Jessica Jung

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Jessica Jung
Jessica Jung at Marina Bay Sands Valentino event in January 2016 05.jpg
Jessica Jung at Marina Bay Sands Valentino event in January 2016
Born Jessica Sooyeon Jung
(1989-04-18) April 18, 1989 (age 27)
San Francisco, California, United States
Other names Jung Soo-yeon
  • Singer
  • actress
  • fashion designer
  • businesswoman
  • model
Years active 2007–present
Relatives Krystal Jung (sister)
Musical career
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2007–present
Associated acts
Website Blanc & Eclare
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Korean name
Revised Romanization Jeong Su-yeon
McCune–Reischauer Chŏng Su-yŏn
Birth name
Hangul 제시카 정
Revised Romanization Jesika Jeong
McCune–Reischauer Chesik'a Chŏng

Jessica Sooyoun Jung (born April 18, 1989),[1] known professionally as Jessica, is an American singer, songwriter, actress, model, fashion designer and businesswoman currently based in South Korea. Jung was born and raised in San Francisco, California. At the age of eleven, Jung was discovered by South Korean entertainment agency S.M. Entertainment and subsequently moved to South Korea. In 2007, Jung debuted as a member of the South Korean girl group Girls' Generation. The group later became one of the best-selling artists in South Korea, and one of South Korea's most popular girl groups nationwide and worldwide.

As an actress, Jung portrayed Elle Woods in the Korean-language version of Legally Blonde in 2010, and played a role in the drama Wild Romance in 2012. In early 2014, she established a fashion brand, Blanc & Eclare. Later that year, she was dismissed from the group Girls' Generation due to conflicts between the group's schedule and her own business activities. Following the dismissal, Jessica ended her contract with S.M. Entertainment and signed with Coridel Entertainment in 2016, prior to the release of her debut solo album, With Love, J.

Early life[edit]

Jessica was born in San Francisco.[1][2] While on vacation in South Korea, she and her sister, Krystal, were spotted in a shopping mall by S.M. Entertainment; she later joined the company in 2000.[3] She spent seven years as a trainee before debuting as part of the Korean girl group Girls' Generation. Jessica attended Korea Kent Foreign School during her teenage years.[2] Her younger sister, Krystal, is a member of the Korean girl group f(x). They later had a reality TV show called Jessica & Krystal. Jessica is a native speaker of American English and gained fluency in Korean after moving to South Korea at the age of 11 to pursue her entertainment career.[4]

Music career[edit]

Girls' Generation (2007–14)[edit]

Main article: Girls' Generation
Jessica at MBC Gayo Daejejeon on December 31, 2013

Jessica was the first member of the group to sign with S.M. Entertainment in 2000. In 2007, she was chosen as a member of the group Girls' Generation. The 9-member girl group debuted on August 5, 2007.

On September 30, 2014, Jessica announced on her personal Weibo account that she had been "forced out" of the group.[5] S.M. Entertainment later confirmed this, stating that Jung would no longer be a member of Girls' Generation due to continuing schedule conflicts. The company also stated that Girls' Generation would continue to promote with eight members while still managing Jessica's solo activities.[5][6] Jessica also released a statement of her own through her fashion company, Blanc Group, explaining that she had been asked to leave Girls' Generation by the agency and also the 8 other members of the group.[7] Jessica's final song with Girls' Generation was "Divine", which was released as a part of the repackaged version of their first Japanese greatest hits album, The Best.

On August 6, 2015, S.M. Entertainment released an official statement regarding Jessica's future, stating that the company and former member of Girls' Generation had officially parted ways.[8]

Solo career[edit]

In addition to her group activities, Jessica released two singles with Seohyun and Tiffany: "Love Hate" (Hangul"오빠 나빠", lit. Bad Older Brother)[9] and "Mabinogi (It's Fantastic!)".[10] Jessica collaborated with 8Eight for the song "I Love You" from their second album, Infinity, which was released on March 3, 2008. Though she was the one singing the harmony and adlibs, she is not seen in the music video. In addition, she had various duets — one with Shinee member, Onew, called "One Year Later", and one with Park Myung-soo, "Naengmyeon". She sang the "Seoul Song" with Super Junior's Leeteuk, Sungmin, Donghae, Siwon, Ryeowook and Kyuhyun and fellow group members Taeyeon, Sunny, Sooyoung and Seohyun.

Jessica released a digital single titled "Sweet Delight" on October 13, 2010. In 2011, Jessica participated in the soundtrack of KBS drama Romance Town with the song "Because Tears Are Overflowing" (Korean: 눈물이 넘쳐서 ).[11] In 2012, Jessica sang "What To Do" (feat. Kim Jin-pyo) for the drama Wild Romance, "Butterfly" (feat. Krystal) for To The Beautiful You,[12] "Heart Road" for The King's Dream,[13] as well as "My Lifestyle", a Hyundai i30‘s commercial song.[14] In 2013, she had "The One Like You" for Dating Agency: Cyrano.[15] In 2014, Jessica released "Say Yes"' for the Make Your Move soundtrack, featuring her sister, Krystal, and EXO's former member, Kris.

In February 2016, Jessica announced that her first solo album would be released under her new agency, Coridel Entertainment.[16][17] In April 2016, representatives announced that Jung would release her first album the following month in May.[18] On April 30, Coridel Entertainment released the track list which included the title track "Fly" featuring Fabolous. Jung wrote and composed four out of the six tracks.[19] The name of the extended play/mini album was revealed to be With Love, J, and was released on May 17, 2016, along with the title track, "Fly". The music video for "Fly" amassed over 2 million views within 24 hours of its release. A video for the second single, "Love Me The Same," was released the following day on May 18, 2016.[20][21] With Love J topped eight music charts, and also ranked first on the Hanteo Weekly Chart and Gaon Weekly Album Chart.

In December 2016, Jung made a comeback with a Christmas mini album called Wonderland, comprised of six songs, all of which she took part in writing. The album and its eponymous title track were released on December 10.[22] It also has an English-language version, with four of the six original Korean tracks.

Acting career[edit]

Jessica made her musical theatre debut in the South Korean production of Legally Blonde, alongside Lee Ha-nui and Kim Ji-woo;[23] the production opened on November 14, 2009.[24] In March 2010, she had a cameo role on SBS's Oh! My Lady.[25]

In 2012, Jessica made her acting debut in Wild Romance.[26] In the same year, Jessica returned to musical theatre once again with Legally Blonde, alongside Jung Eun-ji and Choi Woori. Her first performance was on November 28.

In 2015, Jessica was confirmed to be the female lead in the Chinese romantic comedy film titled I Love That Crazy Little Thing, alongside William Chan and Nicholas Tse.[27] The film was released in August 2016, and Jessica collaborated with William for the theme song "Love! Love! Aloha!".

In 2016, Jessica was confirmed to be the female lead in the autobiographical film about Stephon Marbury titled My Other Home, alongside Marbury himself.[28] She was also cast in the short action comedy Two Bellmen Three alongside Ki Hong Lee.

Variety show appearances[edit]

In May 2010, Jessica became a regular guest on the show Happy Birthday until she withdrew on June 7, 2010, due to Girls' Generation's overseas activities.[29] She was also a regular guest on the show Star King with fellow member Yuri.

In 2009, she took a special part on the show Infinity Challenge for their summer special, in which she was chosen to sing a duet entitled "Naengmyun" with Park Myung-soo, one of the MCs.[30] In 2014, Jessica and her sister Krystal starred in their own reality television show Jessica & Krystal.[31] It premiered on June 3[32] and consisted of ten episodes.[33] In 2015, she took a part in Chinese sport's variety show YES! Coach. She participated in a swimming competition trained by professional swimmer Sun Yang.

In 2016, Jessica became the main host of the beauty show Beauty Bible, alongside Kim Jae-kyung.

Business career[edit]

Blanc & Eclare[edit]

In August 2014, Jung launched her own fashion line, Blanc, which was later renamed Blanc & Eclare.[34]

Personal life[edit]

In 2013, Jung started dating Tyler Kwon, the founder and CEO of Coridel Entertainment, a South Korean entertainment company that she is currently signed to.[35]


Extended plays[edit]

Concerts and tours[edit]



Title Year Role Notes
I AM. 2012 Herself Biographical film of SM Town[36]
I Love That Crazy Little Thing 2016 Qian Qian Released on August 5, 2016[37]
Two Bellmen Three 2017 Mi-na Kim
My Other Home Yang Chen [38]

Television dramas[edit]

Title Year Role Network Notes
Unstoppable Marriage 2008 Bulgwang-dong's Seven Princesses Gang KBS2 Cameo
Tae-hee, Hye-kyo, Ji-hyun! 2009 English teacher MBC Cameo
Oh! My Lady 2010 Herself SBS Cameo
Wild Romance 2012 Kang Jong-hee KBS2 Supporting role

Variety shows[edit]

Year Title Episode Note
2014 Jessica & Krystal All A reality show with her sister Krystal, featuring their daily activities[39]
2016 Beauty Bible All Main host[40] with Kim Jae-kyung[41]

Musical theatre[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2009–2010; 2012–2013 Legally Blonde Elle Woods Lead role

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated Work Result
2012 2nd SBS MTV Best of the Best Best Cameo[42] Sherlock Nominated
2013 7th The Musical Awards Popularity Award[43] Legally Blonde Won
8th Seoul International Drama Awards Most Popular Drama OST (with Krystal Jung)[44] Butterfly Nominated
2014 7th Style Icon Awards Top 10 Style Icons (with Krystal Jung) Jessica & Krystal Nominated
Mission Hills World Celebrity Pro-Am 2014 Popularity Award[45] Herself Won
Yahoo Asia Buzz Awards Most Searched Korean Female Artist[46] Won
Sohu Fashion Awards Asian Fashion Icon[47] Won
2015 Yahoo Asia Buzz Awards Asian Popularity Award[48] Won
2016 YinYueTai 4th V Chart Awards Hot Trend Artist of Korea Award[49] Won



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