Rising star Kyla Carter's talent runs deep whether she is acting, singing, dancing, or performing on Broadway. Kyla is currently starring as 'CJ Suki' in the new DreamWorks animated series "TrollsTopia" streaming on Hulu and Peacock. She can also be seen starring as the same character in the Netflix series "Trolls The Beat Goes On". Kyla's single "Because You're You" from Season 4 of the Netflix series soundtrack has become a hit with Trolls fans and beyond, garnering over 28K-streams on YouTube alone. As a singer/songwriter herself, Kyla has plans to release more original music in the new year.
Kyla was born and raised in Long Island, New York – where she took inspiration to become a performer from her icon Shirley Temple. She began her acting career at 5-years old when she was cast as 'Hattie the Witch' in the Nickelodeon animated series "Wallykazam!" and 'Young Nora Durst' in the HBO drama series "The Leftovers." With her passion for theatre arts, she began her Broadway career at 8-years old playing 'Gretl von Trapp' in "The Sound of Music" (2015-2017), under three-time Tony Winner Jack O'Brien. She then went on to play 'Susan Waverly' in the Broadway production of "White Christmas" (2018-2019). Overall, Kyla spent 18-months touring the U.S. and Canada, performed over 500 shows, visited 50 cities and 26 states, and never missed a day of work or school on the road. Outside of Broadway, Kyla's professional acting credits thus far include work for ABC, HBO, Nickelodeon, PBS, Netflix, Hulu, Peacock and NBCUniversal.
When Kyla is not acting, she spends time writing her own original music, performing popular cover songs on her YouTube Channel, dancing, and modeling. During the pandemic, Kyla began her own podcast 'Kyla's Korner' The podcast is featured weekly on 'The Mark White Show' airing on Radio Alabama's KIX 96.3 FM/100.3 FM, and can be streamed on most podcast platforms. Kyla's mission is to spread positivity and kindness to her community. She shares encouraging and motivational messages to her listeners with her motto being: 'Live life sunny side up!' She is an advocate for spreading sunshine and positivity wherever she goes. Kyla is truly an inspiration and positive role model for other young girls and boys during these unprecedented times.
Question: Can you tell us about your role of CJ Suki in TrollsTopia?
Kyla Carter: CJ Suki was originally part of the DreamWorks animated series "Trolls the Beat Goes On." She was created based on some of my own features, like freckles and blue eyes. She is a pop singer, a spunky firecracker and loves her Aunt DJ!
Question: Without giving too much away, what's your favourite part of TrollsTopia?
Kyla Carter: Working for DreamWorks Animation the last four years has been a DREAM JOB with a DREAM TEAM of amazing creative directors. It is very surreal to see a cartoon version of yourself on the television! My favorite part of TrollsTopia is the great music and positive messages around friendship, with lots of fun humor!
Question: Who's the funniest person in the cast in real life?
Kyla Carter: In voice acting, oftentimes we do not get to meet the cast. Many times, we live in different cities recording via Skype from a local recording studio. Recently, I met Lauren Mayhew who plays Val Thundershock. She is super funny and really cool.