Born January 20, 1978, in Boston, Massachusetts, Joy Giovanni was an excellent student in high school, completing her education in just three years. Following secondary, she moved to California to study and enjoy the beautiful weather. Unsure of where her future lay in terms of a career, Joy tried out several options before falling back on what she had always enjoyed: fitness.
In 2001, her personal trainer encouraged her to compete in the Los Angeles Model Expo. Joy, never afraid to take on a new challenge, accepted. Beautiful and very much in shape, she won the competition easily. Newly confident in her modeling talents, Joy turned to the entertainment industry. She enrolled in Hollywood’s Brian Reise Acting School in Hollywood, and got her first major part in the short film Instinct vs. Reason.
In an effort to gain more exposure as an actress, Joy turned to television and appeared in episodes of CSI, Monk, Entourage, and Navy NCIS. Joy also began to make headway as a model on TV. First, she appeared in the 2004 Lingerie Bowl, a pay-per-view event that aired at halftime of the Super Bowl.
Though this one-time spot as a sexy football player was important for her career, Joy’s biggest feat in 2004 was winning a spot on World Wrestling Entertainment’s Raw Is War program. She entered the $250,000 Raw Diva Search, finished in the Top 3, and was then called to join the WWE’s Smackdown! program on UPN.
Through the end of 2004 until mid-2005, Giovanni became a regular on Smackdown! as a diva who was often teamed with WWE regular Big Show. In addition to her cable television appearances, she also became a highlight of the WWE’s pay-per-view events, including Armageddon, WrestleMania 21 and No Way Out (where she was voted the 2005 Rookie Diva of the Year).
Despite the celebrity that she achieved as the WWE’s best eye candy, Joy was let go by the wrestling company in July of 2005. Thanks to her talents as a model and actress, however, she was not without a job following this setback. She was hired as a panelist for the G4 show Video Game Vixens, then appeared in another short film, When All Else Fails.
What does the future hold for Joy? Well, as a married woman and mother of twins, most of her days will be devoted to family. In her spare time, she is set to headline her first full-length film in 2006, a comedy called Hollywood Backlots.