Jeon Jong-seo on 'Money Heist: Korea - Joint Economic Area': Here's how Netflix star rose to fame after 'Burning'

Jeon Jong-seo on 'Money Heist: Korea - Joint Economic Area': Here's how Netflix star rose to fame after 'Burning'
Jeon Jong-seo in a still from 'Money Heist: Korea - Joint Economic Area' (Netflix)

Netflix has given it all out in terms of every genre for every mood. It's probably the one-stop destination if you want to tantalize your movie taste buds. Keeping true to its words, it's here again giving us everything we could ask for with its Korean version of the infamous and an absolute all-timer hit 'Money Hiest'.

'Money Heist: Korea - Joint Economic Area' will be the Korean take on the original 'Money Hiest'. Some of the cast members involved in this spin-off are Yoo Ji-tae as Professor, eon Jong-seo as Tokyo, Park Hae-soo as Berlin, Lee Won-jong as Moscow, Kim Ji-hoon as Denver, Jang Yoon-ju as Nairobi, Lee Hyun-woo as Rio, Kim Ji-hun as Helsinki, Lee Kyu-ho as Oslo.


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Where is Jeon Jong-seo from?

The actress was born in Seoul. She eventually moved to Canada. Jeon attended a middle school there and then returned to Korea to graduate from Anyang Arts High School. The actress has always had an eye for acting and swiftly drifted towards the same. Soon after high school, she attended Sejong University majoring in film. She then unenrolled from university to pursue her acting career more freely.

What was her debut in 'Burning' like?

Jeon Jong-seo attended her first audition in 2017 for the role of free-spirited Hae-mi in the mystery flick 'Burning' directed by Lee Chang-dong. The actress was initially confident of not being able to land the role but things worked out differently when Lee was impressed by her innocent charm. Director Lee Chang-dong said about her audition, "When I saw her, she seemed to have this very childlike sense of innocence, but at the same time, she carried this sense of duality — as if something much bigger was on the other side of that innocence."

'Burning' premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in May 2018, where Jeon walked the red carpet. The film received universal acclaim, competing for the Palme d'Or at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival, and became the first Korean film to make it to the final nine-film shortlist of Best Foreign Language Film at the 91st Academy Awards.

Who will Jeon be playing in the Netflix spin-off  'Money Heist: Korea - Joint Economic Area'?

Jeon will be playing the role of a girl named Tokyo. Not much is revealed about the character she's playing but we do know we're in for a treat as the show is both a remake and spin-off/continuation of the Spanish TV drama 'Money Hiest'. The original synopsis reads, "The Professor" (Yoo Ji-tae), a strategist criminal mastermind, and plans to pull off a heist in Korean Peninsula inspired by those in Spain. The operation involves strategists and desperados with different characteristics and abilities, who have to face unusual situations."


Catch the series exclusively on Netflix on June 24, 2022.


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