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Irene (Korean: 아이린; Japanese: アイリーン) 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.



In 2009, Irene went with her friend to a SM Entertainment audition when she was in High School. Later that day, she received a call from SM Entertainment telling her that they wanted her to join the company. Irene recalls that she was on her way to get ddeokbokki when she got the call.[2]

Irene made an appearance in fellow labelmate Henry's music video for his song "1-4-3".[3]


On December 9, 2013, Irene was revealed as a trainee under SMROOKIES, alongside Lami and Jaehyun.[4]

2014-2017: Debut with Red Velvet, solo activities

On August 1, 2014, she debuted as a member of Red Velvet with the digital single "Happiness".

Irene was the MC for the KBS music show Music Bank alongside Park Bo Gum from May 2015 to June 2016.[5] The two are known for their chemistry with each other and as being one of the most popular MC duos.[6] Irene made her acting debut in the web drama, Women at a Game Company, where she played the female lead Ah Reum. The drama aired from July 25, 2016 to August 1, 2016.[7][8] She played a detective on, Hello! Our Language which is a comedy show to help teach people proper Korean.[9] It was announced on October 14, 2016 that Irene would be one of the MC's for the Onstyle TV fashion variety show, Laundry Day.[10] The show aired from October 22, 2016 until January 7, 2017.[11]

2020: Debut with Red Velvet - Irene & Seulgi

On April 21, 2020, SM Entertainment confirmed that Irene and fellow member Seulgi would be debuting in the group's first sub-unit.[12] 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.[13] The sub-unit officially debuted on July 6 with their first mini album Monster.

On July 16, SM Entertainment confirmed that Irene would be making her movie debut with a lead role in the upcoming movie "Double Patty".[14] Irene is set to play an aspiring anchor named Lee Hyunji.[15] The movie started premiering in theaters on February 17, 2021.[16]

2022: Irene Work & Holiday

On July 25, 2022, it was announced that Irene would star in her own web variety show, Irene Work & Holiday. Episodes will be posted on Seezn every Thursday and Friday at 6pm KST starting on August 4.[17]

2024: Contract renewal, photo exhibition, upcoming release

On February 7, 2024, SM Entertainment announced that Irene renewed her contract with them.[18]

On April 3, it was announced that Irene will be holding her first solo photo exhibition between April 26 and May 5.[19]

On May 8, SM Entertainment announced that Irene will be releasing a mini album in the third quarter of the year.[20]

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".[21][22] 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.[23]


Mini albums

  • TBA (2024)



  • "Double Patty OST" ("A White Night") (2021)



  • SMTown: The Stage (2015)
  • Trolls World Tour (2020)
  • Double Patty (2021)

Television dramas

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

Web dramas

  • The Female Employees of a Game Company (Naver TV, 2016)
  • Irene Work & Holiday (Seezn, 2022)

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


On August 28, 2023, 2ªN revealed Irene as the brand's newest muse.[24]

  • 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)
  • 2ªN (2023)


  • She was a trainee for 5 years, joining SM Entertainment in 2009.[25]
  • She is the most flexible out of the other members of Red Velvet.[26]
  • She is the shortest member among all the members of Red Velvet.[27]
  • Her favorite color is purple.[28]
  • 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.[29]
  • She doesn't like coffee.[29]
  • She was nominated for "The 100 Most Beautiful Faces of 2020".[30]
  • Irene donated 100 million won to Daegu Social Welfare Community Chest to help prevent and overcome the spread of COVID-19.[31]
  • She is Red Velvet's fake maknae (she is very carefree, likes to create and make a mess and likes to talk in a baby voice with the other members of the group).[32][33]


Main article: Irene (Red Velvet)/Gallery


  1. 한류타임스: 레드벨벳 아이린
  2. Koreaboo: Here’s How Each Red Velvet Member Was Discovered, And Signed To SM
  3. Soompi: Henry Releases “1-4-3 (I Love You)” MV Featuring Amber of f(x)
  4. Soompi: SMRookies Reveals Three More SM Trainees, Lami, Irene, and Jaehyun
  5. (KR) Joongboo: 역대급 케미' 박보검·아이린, 뮤직뱅크 떠난다 24일 막방…후임은 누구? '관심 UP↑'
  6. Kbizoom: Park Bo Gum and Red Velvet’s Irene are called the legendary MC duo of weekly music show by netizens
  7. (KR) Naver: '컬투쇼' 아이린 "연기 재밌다..기회되면 계속 하고싶어"
  8. Soompi: Web Drama Starring Red Velvet’s Irene Surpasses 2M Views
  9. (KR) Naver: 레드벨벳 아이린, `안녕 우리말` 출격
  10. Koreaboo: Red Velvet’s Irene to MC fashion program “Laundry Day”
  11. (KR) Stoo Asiae: '런드리데이' 아이린 첫MC 도전, 엑소 시우민 옷장을 열까(종합)
  12. Soompi: Seulgi And Irene Confirmed To Debut As Red Velvet's 1st Unit Group
  13. @RVsmtown on Twitter (May 26, 2020)
  14. Soompi: Red Velvet’s Irene To Make Silver-Screen Debut In New Coming-Of-Age Film
  15. Soompi: Red Velvet’s Irene And Shin Seung Ho Share Thoughts As They Begin Filming For New Movie
  16. Soompi: Watch: Red Velvet’s Irene And Shin Seung Ho Head Toward Their Dreams Together In “Double Patty” Trailer
  17. (KR) Single List : 레드벨벳 아이린, 솔로 예능 워크앤홀리데이 25일 첫 공개
  18. Soompi: Red Velvet’s Irene Renews Contract With SM Entertainment
  19. (KR) Herald Pop: 레드벨벳 아이린, 데뷔 첫 단독 사진전 개최..화보집 출시까지(공식)
  20. Soompi: SM Entertainment Announces Comeback Plans For 2nd And 3rd Quarter Of 2024
  21. Korea JoongAng Daily: Red Velvet's Irene, Seulgi embroiled in power abuse allegations
  22. Korea JoongAng Daily: Red Velvet's Irene, Seulgi embroiled in power abuse allegations
  23. Soompi: Red Velvet’s Irene Apologizes After Accusations About Her Behavior
  24. @2an_official_jp on Twitter (August 28, 2023)
  25. K-popped!: (Exclusive) Know More About SM Entertainment's Red Velvet!
  26. Koreaboo: Red Velvet Seulgi tried to mimic Irene’s flexibility and surprised herself with the result
  27. Koreaboo: 9+ K-Pop Idols With The Most Unexpected True Heights, According To Fans
  28. Koreaboo: The Touching Story Behind Why Red Velvet Irene’s Favorite Color Is Purple
  29. 29.0 29.1 Koreaboo: Red Velvet’s Irene Hates Coffee and Fried Chicken, Does CF Anyways
  30. @tccandler on Instagram (April 26, 2020)
  31. (KR) Naver: (단독) 레드벨벳 아이린, 코로나19 성금 1억 쾌척…"힘내세요 대구!"
  32. KpopStarz: 20 K-Pop Idols Who Are The “Fake Maknaes” of Their Groups Due to Their Child-Like Aura
  33. Koreaboo: TOP 10 Female Fake Maknae Idols Voted By Fans

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