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"I think it’s great that a group of friends are pursuing a single dream and creating amazing memories in the process." —Yuri

Kwon Yu-ri (born December 5, 1989), known professionally as Yuri, is a South Korean singer and actress. She is a member of the K-pop girl-group, Girls' Generation and the sub-unit, Oh!GG. As an actress, Yuri is best known for her roles in Fashion King and No Breathing.

Early life and career beginnings Edit

Yuri was born in Goyang, Gyeonggi, South Korea on December 5, 1989. She has an older brother named Kwon Hyuk-jun.

Yuri auditioned at the S.M. Entertainment Casting System and joined the company in 2001 after finishing in second place in the 2001 S.M. Youth Best Dancer Contest. She then underwent training for 5 years and 11 months before her debut in Girls' Generation.

She graduated from NeungGok High School in 2008 and attended Chung-Ang university with fellow SNSD member, Sooyoung, where both of them on February 15, 2016 received their degree, in Theatre and Film as well as a Lifetime Achievement Award and Honorary Ambassador of the School award at the graduation ceremony. Yuri and Sooyoung on May 20, 2014 were also appointed the ambassadors of their university.

Career Edit

Kwon Yu-ri made her singing debut in the Korean girl group, Girls' Generation on August 5, 2007, as a supporting vocalist, main dancer and lead rapper.

She has had acting roles in The King's Boyfriend, Attack on the Pin-Up Boys, Unstoppable Marriage and Kill Me, Heal Me. Yuri also had a lead role in the drama, Neighbourhood Hero. In 2012, she played the main female protagonist, Choi Anna, in the Korean drama, Fashion King, and received the New Star Award for this role as well as several other awards.

In 2013, she starred as Jung Eun in the movie, No Breathing, and won the nomination for "Most Popular Female Actress (film)" at the 50th Baeksang Arts Awards.

Yuri sang the song "Must", a duet with fellow Girls' Generation member, Sooyoung. The song was used for the soundtrack of the television series, Working Mom. Yuri also featured on TVXQ's song, "Like a Soap", from their album, Catch Me. She also sang two solo songs, "Twinkle Twinkle" and "Bling Star" for the film, No Breathing.

In August 2016, SM Station released a song named "Secret", that was sung by Yuri and Seohyun, to promote the haircare brand, Pantene.

From 2008 to 2015, Yuri appeared in many variety show, such as: Kko Kko Tours Single Single, Invincible Youth, Show! Music Core, Dancing 9, Animals, Star With Two Job, Dating Alone, MAPS, Our Neighbourhood Arts, Physical Education, and hosted a reality show about rally drivers, called The Rallyist in 2015.

Yuri returned to acting in January 2016, playing the female lead in the spy thriller, Local Hero. On February 25, OnStyle announced a new reality show about Yuri and her cousin, model Vivian Cha, titled YULVIV MY SISTER. However, the show was later postponed. She also joined the new cast of SBS' reality-documentary show Law of the Jungle for its new season which was filmed in New Caledonia. In July 2016, Yuri starred as the female lead alongside Kim Young-kwang in the web drama Gogh, The Starry Night. After premiering on Sohu, the series was broadcast on television by SBS.

In January 2017, she starred in the drama Innocent Defendant, playing a lawyer.

Yuri is set to star in the second season of the sitcom, The Sound of Your Heart as the female lead. In January 2018, she released a collaboration single titled "Always Find You" with DJ Raiden. She was also cast in MBC's upcoming drama Dae Jang Geum Is Watching, set to premiere in September.

In August 2018, S.M. Entertainment announced the formation of the Girls' Generation subunit Oh!GG, consisting of the remaining Girls' Generation members. The group is set to debut on September 5, 2018 with the single "Lil' Touch".

Personal life Edit

Yuri resides in South Korea and owns two dogs named Hani and Dooe.

It was revealed in April 2015, that Yuri was dating basketballer, Oh Seung-hwan. The duo broke up in October of the same year, due to their individual busy schedules and long distance in their relationship.

ProfileEdit

  • Name: Kwon Yu-ri (권유리)
  • Stage name: Yuri (유리)
  • Nicknames: Black Pearl, Kkamyool, Kkamchi, Cola
  • Birth date: December 5, 1989
  • Horoscope: Saggitaurius
  • Birthplace: Goyang, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea
  • Blood Type: AB
  • Height: 168 cm
  • Weight: 46 kg
  • Religion: Christian
  • Position: Lead dancer, lead rapper, supporting vocalist
  • Education: NeungGok High School, Chung-Ang University (Drama Major)
  • Languages: English (Basic), Chinese (Fluent), Japanese (Basic)
  • Hobbies: Dancing, piano, swimming
  • Specialities: Dancing, acting, swimming, reading
  • Favorite time: A quiet morning
  • Favorite food: aalad and fruits
  • Roommate: Sunny (Old Dorm), Yoona (New Dorm)
  • Personality: Dorky, random, spontaneous, hard working, athletic, humourous
  • Name Meaning: Yuri, means 'glass' in Korean

DiscographyEdit

Mini Albums Edit

Digital Singles Edit

Promotional Singless Edit

Soundtrack appearancesEdit

Year Title Song Artist
2008 Working Mom OST "Kkok" with Sooyoung
2013 No Breathing OST"Bling Star" with Masyta Band
"Twinkle Twinkle"

Featured Songs Edit

Year Artist Song Album
2008 Mighty Mouth "Since 2004" Family
2012 TVXQ Like A Soap Catch Me

FilmographyEdit

DramaEdit

Year Title Channel Role Note
2007-2008 Unstoppable Marriage KBS2 Kwon Yu-ri Supporting role
2012 Fashion King SBS Choi An-na Lead role
2015 Kill Me, Heal Me MBC Ahn Yo-na Cameo (Ep.20)
2016 Local Hero OCN Bae Jung-yeonLead Role
Gogh, The Starry Night Sohu
SBS
Go-ho
2017 Innocent Defendant SBS Seo Eun-hye
2018 Sound of Your Heart - Reboot KBS2 Aebong
Dae Jang Geum Is Watching MBC Bok Soong-ah

TelevisionEdit

Year Title Channel Role Note
2008 Kko Kko Tours Single♥SingleKBS2 Main Cast Season 2
2009-2010 Invincible Youth with Sunny (Ep.1–32, 42)
2009-2012Show! Music CoreMBC Co-host with Tiffany
2013 Dancing 9 Mnet Coach with Hyoyeon
2015AnimalsMBC Main cast Ep.1-5
MAPSO'live Host
Our Neighborhood Arts and Physical EducationKBS2 Main cast Swimming (Ep.113–124)
The RallyistSBS Host
2016 Law of the Jungle Main cast New Caledonia Episode
2018 Kim Je-dong's Talk to You JTBC Co-host Season 2

MovieEdit

Year Title Role Note
2007 Attack on the Pin-Up Boys Ballerina Cameo
2013 No Breathing Jung-eun Lead Role

Music VideosEdit

Year Song Artist Role
2006 "Beautiful Life" Dong Bang Shin Ki
2009 "Jjarajajja" Ju Hyun Mi & Seohyun
"Dropping the Tears" K.Will
2014 "Without You" S

EndorsementsEdit

  • Dongil Highvill Lake City (2006)
  • Orion Chocopie (2006)
  • Hot Choco Mite (2006)
  • Biotherm (2010)
  • Everland's Caribbean Bay (2010)
  • Dior (2011)
  • Amore Pacific (2012)
  • Mamonde (2012-2014)
  • Urban Decay Naked Palette (2015)
  • Liz-K (2015-2016)
  • BARREL (2016)
  • Blackey Jeans (2016-2017)

CompositionEdit

AwardsEdit

  • [2011] MBC Entertainment Awards: MC Special Award - Show! Music Core
  • [2012] SBS Drama Awards: New Star Award - Fashion King
  • [2013] 49th Baeksang Arts Award: Most Popular Actress (TV) - Fashion King
  • [2014] 50th Baeksang Arts Award: Most Popular Actress (Film) - No Breathing

MVEdit

Making FilmEdit

GalleryEdit

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