Eugene (actress)

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Eugene in 2011 Metrocity fashion show
Background information
Birth name Kim Yoo-jin
Also known as Eugene, Yoo-jin
Born (1981-03-03) March 3, 1981 (age 33)
Seoul, South Korea
Origin Guam
Genres K-pop
Occupation(s) Singer, actress, emcee
Years active 1999–present
Labels PFull Entertainment
Associated acts S.E.S.
Website Eugene
Hangul 유진
Birth name
Hangul 김유진
Revised Romanization Gim Yujin
McCune–Reischauer Kim Yujin

Kim Yoo-jin (born March 3, 1981), professionally known in English as Eugene, is a singer, actress, emcee from South Korea. She was a former member of a Korean female idol group called S.E.S., popular in the late 1990s and early 2000s. She has released two solo albums and has gone on to star in TV dramas and movies and work as an MC in various shows and programs.

Early life[edit]

Eugene was born in Seoul, South Korea, but spent her childhood in Guam after moving there after elementary school. She returned to Korea with her mother and younger sister sometime in high school, and eventually graduated from Korea Kent Foreign School.[citation needed]


With S.E.S.[edit]

Main article: S.E.S. (band)

By way of an audition tape, Eugene was able to be part of a music group for SM Entertainment in South Korea, even though she was still in Guam. Debuting in 1997, S.E.S. became one of the biggest Korean groups of all time, having the record for biggest selling album by a female group in Korea. While in S.E.S., Eugene became known for her beauty and was part of the reason why S.E.S. had many advertising contracts. In fact, for certain print campaigns (like for Korean cosmetics company Etude), Eugene had the leading role, being the focus of the advertisements.


After the split of S.E.S. in 2002, Kim starred in four Korean dramas: Loving You, Save The Last Dance for Me,[1] Wonderful Life, and I Really, Really Like You. She also appeared in commercials and advertisements, notably for Korean cosmetics company Cathy Cat. In addition, she released two solo albums. My True Style, her first album, has sold nearly 65,000 records and had one hit ballad, "The Best". Her second album 810303 sold a disappointing 19,000 copies. Although sales were low, Eugene still had a very successful single with "Windy", mostly due to her new "sexy" image (compared to her previous girl next door image). This song was performed on all the music video programs in Korea for many months, in addition to her second single. Promotions were stopped near the end of the year.

Eugene made her theater debut in the musical adaptation of the film Innocent Steps,[2] and her film debut in Unstoppable Marriage.[3]

After taking on the lead roles in the dramas One Mom and Three Dads,[4] and Creating Destiny,[5] Eugene starred in the television series King of Baking, Kim Takgu.

In 2007 Eugene took over from Lee Hyori as one of the co-hosts of the KBS variety show Happy Together Friends, until the show was overhauled for a third season. After the success of her previous program Eugene's Makeup Diary, cable style network O'live again chose her as the host of new show Get It Beauty which began airing in July 2010.[6]

Eugene has authored two books: Eugene's Beauty Secrets[7] and Eugene's Get It Beauty.[8] She is also the co-president of the clothing brand byMOMO.

In 2012 she became the host of season 3 of MBC's revamped flagship amateur singing competition show The Great Birth.[9][10] Her next leading role was in the 2013 weekend family drama A Hundred Year Legacy, which reached ratings of over 30 percent.[11][12]

Personal life[edit]

On May 11, 2011, Eugene announced on her fansite that after a year and a half of dating, she will be married to Ki Tae-young, her leading man in the 2009 TV series Creating Destiny.[13][14][15] The couple later held a joint press conference to discuss further details about their relationship and wedding plans,[16] then released their pre-nuptial pictorials a week before the actual wedding.[17][18][19][20] Their wedding was held at the Seoul Central Church in Anyang, Gyeonggi-do, on July 23, 2011.[21][22][23]

They were the first couple featured on Super Couple Diary, a reality show filming the daily married life of celebrity couples.[24]

After the sinking of the MV Sewol, fans of Eugene began to doubt her belief in the Salvation sect. She explained she is not believer of the Evangelical Baptist Church(기독교복음침례회), but in the Korean Christianity Baptist Church(대한예수교침례회) which separated from Evangelical Baptist Church 32 years ago.[25]

On October 15, 2014, Eugene's agency announced that she is currently seven to eight weeks pregnant1. This is Eugene's and Ki Tae-young's first child since they tied the knot 3 years ago.[26][27][28][29]

1Some Korean websites reported different timings of Eugene's pregnancy.



Album Release Date Unit Sales Agency Label
1st: My True Style... 2003-05-30
F&J Entertainment
YBM Seoul Records (presently LOEN Entertainment)
2nd: 810303 2004-08-18


Soundtrack contributions[edit]

Album Release Date Label Song
Save the Last Dance for Me OST 2004-11-25
Pony Canyon Korea
Track 5: My Dream
I Really Really Like You OST 2006-04-26
Fantom Entertainment
Track 3: Like a Candy
Track 7: Really Really Like You (Rock version)
Romantic Island Christmas Story (Single) 2008-12-11
Track 1: Romantic Christmas (duet with Lee Sun-kyun)
Romantic Island OST 2008-12-16
Track 3: Plastic Syndrome
Track 10: Travel Memories

As Featured Artist on other albums[edit]

Album Release Date Label Song
Oh Jong-hyuk 1st album: OJ Issue 2006-09-11
Universal Music
Track 13: One Month
Kan Mi Youn 1st album: Refreshing 2006-09-15
CJ Music
Track 3: 그 앤 너에게 반하지 않았어
Ahn Jae-wook 4th album: Life for Love 2009-08-05
Pony Canyon Korea
Track 5: Make Me Smile
Bada 4th album: See the Sea 2009-08-06
Platys Entertainment
Track 13: ...나요
Shoo single: Devote One's Love 2010-01-08
LOEN Entertainment
Track 3: With Me
Kim Jin-woo single: Love Latte 2010-08-05
Danal Entertainment
Track 1: Love Latte

Christmas tracks[edit]

Album Release Date Label Song
Christmas with Pfull 2004-12-10
Track 6: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
Merry Christmas & Happy New Year 2005-12-12
Track 6: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer


Year Television Role Network
2002 Loving You Jin Da-rae KBS2
2004 Save the Last Dance for Me Ji Eun-soo SBS
2005 Wonderful Life Jung Se-jin MBC
2006 I Really Really Like You Yeo Bong-soon MBC
2008 One Mom and Three Dads Song Na-Young KBS2
2009 Creating Destiny Han Sang-eun MBC
2010 King of Baking, Kim Takgu Shin Yoo-kyung KBS2
2011 Drama Special: Princess Hwapyung's Weight Loss Princess Hwapyung KBS2
2012 Ohlala Couple Min-young (cameo, ep 2) KBS2
2013 A Hundred Year Legacy Min Chae-won MBC
2014 Can We Love? Yoon Jung-wan jTBC
Year Film Role
2007 Unstoppable Marriage Park Eun-ho
2008 Heartbreak Library Jo Eun-soo
Romantic Island Yoo Ga-young
2009 Yoga Hyo-jung

Musical theatre[edit]

Year Title Role
2007 Innocent Steps Chae-rin

Hosting (MC)[edit]

Variety shows[edit]

  • 2002 SBS Saturday is Coming
  • 2003 KBS Nam Hui-seok and Eugene's Love Story
  • 2005 KBS Happy Together Friends
  • 2009 O'live TV Living Beauty - Eugene's Makeup Diary, Season 1
  • 2009 O'live TV Living Beauty - Eugene's Makeup Diary, Season 2
  • 2012 OnStyle Super Couple Diary
  • 2012 MBC The Great Birth - Season 3
  • 2010-2014 O'live TV Get It Beauty

Live events[edit]


  • 2009 Eugene's Beauty Secrets
  • 2011 Eugene's Get It Beauty

Appointed as Goodwill Ambassador[edit]



  1. ^ Suh, Jung-bo (31 December 2004). "Singer and Actress Eugene's Wishes for the Year of the Rooster". The Dong-a Ilbo. 
  2. ^ Cho, Chung-un (30 March 2007). "Pop star Eugene makes debut on musical stage". The Korea Herald.
  3. ^ "Unstoppable Marriage review - I wish Eugene was my wife". The Korea Society. 24 August 2007.
  4. ^ "Eugene to Play Second Mother Role". KBS Global. 27 March 2008.
  5. ^ "Eugene Finds Life Abroad Reflected in New Drama". The Chosun Ilbo. 2 October 2010. 
  6. ^ Han, Sang-hee (12 July 2010). "Can Eugene add something new to beauty scene?". The Korea Times.
  7. ^ "Eugene’s Beauty Secret book". Jazzholic. 10 December 2009.
  8. ^ "Eugene's Get It Beauty". HanBooks. Retrieved 2012-09-20.
  9. ^ Ho, Stewart (20 September 2012). "Eugene to Serve as MC of The Great Birth's Third Season". enewsWorld. 
  10. ^ Sunwoo, Carla (21 September 2012). "Eugene to host Great Rebirth". Korea JoongAng Daily. 
  11. ^ "An interview with Eugene, singer-turned-actress". The Dong-a Ilbo. 28 June 2013. 
  12. ^ Jang, Seo-yoon (8 July 2013). "INTERVIEW: Actress Eugene". 10Asia. 
  13. ^ "Eugene And Kim Tae-young To Get Married". KBS World. 11 May 2011.
  14. ^ Park, Min-young (12 May 2011). "S.E.S.’s Eugene to wed in July". The Korea Herald.
  15. ^ "Yoo Jin and Ki Tae Young: 'We Wed in July'". KBS Global. 12 May 2011.
  16. ^ "Yoo Jin and Ki Tae Young: 'We Will Live Happily Ever After'". KBS Global. 24 May 2011.
  17. ^ "Former members of S.E.S, Baby V.O.X and T.T.Ma reunite for Eugene's marriage". Allkpop. 11 July 2011.
  18. ^ "Eugene and Ki Tae Young Share Wedding Invitation Card". Soompi. 13 July 2011.
  19. ^ "Eugene & Ki Tae Young reveal their wedding photos". Allkpop. 18 July 2011.
  20. ^ "July Bride Eugene Sheds Tears During Wedding Photoshoot?". Soompi. 20 July 2011.
  21. ^ "Ki Tae Young and Eugene get married!". Allkpop. 23 July 2011.
  22. ^ Hicap, Jonathan M. (25 July 2011). "Monique Lhuillier designs elegant wedding dress of Korean star Eugene". Manila Bulletin.
  23. ^ Sunwoo, Carla (14 March 2012). "Newly wed singer Eugene reveals her love nest". Korea JoongAng Daily.
  24. ^ Choi, Eun-hwa (27 March 2012). "Eugene and Ki Tae Young to Appear as First Couple on Super Couple Diary". enewsWorld. 
  25. ^ 유진, 교회 대한예수교침례회 적극 해명 "뿌리가 같아 오해 생긴 것" 뉴스1 2014년 5월 8일자
  26. ^ "Eugene and Ki Tae Young Expecting Child After 3 Years of Marriage". Mwave News. October 15, 2014. Retrieved October 15, 2014. 
  27. ^ 기태영 유진 부부, 결혼 3년만에 임신..." 7~8주차, 조심조심 중이에요" (in Korean). Digital Times Korea. October 15, 2014. Retrieved October 15, 2014. 
  28. ^ 유진·기태영, 결혼 3년만에 부모된다..'임신 기쁨' (in Korean). Naver. October 15, 2014. Retrieved October 15, 2014. 
  29. ^ 유진♥기태영, 3년 만에 임신 기쁨 "12주차 접어들어" (in Korean). The Fact News. October 15, 2014. Retrieved October 15, 2014. 

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