Man on Monday: Regan Mizrahi

Our readers may recognize your name or your face, but tell us a bit about who you are, and how you got to where you are today.

I am a 12 year old actor who has worked on tv shows, films, commercials and voice overs for the radio and inside toys and games.  For the past 5 years I have been the voice of Boots the monkey on the show Dora the Explorer. I am presently the “CEO” of The Haribo gummy Bear commercial campaign.

 What inspired you to pursue acting as a career? Was there a specific ‘a ha!’ moment?

I am the youngest of three kids working in the business and the son of an actress and the great grandson of a radio star. It is what I have always done, so there wasn’t an A ha moment. Just something that I was born into and I love being a part of.

You’re involved in the upcoming movie, “Nature Calls” – that sounds pretty exciting. What can viewers look forward to?

I play Kent, a boy way older than his years, who spends the movie trying to get Janine (Maura Tierney) to fall in love with me. With comics like Patton Oswalt, Rob Jiggle , Johnny Knoxville and the late great Patrice O’Neal on the same screen, you can only imagine what a day on the set was like.

Which actors do you see as role models? 

I think Johnny Depp is amazing.  He was a child actor that successfully made the jump into adult actor. You never read about him doing bad things. He just picks good roles and projects and does his work and is into family. I admire that because at the end of the day, my family is the most important thing to me. They are the ones that love you no matter what.

As a pre-teen, how do balance your work schedule with school? Do you have much time to hang out with friends?

It is definitely not easy. From being a child actor I have learned the important skill of “multi tasking”. I was lucky enough to make it into my school’s gifted and talented program. I always want to prove I belong there. I never leave homework for the last minute. If I am away on location I just get it done. Since I’m in the city pretty much every day, the back of my mom’s car looks like an office. I have been caught talking to myself (learning a script) by cars at a red light more than once. I must look crazy!

As far as friends go, I have had the same friends since nursery school. I make time to be with them when I can and if I’m away on a job, we do face time. They are used to me being an actor and are loyal and protective of me. I’m very lucky to have friends like that.  I also have some amazing friends that I have made while working. Only another kid actor truly understands what it’s like. It’s a common bond.

When you do have downtime, what are your favorite things to do? 

I try to play one town rec sport a season. I’m not a great player, but I love being part of a team.  I also am a big foodie and love to go out with my family and try new places to eat.  We love to find a hole in the wall with great food.  I have been very busy with a charity initiative I started called Young Performers Against Bullying. I started a Facebook page for it where I am raising funds and awareness of Bullying in the schools. I hope to help make a difference.

What’s on the horizon for Regan Mizrahi? Where do you see yourself 10 years from now?

I have had a lot of great auditions recently for some amazing upcoming projects.  As far as 10 years from now?  I see myself as a director. I would love to do beautiful works of art on film like Scorsese. I’d love to make films that people would want to watch over and over and never get dated.  I feel like my great grandfather is watching over me, guiding my career from above. I also know that I will one day get married and have children because family is everything.



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Debra Smouse

Debra Smouse is a writer, life coach, and Tarnished Southern Belle who helps people learn to fall in love with their life. An expert de-tangler, she believes in clutter-busting as a path to greater clarity. She selects the 40-45 age-box on surveys, surrenders her gypsy soul to travel, and sings while she cooks. She resides in Ohio with the Man of her Dreams where they play golf as often as possible. She is the Editor in Chief here at All Things Girl.

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