Eugene (entertainer)

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Birth nameKim Yoo-jin
Also known asEugene / Yoo-jin
Born(1981-03-03) March 3, 1981 (age 31)
OriginSeoul, South Korea
OccupationsSinger, Actress
Years active1999–present
LabelsPFull Entertainment
SM Entertainment
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Birth nameKim Yoo-jin
Also known asEugene / Yoo-jin
Born(1981-03-03) March 3, 1981 (age 31)
OriginSeoul, South Korea
OccupationsSinger, Actress
Years active1999–present
LabelsPFull Entertainment
SM Entertainment
Birth name
Revised RomanizationGim Yu-jin
McCune–ReischauerKim Yu-chin

Kim Yoo-jin (Korean: 김유진, born March 3, 1981), professionally known in English as Eugene, is a singer, actress, and emcee. She was a former member of a Korean female idol group called S.E.S., popular in the late 1990s and early 2000s. She has released two solo albums and has gone on to star in dramas and movies and work as an MC in various shows and programs.


Early life

Eugene was born in Seoul, South Korea, but spent her childhood in Guam after moving there after elementary school. She returned to Korea with her mother and younger sister sometime in high school, and eventually graduated from Korea Kent Foreign School.[citation needed]

Girl Group member

By way of an audition tape, Eugene was able to be part of a music group for SM Entertainment in South Korea, even though she was still in Guam. Debuting in 1997, S.E.S. became one of the biggest Korean groups of all time, having the record for biggest selling album by a female group in Korea. While in S.E.S., Eugene became known for her beauty and was part of the reason why S.E.S. had many advertising contracts. In fact, for certain print campaigns (like for Korean cosmetics company Etude), Eugene had the leading role, being the focus of the advertisements.

Solo career

After the split of S.E.S. in 2002, Kim starred in four Korean dramas: Loving You, Save The Last Dance for Me, Wonderful Life, and I Really, Really Like You. She also appeared in commercials and advertisements, notably for Korean cosmetics company Cathy Cat. In addition, she released two solo albums. My True Style, her first album, has sold nearly 65,000 records and had one hit ballad, "The Best". Her second album 810303 sold a disappointing 19,000 copies. Although sales were low, Eugene still had a very successful single with "Windy", mostly due to her new "sexy" image (compared to her previous girl next door image). This song was performed on all the music video programs in Korea for many months, in addition to her second single. Promotions were stopped near the end of the year.

Eugene made her theater debut in the musical adaptation of the film Innocent Steps[1] and her film debut in Unstoppable Marriage.[2]

After taking on the lead roles in the dramas One Mom and Three Dads[3] and Creating Destiny, Eugene starred in the massive hit King of Baking, Kim Tak Goo.

In 2007 Eugene took over from Lee Hyori as one of the co-hosts of the KBS variety show Happy Together Friends, until the show was overhauled for a third season. After the success of her previous program Eugene’s Makeup Diary, cable style network O'live again chose her as the host of new show Get It Beauty which began airing in July 2010.[4]

Eugene has authored two books: Eugene's Beauty Secrets[5] and Eugene's Get It Beauty.[6] She is also the co-president of the clothing brand byMOMO.

In 2012 she became the host of season 3 of MBC's revamped flagship amateur singing competition show Great Rebirth.[7][8]


On May 11, 2011, Eugene announced on her fansite that after a year and a half of dating, she was getting married to Ki Tae-young, her leading man in the 2009 TV series Creating Destiny.[9][10][11] The couple later held a joint press conference to discuss further details about their relationship and wedding plans,[12] then released their prenup pictorial a week before the wedding.[13][14][15][16] They wed at the Seoul Central Church in Anyang, Gyeonggi-do, on July 23, 2011.[17][18][19]

They were the first couple featured on Super Couple Diary, a reality show filming the daily married life of celebrity couples.[20]



AlbumRelease DateUnit SalesAgencyLabel
1st: My True Style...2003-05-30
F&J Entertainment
YBM Seoul Records
2nd: 8103032004-08-18


Soundtrack contributions

AlbumRelease DateLabelSong
Save the Last Dance for Me OST2004-11-25
Track 5: My Dream
I Really Really Like You OST2006-04-26
Fantom Entertainment
Track 3: Like a Candy
Track 7: Really Really Like You (Rock version)
Romantic Island Christmas Story (Single)2008-12-11
Track 1: Romantic Christmas (duet with Lee Sun-gyun)
Romantic Island OST2008-12-16
Track 3: Plastic Syndrome
Track 10: Travel Memories

As Featured Artist on other albums

AlbumRelease DateLabelSong
Oh Jong-hyuk 1st album: OJ Issue2006-09-11
Universal Music
Track 13: One Month
Kan Mi Youn 1st album: Refreshing2006-09-15
CJ Music
Track 3: 그 앤 너에게 반하지 않았어
Ahn Jae-wook 4th album: Life for Love2009-08-05
Pony Canyon Korea
Track 5: Make Me Smile
Bada 4th album: See the Sea2009-08-06
Platys Entertainment
Track 13: ...나요
Shoo single: Devote One's Love2010-01-08
LOEN Entertainment
Track 3: With Me
Kim Jin-woo single: Love Latte2010-08-05
Track 1: Love Latte

Christmas tracks

AlbumRelease DateLabelSong
Christmas with Pfull2004-12-10
Track 6: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
Merry Christmas & Happy New Year2005-12-12
Track 6: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer


2002Loving YouJin Da-raeKBS2
2004Save the Last Dance for MeJi Eun-sooSBS
2005Wonderful LifeJung Se-jinMBC
2006I Really Really Like YouYeo Bong-soonMBC
2008One Mom and Three DadsSong Na-YoungKBS2
2009Creating DestinyHan Sang-eunMBC
2010King of Baking, Kim Tak GooShin Yoo-kyungKBS2
2011Drama Special: Princess Hwapyung's Weight LossPrincess HwapyungKBS2
2012Super Couple DiaryHerselfOnStyle
Ohlala CoupleSoo-nam's ex-girlfriend (cameo, ep 2)KBS2
2007Unstoppable MarriagePark Eun-ho
2008Heartbreak LibraryJo Eun-soo
Romantic IslandYoo Ga-young

Musical theatre

2007Innocent StepsChae-rin

Hosting (MC)


Appointed as Goodwill Ambassador



  1. ^ Cho, Chung-un. "Pop star Eugene makes debut on musical stage". The Korea Herald. 30 March 2007.
  2. ^ "Unstoppable Marriage review - I wish Eugene was my wife". The Korea Society. 24 August 2007.
  3. ^ "Eugene to Play Second Mother Role". KBS World. 27 March 2008.
  4. ^ Han, Sang-hee. "Can Eugene add something new to beauty scene?". The Korea Times. 12 July 2010.
  5. ^ "Eugene’s Beauty Secret book". Jazzholic. 10 December 2009.
  6. ^ "Eugene's Get It Beauty". HanBooks. Retrieved 2012-09-20.
  7. ^ Ho, Stewart (20 September 2012). "Eugene to Serve as MC of ‘The Great Birth’s Third Season". enewsWorld. 
  8. ^ Sunwoo, Carla (21 September 2012). "Eugene to host ‘Great Rebirth’". Korea JoongAng Daily. 
  9. ^ "Eugene And Kim Tae-young To Get Married". KBS World. 11 May 2011.
  10. ^ Park, Min-young. "S.E.S.’s Eugene to wed in July". The Korea Herald. 12 May 2011.
  11. ^ "Yoo Jin and Ki Tae Young: 'We Wed in July'". KBS Global. 12 May 2011.
  12. ^ "Yoo Jin and Ki Tae Young: ‘We Will Live Happily Ever After’". KBS Global. 24 May 2011.
  13. ^ "Former members of S.E.S, Baby V.O.X and T.T.Ma reunite for Eugene’s marriage". Allkpop. 11 July 2011.
  14. ^ "Eugene and Ki Tae Young Share Wedding Invitation Card". Soompi. 13 July 2011.
  15. ^ "Eugene & Ki Tae Young reveal their wedding photos". Allkpop. 18 July 2011.
  16. ^ "July Bride Eugene Sheds Tears During Wedding Photoshoot?". Soompi. 20 July 2011.
  17. ^ "Ki Tae Young and Eugene get married!". Allkpop. 23 July 2011.
  18. ^ Hicap, Jonathan M. "Monique Lhuillier designs elegant wedding dress of Korean star Eugene". Manila Bulletin. 25 July 2011.
  19. ^ Sunwoo, Carla. "Newly wed singer Eugene reveals her love nest". Korea JoongAng Daily. 14 March 2012.
  20. ^ Choi, Eun-hwa (27 March 2012). "Eugene and Ki Tae Young to Appear as First Couple on ′Super Couple Diary′". enewsWorld. 

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