Jung Eun-ji

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Jung Eun-ji
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Jung in July 2018
BornJung Hye-rim
(1993-08-18) August 18, 1993 (age 25)
Haeundae, Busan, South Korea
OccupationSinger, songwriter, actress
Musical career
Genres
InstrumentsVocals
Years active2011–present
LabelsPlan A Entertainment
Associated actsApink
Korean name
Hangul정은지
Hanja
Revised RomanizationJeong Eun-ji
McCune–ReischauerChŏng Ŭnchi
Birth name
Hangul정혜림
Hanja
Revised RomanizationJeong Hye-rim
McCune–ReischauerChŏng Hyerim

Jung Eun-ji (born Jung Hye-rim, on August 18, 1993) is a South Korean singer, songwriter, actress and voice actress. She is best known as a member of the South Korean girl group Apink. Jung made her acting debut in the coming-of-age drama, Reply 1997 in 2012. She has since had roles in That Winter, the Wind Blows (2013), Trot Lovers (2014), Cheer Up! (2015), and Untouchable (2017) in addition to various voice acting roles. She released her debut solo album, Dream, in 2016.

Early life and education[edit]

Jung Eun-ji was born as Jung Hye-rim in Haeundae, Busan on August 18, 1993.[1][2] She has a younger brother named Jung Min-ki.[3] She attended Hapdo Kindergarten, Shinjae Elementary School, Jaesong Girls' Middle School and Hyehwa Girls' High School.[4] In 2004, Jung won the first place prize in the program Exciting Day Enjoyable Day (신나는 날 즐거운 날) hosted by the KBS network.[5] In November 2010, Jung passed the auditions to become the main singer of Apink. She had not received any professional training prior to joining Apink, and had trained for only two months with the group.[citation needed]

Jung in February 2014

Music career[edit]

Apink[edit]

In March 2011, Jung was revealed to be the fourth member of Apink via an online video of her covering Jennifer Hudson's "Love You I Do".[6] Jung joined with the rest of the group to film Apink News prior to debut.[7] On April 21, 2011, Jung made her debut as a main vocalist of Apink on Mnet's M Countdown with two songs, "Mollayo" and "Wishlist", from the debut extended play Seven Springs of Apink.

Solo works[edit]

Jung has collaborated with various artists for OSTs and promotional songs. For the project A Cube for Season #Green, Jung Eun-ji and fellow Cube artist Yang Yo-seob, sang the duet track "Love Day".[8] In August 2012, Jung recorded two promotional singles, "All For You" and "Our Love Like This" with Reply 1997 co-star Seo In-guk for the drama's soundtrack.[9][10] "All For You" became one of the best-selling singles of the year on the Gaon Single Chart.[11][12]

In 2013 and 2014, Jung collaborated with label-mate Huh Gak for duets titled "Short Hair" and "Break Up To Make Up" respectively, which were well-received by listeners and ranked atop major online music charts in Korea.[13][14][15] She released her first solo single titled "Its You" for the soundtrack of Three Days.[16]

On 18 April 2016 (the day before Apink's 5th anniversary), Jung debuted as a solo artist with the mini-album Dream which consisted of 6 songs.[15] The title song "Hopefully Sky" is written by Jung, which recounts the times she spent with her father.[17] "Hopefully Sky" topped eight local music charts,[18] and the album sold 30,000 copies upon release.[19]

In April 2017, Jung released her second album The Space.[20] The title track, "The Spring" and its accompanying music video was unveiled on 10 April, and debuted within the top ten spots on local music charts.[21] From 3 to 5 June 2017, Jung held her first solo concert titled “Attic” at Ewha Womans University’s Samsung Hall.[22][23]

On 18 October 2018, Jung released her solo MV titled Being There. [24]

Acting career[edit]

Jung at the press conference for drama Cheer Up! in October 2015

Jung made her acting debut in Reply 1997, a 1990s nostalgic dramedy which became one of the highest-rated Korean series on cable television.[25] She played the female protagonist, a hardcore H.O.T. fan who becomes a TV drama writer.[26] Jung was complimented by critics and audiences for her comedic and emotional acting, which was impressive for a newcomer, as well as for her authentic Busan dialect.[26] The role won her several awards, including the 49th Baeksang Arts Award for Best New TV Actress.

Jung performed in a Korean staging of the Hollywood film-turned-musical Legally Blonde, playing the lead role of Elle Woods.[27] The show ran from November 16, 2012 to March 17, 2013.[28]

Jung was then cast in a supporting role in the 2013 melodrama That Winter, the Wind Blows.[29] She won Best Performance at the 2nd APAN Star Awards and New Star Award at the SBS Drama Awards.

In 2014, she starred in another musical, the stage adaptation of 2004 series Full House.[30] Afterwards, Jung starred in the romantic comedy series Trot Lovers, which depicts a female singer's struggles to become successful in the old-fashioned musical genre trot.[31][32]

In 2015, Jung starred as the female lead in KBS2 high school drama Cheer Up! playing the role of a high school student who ranks at the bottom of her class.[33][34]

In 2017, Jung was cast in JTBC's action melodrama Untouchable which began airing on November 24.[35]

In 2018, Jung was cast in the horror film 0.0MHz, based on the webtoon of the same name.[36]

Discography[edit]

Extended plays[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions Sales
KOR
[37]
JPN
[38]
TW
[39]
US
World

[40]
Dream 3 13
The Space
  • Released: April 10, 2017
  • Label: Plan A Entertainment, LOEN Entertainment
  • Formats: CD, Digital download
3 89
Hyehwa (暳花)
  • Released: October 17, 2018
  • Label: Plan A Entertainment, LOEN Entertainment
  • Formats: CD, Digital download
3 3 TBA

Singles[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Sales (DL) Album
KOR
[44]
Promotional singles
"Hopefully Sky" 2016 1 Dream
"The Spring" 2017 2 The Space
"Being There" (어떤가요) 2018 63 Hyehwa
Original soundtracks
"All For You" (with Seo In-guk) 2012 1 Reply 1997 OST
"Just the Way We Love" (with Seo In-guk) 3
"One Minute Ago" (with Kang Ho-dong) 2013 N/A Barefooted Friends OST
"Saving Santa" (with Suho) N/A Saving Santa OST
"It's You" 2014 11 Three Days OST
"A Love Before" 2016 79 Entertainer OST
"Your Garden" 2017 N/A Strong Girl Bong-soon OST
Collaborations
Love Day (with Yang Yo-seob) 2012 8 A Cube For Season #Green
"A Year Ago" (with Kim Namjoo and Jang Hyun-seung) 2013 13 A Cube for Season #White
"Know We're Going to Break Up" (with Huh Gak) 29 Little Giant
"Short Hair" (with Huh Gak) 1 A Cube for Season #Blue
Fanta Time (with Lee Kwang-soo, Niel) N/A Fanta Time
"Break Up to Make Up" (with Huh Gak) 2014 1 A Cube for Season #Sky-Blue
"Ocean" (with Huh Gak) 2016 5 'Plan A' First Episode
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.

Songwriting and composing credits[edit]

Year Album Artist Song Lyrics Music
Credited With Credited With
2015
Pink Memory
Apink
"Promise U" (새끼손가락) Yes BEOMxNANG Yes BEOMxNANG
2016
Dream
Herself
"Hopefully Sky" (하늘바라기) Yes Duble Sidekick, Long Candy Yes Duble Sidekick, Long Candy, Eastwest
Dear
Apink
"Dear (Whisper) (CD ONLY)" Yes Chorong, Bomi, Naeun, Namjoo, Hayoung Yes Chorong, Bomi, Naeun, Namjoo, Hayoung
"That Spring, This Autumn" (그 봄날, 이 가을) Yes Hayoung No Jung Tae-soo, Park Jun
2017
The Space
Herself
"First Love" (소녀의 소년) Yes N/A No Yoon Gun, Tenzo & Tasto
"Moon of Seoul" (서울의 달) Yes N/A No Duble Sidekick, Long Candy, Mus10, ₩uNo
2018
Hyehwa
"별 반짝이는 꽃을 위해 (Intro)" No N/A Yes BEOMxNANG, Byun Moo-hyuk
"Being There" (어떤가요) Yes BEOMxNANG Yes BEOMxNANG
"Seasons Change" (계절이 바뀌듯) Yes BEOMxNANG Yes BEOMxNANG
"Box" (상자) Yes Sunwoo Jung-a No Sunwoo Jung-a, Baek Hyun-soo, Lucas, Yunapal
"Noticeable" (신경 쓰여요) Yes N/A No So Subin, BEOMxNANG
"B" Yes BEOMxNANG, Byun Moo-hyuk Yes BEOMxNANG, Byun Moo-hyuk
"Secretary Kim" (김비서) Yes N/A Yes Beverly Kidz, Lee Sang-hoon
"Dawn" (새벽) Yes BEOMxNANG Yes BEOMxNANG, Byun Moo-hyuk

Music videos[edit]

Year Title Album Director(s) Ref.
2016 "Hopefully Sky" Dream Joo Hee Sun [55]
2017 "The Spring" The Spring Mustache Film [56]
2018 "Being There" Hyehwa Station Lee Young Hoon (Daysdaze Production) [57]

Filmography[edit]

Television dramas[edit]

Year Title Role Network Notes
2012 Reply 1997 Sung Shi-won tvN
2013 That Winter, the Wind Blows Moon Hee-sun SBS
Reply 1994 Sung Shi-won tvN cameo, episodes 16-17, 21
2014 Lovers of Music Choi Choon-hee KBS2
2015 Cheer Up! Kang Yeon-doo
2017 Untouchable Seo Yi-ra JTBC

Films[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2013 Saving Santa Shiny animated, Korean dubbed
2017 My Pet Ozzy Carrie animated, Korean dubbed
2018 0.0MHz So Hee Debut film

Musical theatre[edit]

Year Title Role
2012–2013 Legally Blonde Elle Woods
2014 Full House Han Ji-eun

Variety show[edit]

Year Title Network Note
2017 Crime Scene 3 JTBC Cast member[58]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2012 5th Korea Drama Awards Best Couple (with Seo In-guk)[59] Reply 1997 Won
5th Style Icon Awards Top 10 Style Icons (with Seo In-guk)[60][61] Won
14th Mnet Asian Music Awards Best OST (with Seo In-guk)[62] "All For You"
Reply 1997
Won
1st K-Drama Star Awards[63] Best OST (with Seo In-guk) Won
Acting Award, Actress Reply 1997 Nominated
Rising Star Award Won
Best Couple (with Seo In-guk) Won
4th Melon Music Awards Best OST (with Seo In-guk)[64] "All For You"
Reply 1997
Won
2013 2nd Gaon Chart K-Pop Awards Songs of the Year
(Digital Awards [September])
(with Seo In-guk)[65]
"All For You"
Reply 1997
Won
49th Baeksang Arts Awards Best New TV Actress[66] Reply 1997 Won
2nd APAN Star Awards Best Performance[67] That Winter, the Wind Blows Won
SBS Drama Awards Best New Actress[68] Won
2014 16th Seoul International Youth Film Festival Best Young Actress Trot Lovers Won
Best OST by a Female Artist "It's You"
Three Days
Nominated
22nd Korea Culture and Entertainment Awards Excellence Award, Actress in a Drama Trot Lovers Won
16th Mnet Asian Music Awards[69] Best Collaboration (with Huh Gak) "Break Up to Make Up" Nominated
Song of the Year (with Huh Gak) Nominated
6th Melon Music Awards Best OST "It's You"
Three Days
Nominated
MTV Best of the Best Best Collaboration (with Huh Gak) "Break Up to Make Up" Won
KBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actress in a Miniseries Trot Lovers Nominated
Best New Actress Nominated
Popularity Award, Actress Won
2015 29th KBS Drama Awards Popularity Award, Actress Cheer Up! Nominated
2016 tvN10 Awards Best Kiss (with Seo In-guk)[70] Reply 1997 Won
Made in tvN, Actress in Drama Nominated
18th Mnet Asian Music Awards Best Female Artist Jung Eun-ji Nominated
Best Vocal Performance Female Solo "Hopefully Sky" Nominated
Artist of the Year Jung Eun-ji Nominated
Song of the Year "Hopefully Sky" Nominated
8th Melon Music Awards Best Ballad Award Won
2017 9th Melon Music Awards Top 10 Artists[71] Jung Eun-ji Nominated
Folk/Blues Song[72] "The Spring" Won
19th Mnet Asian Music Awards Best Vocal Performance Female Solo Nominated
Qoo10 Song of the Year Nominated

Music shows[edit]

Music Triangle[edit]

Year Date Song
2012 September 19[73] "All For You" (with Seo In-guk)

M Countdown[edit]

Year Date Song
2016 April 28 "Hopefully Sky"

Inkigayo[edit]

Year Date Song
2016 May 1 "Hopefully Sky"

The Show[edit]

Year Date Song
2017 April 18 "The Spring"

Show Champion[edit]

Year Date Song
2017 April 19 "The Spring"

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