Hahm during the 2019 S/S Hera Seoul Fashion Week
December 12, 1988
Seoul, South Korea
|Revised Romanization||Ham Eun-jeong|
Hahm Eun-jung (born December 12, 1988), known professionally as Eunjung and also Elsie, is a South Korean singer and actress. In 1995, she won Little Miss Korea competition at the age of seven and debuted as a child actress in the same year with the television drama A New Generation of Adults (1995). Since then, she has taken on several minor roles in movies, television series and also being cast in various commercial films. After three years of training, she debuted as a member of South Korean girl group T-ara in July 2009. She debuted as a solo artist by the name Elsie with her EP, I'm Good, on May 7, 2015.
Hahm was born in Seoul, South Korea. Her mother, a graduate of Ewha Womans University, is a former piano teacher who works as Hahm's agent. While attending seventh grade, Hahm started taekwondo lessons and won three different competitions. Her mother made the decision to quit teaching and manage her career upon her high school graduation in 2007. Later that year, Hahm enrolled in Dongguk University, where she took performance courses. She is an only child and has been quoted as explaining, "My mother had me 10 years after she was married to my father, which seems more hurtful. Upon watching several famous performers in the past, she wanted to become an actress. Now that I have, she is very pleased I have acting as a priority. She believes her original prayers were answered."
1995–2008: Career beginnings
In 1995, when Hahm was seven years old, she participated in the "Little Miss Korea" pageant and won. That same year, she appeared in the youth drama A New Generation of Adults, which aired on KBS. Afterwards, she had several minor roles in movies and Korean dramas, along with being cast in a handful of commercial films.
In 2007, Hahm appeared in various music videos, namely SG Wannabe's music video "Gasiri" ("가시리") from their 2007 album Story In New York. Later that year, she would also be seen in FT Island's music videos "Thunder" ("천둥"), "Only One Person" ("한사람만"), and "A Man's First Love Follow Him To The Grave" ("남자의 첫사랑은 무덤까지 간다").
She also appeared in the 2008 horror film Death Bell, where she plays a student who was murdered by her teacher.
2009–2012: Rising popularity
Hahm originally trained to be an actress, and later debuted as a member of T-ara in July 2009. She was the first leader of the group, until September 2010. Hahm featured in Davichi's music video "Time, Please Stop" ("시간아 멈춰라") which was released on May 6, 2010.
Her first major acting role since joining T-ara was in SBS drama Coffee House, which aired on from May 17, 2010, to July 17, 2010. That same year, she was cast in the horror film White: The Melody of the Curse.
Hahm's popularity began to rise in 2011, when she starred in the teen drama Dream High. The drama was a success, and brought high domestic viewership ratings, and also gaining popularity in other countries and winning several international awards. From 2011-2012, she joined MBC's variety program We Got Married, pairing up with actor Lee Jang-woo. She won the Best Newcomer Award at the MBC Entertainment Awards. Hahm then starred in historical dramas The King of Legend and Insu, The Queen Mother.
In June 2012, Hahm was confirmed to star in the drama Five Fingers. However, on August 22, it was revealed that she had been dropped from the drama. The Korean Actors Labor Union demanded that Hahm be issued an apology by the producer and crew. In February 2013, Yein E&M issued a formal apology for firing Hahm without notice.
2014–2017: Return to acting and solo debut
In 2015, it was announced that Hahm would play the lead role in the Thai romantic comedy Micro Love, making her the first female idol to star in a Thai movie.
In May 2015, Hahm made her solo debut under the stage name ELSIE. She released her first mini album I'm Good, with the lead single of the same name featuring K.Will. The Chinese version of her music video peaked at #2 on the Chinese YinYueTai's music video charts. On October 14, Hahm released the song Goodbye, as the soundtrack of T-ara's web-drama Sweet Temptation. The song was also included in her repackaged mini album, Goodbye, released on October 30.
In 2016, Hahm was cast in Flowers of Evil, a thriller directed by Cho Sung-kyu.
2018–present: New agency and solo career
In January 2018, Hahm confirmed her departure from MBK after her contract expired. In February 2018, Hahm signed an exclusive management contract with UFO Production, making her the company's first-ever artist. UFO Production, a subsidiary of technology company Pobis TNC, is more known for producing the MBC TV weekend drama Money Flower.
|Title||Album details||Peak chart positions||Sales|
|"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.|
|Title||Year||Peak chart positions||Sales||Album|
|"Two As One"||2013||—||—||—||N/A||Non-album singles|
|"I'm Good (Chinese Version)"||—||—||—||N/A|
|"Goodbye (Chinese Version)"||—||—||—|
|"Sweet Snow"||—||—||—||Non-album singles|
|"—" denotes song did not chart or was not released in that region.|
Soundtrack appearances and collaboration performances
|2009||Non-album singles||"N-Time"||2:57||with Hwang Jung-eum and Hyomin|
|2010||Coffee House OST||"Coffee House"||2:57||Solo|
|Non-album singles||"Wonder Woman"||3:38||with Hyomin, Seeya and Davichi|
|2011||"Crazy4s"||0:00||with Kim Soo-hyun|
|2013||Bunny Style!||"Dangerous Love"||3:40||with Jiyeon and Hyomin|
|2015||White Snow||"Don't Forget Me"||3:58||with various artists|
|2017||The Best Hit OST Part 8||"My Love"||3:31||With T-ara|
|2018||My Secret Terrius OST Part 4||"Shout To The Sky"||4:25||Solo|
|2019||I Hate You Juliet OST Part 3||"You Are My Star"||3:54||Solo|
|1999||A-rong's Big Expedition||Song-i|
|2002||Dodge Go! Go!||Min Sang-mi|
|2005||The Beast and the Beauty||Hae-mi|||
|World of Silence||Min-hee|||
|2007||Dating On Earth||Yun Yi-soo|
|2008||Death Bell||Kim Ji-won||Supporting role|||
|2011||White: The Melody of the Curse||Eun-joo||Main role|||
|2017||Micro Love||Kim Min-jee||Main role with Thailand actor James Ma|||
|Missing 2||Sun-young||Main role|||
|1995||A New Generation of Adults||Jessica||KBS|||
|2004||Little Women||Hyun-deuk (young)||SBS|
|Age of Heroes||Layla||MBC|
|Toji, the Land||Bong-soon (young)||SBS|||
|2005||Lovers in Prague||Cameo|||
|Cute or Crazy|
|Hello, My Teacher|
|2010||Master of Study||KBS2|
|Coffee House||Kang Seung-yeon||SBS||Main role|||
|2011||Dream High||Yoon Baek-hee||KBS2|||
|King Geunchogo||Jin Ah-yi||KBS1||Supporting role|||
|2012||Insu, The Queen Mother||In-soo (young)||JTBC|||
|2014||Endless Love||Tae Cho-ae||SBS|||
|2015||Love on a Rooftop||Min Chae-won||KBS2|||
|Sweet Temptation||Eun-jin||Naver TV Cast||Main role|
|2018||Lovely Horribly||Shin Yoon-ah||KBS2|||
|2011–12||We Got Married||Main cast||MBC||with Lee Jang-woo|
|2016||Master of Driving Straight ||tcast TV||with Hyomin|
|2017||Enchanted Lesson Birdie Birdie ||JTBC Golf|
|2018||King of Mask Singer||Contestant||MBC||as "Strawberry Girl"|
|2020||Law of the Jungle (TV series)||Cast member||SBS||EP. 407-410|
|2020||BEAUTY & VIEW||Cast member||YouTube||With Park Gyuri|
|2020||Les Miserables||Cosette||Supporting role|
|2010||SBS Drama Awards||New Star Award||Coffee House||Won|
|2011||MBC Entertainment Awards||Best Newcomer (Variety)||We Got Married||Won|
|47th Baeksang Arts Awards||Most Popular Actress (TV)||Dream High||Nominated|
|2016||Yinyuetai V-Chart Awards||Most Popular Korean Solo Artist||I'm Good||Won|
|2017||ShinFilms Art Film Festival Awards||Popularity Award for Commercial Films||N/A||Won|
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