Red Velvet Multitalented Princess, Joy

Joy is the fourth member of Red Velvet who debuted on 1 August 2014. Although her group seemed to debut in rush, Joy actually has a lot of talents to offer which people certainly cannot be ignored and underestimated. Thus, in this article Channel-Korea will provide all about Red Velvet’s Joy, such as her latest profile, her preferences, her overall discography, her dramas, her friendship with other K-pop idols and celebrities, and her appearance on variety shows. So, stay tuned!

Red Velvet Joy Full Profile


Real Name: Park Soo Young

Stage Name: Joy (pronounced as jo-i)

Nickname: Doongdoongie, cute Joy, malgeumi (bright), queen of selca (self-portrait)

Date of Birth: Seoul, 3 September 1996

Age: 23 (Korean age) / 22 (International age)

Nationality: South Korean

Height: 168 cm

Weight: 43 kg

Blood Type: A

Zodiac Sign: Virgo

Chinese Astrology: Rat

Siblings: 2 (younger sisters Park Ji Young and Park Min Ji)

Position: Vocalist, Lead Rapper, Lead Dancer

Designated Color in Red Velvet: Green

Specialty: Dancing, singing trot (Korean folk song), and excels talents in other fields

Personality: Quiet and tentative when alone, but joke a lot when people are around

Training Time: 2 years

What does Red Velvet Joy like?


Color: Red

Food: Chicken, pizza without crust, meat

Ice Cream Flavor: Vanilla, Mint

Animal: Dog

Dream Job: Dog Trainer

Activity: Take a self-portrait with cellphone, collecting lip balm

Number: 31

Singer: Ariana Grande

Song: Daydreamin and music by Ariana Grande

Hobby: Watching movies, singing good songs, watching dog training videos and Red Velvet- related videos

Activity: Walking alone, drinking coffee to relieve stress

Clothes: Comfortable clothes, for example, a cardigan over a dress

Habits: Spacing out

Celebrity Crush: actor Kang Dong Won

Ideal Type: Someone who lives by the rules, works hard on their stuff, has a clear thought of their own, has a personality of a real man, has sexy lips and big hands, reliable, fits perfectly with her and would not look at other people

Facts That You Have to Know About Red Velvet Joy

  • Joy was chosen as a trainee on SM Global Audition in Seoul in 2012.
  • Joy was not the part of SM Rookies, hence the mysterious vibe when she first appeared as Red Velvet member.
  • Joy chooses her stage name as Joy because she wanted to live up as someone who is full of joy and happiness.
  • Joy participated in a beauty pageant contest when she was a child.
  • Joy is a perfectionist and likes to plan things ahead of time.
  • Joy can imitate the voice of Mr. Krabs from Spongebob Squarepants.
  • Joy is said to have resemblance with child actress Kim Yoo Jung.
  • Joy graduated from School of Performing Arts Seoul on 11 February 2015
  • Joy used to struggle with her dancing pre-debut
  • Joy learned how to dance from her senior labelmate, Super Junior’s Eunhyuk who is indeed known as the dancing machine of their company.
  • When Joy debuted with Red Velvet, her father said that she looked scary because she smiled too much. In contrast, Joy did not actually smile because she did not know how to act cute at that time.
  • Joy’s nickname was ‘snob’ because she did not really smile in her early days.
  • Joy is known as the fangirl of TVXQ which name is otherwise known as Cassiopeia.
  • Joy is also seen to jam other idol songs such as BTS, iKon, and Wanna One when she attended annual award ceremonies.
  • Joy thinks that the toughest part of her day is when she has to brush her teeth.
  • Joy said that she wanted to stay in China.

Red Velvet Joy Discography Compilation


Although her position in Red Velvet is not as the main vocalist, Joy has a pleasant voice so that when she sings, the people who listen to hear will feel at ease. Here you may check Joy during her career in Korean music industry!


2015 – Young Love (a duet with ‘We Got Married’ partner and BTOB Sungjae)


2016 – Always In My Heart (a duet with former member 2AM Seulong)


2017 – Yeowooya (original soundtrack of The Liar and His Lover)

2017 – I’m Ok (a duet with Lee Hyun Woo for the original soundtrack of The Liar and His Lover)

2017 – Your Days (original soundtrack of The Liar and His Lover)

2017 – Shiny Boy (original soundtrack of The Liar and His Lover)

2017 – Waiting for You (original soundtrack of The Liar and His Lover)

2017 – The Way to Me (original soundtrack of The Liar and His Lover)

List of Red Velvet Joy Drama


Not only singing and dancing, Joy also ventured to the acting field. As of 2018, she has starred on two Korean dramas. The first drama is titled ‘The Liar and His Lover’ which is the Korean adaptation of a Japanese manga (comic) titled ‘Kanojo wa Uso o Aishisugitery’ by Kotomi Aoki. In this drama, Joy’s character is named as Yoon So-rim, a female student with a great voice who falls in love with Kang Han-kyeol, a great composer who hides his identity. In this drama, Joy acted with actor Lee Hyun-woo (acted as Kang Han-kyeol) who has three years age gap with her.


Until this article being written, Joy is planned to star in MBC ‘Great Temptation’ with actor Woo Do-hwan who has four years age gap with her. Not only Woo Do-hwan, Joy also will act with her labelmate actress Moon Ga-young and actor Kim Min-jae. According to the news site, the first broadcast of ‘Great Temptation’ is planned on 12 March 2018


Red Velvet Joy’s Hair Style: Ombre


When she debuted with Red Velvet in 2014, Joy dyed her hair in a green ombre which signifies her designated color in the group. Soon, the ombre hair became a new trending and Joy’s green ombre hair was often referred by people who want to have the same hair.


Red Velvet Joy’s Hair Style: Short


Joy cut her hair firstly when Red Velvet came back with their ballad track ‘One Of These Nights’. Then, she cut it even shorter in a short bob after she was cast on tvN ‘The Liar and His Lover’ drama. Well, Joy’s beauty cannot be gone even after the drastic haircut, don’t you think so, dear readers?


Red Velvet Joy’s Hair Style: Blonde


Joy changed her hair color to be blonde when Red Velvet came back with their playful electronic track ‘Russian Roulette’ in 2015. Not only changing her hair color, Joy also cut her bangs to be the choppy bangs, which made her look like a giant kid. Don’t you think so, dear readers?


Red Velvet Joy’s Hair Style: Red


Joy changed her hair color to be red when Red Velvet came back with their most successful track ‘Red Flavor’ in 2016. Many people find Joy’s red hair refreshing and praised the change her hair color because it made her looks like one of Disney’s princesses, Ariel the Mermaid. Don’t you agree that Joy looks like the mermaid princess, dear readers?


Red Velvet Joy’s Quotes

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Even though she looks cheerful, Joy is also a person who is thoughtful and has a wise characteristic. It is proven when she gave an advice to her fans: “Go slow so you can go faster later”, which purpose is to encourage people who feel that they are lacking in comparison to their other fellow, which many of them are able to relate.

In addition, just like her name, Joy also shared her insight regarding happiness. She said, “People always search for happiness, but if you look around seeing people happy, you will notice that happiness is everywhere. It is not as far as it seems to be.”. By this statement, we can conclude that Joy thinks that happiness is not hard to earn and feel because even the most simple thing is able to make people happy and at ease.

Red Velvet Joy Friendship With K-pop Idols and Celebrities


Even though she has been together for years with Red Velvet members, Joy also befriends to idols from different groups. Joy’s most well-known friends are her schoolmates GFRIEND Yerin and Apink Hayoung. The first appearance of the trio friendship was seen when they were sitting closely in the graduation ceremony of School of Performing Arts Seoul in 2015. Don’t you agree that this trio of Joy, Yerin, and Hayoung consist of top-tier visuals?


Not only on their high school graduation ceremony, Joy and Hayoung were also seen to take a picture together on the backstage of MBC’s year-end show ‘Gayo Daejejeon’ in 2014. At that time, Joy was just debuted with Red Velvet, whereas Hayoung was already on her third year on Korean entertainment industry. In addition, both Joy and Hayoung were performing Park Ji-yoon’s ‘Adult Ceremony’ along with AOA Chanmi. Here you may watch Joy, Hayoung, and Chanmi’s performance video of ‘Adult Ceremony’.

Recently, Joy was also seen to greet and hug Yerin publicly on KBS’s year-end show ‘Gayo Daechukje’ in 2017. After finishing the performance, Yerin instantly embraced Joy and whispered quietly in Joy’s ears. This is what we call as girls’ squad!


Joy also quietly started her friendship with BLACKPINK members, Rose and Lisa, which is seen undoubtedly on the ending stage of SBS year-end show ‘Gayo Daejun’. You can watch Joy, Rose, and Lisa’s cute interaction on this video.

Although not really known by many people, Joy is also the classmate of BAP’s youngest member, Zelo. When they were graduated from their high school, School of Performing Arts Seoul, Joy and Zelo were seen sitting beside each other.  Don’t you think that they look good, dear readers?


Joy started her friendship with ASTRO Cha Eunwoo when both of them became the guests of MBC ‘Oppa Thinking’. When she was asked about his friends on Korean entertainment industry, Joy confirmed that Cha Eunwoo is indeed listed as one of her close friends. When they were in public sight, both Joy and Cha Eunwoo were not hesitant to greet each other, proving that they are really close friends.


BTOB Changsub became the good friends of Red Velvet’s Joy as both of them met on MBC ‘We Got Married’ as the virtual in-law due to Joy’s past status as the virtual wife of Changsub’s fellow member, Sungjae. Just like her friendship with ASTRO Cha Eunwoo, Joy is not hesitant to greet Changsub whenever they meet on the public event, which one of those moments occurred on Dream Concert in 2016.


Joy is also the close friend of actor Lee Seo-won whose character in ‘The Liar and His Lover’ drama fell for Joy’s character. They become good friends even after the drama ended. On one occasion of an interview, Lee Seo-won reminisced Joy as someone who has a clear and vitamin-like voice, positive vibe and energy, and an overall happy virus who energizes the entire set when she is there.


Not only with actor Lee Seo-won, Joy is also the good friends of actor Park Jong-hyuk who became Joy’s friends on tvN ‘The Liar and His Lover’. On one occasion, Joy playfully forced Park Jong-hyuk who is younger than her to call her the formal term ‘noonim’ while saying ‘I love you’. In addition, Joy and Park Jong-hyuk also hang out occasionally, which you can see in the picture below.


Red Velvet Joy Appear on ‘Running Man’


It is no doubt that SBS ‘Running Man’ is one of the most well-known Korean variety show which has been starred by so many Korean celebrities, including Joy. As of now, Joy has appeared two times on ‘Running Man’. Joy’s first appearance on ‘Running Man’ is on episode 268 in 2015. Joy appeared by wearing the uniform while bringing a dosirak (lunchbox). In the episode, Joy is the partner of Lee Kwang-soo.


There is one funny moment of Joy which happened in the episode. As we may have known, the dancing session in a variety show is not alien as it will make the atmosphere of the event even more ecstatic. The same thing happened in this episode of ‘Running Man’ when Joy danced like a zombie which made the rest of ‘Running Man’ members and other guests laughing hysterically.


The second time Joy appeared on SBS ‘Running Man’ is on episode 457 in 2017. Unlike her previous appearance, this time Joy is together with her fellow Red Velvet’s member, Irene, and her labelmate of SM Entertainment, Super Junior’s Leeteuk, Donghae, Eunhyuk, and Yesung.


Just like in her previous appearance, this time Joy shows off her dance titled ‘Slapping Dance’ while dancing with male guests such as HaHa, Lee Kwang-soo, and Super Junior members, Donghae, Eunhyuk, and Leeteuk, which made the atmosphere of the show become more jubilant. Unexpectedly, this dancing session caused Lee Kwang-soo’s cell phone broke because he unconsciously dropped the device and stomped on it several times, which made the situation even more hilarious.


Red Velvet Joy on ‘We Got Married’


Not only SBS ‘Running Man’, Joy also guested on MBC ‘We Got Married’. However, unlike her temporary appearance on ‘Running Man’, Joy became the permanent guest on the fourth season of ‘We Got Married’ as one of the couples. In the show, Joy was partnered with BTOB Sungjae as a married couple. Despite being younger by a year, in their first meeting, Joy acted like a noona (a term of an older woman which is called by a younger man) to Sungjae, which made him kind of flustered. In addition, Joy and Sungjae’s first meeting is not usual either because Joy appeared while popping out of a really big box which made Sungjae surprised. Here you may watch the video of Joy and Sungjae’s surprising first meeting on MBC ‘We Got Married’.

During their partnership on MBC ‘We Got Married’, Joy and Sungjae received the couple nicknames such as ‘YookJoy couple’ and ‘Bbyu couple’. In addition, Joy and Sungjae did many kinds of activity as a couple, such like taking a driver license test, harvesting on a farm, went to a night club as Joy turned into the legal age of 20 years old (in South Korea, legal age means that someone is considered as a true adult so he or she can drink alcohol beverage, goes to a night club, and do everything that only adults can commit), decorating their home apartment with home-made decoration, celebrating their wedding ceremony as a carnaval party, and etc. Here you may watch the video of Joy and Sungjae’s wedding ceremony on MBC ‘We Got Married’.

Not only appeared on ‘We Got Married’, both Joy and Sungjae attended MBC Entertainment Awards in 2015. In the event, Joy and Sungjae performed a cover of Bruno Mars’s Marry You. Here you may watch Joy and Sungjae’s performance of Marry You.

Not only performing a cover song on an award show, Joy and Sungjae also released their own song titled Young Love. Here you may watch the music video of Joy and Sungjae’s Young Love.

Unfortunately, Joy and Sungjae’s virtual marriage had to meet its end on episode 188. The tearful farewell made their supporters sad as well but hopefully, Joy and Sungjae keep maintaining the close relationship that began with the show!

Red Velvet Joy Popularity Ranking


Currently, Joy is placed on the second rank in the term of popularity among all Red Velvet members. Joy’s popularity is owned by her countless variety shows participation on several broadcast stations in South Korea. MBC ‘We Got Married’ obviously played the biggest part in skyrocketing Joy’s status as an idol group member because the time slot of the show is on weekend, which is considered as the prime time when many viewers turn on their television while spending time with their family.


Not only her variety show appearance, Joy even becomes more popular after successfully dieted and lost a considerable amount of fat on her body. As we have probably known, Joy used to struggle to maintain her weight, especially during ‘Dumb Dumb’ era in 2015. The viewers of music shows criticized Joy’s big thighs and thick body which are not pleasant to look at. After achieving her ideal weight, Joy is continuously praised by the netizens and becomes the body goal. Hopefully, Joy does not lose more weight in the future because she already looks beautiful the way she is.

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