The ‘Squid Game’ star was worried the show would get bad reactions

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End of April, The Hollywood Reporter hosted a Drama Actress Emmy panel discussion that was compared to a “therapy session” by squid game breakout star Jung Ho-yeon. The 27-year-old South Korean actress – who plays Kang Sae-byeok in the Netflix original series – was joined by Rosario Dawson, Lily James, Christina Ricci, Sandra Oh and Emmy Rossum for the all-female chat. Ho-yeon mentions his experience with global phenomenon Hwang Dong-hyuk, squid gamea survival drama series where 456 desperate gamblers, all drowning in financial debt, agree to participate in deadly children’s games in the hopes of winning a life-changing sum of money.

The Hollywood ReporterThe interviewer from gives the floor to Jung Ho-yeon, asking him about the overwhelming squid game celebrity. When asked if she had ever seen early signs of success, the actress humbly describes how she messaged director Hwang Dong-hyuk after seeing the finished product, convinced she had messed up.

We watched Squid Game before it came out. The actors did it because we had to do promotion and events and stuff, and I thought… am I allowed to swear? I thought I screwed up.

I thought I had completely messed up. My first message to director Hwang Dong-hyuk after watching Squid Game was, “I’m so sorry. And thank you very much for choosing me. I’m going to cry. It was so stressful. I was trying to brace myself for the bad reactions and all, but…

Afterwards, Emmy Rossum noted Ho-yeon’s tearful expression, noting that she was “beautiful even when she cried”. Even at 27, Ho-yeon is incredibly industry-savvy and no doubt passionate about her work, so much so that she fears the absolute worst, even when squid game logged 1.65 billion hours on Netflix in its first 28 days and became one of the biggest and most successful Netflix Originals of all time.

For his role in squid game, which brought him critical acclaim and worldwide fame, Ho-yeon won the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series. Unfortunately, Ho-yeon’s character met his end after sustaining an injury during the “Glass Bridge” round. His compatriot Sang-woo seizes the opportunity to kill Sae-byeok overnight. However, Dong-hyuk has already teased the return of Ho-yeon’s character – albeit with a twist – in Squid Game’s second season, which was announced in January 2022.

Right now, squid game expected to return in late 2023 or early 2024.

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