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Who is player 212 from Squid Game? Meet actor Kim Joo-Ryoung

Olivia Olphin September 29, 2021
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Squid Game continues to delight and disturb audiences as it remains in the number one spot of Netflix’s top 10. Fans have becomes obsessed with every detail of the show, from dalgona candy to the subtle painting on the walls. We introduce you to the divisive player 212, Han Mi-Nyeo, from Squid Game, as well as the actor who plays her, Kim Joo-Ryoung.

Warning spoilers ahead!

What is Squid Game about?

The hot new Netflix show follows 456 people who are struggling with their debts as they are invited to play the Squid Game for a massive cash prize, 45.6 billion won (about $38.6 million). However, little do they know that these are not simple children’s games they are playing, because if they lose the game, they also lose their lives.

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Meet player 212, aka Han Mi-Nyeo

Hany Mi-Nyeo is a crazy, hilarious and zany character who becomes hell bent on revenge. Player 212 has a hard time in the Squid Game. She is initially rebuked by bad boy player 101, after he refuses to team up with her. However, Han Mi-Nyeo uses her cunning in order to sneak some cigarettes and a lighter into the arena, (we won’t go into details on how…), using the lighter in order to burn through the honeycomb in the second task.

After she helps player 101 he decides to side with her, and things even get a little intimate between them. However once he discovers that the third game is an intensely physical tug of war he soon abandons her again.

Player 212 has some of the most memorable lines in the show. When asked what she is good at she repeatedly answers ‘everything except for the things I’m not” and that she will be “much more useful than these skinny girls”.

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Player 212 is always left out of the teams, and becomes a bit of an outcast in the group, despite her best efforts. After being disrespected by player 101 who promised they would see this thing through to the end together, Han Mi-Nyeo chooses to enact her final revenge on the glass bridge.

Love her or hate her, 212 has become one of the most iconic characters from this season of Squid Game.

Who is actor Kim Joo-Ryoung?

Kim Joo-Ryoung is a South Korean actor represented by Just Entertainment. She was born on 10 September 1976 and is 45 years of age.

Joo-Ryoung has been acting in the Korean film industry for over two decades, with her first official role as Werther in Plum Blossom in 2000. She also starred in Bong Joon-Ho’s Memories Of Murder, as well as recent series’ such as SF8 and Mr Sunshine.

She has also starred in Babel, SKY Castle, The School Nurse Files and When My Love Blooms. Joo-Ryoung currently has 672k followers on her Instagram account, which has spiked dramatically since the release of the Netflix series. You can check out some of her behind the scenes photos of Squid Game here.

Fan reaction split for player 212

Player 212 was always meant to be a controversial figure. A little like marmite you either love her or you hate her. Some viewers found that player 212 was their favourite character from the whole of Squid Game.

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While others simply find her incredibly irritating, just like player 101.

However, everyone agrees that Kim Joo-Ryoung’s acting was outstanding. We can’t wait for a second series!

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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.