“I didn’t have any expectations of successful this award in my wildest goals,” says the cheerful Lee Yoo Mi as she turned the first Korean actor to win the Creative Arts Emmy for Outstanding Guest Actress in a drama collection for Netflix’s mega-popular survivor collection Squid Game earlier this month.
Speaking To The Hindu Weekend on her massive win, the 28-year-old actor confesses she was too surprised to react when her title was introduced. “I actually didn’t know what to say and tips on how to react. What I felt was uncooked happiness.”
Squid Game scripted historical past on the 74th Prime Time Emmy Awards bagging six prime honours in main classes, a primary for a overseas language collection. Creator Hwang Dong-hyuk gained for excellent director and actor Lee Jung Jae for greatest actor in a drama collection making them the primary Asians to win the prize within the stated classes.
Lee Yoo Mi along with her Creative Arts Emmy award
Lee Yoo Mi shot to fame for her portrayal of Ji-yeong aka Player No 240 who chooses to take the autumn for Sae-byeok/ Player No 67 ( Ho Yeon Jung) within the penultimate spherical of the lethal Squid Game. The younger actor could not have had a lot display time, however her delicate illustration of Ji-Yeong a younger woman with a darkish previous left a long-lasting impression.
“I tried to seek out hints of her character in her backstory (killing her abusive step father and serving time in jail) and put myself in her sneakers to know what made her who she is. Rather than labelling her as a superb or dangerous particular person, I realised she was formed by her experiences and that’s maybe the explanation she made the influence she did,” says the actor.
The Korean wave
With a Season 2 of Squid Gamewithin the works, she admits being as curious as everybody else as to the place the story is headed. Lee Yoo Mi recollects being astounded by the unique and imaginative world director Hwang had created in Season 1. “I was amazed by his imaginative and prescient and the way gripping the premise was. I am certain Season 2 will be very entertaining as effectively.”
A nonetheless from ‘Squid Game’
Squid Game’s recognition is testomony to the worldwide attraction of South Korean content material which has seen an exponential rise on viewing charts, on streaming platforms in addition to driving conversations throughout social media. As Okay-pop and Okay-dramas evolve right into a thriving style on the worldwide mainstream leisure stage, Lee Yoo Mi acknowledges it’s a thriving time for South Korean artists. Within weeks of Squid Game’s launch, the actor noticed her personal social media presence rise from 40,000 followers to an enormous 5 million on Instagram, catapulting her into worldwide highlight.
Beyond Squid Game
The present shouldn’t be the one hit on her appearing credit. Playing the boastful wealthy woman Na Yeon, who intimidates her classmates within the tremendous hit highschool zombie apocalyptic thriller All Of Us Are Dead (Season 1), gained her crucial acclaim.
Though her easy-going off-screen persona is in sharp distinction to the extraordinary and divergent characters she has performed on display, she divulges her method is pretty easy. “There are tales that tug my coronary heart and if the character and their expertise appeals to me, I am in. The strain to do effectively drives me, no matter be the undertaking or half. I don’t personally get impacted by intense roles,” says the actor who’s presently filming for the continued sports activities drama, Mental Coach Jegal, the place she performs a one-time profitable athlete dealing with a profession hunch.
So would her character rise from the useless in Season 2 of All Of Us Are Dead? Lee Yoo Mi says she is as curious in regards to the forthcoming season as anybody else. With a number of tasks within the works, together with the sequel to the hit 2017 drama Strong Girl Bong-soon’ titled Strong Woman Kang Nam Soon, which will see the actor with spectacular tremendous powers, Lee Yoo Mi says she is presently rooting for her character Ga Eul in Mental Coach Jegal.