The robot doll that is featured in episode one has become a viral sensation and Vulture tracked down the actress who voiced the role.
Squid Game follows 456 desperate contestants who compete with each other in a mysterious and deadly survival game involving multiple rounds of childhood games to win 45.6 billion won (about $38.6 million) prize money that can pull them out of their misery.
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In episode one, the 456 people compete in their first game, which is “Red Light, Green Light.” The ten-foot Robot Doll sings the phrase, “The rose of Sharon has bloomed,” with her head turned in the opposite. Contestants are able to move forward when the head is turned the opposite way, but when she turns around, they must stand completely still. If the doll catches anyone moving, they are shot dead.
The actress who voiced the Robot Doll says that her name is “Chantal.”
“When my agent called me about the role, I couldn’t believe it. I think the creator [Hwang Dong-hyuk] had seen me in Satoshi Kon’s Paprika, which was my first big break. As soon as I read the script, I immediately connected with the character. I sent in a tape and then flew out from Berlin to meet Dong-hyuk, and he offered me the part on the spot. The whole experience was surreal. And it was easy to memorize the lines. Well, line,” Chantal said.
Chantal was asked if she got tired saying the same line over and over again. She said, “That really did become an acting challenge — how do you adjust it slightly each time? How do you walk the line between light-heartedness and menace? Director Hwang would have me try it so many different ways until we found the right tone. But the hardest part was all of the dust and keeping my eyes open for the close-ups! The actors were really kicking up a lot of it during the shoot, so I used a gallon of eye drops.”
Chantal said that she had “a really incredible experience. I was really nervous at first because it was such a big production, but the entire cast and crew were so warm and professional. I had a dance session with some of the background actors, which really loosened me up. I studied a lot of the movement-based expressive arts: mime (like I mentioned), modern, kabuki. So dancing really helped connect me to my body.”
Read the full interview now on Vulture.com.
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