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Squid Game's Oh Yeong-su (Player 001) Reveals How Drastically His Life Has Changed

Squid Game's Oh Yeong-su (Player 001) Reveals How Drastically His Life Has Changed

Yeong-su Oh is getting introspective.

The 77-year-old actor, known as Player 001, or Oh Il-nam in Netflix‘s massively popular Squid Game, opened up in his first television appearance on MBC’s How Do You Play? for an interview.

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During his appearance, he revealed that he’s turned down all the commercial offers he’s received, including an offer to star in a fried chicken commercial, via Soompi.

He also talked about “Squid Game syndrome”: “I feel like I’m floating on air. It makes me think, ‘I need to calm down, organize my thoughts, and hold myself back right now,’” he said.

“So many people have been contacting me, and because I don’t have a manager to help me, it’s hard for me to handle the volume of calls and messages I’ve been receiving. So my daughter has been helping me,” he continued.

“Things have changed quite a bit. Even when I go out to a cafe or somewhere like that, I now have to be aware of [how I appear to others]. It’s made me think, ‘Being famous is tough, too,’” he explained.

He also reveled that the actors did in fact play the dalgona game between takes!

“There were some actors that did that. While filming this drama, it felt like all the actors were returning to their childhoods. We had fun playing like grown-up children. It was a happy time,” he said.

Later on, he got more serious and talked about his thoughts on life, and his personal philosophy: “Our society often only acknowledges first place, as if everyone else doesn’t matter. As if only first place exists, and second place is meaningless. But even though second place lost to first place, second place also beat third place. So everyone is actually a winner. That’s why I think a true winner is someone who is working hard at the things they want to do and attempting to reach a certain state on the inside. I feel like that kind of person is a winner.”

“I don’t have any grand ambitions. Big or small, I’ve received a lot of things while living my life. Now, I want to leave behind those things that I’ve received. To put it simply, let’s say you go to a mountain and see a flower. When we’re young, we pick the flower and take it for ourselves. But by the time you reach my age, you leave it there exactly as it is, and you go back to see it again later on. It’s the same with life. Leaving things exactly the way they are. It isn’t easy,” he continued.

In case you missed it, there are a ton of clues hidden in Squid Game about his true identity!

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