Hahm Eun-jung

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Hahm Eun-jung
Elsie Hahm performing at 13rd Mini Album Showcase in June 2017 02.png
Hahm performing in June 2017
Native name 함은정
Born Hahm Eun-jung
(1988-12-12) December 12, 1988 (age 29)[1]
Seoul, South Korea
Other names Elsie
Occupation
  • Singer
  • actress
Years active 1995–present
Musical career
Genres
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2009–present
Labels MBK Entertainment
Associated acts
Korean name
Hangul 함은정
Hanja 𤨒
Revised Romanization Ham Eun-jeong
McCune–Reischauer Ham Ŭnchŏng

Hahm Eun-jung (born December 12, 1988),[2][3] better known by the mononym Eunjung, and also as Elsie,[3][4] is a South Korean singer and actress. She is best known for being a member of South Korean girl group T-ara. In May 2015, she made her solo debut as Elsie with mini album I'm Good.

Biography[edit]

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.[5] 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.[6] 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."[7]

Career[edit]

1995–2009: Career beginnings[edit]

In 1995, when Hahm was seven years old, she participated in the "Little Miss Korea" pageant and won.[8] That same year, she appeared in the youth drama "A New Generation of Adults", which aired on KBS.[7] Afterwards, she had several minor roles in movies and Korean dramas, along with being cast in a handful of commercial films.

Hahm'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 the horror film Death Bell, where she plays a student who was murdered by her teacher.

Hahm also appeared in music videos, namely 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 "Thunder" ("천둥"), "Only One Person" ("한사람만"), and "A Man's First Love Follow Him To The Grave" ("남자의 첫사랑은 무덤까지 간다").

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.[9][10]

2010–2012: Rising popularity[edit]

Hahm featured in Davichi's music video "Time, Please Stop" ("시간아 멈춰라"; "Sigana Meomchwora") which was released on May 6, 2010.[11]

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.[12][13][14][15][16] The same year, she was cast in the horror film White: The Melody of the Curse.[17][18]

Hahm's popularity began to rise in 2011, when she starred in the teen drama Dream High.[19] The drama was a success, and brought high domestic viewership ratings, and also gaining popularity in other countries and winning several international awards.[citation needed] From 2011-2012, she joined MBC's variety program We Got Married, pairing up with actor Lee Jang-woo.[citation needed] She won the Best Newcomer Award at the MBC Entertainment Awards.[citation needed] Hahm then starred in historical dramas The King of Legend and Queen Insoo.[citation needed]

In June 2012, Hahm was confirmed to star in the drama Five Fingers.[citation needed] However, on August 22, it was revealed that she had been dropped from the drama.[citation needed] The Korean Actors Labor Union demanded that Hahm be issued an apology by the producer and crew.[citation needed] In February 2013, Yein E&M issued a formal apology for firing Hahm without notice.[20]

2014–present: Return to acting and Solo debut[edit]

Hahm made her return to acting in 2014, with SBS' weekend drama Endless Love.[citation needed]

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.[21]

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, under her new stage name ELSIE.[citation needed] The Chinese version of her music video peaked at #2 on the Chinese YinYueTai's music video charts.[citation needed] 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.[citation needed]

In 2016, Hahm was cast in Flowers of Evil, a thriller directed by Cho Sung-kyu.[22]

In 2017, Hahm was cast in MBC's daily drama, Sisters-in-Law, which premiered in April that year.[23]

Discography[edit]

Hahm at 2015 Summer K-pop Festival

EPs[edit]

Title Album details Peak positions Sales
KOR
[24]
I'm Good 6
9
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.

Singles[edit]

Year Title Peak positions Sales Album
KOR
Gaon Chart

[24]
CHN
Billboard V Chart

2013 "Two As One" Digital single
2015 "I'm Good" 66 1[citation needed] KOR (DL): 41,346 I'm Good
"Good Bye" 1[26] Goodbye
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region

Chinese Singles[edit]

Year Title Peak positions Sales Album
CHN
Billboard V Chart
2015 "I'm Good (Chinese Version)" 2[citation needed]
  • CHI (DL):
Goodbye
"Good Bye (Chinese Version)" 3[27]
  • CHI (DL):
Goodbye
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region

Soundtracks[edit]

Year Album Title Duration
2010 SBS Coffee House OST "Coffee House" 2:57

Collaborations[edit]

Year Album Song Duration Artist
2009 N/A "N-Time" (엔 타임) 0:00 with Hwang Jung-eum
2010 N/A "Wonder Woman 3:38 with Hyomin, Seeya and Davichi.
2011 N/A "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" (나를 잊지 말아요) 3:58 with various artists

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Note Ref
1999 A-rong's Big Expedition Song-i
2002 Dodge Go! Go! Min Sang-mi
Madeleine Sung-hae (young) [28]
2005 The Beast and the Beauty Hae-mi [29]
2006 Ice Bar Mi-sook [30]
World of Silence Min-hee [31]
2007 Dating On Earth Yun Yi-soo
2008 Death Bell Kim Ji-won [32]
2011 White: The Melody of the Curse Eun-joo Main Role [33]
Gisaeng Ryung Cameo [34]
2017 Micro Love Kim Min-jee Main Role [21][35]
Missing 2 Sun-young Main Role [36][37][38][39]

Television drama[edit]

Year Title Role Network Note Ref
1995 A New Generation of Adults Jessica KBS [7]
2004 Little Women Hyun-deuk (young) SBS
Age of Heroes Layla MBC
Toji, the Land Bong-soon (young) SBS [40]
2005 Lovers in Prague Cameo [41]
Cute or Crazy
Hello, My Teacher
2006 Princess Hours MBC [42]
My Love SBS
2010 Master of Study KBS2
Coffee House Kang Seung-yeon SBS Main Role [43]
2011 Dream High Yoon Baek-hee KBS2 [19][44]
King Geunchogo Jin Ah-yi KBS1 [45]
2012 Queen Insoo In-soo (young) JTBC [46]
2014 Endless Love Tae Cho-ae SBS Secondary Role [47]
2015 Love on a Rooftop Min Chae-won KBS2 [48]
Sweet Temptation Eun-jin Web Drama Main role
2017 Sisters-in-Law Hwang Eun-byul MBC Main Role [49][50][51]

Variety shows[edit]

Year Title Roles Network Notes
2011–12 We Got Married Main Cast MBC with Lee Jang-woo
2016 Master of Driving[52] tcast TV
2017 Enchanted Lesson Birdie Birdie [53] JTBC Golf

Awards[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated Work Result
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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