Squid Game, the Netflix thriller starring Jung Ho-Yeon that made history as the streamer’s “largest series premiere ever” with 111 million views, should be familiar to you by now.
The main character of this story is Kang Sae-byeok. She has a little brother she wants to take care of but does not have enough money because her mom left them when they were young. One day, she meets some people from another country and decides to do something called games so she can get more money for herself and her family.
Jung has grown in popularity as the series has grown in popularity, and she currently has 13 million Instagram followers, according to NME in October 2021.
In only a few months, Jung has walked the runways for Louis Vuitton and worked with the brand, graced the cover of Vogue in February 2022, cooperated with Adidas, and even won her first Screen Actors Guild Award for best performance by a female actress in a drama series.
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Learn all there is to know about the 27-year-old breakthrough actress, from her Top Model days to how she got into acting, whom she is dating, and more.
In 2013, she participated in Korea’s Next Top Model.
Jung began modeling when she was 16 years old, and in 2013, she competed in season 4 of Korea’s Next Top Model. According to W Magazine, she was ousted in episode two and brought back in episode five to finish as one of the competition’s runner-ups.
She is a regular on the catwalk.
Korean model Jung won first place in the international modeling competition called Major Model. She has been so busy since then! She has appeared in many different magazines, walked down many runways, and even changed her hair color to red – it has become her trademark.
Louis Vuitton just appointed Jung as their new worldwide Maison Ambassador.
She is a fashion icon on the streets.
Jung’s flawless style dominates the camera even when she has not on set. She gets her picture taken often before and after Fashion Week presentations. Fans also went to Vogue to see Jung disclose her beauty secrets in a video that has received over 10 million views.
Since 2016, she has been dating actor Lee Dong Hwi.
Jung’s boyfriend, Lee, likes playing Squid Game, and he was thrilled when it became successful.
She went on to say, “He’s a nice senior, a good buddy, and a wonderful guy since he’s also an actor. He always encourages me and expresses concern for my well-being. He reminds me of a father figure.”
Jennie from BLACKPINK is her best buddy.
Jennie, a close friend and Kpop singer, not only brought a coffee truck to the set of Squid Game to show her support for Jung, but she also visited him and took an adorable picture on the set.
She was nervous about landing her part in Squid Game.
Jung has been acting for a long time.It is not easy sometimes when you have to work on new costumes and ask other people for help with your project. Nevertheless, if the job is massive, then it can be scary because there are lots of different things happening at the same time.
Her anxieties and worry persisted on-site until she decided to tell director Hwang Dong-hyuk how she was feeling. She told the publication, “I believe I wanted to know for sure why he picked me. ‘I chose you because you’re already wonderful as Sae Byeok,’ the director stated. That one sentence helped me realise that, even if I’m not very good at acting, it would be a problem if I couldn’t accomplish what I typically could due to my fear and unease, which I was able to overcome. While shooting, I also spent a lot of time talking to my seniors. I didn’t feel anxious after a while, and I was able to concentrate and perform my best.”