Sunny (써니)

Sunny (써니)

Biography:

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  • Stage Name: Energy Source SUNNY (활력소 써니 – hwalryeokso Sunny)
  • Birth Name: Lee Soon-kyu (이순규)
  • Also Known As:
  • Position: Lead Vocalist
  • Date of Birth: May 15, 1989
  • Zodiac Sign: Taurus
  • Blood type: B
  • Origin: Los Angeles, California, United States
  • Sibling(s): 2 older sisters (Lee Eun-kyu, Lee Jin-kyu)
  • Language: Korean (Fluent), English, Chinese (Basic), Japanese (Basic)
  • Specialty: Sports, Eloquence
  • Training Duration: 9 Months (previously trained for 5 years in another company)
  • School: Baehwa Girl’s High School (배화여자고등학교) [graduated]
  • Genres: K-Pop
  • Instruments: Vocals, Flute
  • Occupations: Singer, Dancer, MC, DJ, Promotional Model, Actress
  • Casted: 2007 SM Casting System
  • Company: SM Entertainment
  • Years Active: 2007 – Present
  • Associated Acts: Girls’ Generation, SM Town, Sugar
  • Website: Official Website

Sunny was born on May 15, 1989 in Los Angeles, California, and moved to Kuwait while she was still an infant. Her family moved to South Korea around the time of the Gulf War. She shares the same birthday with her two older sisters (Lee Eun-kyu and Lee Jin-kyu). She speaks fluent Korean. Her father was in the college band Hwaljooro with Bae Chul-soo.[2] She is the niece of Lee Soo Man, the founder of SM Entertainment.

Career:

Soundtrack Appearances and Solo Performances

  • 2007 SBS Thirty Thousand Miles in Search of My Son “Touch the Sky” (With Taeyeon, Jessica, Seohyun and Tiffany)
  • 2008 SBS Working Mom “You Don’t Know About Love” (Solo)
  • 2008 KBS Hong Gildong “The Little Boat (작은 배)” (With Taeyeon, Jessica, Seohyun and Tiffany)
  • 2008 “Haptic Motion” (With Jessica, Taeyeon and Seohyun)
  • 2009 IPTV Story of Wine “Finally Now” (Solo)
  • 2009 Duet with Taeyeon MBC Heading To The Ground “It’s Love”
  • 2009 MBC Heading To The Ground “Motion: (With Taeyeon, Jessica, Seohyun and Tiffany)
  • 2009 “S.E.O.U.L.” (With Jessica, Taeyeon, Seohyun and Kyuhyun, Sungmin Ryeowook, Donghae and Leeteuk of Super Junior
  • 2009 “I Can’t Bear Anymore (Bear Song)” (With Jessica, Taeyeon and Seohyun)
  • 2010 SBS Oh My Lady! “Your Doll” (Solo)
  • 2010 “Cabi Song” (With Jessica, Taeyeon, Tiffany, Sunny, Yuri, Chansung, Junsu, Taecyeon of 2PM)
  • 2010 “Cooky” (With Jessica, Tiffany and Seohyun)
  • 2010 My Friend Haechi “Haechi Song (해치송)” (With Taeyeon, Jessica, Tiffany and Seohyun)
  • 2012 Duet with Miryo Miryo A.K.A. JoHoney “I Love You I Love You”
  • 2012 Duet with Luna SBS To The Beautiful YouIt’s Me
  • 2013 MBC The Queen’s ClassroomThe 2nd Drawer” (Solo)

Singles

Featured Artist

  • 2012 MIRYO aka JOHONEY “I Love You, I Love You”

Film

  • 2012 Koala Kid: Birth of A Hero (Korean Version) – Miranda (voice-over)

Drama

  • 2008 Unstoppable Marriage – As BoolGwangDong (seven princess)
  • 2009 Tae-Hee, Hye-Kyo, Ji-Hyun – As Herself

Television Series

Musical Theatre

Music Video Appearances

  • 2008 Super Junior-HCooking? Cooking!
  • 2009 Super Junior and Girls’ Generation “S.E.O.U.L.”
  • 2010 Girls’ Generation and 2PM “Caribbean Bay”

Radio Show

  • 2008 Melon Chunji Radio – DJ

Endorsements

  • 2009 Banana Milk
  • 2009 Post Granola Cereal
  • 2010 Dior Snow – With Sooyoung, Yuri, Jessica, Hyoyeon and Tiffany

Awards

  • 2012 Nominated 6th The Musical Awards (Best New Actress) – Catch Me If You Can

TRIVIA

  • Sunny is the shortest member of SNSD.
  • Sunny is in charge of aegyo (cutesy acts) in SNSD.
  • She doesn’t really fond of her real name, Soon-kyu because it sounds old and outdated.
  • The name Soon-kyu lives on through her participation in variety show ‘Invincible Youth’ wherein Sunny revealed her hard-working side as a farmer. Many viewers thought “Soonkyu” was a nickname given to fit her persona of  hard-working country-side girl in the show, while in fact it’s her real name. She also gained the nickname “Chicken-catcher Soonkyu” thanks to her impressive ability to catch chicken.
  • Sunny was born in United States and the moved to Kuwait when she was an infant.
  • She and her family was a war refugee during the Gulf War in Kuwait.
  • Sunny has a phobia to fireworks and loud sounds, probably because of the Gulf War experience she had.
  • Sunny is an avid gamer.
  • Sunny is a niece to SM Entertainment’s founder and former CEO, Lee Sooman.
  • She’s the last to join SNSD and the one who received the shortest training in SM Ent; that was because she was trained in another company, owned by singer Wheesung, for five years but the company went bankrupt so Sunny auditioned to SM Entertainment instead.
  • Sunny shares the same birthday with both of her older sisters.

Facts about Sunny 🙂

  1. Sunny was in Kuwait when she was just a baby, around the time of the Gulf War, that is why she is afraid of loud explosions.
  2. Sunny does not go to college but she did finish high school. Sunny says that its more important now for her to chase the dream of being a good singer than to try to chase two rabbits at once. Its better to chase one rabbit then another. If she couldn’t be able to give all her focus and energy on one thing then it wouldn’t be doing her best. She does plan on studying when she feels that its the right time.
  3. Her parents strongly opposed her trying to become a singer, because most of her family is in the music industry and they know how hard it was going to be for her.
  4. Wheesung was Sunny’s singing teacher.
  5. Sunny was originally part of another company (rumor is that it was either YG or M. Boat) and was suppose to debut as a part of a duo. You can see in her audition tapes that there is another girl.
  6. She enjoys playing games, including video games and sports. Along with Hyoyeon she is one of the best long distance runners among SNSD.
  7. She shares the same birthday as her two older sisters and mother!
  8. She doesn’t drink soy milk, but loves fruits.
  9. She does the cute high voice in the beginning of Super Junior’s “Cooking Cooking” video.
  10. She sings Park Jung Hyun – “I will write a letter to You” when she audition, they sound very similar.
  11. She has a crush on Daniel Henny and even got a hug from him.
  12. She has astigmatism in both eyes .
  13. Sunny claims that Taeyeon looks shorter than her because of their body proportions
  14. Sunny bunny’s height is 158cm (5.2 ft), BUT!!! she revealed her real height was 155cm (5.1 ft)!
  15. Sunny is only 2 CM shorter than Taeyeon making Sunny the shortest in the group.
  16. Sunny is a major consumer for HEEL LIFTS!
  17. Sunny is the Fake Maknae.
  18. Sunny is the cutest member.
  19. Sunny hates her name (Sunkyu) because it is a name more suitable for older generations.
  20. Sunny is The Queen Of Aegyo
  21. In 1998, Sunny entered Starlight (one of SM Academy) and became a trainee for 5 years before transferring to Starworld where she became a member of a duet called “Sugar” which never debuted.
  22. SNSD members can’t stand Sunny’s aegyo. A conclusion has been made that the reason for this is that because they are always with Sunny that they got immune to her Aegyo.
  23. Sunny can catch chicken! does not easily get scared of ghost.
  24. Sunny has a grade of 97.5 in getting her drivers license.
  25. Sunny’s home is near to the girls’ dorm now.. so whenever she can’t sleep, she goes home and sleep there even she has schedule for the next morning.
  26. In 2007, she was then recommended by Ayumi Lee, who transferred to SME. After several months of training under SM Entertainment, Sunny debuted as a member of Girls’ Generation that same year. She was a co-DJ of ChunJi until the broadcast ended in July 2008.
  27. She was the last member to join Girls’ Generation. She was often referred to as the “secret trainee” or “SM’s secret weapon” but her lack of pictures was due to her short time in the company and her shyness.
  28. Sunny and Taeyeon were called “THE SHORT DUO”.
  29. Sunny and Yuri are the ones who get the choreography wrong most of the time, and often point to each other as being the person who messes up the most.
  30. Sunny’s sleeping habit is that she mumbles like a puppy but Taeyeon insists that she mumbles like an alien.
  31. In horror movie factory, Sunny admitted in the buss (with Lee Bum Soo riding at the front seat SNSD member at the back) that she likes him.
  32. Sunny hates red bean paste, so whenever they eat bungobbang (type of bread/cake with red bean in the middle), she only eats the head and the tail (parts without too much red bean paste) and gives the rest to Taeyeon who LOVES red bean paste.
  33. Sunny sang “Finally Now”, you don’t know about love as solo’s
  34. When Jessica, Tiffany, SooYoung, Sunny,and SeoYeon performed ‘Wanna Be’ (Spice Girls song) on Chocolate, Sunny was dressed as Sporty Spice.
  35. SNSD members said that Sunny’s aegyo was a reason they wanted to punch her.
  36. Sunny takes the fastest shower among SNSD
  37. Sunny is a member of CCP also known as “Cuteness that Calls for a Punch!”
  38. Sunny was dubbed a Gag-idol by Kim Shin Young on Invincible Youth despite wanting to be an Adult-idol
  39. In Taeyeon’s We Got Married.. HyungDon thought that his bride was gonna be Sunny.
  40. Sunny sticks her tongue when she’s angry
  41. Sunny’s closest G7 member is Hyomin, Hyuna, and Hara.
  42. She revealed that her dad was in Hwaljooro, the famous college band with Bae Chul-soo, a famous radio DJ and the host of show 7080.
  43. Sunny loves sneakers
  44. Sunny appeared in Super Junior-H’s music video for “Cooking? Cooking!”.
  45. Sunny’s Favorite Number is 12.
  46. Sunny also sung a duet with member Sooyoung called “Happy Me”, “Finally Now” on the soundtrack for the movie “Story of Wine”.
  47. In We Got Married… Sunny was the first who bungee jumped..
  48. She has an unclear birthmark on her right stomach next to her belly button.
  49. Choi Siwon invited Sunny in Oh My Lady.
  50. Sunny never had her first kiss
  51. Sunny hides food and keeps chestnuts in her purse.
  52. Whenever Sunny’s home… her mom always has a box of their albums (coming from her mom’s friends) prepared for her to sign.
  53. In april 2010 .. Sunny sang the ” My doll ” Oh! my lady OST.
  54. She featured on the “Heading to the Ground” soundtrack, singing a duet with Taeyeon called “SarangInGulYo” and another song titled “Motion” performed with the vocal line of the group.
  55. Sunny, and Go Ara (an actress with SM) once went over to Karaoke after dinner initially just to kill time to digest the food… in the end it took them 4 hours to come out!
  56. Sunny bunny sang Utada Hikaru’s First Love
  57. Sunny also co hosted a music show called “The M” with SS501’s Kim Hyun-joon and 2AM’s Seulong but had to say goodbye to the show due to her busy schedules. Her last appearance as an MC for the show was on April 4, 2010
  58. Sunny enjoys acting like a model but her legs is too short.
  59. When Yuri and Sunny still shared one room, Yuri used to complain about Sunny not being organized with her things.. like her shoes were placed everywhere.
  60. Sunny once left a chocolate milk in the room she shared with Yuri for 6 months and while Yuri was asleep, it exploded all over the ceiling.
  61. Sunny’s favorite song from their album GIRLS’ GENERATION was “Ooh La la!”
  62. Sunny graduated from Baehwa All Girls High School..
  63. Sunny’s ideal man was Jo In Sung, but chose James Dean after being advised to chose someone who is dead or married to avoid scandal.
  64. Super Junior members started a rumor that Sungmin and Sunny were secretly dating in order to promote their radio show but the rumor did not surface until AFTER the show had ended.
  65. Sunny is hakkyo hoobae (school junior) of actress Han Ga In.
  66. Among the members, Sunny is the one who loves to use the internet
  67. Sunny’s paternal grandparents are currently in the states getting treatment for medical conditions.
  68. Sunny is Boom’s favorite SNSD member.
  69. Yuri was Sunny’s first roommate and Taeyeon is her current roommate.
  70. According to a drawing analyst Sunny is most like Sooyoung, but ironically they are the shortest and tallest, respectively.
  71. Heechul considers himself very close to Sunny and often offers her advice about variety shows.
  72. A fortune teller told Sunny that she has a nose that will make her have lots of money. The other girls agreed that Sunny was like a rich mobster who slipped them money to buy her stuff.
  73. Sunny makes other members do the Abracadabra dance with her.
  74. Sunny’s has been nicknamed “Dolphin” among the SNSD members because of her high vocal range.
  75. On Invincible Youth Sunny chose Taecyeon (2PM) as her favorite member. BUT on the episode of MBC’s Idol Show, Taecyeon chose Sunny as his partner (where he serenaded her with a sappy song and greasy eyes!!! )
  76. Sunny and Hyomin (T-ara) are close on Invincible Youth, but did you know that Sunny (May 15, 1989) is only 15 days older than Hyomin (May 30, 1989).
  77. SNSD agrees that Sunny is the person with the best surprise S-line.
  78. Sunny refers to herself in the third person when she’s is executing her aegyo.
  79. Since she makes a lot of puppy noises, Taeyeon often tries to raise her as a puppy!
  80. Sunny has a nephew.
  81. She wear size 230mm shoes, along with Jessica and HyoYeon.
  82. She likes comic books.
  83. She really likes to swim.
  84. She carries a small notebook with her to write down quotes or meaningful phrases that she likes. On the first page she copied something from a fan letter.
  85. When she was little she lived in Inchon.
  86. She can’t cook very well. She is scared of fire and she can’t use a knife well. BUT she can make spicy rice cakes with noodles very well
  87. When SNSD is practicing, Sunny is the member that makes them stay longer.
  88. Sunny hides food and keeps chestnuts in her purse.
  89. Sunny is the cutest member for Sones.

Sunny Pre-debut Photos

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Sunny Now

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