Krystal Jung

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Krystal Jung at the Stonehenge Jewelry Fansign in March 2013 09.jpg
Krystal at the Stonehenge Jewelry Fansign in 2013
Born Chrystal Soo Jung[1][2]
(1994-10-24) October 24, 1994 (age 21)[1]
San Francisco, California, United States[1]
Other names
  • Jung Soo-jung[3]
  • Singer
  • actress
Years active 2000–present
Relatives Jessica Jung (older sister)
Musical career
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 also participated in various television dramas such as High Kick 3 (2011–12), The Heirs (2013), and My Lovely Girl (2014).

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, she and her elder sister Jessica were spotted by talent agency S.M. Entertainment, which earned her a cameo appearance in Shinhwa's "Wedding March" music video. The agency offered them singing and dancing lessons, opting to professionally train them in a singing career. However, the offer was turned down by her parents, reasoning that Krystal was too young and at first only allowed her older sister to join the agency, who debuted as a member of the girl group Girls' Generation. Since then, 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]


2009–10: f(x)[edit]

See also: f(x) (band)

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]

2011–13: Solo activities[edit]

Krystal at the SM Town Live World Tour III in August 2012

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 the 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 and 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 Solo activities[edit]

See also: SM The Ballad

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 former member Kris.[34] 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 in TV" award 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]

Personal life[edit]

On April 1st, 2016, Krystal was confirmed to be in a relationship with Kai, a member of labelmate boy group EXO.[46]


Krystal at the KBS Gayo Daejun on December 2010
Title Year Peak chart positions Sales Album
Gaon Chart

"Hard but Easy"
(with Luna)
2009 Invincible Lee Pyung Kang OST
"Spread Its Wings"
(with Luna, Amber)
2010 God of Study OST
"Calling Out"
(with Luna)
Cinderella's Sister OST
"Melody" Melody Project Part II – Moderato
"Because of Me" 2011 Sign OST
(with Leeteuk)
Sunday Night – Enjoy Today OST
(with Jessica)
2012 22 To the Beautiful You OST
"When I Was... When U Were..."
(with Chen, as part of S.M. The Ballad)
2014 31
  • KOR (DL): 76,017+[49]
SM the Ballad Vol. 2 – Breath
"Breath (Japanese Ver.)"
(with Changmin, as part of S.M. The Ballad)
"Say Yes"
(with Jessica, Kris)
Make Your Move OST
"All Of A Sudden" 25
  • KOR (DL): 167,163+[50]
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 Supporting Role
2011 Welcome to the Show Herself SBS Cameo
2011–12 High Kick: Revenge of the Short Legged Ahn Soo Jung MBC Supporting Role
2013 The Heirs Lee Bo Na SBS Supporting Role
The Miracle[51] Lee Bo Na SBS Supporting Role
2014 Potato Star 2013QR3 Jung Soo Jung tvN Cameo / Episode 81
My Lovely Girl Yoon Se Na SBS Leading Role
2016 Graduation Season Ye Ran TBA Leading Role; Chinese drama


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]
2016 Unexpected Love[43][54] Fei Yan Leading Role; Chinese movie

Variety shows[edit]

Date Channel Title Episode Role Notes
2010–2011 KBS2 Dream Team 2 22, 29, 32, 55 Guest Krystal & Minho win the Couple Dream Team in episode 22. Krystal makes a record high jump of 1.95m during episode 32.
Arirang TV The M-Wave Host Krystal is a host along with Thunder of MBLAQ
2011 SBS Kiss & Cry 1–14 Winner Starring: Krystal, IU, Kim Yuna, Shin Dong-yup, Jin Ji-hee, Kim Byung-man, Lee Ah-hyun, Lee Kyu-hyuk, Park Jun-geum, Seo Ji-seok, Son Dam-bi, and U-Know Yun-ho
SBS Strong Heart 88 & 89 Guest Taecyeon once asked Krystal to have her singing featured in "Hands Up". However, she had to decline as the song contains lyrics about drinking and clubbing, and Krystal was still a minor at the time.[55]
2012 SBS Running Man 93 & 94 Winner along with Gary Guest Star: f(x)'s Krystal, Kara's Gyuri & SeungYeon, 4Minute's HyunA, MissA's Suzy. Krystal receives a pure gold tiara.[56]
2013 OnStyle Project Runway Korea 9 Guest Judge Project Runway Korea All Stars. Krystal is a guest judge. The winning dress is featured in Krystal's 1st Look magazine photoshoots (May 2013 Edition)[57][58]
2014 OnStyle Jessica & Krystal 1-10 Regular Cast with her sister Jessica, featuring daily activities of the two sisters[36]
SBS Running Man 214 Winner along with team "My Lovely Girl" My Lovely Girl special episode[59]

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[60][61] The Heirs Nominated
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


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  3. ^ "f(x)'s Koala Episode 2". f(x)'s Koala (in Korean). October 9, 2010. approx 3 minutes in. MBC Every1. 
    • A screenshot of Krystal's Korean passport is shown
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  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'
  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 21 May 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 02, 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. ^
  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. 
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  46. ^ Bahk Eun-ji (April 1, 2016). "Romance blooms for EXO's Kai, f(x)'s Krystal". The Korea Times. Retrieved April 1, 2016. 
  47. ^ Gaon Chart
  48. ^ Cumulative sales for "Butterfly":
  49. ^ Cumulative sales for "When I Was... When U Were...":
  50. ^ Cumulative sales for "All Of A Sudden":
  51. ^ "KPop Stars Will Parody "Master's Sun", "The Heirs" In 2013 Gayo Daejun". December 19, 2013. Retrieved September 30, 2014. 
  52. ^ "Documentary Shows Top K-Pop Singers Behind the Scenes". Chosun Ilbo. 2 May 2012. Retrieved 4 May 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 20 October 2015. 
  55. ^ Strong Heart: 2PM’s Taecyeon "Rejected by f(x)’s Krystal" (July 28, 2011). Retrieved June 1, 2014.
  56. ^ "Running Man Episode 94 (Episode 5 on DramaFever)". Running Man (in Korean). May 13, 2012. SBS. Retrieved May 29, 2014. 
  57. ^ f(x)’s Krystal Transforms into a Bird". (May 6, 2013). Retrieved on May 10, 2014.
  58. ^ 'Project Runway Korea' unveils still of f(x)'s Krystal on set for her guest judge appearance". (May 3, 2013). Retrieved on May 10, 2014.
  59. ^ Krystal and Rain to Appear on 'Running Man' Together (in Korean) (September 1, 2014). Retrieved on September 1, 2014.
  60. ^ 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.
  61. ^ "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.

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