Lee You-mi Becomes First Korean Actress Wins Emmy

On Monday, Lee You-mi, 28, took home the Emmy for best guest actress in a drama series.

The best guest actress in a drama series went to Lee at the 2022 Creative Arts Emmys, defeating Marcia Gay Harden from “The Morning Show,” Martha Kelly from “Euphoria,” Hope Davis, Sanaa Lathan, and Harriet Walter from “Succession,” among others.

“I’m thrilled to have received a distinguished prize. Lee’s agency, Varo Entertainment, quoted the actress as saying, “I would like to thank director Hwang Dong-hyuk, cast members of “Squid Game,” Netflix, and all the fans who showed their love and support for my character Ji-Yeong.

Lee You-mi poses for photos after winning an Emmy Award at Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, Sunday. (Television Academy)
Lee You-mi poses for photos after winning an Emmy Award at Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, Sunday. (Television Academy)

I feel fantastic. I’m overjoyed! led by Lee.

Lee, who is known as “Player No. 240,” played Ji-Yeong, a young lady who, after serving time in jail for killing her abusive stepfather, participated in a harsh competition for 45.6 billion won ($38.1 million) in prize money.

She made history by becoming the first performer from South Korea to take home an Emmy for individual acting.

After becoming an overnight sensation with “Squid Game,” Lee expanded her renown internationally with the zombie thriller “All of Us Are Dead,” which earned her the moniker “daughter of Netflix” in Korea.

On September 12, a brand-new sports drama series called “Mental Coach Jegal,” in which the 28-year-old actor performs her first leading role will premiere.

Lee’s global phenomenon “Squid Game” also took home awards for outstanding production design for a narrative current show, outstanding stunt performance, and outstanding special visual effects in a single episode.

VFX producer Kim Hye-jin wins an Emmy for outstanding special visual effects in a single episode for
VFX producer Kim Hye-jin wins an Emmy for outstanding special visual effects in a single episode for “Squid Games.” (Television Academy)

The 74th Edition of the Creative Arts Emmys honors the best in artistic and technical achievement in prime-time TV programs that aired from June 1, 2021, to May 31, 2022, as chosen by the Academy of Television Arts and Science.

After winning four trophies in the Creative Arts Emmys, “Squid Game” awaits the main 2022 Emmys ceremony, hosted by US actor Kenan Thompson, to be held live on Sept. 12 in Los Angeles.

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