Meet Squid Game Star Reagan To: From Netflix Sensation to Hollywood Rising Star

Photo Credit: Tim Schaeffer Photography @lindsphoto / Hair: Mika Fowler @mikahairstylist / Makeup: Anton Khachaturian @antonmakeup / Stylist: Alex Clough

Reagan To, best known as the English Dub voice of the iconic Squid Game Doll, is rapidly becoming a household name. Squid Game has officially broken records, becoming Netflix’s biggest series launch, reaching more than 1.65 billion hours of viewing. The series follows Seong Gi-hun and hundreds of desperate, indebted contestants competing in a high-stakes, violent competition. Reagan’s chilling portrayal of the Squid Game Doll has become a viral phenomenon, inspiring a recent Saturday Night Live (SNL) skit. Additionally, she voices the main character’s daughter, adding to her growing list of credits.

Reagan is no stranger to the small screen, with notable appearances on Jimmy Kimmel Live! alongside stars like Channing Tatum, Rami Malek, Lena Waithe, and Guillermo Rodriguez. Her rising prominence in the industry was further recognized when she presented at the Movieguide Awards, which aired on UPtv. Her presence at this event highlighted her status as an up-and-comer in Hollywood.

Her career shows no signs of slowing down. She can be heard as “Big Kid Ember” in the animated Pixar movie Elemental. Her talent and charisma have earned her a loyal fanbase, with a large verified social media presence, including over 1 million likes and 130,000 followers on TikTok, as well as 173,000 followers on Instagram. Her impact on popular culture was highlighted when her video with Young Hollywood host Joely Live went viral on TikTok, amassing over 16 million views to date.

Beyond her acting career, Reagan is an award-winning Latin ballroom dancer, having trained under renowned instructor Shirley Ballas. She competes in dance competitions around the world and complements her ballroom expertise with ballet, showcasing her versatile talent in dance. Reagan’s creative pursuits also extend to modeling, with credits for top brands such as Nike, Old Navy, Forever21, and Little Tikes. She is a budding musician, proficient in piano and flute, and is currently learning guitar. In her spare time, Reagan loves to bake and dreams of opening her own bakery.

Reagan’s impressive versatility and dedication continue to capture the attention of both fans and industry professionals. As her career unfolds, there’s no doubt that Reagan is a star on the rise. StarCentral Kids recently caught up with Reagan, and here’s what happened:

Wow, being part of Squid Game must have been amazing! How does it feel to be part of a super cool show that lots of kids love to watch?

I feel like I’m living in a dream! I see a lot of fans love the show, and the Squid Game pop-up experiences are incredible! I don’t think kids my age can watch it yet, but it does not feel real when I still hear the doll’s voice pop up on TikTok and everywhere on social media. I’m not allowed to watch the show, so I really cherish every time a fan comes up and gives their support. Recently, I was also super lucky to be part of the cast for Disney’s Elemental! Meeting fans at the premiere was such a crazy experience as well, and they were all supportive when I was doing interviews for the movie, too. They are just as excited as I am about Elemental. Thank you to all our fans!

Your character, the Squid Game Doll, has become really popular on the internet! What’s the most fun or exciting thing about being a famous character like that?

What amazed me was how quickly the voice/character became viral! The funny thing is that I’m not allowed to watch shows like that, but I heard my voice all over social media! I was surprised when my friends asked, “Wait… isn’t that your voice on Saturday Night Live?” for the Squid Game skit. It’s magical to hear my voice all over the world!

Squid Game is such a cool show with lots of action and surprises. What do you think makes it so much fun for kids to watch?

I wished I knew. I’m just a kid! My friends and I could not watch the show, and even at the studio, I was not told too much about the show. That actually made it very special because I really enjoyed working with my cast mates and the voice director on Squid Game. There were a lot of emotional scenes, and we had to get everything together just right. We didn’t know anything about what would happen to our characters, and I got to focus only on the scenes I had. I think everyone likes that because the script feels very real. I also voiced another character in Squid Game, too, and those scenes took longer to perfect. We try to put ourselves in our voices, and I think that’s what the fans really love about all the cast and voices on the show.

Photo Credit: Tim Schaeffer Photography @lindsphoto / Hair: Mika Fowler @mikahairstylist / Makeup: Anton Khachaturian @antonmakeup / Stylist: Alex Clough

You also voiced the daughter of the main character in Squid Game. Can you tell us more about how you brought that character to life and what it was like?

I had a blast voicing Ga-Yeong in the show! It was exciting and challenging, but getting my voice right was tricky at first. I kept asking myself, “Do I have moments with my dad just like her with her father?” Then it hit me! My dad and I always have movie nights, so I thought I found the perfect inspiration. I wanted to make her voice real and relatable. I was thinking back to those nights to perfect Ga-Yeong’s voice. It was such a cool process with the voice director, and I’m very grateful to bring the voice to life.

You’ve been on Jimmy Kimmel Live! with some really famous stars. What was it like being on TV with them? Did you get to meet any other cool people?

I feel very lucky to have met everyone on Jimmy Kimmel Live! My dad and I watch the show together, so we look up to them! It was super magical to film with Mr. Rami Malek. We spent the whole day at the Museum of Ice Cream. I was nervous at first, but he was very friendly and shared advice, too. Mr. Channing Tatum and Ms. Lena Waithe are all super friendly and hilarious in person, and that made it very hard to stop laughing at our skits behind the camera every time. I can’t wait to be back!

You have a lot of fans on social media who love seeing what you’re up to! How do you balance being a regular kid with being famous on the internet?

When I was super young, I went through a very scary experience at the hospital. It was like, whoa, everything just stopped for a bit. It changed how I see things. Now I appreciate the little stuff way more. And it makes me want to grab every cool opportunity and just try it out, from acting and dancing to everything in between! But that also means I had to learn a lot about managing time and focus. Practice is key, and I learned that on the way to the world dance competitions. For me, a perfect day is when I get to spend the morning on my studies, followed by ballroom practice with my dance partner. I love being curious and trying out new performances, characters, and voices. That’s when I get to be myself!

Photo Credit: Tim Schaeffer Photography @lindsphoto / Hair: Mika Fowler @mikahairstylist / Makeup: Anton Khachaturian @antonmakeup / Stylist: Alex Clough

Besides acting, you’re also a really talented dancer! How does dancing make you feel, and do you ever use your dance moves when you’re acting?

I have been dancing Latin ballroom for over seven years now. Every time I step on the dance floor, let me tell you, it’s like pure joy! Latin dance is all about those unique body movements, and I love bringing all this energy with every step. It’s perfect because I get to show my personality. And Ballroom dancing? Oh, it’s elegant, and it’s classy. I feel like I’m a Disney princess out there on the dance floor every time! I love it when I get to combine dance and acting together. The other day, I was on set for Young Sheldon, and between scenes, I found some time to practice for my next Latin Dancing competition, and suddenly, the whole cast started to dance as well! I showed Iain (Armitage) a few moves, and we had so much fun! We need more dancing in the world, and honestly, moments like this make my daily dance practice all worth it.

What are some of your dreams and goals for the future? Do you want to keep acting, or do you have other things you want to do too?

I’m going to keep acting and dancing! I love telling stories with my performances, and it’s awesome when they can hit in all sorts of emotions. I was in a short film, Eureka, and I really enjoyed the experience of talking about Asian American history. That inspires me to keep acting and explore exciting stories. And hey, the other day I was thinking of a story of a professional dancer who doesn’t have a home and she has to travel alone everywhere. That’s the role I want to play. Thank you for chatting with me today!