Former IZ*ONE member and soloist Jo Yuri shared her reaction to finding out she was cast in Squid Game 2.
At the end of June, Netflix announced the long-awaited cast for the second season of Squid Game. Actors Lee Jung Jae, Lee Byung Hun, Wi Ha Joon, and Gong Yoo were set to return after their dynamic performances in the first season. In addition, new members, such as Im Si Wan, Kang Ha Neul, Park Sung Hoon, Park Gyu Young, Kang Ae Sim, Jo Yuri, Choi Seung Hyun, and others, were confirmed to be in the Season 2 cast.
Squid Game rounds out the cast for Season 2:
Please welcome Park Gyu-young, Jo Yu-ri, Kang Ae-sim, Lee David, Lee Jin-uk, Choi Seung-hyun, Roh Jae-won, and Won Ji-an to the game! pic.twitter.com/wV7WErYKpM
— Netflix (@netflix) June 29, 2023
On August 17, Jo Yuri appeared on the MBC FM4U radio show Kim Shin Young’s Hope Song At Noon.
Regarding her casting in Squid Game 2, Jo Yuri talked about how she felt when she found out she was cast in the series.
I auditioned for a long time for this production. When I received confirmation that I was cast, I was so happy. I don’t remember what exactly happened because my sudden excitement level went up and it was like that moment was erased from my mind. It felt like a dream. I was that happy.
— Jo Yuri
The host Kim Shin Young said she felt something similar when she was cast in the movie Decision To Leave. At the time, she thought to herself, “Is this a dream?” and said that one has to experience the filming process and attend the VIP premiere to really feel the reality of it.
Jo Yuri also has a lot of experience auditioning in her music career. She auditioned for the Mnet audition programs Idol School and Produce 48, which allowed her to debut as a member of IZ*ONE. Jo Yuri shared that she is quite comfortable with auditions now.
I get a bit nervous before going into auditions, but once I step on stage or go in, I feel very relaxed.
— Jo Yuri
It was perhaps her comfort with auditioning that earned her a spot on the cast list for Squid Game 2.
Squid Game 2 reportedly began filming in July. There has yet to be a release date for the show.