Krystal (크리스탈 / 정수정; also known by her full name Krystal Jung or Jung Soo-Jung) is a Korean-American singer, actress and model under H& Entertainment. She is also a member of the girl group f(x). She made her acting debut in 2010 in the drama "More Charming By Day". She is fluent in both English and Korean.
Krystal was born in San Francisco, California, where her family from South Korea settled in the 1980s. During a family trip to South Korea in early 2000, when Krystal was five years old, she and her sister Jessica Jung were spotted while shopping at a Lotte Department Store by a talent agency SM Entertainment. The agency saw potential in both Krystal and her sister and 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. Therefore, her parents at first only allowed her older sister to join the agency, who debuted as a member of girl group Girls' Generation in august 2007.
In 2002, Krystal began appearing modeling in several television commercials, she first appeared with Korean actress Han Ga-In in a Lotte commercial CF. In 2006, her parents allowed her to join SM Entertainment and the agency enrolled her in dance classes, including hip hop and jazz. Also she appeared in several music videos like Shinhwa's "Wedding March" (2000), Rain's "Still Believe" (2006) and SHINee's "Juliette" (2009).
She attended Korea Kent Foreign School and Hanlim Multi Arts School after moving to Korea. Krystal was currently admitted to Sungkyunkwan University and will be attending in 2013 along with KARA's Ji Young. They majored in acting/theater.
A teaser trailer of f(x) was released via YouTube on August 24, 2009. The group's debut digital single "LA chA TA" was released on September 1, followed by a 40-second teaser of the corresponding music video revealed on YouTube. The group debuted on September 2 in a showcase specifically designed to introduce the group, in an event held at the Samseong-dong Fashion Center. On September 5, f(x) had their first broadcast performance on MBC's music show Music Core.
In 2010, Krystal appeared on TV show "Let's Go Dream Team 2", where she broke a high jump record that had been set on the show 10 years ago. She now holds the Korean women's high jump record of 1.95m.
In 2010, she was given a minor role in the TV sitcom "More Charming by the Day". She was also a host of The M-Wave with fellow artist Thunder from MBLAQ.
In 2011, she competed on Seoul Broadcasting System's skating reality show "Kim Yuna's Kiss & Cry". During the episode that aired on August 14, 2011, Krystal and her skating partner Lee Dong Hun won the competition, earning them the opportunity to skate at Kim Yuna's ‘Samsung Galaxy★Hauzen All That Skate Summer 2011‘ ice show.
Krystal also appeared in "High Kick! Season 3", a Korean television series, portraying the role of Ahn Soojung in the third season of the popular daily series.
In 2013, Krystal Jung starred in the SBS teen drama "The Heirs", playing the role of a spoiled yet kind-hearted wealthy high school student. Her character in the show generated positive recognition among viewers and she was voted as the Best Onscreen Couple along with CNBLUE'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 titled "When I Was... When U Were...". 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.
Later in the year, Krystal got her first leading role in the SBS's drama "My Lovely Girl", alongside with singer and actor Rain. 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 also released a solo single "All of a Sudden" for the drama's OST. At the Baeksang Arts Awards, Jung won the "Most Popular Actress" award in the television category for her role in the drama.
On February 12, 2017, it was reported that Krystal would 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. In July, Krystal starred in tvN's drama spin-off of the Korean manhwa "Bride of the Water God". The same year she starred in the black comedy drama "Prison Playbook", produced by Reply PD Shin Won-ho; she received good reviews for her performance. Krystal also was named 'Woman of the Year' by GQ Korea magazine.
In 2018, Krystal was cast as the female lead in OCN's crime action drama Player.
In 2019 she was cast in the independent drama film "More Than Family" and romantic comedy film "Sweet & Sour".
In 2020, Krystal was cast in OCN's military cinematic drama "Search", where she played an elite army officer.
After reports began swirling of Krystal departing SM Entertainment, SM responded that their contract with her would expire by the end of August 2020, and they were in discussions with her for a possible renewal. Krystal's departure from SM was officially announced in October 2020 and signed with H& Entertainment as her new agency.
In 2021, Krystal starred in KBS2's drama "Police University", playing Oh Kang-Hee, a freshman at National Police University, alongside Cha Tae-hyun and former B1A4 Jinyoung.
In 2022, Krystal starred in KBS2's romantic-comedy-drama "Crazy Love" alongside Kim Jae-Wook. In the same year she was casted for Kim Jee-Woon's expected comeback film "Cobweb".
In 2023 Krystal made her debut at 76th Cannes International Film Festival with the cast of "Cobweb". "Cobweb" had a sucessful screening at Cannes Film Festival, the cast and director received a long standing ovation of about 10 to 12 minutes after the screening.