Ryu Hwa-young

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Ryu Hwa-young
2017 아시아 모델 페스티벌 레드카펫 (57).jpg
Ryu Hwa-Young in 2017.
Born (1993-04-22) April 22, 1993 (age 25)
Gwangju, South Korea[1]
Education Kyung Hee University
  • Actress
  • singer
Agent Imagine Asia
Relatives Ryu Hyo-young (sister)
Musical career
Genres K-pop
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2010–present
Labels Core Contents Media
Associated acts T-ara
Korean name
Revised Romanization Ryu Hwa-yeong
McCune–Reischauer Ryu Hwayŏng
Website Hwayoung Official Fan Site "RyuDot"
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Ryu Hwa-young (born April 22, 1993),[2] better known by the mononym Hwayoung, is a South Korean actress and singer. She is a former member of South Korean girl group T-ara.


Ryu Hwa-young was born on April 22, 1993 in Gwangju, South Korea.[1][2] Her older twin sister, Ryu Hyo-young,[3] is also a rapper and former member of the group Coed School and its sub-group F-ve Dolls.[citation needed]

Ryu Hyo-young and Ryu Hwa-young made a guest appearance on SBS's variety show Star King in May 2010. They were both subsequently scouted and recruited by Core Contents Media.[4]


2010–2012: T-ara and solo activities[edit]

Core Contents Media originally slated to add Ryu Hyo-young into T-ara as the seventh member, but she recommended her twin sister, Ryu Hwa-young.[citation needed] In July 2010, it was announced that Ryu Hwa-young would be added into T-ara as lead rapper while her sister would be debuting in the newly formed Coed School.[5] She began promotions as part of T-ara in November 2010 by appearing on the third season of Hello Baby and promoting their first mini album Temptastic. T-ara held their first performance with Ryu on December 3, through KBS's Music Bank. During her time in the group, she participated in the collaboration between Davichi and T-ara for "We Were In Love" (Hangul우리 사랑했잖아) in December 2011.[6] She also participated in the writing of the rap lyrics of "Love is All the Same" (Hangul사랑은 다 그런거래요) by fellow labelmate Yangpa.[7]

On July 30, 2012, it was revealed Ryu would no longer be a member of T-ara.[8] Despite rumours of a possible return to T-ara,[9] Ryu announced that she would be returning to the music industry with a new image. On September 10, Ryu later participated in the hip-hop and rap event "Open Freestyle Day 2012", announcing that she was looking forward to studying music and eventually returning to the industry.[10][11]

2014–present: Solo career[edit]

On December 15, it was announced that Ryu signed an exclusive contract with Wellmade Yedang and was preparing to debut as an actress.[12] On December 31, Ryu made an appearance at the "2014 Miller Countdown Party" as a DJ, alongside DJ Koo, Park Myung-soo and TATA, becoming the youngest female DJ to ever participate in the event.[13]

Ryu debuted as an actress in the two-episode drama special Mother’s Choice.[14] She successfully made a transition into acting after receiving praise for her roles in tvN's romantic comedy Ex-Girlfriend Club[15] and JTBC's coming-of-age drama Hello, My Twenties!.[16] In 2017, she was a part of the ensemble cast for weekend drama My Father is Strange.[17] She was then cast in her first leading role in KBS's crime drama Mad Dog.[18]


On July 28, 2012, several members of T-ara posted tweets that were purportedly seen to be derisive references to Ryu.[19] An official announcement regarding these tweets and a "major announcement about T-ara" was made July 30, which revealed Ryu would no longer be a member of the group.[8] Following the announcement of her abrupt contract termination with Core Contents Media, rumors of her experiencing severe bullying by other members of T-ara surfaced throughout the web and the media, which sparked intensive public interest and controversy.[20][21] Some members of the public strongly believed that Ryu was mistreated by the others members of T-ara and her agency, and an outcry by T-ara's fan community led to the scheduling of a shut down, as well as the suspension of the members' activities, resulting in a huge blow to the group's popularity.[22][23]

In 2017, a former T-ara staff member stated that Ryu and her sister Ryu Hyo-young were the actual bullies in the scandal that plagued T-ara in 2012.[24][25][26][27] Soon afterwards, more and more staffers came forwards with evidence that Ryu had been disrespectful to the other members as well as stylists, and had faked how severe an injury was in order to get more sympathy. Ryu initially tried to deny the rumours by lashing out at the staffers in return, but eventually admitted that the texts were real. After suffering from an intense backlash, including being removed from several television shows, Ryu deleted her Instagram account.[28][29][30]




Year Title Role Ref.
2015 Love Forecast Hee-jin [31][32]

Television series[edit]

Year Title Role Network Notes Ref.
2014 A Mother’s Choice Seo Hyun-ah SBS [14][33]
2015 Ok's Family Han Ok KBS [34]
Ex-Girlfriend Club Rara (Goo Geun-hyung) tvN [15]
2016 Come Back Mister Wang Joo-yeon SBS [35]
Descendants of the Sun Seo Dae-young's ex-girlfriend KBS Cameo, (Episode 4) [36]
Hello, My Twenties! Kang Yi-na JTBC [16]
Drama SpecialDisqualified Laughter Shin Na-ra KBS2 [37]
2017 My Father is Strange Byun Ra-young [17]
Traces of Hand Jung Min-young Naver TV Cast [38]
Girl’s War Jina [39]
Fortuneteller’s Secret Recipe Na Rae [40][41]
Hello, My Twenties! 2 Kang Yi-na JTBC Special appearance [42]
Mad Dog Jang Ha-ri KBS2 [18]
2018 The Beauty Inside Chae Yoo-ri JTBC Special appearance [43][44]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2017 31st KBS Drama Award Best New Actress My Father is Strange and Mad Dog Won [45]
Best Couple Award (with Woo Do-hwan) Mad Dog Nominated


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