From left: Park Hae-soo as Cho Sang-woo, Lee Jung-jae as Seong Gi-hun and Jung Ho-yeon as Sae-byeok in Squid Game.
It’s the Korean ultra-violent survival series on Netflix that everyone’s talking about. And Squid Game, with its phenomenal audience, is producing new mega stars.
Jung Ho-yeon, who plays Sae-byeok, Contestant 067 in the dystopian drama, has racked up 17.9 million followers on Instagram, with most coming in the past week.
Needless to say, designers have come knocking, including Louis Vuitton and Adidas. Not surprisingly, Ho-yeon’s glamorous model-like posts on Insta are a far cry from the dishevelled character fighting for her family in Squid Game.
The Daily Mail reports that we can expert to see Ho-yeon gracing the catwalks of London, New York, Paris and Milan in the coming year.
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Just one day ago, the star appeared on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, along with some of her fellow actors. And Sole Supplier reported that sales of Vans white slip-ons saw a 7800 per cent increase following their appearance in Squid Game.
Meanwhile media outlets in the UK are reporting on negative feedback from schools where teachers are concerned that students are play-acting scenes from the series.
The Independent reports that John Bramston Primary School in Ilford has issued a letter to parents outlining its concerns.
The letter states: “We have noticed an increased number of children starting to play their own versions of this game in the playground – which in turn is causing conflict within friendship groups.
“Children who are watching this are being exposed to graphic realistic scenes of violence and sadly children are acting out this behaviours in the playground which will not be TOLERATED.
“I would like to make you aware that this programme is rated a 15 for a reason.
“IT IS NOT APPROPRIATE FOR PRIMARY SCHOOL AGED CHILDREN. Any child who mimics or demonstrates these behaviours, parents will be called upon and sanctions applied.
“Please be aware of the dangers of this TV programme for your children and reinforce positive behaviours.”
“Also please explicitly share that pretending to shoot one another is not appropriate – nor acceptable. Please support us in keeping your children safe.”
And another school in Kent is offering extra lessons on “violence and online harm” in wake of the series.