-Ri’s death has been linked to frustration over cyberbullying. In addition, there were reports that Sulli had repeatedly asked management to intervene strongly against cyberbullying and malicious comments. Seven petitions were posted on the website of the South Korean president’s office. Strict punishment and a system of account and commentary have been proposed to prevent such a tragedy from any celebrity in South Korea.