In 2021 young actress Reagan To became a household name for her English dub portrayal of Ga-Yeong and the Game Doll on the Netflix international smash hit Squid Game. Since then To’s voice has been heard around the world as she became an overnight viral phenomenon. Now the actress has quickly built quite the social media fanbase with her videos on TikTok and Instagram going viral. TV Source Magazine recently spoke with To about her success and what the future has instore for her.
Squid Game was an amazing hit, what is it like having your voice literally go viral around the world?
It feels so magical! It’s a great honor to be part of the most-watched series of all time on Netflix. The production team kept the details of the show a secret, so I went into the project committed to doing my best for my performances. Being the voices of the doll and Ga-yeong was an incredible experience! Hearing my voice on Saturday Night Live was really inspiring, and it means a lot to me. It still surprises me to this day when I hear my Squid Game voice randomly on TikTok!
In previous interviews with other outlets, you mentioned that your parents wouldn’t let you watch the show yet. When you get older would you like to see it?
My mom and dad did not let me watch the whole show—they did not even allow my brother who is 14 years old to watch the show—however, they did let me watch the scenes with my voice in them up until the violent parts. It feels just like my recording experience during the show, because I also didn’t know too much about the story. I think that actually helped with the voice and made the doll scarier. I hope I can watch it one day so I can finally get all the jokes I’ve seen on the internet!
Squid Game wasn’t your first Voice Acting job, having previously voiced the role of Young Seo-Hae in the Netflix series Sisyphus: The Myth. What can you tell our readers about that role?
Wow—playing the young voice was a very special opportunity for me! It was challenging. The role let me think about the trauma of the character, which is something new and different from my other projects. I remember that there was one intense scene to voice: this emotional scene was about a death in the family, and voicing that took a lot of energy to prepare for. It was difficult to get that right because I was screaming my lungs out! But I am really glad for the chance to show a different side of me. I learned so much about voice acting from the director and the experience.
What is the biggest difference you have found between acting in front of the camera and doing voice acting?
I love doing both! But voice acting sometimes feels a little harder. When I’m acting with in front of the camera, I feel like I’m more free to portray my emotions. I can pour myself into the performance and show everything about the character in the scene. For voice acting, there is a new layer to the performance and it makes dubbing more challenging in some scenes. In Sisyphus, I took some time to think about how I would feel as Seo-Hae. But it was also important for me to think about how the actress played the role in front of the camera. When I needed to scream, laugh, or cry, the scenes needed me to use different parts of my voice so it would feel like a natural performance. It was such an awesome experience!
What type of roles do you hope to have in the future?
It’s wonderful that my latest projects are characters with a strong focus on family! It has been incredible to be able to bring my own experiences with my family to my recent roles. The emotional side was heavy, and I learned a lot about expressing my different emotional ranges. I think it would be very interesting to perform a character that grows and develops herself over the series. Showing change in a character is very exciting to perform. I would also love to be part of an adventure story that takes me to meet new friends in a new world!
Korean entertainment has become very popular throughout the world, what do you like most about working on shows from Korea?
It feels unbelievable to be a part of entertainment from Korea and Asia while I’m here in California! The cast and crew with my recent projects are amazing and very talented in voice work. I feel lucky to be part of the cast and to learn from the directors and crew. When I go into the audition, I see other actresses and actors who look like me and sound like me. It is very encouraging to be part of a diverse cast and to tell stories from my Asian community. I think it’s wonderful to help share stories so that English speakers can also enjoy entertainment from my part of the world!
Do you have any projects coming up that you’re able to talk about and promote to our readers?
I don’t wait to spoil anything, but I am really excited to be in my first animation project! I always thought about what I would look like as an animated character. And it feels very different from what I have done before. This project lets me work with the animation team, and I am very lucky to be with the crew and director together to work on a more natural performance. I am also currently working on more voiceover projects for several TV series too—they are successful drama series from overseas! I can’t wait to share more next time.
Where can our readers find out more about you and follow your career?
You can follow me @reagan_to on Instagram and @reaganandjuli on TikTok and my website ReaganTo.com. I love sharing behind-the-scenes for my voiceover projects and dance performances. I’ll talk to you next time! Thank you, TV Source!