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Joy (조이) is a South Korean singer and actress under SM Entertainment. She is a member of the girl group Red Velvet.

She made her solo debut on May 31, 2021 with the special album Hello.



During her second year of middle school, she fell in love with music and the stage when she performed on stage for the school festival. That was when her friends suggested her to audition and she decided to become a singer.[1] Joy then auditioned for SM Entertainment through the SM Global Audition in Seoul in 2012 and passed.[2]

2014-2016: Debut with Red Velvet, We Got Married

She debuted as a member of Red Velvet on August 1, 2014 with the group's first digital single "Happiness".

In June 2015, Joy became part of the cast of the fourth season of the MBC show, We Got Married, and was partnered with BTOB member Yook Sungjae.[3] They released a collaborated single, "Young Love", on April 16, 2015. Joy and Yook Sungjae left the show in May 2016 and became the longest-running couple that the show has ever had.[4] They went on to win the New Star Award and Best Couple at the MBC Entertainment Awards.[5]

2017: Acting debut

In 2017, she made her acting debut as the female lead on the tvN drama The Liar and His Lover.[6] For her performance in the drama, she won the Newcomer Award at the OSEN Cable TV Awards.

In July 2017, Joy appeared on King of Mask Singer where she won her first round of the singing competition program and performed under the alias of Bandabi.[7]

2018-2019 Two Yoo Project Sugar Man, Tempted

Joy joined as an MC for the second season of JTBC's Two Yoo Project Sugar Man, which began airing in January 2018.[8] In 2018, she played the main female lead in the MBC drama, Tempted, which aired from March to May.[9] For her performance on Tempted, she was nominated for Best Actress and Rookie of the Year at the MBC Drama Awards.[10] In July 2018, Joy became one of the MC's on Lifetime's new show, Pajama Friends.[11] Six months later, it was announced that Joy was picked to be one of the main MC's, alongside Jang Yoon-ju, for OnStyle's beauty variety show, Get It Beauty.[12] In December, Joy joined the SBS basketball variety show, Handsome Tigers, where she was the manager of the basketball team.[13]

2021: Animal Farm, Hello, The One and Only

On June 6, Joy made her first appearance on the SBS variety show TV Animal Farm and was introduced as the new MC.[14]

On May 12, 2021, Star News reported that Joy would be releasing her first solo album at the end of the month. Her agency, SM, confirmed that she is working on a remake album and that a detailed schedule will be announced soon.[15] On May 17, it was announced that Joy would be releasing her debut special album, Hello, on May 31.[16]

Joy made her acting return on December 20 in the JTBC drama, The One and Only.[17]

Personal life


On August 23, 2021, Sports Chosun reported that Joy and Crush were dating. An hour later, both agencies confirmed and commented that they recently began dating with good feelings toward each other.[18][19]


Special albums

Digital singles






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

Television dramas

  • Descendants of the Sun (KBS, 2016) - Cameo, Episode 16
  • The Boy Next Door (Naver TV Cast, 2017) - Cameo, Episode 7-8
  • The Liar and His Lover (tvN, 2017)
  • Tempted (MBC, 2018)
  • The One and Only (JTBC, 2021-2022)

Variety shows

  • We Got Married (with Yook Sungjae) (MBC, 2015-2016)
  • Trick & True (KBS, 2016-2017) - since Episode 5
  • Oppa Thinking (MBC, 2017) - Pilot Episode
  • King of Mask Singer (MBC, 2017) - as "Bandabi" (Episodes 121-122)
  • Sugar Man 2 (JTBC, 2018) - MC
  • Pajama Friends (Lifetime, 2018) - MC
  • Get It Beauty 2019 (OnStyle, 2019) - MC
  • Salty Tour (tvN, 2020) - Guest Evaluator (Episodes 105-107)
  • Handsome Tigers (SBS, 2020) - Manager
  • Happy Together 4 (KBS2, 2020) - Guest (Episode 65)
  • Salty Tour (tvN, 2020) - Guest Evaluator (Episodes 116-119)
  • Animal Farm (SBS, 2021-present) - Host

Producing & writing credits

Artist Song Album Type
Joy and Yook Sung-jae "Young Love" N/A Writing[20]


In 2018, Joy and Sungjae were named models for the Fitz Super Clear beer.[21]. Since 2019, Joy is currently the muse of pro Korean makeup brand eSpoir.[22] In 2020, Joy was named the new official model and face of Aveda, and continued to be the muse of eSpoir Makeup. In March 2022, Joy was revealed as the new model for Lacto-Joy[23]

  • Fitz Super Clear (2018)
  • Espoir (2019)
  • UGGLife (2019)
  • Aveda (2019)
  • Tods (2021)
  • Calvin Klein (2021)
  • Athé (2022)
  • Lacto-Joy (2022)

Awards and nominations

Year Category Nominee/work Result
Brand Customer Loyalty Awards
2020 Best Female Variety Idol Joy Nominated[24]
MBC Drama Awards
2018 Best Actress Joy (Tempted) Nominated[25]
Rookie of the Year Nominated[25]
MBC Entertainment Awards
2015 New Star Award Joy & Sungjae (We Got Married) Won[5]
Best Couple Won[5]
OSEN Cable TV Awards
2017 Newcomer Award Joy (The Liar and His Lover) Won[26]


  • Joy has had various nicknames including: Doongdoongie, Malgeumie, Cute Joy, Miss Korea, and Sexy Dynamite.[27]
  • After receiving praise for performing a cover of the Korean rock band Cherry Filter’s song "Flying Duck", Joy was influenced to become a singer.[28]
  • She wasn’t part of the SM Rookie’s pre-debut team.[29]
  • Joy has been ranked as the top girl group member in terms of brand value in March 2018, May 2018, January 2020, and February 2020.[30]
  • Joy was confirmed by K-pop Radar to be the K-pop artist with the most Instagram followers who opened an account in 2019.[31]
  • In February 2020, Joy was invited as a VIP guest of Michael Kors to attend New York Fashion Week, with Vogue Magazine calling Joy "one of K-pop’s brightest stars" and stating that she "could moonlight as a model".
  • In 2020, Joy donated 10 million won for the Community Chest of Korea to help support those affected by the 2019–20 coronavirus pandemic.[32]
  • Joy wanted to be a kindergarten teacher or veterinarian when she was younger.[1]
  • Her favorite color is green and also serves as her symbolic color.[1]
  • If she was to compare herself to a fruit, she would be an apple.[1]
    • When she made her debut, her fans commonly called her "green apple" but Joy says as she ages she is turning into a "red apple".[1]


Main article: Joy (Red Velvet)/Gallery


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 YouTube: Why did Joey of Red Velvet shed tears during the interview?《Showterview with Jessi》 EP.51 by Mobidic
  2. Koreaboo: Here’s How Each Red Velvet Member Was Discovered, And Signed To SM
  3. Soompi: We Got Married Announces Air Date For Yook Sungjae And Joys First Episode
  4. Soompi: Yook Sungjae And Joy Put On Tearful Goodbye Concert On “We Got Married”
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 (KR) Nate News: 곽시양·조이·초아 3人, 뉴스타상 공동수상 (MBC연예대상)
  6. Koreaboo: Red Velvet’s Joy To Make Her Acting Debut Alongside Lee Hyun Woo
  7. OSEN: "King of the Mask Singer"
  8. Soompi: “Sugar Man 2” Producer Says He Was Pleasantly Surprised By Red Velvet’s Joy And Park Na Rae
  9. Soompi: Red Velvet’s Joy Turns Into A Bright, Hard-Working Student For “Tempted”
  10. Newsen: "MBC Drama Awards 2018"
  11. Soompi: Song Ji Hyo, Jang Yoon Joo, Red Velvet's Joy, & Cosmic Girls's Cheng Xiao starring in new variety 'Pajama Friends'!
  12. Soompi: Red Velvet’s Joy To Join Jang Yoon Ju For New Season Of “Get It Beauty”
  13. Allkpop: Red Velvet's Joy becomes a manager for the Handsome Tigers basketball team
  14. Allkpop: Red Velvet's Joy confirmed to join SBS show 'TV Animal Farm' as an MC
  15. Soompi: Red Velvet’s Joy Confirmed To Make Solo Debut With Remake Album
  16. @RVsmtown on Twitter (May 17, 2021)
  17. (KR) Naver: '한 사람만' 조이, 안방극장 성공적 컴백…싱그러운 매력
  18. Naver (KR): 공식 SM측 "조이♥크러쉬, 호감 갖고 만나는 중"
  19. Soompi: Breaking Red Velvet's Crush and Joy Reportedly Dating
  20. (KR) Genie: Album Information
  21. Soompi: "BTOB's Yook Sungjae and Red Velvet's Joy named as models for beer brand"
  22. MyDaily: "Espoir Unveils Joy as New Muse"
  23. (KR) Naver: 종근당건강 락토조이 오늘비움 1박스(10개입)
  24. [1]
  25. 25.0 25.1 Newsen: "MBC Drama Awards 2018"
  26. Star Daily News: '제2회 더 서울어워즈', 소녀시대 서현-레드벨벳 조이 인기상 두고 각축전
  27. Fakta dan Kebiasan Unik Joy Red Velvet Ini Wajib Kalian Tahu
  28. Watch We Got Married Couple Red Velvet's Joy and BTOB’s Yook Sungjae from This Week
  29. Koreaboo: Some Red Velvet Fans Believe That Joy is A Clone, They Have Alleged Proof
  30. Allkpop: Joy Tops Brand Value Ranking for Girl Group Members
  31. Herald POP: 방탄소년단, 2019년 케이팝 레이더 선정 뮤비 조회수 최대 뱃지 획득‥월드클래스 성적
  32. Newsen: 레드벨벳 슬기-조이-예리, 코로나19 확산방지 위해 3천만원 기부(공식)

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