‘Squid Game’ star Jung Ho-yeon chosen as Time’s 100 next generation leaders

September 30, 2022

“Squid Game” star Jung Ho-yeon has been chosen as one of the 100 rising leaders from across industries and around the world by U.S. magazine Time for this year.

Jung was named in the phenoms category of the 2022 Time 100 Next list released Wednesday (U.S. time), which also included American actress Sydney Sweeney and Spanish tennis player Carlos Alcaraz.

The Time 100 Next list recognizes emerging leaders from around the world who are shaping the future and defining the next generation of leadership in five categories — artists, phenoms, innovators, leaders and advocates, according to the magazine. Jung was the only Korean actor named to the list.

“Squid Game” creator Hwang Dong-hyuk gave a reference to the model-actress, who made her acting debut with the 2021 global sensation survival drama.

“I think Ho-yeon is still fighting every day against her fame, the expectations and the jealousy of her success, as well as her own desires. I often joke around and call her a ‘warrior,’” Hwang said. “There’s no doubt that she has the skill and courage to fight her numerous battles. And I hope her acting career can become a true resting area, not her battleground.”

Jung rose to global stardom for her role in “Squid Game,” winning best TV actress prizes at major U.S. awards, including the Screen Actors Guild Awards. She was nominated for best drama series supporting actress at this year’s Primetime Emmy Awards.

She has signed with the American talent agency Creative Artists Agency (CAA) and has been cast in Hollywood films like Alfonso Cuaron’s upcoming thriller series “Disclaimer” and Joe Talbot’s “The Governesses.”