They are in very different fields, but best friends.
When Squid Game took over the world in 2021, viewers and fans around the world immediately started to notice the cast members and their wide range of talents. One of those individuals that went from simply a model to a global superstar was Jung Ho Yeon, known as Sae Byeok in the show.
In particular, fans noticed that she holds a special relationship with none other than BLACKPINK’s Jennie! The two have been friends for a long time, and in an interview with Teen Vogue, Ho Yeon spilled the tea on how they met.
Although Ho Yeon seems like a natural actress, she was actually a model before the series started and graced runways worldwide. The runway is where their relationship started!
We first met at Paris Fashion Week. Jennie came to see the Chanel show, and I was on the runway. Jennie’s stylist knew us both, so we coincidentally came across and were introduced to each other, but I don’t really remember how it was when we first met back then.
— Jung Ho Yeon
Yet, it wasn’t until a trip to New York when Ho Yeon went to a BLACKPINK concert that their friendship blossomed. They started to hang out because of the similarity of age and career lifestyle, which cemented their friendship.
She also shared how supportive Jennie was during the show’s filming and after it started to be aired. In particular, she spoke about the coffee truck Jennie sent to the set supporting her friend.
She has been fully supportive of my new acting career. She sent a coffee truck, and she was very happy for me when I first got the role. She also posted an Instagram story of Squid Game before it was officially released. I can’t really express how grateful I am to her.
— Jung Ho Yeon
It isn’t the first time Squid Game and BLACKPINK have collided. As well as Jennie’s name being shown in the show’s ending credits, some of the inspiration behind the props was influenced by BLACKPINK, and lead actor Lee Jung Jae is also a huge fan!
There is no denying that they are literal friendship goals, and not to mention two people with stunning visuals and personalities. Hopefully, fans will continue to see more wholesome interactions between the two! You can read more about their friendship below.
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