Krystal Jung

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Krystal Jung
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Jung for Marie Claire Korea in May 2018
Chrystal Soo Jung[1][2]

(1994-10-24) October 24, 1994 (age 25)[1]
  • Singer
  • actress
Years active2009–present
RelativesJessica Jung (sister)
Musical career
Also known as
  • Jung Soo-jung[3]
Years active2009–present
Associated acts
Korean name
크리스탈 정
Revised RomanizationKeuriseutal Jeong
McCune–ReischauerK'ŭrisŭt'al Chŏng
Korean name
Revised RomanizationJeong Su-jeong
McCune–ReischauerChŏng Su-chŏng

Chrystal Soo Jung (born October 24, 1994),[1] professionally known as Krystal or Krystal Jung, 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 SM Entertainment's project group SM the Ballad. Aside from group activities, she has also acted in various television dramas such as The Heirs (2013), My Lovely Girl (2014), Prison Playbook (2017), The Bride of Habaek (2017), and Player (2018).

Early life[edit]

Jung was born as Chrystal Soo Jung in San Francisco, California, where her family settled from South Korea in the 1980s.[4][1]

During a family trip to South Korea in early 2000, at the age of five, Jung and her sister Jessica Jung were spotted by talent agency S.M. Entertainment, which earned her a cameo appearance in Shinhwa's "Wedding March" music video. The agency offered Jung 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 Jung was too young, so they only allowed her sister to join the agency at first. Her sister later debuted as a member of the girl group Girls' Generation. The Jung sisters have since appeared together in many events.[5][6]

In 2002, Jung began appearing in television commercials. She first appeared in a Lotte commercial with South Korean actress Han Ga-in.[7] 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.[8][9]

After moving to South Korea, Jung attended Korea Kent Foreign School,[10] then graduated from Hanlim Multi Art School on February 7, 2013, where she was honored with an achievement award.[11] She is currently attending Sungkyunkwan University, majoring in theatre.[12]


2009–2013: Career beginnings[edit]

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

Jung debuted as a lead vocalist of the South Korean girl group f(x) in September 2009.[1]

In March 2010, Jung participated in a series of music videos under the Melody Project, playing a young student who is in love with her music teacher. She released a solo single titled "Melody" for this project.[13] Jung then became a host for the music show The M-Wave with Thunder from MBLAQ.[14][15] In July, the singer debuted as an actress with a minor role in the long-running sitcom More Charming by the Day.[16] She received the "Newcomer Comedy Award" at the 2010 MBC Entertainment Awards for the role.[17]

In 2011, Jung participated in and won first place in SBS's figure-skating show Kiss & Cry.[18] She also starred in the sitcom High Kick 3, playing the role of a superficial and shallow girl who does not have much depth of feelings.[8]

In 2013, Jung starred in the SBS teen drama The Heirs, playing the role of a spoiled yet kind-hearted wealthy high school student.[19] Her character in the show generated positive recognition among viewers, and she was voted as the Best Onscreen Couple along with CNBLUE's Kang Min-hyuk at the 2013 DramaFever Awards.[20]

In 2013, Jung and group mate Sulli became the new faces of the makeup brand, Etude House.[21]

2014–present: SM The Ballad and acting[edit]

In 2014, Jung joined the ballad group SM the Ballad, initially formed by SM 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...".[22] Jung performed her duet with Chen live at the S.M. The Ballad Joint Recital on February 12.[23] In June, Jung, along with her sister Jessica, was featured in the reality show, Jessica & Krystal. The show took on a more close and personal side of the two sisters, addressing their public image and sisterly bond.[24]

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

Later in the year, Jung got her first leading role in the SBS's drama My Lovely Girl, alongside Rain.[25] She portrayed a girl who moves from the countryside to Seoul to pursue a music career and ends up meeting a fateful love during the process.[26] Commenting on Jung'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."[27] She released a solo single "All Of A Sudden" for the drama's OST.[28] At the Baeksang Arts Awards, Jung won the "Most Popular Actress" award in the television category for her role in the drama.[29]

In 2015, Jung starred alongside actor Seo Jun-young in a 10-minute film entitled, Listen To My Song for W Korea's 10th anniversary.[30] Jung was also cast in leading roles in an upcoming Chinese movie, titled Unexpected Love along with EXO's Lay;[31] and in the Chinese drama Graduation Season.[32]

On February 12, 2017, it was reported that Jung would release the collaboration single "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.[33] In July, Jung starred in tvN's drama spin-off of the Korean manga Bride of the Water God.[34][35] The same year she starred in the black comedy drama Prison Playbook, produced by Reply PD Shin Won-ho; she received good reviews for her performance.[36][37] Jung was named 'Woman of the Year' by GQ Korea.[38]

In 2018, Jung was cast as the female lead in OCN's crime action drama Player.[39][40] At the press conference for the drama, Jung stated that she learned how to ride a motorcycle in order to do her own stunts. [41]

In 2019, Jung and her sister Jessica filmed their second reality show in the United States.[42] The same year, she was cast in the independent romance film Aaebigyuhwan,[43] and romantic comedy film Sweet and Sour.[44]

In 2020, Jung was cast in OCN's military drama Search, where she will be playing an elite army officer.[45]

After reports began swirling of Jung departing SM Entertainment, SM responded that their contract with her would expire by the end of August 2020, and they were in discussions with her for a possible renewal.[46]



Title Year Peak chart positions Sales Album
As lead artist
"Melody" 2010 N/A Melody Project Part II – Moderato
"The Way An Idol Breaks Up"
(with Kim Hee-chul)[48]
2010 N/A Super Show 3 (album)
"When I Was... When U Were..."
(with Chen)
2014 31 SM the Ballad Vol. 2 – Breath
"Breath" (Japanese Ver.)
(with Changmin)
"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 X 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 X Kris) 2014 N/A Make Your Move OST
"All Of A Sudden" 25 My Lovely Girl OST
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.


Television series[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)[53]
My Lovely Girl Yoon Se-na SBS
2016 Legend of the Blue Sea Min-ji Cameo (episode 1)[54]
2017 The Bride of Habaek Moo-ra / Hye-ra tvN
2017–18 Prison Playbook Kim Ji-ho
2018 Player Cha Ah-ryung OCN
2020 Search Son Ye-rim
TBA Graduation Season Ye Ran TBA Chinese drama


Year Title Role Notes
2012 I AM. – SM Town Live World Tour in Madison Square Garden Herself Documentary of SM Town[55]
2015 Listen To My Song Short film in celebration of W Korea's 10th Anniversary.
SMTOWN The Stage Documentary of SM Town
TBA Unexpected Love Fei Yan Chinese film
Sweet and Sour Bo-young
Aaebigyuhwan Toe-il

Variety show[edit]

Year Network Title Role Notes
2011 SBS Kim Yuna's Kiss & Cry Contestant
2014 OnStyle Jessica & Krystal Regular cast

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2010 10th MBC Entertainment Awards Best Newcomer in a Sitcom or Comedy More Charming By The Day Won [17]
2014 16th Seoul International Youth Film Festival Best Young Actress The Heirs Nominated
2nd DramaFever Awards Best Couple with Kang Min-hyuk Won [20]
7th Style Icon Awards Top 10 Style Icons (with Jessica Jung) Jessica & Krystal Nominated
22nd SBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actress in a Miniseries My Lovely Girl Nominated
2015 51st Baeksang Arts Awards Most Popular Actress (TV) Won [29]
1st Fashionista Awards Best Fashionista (First prize) N/A Won [56]
2016 InStyle Star Icon Most Stylish Female Idol Won [57]
Jumei Award Ceremony 2016 Fashion Icon Goddess Award Won [58]
2nd Fashionista Awards Best Fashionista (First prize) Won [59]
Korea Fashion Photographers Association Celebrity of the Year – Photogenic Won
2017 3rd Fashionista Awards Best Fashionista – TV & Film Division The Bride of Habaek Won [60]
2019 Madame Figaro Fashion Gala Awards Asia Style Award N/A Won [61]


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  51. ^ Cumulative sales for "Butterfly":
  52. ^ Cumulative sales for "All Of A Sudden":
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