Watch List: The Cast Of Netflix’s “Squid Game” Also Appear In These Shows
We can’t get enough of them!
The newest Korean series that has been the topic all over social media and the inspiration for memes is none other than “Squid Game,” the survival drama that was released on Netflix just a little over two weeks ago.
It follows the story of Seong Gi Hun, one out of 456 individuals who unwittingly agreed to play a series of deadly games in exchange for 45.6 billion Korean won. The object of the game is to be the last one standing in order to take home the multi-billion cash prize.
“Squid Game” is nothing short of a phenomenon. It now ranks as the number 1 show on Netflix in 90 countries, and is predicted to become the streaming site’s biggest original series ever. This success has spilled over to its lead characters too—HoYeon Jung, who plays Sae-Byeok in the series, has gone from having 400,000 Instagram fans to 13 millions followers to date in just a span of two weeks! Well-deserved attention not just for her, but for the entire production and cast, too, if you ask us!
And in case you feel like you’ve seen some of these actors before, you’re probably right. If this is your first time to see them on screen, you can catch the Squid Game actors in these shows!
Lee Jung Jae
Lee Jung Jae, who played Seong Gi Hun (or player number 456 in the show), has been in the entertainment industry since 1993! He was discovered at a café by designer Ha Yong Soo and worked as a fashion model before he started acting.
His first acting gig was in the 1993 television drama “Dinosaur Teacher”, but Jung Jae’s breakout role was in the highest grossing Korean film of 1998, “An Affair.” You can also watch him in “The Housemaid” (2010), “New World” (2013), and “The Thieves” (2012), which became one of the all-time highest-grossing movies in Korean cinema.
Before Squid Game, Jung Jae starred in the JTBC drama “Chief of Staff” in 2019, acting alongside famous stars like “Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha’s” Shin Min Ah, and Lee Elijah of “The Last Empress.”
Park Hae Soo
Who else felt betrayed by Park Hae Soo’s character Cho Sang Woo in “Squid Game”? Well, Sang Woo may have been super serious while fighting for his life, but Hae Soo’s IRL personality is actually light and funny.
The Swoon posted a fun video where the cast of “Squid Game” were asked to play charades, and while we can’t really take out Hae Soo’s competitiveness out of him, he proved that he’s very different from his role in the Netflix series.
ICYDK, Hae Soo actually started out as a musical theater actor back in 2007, when he appeared in “Mister Lobby,” “Angel Called Desire,” and “Annapurna.” He eventually tried out TV and film in the early 2010s. He earned his Best New Actor trophy from his 2017 drama “Prison Playbook,” which you can also stream on Netflix right now!
In March 2021, Netflix revealed that Hae Soo will be a part of the Korean adaptation of the famous Spanish crime drama “Money Heist.” If you’re a fan of the show, we know you’d be excited too!
Oh Young Soo
Let’s be honest, Young Su’s character Oh Il Nam (a.k.a. player 001, the elderly man that Gi Hun befriended at the beginning of the Games) was probably one of the biggest plot twists of the show.
In his career, the 76-year-old actor has played several monk roles in his career. He plays a monk in the movies “Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter… and Spring” (2003), “The Gate of Non-Duality” (2012), and in the drama series “The Great Queen Seondeok” (2009).
Our biggest heartbreak while watching the show was when Sang Woo betrayed Anupam’s character, Ali Abdul. He played the kind-hearted Pakistani worker who seeks to win the prize money to provide a better life for his family.
In real life, however, Anupam Tripathi is from New Delhi, India, who moved to South Korea in 2010 when he attended Korea National University of Arts. He appeared in the 2014 film “Ode to My Father,” the 2016 movie “Luck Key,” and got minor roles in “Hospital Playlist” (2020) and “Space Sweepers” (2021).
Heo Sung Tae
We don’t think we’ve ever felt this much hate for a fictional character before, but that just proves how effective of an actor Heo Sung Tae really is! In fact, he has more than 60 acting credits as of this writing. In Squid Game, he plays Jang Deok Su, the gangster who falls deeper into debt after gambling all his money in the Philippines.
Sung Tae gained national attention for his role in the 2016 film “The Age of Shadows,” but he is equally notable in “The Outlaws” (2017), “Your Honor” (2018), and “Beyond Evil” (2021). He’ll be acting alongside Gong Yoo in the upcoming mystery thriller “The Silent Sea,” which is set for release in December this year!
Kim Joo Ryoung
Our love-hate relationship with Han Mi Nyeo (played by Kim Joo Ryoung) is pretty interesting. If you think about it, we actually don’t know anything about her Squid Game character outside the Games (well, aside from that incident where she claimed to be a poor single mother, but we never got any info!). Joo Ryoung’s talent in acting was so phenomenal that we have laughed, cried, and got annoyed with her despite the mystery surrounding her character’s life!
If you want a glimpse of Joo Ryoung’s amazing acting skills, you can watch her in the ever-famous TV series “Sky Castle” (2018), the SBS show “Doctor John” (2019), and “The School Nurse Files” (2020) on Netflix.
Wi Ha Joon
Despite being in the midst of such a stressful plot, Wi Ha Joon’s character still managed to make us swoon. In the series, he plays a police officer named Hwang Jun Ho, who sneaks his way into the Games to find his missing brother.
Ha Joon is best known for his roles in the 2018 film “Gonjiam: Haunted Asylum” and the 2018 TV series “Something In The Rain,” which you can also stream on Netflix.