Squid Game actress Jung Ho-yeon posts early test footage of herself as Kang Sae-byeok, alongside her costars Lee Yoo-mi and Anupam Tripathi.
Warning: Contains SPOILERS for Squid Game
Jung Ho-yeon, who recently catapulted to global fame thanks to her role in Netflix’s hit show, Squid Game, recently posted test footage of herself from last year in the role of Kang Sae-byeok (A.K.A. Player 067). Squid Game is Netflix’s latest survival thriller series from South Korea, directed by Hwang Dong-hyuk and starring South Korean film legend, Lee Jung Jae, in the lead role. The series debuted last month and immediately became a worldwide phenomenon; earlier this month, Netflix reported that Squid Game overtook Bridgerton as the streamer’s biggest original series of all time.
Despite the show’s star-studded cast, most of its breakout characters are portrayed by relative newcomers and lesser-known actors. Jung, for example, had no professional acting experience prior to her being cast in Squid Game as Sae-byeok. Fortunately, she excelled in the role which propelled her to become one of the standout characters from a show already filled to the brim with strong performances.
Jung recently posted a behind-the-scenes look on her Instagram profile of what appears to be a test shoot from April 2020 (the caption reads “text shoot,” though “text” may be a typo for “test”). Both clips show Jung through the screen of a camera monitor as she poses against static backgrounds reminiscent of Squid Game’s colorful arenas. The first clip shows her in Sae-byeok’s civilian clothing against a cloudy backdrop; the second has her dressed in her iconic green jumpsuit – labelled with her player designation number of 067 – as she stands in front of a sunset backdrop similar to the one shown in episode 6, “Gganbu.” Standing to either side of her in the latter clip are two other costumed characters – likely Ji-young (Lee Yoo-mi) and Ali (Anupam Tripathi) given what little can be seen of their player numbers. Check out the clips below:
What immediately stands out, particularly from the latter clip, is how much the actors are able to convey through body language alone. Jung’s brooding mannerisms immediately convey the personality of the character she portrays, just as Lee Yoo-mi’s restlessness and Tripathi’s awkwardness convey theirs. These three actors largely steer clear of the critiques leveled toward some of Squid Game‘s performances.
Season 2 will prove whether or not the show’s stellar casting decisions were a lightning-in-a-bottle moment. The majority of season 1’s most beloved characters will be unable to return due to their characters being killed off in the show, Sae-byeok included. As such, season 2’s casting department will have to start from the ground up with an all new cast of characters; hopefully they will be able to recapture the magic of Squid Game’s legendary season 1.
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