Irene (아이린) is a South Korean singer, rapper, and actress under SM Entertainment. She is the leader of the girl group Red Velvet and a member of its sub-unit Red Velvet - Irene & Seulgi.



On December 9, 2013, Irene was revealed as a trainee under SMROOKIES, alongside Lami and Jaehyun.[1]

2014: Debut with Red Velvet

On August 1, she debuted as a member of Red Velvet with the digital single "Happiness".

2020: Debut with Red Velvet - Irene & Seulgi

On April 21, SM Entertainment confirmed that Irene and fellow member Seulgi would be debuting in the group's first sub-unit.[2] On May 26, the name of the unit and its debut mini album, Monster, as well as their official logo was revealed across Red Velvet's social media accounts.[3] The sub-unit officially debuted on July 6 with their first mini album Monster.

On July 16, SM Entertainment confirmed that Irene will be making her movie debut with a lead role in the upcoming movie "Double Patty".[4] Irene is set to play an aspiring anchor named Lee Hyunji.[5]

Personal life

Attitude controversy

On October 20, 2020, editor and stylist Kang Kook Hwa published a lengthy post on Instagram on an incident in which a female idol verbally attacked her. It was speculated that it was either Red Velvet's Irene or Seulgi as the post finished with the hashtags "Psycho" and "Monster".[6][7] On the 22nd, Irene posted an apology on Instagram on her behavior while SM posted a statement confirming the news and stated that Irene had personally met with the stylist to apologize.[8]





  • SMTown: The Stage (2015)
  • Trolls World Tour (2020)
  • Double Patty (TBA)

Television dramas

  • Descendants of the Sun (KBS2, 2016) - cameo

Web dramas

  • The Female Employees of a Game Company (Naver TV, 2016)

Variety shows

  • Music Bank (MBC, 2015–2016) - MC
  • Laundry Day (OnStyle, 2016–2017)
  • Music Bank World Tour: Singapore (KBS2, 2017) - MC
  • Music Bank World Tour: Jakarta (KBS2, 2017) - MC
  • Korean Popular Culture & Arts Awards (2017) - MC
  • KBS Song Festival (KBS2, 2017) - MC
  • SBS Super Concert in Taipei (SBS, 2018) - MC
  • KBS Song Festival (KBS2, 2019) - MC

Music video appearances


  • NIKE Women Korea (2013)
  • Burberry "Art of the Trench" Korea (2013)
  • Ivy Club (with EXO) (2014)
  • Swarovski Bracelets (with Seulgi) (2014)
  • Rosemont Jewelry (with Seulgi and Yeri) (2016)
  • Maxwell House Colombiana Coffee (2016–2018)
  • NUOVO (2017–2019)
  • Age Of Ring (2017)
  • Hyundai Motors (2017)
  • HAZZYS Accessories (2018)
  • Cooper Vision (2018)
  • Lemona Vitamin C (2018)
  • Dongwon YangBan (with Wendy) (2018–present)
  • Hite Jinro Chamisul Soju (2019–present)
  • Miu Miu (2019–present)
  • Damiani (2019–present)
  • Clinique (2020)
  • Prada (2020)


  • She was a trainee for 5 years, joining SM Entertainment in 2009.[9]
  • She is the most flexible out of the other members of Red Velvet.[citation needed]
  • Her favorite color is purple.[citation needed]
  • She can't eat chicken. She said whenever she eats chicken, she turns pale and her head starts hurting. She believes her body doesn't accept it.[citation needed]
  • She doesn't like coffee.[citation needed]
  • She was nominated for "The 100 Most Beautiful Faces of 2020".[10]


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