In addition to Jung HoYeon (정호연), Wi Ha Joon or Wi Ha Jun (위하준) is another breakout star from the worldwide “Squid Game”. It’s astounding to see these rookie actors gaining a huge legion of fans within a span of a few weeks from just 1 role.
As you may know, the 30-year-old actor played Hwang Jun Ho, the police officer who got himself involved in the survival game while searching for clues to uncover his missing elder brother (who turned out to be The Front Ma).
During a recent interview, the hunky star talked about nailing the audition process. “I went to the audition with the greed that I had to do this project because it was with such amazing actors and an amazing director. I really wanted to do well,” he recalled.
He continued, “When I first saw the script, even though Jun Ho didn’t get a lot of screen time, I thought he was incredibly charming because he had his own story and played the role of introducing various events to viewers. When I was acting, I had to struggle to find my older brother, but I also had to record what was happening inside so I paid most attention to maintaining that tension. He was honest and determined and the character there with the best sense of justice.”
When asked about starring opposite someone as iconic as Lee Byung Hun, Wi Ha Joon commented, “I knew beforehand that I’d be appearing as brothers with Lee Byung Hun so I was very excited. I was incredibly excited before I even met him. It was such an honor. Lee Byung Hun is a senior whom I already really like. After acting with him, he’s evidently so amazing. My heart would race just from his gaze and one line. He took care of me in such a friendly manner when I saw him on set and when we were eating, so I was really touched.”
While most of the main cast were competing in the games as players, Jun Ho was mostly by himself. “Since I had to act alone for the majority of my scenes, I felt a lot of pressure about having to lead each scene by myself. However, I think I was able to complete it because the director and staff members led me well,” the actor said.
Of course, we’d like to know how Jun Ho would fair in the games, seeing as how he’s binged-watched 3 times already. When considering all 6 games on the hit show, Wi Ha Joon replied, “If I was to participate, I think I’d be good at all of them except for the dalgona one. I’m not good at delicate things so I think I would’ve been eliminated at the dalgona stage.”
“Squid Game” ended with a lot of questions still unanswered and viewers have been campaigning for a season 2. Even Wi Ha Joon agrees that there’s still more to uncover about Jun Ho, even though he fell off the edge of a cliff. “My hope is that Season 2 comes out, Jun Ho returns alive, and the story with Jun Ho’s brother is resolved well. I really want Jun Ho to live. But it really can’t be predicted. Only the director knows. I want to live and appear in Season 2,” the actor shared.
In addition to the aforementioned, here are more plots “Squid Game” season 2 could explore.