Jung Ho-yeon Instagram: Shattering records, online survival drama series Squid Game has thrust its cast to unprecedented global fame. As per reports, acting debutante Jung Ho-yeon has now become the second most-followed female Korean actor on Instagram following her appearance on the show.
As of October 4, her social media fanbase rests at over 12.9 million – a jump from 400,000 followers in two weeks, as per Soompi. It is predicted she is set to overtake actor Lee Sung Kyung, who is Korea’s most-followed actor, also with followers at 12.9 million.
She has amassed fame for playing North Korean defector Kang Sae-byeok, alternatively known as number 67, on Squid Game, which premiered September 17 on Netflix.
The nine-part series has a group of debt-ridden people competing in children’s games to clinch prize money of $38.7 million. A dark theme drives the story forward, promising fatal consequences for those who lose. Since its release, Squid Game has become something of a phenomenon worldwide, becoming the streaming giant’s most-watched show in many markets.
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On the show, Ho-yeon’s character loses her family and is forced to escape with her brother to South Korea, where conditions are miserable. She barely gets by and her brother is sent to sustain at a children’s home. As all game contestants are, Kang Sae-byeok is pushing to win the cash prize to turn her life around for the better.
Fans have received the character and Ho-yeon’s acting skills well. The 27-year-old is essentially a South Korean fashion model and consistently ranks among the top stars in the business. Apart from national platforms, Ho-yeon has featured in international publications Vogue and Elle as well.
“In 2016, I left Korea to further my modelling career overseas, and I spent a lot of time alone. At the time, the emotion that I felt the most was ‘loneliness’. That feeling of loneliness while trying to persevere and live isn’t all that different” from that of her character, Ho-yeon told local media W Korea.