A Rising Star: 4 Interesting Facts About Jung Ho-yeon From “Squid Game”

Jung Ho-yeon 정호연 is a 27-year-old celebrity from South Korea who remarkably rose to fame through the recent viral hit series, “Squid Game”.

Since the release of the show on Netflix, her Instagram followers exceptionally increased from 400,000 to 14 million in a just a few weeks.

If you are curious about the actress and her works, here are four interesting facts about her:

1. She is an international fashion model.

Jung Ho-yeon studied modeling and graduated from Dongduk Women’s University. She began her model career in 2010 when she was sixteen, appeared in Seoul Fashion Week and labeled by Vogue as Korea’s Next Top Model.

Since then, she was featured in several magazines, ad campaigns, and walked the runway for international brands such as Louis Vuitton (2016), Marc Jacobs, Fendi, Dolce & Gabbana, H&M, Burberry, Jeremy Scott, Tory Burch, Chanel, and a lot more.

Her magazine features, editiorials, and covers include Marie Claire Korea, T Style Singapore, Vogue Korea, Nylon Korea, ELLE Wedding, Vogue Japan, W Korea, Harper’s Bazaar Korea, British Vogue, Dazed, and many others.

Aside from magazines and runway modeling, she also appeared in ad campaigns such as Louis Vuitton, Hermès, Chanel, Sephora, and Gap, Inc.

Moreover, Models.com nominated her as 2017 “Model of the Year”, “Top Newcomer” and included her in the list of “Top 50” Fashion Models in the world.

2. She is a newbie in acting with “Squid Game” as her first project.

Jung Ho-yeon’s acting debut started in 2021 where she made a huge leap towards stardom through the global phenomenon Netflix series, “Squid Game”.

She portrayed the supporting role of Sae-byeok, a North Korean defector financially struggling to live anew with her little brother in South Korea. To survive and reunite her family, she steals money around the city and finally participated in the game of chance as Player 067.

Her fierce character and excellent performance has captivated millions of viewers, making her an instant rising Korean star in this generation.

3. She is close friends with Blackpink star, Jennie.

Fans are surprised to know that Jung Ho-yeon is close friends with Jennie from Blackpink when she shared a photo of them together on her Instagram account.

To support the rookie actress, Jennie sent a coffee truck, visited her on the set, and shared several photos and videos of Squid Game merchandise on her Instagram stories.

4. She is in a relationship with Lee Dong-hwi.

In a recent interview with Herald Pop, Jung Ho-yeon revealed that she in a relationship with the actor Lee Dong-hwi and they have been together since 2016.

Her long-time boyfriend worked with the following film and series projects, Reply 1988, Confidential Assignment, The Handmaiden, and Extreme Job. Jung Ho-yeon shared that he is very proud of her and the success of Squid Game.