Breakout star Anupam Tripathi, who played Ali in "Squid Game," spoke about his experience with co-stars Lee Jung Jae and Park Hae Soo.
In the mega-hit Netflix series, the 32-year-old actor played the role of a migrant worker from Pakistan named Ali Abdul, a.k.a player number 199.
What pushed him to participate in the children's themed survival game was to give a better life to his wife and son and to return to their country.
Anupam Tripathi 'Happy' to Act Alongside Park Hae Soo
In his recent interview, the India-born, Korea-based actor says he is thankful to work alongside such great actors.
When asked about his role models, he mentioned Indian actors Irrfan Khan, Shahrukh Khan, award-winning actor Marlon Brando, the legendary Charlie Chaplin, Koreelebritiues Choi Min Sik, and Oh Young Soo; and of course his "Squid Game" co-stars Lee Byung Hun, Lee Jung Jae, Park Hae Soo.
He says that he has gained so much knowledge just by watching these stars whom he respects the most.
Many viewers praised Anupam Tripathi, especially with his scene with the "Prison Playbook" star.
Just to give you a recap, "Squid Game" episode 6 titled "Gganbu" might be the most heartbreaking moments seen in the Netflix series.
It came after Park Hae Soo's character, Cho Sang Woo, tricked Ali into giving up his marbles so he could win the game.
As for the Indian actor, who is gaining massive recognition due to his appearance in the nine-episode K-series, he expresses his deep gratitude and admiration to the "Time to Hunt" star.
He says that working with him made the actor "really happy and gave me a lot of strength."
Moreover, he added that the 39-year-old South Korean hunk is a "very caring person," and he was treated like a friend, making him more comfortable around the A-lister.
"There was never a point where I felt afraid or pressured in any way. Instead, he helped me a lot and drew out parts within me to help me do better," he said.
In addition, his chemistry with the actor also translated to the show hence giving the audience a realistic touch for Cho Sang Woo and Ali's role.
"Sang Woo and Ali's relationship was able to grow even stronger, and I was able to form a good relationship with Park Hae Soo even outside of the set," the India-born actor added.
'Squid Game' Anupam Tripathi Spills his Hilarious Encounter with Lee Jung Jae
Aside from Park Hae Soo, Anupam Tripathi also managed to create a connection with Lee Jung Jae.
During the interview, he recalled his experience with the award-winning actor pertaining to the red light, the green light scene in "Squid Game" episode 1.
He revealed that there was a time when he "forcefully" grabbed the award-winning star's neck, which made him flustered.
However, being professional, the "Chief of Staff" star comforted him and said, "It's okay. Do it comfortably, do as you please."
"After hearing that, my nerves immediately felt relieved. I believe it was thanks to Lee Jung Jae's help that I was able to act comfortably in this project and show a good performance," he explained.
It was the scene where the "Deliver Us From Evil" star almost got shot by the giant robot doll named Mugunghwa, but it was Ali who saved him during the first round.