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Jung for Marie Claire Korea in May 2018
Chrystal Soo Jung[1][2]

(1994-10-24) October 24, 1994 (age 24)[1]
San Francisco, California, United States[1]
  • Singer
  • actress
  • model
Years active2009–present
RelativesJessica Jung (sister)
Musical career
Also known as
  • Jung Soo-jung[3]
Years active2009–present
LabelsSM Entertainment
Associated acts
Korean name
크리스탈 정
Revised RomanizationKeuriseutal Jeong
McCune–ReischauerK'ŭrisŭt'al Chŏng
Korean name
Revised RomanizationJeong Su-jeong
McCune–ReischauerChŏng Su-chŏng

Chrystal Soo Jung (born October 24, 1994),[1][2] professionally known as Krystal, is an American singer and actress based in South Korea. She debuted in 2009 as a member of South Korean girl group f(x) and has further participated in S.M. Entertainment's project group S.M. The Ballad. Aside from group activities, she has also acted in various television dramas such as The Heirs (2013), My Lovely Girl (2014), Prison Playbook (2017) and Player (2018).

Early life

Krystal was born as Chrystal Soo Jung in San Francisco, California,[1][2] 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, Krystal and her sister Jessica Jung were spotted by talent agency S.M. Entertainment, which earned her a cameo appearance in Shinhwa's "Wedding March" music video. The agency offered Krystal and her sister singing and dancing lessons in order to professionally train them for a singing career. However, the offer was turned down by her parents, who reasoned that Krystal was too young, so they only allowed her sister to join the agency at first. Her sister later debuted as a member of the girl group Girls' Generation. The Jung sisters have since appeared together in many events.[4][5]

In 2002, Krystal began appearing in television commercials. She first appeared in a Lotte commercial with South Korean actress Han Ga-in.[6] 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.[7][8]

After moving to South Korea, Krystal attended Korea Kent Foreign School,[9] then graduated from Hanlim Performing Arts High School on February 7, 2013, where she was honored with an achievement award.[10] She is currently attending Sungkyunkwan University, majoring in theatre.[11]


2009–2013: Career beginnings

Krystal with bandmate Victoria Song, at the SM Town Live World Tour III in August 2012.
Krystal with bandmate Victoria Song, at the SM Town Live World Tour III in August 2012.

Krystal debuted as the lead vocalist of the South Korean girl group f(x) in September 2009.

In March 2010, Krystal participated in a series of music videos under the Melody Project, playing a young student who is in love with her music teacher.[citation needed] She released a solo single titled "Melody" for this project.[citation needed] Krystal then became a host for the music show The M-Wave with Thunder from MBLAQ.[12][13] 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.[14]

In 2011, Krystal participated and won first place in SBS's figure-skating show Kiss & Cry.[15] She also starred in the sitcom High Kick 3, playing the role of a superficial and shallow girl who does not have much depth of feelings.[7]

In 2013, Krystal starred in the SBS teen drama The Heirs, playing the role of a spoiled yet kind-hearted wealthy high school student.[16] Her character in the show generated positive recognition among viewers, and she was voted as the Best Onscreen Couple along with CN Blue's Kang Min-hyuk at the 2013 DramaFever Awards.[17]

2014–present: S.M. The Ballad and acting

In 2014, Krystal joined the ballad group S.M. the Ballad, initially formed by S.M. 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 titled "When I Was... When U Were...".[18] Krystal performed her duet with Chen live at the S.M. The Ballad Joint Recital on February 12.[19] In June, Krystal, along with her sister Jessica, was featured in the reality show, Jessica & Krystal. The show took on a more close and personal side of the two sisters, addressing their public image and sisterly bond.[20]

Krystal at the Jeju K-Pop Festival, in October 2015.
Krystal at the Jeju K-Pop Festival, in October 2015.

Later in the year, Krystal got her first leading role in the SBS's drama My Lovely Girl, alongside Rain and L (Kim Myungsoo).[21] She portrayed a girl who moves from the countryside to Seoul to pursue a music career and ends up meeting a fateful love during the process.[22] 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."[23] She released a solo single "All Of A Sudden" for the drama's OST.[24] At the Baeksang Arts Awards, Krystal won the "Most Popular Actress" award in the television category for her role in the drama.[25]

In 2015, Krystal starred alongside actor Seo Jun-young in a 10-minute film entitled, Listen To My Song for W Korea's 10th anniversary.[26] Krystal was also cast in leading roles in an upcoming Chinese movie, titled Unexpected Love along with EXO's Lay;[27] and in the Chinese drama Graduation Season.[28]

On February 12, 2017, it was reported that Krystal will release the collaboration single "I Don't Wanna Love You" with Glen Check's member June One Kim. The song was revealed for the first time on February 14 at the re-opening of a clothing store in Seoul, and then be released online at midnight KST on February 15.[29] In July, Krystal starred in tvN's drama spin-off of the Korean manga Bride of the Water God.[30][31] The same year she starred in the black comedy drama Wise Prison Life, produced by Reply PD Shin Won-ho; she received good reviews for her performance.[32][33] Krystal was named 'Woman of the Year' by GQ Korea.[34]

In 2018, Krystal was cast as the female lead in OCN's crime action drama Player.[35][36]



Title Year Peak chart positions Sales Album
As lead artist
"Melody" 2010 N/A Melody Project Part II – Moderato
"I Don't Wanna Love You"
(with June One Kim of Glen Check)
2017 Non-album single
"When I Was... When U Were..."
(with Chen)
2014 31 SM the Ballad Vol. 2 – Breath
"Breath" (Japanese Ver.)
(with Changmin)
Soundtrack appearances
"Hard but Easy"(with Luna) 2009 N/A Invincible Lee Pyung Kang OST
"Spread Its Wings"(with Luna X Amber) 2010 God of Study OST
"Calling Out"(with Luna) Cinderella's Sister OST
"Because of Me" 2011 Sign OST
"Grumbling"(with Leeteuk) Sunday Night – Enjoy Today OST
"Butterfly"(with Jessica) 2012 22 To the Beautiful You OST
"Say Yes"(with Jessica X Kris) 2014 N/A Make Your Move OST
"All Of A Sudden" 25 My Lovely Girl OST
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.


Television series

Year Title Role Network Notes
2010 More Charming By The Day Jung Soo-jung MBC
2011 Welcome to the Show Herself SBS Cameo
2011–12 High Kick: Revenge of the Short Legged Ahn Soo-jung MBC
2013 The Heirs Lee Bo-na SBS
2014 Potato Star 2013QR3 Jung Soo-jung tvN Cameo (episode 81)[42]
My Lovely Girl Yoon Se-na SBS
2016 Legend of the Blue Sea Min-ji Cameo (episode 1)[43]
2017 The Bride of Habaek Moo-ra tvN
Prison Playbook Ji-ho
2018 Player Cha Ah-ryung OCN
TBA Graduation Season Ye Ran TBA Chinese drama


Year Title Role Notes
2012 I AM. – SM Town Live World Tour in Madison Square Garden Herself Documentary of SM Town[44]
2015 Listen To My Song 10-Minute Film in celebration of W Korea's 10th Anniversary.
SMTOWN The Stage Documentary of SM Town
2018 Unexpected Love Fei Yan Chinese movie

Variety show

Year Network Title Episode Role Ref.
2011 SBS Kiss & Cry 1–14 Contestant
2014 OnStyle Jessica & Krystal 1–10 Regular cast

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
10th 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
2nd DramaFever Awards
Best Couple with Kang Min-hyuk Won
7th Style Icon Awards
Top 10 Style Icons (with Jessica Jung) Jessica & Krystal Nominated
22nd SBS Drama Awards
Excellence Award, Actress in a Miniseries My Lovely Girl Nominated
51st Baeksang Arts Awards
Most Popular Actress (TV) Won
1st Fashionista Awards
Best Fashionista (First prize) N/A Won
InStyle Star Icon[45]
Most Stylish Female Idol Won
Jumei Award Ceremony 2016[46]
Fashion Icon Goddess Award Won
2nd Fashionista Awards
Best Fashionista (First prize) Won
Korea Fashion Photographers Association
Celebrity of the Year – Photogenic Won
3rd Fashionista Awards[47]
Best Fashionista – TV & Film Division The Bride of Habaek Won


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  3. ^ "f(x)'s Koala Episode 2". f(x)'s Koala (in Korean). Seoul, South Korea. October 9, 2010. approx 3 minutes in. MBC Every1.
    • A screenshot of Krystal's Korean passport is shown
  4. ^ Studarus, Laura (June–July 2014). "Seoul Sisters – For Girls' Generation's Jessica Jung and f(x)'s Krystal Jung, Singing is the family business". Nylon magazine.
  5. ^ "제시카-크리스탈 9년전 SM 동반 길거리캐스팅 비화 공개" [Girls' Generation's Jessica & f(x)'s Krystal got casted on the street by SM Entertainment]. Newsen (in Korean). 12 September 2009.
  6. ^ "Han Ga In & Krystal filmed a commercial together". 19 March 2012.
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  12. ^ "엠블랙 천둥 'F(x)의 무대 기대해주세요~". BNT News (in Korean). 18 May 2010.
  13. ^ Sang-Hee Han (3 May 2010). "Arirang TV to present global K-pop show". The Korea Times.
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  18. ^ "SM the Ballad back for more". Korea JoongAng Daily. 5 February 2014.
  19. ^ SM ballad artists serenade fans in joint recital The Korea Herald. (13 February 2014). Retrieved on 2015-01-09.
  20. ^ "Jessica and Krystal move in together". Korea JoongAng Daily. 26 May 2014.
  21. ^ "Krystal of f(x) to Star with Rain in New Drama". The Chosun Ilbo. 2 September 2014.
  22. ^ "'My Lovely Girl' blends K-pop eye-candy and romance". Kpop Herald. 15 September 2014.
  23. ^ "'내그녀' 감독 "크리스탈, 카메라 앞에선 연기 진정성 묻어나"" [Director of My Lovely Girl: "Krystal has a great passion towards the drama…authentic"] (in Korean). Sports Donga. 2 September 2014.
  24. ^ "크리스탈, '내겐 너무 사랑스러운 그녀' OST 참여…월말평가에 부른 '울컥' 정오 공개" [Krystal's My Lovely Girl OST to be released] (in Korean). Etoday. 25 September 2014.
  25. ^ "Lee Min-ho, Park Shin-hye, Lee Jong-suk win Most Popular awards". Kpop Herald. 27 May 2015.
  26. ^ "f(x)'s Krystal to act in short movie 'Please Listen to My Music'". MSN. The Jakarta Post. February 11, 2015. Archived from the original on May 27, 2015.
  27. ^ "EXO's Lay, f(x)'s Krystal star in Chinese film". The Korea Times. 7 October 2015.
  28. ^ "Krystal takes steps to expand acting career". Korea JoongAng Daily. 30 November 2015.
  29. ^ "Krystal, Kim June One showcase art works". Kpop Herald. 7 March 2017.
  30. ^ "'하백의 신부' 측 "남주혁·신세경·크리스탈·공명 출연확정" [공식입장]". Sports Donga (in Korean). 23 February 2017.
  31. ^ "'Bride of the Water God' cast pose at press event". Kpop Herald. 27 June 2017.
  32. ^ "정경호·성동일·정수정, 신원호PD '감빵생활' 캐스팅 완료(공식)". Joins (in Korean). 2018-10-12.
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  37. ^ Gaon Chart
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  39. ^ Cumulative sales for "When I Was... When U Were...":
  40. ^ Cumulative sales for "Butterfly":
  41. ^ Cumulative sales for "All Of A Sudden":
  42. ^ "f(x)'s Krystal to Cameo on 'Potato Star'". enewsWorld. 27 February 2014.
  43. ^ "Krystal makes cameo on 'Legend of the Blue Seas'". Kpop Herald. 17 November 2016.
  44. ^ "Documentary Shows Top K-Pop Singers Behind the Scenes". The Chosun Ilbo. 2 May 2012.
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  46. ^ "Victoria, Krystal receive Chinese fashion award". Kpop Herald. 1 March 2016.
  47. ^ ""올해는 누구?" 2017 패셔니스타 어워즈, 더욱 뜨겁게 돌아온다". Naver (in Korean). 13 October 2017.

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