Hwang Jung-eum

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Hwang Jung-eum
Hwang Jung-eum Golden Time (2).jpg
Hwang Jung-eum on January 5, 2013
Born(1985-01-25) January 25, 1985 (age 30)
Seoul, South Korea
EducationUniversity of Suwon - Theater and Film
OccupationActress, Singer
Years active2001-present
AgentC-Jes Entertainment
Height1.67 m (5 ft 5 12 in)
Korean name
Revised RomanizationHwang Jeong-eum
McCune–ReischauerHwang Jŏngŭm
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This is a Korean name; the family name is Hwang.
Hwang Jung-eum
Hwang Jung-eum Golden Time (2).jpg
Hwang Jung-eum on January 5, 2013
Born(1985-01-25) January 25, 1985 (age 30)
Seoul, South Korea
EducationUniversity of Suwon - Theater and Film
OccupationActress, Singer
Years active2001-present
AgentC-Jes Entertainment
Height1.67 m (5 ft 5 12 in)
Korean name
Revised RomanizationHwang Jeong-eum
McCune–ReischauerHwang Jŏngŭm

Hwang Jung-eum (born January 25, 1985) is a South Korean actress and singer.


Hwang Jung-eum debuted with K-pop girl group Sugar in 2002 as a lead vocalist, but left the group in 2004 to pursue a solo career.[1][2] Hwang appeared as one of the recurring guests for a variety show program, Love Letter, from 2004 to 2006, in which her onscreen couple with Kim Jong-min received big popularity.[3] She officially started her acting career with drama The Person I Love in 2007.[4]

In 2009, she and real-life boyfriend Kim Yong-jun (of boy band SG Wannabe) joined the second season of reality dating show We Got Married as the first real-life couple to be featured on the show.[5][6][7] Later that year, Hwang rose to mainstream stardom when she appeared in the daily sitcom High Kick Through the Roof.[8][9][10]

After her turn on High Kick, Hwang signed numerous advertising contracts, and in interviews she often tells the story of how she had just ₩487 (US$0.45) in her bank account when she started the show but walked away with ₩1.2 billion when it ended.[11][12] She was later ranked 18th on Forbes Korea's Top 40 Celebrities in 2011,[13][14] ranked 7th on the list of richest K-pop idols on Mnet's Idol Chart Show,[15] and among the Top 7 Female Commercial Stars in Korea as compiled by Ilgan Sports.[16][17][18]

In February 2010, Hwang hosted MBC's Star Dance Battle together with Kim Shin-young, Oh Sang-jin, and Shin Bong-sun.[19] Later in December, she was also one of the co-hosts of the annual music program SBS Gayo Daejeon along with Super Junior's Heechul, CNBLUE's Jung Yong-hwa, and 2AM's Jo Kwon.[20]

Hwang then began playing leading roles in television series. Among her notable TV dramas are 1970s epic Giant (2010),[21][22] deaf romance Can You Hear My Heart (2011), and medical drama Golden Time (2012).[23][24][25][26][27][28] In 2013, she starred in crime comedy Incarnation of Money,[29][30] followed by hit melodrama Secret Love.[31][32] This was followed in 2014 by 1980-1990s set period drama, Endless Love.[33][34] She reunited with Secret Love costar Ji Sung in 2015 with the romantic comedy series Kill Me, Heal Me.[35]

Hwang was cast in her first big screen leading role in the upcoming romantic comedy film A Pig-like Woman.[36][37]

Other activities[edit]

Hwang has been named as goodwill ambassador for various programs and events, such as the Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival in 2010,[38] Angel (1004) Day in 2010, the Korea Medical Assistance Foundation in 2011, AD Stars (Busan International Advertising Festival) in 2012,[39] the international relief NGO Good Neighbors in 2013,[40] and a Seoul campaign against social problems in 2014.[41]

Personal life[edit]

Hwang has been dating Kim Yong-jun (of SG Wannabe) for nine years as of January 2015.[42][43] The couple announced their relationship to the public on January 2008.[44] They first met in 2005 when Hwang starred in the SG Wannabe music video, My Heart's Treasure Box.[45]



YearTitleRoleFilm ProductionNotesWith
2009The Relation of Face, Mind and Love
내눈에 콩깍지
Eun-binTelecinema[46]Main CastNone
2010Death Bell 2: Bloody Camp
고死 두번째 이야기 : 교생실습
Park Eun-su
2013A Pig-like Woman
돼지 같은 여자
Jae-hwaLead RoleLee Jong-hyuk

Television Dramas[edit]

2005Princess Lulu
루루 공주
Banjun Drama: Love Virus
Main Cast
Banjun Drama: Memories of Love
2007The Person I Love
사랑하는 사람아
Lee Jung-min
Winter Bird
2008The Last Scandal of My Life
마지막 스캔들
Sa RubySupporting Role
Little Mom Scandal - Season 1
리틀맘 스캔들
Na Hye-jungCGVMain Cast
Little Mom Scandal - Season 2
리틀맘 스캔들
East of Eden
에덴의 동쪽
Kim So-jungMBCSupporting Role
2009Two WivesSong Ji-ho's blind dateSBSCameo
High Kick Through the Roof
지붕 뚫고 하이킥
Hwang Jung-eumMBCMain CastNone
Lee Mi-joo/Cha Soo-jungSBSLead RoleJoo Sang-wook
2011Can You Hear My Heart
내 마음이 들리니
Bong Woo-riMBCKim Jaewon
High Kick: Revenge of the Short Legged
지붕 뚫고 하이킥
Hwang Jung-eum[47]Cameo (episode 106)None
2012Golden Time
Kang Jae-inLead RoleLee Sun-kyun
Full House Take 2
Jang Man-ok/Michelle JangTBS/SBS PlusNo Min-woo
2013Incarnation of Money
돈의 화신
Bok Jae-inSBSKang Ji-hwan
Potato Star 2013QR3
감자별 2013QR3
Noh Soo-dong's secretary [48]tvNCameo (episode 1)None
Secret Love
Kang Yoo-jungKBS2Lead RoleJi Sung
2014Endless Love
끝없는 사랑
Seo In-aeSBSRyu Soo-young
2015Kill Me, Heal Me
킬미, 힐미
Oh Ri-jinMBCJi Sung

Variety show[edit]

2004Love LetterSBSGuest
2007Happy Together - Season 3KBS2Guest, episodes 133, 158, 317
2009We Got Married - Season 2MBCCast member
2010It City: Fukuoka Together
with Hwang Jung-eum
Running ManSBSGuest, episode 1
Strong HeartSBSGuest, episodes 25-26
Come to PlayMBCGuest, episode 299
Haha-Mong ShowSBSGuest, episode 6
Ultra Fashion with Hwang Jung-eumMBC Every 1Host

Music video[edit]

YearSong TitleArtistCostar
2005"My Heart's Treasure Box"SG WannabeChun Jung-myung, Bong Tae-gyu
"A Dreamy Conversation"
2006"Craze"SG WannabeHan Eun-jung
2007"I Can't Help Liking You"Black PearlJung Woo
"Finally... It's You"
2008"Shoes"SeeYaChoi Jung-won
"Crazy Love Song"
2009"It's a Lie"Ock Joo-hyunKim Yong-jun
"Did You Really Hate My Love?"
"Sunflower"Kim Jong-wook


For Hwang Jung-eum's work with Sugar, see Sugar (South Korean band).

Digital single[edit]

Release dateTitleArtistNotes
2009-09-22"N-Time"Hwang Jung-eum feat. T-ara
2011-06-11"Good Person"Hwang Jung-eumfrom Can You Hear My Heart OST


Release dateTitleArtistNotes
2008-09-26"Going"SeeYa feat. Kim Yong-jun,
Hwang Jung-eum, Mario
from the album Brilliant Change
2009-06-12"Couple"Kim Yong-jun feat. Hwang Jung-eumfrom We Got Married

Awards and nominations[edit]

YearAwardCategoryNominated workResult
20093rd Mnet 20's Choice AwardsHot Couple with Kim Yong-junWe Got Married - Season 2Won
MBC Entertainment AwardsBest Female Newcomer in a Variety ShowWon
Best Female Newcomer in Comedy/SitcomHigh Kick Through the RoofWon
201046th Baeksang Arts AwardsBest New Actress in TVWon
3rd Korea Drama AwardsMost Popular ActressWon
11th Korea Visual Arts FestivalPhotogenic Award, TV Actress categoryWon
1st Barbie & Ken AwardsKorean BarbieN/AWon
26th Korea Best Dresser Swan AwardsBest Dressed, TV Actress categoryN/AWon
23rd Grimae AwardsBest ActressGiantWon
SBS Drama AwardsBest Supporting Actress in a Special Planning DramaNominated
New Star AwardWon
Best Couple Award with Joo Sang-wookWon
2011MBC Drama AwardsExcellence Award, Actress in a MiniseriesCan You Hear My HeartWon
2012MBC Drama AwardsExcellence Award, Actress in a MiniseriesGolden TimeNominated
2013SBS Drama AwardsTop Excellence Award, Actress in a Drama SpecialIncarnation of MoneyNominated
KBS Drama AwardsTop Excellence Award, ActressSecret LoveWon
Netizen Choice, ActressWon
Best Couple Award with Ji SungWon
20147th Korea Drama AwardsTop Excellence Award, ActressSecret Love, Endless LoveNominated
SBS Drama AwardsTop Excellence Award, Actress in a Serial DramaEndless LoveWon
Top 10 StarsWon


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  46. ^ Also aired on SBS.
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