Choi Si-won( Korean :최시원; born February 10, 1987), often known simply asSiwon( Korean :시원), is a South Korean recording artist , actor and model . He is best known as a member of the K-pop boy band Super Junior and its subgroup Super Junior-M . He is also one of the first four South Korean artists to appear on Chinese postage stamps.
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Siwon was scouted by a talent agent from SM Entertainment when he was 16 as he was waiting for friends in front of his high school. The agent recommended him to audition for the company'sStarlight Casting Systemto become an entertainer . Siwon knew his parents would object, so he had to secretly audition. Siwon's parents were later notified that he had passed the auditions. Although his parents allowed him to sign a contract with SM Entertainment, they did not give him any help because they wanted him to take responsibility in his actions.
He later moved into dormitories with fellow trainees and was trained in areas of singing, acting, and dancing. SM Entertainment saw potential for him in acting, and thus gave him training in the field. He made his first appearance in a music video of The Grace 's Dana when he was still a solo singer in 2003. A year after, Siwon made a brief appearance in the short drama,Precious Family. In 2005, Siwon made a brief appearance in the KBS dramaEighteen, Twenty-Nineas the young Kang Bong-man.
Not long after Siwon's first television appearance, SM Entertainment released an announcement that he would officially debut as one of the twelve members in a boy band. This band later became officially known as Super Junior 05, the first generation of the rotational music group Super Junior. A few months before the debut of Super Junior 05, Siwon made his first official media appearance with band mate Han Geng as one of the runway models in a fashion show by Bum Suk.
Super Junior 05 officially debuted on November 6, 2005 on SBS 's music programPopular Songs, performing their first single, " TWINS (Knock Out) ". Their debut performance attracted over 500 fans and also garnered oversea viewers from both China and Japan. A full studio album was released a month later, which debuted at #3 on the monthly MIAK K-pop album charts.
In March 2006, SM Entertainment began to recruit new members for the next Super Junior generation. However, plans changed when the company added in a thirteenth member and the company declared a halt in forming future Super Junior generations. The group dropped the suffix "05" and became officially credited as Super Junior.The re-polished group hit big after they released their first CD single " U " the following summer, which became Super Junior's most successful single in the music charts at the time.
In late 2007, Siwon was put into Super Junior-M , the Chinese subgroup of Super Junior. Super Junior-M is the first international music group in the Chinese music industry to have members of both Chinese and Korean descent, and brought an influence in the mainland music industry to produce multi-national music groups.The subgroup specializes in singing Mandarin songs, including versions of Super Junior's Korean songs, bringing the K-pop influence over to the Chinese music industry. Super Junior-M is the first international music group in the Chinese music industry to have members of both Chinese and Korean descent. Super Junior-M debuted in China on April 8, 2008 at the 8th Annual Music Chart Awards with the release of their first single music video, " U ", a Chinese remake of Super Junior's single. The subgroup released their first Chinese-language studio album ,Me, on May 2, 2008 to critical success. The album debuted on Taiwan 's G-music combo charts as #2 and #1 on many of China's and Thailand's music charts.Not long after Super Junior-M's debut, they became one of the most celebrated boy bands in China. The band's popularity further skyrocketed after their highly anticipated mini-album,Super Girlwas released on September 2009 and managed to receive critical acclaim from numerous Chinese critics.
Siwon's biggest success with Super Junior was when they released their third studio albumSorry, Sorryon March 12, 2009. The album was met with acclaimed reviews.It was their first album to debut at number one on the Hanteo Charts, selling over 29,000 copies the first day.After only a month of release, the album became South Korea's best-selling album of 2009, and ultimately sold over 250,000 copies in South Korea.It became the best-selling K-pop album in Taiwan,Thailand, China, and the Philippines, in which the latter credited the album to be the first K-pop album to reach number one in music charts from the country.The album's title single " Sorry, Sorry " became an instant hit,collecting a total of ten number-one awards for ten consecutive weeks in Korea, and stayed as number one for a record-breaking 37 weeks in Taiwan's K-pop singles chart. "Sorry, Sorry" achieved national and international success, and has since been the group's best-selling single in South Korea.The group went on to release their next albumBonamanain May 2010 which managed to outsellSorry, Sorry, selling over 300,000 copies in South Korea.
Super Junior released their fifth studio albumMr. Simplewhich debuted at number one on the South KoreanGaon Chart, selling 287,427 copies. The album stayed on the chart as number one for four weeks, and sold over 441,000 copies in South Korea by October 2011.However, Siwon was unable take part in some of the group's promotions for the album due to conflicting schedules with filming for the drama,Poseidon.
After Siwon's appearances inEighteen, Twenty-NineandPrecious Family, he was casted in a larger role for the mini-seriesSpring Waltz, playing the supporting role Park Sang-woo, the teenage cousin of a diligent and working young woman. Not long after Siwon's musical debut, he was casted in a large supporting role in the Hong Kong epic filmA Battle of Witsas Prince Liang Shi, starring opposite Andy Lau . The cast promoted the movie throughout China with a short tour of four cities in November 2006.While the film received mixed reviews, Siwon garnered positive notices for his performance. He also received praises from co-star Lau, stating that Siwon is a wonderful actor and that he sets a good example for young Hong Kong idols.
Half a year after the release ofA Battle of Wits, Siwon starred in the high school mystery/comedy filmAttack on the Pin-Up Boyswith other Super Junior members. He played one of the lead roles as a controlling and severe class president who was one of the popular possible subjects of being attacked by mysterious forces. Despite positive critical ratings, that film did not do well in the box-office, but all four versions of the film's DVD were all sold out and broke chart records.A few months later, Siwon was cast in mini-dramaLegend of Hyang Danas the lead role, Lee Mong-ryong.
In January 2010, Siwon starred in the SBS dramaOh My Lady!. It is a romantic comedy about a top star who finds himself living with his manager, a 35 year old woman who is trying to earn money to get custody of her child.He also starred as Agent Kim Jun-Ho, a data analyst and rookie elite agent in the dramaAthena, a spin-off of dramaIris. Both roles portrayed by him earned highly positive praises from critics, senior actors, and fans alike. There is speculation in whether the series will be reintroduced in a second season, with Siwon playing a much larger role.
His acting career also extends into various music videos for fellow label mates, such as Girls' Generation 's " Hoot ", and Zhang Liyin and TVXQ 's Xiah's duet " Timeless ", where Siwon starred along with fellow Super Junior member Han Geng , which received critical praise. Siwon also made appearances in several commercial films, as well as guest appearing or hosting TV shows.
In April 2011, Siwon began filming for the Taiwanese dramaSkip Beat!( Chinese :華麗的挑戰) with Ivy Chen and fellow band member Donghae as the three main characters. It is a live-action adaptation of Japanese shōjo mangaSkip Beat!by Yoshiki Nakamura and filming took place in Taiwan.
On August 1, Siwon has been confirmed to be the male lead character in a new KBS drama Poseidon alongside Lee Siyoung and Lee Sungjae. In the drama, he is a part of the #9 Investigation Team, a maritime police unit. Much media attention was placed on Poseidon as it was South Korea's first drama regarding the maritime police. Siwon received praises from his fellow cast members as well as the production team for his commendable acting and friendly conduct on set.Poseidon was broadcast on 19 October 2011 to 8 November 2011. Due to busy filming schedules that collide with Super Junior's activities, it was decided that Siwon will cease the latter during the duration of filming.
Siwon is best known for his "handsome appearance" and muscular physique. His looks have earned him spots on various idol "best" lists, such as being put at eleventh place in the show Idol Chart's "Most Flawless Body" list. His body is often referred to as the best by his fellow Super Junior members and many fans, and he is sometimes called "sculpture man" because his body appears "perfectly chiseled out." His fans also comically refer to his abdominal muscles frequently as "chocolate abs." He is also the tallest among Super Junior members along with Zhou Mi from Super Junior-M, standing approximately 183 centimeters tall.
Super Junior's leader Leeteuk jokingly mentioned in an episode of SBS'sStrong Heartthat Siwon is purposely placed in the middle in most Super Junior photos because "putting him in the middle gives the illusion that all members of the group are really handsome". It was also mentioned that he usually sings the first verse to their songs so that the audience would see an "appealing visual." Apart from acting and Super Junior, Siwon has also appeared in various catalogs and commercials. He modeled along with Sulli of girl group f(x) in the 3 March 2010 André Kim fashion show, receiving much praise and media attention. He has also been featured in notable magazines such as Cosmopolitan, Elle, High Cut, and Men's Health, as well as modeling for large brand names such as Armani, Lacoste, Gucci, Evisu, Burberry and several others. Siwon also makes several prominent appearances in Korean brand Spao's catalogues along with SNSD and other Super Junior members. He also recently endorsed and modeled for the SK Telesys "Reaction" smart phone, also appearing in the phone's comical mock-action commercial, as well as Acer products. In September 2011 Siwon became the first male model to endorse skincare brand Mamonde.As of March 2012, it was announced that Kwon Yuri of Girls' Generation will join him as the main model of Mamonde.
Siwon has one younger sister. His father is currently the CEO of a pharmaceutical company .Before his debut with Super Junior, Siwon stayed in Beijing, China as an exchange student for three months in 2004. He graduated from Gu Jeong High School in February 2006 and later went on to attend Inha University in which he graduated in February 2012 alongside fellow member Ryeowook .
Siwon is a devout Protestant Christian , and has said in an interview that after his career, he would like to become a missionary.He is also a drummer and has filled in several times as a dummer for the pop rock band TRAX after the group's drummer, Rose, left the band. He is skilled in Taekwondo and was once the youngest in South Korea to hold the fourth rank in the black belt. He is also the first Korean celebrity to reach over two million followers on Twitter .
Siwon, alongside with Brian Joo, Alexander Lee Eusebio and Taiwanese Pop Artist, Vanness Wu, have been featured on CCM group 3RD WAVE's album and tours. Siwon is personally mentored by Johnny Lee (PJ) of 3RD WAVE and they sing "Your Grace is Enough" together at every Super Show 4 concert around the world.
|2006||A Battle of Wits||Prince Liang Shi||Supporting role|
|2007||Attack on the Pin-Up Boys||Choi Si-won, the class president||Supporting role, ensemble cast|
|2010||Super Show 3 3D||Himself||3-Dconcert film|
|2004||Precious Family||Cameo appearance|
|2005||Eighteen, Twenty-Nine||Kang Bong-man (youth)||Supporting role|
|2006||Spring Waltz||Park Sang-woo||Supporting role|
|2006||Mystery 6||Himself||Supporting role (6 episodes)|
|2006||Super Junior Mini-Drama||Siwon||Supporting role, ensemble cast (5 episodes)|
|2007||Legend of Hyang-dan||Lee Mong-ryong||Leading role (2 episodes)|
|2009||Stage of Youth||Shiyuan||Cameo appearance (Episode 12)|
|2010||Oh! My Lady||Sung Min-woo||Leading role (16 episodes)|
|2010–11||Athena: Goddess of War||Kim Jun-ho||Supporting role (20 episodes)|
|2011||Poseidon||Kim Shin-woo||Leading role (16 episodes)|
|2011–12||Skip Beat!||Dun Helian||Leading role (15 episodes)|
|2012||Ruo Guo Hui Dao Cong Qian||TBA||pre-production|
|6 December 2005–24 April 2006||Super Junior Show||KM|
|30 March–4 May 2006||Mystery 6||M.net|
|11 November 2007–3 February 2008||Explorers of the Human Body||SBS||regular (13 episodes)|
|2010/2012||Running Man||SBS||guest (ep 22, 75)|
|2003||"What is Love"||Dana|
|2008||"I Will"||Zhang Liyin|
|2008||"The Left Shore of Happiness" (幸福的左岸)||Zhang Liyin|
|2009||"S.E.O.U.L."||Super Junior&Girls' Generation|
|SBS Drama Awards|
|2010||Best Newcomer Actor||Oh! My Lady||Won|
|4th Men's Health Cool Guy Awards|
|2010||Best Cover Magazine||Siwon||Won|
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