5 things you didn’t know about Squid Game’s star Lee Jung Jae.
Squid Game’s fever might be ending, but for Lee Jung Jae (이정재), it might be just the start.
With a handful of movies under his belt, like City Of The Uprising Sun, The Housemaid, The Thieves, and Along With The Gods, the actor who portrays Gi Hoon on the latest Netflix phenomenon transmits an off-hand spirit whenever clicked off screens.
From bodyguards to villains, going through business and solid partnerships, his Capricorn sun doesn’t let us lie about it — everything he’s willing to make ends up being well done.
So here are 5 things you may not know about Squid Game’s star.
1 - He started out as a model.
Lee Jung Jae was discovered by a designer while working at a cafe. Before making his debut in Dinosaur Teacher in the ‘90s, he modeled for a few years.
2 - Sneakers on screens, exquisite leather goods in the streets.
Wearing sneakers might have helped Gi Hoon to move precisely during Red Light, Green Light. But off screens, leather coats with Gucci's motif embossed and high-end shoes contrasting tailored suits convey a spontaneous and bossy vibe.
3 - Gi Hoon was actually his most challenging character.
If you’ve watched Squid Game, you know its characters are way too complex to be resumed to just one thing. It means that Lee had to put a lot more things than just being a bad or good guy into the equation to make Gi Hoon look as natural as possible.
4 - Lee is a car enthusiast.
Celebrating the breakthrough the Netflix show brought to his life, Lee purchased a timeless Porsche 964 911, a combination of classic styling with wild driving dynamics and unique leather features on the inside.
5 - He owns a bunch of other businesses & talents.
Besides being an established actor, Lee Jung Jae also owns a real estate company & an Italian restaurant that shares its name with his movie, Il Mare. Having studied interior design, he was the one in charge of the furnishings. Is that enough for you? He’s also the co-founder of the agency Artist Company, which he shares with Jung Woo Sung, one of his closest friends.
Get ready for the next level and discover another mania born out of the screens.