squid game may be the most-watched Netflix original series of all time, but for the Emmy-nominated stars of Korean horror thriller, it’s all very personal.
“I am extremely grateful and grateful to all the global audiences who have shown so much love for squid game“, said Lee Jung-jae of the huge multi-Emmy-nominated dystopian hit created by Hwang Dong-hyuk. “I really did not expect it to be such a success,” added the veteran actor, who portrayed drug addict Seong Gi-hun in the quickly renewed series “I have to say that I still can’t believe it and I’m so grateful.”
Contenders TV: The Nominees – Full Deadline Coverage
One of South Korea’s biggest stars for years and now recognized worldwide due to his character’s ultimate and costly victory in the deadly Squid Game competition, Lee was speaking today via the translation at Deadline’s Contenders Television: The Nominees event. He was joined on the panel by co-star and fellow Emmy nominee Jung Ho-yeon, who is up for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series.
Written and edited by Hwang, squid game depicts 456 misfits willfully playing children’s games with a lethal twist in hopes of a $38.7 million salary.
The deadliest plot twist of the ultra-violent tournament for the enjoyment of the ultra-rich is that everyone dies except the only well-paid winner.
Scoring an astounding 14 Primetime Emmy nominations, including Outstanding Drama Series and a Lead Actor nomination for Lee, September 2021’s acclaimed first season made history for more than just its massive viewership.
“I actually didn’t know there had ever been a non-English series to be nominated for Best Drama and to be nominated in so many categories,” Jung said of the unprecedented appreciation that the series received. “I’m…really surprised at how much history we’re writing,” said the former model, who made her acting debut in squid gameadded.
In addition to making television history with the Emmys, squid game already surpassed the precedent by being the first foreign-language television series to be nominated for a SAG Award.
Earlier this year, the show shattered more ceilings when it won Outstanding Action Performance as a Stunt Ensemble at the SAG Awards, where Lee won Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series. . Maybe come back as another character for squid gameIn Jung Ho-Yeon’s second season, Jung Ho-Yeon won her own SAG honor for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series.
Check back Monday for the panel video.