Jessica Sooyoun Jung (born April 18, 1989), known professionally as Jessica, is a Korean-American singer, actress, and businesswoman currently based in South Korea. She is a former member of South Korean girl group Girls' Generation . In 2014, she established her apparel fashion brand, Blanc & Eclare. Born and raised in San Francisco, California, Jessica is fluent in English and Korean after moving to South Korea at the age of 11.
Early life Edit
Jessica was born in San Francisco, California. While on vacation in South Korea, she and her sister, Krystal, were spotted in a shopping mall by S.M. Entertainment; she later joined the company in 2000. She spent seven years as a trainee before debuting as part of the Korean girl group Girls' Generation. Jessica attended Korea Kent Foreign School during her teenage years.
Music career Edit
Girls' Generation (2007–2014) Edit
Jessica at MBC Gayo Daejejeon on December 31, 2013
Jessica was the first member to sign 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.
On September 30, 2014, Jessica announced on her personal Weibo account that she was "forced out" of the group. SM Entertainment later confirmed this, stating that Jessica would no longer be a member of Girls' Generation due to constant conflicts with the group's and Jessica's schedules. The company also stated that Girls' Generation would continue to promote with eight members while still managing Jessica's solo activities. Jessica also released a statement of her own through her fashion company Blanc, explaining that she was one-sidedly asked to leave Girls' Generation by the agency . Jessica's last released song with Girls' Generation is "Divine", released as a part of the repackaged version of their first Japanese greatest hits album, The Best.
On August 6, 2015, S.M. Entertainment released an official statement regarding Jessica's future, it was stated that the company and former member of Girls' Generation had officially parted ways.
Solo singing career Edit
Jung at SMTown Live World Tour IV in Seoul on August 15, 2014.
In addition to her group activities, Jessica released two singles with Seohyun and Tiffany: "Love Hate" (Hangul: "오빠 나빠", lit. Bad Older Brother) and "Mabinogi (It's Fantastic!)". Jessica collaborated with 8Eight for the song "I Love You" from their second album, Infinity, which was released on March 3, 2008. She is not the one in the music video, but 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,Sooyoung and Seohyun.
Jessica released a digital single titled "Sweet Delight" on October 13, 2010. In 2011, Jessica participated in the soundtrack of KBS dramaRomance Town with the song "Because Tears Are Overflowing" (Korean: 눈물이 넘쳐서 ). In 2012, Jessica sang "What To Do" (feat. Kim Jin-pyo) for the drama Wild Romance, "Butterfly" (feat Krystal) for To The Beautiful You, "Heart Road" for The King's Dream, as well as "My Lifestyle", a Hyundai i30‘s commercial song. In 2013, she had "The One Like You" for Dating Agency: Cyrano. In 2014, Jessica released "Say Yes"' for the Make Your Move soundtrack, featuring her sister, Krystal, and EXO's former member, Kris.
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; the production opened on November 14, 2009.
In March 2010, she had a cameo role on SBS TV Oh! My Lady.
In 2012, Jessica appeared in Wild Romance, playing the role of Kang Jonghee, who is Park Mu-yeol's first love. She appeared in approximately eight episodes. In the same year, Jessica returned to musical theatre once again with Legally Blonde, alongside Jung Eun-ji and Choi Woori. Her first performance was on November 28.
In 2015, Jessica was confirmed to be the female lead in the Chinese movie titled " Love Delivery ".
Variety show appearances 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.
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 Park Myung-soo, one of the MCs.
In 2014, Jessica and her sister Krystal were featured in their reality television show Jessica & Krystal. It premiered on June 3 and consisted of ten episodes.
In 2015, she took a part in Chinese sport's variety show "YES! Coach". She participated in swimming competition trained by professional swimmer Sun Yang. In addition, she appeared on Singaporean talk show "The 5 Show" where she talked briefly about her business venture, Blanc & Eclare.
Other ventures Edit
Blanc & Eclare Edit
In August 2014, Jessica launched her own fashion line, Blanc, which was later renamed Blanc & Eclare.
Main article: Girls' Generation discography
|Gaon||BillboardK-pop Hot 100|
|2010||"Sweet Delight"||48||—||Non-album single|
|2011||"Because Tears Are Overflowing"||20||—||KBS Romance Town OST|
|2012||"What To Do" (with Kim Jin-pyo)||12||14||KBS Wild Romance OST|
|"Butterfly" (with Krystal)||22||17||SBS To The Beautiful You OST|
|"Heart Road"||57||43||KBS The King's Dream OST|
|"My Lifestyle" (with Dok2)||34||30||PYL Younique Volume 1|
|2013||"The One Like You"||37||21||tvN Dating Agency: Cyrano OST|
Guest appearances Edit
|2007||SBS Thirty Thousand Miles in Search of My Son||"Touch the Sky"||03:49||Taeyeon, Seohyun, Sunny and Tiffany|
|2008||Roommate||"Love Hate"||03:45||Seohyun and Tiffany|
|It's Fantastic||"It's Fantastic"||03:40||Seohyun and Tiffany|
|Infinity||"I Love You"||03:40||8eight|
|N/A||"Holding Hands"||03:54||Tiffany, Super Junior, SS501, Jewelry, Brown Eyed Girls, Lee Hyun and T.G.U.S|
|KBS Hong Gildong OST||"The Little Boat (작은 배)"||03:27||Taeyeon, Seohyun, Sunny and Tiffany|
|N/A||"Haptic Motion"||01:31||Taeyeon, Seohyun and Sunny|
|2009||Olympic Duet Song Festival||"NaengMyun"||03:41||Park Myung-soo|
|Tell Me Your Wish (Genie)||"One Year Later"||04:00||Onew|
|MBC Heading to the Ground OST||"Motion"||04:06||Taeyeon, Seohyun, Sunny and Tiffany|
|N/A||"S.E.O.U.L."||03:47||Taeyeon, Seohyun, Sunny and Kyuhyun, Sungmin, Ryeowook, Donghae andLeeteuk of Super Junior|
|N/A||"I Can't Bear Anymore (Bear Song)"||02:43||Taeyeon, Seohyun and Sunny|
|2010||Sweet Delight||"Sweet Delight"||03:20||N/A|
|N/A||"Cabi Song"||03:19||Taeyeon, Tiffany, Seohyun, Sunny, Yuri, Chansung, Junsu, and Taecyeon|
|N/A||"Cooky"||02:50||Tiffany, Seohyun and Sunny|
|My Friend Haechi||"Haechi Song" (해치송)||03:26||Taeyeon, Sunny, Tiffany and Seohyun|
|2011||Romance Town||"Because Tears Are Overflowing"||04:46||N/A|
|2012||KBS Wild Romance||"What To Do"||03:54||Kim Jin-pyo|
|SBS To the Beautiful You||"Butterfly"||03:01||Krystal|
|KBS The King's Dream||"Heart Road"||04:19||N/A|
|PYL Younique Volume 1||"My Unique Lifestyle"||03:06||Dok2|
|2013||Dating Agency: Cyrano||"The One Like You"||04:15||N/A|
|2014||Make Your Move (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)||"Say Yes"||03:58||Krystal and Kris|
|2012||I AM. – SM Town Live World Tour in Madison Square Garden||Herself||Biographical film of SM Town|
|2016||Love Delivery||Lead Role|
Television drama Edit
|2008||Unstoppable Marriage||Bulgwang-dong's Seven Princesses Gang||Cameo||KBS2|
|2009||Tae-hee, Hye-kyo, Ji-hyun!||English teacher||Cameo||MBC|
|2010||Oh! My Lady||Herself||Cameo||SBS|
|2012||Wild Romance||Kang Jong-hee||Supporting role||KBS2|
Variety shows Edit
|2014||Jessica & Krystal||1–10||with Krystal, featuring daily activities of the two sisters|
|2015||Yes! Coach||Guest Star|
|The 5 Show||114||Guest Star|
|Chef Nic||Season 2 episode 9||Guest Star|
Musical theatre Edit
|2009–2010; 2012–2013||Legally Blonde||Elle Woods||Lead role|
Awards and nominations Edit
|2012||2nd SBS MTV Best of the Best||Best Cameo||Sherlock||Nominated|
|2013||7th The Musical Awards||Popularity Award||Legally Blonde||Won|
|8th Seoul International Drama Awards||Most Popular Drama OST||"Butterfly"||Nominated|
|2014||7th Style Icon Awards||Top 10 Style Icons (with Krystal Jung)||Jessica & Krystal||Nominated|
|Yahoo Asia Buzz Awards||Most Searched Korean Female Artist||Herself||Won|
|Sohu Fashion Awards||Asian Fashion Icon||Herself||Won|
|2015||Yahoo Asia Buzz Awards||Asian Popularity Award||Herself||Won|