Squid Game Actress Jung Ho Yeon Makes History in TIME100 NEXT

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Squid Game actress Jung Ho Yeon made it to TIME Magazine's Time100 Next 2022 list.

Together with the Squid Game team, Jung Ho Yeon has been making history in South Korea and abroad after becoming part of the hit series. She notably played the role of Kang Sae Byeok, a North Korean defector who has a history of pickpocketing.

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Amid the team's recent recognitions, the actress herself established her own empire in TIME Magazine.

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Jung Ho Yeon Reaches New Milestone

On Thursday, TIME Magazine published a list of those who made it to its TIME100 Next. The list was created to recognize 100 rising stars from different parts of the world who made an impact and showed extraordinary efforts to shape the world's future.

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Korea JoongAng Daily also noted the magazine's desire to acknowledge those who "defined the next generation of leadership."

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Jung Ho Yeon's name appeared in the Phenoms section, which distinguishes those who savored success and popularity in their fields. She joined Sydney Sweeney, Ja Morant, Simone Ashley, SZA, and Bridgerton on the list.

She ultimately became the first Korean actress to appear on the list.

Squid Game Creator Congratulates Jung Ho Yeon

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Following the announcement, Squid Game creator and director Hwang Dong Hyuk offered heartfelt support after her inclusion on the list. He also looked back at the time they went through the selection process for Kang Sae Byeok's character.

"The first time I saw Ho-yeon was in a video, after I had spent three tiring months in search of an actress to play the role of Sae-byeok in Squid Game. In less than 10 seconds, I found myself sitting upright, captivated by what was on the screen. Instantly, I knew she was going to be Sae-byeok," he said.

While Jung Ho Yeon's acting skill in her audition clip was reportedly stiff and unfamiliar compared to other actors, Hwang Dong Hyuk reportedly got impressed by how she knew about her weaknesses but was dedicated to overcoming them.

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