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8 Facts About Uhm Jung Hwa That Might *Surprise* You

Did you know she once launched her own lingerie line?
8 Things You Need To Know About Veteran Actress Uhm Jung Hwa

When I saw Park Seo Joon in Fight For My Way, I made it my mission to watch everything he's been in (I know fans can relate to this). It didn't take long for me to land on A Witch's Love, which was, I'm embarrassed to say, the first time I ever saw Uhm Jung Hwa in action. Considering the drama came out in 2014, I was two decades behind everyone else when it came to appreciating her talents! So what did I miss?

In 1989, she began her career as a chorus member on MBC, but it wasn't until 1993 that she really took off. Jung Hwa landed a role in the romance film On A Windy Day, We Must Go To Apgujeong and made her music debut—a studio album called Sorrowful Secret—in the same year! She ruled the '90s with hits like "Sad Expectation," "A Love Only Heaven Permits," "Rose of Betrayal," and "Tell Me." Her fourth studio album, Invitation, was a game-changer, though. It gave the world "Poison" and "Invitation"arguably two of her most popular songs.

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[MV] (Um Junghwa) - (Invitation)

In the 2000s, she switched up her music style, and her fans loved that she was open to experimenting with her artistry. Her first EP, D.I.S.C.O, was released in 2008, and it featured none other than BIGBANG's T.O.P, while the remixed version was with G-Dragon. After D.I.S.C.O, she took a long hiatus and wowed everyone with her comeback album, The Cloud Dream of the Nine, in 2017.

T.O.P X Uhm Jung Hwa - ‘D.I.S.C.O’ in 2016 SBS Gayodaejun

It was also around this time that Jung Hwa took on more acting roles. Many remember her characters in films like Marriage Is A Crazy Thing, Singles, Princess Aurora, Dancing Queen, Seducing Mr. Perfect, and Haeundae. She even has *two* Baeksang Arts Awards for Best Actress!

This year, the multihyphenate is part of the star-studded cast of Our Blues. A highly anticipated drama, it revolves around the lives of neighbors and friends who all live on Jeju Island. Uhm Jung Hwa shared that she is extremely excited to be working with veteran actresses Kim Hye Ja and Go Doo Shim.

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Interesting facts about singer, actor, and dancer Uhm Jung Hwa:

  1. Uhm Jung Hwa was born on August 17, 1969.
    Which makes her a Leo. If you have a Leo in your life, then you know, they are hard to miss because of their "fiery personalities, heart-centered passion, and domineering emotions."They put 100 percent in everything they do and are unafraid to commit–especially at work. Sounds just like Jung Hwa, right?

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  2. She is a cancer survivor.
    She was diagnosed with thyroid cancer and had to undergo surgery for treatment in 2010. Unfortunately, this left her with some damaged nerves. While promoting her album on Yoo Hee Yeol's Sketchbook in 2017, the singer-actor said, "I thought there might be problems if I revealed that I had hurt my throat and so I just endured them by myself. One part of my vocal cords became paralyzed and I couldn't talk for eight months. I was so confused and taken aback. I couldn't talk, couldn't sing, and there was nothing that I could do. That time was so difficult for me. I didn't get any shots to fix my vocal cords and instead practiced to overcome it."

  3. She is part of the *project group* Refund Sisters.
    In 2020, Uhm Jung Hwa joined forces with singers and good friends Lee Hyori, Jessi, and MAMAMOO’s Hwasa. It was a part of MBC's variety show, Hangout With Yoo. Their debut single, "Don't Touch Me,"  topped the Gaon chart.


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    In the music video, Jung Hwa wore an outfit that paid homage to her performance of "Eye." Though definitely exciting, the process wasn't without its own set of challenges. For instance, Jung Hwa worked with a famous voice coach, Noh Young Joo, and she said she felt insecure about her voice because of what her health went through: "The vocal cords won’t stick together and keep coming apart. Air keeps slipping through. I thought I would go crazy because my voice wasn’t coming out the way I wanted. I thought it was the end for me."

    But when she pulled off all the notes for the song, she couldn't help but sob. "I'm sorry. I feel so embarrassed. I think that I didnt look hard enough for how I could improve. I could only think about how my voice wouldnt work as well as before, so I kept getting stuck in that rut. I feel so embarrassed about that now that [I cried]," she said.

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  4. Her brother is also in the entertainment industry.
    Uhm Jung Hwa's younger brother is Uhm Tae Woong. He started acting shortly after Jung Hwa's debut but found it difficult to make a name for himself. It wasn't until the mid-2000s that he gained recognition for his roles in Resurrection and The Devil.

    He is married to ballerina Yoon Hye Jin, and they welcomed their daughter Uhm Ji On in 2013.
  5. Uhm Jung Hwa is really interested in fashion.
    She even launched her own lingerie line in 2007, wanting to launch 70 online and offline stores in South Korea. Her online brand was called Zhum in New York and the offline one was Corner Suite. Her goal was to make women feel "luxuriously feminine," which is why she focused on lingerie that "exuded confidence and sex appeal."

  6. She once said she feared marriage.
    While promoting her 2015 film, Miss Wife, Uhm Jung Hwa opened up about what she thinks of marriage: "I think that kids are all beautiful and married life would be great, but on the other side of that there's child care, and I think I've always had the fear that I might not be able to raise a child and work at the same time. While doing this movie, I must admit that I've developed a fantasy about marriage. I've come to feel that having a loving husband, kids, and a household to manage is a really cool thing."

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  7. Her advice for people in their twenties and thirties? Just go for it.
    Uhm Jung Hwa is no stranger to feelings of self-doubtshe has had her fair share of worries. So her advice for people who are still figuring it out is: "I'd like for people in their twenties and thirties to always think of themselves as cool and admirable. I used to think that I wouldn't be able to do the things I wanted to do because of my age. But as you can see, I'm still doing them." It is never too late to pursue a passion or a dream!

  8. You can find her on Instagram!
    We are happy to report that Uhm Jung Hwa is very active on IG. Follow her @umaizing to see photos of her favorite eats, friends from the industry, and of course, her pet dog!

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