Eunjung performing at Party, Seoul, South Korea, on 2012.
December 12, 1988 
Seoul, South Korea
|Years active||1995–present (Acting)
|Revised Romanization||Ham Eun-jeong|
Hahm Eun-jung (Hangul: 함은정; born December 12, 1988), also known as Elsie, 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".
- 1 Biography
- 2 Acting career
- 3 Music career
- 4 Discography
- 5 Filmography
- 6 Awards
- 7 References
- 8 External links
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. 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. 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."
1995–2009: Career beginnings
In 1995, when Eun-jung was seven years old, she participated in the "Little Miss Korea" pageant and won. 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. 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
In July 2010, Eun-jung was cast in her first movie role for the thriller White: The Melody of the Curse (화이트: 저주의 멜로디 ). Directed by Kim Gok and Kim Sun, filming began in November 2010. The film was released to South Korean cinemas on June 9, 2011.
2011: Dream High, King Geunchogo, and Queen Insoo
2012: Five Fingers
T-ara’s agency Core Contents Media revealed that Eun-jung was confirmed for the drama Five Fingers. 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. 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. In February 2013, Yein E&M issued a formal apology for firing Hahm without notice.
2014: Endless Love
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
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.
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.
2015: Solo Music Debut
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.
Extended plays (EPs)
|Title||Album details||Peak positions||Sales|
|"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.|
|2013||"Two As One"||12||
|"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region|
|2010||SBS Coffee House||Coffee House OST||2:57|
|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)|
|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|
|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|
|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|
TV Variety Shows
|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||Invincible Youth (Ep. 26)||Herself||KBS2|
|2010||You Hee-yeol's Sketchbook||Herself||KBS2|
|2010||Oh My School (Ep. 18)||Herself||KBS2|
|2010||Running Man (Ep. 7)||Herself||SBS|
|2010||Strong Heart (Ep. 22.214.171.124)||Herself||SBS|
|2011||Star King (Ep. 197, 223)||Herself||SBS|
|2011||100 Points out of 100||Herself||KBS2|
|2011||Happy Together (Ep. 191)||Herself||KBS2|
|2011-2012||We Got Married (With Lee Jang-woo)||Herself||MBC|
|2012||Running Man (Ep. 104)||Herself||SBS|
|2012||100 Million Won Quiz Show||Herself||SBS|
|2012||Hello Counselor (Ep. 85)||Herself||KBS2|
|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|
|2014||Immortal Songs 2 (Ep. 137)||Herself||KBS2|
|2014||Star Beauty Show||Herself||SBS|
|2015||100 people, 100 songs||Herself||JTBC|
|2015||Hello Counselor (Ep. 226)||Herself||KBS2|
Music video appearances
|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|
|2010||SBS Drama Awards||New Star Award||Coffee House|
|2011||MBC Entertainment Awards||Best Newcomer, Variety category||We Got Married|
- Mark Russell (29 April 2014). K-Pop Now!: The Korean Music Revolution. Tuttle Publishing. p. 102. ISBN 978-1-4629-1411-1.
- T-ARA Official (2014-10-17). "Eun-Jung hanja birth name.". T-ARA Official FAECBOOK.
- "T-ARA's Eunjung Explains The Meaning Behind Her 'ELSIE' Stage Name". Retrieved 2015-06-02.
- "티아라 은정 “이대 음대 나온 엄마께 죄송하고 감사해요” "I'm sorry, Mom, and thank you for your help". isplus. March 25, 2010. Retrieved January 2, 2011. "...Because of Eun-jeong her mother had to end her music career. Eun-jeong revealed in a March 24th interview with Daily Sports, "She was a graduate from Ewha Womans' University with a degree in music, she quit giving piano lessons to become my manager. Back then I didn't know much, but now I feel sorry," she said."
- (Korean) 티아라 은정 "가장 해보고 싶은 것은 액션 영화" (T-ara's Eunjung wants to act in action movies). Sportsseoul.com. July 4. 2010. Retrieved July 27, 2010.
- (Korean) 티아라 은정 “이대 음대 나온 엄마께 죄송하고 감사해요” (Eunjung: "I'm sorry and thankful towards my mother"). ISplus. March 25, 2010. Retrieved July 26, 2010.
- (Korean) Baek Jieun: 티아라 은정, 가수 데뷔 전 드라마 '궁' 출연? 화제 (Eun-jeong debuted as an actor before a singer). SportsChosun.com. October 18, 2009. Retrieved July 26, 2010.
- (Korean) 티아라 은정, 다비치 ‘시간아멈춰라’ 뮤비 출연 ‘불량 백설공주 변신’ (T-ara's Eunjung to appear as a 'Snow White turned bad' in Davichi's new music video). Newsen. May 3, 2010. Retrieved July 27, 2010.
- (Korean) 함은정, "티아라 인기 업고 주인공 발탁? 너무 억울해요". Chosun.com. May 16, 2010. Retrieved July 27, 2010.
- New drama brewing. Yonhap/JoongAng Daily. May 11, 2010. Retrieved July 27, 2010.
- (Korean) 티아라 은정, '한효주 언니처럼 좋은 배우, 되겠죠?'. The Star. May 31, 2010. July 27, 2010.
- Han Sang-hee: New drama to bring more than coffee. The Korea Times. May 16, 2010. Retrieved July 26, 2010.
- (Korean) ‘커피하우스’ 아쉬운 시청률 ‘신선한 장르+연기력 빛났다’(종영). Newsen/Joins.com. July 27, 2010. Retrieved July 27, 2010.
- (Korean) 김기방 공포영화 ‘화이트’ 출연. Daum.net. July 7, 2010. Retrieved July 26, 2010.
- (Korean) ‘아이스크림소녀’ 최아라, 티아라 은정과 스크린 걸그룹 호흡. Daum.net. June 25, 2010. Retrieved July 26, 2010.
- (Korean) 함은정·메이다니·황우슬혜 등 공포영화 <화이트> 캐스팅. koreafilm.co.kr. June 23, 2010. July 27, 2010.
- Jo Kwon, Eunjung, and Jung Yonghwa will run for Running Man. allkpop. Aug 16, 2010. Retrieved December 30, 2011.
- Lynn Kim & Jessica Kim: T-ara to become 7-member group. 10asia. July 16, 2010. Retrieved July 26, 2010.
- (Korean) 티아라, 은정→보람 리더 교체 왜? ("Why did T-ara change its leaders from Eunjung to Boram?"). StarNews. July 16, 2010. Retrieved July 27, 2010.
- "Gaon Chart" (in Korean). Gaon Chart.
- "Gaon Album Ranking Monthly (7/2015)" (in Korean). Gaon.
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