Hwang Jung-eum on January 5, 2013
January 25, 1985|
Seoul, South Korea
|Education||University of Suwon - Theater and Film|
Lee Young-don (m. 2016)
|Revised Romanization||Hwang Jeong-eum|
Hwang Jung-eum debuted with K-pop girl group Sugar in 2001 as a lead vocalist, but left the group in 2004 to pursue a solo career. Hwang appeared as one of the recurring guests of the variety show Love Letter from 2004 to 2006, in which her onscreen pairing with Kim Jong-min became popular. She officially made her acting debut in the television drama The Person I Love in 2007.
In 2009, she and real-life boyfriend Kim Yong-jun (of boy band SG Wannabe) joined the second season of reality dating show We Got Married as the first real-life couple to be featured on the show. Later that year, Hwang rose to mainstream stardom when she appeared in the daily sitcom High Kick Through the Roof. Her character in the sitcom as a college student who was full of energetic vibes but sometimes clumsy, confident despite lacking money and opportunities, representing today's college students well, therefore stirred sentiments among many young adults. Regarding this breakout in her acting career, Hwang said: "You need to do what you enjoy doing as well as finding what is right for you. I realized my passion for acting during High Kick. You tend to do well when you get compliments and with director Kim Byung Wook encouraging me, I had fun acting. And because it was fun, I was able to achieve good results."
After her turn on High Kick, Hwang signed numerous advertising contracts, and in interviews she often tells the story of how she had just ₩487 (US$0.45) in her bank account when she started the show but walked away with ₩1.2 billion when it ended. She was later ranked 18th on Forbes Korea's Top 40 Celebrities in 2011, ranked 7th on the list of richest K-pop idols on Mnet's Idol Chart Show, and among the Top 7 Female Commercial Stars in Korea as compiled by Ilgan Sports.
In February 2010, Hwang hosted MBC's Star Dance Battle together with Kim Shin-young, Oh Sang-jin, and Shin Bong-sun. Later in December, she was also one of the co-hosts of the annual music program SBS Gayo Daejeon along with Super Junior's Heechul, CNBLUE's Jung Yong-hwa, and 2AM's Jo Kwon.
Hwang then began playing leading roles in television series. Among her notable TV dramas are 1970s historical epic Giant (2010), deaf romance Can You Hear My Heart? (2011), and medical drama Golden Time (2012). In 2013, she starred in crime comedy Incarnation of Money, followed by hit melodrama Secret Love. This was followed in 2014 by 1980-1990s set period drama, Endless Love. In 2015, she reunited with some of her former costars, namely Ji Sung from Secret Love for the romantic comedy series Kill Me, Heal Me; then with Park Seo-joon from Kill Me, Heal Me and Go Joon-hee from Can You Hear My Heart? for another romantic comedy, She Was Pretty, which also further solidifies her popularity in China. Ize magazine named her as one of the 10 Persons of the Year and tvN's The List 2015 ranked her as the 5th top earners in Korean entertainment industry. Hwang achieved 1st place in the survey to select Actors of 2015 conducted by Gallup Korea. Less than a month after her marriage, Hwang has been cast in a romantic comedy series, Lucky Romance.
Hwang was cast in her first big screen leading role in the 2015 romantic comedy film My Sister, the Pig Lady, which was screened at the 39th Montreal World Film Festival as part of their World Greats selection. The film also won Grand Prize at the 2016 Osaka Asian Film Festival.
Hwang has been named as goodwill ambassador for various programs and events, such as the Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival in 2010, Angel (1004) Day in 2010, the Korea Medical Assistance Foundation in 2011, AD Stars (Busan International Advertising Festival) in 2012, the international relief NGO Good Neighbors in 2013, and a Seoul campaign against social problems in 2014.
Hwang dated Kim Yong-jun for nine years. They first met in 2005, when Hwang starred in the SG Wannabe music video for My Heart's Treasure Box. The couple then publicly confirmed their relationship in January 2008. Yonhap News Agency broke the news on May 15, 2015, that the couple had ended their relationship after she wrapped up the filming of Kill Me, Heal Me. Hwang later confirmed it in her interview with KBS2's Entertainment Relay.
On December 8, 2015, Hwang's agency, C-JeS Entertainment, confirmed that she had been dating Lee Young-don, a professional golfer and businessman, for the past four months. On January 7, 2016, Hwang announced her planned marriage to Lee Young-don, with the ceremony to be held in February. On February 26, 2016, the wedding reception was held at Hotel Shilla, Seoul.
(cameo, episode 13)
|Banjun Drama "Love Virus"||SBS|
|Banjun Drama "Memories of Love"||SBS|
|2007||The Person I Love||Lee Jung-min||SBS|
|2008||The Last Scandal of My Life||Sa Ruby||MBC|
|Little Mom Scandal - Season 1||Na Hye-jung||CGV|
|Little Mom Scandal - Season 2||Na Hye-jung||CGV|
|East of Eden||Kim So-jung||MBC|
|2009||Two Wives||Song Ji-ho's blind date
|High Kick Through the Roof||Hwang Jung-eum||MBC|
|2010||Giant||Lee Mi-joo/Cha Soo-jung||SBS|
|2011||Can You Hear My Heart?||Bong Woo-ri||MBC|
|High Kick: Revenge of the Short Legged||Hwang Jung-eum
(cameo, episode 106)
|2012||Golden Time||Kang Jae-in||MBC|
|Full House Take 2||Jang Man-ok/Michelle Jang||TBS/SBS Plus|
|2013||Incarnation of Money||Bok Jae-in||SBS|
|Potato Star 2013QR3||Noh Soo-dong's secretary
(cameo, episode 1)
|Secret Love||Kang Yoo-jung||KBS2|
|2014||Endless Love||Seo In-ae||SBS|
|2015||Kill Me, Heal Me||Oh Ri-jin||MBC|
|She Was Pretty||Kim Hye-jin||MBC|
|2016||Lucky Romance||Shim Bo-nui||MBC|
|2009||The Relation of Face, Mind and Love||Eun-bin||Telecinema|
|2010||Death Bell 2: Bloody Camp||Park Eun-su|
|2015||My Sister, the Pig Lady||Jae-hwa|
|2009||We Got Married - Season 2||MBC||Cast member|
|2010||It City: Fukuoka Together
with Hwang Jung-eum
|Ultra Fashion with Hwang Jung-eum||MBC Every 1|
|2005||"My Heart's Treasure Box"||SG Wannabe||Chun Jung-myung, Bong Tae-gyu|
|"A Dreamy Conversation"|
|2007||"I Can't Help Liking You"||Black Pearl||Jung Woo|
|"Finally... It's You"|
|"Crazy Love Song"|
|2009||"It's a Lie"||Ock Joo-hyun||Kim Yong-jun|
|"Did You Really Hate My Love?"|
|2009-09-22||"N-Time"||Hwang Jung-eum feat. T-ara|
|2011-06-11||"Good Person"||Hwang Jung-eum||from Can You Hear My Heart? OST|
|2008-09-26||"Going"||SeeYa feat. Kim Yong-jun,
Hwang Jung-eum, Mario
|from the album Brilliant Change|
|2009-06-12||"Couple"||Kim Yong-jun feat. Hwang Jung-eum||from We Got Married|
Awards and nominations
|2009||3rd Mnet 20's Choice Awards||Hot Couple with Kim Yong-jun||We Got Married - Season 2||Won|
|MBC Entertainment Awards||Best Female Newcomer in a Variety Show||Won|
|Best Female Newcomer in Comedy/Sitcom||High Kick Through the Roof||Won|
|2010||46th Baeksang Arts Awards||Best New Actress in TV||Won|
|3rd Korea Drama Awards||Most Popular Actress||Won|
|11th Korea Visual Arts Festival||Photogenic Award, TV Actress category||Won|
|1st Barbie & Ken Awards||Korean Barbie||N/A||Won|
|26th Korea Best Dresser Swan Awards||Best Dressed, TV Actress category||N/A||Won|
|23rd Grimae Awards||Best Actress||Giant||Won|
|SBS Drama Awards||Best Supporting Actress in a Special Planning Drama||Nominated|
|New Star Award||Won|
|Best Couple Award with Joo Sang-wook||Won|
|2011||MBC Drama Awards||Excellence Award, Actress in a Miniseries||Can You Hear My Heart?||Won|
|2012||MBC Drama Awards||Excellence Award, Actress in a Miniseries||Golden Time||Nominated|
|2013||SBS Drama Awards||Top Excellence Award, Actress in a Drama Special||Incarnation of Money||Nominated|
|KBS Drama Awards||Top Excellence Award, Actress||Secret Love||Won|
|Netizen Choice, Actress||Won|
|Best Couple Award with Ji Sung||Won|
|2014||7th Korea Drama Awards||Top Excellence Award, Actress||Secret Love, Endless Love||Nominated|
|SBS Drama Awards||Top Excellence Award, Actress in a Serial Drama||Endless Love||Won|
|Top 10 Stars||Won|
|2015||10th Seoul International Drama Awards||Outstanding Korean Actress||Kill Me, Heal Me||Won|
|8th Korea Drama Awards||Top Excellence Award, Actress||Nominated|
|MBC Drama Awards||Grand Prize (Daesang)||Kill Me, Heal Me, She Was Pretty||Nominated|
|Top Excellence Award, Actress in a Miniseries||Won|
|Top 10 Stars||Won|
|Popularity Award, Actress||Won|
|2016||52nd Baeksang Arts Awards||Best Actress (TV)||She Was Pretty||Nominated|
|43rd Korea Broadcasting Awards||Best Actress||Won|
|9th Korea Drama Awards||Excellence Award, Actress||Lucky Romance||Nominated|
|MBC Drama Awards||Top Excellence Award, Actress in a Miniseries||Nominated|
|7th Korea Popular Culture and Art Awards||Prime Minister Award||N/A||Won|
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- Also aired on SBS.
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