Joy often jokes that the Dalai Lama inspired her to become a professional actress. During her year-long adventure-filled sojourn in India working in grassroots development, she sought some quiet time in the holy town of Dharamsala. She found herself teaching English to Buddhist monks and had the chance to meet the Dalai Lama. After studying Buddhism there for a few months, she had the insight to switch careers from international development to acting, which she had loved since the age of 4. Upon returning to the United States, she entered the MFA program at CalArts.
Joy has no doubt that her travels and her fascination with people from all walks of life have helped her portray a wide range of characters. From a nouveau riche 1990's pyramid schemer in the dark comedy ON BECOMING A GOD IN CENTRAL FLORIDA to a doting helicopter mom in her recurring role in the hit LOOKING FOR ALASKA to a plantation owner in the remake of the legendary ROOTS, Joy has been fortunate to play roles that span numerous time periods, genres and formats, from multi-cam to indie. She hit the big screen recently in the critically acclaimed INSTANT FAMILY opposite Mark Wahlberg, Rose Byrne and Octavia Spencer and will soon debut on the festival circuit with roles in CHARMING THE HEARTS OF MEN and THROUGH THE GLASS DARKLY. Other recent TV/film credits include SHARP OBJECTS, RATTLESNAKE, DR KEN, 24: LEGACY, SLEEPY HOLLOW and YOUNG SHELDON.
Classically trained in theater (her favorite roles include leads in ORPHEUS DESCENDING, THREE SISTERS and TWELFTH NIGHT), she also enjoys doing improv at Comedy Sports, UCB and the Groundlings.
Joy is a proud mom to boy and girl twins. When she isn’t on set, she’s best known for her roles as an intrepid soccer mom and playdate organizer extraordinaire, and in between even manages to catch a few moments of zen.