Jung Eun-ji

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Jung Eun-ji
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Jung Eun-ji at M Limited fansigning on June 1, 2014.
Background information
Native name정은지
Birth nameJung Hye-rim
Also known asEunji
Born(1993-08-18) August 18, 1993 (age 21)
Haeundae, Busan, South Korea
GenresPop, dance-pop
OccupationsSinger, actress, dancer, model, spokesperson
InstrumentsVocals, Piano, Guitar
Years active2011 – Present
LabelsA Cube Entertainment
Cube Entertainment
Associated actsA Pink, Huh Gak, Seo In-guk, Yang Yo-seob, Beast, United Cube
WebsiteTwitter
 
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This is a Korean name; the family name is Jung.
Jung Eun-ji
Jung Eunji at M Limited fansigning, 1 June 2014 04.png
Jung Eun-ji at M Limited fansigning on June 1, 2014.
Background information
Native name정은지
Birth nameJung Hye-rim
Also known asEunji
Born(1993-08-18) August 18, 1993 (age 21)
Haeundae, Busan, South Korea
GenresPop, dance-pop
OccupationsSinger, actress, dancer, model, spokesperson
InstrumentsVocals, Piano, Guitar
Years active2011 – Present
LabelsA Cube Entertainment
Cube Entertainment
Associated actsA Pink, Huh Gak, Seo In-guk, Yang Yo-seob, Beast, United Cube
WebsiteTwitter
Korean name
Hangul정은지
Hanja
Revised RomanizationJeong Eun-ji
McCune–ReischauerChŏng Ŭn-ji
Birth name
Hangul정혜림
Hanja
Revised RomanizationJeong Hye-rim
McCune–ReischauerChŏng Hye-rim

Jung Eun-ji (Korean: 정은지; born Jung Hye-rim, August 18, 1993), is a South Korean idol singer/dancer and actress. She is the main vocalist and dancer of girl group A Pink under A Cube Entertainment. She also gained popularity for her acting in the hit TV series Reply 1997.[1]

Early life[edit]

Jung Eun-ji was born as Jung Hye-rim[2] in Haeundae, Busan,[3] on August 18, 1993.[4] She has a younger brother named Jung Min Ki.[5]

She attended Hapdo Kindergarten, Shinjae Elementary School, Jaesong Girls' Middle School and later Hyehwa Girls' High School.[6] In 2004, Jung won the first place prize in the program Excited Day Enjoyable Day (Korean: 신나는 날 즐거운 날) hosted by the KBS network.[7]

Jung originally aspired to become a detective or a vocal coach.[8][9] But after she passed the audition to be A Pink's main vocalist, she decided to pursue a career as an idol singer.

Because she grew up in Busan, Jung speaks with a Busan dialect, which she says has helped rather than hindered her acting.[10][11]

Career[edit]

Jung Eun-ji on April 11, 2014

Pre-debut[edit]

In November 2010, Jung passed the auditions to become a member of A Pink, specifically as the group's main vocalist.[12] She was revealed to the public as A Pink's 4th and last member on March 10, 2011, through the social media platform Twitter. In the introduction video, she sang her rendition of Jennifer Hudson's "Love You I Do".[13] She had not received any professional training prior to joining A Pink, and had trained for only 6 months with the group.[12]

A Pink[edit]

Main article: A Pink

A Pink debuted on April 21, 2011, with "Mollayo" (Hangul: 몰라요; lit. "I Don't Know") from their debut EP Seven Springs of A Pink.

Solo Activities[edit]

Acting[edit]

Jung made her acting debut in Reply 1997, a 1990s nostalgia television drama which became one of the highest-rated Korean series on cable television. She played the role of Sung Shi-won, the female protagonist.[14] Jung was complimented by critics and audiences for her comedic and emotional acting, which was impressive for a newcomer, as well as for her authentic Busan dialect.[15][16] Jung said her perky character shared some similarities to her own personality and Busan background, which helped her act naturally.[11][17] The role won her several awards, including the 49th Baeksang Arts Award for Best New TV Actress.[18]

Jung then made her musical theatre debut in the 2012 staging of the Hollywood film-turned-musical Legally Blonde, playing the lead role of Elle Woods.[19] The show ran from November 16, 2012 to March 17, 2013.[20][21]

Jung was then cast in a supporting role in the 2013 melodrama That Winter, The Wind Blows.[22] It was her first appearance in a drama aired on one of South Korea's three major networks, for which she won Best Performance at the APAN Star Awards and New Star Award at the SBS Drama Awards.[23][22]

Jung then reprised her Reply 1997 role in a cameo appearance on Reply 1994 (both series shared the same writer and director).[24]

In 2014, she starred in another musical, the stage adaptation of 2004 series Full House.[25] Afterwards, Jung was cast in the leading role in romantic comedy series Trot Lovers, which depicts the struggles of a female singer to become successful in the old-fashioned musical genre trot.[26][27]

Singing[edit]

For the project A Cube for Season #Green, Jung Eun-ji and fellow Cube artist Yang Yo-seob of Beast sang the duet track "Love Day."[28] The music video was released on March 12, 2012 to coincide with White Day.[29]

In August 2012, Jung recorded two promotional singles, "All For You" and "Our Love Like This" with Reply 1997 co-star Seo In-guk for the drama's soundtrack.[30][31] followed by a live performance on M! Countdown and a win on Music Triangle. The song also won numerous awards, including Best OST at the Mnet Asian Music Awards and the Melon Music Awards.

To commemorate the success of their respective groups, Jung, along with bandmate Kim Nam-joo, and Jang Hyunseung of Beast, released the single "A Year Ago" for A Cube For Season #White.[32]

On May 31, 2013, Jung and fellow Cube artist Huh Gak released the song "Short Hair" for A Cube For Season #Blue.[33]

In 2014, Jung sang "It's You" for the OST of Three Days. The song rose to #1 on various music charts such as Bugs, Soribada, and Daum Music shortly after its release on March 5.[34][35] On July 3, 2014, Jung and Huh Gak released a video teaser for "Break Up To Make Up", a song which is part of A Cube for Season #Sky Blue. It was released on July 8 and performed well on music charts.[36]

Discography[edit]

Main article: A Pink discography
YearTitleSongArtistSales[citation needed]
(Digital download)
2012A Cube For Season #Green"Love Day"Duet with Yang Yo-seob1,604,167+
Reply 1997 OST"All For You"Duet with Seo In-guk2,499,273+ (2012 only)
"Just The Way We Love"Duet with Seo In-guk1,428,802+
2013A Cube for Season #White"A Year Ago"with Kim Nam-joo and Jang Hyun-seung300,616+
A Cube for Season #Blue"Short Hair"Duet with Huh Gak1,207,766+
Little Giant"Know We're Going to Break Up"Duet with Huh Gak192,124+
"Fanta Time"with Lee Kwang-soo and Teen Top's Niel[37]-
Barefooted Friends OST"One Minute Ago"Duet with Kang Ho-dong[38]-
2014Three Days OST"It's You"Solo417,438+
A Cube for Season #Sky-Blue"Break Up To Make Up"Duet with Huh Gak528,152+

Filmography[edit]

Main article: A Pink filmography

Television Dramas[edit]

YearChannelTitleRole
2012tvNReply 1997Sung Shi-won (Lead role)
2013SBSThat Winter, The Wind BlowsMoon Hee-sun (Lead role)
tvNReply 1994Sung Shi-won (Cameo in episodes 16, 17, 21)
2014KBS2Trot LoversChoi Choon-hee (Lead role)

Musical theater[edit]

YearTitleRole
2012
-
2013
Legally Blonde
(Korean version)
Elle Woods
2014Full HouseHan Ji-eun

Endorsements[edit]

Main article: A Pink
YearEndorsementRole
2013Fanta (Beverage Brand)with Lee Kwang-soo and Teen Top's Niel
Hazzys (Fashion & Accessory Brand)with Park Cho-rong and Son Na-eun
2014M-Limited Sports (Sportswear Apparel Brand)with Yim Si-wan

Awards and nominations[edit]

YearAwardRecipientCategory
20125th Korea Drama AwardsReply 1997Best Couple (with Seo In-guk)[39]
5th Style Icon AwardsReply 1997Top 10 Style Icons (with Seo In-guk)[40]
14th Mnet Asian Music Awards"All For You"
Reply 1997
Best OST
(with Seo In-guk)[41]
1st K-Drama Star Awards"All For You"
Reply 1997
Best OST (with Seo In-guk)[42]
Reply 1997Best Couple (with Seo In-guk)[42]
Reply 1997Rising Star Award[42]
4th Melon Music Awards"All For You"
Reply 1997
Best OST (with Seo In-guk)[43]
20132nd Gaon Chart Awards"All For You"
Reply 1997
Songs of the Year
(Digital Awards [September])
(with Seo In-guk)[44]
49th Baeksang Arts AwardsReply 1997Best New TV Actress[45]
Reply 1997Popular TV Actress
2nd APAN Star AwardsThat Winter, The Wind BlowsBest Performance[46]
SBS Drama AwardsThat Winter, The Wind BlowsBest New Actress[47]
2014Seoul International Youth Film FestivalTrot LoversBest Youth Actress
"It's You"
Three Days
Best OST

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