Jung Ho-yeon, the star of Squid Game, is shockingly fond of one of the show’s most devastating moments. The actress, who played Kang Sae-byeok in the Netflix mega blockbuster, was overjoyed to shoot her character’s brutal death sequence.
During their Variety Actors on Actors interview, Ho-yeon revealed to Sandra Oh.
Maybe it’s weird to say it, but while I’m shooting my death scene, I was so happy. It was the most comfortable scene I ever had.
The adored Player 067 met her fate in a dismal and gory finale in the Korean drama, while competing in the game. The scene, in which the unfortunate prisoner fights to survive but eventually succumbs to her injuries, was a welcome reprieve for the actress. It involved letting the wounded character to let go of her suffering and find peace.
Jung-Ho-yeon on saying goodbye to her #SquidGame character: “I’ve been living with my character [for] over a few months, and there is a time that I have to let her go… I can happily let her go because… I’m the one who understands her most in this world.” https://t.co/V6oXP3CNBO pic.twitter.com/B3ncrFRLaD— Variety (@Variety) June 10, 2022
Ho-yeon also recounted how well the show’s global popularity affected her, with the unexpected stardom being so massive that she got extremely unwell after returning to Korea.
It’s because I’ve been living with my character over a few months, and then there is a time that I have to let her go, and I kind of feel like I can happily let her go, because I can understand. Maybe not fully, but I’m the one who can understand her most in this world, so I know her stress, and I know how her life was [such a] struggle and hard. So it wasn’t that bad or sad.
When Squid Game premiered in 2021, it became Netflix’s largest series launch ever and the first Korean series to hit No. 1 in the United States. It then topped the rankings in every one of Netflix’s 94 countries with a Top 10 list.