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'Squid Game' Star Jung Ho Yeon Talks About 'being Sincere' While Playing Sae‑Byeok

Netflix's South Korean drama series Squid Game is all the rage on the internet along with the supermodel-turned-actor Jung Ho Yeon enjoying praises.

Jung Ho Yeon

Image: Instagram/@hoyeonjungdiary

The internet cannot stop raving about the new South Korean survival drama series Squid Game on Netflix which has added a 'deadly' twist to the childhood playground games. Within only ten days of hitting the OTT platform, the series reached the number one spot in over 90 countries and is showing no signs of slowing down. Needless to say, the massive success of the series has brought international attention to the cast who were already enjoying recognition in South Korea.

Noticeably, supermodel-turned-actor Jung Ho Yeon is quickly rising the fame ladder as her social media handle witnessed a hike in her followers by tenfolds since premiering of the series. Playing the role of the North Korean defector Sae Byeok, the model had to learn the ropes to authentically portray the character. 

Jung Ho Yeon's audition for Squid Game

In an interview with Herald POP, the 27-year-old recalled pouring all her energy into the audition tape as it was her first time appearing before the lens to act. In over three days, the model revealed that she got close with the character Sae Byeok and promptly forgot about the audition tape she had sent over. However, Jung Ho flew back to Korea as the makers requested to meet her in person.

She further revealed thinking that she 'had gotten herself into trouble and felt a rush of pressure and fear' to the point that she had to stop drinking coffee after getting the role. After being unable to ease her anxiety, Jung Ho decided to meet with the director who told her, ''I picked you because you’re already perfect as Sae Byeok.’' After talking with her seniors and focusing on her acting, she was able to deliver a sincere performance. 

To connect more to her character, Jung go admitted to keeping a diary to study Sae Byeok’s inner thoughts. She stated, ''She’s (Sae Nyeok) an interesting person in that she lives for the sake of others, rather than herself. After experiencing her fair share of ups and downs, the model noticed that action coming out of her naturally as she got visibly closer to the character she portrayed. She ended her statement saying, ''Because I’m lacking, what I focused on most was being sincere.''

The Squid Game is a drama series depicting a deadly survival series where 456 money-hungry participants enter to win a huge amount. The series features Park Hae Soo, Wi Ha‑joon, Lee Jung‑jae and more.

Image: Instagram/@hoyeonjungdiary

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