Krystal Jung
Korean name: 정수정
Date of birth: Oct 24, 1994 (age 21)
Birthplace: San Francisco, California, United States
Nationality South Korea
Bloodtype A
Zodiac Sign Aries
Labels S.M. Entertainment (2000–2015)
Occupation Singer, Actress, Model
Years active 2000–present
Education Sungkyunkwan University
Gender: Female
Height: 165cm
Weight: 45kg

Chrystal Soo Jung (born October 24, 1994), better known by the mononym Krystal, is an American singer and actress currently based in South Korea. Discovered by S.M. Entertainment in 2000, she began filming for commercials and music videos in 2002, and officially signed with S.M. as a trainee in 2006. She is a member of both the South Korean girl group f(x)and the ballad group S.M. The Ballad, and has participated in various television dramas such as High Kick 3The Heirs, and My Lovely Girl.

Early life Edit

Krystal was born as Chrystal Soo Jung in San Francisco, California, where her family settled from South Korea in the 1980s. During a family trip to South Korea in early 2000, at the age of five, she and her elder sister Jessica were spotted by talent agency S.M. Entertainment, which earned her a cameo appearance in Shinhwa's "Wedding March" music video. The agency offered them singing and dancing lessons, opting to professionally train them in a singing career. However, the offer was turned down by her parents, reasoning that Krystal was too young and at first only allowed her older sister,Jessica Jung, to join the agency, who debuted as a member of the girl group Girls' Generation. Since then, the Jung sisters have appeared together in many events.

In 2002, Krystal began appearing in television commercials. She first appeared in a Lotte commercial with South Korean actress Han Ga In. In 2006, her parents finally allowed her to join S.M. Entertainment, and the agency then enrolled her in dance classes. She was trained for 3 years before debuting as a part of f(x) in 2009.

After moving to South Korea, Krystal attended Korea Kent Foreign School, then graduated from Hanlim Performing Arts High School on February 7, 2013, where she was honored with an achievement award. She is currently attending Sungkyunkwan University, majoring in theatre.

Career Edit

Krystal debuted as a member of the South Korean girl group f(x) in September 2009, after training for 3 years at S.M. Entertainment. She served as the group's lead vocalist. The group official debuted in September 5, 2009.

Solo actvities Edit

In March 2010, Krystal participated in a series of music videos called Melody Project, playing a young student who is in love with her music teacher. She released a solo single titled "Melody" for this project. Krystal then became a host for the music show The M-Wave with Thunder from MBLAQ. She also appeared on the variety show Let's Go Dream Team 2, where she broke a high jump record that had been set on the show 10 years before with a height of 1.95 meters.In July, the singer debuted as an actress with a minor role in the long-running sitcom More Charming by the Day. She received the "Newcomer Comedy Award" at the 2010 MBC Entertainment Awards for the role.

In 2011, Krystal recorded a solo song "Because of Me" for SBS's drama Sign, and a duet with Super Junior's Lee-teuktitled "Grumbling".She also participated and won first place in the SBS's figure-skating show Kiss & Cry. Kim Yuna praised the singer's performance by saying "...the skills demonstrated were enough for me to believe if someone said Krystal was an ice dancer."At the end of the year, Krystal appeared in High Kick 3, playing the role of Ahn Soo Jung, a superficial and shallow girl, who does not have much depth of feelings.She was complimented by actor Ahn Nae Sang for her acting performance in the show. In 2012, she released a duet, "Butterfly", with Jessica for SBS's drama To the Beautiful You, where member Sulli acted as the female lead. In 2013, Krystal was cast in The Heirs, portraying the role of Lee Bo Na, a spoiled yet good-hearted and wealthy high school student. Her character in the show generated positive recognition among the viewers, and was voted as the Best Onscreen Couple along with CN Blue's Kang Min-hyuk at the 2013 DramaFever Awards.

In 2014, Krystal joined the ballad group SM the Ballad, initially formed by SM Entertainment in 2010. On the group's 2nd album Breath, she sang the Japanese version of the title track "Breath" with TVXQ's Changmin. She also sang a duet with EXO's Chen for the song "When I Was... When U Were...". Krystal performed her duet with Chen live at the SM The Ballad Joint Recital on February 12. In March, she made a cameo appearance in Potato Star 2013QR3. Go Kyung-pyo noted on having the singer's cameo as "a joyful memory to remember". Krystal then released the song "Say Yes" for the movie Make Your Move, a collaboration with Jessica and EXO's former member Kris. In June, Krystal along with her sister Jessica, were featured in the reality show, Jessica & Krystal. The show took on a more close-up and personal side of the two sisters, addressing their public "cold" image and sisterly bond. Later in the year, Krystal had her first leading role in the SBS's drama My Lovely Girl, alongside Rain and L (Kim Myungsoo). She portrayed a character named Se Na, who moves from the countryside to Seoul to pursue a music career and ends up meeting a fateful love during the process. Commenting on Krystal's work attitude, Director Park Hyung Ki stated "Despite taking on a difficult character, she shows her determination to pull it off through her gaze to the point you can see sincerity in Krystal when she’s in front of the camera."She released a solo single "All Of A Sudden" for the drama's OST. Krystal won the "Most Popular Actress in TV" award at the 51st Baeksang Art Award for her acting performance in the drama.

In 2015, Krystal was cast, along with actor Seo Jun-young in a 10-minute film entitled, Listen To My Song for W Korea's 10th anniversary. Krystal was also casted in the upcoming Chinese movie, along with EXO's Lay. On November 28, a SM Entertainment representative announce that Krystal has been cast as the female lead from the Chinese drama Graduation Season. On December it was revealed that her upcoming Chinese movie would be titled Unexpected Love.

Discography Edit

Year Album Song Duration Other artist(s)
2009 KBS2 Invincible Lee Pyung Kang OST "Hard but Easy" 03:51 Luna
2010 KBS God of Study OST "Spread Its Wings" 03:56 Luna & Amber
KBS Cinderella's Sister OST "Calling Out" 04:22 Luna
Melody Project Part II – Moderato "Melody" 04:21 N/A
2011 SBS Sign OST "Because of Me" 03:15 N/A
MBC Sunday Night;– Enjoy Today OST "Grumbling" 04:24 Lee Teuk
2012 SBS To the Beautiful You "Butterfly" 03:01 Jessica
2014 SM the Ballad Vol. 2 – Breathe "When I Was... When U Were..." 03:54 Chen
"Breath" (Japanese Ver.) 04:30 Changmin
Make Your Move OST "Say Yes" 03:58 Jessica & Kris
My Lovely Girl OST "All Of A Sudden" 04:27 N/A

Filmography Edit

Television drama Edit

Year Title Role Network Notes
2010 More Charming By The Day Jung Soo Jung MBC Supporting Role
2011 Welcome to the Show Herself SBS Cameo
2011–2012 High Kick: Revenge of the Short Legged Ahn Soo Jung MBC Supporting Role
2013 The Heirs Lee Bo Na SBS Supporting Role
The Miracle[45] Lee Bo Na SBS Supporting Role
2014 Potato Star 2013QR3 Noh Soo Jung tvN Cameo / Episode 81
My Lovely Girl Yoon Se Na SBS Leading Role
2016 Graduation Season TBA TBA Leading Role; Chinese drama

Films Edit

Year Title Role Notes
2012 I AM. – SM Town Live World Tour in Madison Square Garden Herself Documentary of SM Town.
2015 Listen To My Song 10-Minute Film in celebration of W Korea's 10th Anniversary.
SMTOWN The Stage Documentary of SM Town.
2016 Unexpected Love TBA Leading Role; Chinese movie

Variety shows Edit

Date Channel Title Episode Role Notes
2010–2011 KBS2 Dream Team 2 22, 29, 32, 55 Guest Krystal & Minho win the Couple Dream Team in episode 22. Krystal makes a record high jump of 1.95m during episode 32.
Arirang TV The M-Wave Host Krystal is a host along with Thunder of MBLAQ
2011 SBS Kiss & Cry 1–14 Winner Starring: Krystal, IU, Kim Yuna, Shin Dong-yup, Jin Ji-hee, Kim Byung-man, Lee Ah-hyun, Lee Kyu-hyuk, Park Jun-geum, Seo Ji-seok, Son Dam-bi, and U-Know Yun-ho
SBS Strong Heart 88 & 89 Guest Taecyeon once asked Krystal to have her singing featured in "Hands Up". However, she had to decline as the song contains lyrics about drinking and clubbing, and Krystal was still a minor at the time.
2012 SBS Running Man 93 & 94 Winner along with Gary Guest Star: f(x)'s Krystal, Kara's Gyuri & SeungYeon, 4Minute's HyunA, MissA's Suzy. Krystal receives a pure gold tiara.[51]
2013 OnStyle Project Runway Korea 9 Guest Judge Project Runway Korea All Stars. Krystal is a guest judge. The winning dress is featured in Krystal's 1st Look magazine photoshoots (May 2013 Edition)
2014 OnStyle Jessica & Krystal 1-10 Regular Cast with her sister Jessica, featuring daily activities of the two sisters[35]
SBS Running Man 214 Winner along with team "My Lovely Girl" My Lovely Girl special episode

Awards and nominations Edit

Year Award Category Nominated work Result 2010
MBC Entertainment Awards
Best Newcomer in a Sitcom or Comedy More Charming By The Day Won
16th Seoul International Youth Film Festival
Best Young Actress The Heirs Nominated
7th Style Icon Awards
Top 10 Style Icons with Jessica Jung N/A Nominated
SBS Drama Awards
Excellence Award, Actress in a Miniseries My Lovely Girl Nominated
51st Baeksang Arts Awards
Most Popular Actress (TV) Won
Fashionista Awards
Best Female Fashionista (First prize) N/A Won

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