Hwang Jung-eum

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This is a Korean name; the family name is Hwang.
Hwang Jung-eum
Hwang Jung-eum Golden Time (2).jpg
Hwang Jung-eum on January 5, 2013
Born (1985-01-25) January 25, 1985 (age 30)
Seoul, South Korea
Education University of Suwon - Theater and Film
Occupation Actress, Singer
Years active 2001-present
Agent C-Jes Entertainment
Height 1.67 m (5 ft 5 12 in)
Korean name
Hangul 황정음
Hanja 黃正音
Revised Romanization Hwang Jeong-eum
McCune–Reischauer Hwang Jŏngŭm

Hwang Jung-eum (born January 25, 1985) is a South Korean actress and singer.


Hwang Jung-eum debuted with K-pop girl group Sugar in 2002 as a lead vocalist, but left the group in 2004 to pursue a solo career.[1][2] Hwang appeared as one of the recurring guests of the variety show Love Letter from 2004 to 2006, in which her onscreen pairing with Kim Jong-min became popular.[3] She officially made her acting debut in the television drama The Person I Love in 2007.[4]

In 2009, she and real-life boyfriend Kim Yong-jun (of boy band SG Wannabe) joined the second season of reality dating show We Got Married as the first real-life couple to be featured on the show.[5][6][7] Later that year, Hwang rose to mainstream stardom when she appeared in the daily sitcom High Kick Through the Roof.[8][9][10]

After her turn on High Kick, Hwang signed numerous advertising contracts, and in interviews she often tells the story of how she had just ₩487 (US$0.45) in her bank account when she started the show but walked away with ₩1.2 billion when it ended.[11][12] She was later ranked 18th on Forbes Korea's Top 40 Celebrities in 2011,[13][14] ranked 7th on the list of richest K-pop idols on Mnet's Idol Chart Show,[15] and among the Top 7 Female Commercial Stars in Korea as compiled by Ilgan Sports.[16][17][18]

In February 2010, Hwang hosted MBC's Star Dance Battle together with Kim Shin-young, Oh Sang-jin, and Shin Bong-sun.[19] Later in December, she was also one of the co-hosts of the annual music program SBS Gayo Daejeon along with Super Junior's Heechul, CNBLUE's Jung Yong-hwa, and 2AM's Jo Kwon.[20]

Hwang then began playing leading roles in television series. Among her notable TV dramas are 1970s epic Giant (2010),[21][22] deaf romance Can You Hear My Heart (2011), and medical drama Golden Time (2012).[23][24][25][26][27][28] In 2013, she starred in crime comedy Incarnation of Money,[29][30] followed by hit melodrama Secret Love.[31][32] This was followed in 2014 by 1980-1990s set period drama, Endless Love.[33][34] She reunited with Secret Love costar Ji Sung in 2015 with the romantic comedy series Kill Me, Heal Me.[35][36]

Hwang was cast in her first big screen leading role in the upcoming romantic comedy film A Pig-like Woman.[37][38]

Other activities[edit]

Hwang has been named as goodwill ambassador for various programs and events, such as the Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival in 2010,[39] Angel (1004) Day in 2010, the Korea Medical Assistance Foundation in 2011, AD Stars (Busan International Advertising Festival) in 2012,[40] the international relief NGO Good Neighbors in 2013,[41] and a Seoul campaign against social problems in 2014.[42]

Personal life[edit]

Hwang has been dating Kim Yong-jun (of SG Wannabe) for nine years as of January 2015.[43][44] They first met in 2005 when Hwang starred in the SG Wannabe music video, My Heart's Treasure Box.[45] The couple then publicly confirmed their relationship in January 2008.[46] Hwang revealed in an interview that she plans to get married when she turns 33 or 34.[47][36]


Television series[edit]

Year Title Role Network
2005 Princess Lulu Mi-so SBS
Banjun Drama "Love Virus" SBS
Banjun Drama "Memories of Love" SBS
2007 The Person I Love Lee Jung-min SBS
Winter Bird Jin-ah MBC
2008 The Last Scandal of My Life Sa Ruby MBC
Little Mom Scandal - Season 1 Na Hye-jung CGV
Little Mom Scandal - Season 2 Na Hye-jung CGV
East of Eden Kim So-jung MBC
2009 Two Wives Song Ji-ho's blind date
High Kick Through the Roof Hwang Jung-eum MBC
2010 Giant Lee Mi-joo/Cha Soo-jung SBS
2011 Can You Hear My Heart Bong Woo-ri MBC
High Kick: Revenge of the Short Legged Hwang Jung-eum
(cameo, episode 106)[48]
2012 Golden Time Kang Jae-in MBC
Full House Take 2 Jang Man-ok/Michelle Jang TBS/SBS Plus
2013 Incarnation of Money Bok Jae-in SBS
Potato Star 2013QR3 Noh Soo-dong's secretary
(cameo, episode 1)[49]
Secret Love Kang Yoo-jung KBS2
2014 Endless Love Seo In-ae SBS
2015 Kill Me, Heal Me Oh Ri-jin MBC


Year Title Role Notes
2009 The Relation of Face, Mind and Love Eun-bin Telecinema[50]
Wish Joo-hee
2010 Death Bell 2: Bloody Camp Park Eun-su
A Pig-like Woman Jae-hwa

Variety show[edit]

Year Title Network Notes
2004 Love Letter SBS Guest
2007 Happy Together - Season 3 KBS2 Guest, episodes 133, 158, 317
2009 We Got Married - Season 2 MBC Cast member
2010 It City: Fukuoka Together
with Hwang Jung-eum
Running Man SBS Guest, episode 1
Strong Heart SBS Guest, episodes 25-26
Come to Play MBC Guest, episode 299
Haha-Mong Show SBS Guest, episode 6
Ultra Fashion with Hwang Jung-eum MBC Every 1 Host

Music video[edit]

Year Song Title Artist Costar
2005 "My Heart's Treasure Box" SG Wannabe Chun Jung-myung, Bong Tae-gyu
"A Dreamy Conversation"
2006 "Craze" SG Wannabe Han Eun-jung
2007 "I Can't Help Liking You" Black Pearl Jung Woo
"Finally... It's You"
2008 "Shoes" SeeYa Choi Jung-won
"Crazy Love Song"
2009 "It's a Lie" Ock Joo-hyun Kim Yong-jun
"Did You Really Hate My Love?"
"Sunflower" Kim Jong-wook


For Hwang Jung-eum's work with Sugar, see Sugar (South Korean band).

Digital single[edit]

Release date Title Artist Notes
2009-09-22 "N-Time" Hwang Jung-eum feat. T-ara
2011-06-11 "Good Person" Hwang Jung-eum from Can You Hear My Heart OST


Release date Title Artist Notes
2008-09-26 "Going" SeeYa feat. Kim Yong-jun,
Hwang Jung-eum, Mario
from the album Brilliant Change
2009-06-12 "Couple" Kim Yong-jun feat. Hwang Jung-eum from We Got Married

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2009 3rd Mnet 20's Choice Awards Hot Couple with Kim Yong-jun We Got Married - Season 2 Won
MBC Entertainment Awards Best Female Newcomer in a Variety Show Won
Best Female Newcomer in Comedy/Sitcom High Kick Through the Roof Won
2010 46th Baeksang Arts Awards Best New Actress in TV Won
3rd Korea Drama Awards Most Popular Actress Won
11th Korea Visual Arts Festival Photogenic Award, TV Actress category Won
1st Barbie & Ken Awards Korean Barbie N/A Won
26th Korea Best Dresser Swan Awards Best Dressed, TV Actress category N/A Won
23rd Grimae Awards Best Actress Giant Won
SBS Drama Awards Best Supporting Actress in a Special Planning Drama Nominated
New Star Award Won
Best Couple Award with Joo Sang-wook Won
2011 MBC Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actress in a Miniseries Can You Hear My Heart Won
2012 MBC Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actress in a Miniseries Golden Time Nominated
2013 SBS Drama Awards Top Excellence Award, Actress in a Drama Special Incarnation of Money Nominated
KBS Drama Awards Top Excellence Award, Actress Secret Love Won
Netizen Choice, Actress Won
Best Couple Award with Ji Sung Won
2014 7th Korea Drama Awards Top Excellence Award, Actress Secret Love, Endless Love Nominated
SBS Drama Awards Top Excellence Award, Actress in a Serial Drama Endless Love Won
Top 10 Stars Won


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  49. ^ "Hwang Jung-Eum, Potato Star first episode cameo.. reunion with Lee Sun-Jae". Innolife. 15 September 2013. Retrieved 2015-02-06. 
  50. ^ Also aired on SBS.

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