The widely popular Netflix Korean show Squid Game is taking over the Internet and the world. It is also on its way to becoming Netflix’s biggest show ever.
The massive surge of the show’s popularity is catapulting its cast members to worldwide fame. Model-actress Jung Ho Yeon, who portrays North Korean defector Kang Sae Byeok is now the Korean actress with the highest number of followers on Instagram. Since the show’s release last month, the actress has seen her Instagram following count rise from around 400,000 to 15.2 million at the time of writing.
On October 4, the 27-year-old overtook veteran actress Song Hye-Kyo (Descendants of The Sun), who currently has 12 million followers on the platform, to become the second-most followed South Korean actress.
Just hours later, Jung’s follower count soon caught up with that of Lee Sung-Kyung, another model-turned-actress known for roles in Korean dramas such as Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok-Joo and Dr. Romantic 2. The Squid Game star now boasts 15.2 million followers on Instagram, as of October 7, overtaking Lee’s 12.9million.
Jung Ho Yeon has gained significant recognition as fans gush over the actress’ portrayal of Sae Byeok. Many found it hard to believe that Squid Game marks her acting debut. There have been many edits flooding Instagram and Twitter feed in praise of Jung Ho Yeon.
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