'Squid Game' star Hoyeon named on TIME magazine’s 'TIME100 NEXT' 2022 list

Hoyeon arrives at a red carpet event for ″Squid Game″ on Nov. 8, 2021, at NeueHouse Hollywood in Los Angeles. [AP]

Hoyeon, best-known for her role in the hit Netflix series “Squid Game” (2021), was the only Korean actor to be named on TIME magazine’s “TIME100 NEXT” 2022 list which was published Thursday.

TIME100 NEXT aims to recognize 100 rising stars from across various industries which the magazine deems to be “shaping the future and defining the next generation of leadership.”

Model and actor Hoyeon was named in the “Phenoms” section of the list, which recognizes people who garnered phenomenal success and popularity in their fields. Hollywood actor Sydney Sweeney, NBA player Ja Morant, “Bridgerton” (2020) star Simone Ashely and singer SZA were some of the others named in the category.

Hoyeon began her career in 2010 as a model through Korea’s “Next Top Model” and walked in New York Fashion Week in 2016. She made her acting debut via the Netflix Korea original series “Squid Game,” which launched last September and became a worldwide sensation. She played the role of North Korean defector Kang Sae-byeok, or player 067.