The cast from Squid Game recently raked in the awards at the 28th Screen Actors Guild Awards (SAGA). The top-watched Netflix K-Drama was nominated in several categories in the prestigious award show: Female Actor in a Drama Series, Male Actor in a Drama Series, Stunt Ensemble in a TV Series, and Drama Ensemble. They took home all but Drama Ensemble.
However, during an interview session with stars Jung Ho Yeon and Lee Jung Jae, one of the interviewers asked a question that rubbed the public in the wrong way. A reporter from Access Hollywood had asked the actors the following question.
Now that you’re SAG winners, what are you going to miss the most about being anonymous?
— Access Hollywood Reporter
The translator had edited the question slightly before posing it in Korean to the cast.
Now that you have won SAG awards, what would you miss from the time where you were less famous in America?
Nothing could wipe the baffled looks on the faces of the actors though — and for a good reason.
Prior to the Squid Game, Lee Jung Jae was a prominent actor in South Korea. He made his debut in 1993, close to three decades ago! His renowned works have also made him a name in the movie industry worldwide. On the other hand, Jung Ho Yeon was a famous model in the industry even before featuring on Squid Game.
Furthermore, Jung Ho Yeon has been known to flaunt great English skills, so she probably understood the question directly. She’s handled multiple interviews fully in English. For example, check out one from i-D below:
Coming back to the baffling question of 2022, Jung Ho Yeon had the best answer — “Nothing!” She took the question in stride, but many were quick to point out the wrong in the question.
The interviewer was met with criticism from fans around the world about the question.
This is not the first time that the American media has been criticized for their journalism, especially with Squid Game cast members. Previously, they had posed a similar question to Lee Jung Jae about fame and recognition post-Squid Game. Read about it below.