Hahm Eun-jung

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This is a Korean name; the family name is Hahm.
Eunjung at GUESS Party, July 2012.jpg
Eunjung performing at Party, Seoul, South Korea, on 2012.
Native name 함은정
Born Hahm Eun-jung
(1988-12-12) December 12, 1988 (age 26)[1]
Seoul, South Korea
Other names EJ
Musical career
Years active 1995–present (Acting)
2009–present (Singing)
Associated acts
Website T-ara
Korean name
Hanja 𤨒[2]
Revised Romanization Ham Eun-jeong
McCune–Reischauer Ham Ŭnchŏng
At Music Bank recording session, February 24, 2014

Hahm Eun-jung (Hangul: 함은정; born December 12, 1988), also known as Elsie,[3] is a South Korean idol singer and actress. She is best known for being the main vocalist of the Korean girl group T-ara. She made her solo debut as Elsie on May 1, 2015, with the single "I'm Good".


Eun-jung was born in Seoul, South Korea. Her mother, a graduate of Ewha Womans University, is a former piano teacher who works as Eun-jung's agent.[4] While attending seventh grade, Eun-jung started taekwondo lessons and won three different competitions. Her mother made the decision to quit teaching and manage Eun-jung's career upon her high school graduation in 2007. Later that year, Eun-jung enrolled in Dongguk University, where she took performance courses.[5] 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."[6]

Acting career[edit]

1995–2009: Career beginnings[edit]

In 1995, when Eun-jung was seven years old, she participated in the "Little Miss Korea" pageant and won.[7] That same year, she appeared in the youth drama "신세대 보고서 어른들은 몰라요" ("Sinsedae Bogoseo Eoreundeureun Mollayo", "A New Generation of Adults"), which aired on Korean Broadcasting System.[6] Afterwards, she had several minor roles in movies and Korean dramas, along with being cast in a handful of commercial films.

Eun-jung's acting debut was in Hello, My Teacher! where she appeared as a high school student who was unfairly cheated out of a grade which could have put her above the top 40 point. She also appeared in Death Bell alongside Nam Gyuri, Lee Beom-soo and Kim Bum. In the said film, she played the role of Kim Ji-won who was murdered by her own teacher.

She appeared in SG Wannabe's music video "Gasiri" ("가시리") from their 2007 album Story In New York. Later, she would also be seen in FT Island's music videos of "Thunder" ("천둥"), "Only One Person" ("한사람만"), and "A Man's First Love Follow Him To The Grave" ("남자의 첫사랑은 무덤까지 간다").

2010: Coffee House and White[edit]

She starred in Davichi's music video "Time, Please Stop" ("시간아 멈춰라"; "Sigana Meomchwora") which was released on May 6, 2010.[8]

Her first major role after joining T-ara came in Coffee House, which aired on SBS from May 17, 2010 to July 17, 2010.[9][10][11][12][13]

In July 2010, Eun-jung was cast in her first movie role for the thriller White: The Melody of the Curse (화이트: 저주의 멜로디 ).[14][15] Directed by Kim Gok and Kim Sun, filming began in November 2010.[16] The film was released to South Korean cinemas on June 9, 2011.

Eun-jung, along with 2AM's Jo Kwon and CN Blue's Jung Yong-hwa, had guest starred on Episode 7 of the popular SBS variety show Running Man which aired on August 22, 2010.[17]

2011: Dream High, King Geunchogo, and Queen Insoo[edit]

She starred in the drama Dream High where she played the role of Baek-Hee. She later took part in historical dramas such as King Geunchogo and Queen Insoo.

2012: Five Fingers[edit]

T-ara’s agency Core Contents Media revealed that Eun-jung was confirmed for the drama Five Fingers.[18] However, on the 22nd of August, it was revealed that Eun-jung had been dropped from the drama due to the bullying controversy surrounding T-ara.[19] The Korean Actors Labor Union demanded that Eun-jung be issued an apology by the producer and other crew members, saying “We are demanding that SBS and Yein E&M issue a sincere apology to member Hahm Eun-jung. The only way to restore her tarnished reputation is to essentially reveal the truth, and receive a genuine apology from all of you." The union also accused the PD of lying about the reason Eun-jung was dismissed, giving the real reason for her dismissal as Eun-jung's refusal to do product placements.[20] In February 2013, Yein E&M issued a formal apology for firing Hahm without notice.[21]

2014: Endless Love[edit]

She was cast for Endless Love as Tae Cho Ae. This is her comeback for television drama after two years.

2015–present: I Love You From Today[edit]

In August, she was cast for KBS Drama I Love You From Today, as Min Chae Won. It was reported that Eun Jung will play a key role in the end of the drama.

Music career[edit]

2009–present: T-ara[edit]

Main article: T-ara

From the group's debut in July 29, 2009 until September 2010, she was the first leader of T-ara. She, Hyomin and Jiyeon are the only three members of T-ara to be trained in acting. Instead, the three switched over to singing despite their original intentions.[22][22][23][23]

2015: Solo Music Debut[edit]

It was revealed that Eun-jung would be the third T-ara member to musically debut solo following Hyomin and Jiyeon

On April 29, 1thek and MBK Entertainment posted a teaser video on YouTube with the title Elsie - I'm Good (ft. K. Will). Instiz confirmed that Eun-jung was Elsie and that the single would come out May 1.


Main article: T-ara discography


Extended plays (EPs)[edit]

Title Album details Peak positions Sales
I'm Good 6
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.


Year Title Peak positions Sales Album
Gaon Chart

2013 "Two As One" 12
  • KOR (DL): 145,345
Digital single
2015 "I'm Good" 66
  • KOR (DL): 41,346
I'm Good
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region


Year Title Song Duration
2010 SBS Coffee House Coffee House OST 2:57

Other works[edit]

Year Title Song Duration Artist
2009 N-Time (Single) "N-Time" (엔 타임) 0:00 With Hwang Jung-eum
2010 Wonder Woman (Single) "Wonder Woman (원더우먼)" 3:38 With Hyomin, Seeya and Davichi.
2011 "Crazy4s" "Crazy4s" 0:00 [Commercial song recorded for his Spris spring ad along with Kim Soo Hyun.
2013 Bunny Style! "Dangerous Love" 3:40 With Jiyeon and Hyomin
2015 "White Snow" "Don't Forget Me" (나를 잊지 말아요) 3:58 With Park Soyeon, Song Minkyung, Cho Seunghee, and Speed's Jongkook, Sejoon and KI-O)


Television drama[edit]

Year: Title: Role: Network:
1995 A New Generation of Adults Jessica KBS
2004 Little Women Hyun Deuk (Young) SBS
2004 Age of Heroes Layla MBC
2004 Toji, the Land Bong Soon (Young) SBS
2005 Lovers in Prague Cameo SBS
2005 Cute or Crazy Cameo SBS
2005 Hello, My Teacher Cameo SBS
2006 Princess Hours Cameo MBC
2006 My Love Cameo SBS
2010 Master of Study Cameo KBS2
2010 Coffee House Kang Seung Yeon SBS
2011 Dream High Yoon Baek Hee KBS2
2011 King Geunchogo Jin Ah Yi KBS1
2012 Queen Insoo Insoo (Young) jTBC
2014 Endless Love Tae Cho Ae SBS
2015 Love on a Rooftop Min Chae-won KBS2


Year Title Role
1999 A-rong's Big Expedition Song-i
2002 Dodge Go! Go! Min Sang Mi
2002 Madeleine Song Hye (Young)
2005 The Beast and the Beauty Hae Mi
2006 Ice Bar Mi Sook
2006 World of Silence Min Hee
2007 Dating On Earth Yun Yi Soo
2008 Death Bell Kim Ji Won
2011 White: The Melody of the Curse Eun Joo
2011 Gisaeng Ryung Cameo

TV Variety Shows[edit]

Year Title Roles Network
2009 Radio Star Herself MBC
2009 Star King (Ep. 133-137, 139-142, 144-145) Herself SBS
2010 Star Golden Bell (Ep. 274, 276, 281 ) Herself KBS2
2010 Star King (Ep. 148-151, 153-154, 157-163, 169) Herself SBS
2010 Bouquet Herself MBC
2010 Invincible Youth (Ep. 26) Herself KBS2
2010 You Hee-yeol's Sketchbook Herself KBS2
2010 Dream Girls Herself Mnet
2010 Oh My School (Ep. 18) Herself KBS2
2010 Running Man (Ep. 7) Herself SBS
2010 Strong Heart (Ep. Herself SBS
2010-2011 Hello Baby Herself KBS2
2011 Star King (Ep. 197, 223) Herself SBS
2011 100 Points out of 100 Herself KBS2
2011 Happy Together (Ep. 191) Herself KBS2
2011 Win Win Herself KBS2
2011-2012 We Got Married (With Lee Jang-woo) Herself MBC
2012 SNL Korean Host tvN
2012 Running Man (Ep. 104) Herself SBS
2012 100 Million Won Quiz Show Herself SBS
2012 Hello Counselor (Ep. 85) Herself KBS2
2012 Beatles Code Herself Mnet
2013 Show CHahmpion (With Amber of f(x)) Host MBC
2013 Hello Counselor (Ep. 157) Herself KBS2
2013 Immortal Songs 2 (Ep. 133) Herself KBS2
2013 1000 Song Challenge Herself SBS
2013 SimSimTaPa Herself MBC
2014 Immortal Songs 2 (Ep. 137) Herself KBS2
2014 Music Travel Herself MBC
2014 Vitamin Herself KBS2
2014 Star Beauty Show Herself SBS
2014 Witch Hunt Herself JTBC
2014 Hidden Singer Herself JTBC
2014 Weekly Idol Herself MBC
2015 Witch Hunt Herself JTBC
2015 100 people, 100 songs Herself JTBC
2015 Witch Hunt Herself JTBC
2015 Hello Counselor (Ep. 226) Herself KBS2

Music video appearances[edit]

Year Song title Artist Role
2007 "Hate You (미워요)" Seeya Herself
2007 "Gashiri (가시리)" SG Wannabe, KCM Herself
2007 "Love Sick (사랑앓이)" F.T. Island Herself
2007 "Thunder (천둥)" F.T. Island Herself
2007 "A Man's First Love Follows Him to the Grave (남자의 첫 사랑은 무덤까지 간다)" F.T. Island Herself
2010 "Time, Please Stop (시간아 멈춰라)" Davichi Herself
2010 "Page One (페이지원)" SG Wannabe & Ock Joo Hyun Herself
2010 "I Want to Know Goodbye (난 이별을 모를래요)" Hwang Ji Hyun Herself
2010 "Bbiribbom Bberibbom (삐리뽐 빼리뽐 )" Coed School Herself
2011 "The Way I Am (내가 이렇지)" ZiA Herself
2012 "I Know (알아요)" Yangpa Herself
2015 "Don't Forget Me ( 나를 잊지 말아요)" TS (MBK unit) Herself


Year Award Category Work
2010 SBS Drama Awards New Star Award Coffee House
2011 MBC Entertainment Awards Best Newcomer, Variety category We Got Married


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