October 15, 2021 08:45
Model-turned-actress Jung Ho-yeon has shot to global fame with Netflix's hit series "Squid Game" but says the reality has yet to sink in.
Jung plays a North Korean defector who arrives in South Korea only to find her path strewn with obstacles and her family torn apart. She reluctantly signs up for the survival game to earn money to buy a house for her family back in North Korea.
"I'm just so busy these days and everything happened so quickly that I think reactions haven't kept up," she said. "I'm so grateful to everyone and I'm trying not to forget this feeling of gratitude. But I'm also worried that I don't deserve so much attention."
Asked how she prepared to play her feisty character, Jung said, "I focused the most on trying to understand her. Although I wasn't aware of this when I auditioned, I think the stress and anxiety peaked after I passed the audition, so in order to overcome it I tried really hard to seek the help of others. I simply did the best I could, though I'm sure there were many shortcomings."
"Squid Game" is about a high-stakes survival competition in which down-on-their-luck players are taken to a mysterious location where they must compete in one children's game after another to win a prize or face death.
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