HoYeon Jung is a Korean actress whose career entered the limelight after being featured in the highest-streamed K-drama series, “Squid Game.”
She attracted viewers’ attention in the series by playing the character Kang Sae-byeok, who was the player 067 and a cash-strapped pickpocket in the movie.
Jung is a pretty young lady who has been featured in many projects ranging from modeling to acting in her active years, and it is only right she gets the recognition she deserves.
“Squid Game,” the 2021 K-drama TV series, is her debut film, and the commercial success says a lot about how rich Jung will be currently, after actively playing her role in the movie.
After a few episodes in the series, Jung automatically became people’s favorite, and fans have been rooting for her while trying to enjoy the movie. Keep scrolling to see how much the actress is now worth.
A Brief About Jung’s Career
HoYeon Jung is a South Korean actress/model, born on June 23, 1994, in Myeonmok-dong, Seoul, South Korea. She attended Dongduk Women’s University in her college years.
She became active in 2010 when she started her career as a freelance model. She worked in Seoul Fashion Week shows for two years, and she was also competing for Top Model at various levels.
Three years after starting out as a model, she competed for Korea’s Next Top Model and was the 1st runner-up. After that feat, she started becoming noticed by some management and agencies. In 2016, she signed a deal with The Society Management and left her home country to pursue a career abroad.
She became known due to the red hair she wore while making her runway debut during New York Fashion Week. She majored in modeling immediately after she graduated from college. Today, the young model is Louis Vuitton’s Global Ambassador after becoming an exclusive brand five years ago.
While modeling internationally, she seldom returned home to take acting lessons and learn English to improve her fluency and acting prowess.
Last year, she was signed to an agency as an actress. This year, Jung signed with Saram Entertainment and made her debut appearance on Netflix’s “Squid Game.”
Her performances, and the movie in general, received positive comments from movie critics.
What is Jung’s Net Worth?
Jung had recorded some milestones in her modeling career, but she still decided to move into acting at some point. She did many underground practices and work to excel in the acting niche, and it is paying off.
She kicked off after signing a deal with an agency in 2020. In less than a year, she made her debut on the currently most streamed Netflix series, which has a record of more than 100 million plays worldwide.
According to StyleCaster, Jung is worth $4 million. This current worth is subject to growth because the Netflix series has opened a platform of opportunities for the model/actress.
Her current worth is majorly from her modeling career. The brown-haired actress has modeled for Hermes, Versace, Chane, Sephora and is currently Louis Vuitton’s ambassador. She has also appeared on Vogue’s cover for Korea.
Her Role In ‘Squid Game’
Jung played the character Kang Sae-byeok, who was a Korean defector and a pickpocket. She perfected her role by studying a particular dialect, watching documentaries, and learning martial arts.
She also kept a diary from the perspective of a Northern defector, the role she was given in the movie. She was so natural in her role that it didn’t take long before becoming a fans’ favorite.
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She auditioned for the role by acting in three scenes from the movie script while in New York for Fashion Week. In the movie, she pickpocketed to help her sibling and also track her mom in North Korea.
The Production team spent about $16 million on the movie. The actress made approximately $64,000 for her entire appearances in the nine episodes of the series.
What Has Changed Since The Breakout In Acting?
The first thing noticed by lots of fans was the growth of her Instagram account.
Before her debut acting role, she had 400 thousand people following her. Presently, she has about 20.5 million followers.
She is currently one of the most followed South Korean actresses on Instagram. Her influence on social media is earning her money from various sponsored posts. On Instagram, she earns $43,000 per sponsored post.
Her success in the movie has undoubtedly opened opportunities for her, so even if she might not appear in the next season of Squid Game, she is sure to feature in a new acting role very soon.
Plus, she will become a hot cake in the modeling industry because many agencies want to bag deals with new influential acts at their prime.