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.
In November 2010, Jung passed the auditions to become a member of A Pink, specifically as the group’s main vocalist. She was revealed to the public as A Pink’s 4th and last member on March 10, 2011, through the social mediaplatform Twitter. In the introduction video, she sang her rendition of Jennifer Hudson‘s “Love You I Do“. She had not received any professional training prior to joining A Pink, and had trained for only 6 months with the group.
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. 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. Jung said her perky character shared some similarities to her own personality and Busan background, which helped her act naturally. The role won her several awards, including the 49th Baeksang Arts Awardfor Best New TV Actress.
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. The show ran from November 16, 2012 to March 17, 2013.
Jung was then cast in a supporting role in the 2013 melodrama That Winter, The Wind Blows. 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.
In 2014, she starred in another musical, the stage adaptation of 2004 series Full House. 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.