Photographer: Vince Trupsin @vincetrupsin
Stylist: Quentin Fears @mrqfears
Hair & Makeup: Allison Noelle @allisonnoellemakeup
Interview: Shane Ramdhany
"Red Light...Green Light..." those are the famous words from the hit popular TV show, Squid Game that broke Netflix's streaming service. It is Netflix's most-watched series, becoming the top-viewed program in 94 countries and attracting more than 142 million member households and amassing 1.65 billion viewing hours during its first four weeks from launch, surpassing Bridgerton for the title of most watched show.
We got to interview the talented Reagan To who voiced the famous Doll. We spoke to Reagan about this and what she's up to now.
What drove you to become an actress?
Performing is what I have loved to do since I was very little! But my passion for acting didn’t come until I got really sick when I was five years old. My doctor told me I had a lung infection, and I had to undergo intensive treatment at the ICU. It was very scary, and I started to treasure the little moments I had! In my room all by myself, the television was the only thing that took away my fears and kept me happy during my hospital stay. I remember how the shows pulled me out of my bed even though I was surrounded by so many tubes. One day I told my parents I wanted to become an actress—from short films to voice acting, I learned giving my best in my roles makes me more excited to chase my dream!
What did you enjoy most about your roles as the doll and Ga-Yeong on Squid Game?
It’s a great honor to be part of the most-watched series of all time on Netflix— performing two voice roles for the series was so fun and exciting! When I hear my voice on YouTube and TikTok, I still get surprised, and I have to pinch myself to see if I’m still dreaming. Hearing my doll voice in music and on Saturday Night Live has been an incredible experience!
When I was performing the voice roles for Squid Game, the production team didn’t tell us a lot about the series. I actually had no idea I was in the series until my mom and dad decided to watch Netflix one night. I didn’t know where the project would go when recording my voices with the team. It feels amazing to see the show’s success worldwide after giving my best for both performances!
Where did you draw inspiration from for your performance on this show?
The voice director and team were very helpful. We started by listening to the Korean series to get a feel for the original script before performing my version. Finding the voice of the Squid Game doll was hard because I didn’t know about the violent scenes that involved the doll. I was thinking back to how I would play with my friends back in school, which helped me create a young and innocent voice. I think that made it even more scary and creepy! I’ve been performing live and in front of the camera for my recent projects, so Ga-Yeong was a very challenging role to play. I studied how the actress played Ga-Yeong on-camera to prepare for the role. With my director, we figured out together how to approach the role in a way that feels natural to the series. It was so fun working with theSquid Game team!
Who is your biggest role model?
Oh, wow— ever since meeting Gina Rodriguez on set for Jane the Virgin, I have been passionate about ballroom and Latin dancing for the past five years. I would love to meet my idol JoJo Siwa! She is very accepting and has a great personality for dancing and performing. I also remember watching Dove Cameron on Disney. Seeing all the emotions she portrayed in Liv and Maddie was inspiring—it would be a dream to meet and hear from Dove Cameron! It would also be amazing to work with director Chloé Zhao on a project. The characters in her movies show a lot of ranges, and I would love to be a part of her next project.
What types of roles do you enjoy most?
I love performing in roles that grow and change over the series. My roles teach me a lot about expressing my emotional ranges. I feel fortunate to play characters with a strong family focus in my recent projects! After Squid Game, I was involved with The King’s Affection on Netflix. My voice role as young Hwi on the series was very challenging and took a lot of emotional energy to perform. During that project, I thought about how the characters grow and change their feelings in different episodes. When the scenes needed, I would cry, laugh, and scream my lungs out. It was a challenge to use all parts of my voice—it was such an awesome experience!
In addition to being a voice actress, I am looking forward to being involved with more theatrical productions.
Can you share anything about any of your upcoming roles?
I always wanted to be a cartoon character! I can’t reveal anything, but I am excited to be part of my first animation project. I met the animation team when I was recording my voices, so the whole experience this time felt so different from what I’ve done before. I just finished more voice over roles for several new TV series; this time they are drama series from Mexico, Spain, Korea, and Italy! I love sharing my behind-the-scenes experience on social media. Follow me @Reagan_To for updates on my upcoming roles!