Krystal (singer)

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This is a Korean name; the family name is Jung.
Krystal Jung at the SMTown Live World Tour III (3).jpg
Background information
Birth name Chrystal Soo Jung[1]
Also known as
  • Krystal Jung
  • Jung Soo-jung[2]
Born (1994-10-24) October 24, 1994 (age 20)[1]
San Francisco, California, US[1]
Years active 2000–present
Labels S.M. Entertainment
Associated acts
Hangul 크리스탈 정
Revised Romanization Keuriseutal Jeong
McCune–Reischauer K'ŭrisŭt'al Chŏng
Korean name
Revised Romanization Jeong Su-jeong
McCune–Reischauer Chŏng Sujŏng

Chrystal Soo Jung (born October 24, 1994),[1] better known as Krystal Jung, Krystal, or by her Korean name Jung Soo Jung, is a Korean American idol singer and actress. Discovered by S.M. Entertainment in 2000, she began filming for commercials and music videos by 2002. She is a member of both the South Korean girl group f(x) and the ballad group S.M. The Ballad, and has participated in various television dramas such as High Kick 3, The Heirs, and My Lovely Girl.

Early life[edit]

Krystal was born as Chrystal Soo Jung in San Francisco, California,[1] where her family from South Korea settled in the 1980s. During a family trip to South Korea in early 2000, at the age of five, she and her older sister Jessica were spotted by talent agency S.M. Entertainment, which earned her a cameo appearance in Shinhwa's "Wedding March" music video. The agency saw potential in both Krystal and her sister and offered them singing and dancing lessons, opting to professionally train them in a singing career. However, the offer was turned down by her parents, reasoning that Krystal was too young. Therefore, her parents at first only allowed her older sister to join the agency, who debuted as a member of the girl group Girls' Generation. Since then, the Jung sisters have appeared together in many events.[4][5]

In 2002, Krystal began appearing in television commercials. She first appeared in a Lotte commercial with Korean actress Han Ga In.[6] In 2006, her parents finally allowed her to join S.M. Entertainment, and the agency then enrolled her in dance classes, including jazz and ballet. Krystal was trained for 3 years before debuting as a part of f(x) in 2009.[7]

After moving to South Korea, Krystal attended Korea Kent Foreign School, then graduated from Hanlim Performing Arts High School on February 7, 2013, where she was honored with an achievement award.[8] She is currently attending Sungkyunkwan University, majoring in performing arts.[9] She is fluent in both English and Korean.


2009–2012: f(x) debut, acting debut, Melody Project, High Kick 3 & Kiss & Cry[edit]

Krystal debuted as a member of the South Korean girl group f(x) in 2009. Besides being a part of the group, she has released several other songs and has participated in various acting projects and television dramas. During the year, she and her bandmate Luna had a duet "Hard but Easy" for the KBS2's drama Invincible Lee Pyung Kang.[10] Much later, when describing the friendship between Krystal and her bandmate Sulli, her other bandmate Amber stated: "Krystal and Sulli are like Tom and Jerry. They are always bickering, but you know they secretly love each other".[11]

Krystal in 2012

In 2010, Krystal participated in a series of music videos called Melody Project, playing a young student who is in love with her music teacher.[12][13][14][15] The director, Oh Joon Jung, commented "Despite her young age, she's professionally expressed the complex emotions the character has in the story."[16] Krystal released a solo song named "Melody" as a part of her participation in this project.[17] During the year, she also debuted as an actress in the long-running sitcom More Charming by the Day,[18] playing a minor character named Jung Soo Jung, a quirky girl who lies a lot. Subsequently, Krystal received the "Newcomer Comedy Award" at the 2010 MBC Entertainment Award for this role.[19] Krystal became a host for the music show The M-Wave with fellow artist Thunder from MBLAQ.[20][21] and appeared on Let's Go Dream Team 2, where she broke a high jump record that had been set on the show 10 years ago with a height of 1.95 meters.[22] Music-wise, Krystal released two songs, "Spread its Wings" for the KBS's Master of Study with Luna[23] and "Calling Out" for the KBS's Cinderella's Sister with Luna and Amber.[24]

In 2011, Krystal released a solo song "Because of Me" for the Sign OST.[25] She also participated in the figure-skating show Kiss & Cry, demonstrating a total of 8 performances.[26][27][28] Kim Yuna remarked "...the skills demonstrated were enough for me to believe if someone said Krystal was an ice dancer."[29] David Wilson also commented on the chemistry between Krystal and her partner, Lee Dong Hoon. Krystal and her partner were announced as the winners of the competition, earning them the opportunity to skate at the Kim Yuna's "Samsung Galaxy★Hauzen All That Skate Summer 2011" ice show.[30] Music-wise, she released a duet with Super Junior's Lee-teuk named "Grumbling".[31]

During 2011-2012, Krystal appeared in High Kick 3, playing the role of Ahn Soo Jung, a superficial and shallow girl, who does not have much depth of feelings. Krystal was complimented by actor Ahn Nae Sang for her acting performance in the show.[32][33] Subsequently, Krystal and her sister Jessica had a duet, "Butterfly", for the SBS's To the Beautiful You.[34]

2013–present: The Heirs, Potato Star 2013QR3, My Lovely Girl & Jessica & Krystal[edit]

In 2013, Krystal was cast in The Heirs, portraying the role of Lee Bo Na, a wealthy high school student, who appears to be somewhat spoiled, yet still has a good heart. Her character in the show has generated positive recognition among the viewers,[35] and was voted as the Best Onscreen Couple along with Yoon Chan Young at the 2013 DramaFever Awards.[36] Krystal was well-liked among her co-stars and staff members.[37][38] The producer, in an interview featured in the DVD version, also praised her acting.[39]

In March 2014, due to a request from Director Kim Byung Wook, whom Krystal has previously worked with in High Kick 3, she made a cameo appearance in Potato Star 2013QR3.[40] Though her appearance was brief, Go Kyung-pyo, playing her crush in the sitcom, noted on Krystal being a bright and caring friend, and that her participation in the show was a joyful memory to remember.[41] Subsequently, Krystal starred in her first leading role in the SBS's drama My Lovely Girl, alongside with Rain and L (Kim Myungsoo). She portrayed a character named Se Na, who moves from the countryside to Seoul to pursue a music career and ends up meeting a fateful love during the process. Commenting on Krystal's work attitude, Director Park Hyung Ki stated "Despite taking on a difficult character, she shows her determination to pull it off through her gaze to the point you can see sincerity in Krystal when she’s in front of the camera."[42][43] She released the song “All Of A Sudden”[44] for the drama.

During the same year, Krystal along with her sister Jessica, was featured in the reality show, Jessica & Krystal. The show took on a more close-up and personal side of the two sisters, showing their affection towards one another,[45] as well as their daily life activities.[46] During one interview segment, the two sisters addressed their public "cold" image together. Jessica explained "The average person thinks of idols' bright images, but my sister and I tend to not have strong expressions. If I'm not so lively, other people could misunderstand. I wish they wouldn't think me as rough." and Krystal added "I don't particularly want to explain. This is us, so what could we do?"[47] They also expressed their sisterly bond, saying "If we didn't work in the same business, we wouldn't be this close...we understand each other more than anyone else. If we didn't have each other, it would have been difficult."[48] Music-wise, Krystal joined the ballad group SM the Ballad[49] and was featured in SM the Ballad Vol. 2. She had a duet with Chen for the track "When I Was... When U Were..." and another duet with Changmin for the Japanese version of the title track, Breath.[49] Krystal performed her duet with Chen live at the SM The Ballad Joint Recital on February 12.[50] As for "Breath", its official music video was released through S.M. Entertainment's official YouTube channel.[51] She also released the song "Say Yes" for the movie Make Your Move, a collaboration with Jessica and Exo's former member Kris.[52]

Personality and public image[edit]

Krystal stated: "I don't really like crowded places. When people stare at me, I feel so uncomfortable. My job is being a celebrity, so I'm supposed to enjoy and get used to people staring at me. I can't seem to do that."[53][54] Her sister, Jessica, further remarked: "When she was little, people would stare at her because she's pretty, and she'd always hide and cry."[55] Because of this reason, during her Amazing f(x) trip to New Zealand, Krystal chose to do skydiving as a mean of unleashing her freedom and fear of attention, telling the viewers, "Skydiving means I'll jump out from the sky and forget everything else".[53][54]

Earlier in her career, Krystal was being criticized by the public as having an attitude problem.[56][57][58] As a result of this, Krystal even had to apologize publicly on one occasion.[59] Subsequently Krystal stated: "When people see my expression they usually say that I look cold or even ask if I'm mad. I was just standing there, so I realized for the first time that I appear that way after hearing those kinds of comments. But the people around me know that I'm not like that. Truthfully, I'm more affectionate and fragile-hearted than people think."[60][61]

In the same interview, she also revealed her introverted personality. She confessed that she cannot quickly become friendly with people whom she meets for the first time. Therefore, she is thankful towards people who approach her first.[60][61]


Further information: F(x) discography


Further information: F(x) filmography

Awards and nominations[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e The Birth of Chrystal Jung.
  2. ^ "f(x)'s Koala Episode 2" (in Korean). f(x)'s Koala. October 9, 2010. approx 3 minutes in. MBC Every1.
    • A screenshot of Krystal's Korean passport is shown
  3. ^ Girls' Generation makes their first comeback performances on Romantic Fantasy (January 1, 2013). Retrieved on June 1, 2014.
  4. ^ Studarus, Laura (June–July 2014). "Seoul Sisters - For Girls' Generation's Jessica Jung and f(x)'s Krystal Jung, Singing is the family business". Nylon magazine. 
  5. ^ Girls’ Generation’s Jessica & f(x)’s Krystal got casted on the street by SM Entertainment (in Korean) (September 12, 2009). Retrieved on June 9, 2014.
  6. ^ Han Ga In & Krystal filmed a commercial together. (March 9, 2012). Retrieved on May 19, 2014.
  7. ^ "Jessica's younger sister Krystal, trainee since 2006". Star News (in Korean). August 28, 2009. p. 1. Retrieved August 29, 2009. 
  8. ^ Krystal's high school teacher reveals how she was as a student in school. (February 9, 2013). Retrieved on April 12, 2014.
  9. ^ Krystal and Jiyoung to attend the same university. (December 8, 2012). Retrieved on April 12, 2014.
  10. ^ YesAsia Invincible Lee Pyung Kang OST (in Korean & English) (November 23, 2009). Retrieved on May 22, 2014.
  11. ^ "Go f(x) on Mnet America's official Youtube Channel" (in Korean & English). Go f(x). July 31, 2013. approx. 11 minutes in. Mnet America. Retrieved May 21, 2014.
  12. ^ Singer Tei and f(x) Krystal spotted together at a recording studio. (May 25, 2010). Retrieved on April 12, 2014.
  13. ^ Krystal is featured in Alex's MV!. (March 2010). Retrieved on May 24, 2014.
  14. ^ Byul sings "Spring Will Probably Come" for 'Melody Project'. (January 15, 2013). Retrieved on May 24, 2014.
  15. ^ Tei sings "Memory Is More Beautiful Than Farewell" for Melody Project. (March 8, 2013). Retrieved on April 12, 2014.
  16. ^ f(x)'s Krystal apologizes to SNSD's YoonA for taking her role (June 8, 2010). Retrieved on July 3, 2014.
  17. ^ F(x)'s Krystal, 'Melody' music video with Tei as they play the roles of lovers. (May 28, 2010). Retrieved on April 12, 2014.
  18. ^ "More Charming By The Day Episode 60 (on DramaFever)" (in Korean). More Charming By The Day. 2010. approx. 1 minutes in. MBC. Retrieved 21 May 2014.
  19. ^ a b Krystal Won Rookie Comedy Award for MBC "More Charming By The Day". (December 29, 2010). Retrieved on April 12, 2014.
  20. ^ "엠블랙 천둥 'F(x)의 무대 기대해주세요~" (in Korean). bnt news. May 18, 2010. 
  21. ^ Sang-Hee Han (May 3, 2010). "Arirang TV to present global K-pop show". The Korea Times. 
  22. ^ f(x) Krystal's 1.95m high jump at Dream Team 2 (in Korean) (June 6, 2010). Retrieved on June 9, 2014.
  23. ^ YesAsia God of Study OST (in Korean & English) (February 1, 2010). Retrieved on May 22, 2014.
  24. ^ YesAsia Cinderella's Sister OST (in Korean & English) (April 29, 2010). Retrieved on May 22, 2014.
  25. ^ f(x) Krystal's "Because of Me" is released (February 9, 2011). Retrieved on May 22, 2014.
  26. ^ Krystal practiced for 2 months before Kiss & Cry (May 24th, 2011). Retrieved on May 19, 2014.
  27. ^ f(x)’s Krystal Shrieks in Surprise Because… (May 27, 2011). Retrieved on May 16, 2014.
  28. ^ F(x)’s Krystal Passes Out After Thrilling Performance on SBS Kiss & Cry (July 31, 2011). Retrieved on May 16, 2014.
  29. ^ f(x)'s Krystal gives a circus-themed performance on Kiss & Cry (July 18, 2011). Retrieved on May 16, 2014.
  30. ^ The Winners of Kiss & Cry (August 14, 2011). Retrieved on May 16, 2014.
  31. ^ Super Junior's Leeteuk and f(x)'s Krystal release duet song, 'Grumbling'! (January 29, 2011). Retrieved on May 22, 2014.
  32. ^ f(x)’s Krystal Reveals Inner Thoughts About Her Acting. (November 23, 2011). Retrieved on April 16, 2014.
  33. ^ Ahn Nae Sang "I'm surprised at Krystal's natural acting" (in Korean) (October 23, 2011). Retrieved on September 4, 2014.
  34. ^ YesAsia To The Beautiful You Soundtrack (in Korean & English) (September 21, 2012). Retrieved on May 22, 2014
  35. ^ CN Blue’s Lee Jong Hyun Begged Kang Min Hyuk to Get f(x)’s Krystal on the Phone. (March 6, 2014). Retrieved on May 16, 2014.
  36. ^ Kang Min Hyuk and Krystal Jung win Best Couple at the 2013 DramaFever Awards. (May 02, 2014). Retrieved on May 2, 2014.
  37. ^ CNBLUE's Minhyuk says he can't help but smile due to Krystal's cuteness. (November 29, 2013). Retrieved on May 11, 2014.
  38. ^ Kim Woo Bin talks about the women of 'Heirs'. (January 7, 2014). Retrieved on May 11, 2014.
  39. ^ The Heirs (DVD) (12-Disc) (Director's Cut) (First Press Limited Edition). (March 20, 2014). Retrieved on April 12, 2014.
  40. ^ Krystal of f(x) to Make a Cameo Appearance on “Potato Star” (February 26, 2014). Retrieved on May 30, 2014.
  41. ^ Go Kyung-pyo: "Krystal in Potato Star was a joyful memory to remember" (in Korean) (May 30, 2014). Retrieved on May 30, 2014.
  42. ^ Director of My Lovely Girl: “Krystal has a great passion towards the drama…authentic” (in Korean) (September 2, 2014). Retrieved on September 2, 2014.
  43. ^ 'My Lovely Girl' releases behind-the-scenes photos and still cuts of Krystal Allkpop (September 4, 2014). Retrieved on September 4, 2014.
  44. ^ Krystal's My Lovely Girl OST to be released (in Korean) (September 25, 2014). Retrieved on September 25, 2014.
  45. ^ Jessica & Krystal – Episode 1, “Tears of Two Sisters” (June 7, 2014). Retrieved on June 9, 2014.
  46. ^ a b Jessica and Krystal's reality show Jessica&Krystal. (April 16, 2014). Retrieved on April 16, 2014.
  47. ^ Jessica and Krystal shed tears and talk about their complex on their reality program (June 3, 2014). Retrieved on June 3, 2014.
  48. ^ "Jessica & Krystal Episode 3" (in Korean). Jessica & Krystal. June 17, 2014. approx. 29 minutes in. OnStyle (온스타일).
  49. ^ a b More details including tracklist and participating artists for SM The Ballad's 2nd album 'Breath' revealed (February 3, 2014). Retrieved on May 24, 2014.
  50. ^ SM the Ballad’s Joint Recital for Second Album “Breath” (February 15, 2014). Retrieved on May 16, 2014.
  51. ^ "Breath" Official Music Video (February 12, 2014). Retrieved on May 16, 2014.
  52. ^ Itunes's Make Your Move OST (April 7, 2014). Retrieved on May 21, 2014.
  53. ^ a b f(x)'s Krystal goes skydiving on 'Amazing f(x)'. (May 24, 2013). Retrieved on May 16, 2014.
  54. ^ a b "Amazing f(x) Special Episode" (in Korean). Amazing f(x). May 24, 2013. approx. 40 minutes in. MBC Music.
  55. ^ "Jessica & Krystal Episode 1" (in Korean). Jessica & Krystal. June 3, 2014. approx. 3 minutes in. OnStyle (온스타일).
  56. ^ Krystal & Sulli have attitude problem. (August 12, 2010). Retrieved on May 16, 2014.
  57. ^ Krystal comes under fire for her rude attitude once again. (June 6, 2011). Retrieved on May 16, 2014.
  58. ^ SISTAR’s Hyorin and f(x)’s Krystal Called Out for Attitude. (June 19, 2012). Retrieved on May 16, 2014.
  59. ^ Krystal apologizes for her attitude. (June 6, 2010). Retrieved on May 16, 2014.
  60. ^ a b Krystal's interview with The Celebrity (English Translation). Originally from (March 12, 2014). Archived on May 17, 2014. Retrieved on November 17, 2014.
  61. ^ a b Scans of Krystal's The Celebrity. (January 17, 2014). Retrieved on May 15, 2014.
  62. ^ "KPop Stars Will Parody "Master's Sun", "The Heirs" In 2013 Gayo Daejun". December 19, 2013. Retrieved September 30, 2014. 
  63. ^ Strong Heart: 2PM’s Taecyeon “Rejected by f(x)’s Krystal” (July 28, 2011). Retrieved June 1, 2014.
  64. ^ "Running Man Episode 94 (Episode 5 on DramaFever)" (in Korean). Running Man. May 13, 2012. SBS. Retrieved May 29, 2014.
  65. ^ f(x)’s Krystal Transforms into a Bird". (May 6, 2013). Retrieved on May 10, 2014.
  66. ^ 'Project Runway Korea' unveils still of f(x)'s Krystal on set for her guest judge appearance". (May 3, 2013). Retrieved on May 10, 2014.
  67. ^ Krystal and Rain to Appear on 'Running Man' Together (in Korean) (September 1, 2014). Retrieved on September 1, 2014.
  68. ^ [Info]Krystal of f(x) Once Appeared on Rain Bi's MV? (December 23, 2009). Retrieved on June 16, 2014.
  69. ^ f(x) Krystal starred in Shinee's "Juliette" Music Video (in Korean) (May 15, 2009). Retrieved on June 9, 2014.
  70. ^ L, D.O, Baro, Jaejoong, Dasom, Jiyeon, Suzy and More Compete in “The 16th Seoul International Youth Film Festival” Korean Updates (August 4, 2014). Retrieved on September 16, 2014.
  71. ^ "Best Young Actress" Nominees at the 16th Seoul International Youth Film Festival (in Korean) SIYFF's official Facebook (August 1, 2014). Retrieved on September 16, 2014.

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