Park Cho-rong

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Park Cho-rong
Chorong at Korea Sale Festa Opening Ceremony, 30 September 2016.png
Chorong at Korea Sale Festa Opening Ceremony, 30 September 2016
Born Park Cho-rong
(1991-03-03) March 3, 1991 (age 26)
Cheongju, North Chungcheong, South Korea
Occupation
Musical career
Genres K-pop
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2011–present
Labels Plan A Entertainment
Associated acts Apink
Korean name
Hangul 박초롱
Hanja
Revised Romanization Bak Cho-rong
McCune–Reischauer Pak Ch'o-rong

Park Cho-rong (born March 3, 1991), better known mononymously as Chorong, is a South Korean singer-songwriter and actress. She is best known as the leader of the South Korean girl group Apink.

Early life[edit]

Park Cho-rong was born in Cheongju, Chungcheongbuk-do, South Korea on March 3, 1991. She is a middle child, having an older and a younger sister. As a daughter of a Hapkido master and academy owner, Park was trained in the said martial art for eight years.[1] She trained from her first year in elementary school until her third year of junior high; she is a holder of a 3rd degree black belt.[2][3] During her school days, Park had attended Byungsul Kindergarten, Bukang Elementary School, Bukang Middle High School, and Choongbook High School.

Park auditioned for JYP Entertainment fifth official audition in 2009 where she successfully made it to the final round.[4] However, she was eventually eliminated and would later join Cube Entertainment as a trainee.

Career[edit]

2011–present: Apink[edit]

In February 2011, Park was announced as the second member and the leader of Apink. Prior to the announcement, she appeared at the end of Beast's "Shock" Japanese version music video.[5] Before her debut with Apink, Park, together with the rest of the Apink members, took part in the filming of Apink News which was the group's pre-debut reality show.[6] On April 19, 2011, Apink released their first single "Mollayo" and on April 21, Park debuted as a member of Apink on Mnet's M! Countdown performing their songs "Mollayo", and "Wishlist" which were included on their debut EP Seven Springs of Apink.[7]

2011–present: Acting career[edit]

Park started her acting career by appearing on the 2010 sitcom All My Love playing a character named Chorong, following the departure of Brown Eyed Girls' Gain.[8][9] She then made a cameo appearance on Reply 1997 as the teenage version of Lee Il-Hwa, the mother of the lead role Sung Shi-won (played by Jung Eun-ji) along with her fellow Apink member Yoon Bo-mi.[10] Park had her first leading role in the romantic comedy Plus Nine Boys as Han Soo-ah, a popular but mysterious high-school girl; a character opposite to BtoB's Yook Sungjae's character.[11]

Songwriting[edit]

Out of all the Apink members, Park has the most experience as a songwriter. She started by penning their first fansong "April 19th" for the group's first anniversary.[12][13] According to Park, she wrote "April 19th" while thinking of the fans and their first stage performances, while for the other songs, it was about experiences their age group could relate to.[14]

Songs written[edit]

Year Song Album Notes
2012 "April 19" Une Année Music by Kim Jin-Hwan; Initially released as a fansong for the first anniversary of debut.
2014 "Love Story" Pink Blossom Music by Kim Jin-Hwan
"So Long" Music by Master Key
"Wanna Be" Pink Luv Music by Son Young-jin and Big Sancho
2015 "Deja Vu" Pink Memory Music and Arrangement by Choi Yong-chan
2016 "The Wave" Pink Revolution (album) Music by Kim Jin-Hwan; Released as a fansong for fifth anniversary debut[15]
"To. Us" Music by Kim Jin-Hwan; Released as a song for members
"Cliche" Dear Co-written with Naeun

Filmography[edit]

Television dramas[edit]

Year Title Role Network
2010 All My Love Cho-rong (Episode 125–210) MBC
2012 Reply 1997 Lee Il-hwa (young / Episode 9) tvN[16]
2014 Plus Nine Boys Han Soo-ah / Bong-sook tvN[17]

Variety and reality shows[edit]

Year Title Network Role
2017 One Night Food Trip (Season 2) O'live & tvN Cast member[18]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "8 K-Pop Idols You Didn’t Know Were Previously Athletes". Soompi. September 20, 2016. Retrieved January 7, 2017. 
  2. ^ "A Pink's Chorong flaunts her advanced hapkido skills". Allkpop. November 10, 2015. Retrieved December 27, 2015. 
  3. ^ 편집국 (2011-05-24). "에이핑크│My name is…1텐아시아 | 텐아시아". TenAsia. Retrieved 2016-07-04. 
  4. ^ "Netizens discover A Pink's Chorong's JYP Entertainment audition video". Allkpop. April 28, 2011. Retrieved December 26, 2015. 
  5. ^ Kim, Yoon-mi (2011-07-14). "A Pink shows seven pastel colors". The Korea Herald. Retrieved 2016-07-04. 
  6. ^ "APink News". apink.hyundaimedia.com. Retrieved 2016-07-04. 
  7. ^ "A Pink releases debut EP, "Seven Springs of Apink"". Allkpop. April 18, 2011. Retrieved December 26, 2015. 
  8. ^ "» All My Love  » Korean Drama". www.koreandrama.org. Retrieved 2016-07-04. 
  9. ^ "A Pink's Chorong cast for "All My Love" | allkpop.com". Allkpop. 2011-05-17. Retrieved 2016-07-04. 
  10. ^ Hong, Grace Danbi (2012-08-22). "KPOP NEWS - ‘Reply 1997’ has 18 Cameo Appearances in One Night | Mwave". mwave.interest.me. Retrieved 2016-07-04. 
  11. ^ Jung, Yeawon (2014-08-25). "KPOP NEWS - A Pink’s Park Cho Rong Thanks Jung Eun Ji for Acting Advice | Mwave". mwave.interest.me. Retrieved 2016-07-04. 
  12. ^ "A-Pink releases their 'one year anniversary' song, "April 19th" | allkpop.com". Allkpop. 2012-04-19. Retrieved 2016-07-04. 
  13. ^ Won, Ho-jung (2015-08-24). "[Herald Review] Apink take fans to their ‘Pink Island’". The Korea Herald. Retrieved 2016-07-04. 
  14. ^ Joo, Edwin (2016-04-04). "[Exclusive] Short & Sweet Interview with APINK in Singapore". KoreanUpdates.com. Retrieved 2016-07-04. 
  15. ^ "A Pink thank their fans on their 5th anniversary with 'Wave' | allkpop.com". Allkpop. 2016-04-18. Retrieved 2016-07-04. 
  16. ^ "Reply 1997 Full Cast and Crew". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved December 27, 2015. 
  17. ^ "Plus Nine Boys (Drama - 2014)". Hancinema. Retrieved December 27, 2015. 
  18. ^ Jie, Ye-eun (January 30, 2017). "[V Report Plus] Ilhoon, Chorong go on food trip to Europe". Kpop Herald. Retrieved June 12, 2017. 

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