Previously on X-Men by Eric Lewald

Previously on X-Men by Eric Lewald

Author:Eric Lewald
Language: eng
Format: mobi
ISBN: 9780998866314
Publisher: Jacobs Brown Press
Published: 2017-12-03T00:00:00+00:00

Jennifer Dale (“Mystique”, etc.)

Mistress of many voices

(courtesy Jennifer Dale)

Why am I always mistrusted? ep 22, rough storyboard

(Author’s collection)

JENNIFER DALE: I’m just not sure how much help or contribution I can really be, because to be very honest with you, it was such a long time ago, I don’t remember a lot. I remember I had never done any kind of animated series work like that before, in terms of voice-over. There are lots of actors who make real careers out of that, but X-MEN:TAS was an introduction of that format for me. The thing that I do recall more than anything else was simply that I was astounded by how much energy it took. You just don’t realize when you’re just using your voice that you have to put so much into it. You have to convey with your voice everything that you would be otherwise using with all your other senses and faculties, and I found the experience to be exhilarating and exhausting.

EL: The actors who haven’t done voice-over think, “I’ll go in in my sweat clothes and have a couple easy hours of it.”

JD: What I’ve discovered in years since then, doing animated work on other programs, is that it has helped with all my general acting auditions. I’m aware of the audition process being rigorous and physically demanding when you’re working just your voice.

EL: Did you know any of the rest of the cast before?

JD: I don’t think I had. When was it? At least 20 years ago? I hope we’ll be forgiven for not remembering a lot.

EL: I think for the readers who felt Mystique was a favorite character, just seeing that picture of you and having you say two or three things is plenty. It’s like meeting you at a fan event, a soundbite, a handshake: “That’s Mystique talking. That’s the X-Men character that I cared so much for.” Had you had any interest in comic books or the X-Men before doing the show?

JD: No. Back as a kid in the ’60s I suppose I was reading Archie and Veronica comics, but by the time the X-Men was coming around, I was not into comics. So no, I really wasn’t aware of them.

EL: I guess you’re aware that the show has become beloved.

JD: Yes.

EL: Have you been involved with any of the fan stuff?

JD: No, not at all.

EL: You did several secondary characters. I talked to one of the actors, Lawrence Bayne (Cable), who had five or six characters. It must’ve been that the voice director thought that you had range.

JD: Yup. The thing is, that was a sort of initiation-by-fire for me because, as I say, it was so demanding. But I have gone on to do quite a lot of voice work over the years. I became a volunteer narrator at the Canadian National Institute for the Blind, for years and years I read all kinds of audiobooks onto tape. I love voice work.

EL: I see you’re appearing in a favorite series of mine, Schitt$ Creek (starring SCTV’s Eugene Levy and Catherine O’Hara).


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