Squid Game Star Lee Jung Jae Made History On His First Emmy Win
Lee Jung-jae, who played the moral center in the hit Netflix show Squid Game, is the first Asian and South Korean to win an Emmy for best drama series actor. This is one of four awards that the show won.
Lee won on Monday, beating out Jason Bateman for Ozark, Brian Cox as the patriarch and Jeremy Strong as his son in Succession, Bob Odenkirk for Better Call Saul, and Adam Scott for Severance. Lee and the rest of the "Squid Game" cast are heavy favorites to win several awards at the 2022 Primetime Emmy Awards. Lee himself is up for Outstanding Lead Actor - Drama.
Squid Game Star Lee Jung Jae Won Best Drama Series Actor
Lee Jung-Jae and Hwang Dong-hyuk on What Squid Game’s Emmy Win Means (Exclusive)
The story of Squid Game is a dark drama about people who compete in a deadly game to get rid of their debt. The show was the most watched on Netflix in more than one country, boosted sales of tracksuits and Vans shoes, and got people all over the world interested in learning Korean. Lee, who is 49 years old, told Hwang Dong-hyuk, the creator of Squid Game and winner of the Emmy for best drama series direction,
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“Thank you for making realistic problems we all face come to life so creatively on the screen.”
Lee thanked the crowd in his native language, Korean, at the awards ceremony in Los Angeles. He also said that he thought the awards would help other Asian actors get jobs. Backstage, Hwang said that for him and Lee, it was a "major moment."
Lee is a well-known actor in South Korea. In the past year, he has won several awards for his role as Seong Gi-hun, including the Screen Actor Guilds award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role.
Squid Game was nominated for a total of 14 Emmys, including two for supporting actor and one for supporting actress. The show's creator, Hwang, was also nominated for best writing, but lost to Jesse Armstrong, who wrote Succession.
Netflix said in June that it was looking for people to be on a new reality show called Squid Game: The Challenge. It said that the show would have the "largest cast and lump cash prize in reality TV history," with 456 people competing for $4.56m.
Squid Game Star Lee Jung Jae To Star In New 'Star Wars'
‘Squid Game’ Star Lee Jung-Jae Joins New 'Star Wars' Series ‘The Acolyte’ | THR News
Lee Jung-jae, who was in "Squid Game," will play the main character in "The Acolyte," a new "Star Wars" show on Disney+. The news first came out on the online news site Deadline. It was Lee's first major role in an American TV show.
Lee and the rest of the "Squid Game" cast are heavy favorites to win several awards at the 2022 Primetime Emmy Awards. Lee himself is up for Outstanding Lead Actor - Drama. His co-star Jung Ho-yeon, who is up for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama, is also presenting at the Emmys.
"The Acolyte" takes place a century before "Star Wars: The Phantom Menace," when the Republic thought it was at its best and the Jedi felt strong because the Sith were nowhere to be found. Acolytes are Force-sensitive people who are trained by Sith Lords in the "Star Wars" universe. The "Star Wars: The High Republic" series by Lucasfilm will also be a big source of ideas for the show.
Amandla Stenberg and Jodie Turner-Smith are also in the cast, and "Russian Doll" co-creator Leslye Headland will run the show and direct and write several episodes. Lee's first movie as a director, "The Hunt," which he also starred in, just had its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival. It wasn't in the main competition, but it has already been shown in South Korea and will be shown all over the world.
Lee Jung-jae won the Emmy Award for outstanding lead actor in a drama series on Tuesday. He played Seong Gi-hun, a middle-aged man who was down on his luck in the hit show "Squid Game." Squid Game Star Lee Jung-jae is ready for a life in Hollywood.