Who is player 067 from Squid Game? Meet model HoYeon Jung

Olivia Olphin September 24, 2021

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Squid Game has taken the world by storm over the past week. People are obsessed with the high-stakes nature of this new Netflix show. However, many fans are wondering – who is the actor who plays Kang Sae-byeok, aka player 067 in Squid Game? We introduce you to model HoYeon Jung.

What is Squid Game about?

The show follows 456 people who have been down on their luck, as they are offered a way out, if they agree to play a little game. Little do they know that this game is the ‘Squid Game’ where they must survive six treacherous events, or die trying. While there is a massive cash prize at the end, this game is not for the faint hearted.

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Who is player 067 from Squid Game?

Player number 067 is Kang Sae-byeok, a North Korean defector who decides to play the deadly squid game in order to earn enough money to get her mother out of North Korea. She also wants to support her younger brother who is currently living in an orphanage.

Saebyeok translates as ‘dawn’ in Korean, and the character quickly became a fan favourite. People have taken to social media to share their love for player 067.

Meet actor and model HoYeon Jung

HoYeon Jung is a 27-year-old South Korean model and actor. She has been nicknamed “Korea’s next top model” after coming second on the Korean incarnation of the show. She has since worked for large fashion houses and publications such as Vogue, Chanel, Fendi and many more.

HoYeon currently has just over 2.5 million followers on her Instagram account and is represented by Elite Models and Nomad Management. She has recently been featured on Vogue Korea’s July 2021 magazine cover and also on Harper’s Bazaar’s February cover.

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However, HoYeon has recently pivoted her career by making her first TV appearance in Squid Game as Kang Sae-byeok. She has said about auditioning for the part:

“I was preparing for fashion week as a model in New York, but my agency asked me to tape an audition video. I remember how I only read the scripts except for the time I ate food. I sent the video in, and the director contacted me, asking me to meet in person. So I dropped everything and flew in right away.”

And the rest is history! Player 067 became one of the most talked about players on the show, and while we won’t spoil the ending, you should definitely check out her story arc.

You can watch Squid Game on Netflix right now.

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Olivia Olphin is an English Literature graduate and a film and literature fanatic. She has many years of reviewing experience, recently working as accredited press for the London Film Festival. She has also written widely about culture and sex education, as well as LGBTQ+ and women's issues.