Get to know 'Squid Game' Filipino actor Christian Lagahit

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 24) — The newest Netflix show “Squid Game” has kept many viewers on the edge of their seats after seeing some cash-strapped players risk their lives in some deadly children's games.

Some Filipino viewers may have also briefly noticed a familiar face on their screens — Filipino actor Christian Lagahit, also known as Player 276 in the trending Korean series.

"I actually auditioned for the role of Ali, which was played by my Indian friend (Anupam Tripathi)," Lagahit told CNN Philippines' New Day on Friday.

"However, since I didn't get that role, mid of last year, the production just called me and told me that I'll be playing a special role for that drama series," he added.

Lagahit has appeared on the show's fourth episode titled "Stick to the Team", helping some of the main cast in the fatal tug-of-war game to get closer to winning the 45.6 billion won cash prize, which is equivalent to nearly ₱2 billion.

Squid Game topped the Philippines Top 10 Netflix titles since its release on Sept. 17. For Lagahit, being part of the series and representing the Filipino community is a "surreal" experience.

"To be honest, I did not expect that it would be as big as it is right now, not just in the Philippines but all over the world," he said.

Aside from acting in K-dramas, Lagahit works as a marketing consultant in South Korea and serves as a community leader in his area. He is also a former English teacher.

Lagahit has been staying in South Korea since 2015. He started getting booked for acting gigs for different shows in 2017.

"I was scouted by a Korean manager and out of nowhere, she asked me, 'can I take a photo of you, can I have your details?' And from then, she just started sending my portfolio to different productions," he shared. "In 2017, I started doing casting calls."

Lagahit appeared in other hit shows, including crime thriller film “The Negotiation” (2018) alongside Son Yejin and Hyun Bin and in the Netflix series “Space Sweepers” (2021) which starred Song Joong-ki.

"I am proud that I represent the minorities here, especially the Filipino community," he said.

Squid Game, a nine-episode dystopian series starring Lee Jung-jae, Park Hae-soo, and Wi Ha-joon, is available for streaming on Netflix.