Krystal Jung

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Born Chrystal Soo Jung[1][2]
(1994-10-24) October 24, 1994 (age 22)[1]
San Francisco, California, United States[1]
Other names
  • Jung Soo-jung[3]
  • Singer
  • actress
  • model
Years active 2009–present
Relatives Jessica Jung (older sister)
Musical career
Genres K-pop
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2009–present
Labels S.M. Entertainment
Associated acts
Krystal Jung
Hangul 크리스탈 정
Revised Romanization Keuriseutal Jeong
McCune–Reischauer K'ŭrisŭt'al Chŏng
Korean name
Revised Romanization Jeong Su-jeong
McCune–Reischauer Chŏng Su-chŏng

Chrystal Soo Jung (born October 24, 1994),[1][2] better known by the mononym Krystal, is an American singer and actress based in South Korea. She debuted in 2009 as a member of South Korean girl group f(x) and has further participated in S.M. Entertainment's project group S.M. The Ballad. Aside from group activities, she had also participated in various television dramas such as High Kick 3 (2011–12), The Heirs (2013), My Lovely Girl (2014), and The Bride of Habaek (2017).

Early life[edit]

Krystal was born as Chrystal Soo Jung in San Francisco, California,[1][2] where her family settled from South Korea in the 1980s. During a family trip to South Korea in early 2000, at the age of five, Krystal was spotted by talent agency S.M. Entertainment which earned her a cameo appearance in Shinhwa's "Wedding March" music video. The agency offered Krystal and her sister singing and dancing lessons, in order to professionally train them for a singing career. However, the offer was turned down by her parents, who reasoned that Krystal was too young, so that at first only allowed her older sister to join the agency. Her sister later debuted as a member of the girl group Girls' Generation, and the Jung sisters have appeared together in many events.[4][5]

In 2002, Krystal began appearing in television commercials. She first appeared in a Lotte commercial with South Korean actress Han Ga In.[6] In 2006, her parents finally allowed her to join S.M. Entertainment, and the agency then enrolled her in dance classes. She was trained for 3 years before debuting as a part of f(x) in 2009.[7][8]

After moving to South Korea, Krystal attended Korea Kent Foreign School,[9] then graduated from Hanlim Performing Arts High School on February 7, 2013, where she was honored with an achievement award.[10] She is currently attending Sungkyunkwan University, majoring in theatre.[11]


2009–13: Career beginnings[edit]

Krystal with bandmate Victoria Song, at the SM Town Live World Tour III in August 2012.

Krystal debuted as the lead vocalist of the South Korean girl group f(x) in September 2009.

In March 2010, Krystal participated in a series of music videos under the Melody Project, playing a young student who is in love with her music teacher.[12][13][14][15] She released a solo single titled "Melody" for this project.[16] Krystal then became a host for the music show The M-Wave with Thunder from MBLAQ.[17][18] She also appeared on the variety show Let's Go Dream Team 2, where she broke a high jump record that had been set on the show 10 years before with a height of 1.95 meters.[19] In July, the singer debuted as an actress with a minor role in the long-running sitcom More Charming by the Day.[20] She received the "Newcomer Comedy Award" at the 2010 MBC Entertainment Awards for the role.[21]

In 2011, Krystal recorded a solo song "Because of Me" for SBS's drama Sign,[22] and a duet with Super Junior's Lee-teuk titled "Grumbling".[23] She also participated and won first place in SBS's figure-skating show Kiss & Cry.[24] Kim Yuna praised the singer's performance by saying "...the skills demonstrated were enough for me to believe if someone said Krystal was an ice dancer."[25] At the end of the year, Krystal appeared in High Kick 3, playing the role of Ahn Soo-jung, a superficial and shallow girl who does not have much depth of feelings.[7] She was complimented by actor Ahn Nae-sang for her acting performance in the show.[26][27] In 2012, she released a duet, "Butterfly", with Jessica for SBS's drama To the Beautiful You, where member Sulli acted as the female lead.[28]

In 2013, Krystal was cast in The Heirs, portraying the role of Lee Bo-na, a spoiled yet good-hearted wealthy high school student. Her character in the show generated positive recognition among the viewers,[29] and was voted as the Best Onscreen Couple along with CN Blue's Kang Min-hyuk at the 2013 DramaFever Awards.[30]

2014–present: S.M. The Ballad and acting[edit]

In 2014, Krystal joined the ballad group S.M. the Ballad, initially formed by S.M. Entertainment in 2010. On the group's 2nd album Breath, she sang the Japanese version of the title track "Breath" with TVXQ's Changmin. She also sang a duet with EXO's Chen titled "When I Was... When U Were...". Krystal performed her duet with Chen live at the S.M. The Ballad Joint Recital on February 12.[31] In March, she made a cameo appearance in Potato Star 2013QR3.[32] Go Kyung-pyo noted on having the singer's cameo as "a joyful memory to remember".[33] Krystal then released the song "Say Yes" for the movie Make Your Move, a collaboration with Jessica and EXO's then-member Kris.[34]

Krystal at the Jeju K-Pop Festival, in October 2015.

In June, Krystal along with her sister Jessica, were featured in the reality show, Jessica & Krystal. The show took on a more close-up and personal side of the two sisters, addressing their public "cold" image and sisterly bond.[35][36][37]

Later in the year, Krystal had her first leading role in the SBS's drama My Lovely Girl, alongside Rain and L (Kim Myungsoo). She portrayed a character named Se-na, who moves from the countryside to Seoul to pursue a music career and ends up meeting a fateful love during the process. Commenting on Krystal's work attitude, Director Park Hyung-ki stated "Despite taking on a difficult character, she shows her determination to pull it off through her gaze to the point you can see sincerity in Krystal when she’s in front of the camera."[38][39] She released a solo single "All Of A Sudden"[40] for the drama's OST. At the Baeksang Arts Awards, Krystal won the "Most Popular Actress" award in the television category for her role in the drama.[41]

In 2015, Krystal was cast, along with actor Seo Jun-young in a 10-minute film entitled, Listen To My Song for W Korea's 10th anniversary.[42] Krystal was also cast in an upcoming Chinese movie, titled Unexpected Love[43] along with EXO's Lay.[44] On November 28, a S.M. Entertainment representative announced that Krystal has been cast as the female lead for the Chinese drama Graduation Season.[45]

On February 12, 2017, it was reported that Krystal will release a collaboration single titled "I Don't Wanna Love You" with Glen Check's member June One Kim. The song was revealed for the first time on February 14 at the re-opening of a clothing store in Seoul, and then be released online at midnight KST on February 15.[46] In the same month, Krystal was casted in tvN's drama spin-off of the Korean manga Bride of the Water God.[47]



Title Year Peak chart positions Sales Album
As lead artist
"Melody" 2010 N/A Melody Project Part II – Moderato
"When I Was... When U Were..." (with Chen) 2014 31
  • KOR (DL): 76,017+[49]
SM the Ballad Vol. 2 – Breath
"Breath" (Japanese Ver.) (with Changmin) N/A
"I Don't Wanna Love You" (with June One Kim of Glen Check) 2017 Non-album single
Soundtrack appearances
"Hard but Easy" (with Luna) 2009 N/A Invincible Lee Pyung Kang OST
"Spread Its Wings" (with Luna, Amber) 2010 God of Study OST
"Calling Out" (with Luna) Cinderella's Sister OST
"Because of Me" 2011 Sign OST
"Grumbling" (with Leeteuk) Sunday Night – Enjoy Today OST
"Butterfly" (with Jessica) 2012 22 To the Beautiful You OST
"Say Yes" (with Jessica, Kris) 2014 N/A Make Your Move OST
"All Of A Sudden" 25
  • KOR (DL): 167,163+[51]
My Lovely Girl OST
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.


Television drama[edit]

Year Title Role Network Notes
2010 More Charming By The Day Jung Soo-jung MBC
2011 Welcome to the Show Herself SBS Cameo
2011–12 High Kick: Revenge of the Short Legged Ahn Soo-jung MBC
2013 The Heirs Lee Bo-na SBS
2014 Potato Star 2013QR3 Jung Soo-jung tvN Cameo / Episode 81
My Lovely Girl Yoon Se-na SBS
2016 The Legend of the Blue Sea Min-ji SBS Cameo / Episode 1
2017 The Bride of Habaek Moo-ra tvN
Graduation Season Ye Ran TBA Chinese drama
2017 Wise Prison Life tvN


Year Title Role Notes
2012 I AM. – SM Town Live World Tour in Madison Square Garden Herself Documentary of SM Town.[52]
2015 Listen To My Song [42] 10-Minute Film in celebration of W Korea's 10th Anniversary.
SMTOWN The Stage Documentary of SM Town.[53]
2017 Unexpected Love[43][54] Fei Yan Chinese movie

Television shows[edit]

Date Channel Title Episode Role Ref
2011 SBS Kiss & Cry 1–14 Contestant
2014 OnStyle Jessica & Krystal 1–10 Regular cast [36]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
MBC Entertainment Awards
Best Newcomer in a Sitcom or Comedy[21] More Charming By The Day Won
16th Seoul International Youth Film Festival
Best Young Actress[55][56] The Heirs Nominated
2nd DramaFever Awards
Best Couple with Kang Min-hyuk[57] Won
7th Style Icon Awards
Top 10 Style Icons (with Jessica Jung) N/A Nominated
SBS Drama Awards
Excellence Award, Actress in a Miniseries My Lovely Girl Nominated
51st Baeksang Arts Awards
Most Popular Actress (TV) Won
Fashionista Awards
Best Female Fashionista (First prize) N/A Won
Jumei Award Ceremony 2016
Fashion Icon Goddess Award N/A Won
Fashionista Awards
Best Female Fashionista (First prize) N/A Won
Korea Fashion Photographers Association
Celebrity of the Year – Photogenic N/A Won


  1. ^ a b c d e "Person details for Chrystal Soo Jung, 'California, Birth Index, 1905–1995'". FamilySearch. Retrieved February 26, 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c "SM Town Live '10 World Tour in Shanghai "Artistes Confirmation"(Chrystal Soo Jung)" (in Chinese).中國票務在綫. Retrieved January 8, 2015. 
  3. ^ "f(x)'s Koala Episode 2". f(x)'s Koala (in Korean). Seoul, South Korea. October 9, 2010. approx 3 minutes in. MBC Every1. 
    • A screenshot of Krystal's Korean passport is shown
  4. ^ Studarus, Laura (June–July 2014). "Seoul Sisters – For Girls' Generation's Jessica Jung and f(x)'s Krystal Jung, Singing is the family business". Nylon magazine. 
  5. ^ Girls’ Generation’s Jessica & f(x)’s Krystal got casted on the street by SM Entertainment (in Korean) (September 12, 2009). Retrieved on June 9, 2014.
  6. ^ Han Ga In & Krystal filmed a commercial together. (March 9, 2012). Retrieved on May 19, 2014.
  7. ^ a b f(x)'s Krystal Flexing Acting Muscles in MBC Sitcom (December 2, 2011). Retrieved on January 27, 2015.
  8. ^ "Jessica's younger sister Krystal, trainee since 2006". Star News (in Korean). August 28, 2009. p. 1. Retrieved August 29, 2009. 
  9. ^ 크리스탈, 어린시절 타고난 미모…연예인 과거사진 '올킬'. (November 22, 2011). Retrieved on 2017-05-09.
  10. ^ Krystal's high school teacher reveals how she was as a student in school. (February 9, 2013). Retrieved on April 12, 2014.
  11. ^ Krystal and Jiyoung to attend the same university. (December 8, 2012). Retrieved on April 12, 2014.
  12. ^ Singer Tei and f(x) Krystal spotted together at a recording studio. (May 25, 2010). Retrieved on April 12, 2014.
  13. ^ Krystal is featured in Alex's MV!. (March 2010). Retrieved on May 24, 2014.
  14. ^ Byul sings "Spring Will Probably Come" for 'Melody Project'. (January 15, 2013). Retrieved on May 24, 2014.
  15. ^ Tei sings "Memory Is More Beautiful Than Farewell" for Melody Project. (March 8, 2013). Retrieved on April 12, 2014.
  16. ^ F(x)'s Krystal, 'Melody' music video with Tei as they play the roles of lovers. (May 28, 2010). Retrieved on April 12, 2014.
  17. ^ "엠블랙 천둥 'F(x)의 무대 기대해주세요~" (in Korean). bnt news. May 18, 2010. 
  18. ^ Sang-Hee Han (May 3, 2010). "Arirang TV to present global K-pop show". The Korea Times. 
  19. ^ f(x) Krystal's 1.95m high jump at Dream Team 2 (in Korean) (June 6, 2010). Retrieved on June 9, 2014.
  20. ^ "More Charming By The Day Episode 60 (on DramaFever)". More Charming By The Day (in Korean). 2010. approx. 1 minutes in. MBC. Retrieved May 21, 2014. 
  21. ^ a b Krystal Won Rookie Comedy Award for MBC "More Charming By The Day". (December 29, 2010). Retrieved on April 12, 2014.
  22. ^ f(x) Krystal's "Because of Me" is released (February 9, 2011). Retrieved on May 22, 2014.
  23. ^ Super Junior's Leeteuk and f(x)'s Krystal release duet song, 'Grumbling'! (January 29, 2011). Retrieved on May 22, 2014.
  24. ^ Krystal and Her Flawless Past Photos (May 15, 2012). Retrieved on January 27, 2015.
  25. ^ f(x)'s Krystal gives a circus-themed performance on Kiss & Cry (July 18, 2011). Retrieved on May 16, 2014.
  26. ^ f(x)’s Krystal Reveals Inner Thoughts About Her Acting. (November 23, 2011). Retrieved on April 16, 2014.
  27. ^ Ahn Nae Sang "I'm surprised at Krystal's natural acting" (in Korean) (October 23, 2011). Retrieved on September 4, 2014.
  28. ^ SNSD’s Jessica and Krystal of f(x) to Release First Duet for ‘To the Beautiful You’ OST (August 15, 2012). Retrieved on January 27, 2015.
  29. ^ CN Blue’s Lee Jong Hyun Begged Kang Min Hyuk to Get f(x)’s Krystal on the Phone. (March 6, 2014). Retrieved on May 16, 2014.
  30. ^ Kang Min Hyuk and Krystal Jung win Best Couple at the 2013 DramaFever Awards. (May 2, 2014). Retrieved on May 2, 2014.
  31. ^ SM ballad artists serenade fans in joint recital (February 13, 2014). Retrieved on January 9, 2015.
  32. ^ Krystal of f(x) to Make a Cameo Appearance on "Potato Star" (February 26, 2014). Retrieved on May 30, 2014.
  33. ^ Go Kyung-pyo: "Krystal in Potato Star was a joyful memory to remember" (in Korean) (May 30, 2014). Retrieved on May 30, 2014.
  34. ^ iTunes's Make Your Move OST (April 7, 2014). Retrieved on May 21, 2014.
  35. ^ Jessica & Krystal – Episode 1, "Tears of Two Sisters" (June 7, 2014). Retrieved on June 9, 2014.
  36. ^ a b Jessica and Krystal's reality show Jessica&Krystal. (April 16, 2014). Retrieved on April 16, 2014.
  37. ^ Jessica and Krystal shed tears and talk about their complex on their reality program (June 3, 2014). Retrieved on June 3, 2014.
  38. ^ Director of My Lovely Girl: "Krystal has a great passion towards the drama…authentic" (in Korean) (September 2, 2014). Retrieved on September 2, 2014.
  39. ^ 'My Lovely Girl' releases behind-the-scenes photos and still cuts of Krystal Allkpop (September 4, 2014). Retrieved on September 4, 2014.
  40. ^ Krystal's My Lovely Girl OST to be released (in Korean) (September 25, 2014). Retrieved on September 25, 2014.
  41. ^ Se, Park. (June 1, 2015) K-pop singer Krystal captures Most Popular Actress in TV at Baeksang Arts Awards. Retrieved on 2017-05-09.
  42. ^ a b "f(x)'s Krystal to act in short movie 'Please Listen to My Music'". Jakarta Post via MSN. February 11, 2015. Retrieved May 26, 2015. 
  43. ^ a b Lay and Krystal at the Lily Awards and 'Unexpected Love' press conference – OMONA THEY DIDN'T! Endless charms, endless possibilities ♥. (December 19, 2015). Retrieved on 2017-05-09.
  44. ^ EXO's Lay and f(x)'s Krystal Cast as Leads for Upcoming Chinese Movie. Soompi (October 6, 2015). Retrieved on 2017-05-09.
  45. ^ f(x)'s Krystal Cast as Lead Actress for New Chinese Drama. Soompi (November 28, 2015). Retrieved on 2017-05-09.
  46. ^ f(x)'s Krystal Teaming Up With Glen Check's June One Kim To Release New Track. Soompi (February 12, 2017). Retrieved on 2017-05-09.
  47. ^ "‘하백의 신부’ 측 "남주혁·신세경·크리스탈·공명 출연확정" [공식입장]". Naver. February 23, 2017. 
  48. ^ Gaon Chart
  49. ^ Cumulative sales for "When I Was... When U Were...":
  50. ^ Cumulative sales for "Butterfly":
  51. ^ Cumulative sales for "All Of A Sudden":
  52. ^ "Documentary Shows Top K-Pop Singers Behind the Scenes". Chosun Ilbo. May 2, 2012. Retrieved May 4, 2012. 
  53. ^ "'SMTOWN The Stage' concert documentary film to be released this summer". Allkpop. May 15, 2015. Retrieved June 24, 2015. 
  54. ^ "SM Confirms EXO′s Lay and f(x)′s Krystal Have Been Cast in ′Kite Flying′". Newsen. Retrieved October 20, 2015. 
  55. ^ L, D.O, Baro, Jaejoong, Dasom, Jiyeon, Suzy and More Compete in "The 16th Seoul International Youth Film Festival" Korean Updates (August 4, 2014). Retrieved on September 16, 2014.
  56. ^ "Best Young Actress" Nominees at the 16th Seoul International Youth Film Festival (in Korean) SIYFF's official Facebook (August 1, 2014). Retrieved on September 16, 2014.
  57. ^ Kang Min Hyuk and Krystal Jung win Best Couple at the 2013 DramaFever Awards. (May 2, 2014). Retrieved on February 3, 2015.

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