Jung Ho-yeon Biography – Jung Ho-yeon Wiki
Jung Ho-yeon is a South Korean model and actress. She is best known for her role as Kang Sae-byeok in the Netflix Korean original series “Squid Game”. Kang Sae-byeok is a North Korean defector referred to as 067 who plays the games to earn enough money to support her younger brother and reunite them with their mother, who is in North Korea. She’d lost her father and grandparents before being forced to leave her mother behind in North Korea, escaping to South Korea with only her younger brother, Cheol.
“I used to be a person who focused on personal benefit, but after playing this character who puts her family before herself, and seeing her life hold a lot of meaning, I’d like to trust people more and help them out,” Jung told The Times about her role in the show. “The most powerful lesson I learnt was to have faith in humanity.”
The official Netflix synopsis for Squid Game read: “A mysterious invitation to join the game is sent to people at risk who are in dire need of money. 456 participants from all walks of life are locked into a secret location where they play games in order to win 45.6 billion won. Every game is a Korean traditional children’s game such as Red Light, Green Light, but the consequence of losing is death. Who will be the winner, and what is the purpose behind this game?”
In an interview with Herald POP, Jung shared that she was asked to send an audition tape for the role of Kang Sae-byeok less than one month after signing with her agency. She was in New York for Fashion Week when she sent the tape off and then was told to quickly fly to Korea for an in-person audition. After landing the role, she said she felt like she “had gotten herself into trouble and felt a rush of pressure and fear.”
Her anxiety and nerves continued onto set, until she decided to open up to director Hwang Dong-hyuk about how she felt. She told the outlet, “I think I wanted to feel certain about why he chose me. Then the director said to me, ‘I picked you because you’re already perfect as Sae Byeok.’ That one phrase made me think that even if I’m not that great at acting, it would be problematic if I’m not able to do what I normally can do because of my nervousness and uneasiness, and I was able to overcome it. I also spoke to my seniors a lot while filming. From a certain point on, I didn’t feel uneasy, and I could focus and do my best.”
Jung made her acting debut in “Squid Game”. When asked by Herald POP of her acting goals, Jung said, “I don’t have any goals as an actress. I want to improve every day and maintain a steady pace without ever losing my resolve to work hard. I may waver a lot, but I’ll work really hard and keep going.”
Jung started modeling at the age of 16 and joined season 4 of Korea’s Next Top Model in 2013. She was eliminated by episode two and brought back by episode five to become one of the runner-ups of the competition, according to W Magazine.
After her success on Top Model, Jung became booked and busy, appearing in several top fashion magazines and hitting the runway for labels such as Opening Ceremony and Louis Vuitton. She also dyed her hair red, which became her signature.
She is signed with numerous modeling agencies including The Society Management in New York, Elite Paris in Paris, Elite Milan in Milan, Elite London in London, Elite Amsterdam in Amsterdam, Elite Spain in Barcelona, Elite Copenhagen in Copenhagen, Nomad Management in Los Angeles, and Nomad Management in Miami. She is signed with Saram Entertainment as an actress.
Jung Ho-yeon Age
Jung Ho-yeon was born on June 23, 1994, in Seoul, South Korea.
Jung Ho-yeon Boyfriend
Jung Ho-yeon is dating fellow South Korean actor Lee Dong Hwi. They have been together since 2016. In an interview with Herald POP, Jung said her boyfriend Lee is “very proud of the success of Squid Game.” She added, “Since he’s also an actor, he’s a good senior, a good friend, and a good person. He cheers me on a lot, and he worries for me as well. He’s sort of like a dad.”
Jung Ho-yeon’s boyfriend, actor Lee Dong-hwi, is known for his role in the Reply 1988 K-drama. He also is a singer and a member of the R&B project group called ‘MSG Wannabe’ alongside Simon D and Kim Jung-min. The group was formed by MBC’s reality show Hangout with Yoo.
Jung Ho-yeon Parents – Jung Ho-yeon Family
There is little information available about Jung Ho-yeon’s family. She reportedly has two siblings. Information about her parents is unavailable.
Jung Ho-yeon Siblings
Jung Ho-yeon has two siblings.
Jung Ho-yeon Husband
Is Jung Ho-yeon married? She is unmarried. She has been dating actor Lee Dong Hwi since 2016.
Jung Ho-yeon Height
Jung Ho-yeon stands at a height of 5 feet 9+1⁄2 inches (1.76 m).
Jung Ho-yeon Instagram
Jung Ho-yeon’s Instagram handle is @hoooooyeony.
Jung Ho-yeon Nationality
Jung Ho-yeon is of South Korean nationality.