Model-turned-actress Jung Ho Yeon has talked about her growing popularity after the “Squid Game”!
Jung Ho Yeon made her acting debut in the popular Netflix series “Squid Game” and immediately caught the attention of viewers around the world. On October 1, she sat down for an interview with Herald POP and promised to continue growing as an actress.
“Squid Game” is about a mysterious survival game with a reward of 45.6 billion won (about $40 million) at stake. 456 money-hungry participants end up joining the game – only to find out there’s more at stake than just prize money. Jung Ho Yeon plays North Korean defector Sae Byeok who lived as a pickpocket to support her family.
Regarding the audition process for the role, Jung Ho Yeon revealed, “It’s been less than a month since I signed with my agency, and I was in New York for Fashion Week, but I was asked to send in a test video as soon as possible. I’ve never shot the audition video myself “So I remember pouring all my energy into the script. I did my best for about three days. I didn’t even know how to approach acting, so I kept thinking about why Sae Byeok said what she said. After some time, I felt like I got close to Sae Byeok.” I forgot about the video after I sent it, but they suddenly told me they wanted to see me in person, so I quickly flew to Korea.”
In the personal test, Jung Ho Yeon was very nervous despite her many years of experience in front of the camera as a model. When she was told she got the role, she felt she had “got in trouble and felt a rush of pressure and fear”. She even had to stop drinking coffee because it made her heart beat too fast after she joined the cast of “Squid Game”.
Even after filming started, Jung Ho Yeon’s anxiety did not subside. Sensing a crisis, the actress decided that something had to be done, and asked the director if they could talk about a meal. I explained, “I guess I wanted to ascertain why he chose me. Then the director said to me, “I chose you because you are already as perfect as Sae Byeok.” This phrase made me think that even if I wasn’t very good at acting, it would be hard to do what I could do. Usually because of my tension and discomfort, and I was able to get over it. I also talked to my seniors a lot during filming. From a certain point onwards, I didn’t feel uncomfortable, and I could focus and do my best.”
To understand and portray her character Sae Byeok, Jung Ho Yeon kept a diary. “I’ve focused on studying Sae Byeok’s inner thoughts. She’s an interesting person because she lives for others, not herself. But I think my research was deficient in terms of expression methods. I was also slow to absorb the director’s directives. After that, I encountered verbs that came out From me even when I wasn’t even thinking about it, it made me feel like I got close to Sae Byeok, and that was cool. I figured that’s what it feels like to live as a character. Because I’m lacking, what I focus on most is honesty.”
She said of her growing number of followers on Instagram, “At first, I was very surprised when I checked in real time. When I opened the app once, the number went up, and when I opened it again, it went up even more. I thought the love for the Squid game was reflected in the numbers, like fate, and I was Grateful. Just the fact that so many people around the world are showing interest puts me in a good mood.”
The actress explained that the hype about herself and “Squid Game” wasn’t real until she started participating in press interviews – especially since everything happens online and she’s never had the chance to see her fans physically.
She shared, “I was on a call with park hye soo On that day, he said, “Let’s keep our feet on the ground.” Whenever I feel overwhelmed, I live with the idea that my feet are on the ground. In terms of my acting, I think I was missing out in many ways. The manager, senior cast, and staff put it all together for me, and I know my interpersonal skills are missing. I am grateful for all the love he has given me though, and I will work even harder in the future to improve.”
When asked about her goals, she commented, “I don’t have any goals as an actress. I want to get better every day and keep a steady pace without losing my resolve to work hard. I might hesitate a lot, but I’ll work hard and keep going.”
“Because he’s an actor too, he’s old, a good friend, and a good person,” she commented, before adding, “He cheers me up a lot, and he worries me too. He’s kind of a father.”
Jung Ho Yeon revealed that Jennie congratulated her on the immense popularity of “Squid Game”. She shared, “Jenny has been so happy for me since I told her I was thrown into the ‘Squid Game. “She sent me a coffee truck, and she actively encouraged me even by uploading it to her social media.”
Jung Ho Yeon expressed her gratitude to Jenny, saying, “Jenny has always been on the list of people I am grateful for while starring in ‘Squid’. “She congratulated me with great happiness, as if her joys were hers too, so that I wondered how such an angel could exist.”
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