The gripping thriller thriller, which premiered on September 17, sees 456 cash-strapped people compete in a series of deadly survival games for the chance to win 46.5 billion Korean won (around $40 million).
Among them is contestant No. 067 (performed by Jung)—a fierce but susceptible character who shortly grew to become a fan favourite in the sequence.
But who’s Jung in actual life? Here we take a better take a look at the rising star’s profession and her highway to international stardom.
She’s Been a Fashion Model for Several Years
Born in 1994, Jung started her modeling profession when she was 17, she informed Models.com in December 2018.
After pondering what she may do to earn a dwelling, when others round her recommended she might be a mannequin as a result of she’s tall, she thought: “Yeah, why not? Maybe I can try,” she recalled, and went into the style world.
Not understanding a lot about that trade, she began as a contract mannequin with no company illustration to assist get her foot in the door. Yet the self-starting mannequin managed to distribute sufficient profile images and speak to numbers to land round three to 4 exhibits at Seoul Fashion Week for 2 years and by 2013 she was averaging round 10 exhibits, the Korea Times reported in 2016.
Since then she has labored with a few of the greatest names in vogue, making her worldwide vogue debut in 2016 as an unique mannequin for Louis Vuitton. She’s additionally walked the runway for Chanel, Marc Jacobs, Roberto Cavalli and others in main vogue week exhibits together with in New York and Paris.
‘Squid Game’ Is Her First Acting Gig
Jung’s main feminine function in the most recent Ok-drama sequence marks her performing debut. She formally signed with South Korea’s Saram Entertainment again in January 2020 in a bid to pursue an performing profession, South Korean broadcaster SPOTV News reported in June 2020.
Jung was getting ready for vogue week in New York when her company requested her to tape an audition video, she informed TheFocus this week.
“I sent the video in, and the director [of Squid Game] contacted me, asking me to meet in person. So I dropped everything and flew in right away,” she mentioned.
…But Not Her First Survival Game
Back in 2013, Jung starred in a real-life survival recreation by competing in Korea’s Next Top Model, a actuality vogue survival present just like America’s Next Top Model, she described.
Jung informed Models.com: “It was so hard for me,” describing the challenges of competing on the present. “I didn’t know how to show my personality or character or my charm. I was so afraid to say or to do anything.”
After finding out poses seen in vogue magazines and practising in entrance of a mirror, she recalled: “One day, I just got it. I knew how to move my body, how to express my feelings or the fashion.”
Finishing second in the survival competitors, Jung gained wider consideration throughout the nation following her look on the present. In 2015, Vogue in the U.S. described the “Seoul street style star” because the “next Korean girl to make a splash stateside.”
She has since graced the covers of varied vogue magazines, together with Vogue Korea and Harper’s Bazaar Korea this 12 months.
Jung Is Similar to Player No. 067 in ‘Squid Game’
Jung’s character in Squid Game, whose identify is Kang Sae-byeok, is a North Korean defector who entered the competitors in a bid to boost cash to have the ability to reunite along with her household and likewise retrieve her youthful brother from an orphanage.
Jung, who watched a whole lot of documentaries about North Korean fugitives in preparation for the function, just lately informed W Korea that she felt she was just like Sae-byeok and was capable of establish with the character’s loneliness.
She defined: “More than anything, I think I was able to accept [the character] Sae-byeok without any big difficulties because I am similar to her.
“In 2016, I left Korea to additional my modelling profession abroad, and I spent a whole lot of time alone. At the time, the emotion that I felt probably the most was loneliness…that feeling of loneliness whereas making an attempt to persevere and dwell is not all that completely different,” she told W Korea.
She Loves Quentin Tarantino’s Work
Back in 2018, Jung revealed: “My dream…it’s actually acting. I love watching movies and even the music in the movies,” Models.com reported on the time.
Some of her favourite movies are American motion pictures, reminiscent of Wild, which stars Reese Witherspoon and is directed by Jean-Marc Vallée, who additionally directed Dallas Buyers Club.
“I actually really would like to try action because I love Quentin Tarantino’s movie. I love Kill Bill,” Jung informed Models.com in 2018.
“I love the girls [in Kill Bill] fighting with the really cool outfits…I think Kill Bill is a very good movie to see fashion and drama,” she mentioned on the time.
Jung Is Besties With Blackpink’s Jennie
Jennie, the singer/rapper from Ok-pop woman group Blackpink, has been pictured with Jung in a number of selfies on social media, together with this week on Instagram the place she was seen visiting Jung on the set of Squid Game.
Jung additionally shared a snapshot on Instagram of a espresso/snack truck Jennie had despatched to the solid and workers on the set of the present to point out her help for Jung.
Their shut friendship was additionally acknowledged by Squid Game star Lee Jung-jae in a latest interview for Netflix Korea.
She’s Dating an Actor
Jung has been courting fellow Korean actor Lee Dong-hwi for a number of years. Lee’s company on the time confirmed their relationship, South Korea’s Sports Chosun reported in 2016.
Lee has starred in a number of Korean movies together with The Handmaiden, the BAFTA-winning movie that was chosen to compete for the Palme d’Or (the highest prize) on the 2016 Cannes Film Festival.
She’s a Bit of an Adventure Junky
Talking about her love of the motion seen in the ultimate installment of the Mission Impossible movie sequence starring Tom Cruise, Jung beforehand informed Models.com: “Tom Cruise always does that [the action sequences] by himself, it’s just so crazy.
“He went skydiving one thing like 100 occasions for that film…I really like to do this sort of journey,” she said at the time.
Jung has also skydived in Guam with friends when she was around 19, which was “so scary,” she described in 2018. “We love touring, and we love journey, so we mentioned we must always strive skydiving.”