Park Jin-young (entertainer, born 1994)

Park Jin-young (born September 22, 1994), better known mononymously as Jinyoung,[1] and formerly as Jr.[2] and Junior,[3] is a South Korean singer, actor, and songwriter.[2][4] He is a member of the boy band Got7 and boy band duo JJ Project.[3] He made his acting debut in the drama Dream High 2 (2012) followed by a series of supporting roles until he landed a main role in He Is Psychometric (2019). He made his film debut in the independent film A Stray Goat (2016).

Jinyoung
Jinyoung for GQ Korea in July 2021.jpg
Jinyoung for GQ Korea in July 2021
Born (1994-09-22) September 22, 1994 (age 26)
Jinhae-gu, Changwon, South Korea
EducationHowon University
Occupation
  • Singer
  • actor
  • songwriter
AgentBH Entertainment
Musical career
GenresK-pop, J-pop
InstrumentsVocals
Years active2012–present
Labels
Associated acts
Korean name
Hangul
Hanja
Revised RomanizationBak Jin-yeong
McCune–ReischauerPak Chinyŏng

BiographyEdit

Park is a native of Udo Island, Jinhae-gu, Changwon.[5][6][7] He had childhood ambitions to be an entertainer and appear on TV since his fifth year of primary school.[8][9] His mother was against it and, when Park was attending his sixth year,[10] she sent him to an audition for SM Entertainment, agreeing that, if he failed, he would give up;[9] however, he made it to the third and final preliminary round and won the popularity award.[9] As the family's opposition diminished,[9] the same year he started taking dance classes at Busan Dance School in Seomyeon,[11][12] although he didn't take it seriously for the first three months until his father reproached him.[8] After three months of intense practice, he was able to dance,[8] and in 2009 he successfully auditioned for JYP Entertainment, winning first place at the open audition with Jay B over 10,000 applicants.[9][13] At that time he only liked dancing, but, thinking seriously about his future, he realized that he loved music as a whole.[8][14]

CareerEdit

2011–2014: Acting, JJ Project and debut with Got7Edit

In 2011, after six months of acting classes,[12] Park was cast in the role of Jung Ui-bong in the television drama Dream High 2.[15] The drama began airing on January 30, 2012 on KBS.[16] On February 29, he released the song "We Are The B" for the drama's soundtrack, along with Jinwoon, Kang So-ra and Kim Ji-soo.[17]

In May 2012, Park and fellow trainee JB debuted as the duo JJ Project with the single album Bounce.[18] On March 11, 2013, it was announced that he would be appearing as Ddol-yi on MBC's new drama When a Man Falls in Love,[19] which aired for twenty episodes beginning April 3.

On January 16, 2014, Park debuted as a vocalist in JYP Entertainment's new boy group Got7.[20] Their first EP was released soon after on January 20 and Park made the choreography for one of the songs, "Follow Me".[21]

2015–2017: Hosting and acting rolesEdit

In 2015, he was cast in a supporting role in the drama This is My Love, which aired on JTBC from May 29 to July 18.[22][23] The same year in March he was hired as official host for M Countdown alongside Shinee's Key, group member BamBam and CNBLUE's Jung-shin.[24] Park left his position as MC in March 2016 to focus on activities with Got7, including the group's first worldwide concert tour.[25]

In 2016, Park was cast as the male lead in the independent film A Stray Goat, directed by Cho Jae-min: in the film, he played a high school student who moves to the town of Goseong where he meets a girl, who is an outcast because of rumors and suspicions about her father.[26][27] The movie was theatrically released on March 1, 2017 and premiered at the 17th Jeonju International Film Festival.[28][29][26]

In September 2016, he was cast for a supporting role in the drama Legend of the Blue Sea, where he portrayed the teenage version of Lee Min-ho's character, the protagonist of the series.[30][31]

In February 2017, SBS announced Park, NCT's Doyoung, and Blackpink's Jisoo as the new fixed MCs of Inkigayo.[32][33]

2018–2020: Transition to leading rolesEdit

 
He Is Psychometric cast at the press conference on March 5, 2019 (L-R): Kim Kwon, Kim Da-som, Shin Ye-eun & Jin-young

In December 2018, Park landed his first lead role in the fantasy rom-com drama He Is Psychometric alongside Kim Kwon, Kim Da-som and Shin Ye-eun.[34]

In 2020, Park starred in the television series When My Love Blooms alongside Yoo Ji-tae, Lee Bo-young and Jeon So-nee,[35] and was cast in the movie Yaksha: Ruthless Operation as the youngest member of a team of spies in foreign countries dedicated to overseas missions.[36][37] In August, Park was confirmed as the main lead in the upcoming tvN drama Devil Judge alongside Ji Sung as associate judge Kim Ga-on.[38][39][40]

2021-present: Departure from JYPE and solo activitiesEdit

On January 28, 2021, it was announced that he signed an exclusive contract with BH Entertainment, an agency founded by actor Lee Byung-hun, following his departure from JYP Entertainment.[41]

On July 22, 2021, he was confirmed to star in the upcoming tvN drama Yumi's Cells as the popular boy alongside Kim Go-eun. The series is based on the webtoon of the same title and will be released in the second half of 2021.[42]

On July 29, 2021, he released a new digital single "Dive" through various domestic and international music sites as gift for fans. The song is based on the sound of the band and was self-written and self-composed. Also, the special clip was released on 1theK Originals official Youtube channel.[43] Five days later, he made his debut on the Billboard World Digital Song Sales Chart with "Dive" entering at number 12, becoming his first song to debut on this chart and his first entry on the Billboard chart.[44]

Personal lifeEdit

He attended Gyeonggi High School and Howon University.[45][46]

Other venturesEdit

PhilanthropyEdit

In February 2020, it was reported that Park had donated an undisclosed amount of money to wild animals affected by fires in Australia.[47] In August 2020, he donated 20 million won to the Hope Bridge Disaster Relief Association to help flood victims in South Korea.[48]

DiscographyEdit

SingleEdit

Year Title Peak position Sales
(DL)
Album
KOR
Gaon

[49]
US
World

[50]
2021 "Dive" [a] 12 Non-album single
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.

Soundtrack appearancesEdit

Year Title Peak chart
positions
Sales
(DL)
Album
KOR
Gaon

[49]
2012 "We are the B" (B급 인생)(with Kang So-ra, 2AM's Jeong Jinwoon and Kim Ji-soo)
13[52]
Dream High 2 OST
2018 "Hold Me" (이렇게)[54] N/A Top Management OST
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.

FilmographyEdit

FilmEdit

Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2016 Sanctuary Jin-young Thai short film [55]
2017 A Stray Goat Jo Min-sik Film debut
2019 Princess Aya Prince Bari animated, Korean dubbed [56]
TBA Yaksha: Ruthless Operation Jung-dae [57]
High Five [58]

Television seriesEdit

Year Title Network Role Notes Ref.
2012 Dream High 2 KBS2 Jung Ui-bong Under JYPE
2013 When a Man Falls in Love MBC Ddol-yi
2015 Dream Knight Youku Tudou Junior Korean-Chinese web series by JYPE and Youku Tudou [59]
This is My Love JTBC 17-year-old Ji Eun-ho / Park Hyun-soo
2016 Legend of the Blue Sea SBS teenage Heo Joon-jae / Kim Dam-ryung
2019 He Is Psychometric tvN Lee Ahn
Melting Me Softly Jang Woo-shin Cameo (Ep. 14) [60]
2020 When My Love Blooms young Han Jae-hyun
2021 The Devil Judge Kim Ga-on/Kang Isaac [61]
Yumi's Cells Yoo Ba-bi / Bobby [62]

Web seriesEdit

Year Title Network Role Notes Ref.
2015 This is My Love: The Beginning Naver TV Cast 17-year-old Ji Eun-ho/Park Hyun-soo
2017 Magic School JTBC Nara [63][64]

HostingEdit

Year Channel Show Ref.
2015-2016 Mnet M! Countdown [24]
2017-2018 SBS Inkigayo [65]

Variety showEdit

Year Channel Show Notes Ref.
2018 MBC Living Together in Empty Room Cast member with Han Hye-yeon and Block B's P.O [66]

Music videosEdit

Year Title Artist Director Notes
2012 "We are the B" (B급 인생) Jr., Kang So-ra, 2AM's Jeong Jinwoon, Kim Ji-soo Dream High 2 OST
2018 "My Youth" Got7 Naive Creative Production Solo song from Got7's album Present: You
"Hold Me" (이렇게) Park Jin-young Top Management OST

Awards and nominationsEdit

Name of the award ceremony, year presented, category, nominee of the award, and the result of the nomination
Award ceremony Year Category Nominee / Work Result Ref.
APAN Music Awards 2020 Male Entertainer Award Park Jin-young Nominated
Asia Artist Awards 2020 Popularity Award - Actor Won [67]
Potential Award - Actor Won [68]
Baeksang Arts Awards 2017 Most Popular – Actor (Film) A Stray Goat Nominated [69]
Max Movie Awards 2017 Rising Star Award Nominated [70]
StarHub Night of Stars 2019 Favourite Korean Drama Male Character He Is Psychometric Won [71]

BibliographyEdit

PhotobooksEdit

  • Hey Guys, JYP Entertainment and Copan Global (2019), UPC 8809686161287
  • Hear, Here, JYP Entertainment and Copan Global (2020), UPC 8809686168118

NotesEdit

  1. ^ "Dive" did not enter the Gaon Digital Chart, but appeared at number 54 on the component Download chart.[51]

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