Jung Yu-mi is a South Korean actress who is best known for her performances in the K-dramas ‘Reply 1994’ (2013), ‘Discovery of Love’ (2014), and ‘The School Nurse Files’ (2020), and films ‘Train to Busan’ (2016) and ‘Kim Ji-young: Born 1982’ (2019).
Jung Yu-mi was born on Tuesday, January 18, 1983 (age 37 years; as of 2020), in Busan, South Korea. Her zodiac sign is Capricorn. She graduated as a student of the Department of Film at Seoul Institute of the Arts, Ansan.
Eye Color: Black
Hair Color: Black
Family, Ethnicity & Relationships
Not much is known about her family. In 2018, there were ongoing rumors that she was getting married to the South Korean actor Gong Yoo. A few months after the rumors were circulated, their agency, Management SOOP, cleared the air and said the rumors to be false.
She has also been rumored to be in a relationship with the South Korean actors Yoo Ah-in, Eric Mun, and Kang Ha-neul.
- Management Donghaeng (till January 2016)
- Management Soop (March 10, 2016 – Present)
Yu-mi started her acting career with the short film ‘Tell Her I Love Her’ in 2003, and further appeared in the short films How to Operate a Polaroid Camera (2004), A Puppy, Our Family (2008), Lost in the Mountains (2009), The Winter Pianist (2013), and Ladies of the Forest (2017). She made her feature film debut with ‘A Bittersweet Life’ (2005) in the role of ‘Mi-ae.’
She gained huge popularity after she appeared as ‘Cho In-young’ in the film ‘Blossom Again’ (2005).
She has also acted in the feature films: Family Ties (2006), Chaw (2009), My Dear Desperado (2010), The Crucible (2011), Train to Busan (2016), and Kim Ji-young: Born 1982 (2019).
In 2007, she made her television debut in the role of ‘Han Eun-soo’ in the series ‘Que Sera, Sera.’
She has also played memorable roles in the films: I Need Romance 2012 (2012), Reply 1994 (2013), Discovery of Love (2014), Live (2018), and The School Nurse Files (2020). Yu-mi also made appearances in the variety shows Youn’s Kitchen (2017), Youn’s Kitchen: Season 2 (2018), and Summer Vacation (2020).
Awards & Achievements
KBS Drama Awards
- Excellence Award, Actress in a Miniseries for ‘Discovery of Love’ in 2014
- Netizen Award, Actress for ‘Discovery of Love’ in 2014
- Best Couple Award with Eric Mun for ‘Discovery of Love’ in 2014
- Excellence Award, Actress in a One-Act Drama Special for ‘The Great Gye Choon-bin’ in 2010
- Women in Film Korea Award for Best Actress for the film ‘Kim Ji-young: Born 1982’ in 2019
- Grand Bell Award for Best Actress for the film ‘Kim Ji-young: Born 1982’ in 2019
- Korea World Youth Film Festival – Award for Favorite Film Actress for the film ‘The Table’ in 2017
- Busan Film Critics Award for Best Actress for the film ‘Our Sunhi’ in 2013
- Cine 21 Award for Best Actress for the film ‘Our Sunhi’ in 2013
- Golden Cinematography Award for Best Actress for the film ‘My Dear Desperado’ in 2011
- Buil Film Award for Best Actress for the film ‘Okie’s Movie’ in 2011
- Baeksang Arts Award Best New Actress for the film ‘Blossom Again’ in 2006
- Blue Dragon Film Award for Best Supporting Actress for the film ‘Family Ties’ in 2006
- Korean Association of Film Critics Award for Best New Actress for the film ‘Blossom Again’ in 2005
In 2018, after it was announced that she would be cast as the lead in the feminist film ‘Kim Ji-young: Born 1982,’ critics and her supporters started to criticize her for her film choice. Her Instagram account was filled with critical comments, and some even lashed out at her for being too good-looking for the theme of the film. Korea Herald
- She loves dogs and has a pet dog. She is often seen talking about and posting pictures with her pet dog on her Instagram account.
- She has also modeled for brands such as Samsung Fire Insurance, Benefit Cosmetics, Samsung Card, and Laura Mercier.
- She has been featured in the music video of the songs ‘Zero Gravity’ and ‘Holding Onto You’ by South Korean singers Zion T. and Sung Si-kyung, respectively.
- Jung Yu-mi and the South Korean actress Jeong Yu-mi (born in 1984) are often confused with each other due to their names, which are written and spoken in the same manner in Korean.