Jessica Jung

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Jessica Jung
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Background information
Birth nameJessica Sooyoun Jung[1]
Also known asSoo-yeon
Born(1989-04-18) April 18, 1989 (age 24)
San Francisco, California, United States
GenresK-pop, R&B, dance-pop
OccupationsSinger, dancer, actress, promotional model
InstrumentsVocals, piano[2]
Years active2007–present
LabelsS.M. Entertainment
Associated actsSM Town, Girls' Generation, Krystal Jung
WebsiteOfficial website

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Jessica Jung
Jessica jung, snsd, LG 3D.jpg
Background information
Birth nameJessica Sooyoun Jung[1]
Also known asSoo-yeon
Born(1989-04-18) April 18, 1989 (age 24)
San Francisco, California, United States
GenresK-pop, R&B, dance-pop
OccupationsSinger, dancer, actress, promotional model
InstrumentsVocals, piano[2]
Years active2007–present
LabelsS.M. Entertainment
Associated actsSM Town, Girls' Generation, Krystal Jung
WebsiteOfficial website

Jessica signature.jpg
Signature of Jessica.
Korean name
Revised RomanizationJeong Suyeon
McCune–ReischauerChŏng Suyŏn
Birth name
Hangul제시카 정
Revised RomanizationJesika Jeong
McCune–ReischauerChesik'a Chŏng

Jessica Sooyoun Jung (Korean name: Jung Soo-yeon; born April 18, 1989) is an American-born Korean singer, dancer, actress and model best known as a member of the South Korean girl group Girls' Generation.

Born in San Francisco, California, she is fluent in both her native English and Korean after moving to South Korea at age 11.


Jessica was born in San Francisco, California in the same hospital as her fellow Girls' Generation member, Tiffany. While on vacation in Korea, she and her sister were scouted in a shopping mall by S.M Entertainment and joined the company in 2000.[3] She trained for seven years as a trainee before debuting as part of the Korean girl group Girls' Generation.

Her younger sister, Krystal, is a member of the Korean girl group f(x). They are both currently active in their groups, being signed under S.M. Entertainment.


Girls' Generation[edit]

Jessica was the first member to be signed with SM Entertainment in 2000. In 2007, she was chosen as a member of the group Girls' Generation. The 9-member girl group debuted on August 5, 2007.

Solo singing career[edit]

In addition to her group activities, Jessica released two singles with Seohyun and Tiffany: "Love Hate" (Hangul: "오빠 나빠", lit. Bad Older Brother)[4] and "Mabinogi (It's Fantastic!)".[5] Jessica collaborated with 8Eight for the song "I Love You" from their 2nd album Infinity which was released on March 3, 2008. She is not the one in the music video, but is the one singing the harmony and adlibs.

In addition, she had various duets — one with Shinee member, Onew, called "One Year Later", and one with Park Myung-soo, "Naengmyeon". She sang the "Seoul Song" with Super Junior's Leeteuk, Sungmin, Donghae, Siwon, Ryeowook and Kyuhyun and fellow group members Taeyeon, Sunny, and Seohyun.

Jessica released a digital single titled "Sweet Delight" on October 13, 2010.

She also participated in the soundtrack of KBS drama Romance Town with the song "Because Tears Are Overflowing" (Korean: 눈물이 넘쳐서 ). The song was released on May 18, 2011.

In addition to acting, Jessica sang the OST for “Wild Romance” alongside Kim Jin-pyo. The song was digitally released on January 19, 2012.

On August 15, she released "Butterfly" OST for the drama To The Beautiful You with her sister Krystal.[6] She also sang the OST "Heart Road" for the drama The King's Dream which was released on September 7.[7]

On October 18, Jessica released the song "My Lifestyle", which is Hyundai i30‘s theme song.[8]

She sang an OST for Dating Agency: Cyrano named "The One Like You" which was released on July 2, 2013.[9]

Acting career[edit]

Jessica made her musical theatre debut in the South Korean production of Legally Blonde, alongside Lee Ha-nui and Kim Ji-woo;[10] the production opened on November 14, 2009.[11]

She had a cameo role on SBS TV Oh My Lady! in March 2010.[12]

On December 23, 2011, Wild Romances staff confirmed that, “Jessica has been cast for the role of Lee Dongwook’s former lover, Kang Jonghee. She will be appearing in approximately eight episodes.” Jessica played the role of Kang Jonghee in the drama, who is Lee Dongwook’s unforgettable first love. It aired on January 4, 2012.[13]

Jessica returned to musical theatre once again with Legally Blonde, alongside Jung Eun-Ji and Choi Woori. Her first performance was on November 28.


Along with Girls' Generation, Jessica has been featured as a model for numerous advertisements, endorsements, and campaigns including Haptic Motion, LG, Samsung, Domino's Pizza, Elite Uniform, J.ESTINA bags and many others.

In early 2011, Jessica modeled for Dior Cosmetics with bandmates Hyoyeon, Yuri, Tiffany, Sooyoung and Sunny.

Jessica had her first runway for Lee Juyoung’s fashion show for the 2011/12 Seoul Fashion Week at Seoul’s SETEC Center on March 29. Jessica wore the line, Resurrection by Juyoung. She also modeled for Levi's in a Marie Claire issue, as well as featuring in a photoshoot, titled ‘Break The Ice’, in the December issue of 1st Look magazine.[14]

In 2012, Jessica became models for several brands such as Banila Co.,[15] Hyundai Motors[16] and Cartier.[17]

On August 17, Jessica and her sister Krystal were appointed as the ambassadors for the London Paralympics Team.[18] On September 19, they visited the 'Blue House', to attend the event for the London Paralympics Team.[19]

Jessica and Krystal have been chosen as new models for jewelry brand STONEHENgE. The two will be the new muses of the jewelry brand for 2013. It is the first time the two sisters have been chosen as models for a brand together.[20]

During her career, she featured in several solo covers/photoshoots for various magazines like Allure, Nylon, Singles, Elle, Cosmopolitan, Marie Claire, CECI, 1st Look, W Korea, Dazed & Confuzed, Style, Vogue, Beauty+ and Star 1. She has covered the 17th anniversary CeCi issue, W Korea magazine, Cosmopolitan magazine, First look magazine, Singles magazine, and many others.

In 2012, Jessica and Yoona tied for second place for individual commercial filmings (CFs) by participating in 13 different CFs while Girls’ Generation as an entire group are in 1st place combined, with the girls modeling for a total of 21 different brands including chicken, perfume, jewelry, handbags, TVs, beds, and department stores.[21]

Guest appearance on TV show[edit]

In May 2010, Jessica became a regular guest on the show Happy Birthday until she withdrew on June 7, 2010 due to Girls' Generation's overseas activities.[22]

She was also a regular guest on the show Star King, with fellow band member Yuri.

In 2009, she took a special part on the show Infinity Challenge for their summer special, in which she was chosen to sing a duet entitled "Naengmyun" with one of the MCs Park Myung-soo.


Solo discography[edit]

2007SBS Thirty Thousand Miles in Search of My Son"Touch the Sky"03:49With Taeyeon, Seohyun, Sunny and Tiffany
2008Roommate"Love Hate"03:45With Seohyun and Tiffany
It's Fantastic"It's Fantastic"03:40With Seohyun and Tiffany
Infinity"I Love You"03:40With 8eight
N/A"Holding Hands"03:54With Tiffany, Super Junior, SS501, Jewelry, Brown Eyed Girls, Lee Hyun and T.G.U.S
KBS Hong Gildong OST"The Little Boat (작은 배)"03:27With Taeyeon, Seohyun, Sunny and Tiffany
N/A"Haptic Motion"01:31With Taeyeon, Seohyun and Sunny
2009Olympic Duet Song Festival"NaengMyun"03:41With Park Myung-soo
Tell Me Your Wish (Genie)"One Year Later"04:00With Onew
MBC Heading to the Ground OST"Motion"04:06With Taeyeon, Seohyun, Sunny and Tiffany
N/A"S.E.O.U.L."03:47With Taeyeon, Seohyun, Sunny and Kyuhyun, Sungmin, Ryeowook, Donghae and Leeteuk of Super Junior
N/A"I Can't Bear Anymore (Bear Song)"02:43With Taeyeon, Seohyun and Sunny
2010Sweet Delight"Sweet Delight"03:20Solo
N/A"Cabi Song"03:19With Taeyeon, Tiffany, Seohyun, Sunny, Yuri, Chansung, Junsu, and Taecyeon
N/A"Cooky"02:50With Tiffany, Seohyun and Sunny
My Friend Haechi"Haechi Song" (해치송)[23]03:26With Taeyeon, Sunny, Tiffany and Seohyun
2011Romance Town"Because Tears Are Overflowing"04:46Solo
2012KBS Wild Romance"What To Do"03:54With Kim Jin-pyo
SBS To the Beautiful You"Butterfly"03:01With Krystal
KBS The King's Dream"Heart Road"04:19Solo
PYL Younique Volume 1"My Unique Lifestyle"03:06With Dok2
2013Dating Agency: Cyrano"The One Like You"04:15Solo
Make Your Move 3D"Say Yes"With Krystal and Kris


YearTitlePeak positionsAlbum
Gaon[24]Billboard K-pop Hot 100
2010"Sweet Delight"48Digital Single
2011"Because Tears Are Overflowing"20KBS Romance Town OST
2012"What To Do" (with Kim Jin-pyo)1214KBS Wild Romance OST
"Butterfly" (with Krystal)2217SBS To The Beautiful You OST
"Heart Road"5743KBS The King's Dream OST
"My Lifestyle" (with Dok2)3430PYL Younique Volume 1
2013"The One Like You"3721tvN Dating Agency: Cyrano OST



YearTitleRoleOther notes
2012I AM. – SM Town Live World Tour in Madison Square GardenHerselfBiographical film of SM Town[25]

Television drama[edit]

2008Unstoppable MarriageBool Gwang Dong (seven princess)CameoKBS2
2009Taehee, Hyekyo, Jihyun!English teacherCameoMBC
2010Oh! My LadyHerselfCameoSBS
2012Wild RomanceKang Jong-heeSupporting roleKBS2

Variety shows[edit]

2007Cutie Honey, Mini MusicalA bully along with Yuri, Hyoyeon
2009We Got Married Season 142, 45, 47, 49, 51 & 52
2009Strong Heart7–8
2010Happy BirthdayPermanent Cast
2010Running Man4–5
2011Running Man63–64
2011Strong Heart101–102
2013Strong Heart165–166
2013Running Man141Along with Eun Ji-won

Music videos[edit]

2007"Love is Late, I'm Sorry"Kim Jo HanLove interest
2008"Love Hate"Jessica, Tiffany and Seohyun
"Haptic Motion"Jessica, Yoona and Tiffany
2009"Super Girl"Super Junior-MLove interest
"S.E.O.U.L."Super Junior and Girls' GenerationFemale photographer


Aside from her endorsements alongside Girls' Generation, Jessica has also endorsed the following brands:

2008Samsung Anycall Haptic"Haptic Motion CF" with TVXQ
2010Dior SnowWith Sooyoung, Yuri, Sunny, Hyoyeon and Tiffany
2012Banila Co.Until 2014
Coming Step
ChanelWith Tiffany
Hyundai PYLWith Hyoyeon, Eunhyuk, Henry, Lu Han, Taemin, Kai
2013StonehengeWith Krystal[26]
SOUPUntil 2014
Pierre BalmainWith Krystal

Musical theatre[edit]

2009–2010; 2012–2013Legally BlondeElle WoodsLead role

Awards and nominations[edit]

YearOrganizationCategoryNominated WorkResult
20123rd Annual Barbie & Ken AwardsKorean BarbieHerselfWon[27]
SBS MTV Best of the BestBest CameoNominated[28]
20137th The Musical AwardsPopularity AwardHerselfWon


  1. ^ "The Birth of Jessica Jung". Retrieved January 11, 2014. 
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ (Korean) 제시카, "관객 앞에서의 제 목소리에 감동했어요", February 18, 2009
  4. ^ (Korean) Kim Hyeong-wu. 소녀시대 티파니 “‘오빠나빠’ 활동 당시 성대 결절 고생” (Girls' Generation's Tiffany: "'Bad Older Brother' Activities Were Difficult on Vocal Nodules"). JoongAng Ilbo/Newsen. February 16, 2009. Retrieved February 26, 2010.
  5. ^ (Korean) 소녀시대 티파니 제시카 서현 게임 주제가 신곡 발표 (Girls' Generation's Tiffany/Jessica/Seohyun Announce Game Theme Song as New Single). IS Plus/Newsen. August 1, 2008. Retrieved May 4, 2010.
  6. ^ Jessica and Krystal releases 'Butterfly', an OST of 'To the Beautiful You'
  7. ^ SNSD Jessica releases 'Heart Road', an OST of 'The Great King's Dream'
  8. ^ Jessica sings “My Lifestyle” (ft. Dok2) for Hyundai’s ‘PYL Younique Album’
  9. ^ Girls' Generation's Jessica lends her voice for OST of Sooyoung's starring drama 'Dating Agency: Cyrano'
  10. ^ (English) Chung Ah-young. 'Legally Blonde' Sparkles With Starry Cast. The Korea Times. September 16, 2009. Retrieved February 22, 2010.
  11. ^ (English) 3 Starts to Share Lead in 'Legally Blonde' Musical. The Chosun Ilbo. October 31, 2009. Retrieved February 22, 2010.
  12. ^ (Korean) 소녀시대, 최시원과 의리 지키며 '오 마이 레이디'서 카메오 출연 (SNSD Makes Cameo Appearance on "Oh! My Lady", Showing Loyalty to Choi Siwon). asiae/Newsen. March 7, 2010. Retrieved on April 9, 2010
  13. ^ Jessica’s Casting in ‘Violent Romance’ Confirmed
  14. ^ (English) Jessica of Girls’ Generation ‘Break The Ice’ in 1st Look Magazine, December, 2011
  15. ^ Girls’ Generation’s Jessica models for cosmetics brand ‘banila co.’
  16. ^ SNSD’s Jessica promotes a car as a hot racing model
  17. ^ Girls’ Generation’s Jessica models ‘Cartier’ for ‘W Korea’
  18. ^ Jessica and her Sister Krystal Interviewed at the 2012 Paralympics Inaugural Ceremony
  19. ^ SNSD's Jessica and f(x)'s Krystal visited the 'Blue House'
  20. ^ Jessica and Krystal model for jewelry brand STONEHENgE
  21. ^ List of CFs in 2012
  22. ^ (Korean) Bae Sunyoung: 제시카 ‘해피 버스데이‘ 5주 출연 끝, 7일 하차 (Jessica, After Five Weeks of Appearances in 'Happy Birthday', Will be Withdrawing on 7th), June 5, 2010. Retrieved June 6, 2010.
  23. ^ "내친구 해치 (My Friend Haechi) [Original Soundtrack] – Single". iTunes US Apple. Retrieved 2013-03-10. 
  24. ^ "Gaon Chart Search" (in Korean). Gaon Chart. 
  25. ^ "Documentary Shows Top K-Pop Singers Behind the Scenes". Chosun Ilbo. 2 May 2012. Retrieved 4 May 2012. 
  26. ^ Ho, Stewart (7 January 2013). "SNSD’s Jessica-f(x)’s Krystal Siblings Model for Stonehenge". enewsWorld. CJ E&M. Retrieved 12 January 2013. 
  27. ^ SNSD's Jessica and TVXQ's Yunho as Korea's Barbie and Ken 2012
  28. ^ Girls’ Generation Nominated for ’2012 World Music Awards’ and ’2012 SBS MTV Best of the Best’

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