Actress Hoyeon Jung in tears receiving the SAG Award

It is to no one’s surprise that “Squid Game” has reigned supreme as one of the most popular and watched television series on Netflix since September 2021, with critical acclaim. It may also be noted that the advent of K-drama being so popular in the West right now is also thanks to the sudden popularity of the horror movie “Train to Busan”, which was also made by a Korean production team. From that point on, viewers from all around the world have fully recognized the potential of Korean production films. This brings a breath of fresh air to the Western audience, who have had little exposure to Korean television.

“Squid Game”, with a budget of $21.4 million, has accomplished greatly during its show time. It is the most-viewed program in 94 countries and has accumulated 1.65 billion viewing hours, cementing its place as one of the most popular shows of late 2021.

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One of the rising stars in the “Squid Game” cast, who has acquired a large fanbase through the film, is none other than actress Hoyeon Jung. She played as a character named Kang Sae-byeok, also known as “Player 067.” Through her brilliant acting performance, Hoyeon Jung has managed to deliver the personality of “Player 067.” The character is a straightforward, resilient, and resourceful person, someone who in the eyes of the viewers is very cool-headed and worth rooting for. This led to the sudden burst of popularity for actress Hoyeon Jung.

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In one of the recent interviews with the actress, she explained that she has been a fashion model since 2013 and has walked the runway for many brands like Gucci, Louis Vuitton, … She would never have imagined that she would get a chance to audition for the role of “Player 067”. She also shared that her transfer to the new acting agency was very rushed and she hadn’t received any formal training prior to that. Still, she self-taught herself how to resonate with the character and was accepted into the cast.

“Squid Game” has received numerous awards for outstanding performances from both the actors and actresses. Hoyeon Jung was proud to have received this prized award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series. On February 28th, at the SAG Award Ceremony, she was in tears about how honored she was to be standing on the stage and nominated. Through the interpreter, she shared, “Acting has been my dream for a long time. I have always admired the people that work hard to give the audience an enjoyable experience.” During her speech, the fellow Squid Game cast also cheered her on to give the speech. The cast was very supportive of each other, which exlpain why the series was such a big success.

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HoYeon Jung now has more opportunities to appear in the magazines of many more well-known fashion brands as a result of Squid Game. Most recently, she was on the front page of Vouge Japan.

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The SAG Awards are just the first step for the Squid Game cast to further their careers and popularity. We look forward to their future endeavor.

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