The cast of ‘Squid Game’ has come a long way since the show premiered last year

Spoilers ahead.

After taking over Netflix, Play octopus could take over this year’s Emmy Awards, with 14 nominations.

The drama-thriller series became the most popular series on Netflix after its premiere in September 2021, and not even Stranger Things‘ new season could break his record this summer. “We didn’t see it coming compared to its global popularity,” CEO Ted Sarandos said of the Korean survival drama, which was number one on the platform worldwide shortly after it launched.

In addition to garnering massive streaming numbers for Netflix, the series has also brought international fame to its stars, many of whom have already made it big in Korea. That has certainly been the case for leads Lee Jung-jae and Jung Ho-yeon, who have been catapulted to global superstardom after Play octopus‘s success. While we wait for the show’s second seasonyou can find out where you can see more of the stars below.

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Lee Jung-jae as Seong Gi-hun

Lee Jung-jae takes the lead as Seong Gi-hun, a gambler who lives with his mother. The model and actor – who has previously appeared in An affair, domestic help, City of the rising sunand the TV drama Personnel manager-is surprised, but humbled by Play octopus‘s whirlwind success. He allegedly told Star that he has received many phone calls, texts and congratulatory messages since the show premiered on Netflix.

Most recently, he has been cast in the upcoming Star wars series The acolyte, and has just premiered his directorial debut feature Huntwhere he also stars, at the Cannes Film Festival in 2022.

Jung Ho-yeon as Kang Sae-byeok

Jung is a fashion model with recent magazine appearances in Korean editions of ELLE, Harper’s BAZAAR, Wand Marie Claire. Although she was a participant in Korea’s next top model in 2013, Play octopus feel her official acting debut. In it, she plays Kang Sae-byeok, a North Korean defector who hopes to use the game’s winnings to create a better life for her and her younger brother, who lives in an orphanage.

The Netflix series marked a major breakout moment for Jung, who has won a SAG Award, appears in The Weeknd’s “Out of Time” music video and is cast in Apple TV+’s Disclaimer series with Cate Blanchett and the A24 film The governor with Lily-Rose Depp.

Park Hae-soo as Cho Sang-woo

Before Play octopusPark appeared in TV programs such as Prison playbook and The legend of the blue sea. Next, he will star in the Korean adaptation of Money robbery. In addition to the success of the new Netflix series, Park also celebrated a personal milestone as a new father. He and his wife welcomed their first child together, a boy, on Sept. 29, 2021. This year he starred in another major Netflix series, Money Heist: Korea.

Wi Ha-joon as Hwang Jun-ho

Wi plays Jun-ho, a police detective who sneaks into the game to search for his missing brother. The actor was so “immersed” in the script that he “read it right away,” he recently told Men’s health Korea. Besides Play octopusWi has starred in films such as Midnight and Gonjiam: Haunted Asylumand TV series like Romance is a bonus book and 18 again.

Tripathi was born in India and moved to Korea in 2010 to attend the Korea National University of Arts, according to India Times. He made his film debut in 2014 Ode to my father and then got a number of small roles. Earlier this year, he also lent his voice to Netflix The 8th Night. On Instagramhe thanked viewers for their support Play octopuswrites, “No words to express my gratitude to people all over the world who all love and bless Ali and [Squid Game].”

Kim Joo-ryoung as Han Mi-nyeo

Often called Player 212, the mischievous Han Mi-nyeo is portrayed on screen by Kim joo-ryoung. The actress’ film credits go back to the 2000s, i.a Memories of murder (2003) and Plum blossom (2000), and later dramas such as Sleepless night (2012) and Skin texture (2007). Like her co-stars, Kim has shared a handful of behind-the-scenes glimpses Play octopus set on Instagramwhich makes those barracks look a lot less miserable.

Heo Sung-tae as Jang Deok-su

As the game progresses, this mobster with huge debts to pay soon emerges as the villain of the competition. He is portrayed by actor Heo Sung-tae, whose credits include 2021’s Beyond evil and 2017 The outlaws, starring Don Lee. He also appears in Netflix’s The Pacific Ocean and reunites with Lee in the actor-director’s new film, Hunt.

Oh Young-soo as Oh Il-nam

It doesn’t take long for Oh to tug at our heartstrings as Oh Il-nam, an ailing, elderly player in the game with a dark secret. Throughout his decades-long career, the actor has starred in A little monk and Spring, summer, autumn, winter… and spring.

Lee plays Ji-yeong, a player who joins the game after being released from prison for killing his abusive father. Also known as Player 240, she befriends Sae-byeok during the competition. She has already taken home one Creative Arts Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series.

Elsewhere on screen, Lee stars in the 2021 teen drama Cases of young adultsTV show 2018 It’s okay to be sensitivethe film from 2010 The Yellow Seaand more.

Lee Byung-hun as The Front Man

The front man, characterized by his geometric black mask and hooded jacket, is one of the series’ most mysterious characters. He oversees the running of the entire operation (even though he didn’t create it) and steps in if staff members step out of line, but he also answers to someone: the game’s host. The man in disguise is Lee Byung-hun, a prolific actor who has appeared in Common security area, A bittersweet life, The good, the bad, the weird, and many more. He has also appeared in Hollywood films like GI Joe series and 2016s The Magnificent Seven.

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