Jung Ho Yeon catapulted to fame after starring in Netflix's hit Korean survival TV series Squid Game. However, unknown to many, the show is actually her first-ever acting gig. Yes, Jung isn't a pro in acting, but no one saw that because she performed well.
Jung Ho Yeon After Scoring A Role On Squid Game
Jung Ho Yeon's first acting role is her character Kang Sae-byeok also known as Competitor 067 on Squid Game. In the show, she is a North Korean defector and a pickpocket who joined the deadly competition to earn enough money to reunite with her family.
Sae-byeok had high hopes of moving her parents from North Korea to South Korea. She also promised to get her younger brother back after leaving him in an orphanage.
Jung's Instagram followers skyrocketed after Squid Game premiered on Netflix. She currently has the most following among all Squid Game cast members with 20.1 million followers.
How Much Was Jung Ho Yeon's Salary From Squid Game?
Of all the cast members, Lee Jung Jae made the most money by taking home 300 million won or S$344K per episode. Lee plays the lead character Gi-hun who won the Squid Game battle.
Second on the list is Park Hae Soo, who plays Gi-hun's childhood friend, Cho Sang Woo, aka Player 218. Park made $1mil (S$48.7K) per episode.
Meanwhile, Jung received a "few hundred thousand Taiwan dollars" per episode, equivalent to low five figures in Singapore dollars. She still made a lot of money compared to her other co-stars for her acting debut.
Who Is Jung Ho Yeon Before Squid Game?
Jung Ho Yeon was born in Seoul on June 23, 1994. Before making her acting debut, she kicked off her career as a model at the of 16.
She walked in Seoul Fashion Week shows and competed on Korea's Next Top Model in 2013, where she came in second place. She signed on ESteem Models, Korea's top modeling agencies and later to a New York agency.
Jung has also walked in shows at New York and Paris Fashion Week for Marc Jacobs, Alberta Ferretti, Louis Vuitton, Fendi, and more.
Just recently, she was named the newest Louis Vuitton global ambassador.
Netflix hasn't renewed Squid Game yet, and Jung is unlikely to return in the series because her character is already dead. But her younger brother might join the competition to avenge her death.
Stay tuned, for we will keep you posted once Squid Game Season 2 gets the green light.