Irene 아이린 is the leader, main rapper, and main dancer of Red Velvet.
Irene was born Bae Joohyun 배주현 on Friday, March 29, 1991. She's Red Velvet's oldest member. The age gap between her and the maknae, Yeri, is 7 years, 11 months, and 5 days.
She was born in the Chinese Year of the Ram and her zodiac star sign is Aries. She's 161 cm or 5'3½" tall. Irene, Seulgi, and Joy all share the blood type A.
She attended Haknam High School. She's from Daegu.
Irene was cast as an SM trainee in 2009 through a public audition, then trained for 5 years. Before debuting with Red Velvet, she was introduced as a member of the SM Rookies in 2013. SM released a video of Irene and Seulgi dancing to "Be Natural," a song originally performed by SM's group S.E.S., showcasing their dancing.
She appeared in several SM Ent. videos, including Henry Lau's "1-4-3 (I Love You)," Shinee's "Why So Serious," and Kyuhyun's "At Gwanghwamun." From May 2015 to June 2016, she co-hosted "Music Bank" with Park Bogum. Irene made her acting debut in August 2016 in the web drama "The Female Employees of a Game Company" as the female lead Ahreum. On October 22, 2016, Irene premiered as the host of OnStyle's fashion show "Laundry Day." In the same month, she became a panelist on a the KBS show "Trick & True" with Wendy.
Irene modeled for Ivy Club together with label mates Exo in 2015. In 2016, she endorsed coffee brand Maxwell House.
Irene's favorite artist is BoA. She was close with f(x)'s Amber as a trainee.
She has a younger sibling.
Irene has a habit of cooking seaweed soup for her members' birthdays.