Squid Game’s Jung Ho-yeon on respecting the maxim of “working hard” in her career

Jung Ho-yeo recently won Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series at SAG Awards (Image via Netflix Korea/ Instagram)
Jung Ho-yeo recently won Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series at SAG Awards (Image via Netflix Korea/ Instagram)

The fact that Squid Game fame star Jung Ho-yeon won Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series at the 28th Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards for the first-ever role in her career speaks volumes about the actress’ acting prowess.

While the script of the hit Netflix series plays an important part, it’s the model-turned-actress’ core principles in life that get the major share of the credit.


Jung Ho-yeon’s life mantra

Recently, the breakout star did a glamorous photoshoot for Elle and shared (translated via Soompi) what “working hard” means for her.

“It is true that I try to do my best in everything. It’s because I have respect for the time and effort that the people I work with have made.”

She further added that she believes that her years as a model have aided her in gaining all the progress she has achieved in life — whether it is the immense praise for Squid Game, winning the SAG award, or becoming Louis Vuitton’s global ambassador.

Seeing her consistent success in every new endeavor, Jung Ho-yeon plans to continue giving her best in whatever comes her way.

Unlike the general maxim of youngsters, where they prefer to focus only on themselves, the actress believes that women her age (she is 27) should “look around their surroundings more.”

“I want to tell them to look around their surroundings more. When you are young, you tend to focus only on yourself. I think it would be nice if they paid more attention to their family, friends, and other people around them.”

Will Kang Sae-byeok return in Squid Game Season 2?

In the first season of the Netflix series, Jung Ho-yeon plays the character of Sae-byeok, a North Korean defector who comes to South Korea with her brother, while her father dies and her mother is caught and sent back. Sae-byeok becomes a pickpocket, trying to earn enough money to buy a house and unite her family.

Her poverty and dire situation makes her a participant in the deadly game and she is one of the survivors who make it to the end. But she fails to complete it as she is mortally injured and is ultimately killed. But in the world of Squid Game, is death really permanent? Only Season 2 will provide some concrete answers.

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