Jung Ho Yeon is the first Korean actress to be a part of the “TIME 100 Next” List.
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K-Drama actress Jung Hoyeon best known for her role in Squid Game, was named as part of the prestigious 2022 TIME100 Next list, the first South Korean actress to be given this distinction.
The TIME100 Next list is published annually to recognize rising stars from different industries worldwide. The list showcases musicians, medical professionals, government officials, movement leaders, and high-profile whistle-blowers alongside top CEOs— individuals whose exceptional efforts can shape the world and the future.
Under the TIME100 Next list, Jung Hoyeon joins the Phenoms category alongside actress Sydney Sweeney, NBA player Ja Morant, TikToker Khaby Lame, tennis player Carlos Alcaraz, and singer/songwriter Finneas, among others.
Squid Game creator and director Hwang Dong Hyuk praises Jung Hoyeon, who made her acting debut with the 2021 multi-awarded action drama.
I believe Jung Ho Yeon fights fame, expectations, and jealousy daily towards her success and herself. As a joke, I occasionally call her a ‘warrior.’ You cannot doubt her skill and courage in taking on so many battles. Also, I hope her acting won’t become her battlefield but a place of rest.
— Hwang Dong Hyuk
Jung Hoyeon received other accolades for her work in Squid Game. She won “Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series” at the Screen Actors Guild Awards and “Best Actress in an Action Series” from the Critics’ Choice Super Awards. She also landed on the cover of American Vogue, the first Asian and Korean star to do so.
Jung Hoyeon’s next projects in Hollywood are films like Alfonso Cuaron‘s upcoming thriller series Disclaimer and Joe Talbot‘s The Governesses.