Lee Jung Jae became a household name lately after his exemplary portrayal as Seong Gi Hun in the hit Netflix series called Squid Game. The said South Korean survival drama earned global fame due to its compelling storyline and interesting characters. In fact, it effortlessly became one of the online streaming giant's most-watched programs in various regional markets.
Among the most loved characters in Squid Game is Lee Jung Jae's Seong Gi Hun, who is a driver and a gambling addict. The male lead character lives with his mother and struggles financially to support his only child. He, then, decided to join the deadline game to pay his many debts.
So, how rich is Lee Jung Jae in real life? How much is his net worth? Keep on reading to know more detail about this Squid Game actor.
Lee Jung Jae's Net Worth In 2021 Revealed
According to Biography Daily, Lee Jung Jae has an estimated net worth of $4 million as of this year. Though he debuted as a fashion model, the 48-year-old South Korean star earned most of his wealth from acting.
Lee Jung Jae made his television debut in 1994 when he was tapped to appear in the campus series titled Feelings. After that, the K-drama actor was cast in the 1995 South Korean television drama series called Sandglass. It was in An Affair where Jung Jae won the hearts of many and instantly increased his fan base.
After being seen on the small screens, Lee Jung Jae dominated the big screens. His film career took off after he was hired to grace the 2000 movie titled Il Mare. He also appeared in Over The Rainbow in 2002, Last Present in 2001, Oh! Brothers in 2003, The Last Witness in 2001, Typhoon in 2005, and The Thieves in 2012.
It did not stop there as Lee Jung Jae was also cast in the 2013 movies called New World and The Face Reader. The veteran actor-model won Best Actor awards at the Fantasporto Director's Week for The Housemaid in 2010 and at the Blue Dragon Film Awards for City of the Rising Sun in 1999.
In 2021, Lee Jung Jae received nods during the 57th Baeksang Arts Awards and 41st Blue Dragon Film Awards for his impressive performance in Deliver Us From Evil. He is also nominated for Best Actor in the upcoming 26th Chunsa Film Art Awards 2021.
Though he is one of the hottest K-drama stars today, Lee Jung Jae failed to be part of the 2021 Richest South Korean Actors list. Kim So Hyun ($117 million), So Ji Sub ($41 million), Lee Jong Suk ($32 million), Lee Min Ho ($26 million), and Song Joong Ki ($24 million) are richer than the Squid Game actor as they, currently, hold the Top 5 places, followed by Hyun Bin, Park Seo Joon, Lee Seung Gi, and Gong Yoo.
Start-Up actor Nam Joo Hyuk and Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha actor Kim Seon Ho have a net worth of $5 million. Lee Jung Jae, however, is richer than Nevertheless lead star Song Kang, who has an estimated net worth of $2 million as of the moment.
Lee Jung Jae Is Rumored To Return In Squid Game Season 2
Due to the undeniable success of Squid Game, devoted followers of the show could not help but get excited about the possibility of it getting another installment. Speculations are rife that the yet-to-be-confirmed Season 2 could be a prequel that would feature the backstory of the Frontman and how the character of Lee Jung Jae is related to Player 001.
In other words, Squid Game Season 2 might center on the Frontman's history as a police officer and a former game-winner. Speaking with The Sunday Times, director Hwang Dong Hyuk said:
"I think the issue with police officers is not just an issue in Korea. I see it on the global news that the police force can be very late on acting on things—there are more victims or a situation gets worse because of them not acting fast enough. This was an issue that I wanted to raise. Maybe in Season Two I can talk about this more."
Though there are still a lot of potential storylines to be explored, director Dong Hyuk said that creating Squid Game Season 2 could take time. As a matter of fact, it took 10 years for the series to be approved and filmed. Unless, of course, if he is willing to work with other creative staff, then having another installment soon would totally be possible.
Up until now, Netflix has not yet confirmed Squid Game Season 2. So, avid followers of the survival-themed series should take all these theories and predictions lightly until everything is proven true and correct.
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