Julie Nathanson Talks “Dallas And Robo” And More In Exclusive Interview! (@Julie_Nathanson)
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- How did you get your start in the entertainment industry?
I actually started my career in soap operas in NYC. When a soap fan made fun of my voice, likening it to “Alvin and the Chipmunks,” I turned the insult into opportunity, and chose to explore voiceover! I got extremely lucky and booked the first job for which I auditioned and quickly fell in love with VO. Soon after moving to Los Angeles, I was hired as a Staff Writer (and later Executive Story Editor) on an NBC half-hour, single camera, live action series, so I split my time between writing and voiceover, and stopped on-camera acting altogether.
- What was your first big project?
As an on-camera actor, I was elated to play ‘Ellen’ in the seventh season of “Beverly Hills, 90210.” I went from being a fan of the show to being a recurring member of the cast. It was utterly surreal. In my voiceover career, my first animated series, “The Zeta Project,” was a WB/DC spinoff of “Batman Beyond,” and I actually remember that my agent gave me the news that I’d booked the series on my birthday.
- Who are your biggest inspirations?
That’s a broad question! With regard to animation, I’m inspired by June Foray and everything she did to pave the way for other strong, funny, driven, and versatile female voices. As a human being, I’m inspired by those who are brave enough to be curious, practice kindness, offer levity, collaborate, and connect authentically.
- What can you tell us about “Dallas and Robo”?
In a nutshell, just think of a 1970s trucker movie. In space. With cannibal bikers. So, basically, just a Thursday for most of us. No, really, it’s hilarious. John Cena and Kat Dennings are fantastic. Oh, yeah, and Jane Lynch shows up too. JANE LYNCH! I’m sorry to yell, but she’s just the best.
- What do you think makes it stand out from other shows?
I mean, it’s a space adventure with biker gangs, dive bars, casinos, and truck stops. The relationship between Dallas and Robo is funny and engaging, and the show has all the irreverent humor and twisted fun that Shadowmachine (Bojack Horseman) is so good at delivering.
- Where can fans watch the show?
YouTube! The first episode is streaming for free, but the entire series is available on YouTube Red!
- What did you enjoy most about working on Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay? Which character did you enjoy voicing more? (Silver Banshee or Jewelee)
I loved playing two such different characters. Jewelee is so much more expressive and colorful, with plenty of sex appeal and humor. But Silver Banshee is grounded and cold, a woman of few words, and powerful as hell. That said, I think I enjoyed playing Silver Banshee more… mostly because she was such a departure from many other characters I’ve voiced. I’m a pretty light person by nature; it’s fun to play in the dark.
- ‘Jess Black’ must have been a fun character to voice in Far Cry 5. Can you tell us a bit about her? Do you ever play the games you have voiced characters for?
Jess Black’s dark humor and sarcasm were definitely fun to play. Her traumatic history was a deep dive into some tough and painful spaces. She’s a complicated character, and I miss her already. Jess had run away to live with her badass Granny (hardcore prepper and survivalist) because her home life was too difficult. Granny taught her to hunt and live off the land. After Granny died, Jess returned home, but the Eden’s Gate cult showed up pretty soon after, and eventually killed Jess’ parents in front of her. In the game, she’s a Gun for Hire, but her weapon of choice is the compound bow.
- Is there anything else you’d like to share with us?
I’m excited about releasing a cover of Aimee Mann’s “Wise Up” in the coming weeks. It’s a song I’ve always loved, and I can’t wait to share my version.
- Where can fans find you on social media?
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