PROFILE - Chinen YuriName
: Chinen YuriNickname
: November 30th 1993 Birthplace
: Hamamatsu, Shizuoka prefecture (the central part of Japan, halfway between Tokyo and Osaka). Star sign
: SagittariusBlood type
: His father, Chinen Takashi, is a gymnast who even won a bronze medal in the Barcelona Olympic games; his mother is a dance teacher. He also has an older sister he shares a bedroom with.Height
: 150cm [as of August 2008
: 43kgOther info
: He's left handed. His favourite food is the gyoza his mother makes. He doesn't like bugs, insects or animals very much. He has said that if he had to compare himself to an animal, he'd say a little monkey. He says his treasure is a signed board of his favourite senpai, Arashi's Ono Satoshi, which he managed to catch when Ono threw it to the audience during a concert. His voice is slowly breaking, but it's still the highest in Hey!Say!JUMP. He likes to be spoiled by the older JUMP members, but despite his cute appearance, he's known for being strong-willed and a little poison-tongued.Background
Chinen, as expected from the son of a gymnast and a dancer, started dancing at the age of 4 and could already do backflips and acrobatics by that age.
On June 7th 2003 he joined Johnny's Jimusho. The reason why he wanted to join is his notorious love for Arashi, in particular for their leader, Ono Satoshi.
He started getting attention as a fresh Jr. His first role was in January 2004 for the mystery stories TV show "Hontou ni atta kowai hanashi", and later that year he was chosen to be the young co-protagonist, alongside superstar Katori Shingo (from SMAP), of the movie "Nin x Nin Ninja Hattori kun
", based on a famous manga/anime. Later that year, he also starred in the NHK drama special "Nanako to Nanao
" with Aoi Yu. But the Chinen family lived in Hamamatsu so Yuri, even though he was still officially part of the Jimusho, didn't have chance to partecipate in the Jr activities and he didn't appear anywhere for two years.
Finally in January 2007 they moved to Tokyo and Chii reprised his Jr. activities. He was grouped with Yamada Ryosuke, Nakajima Yuto, Kyomoto Taiga, Morimoto Ryutaro and Morimoto Shintaro into J.J.Express Chibikko Team
. But they didn't last much as on April 3rd 2007, in a KAT-TUN concert, the temporary unit Hey!Say!7
was announced. Alongside Yuri, the members were Yamada, Yuto, Takaki Yuya and Arioka Daiki. Hey!Say!7 released their only single "Hey! Say!", which topped the August single chart.
At the same time, Yuri was acting as one of the key roles, Akasaka Akira's son in Shonentai's long-running musical "Playzone - Change 2 Chance
". In Semtember he also challenged his first voice actor role, dubbing (alongside Tokio's Nagase Tomoya) the animation movie "Sword of the stranger".
Then, on September 21st 2007, Hey!Say!JUMP
's debut as a non-temporary unit was announced during a Jr. event in Yokohama. The group includes the original Hey!Say!7 members + Yabu Kota, Yaotome Hikaru, Inoo Kei, Okamoto Keito and Morimoto Ryutaro. They released their first single "Ultra Music Power" in November 14th.Movies
● Nin x Nin Ninja Hattori kun
(August 2004) as Mitsuba Kenichi
● Sword of the stranger
(September 2007) as Kotaro (voice dubbing for an animated movie)Drama
● Nanako to Nanao ~Ane to otouto ni nareru hi~
[Nanako and Nanao ~the day when they became sister and brother~
] SP drama(October 2004) as Yamamoto Nanao
● Yukan club
episode 2 (October 23rd 2007) as Ryota
● 1 pondo no fukuin / One pound gospel
episode 3 (January 26th 2008) as Yamabuki Yoshihiko
● Sensei wa erai!
] SP drama (April 12th 2008) as Umeno Wataru
● Scrap teacher ~kyoushi saisei~
[Scrap teacher ~teacher rebirth~
] (starting October 2008) as Yoshida EitaroStage plays
● Playzone 2007 Change 2 Chance
(Summer 2007) as Ken