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TFW2005 Interviews Transformers Animated Voice Actor Tara Strong

Posted on 02-22-2008 at 01:35 PM by Super_Megatron under Interviews
sari
TFW2005 content contributor Ktulu recently had a chance to sit down with Tara Strong, the voice of Sari in Transformers: Animated. Check out what she had to say below!

TFW2005: Though you're a long accomplished voice actress, the Transformers fanbase is of course getting to know your work even better now with your character Sari on the new Transformers Animated series. Prior to this show, did you know much about or have any interest in the Transformers franchise?

Tara: When I was younger, I loved the Transformers. Always had a few toys that I couldn't figure out!

TFW2005: What initially drew you to the Transformers Animated series, and once cast, how easily did you find yourself immersed into your character and the storyline?

Tara: I auditioned for the show hoping I would get the part. For starters, Sari was the ONLY regular girl role up for grabs! Plus, the Transformers is such a special franchise and I feel honored to now be a part of its history. It was easy to immerse myself into the character because the writing is so good.


TFW2005: Voice director Susan Blu has a long standing history with Transformers. How beneficial was her experience with the franchise to achieving the best tone for the performances?

Tara: She's the greatest, no matter what she does. Her history with the show made it fun and interesting.


TFW2005: What inspiration have you drawn upon for your portrayal of Sari?

Tara: I'm inspired by her character design, backstory, and the passion of the creators. I just try my best to bring their vision to life.

TFW2005: How much has your experience with previous roles affected how you approach new characters? For example, how much of Bubbles is in Sari?

Tara: There is no Bubbles in Sari, I try never to repeat vocal qualities or inflections. Each character has its own life in my head.

TFW2005: Is there any insight you could give us on where Sari's adventures with the Transformers might take her throughout the rest of the series without giving too much away?

Tara: Let's just say her entire identity could be a surprise.

TFW2005: The rest of the Animated cast is full of many other fan favorite voice actors as well, such as Corey Burton and David Kaye. Does the strength of your fellow cast mates, on this or any show, reinforce your intent to give all you can to the performance?

Tara: I always try to give my all. I have to say, this cast is stellar. The room is so full of legendary talent it's breathtaking. It's the first time I've met David Kaye because he was previously in Vancouver and I was instantly smitten with his talent and charm. We've become very close friends. My hubby, a realtor, took extra special care of his family and got them settled in a wonderful new home here.

TFW2005: What would you say has been your favorite voice acting experience thus far, and conversely, your worst?

Tara: I have so many favorites, I've been extremely lucky. I especially loved doing the Little Mermaid II, Powerpuff Girls, Teen Titans, and of course I love Transformers ... too many to choose!

TFW2005: Which of your characters have been favorites of your children?

Tara: My kids love Timmy on The Fairly OddParents and currently they're CRAZY for Truffles on Chowder.

TFW2005: Do you look for any specific key elements of a character or story when choosing roles?

Tara: I don't really choose roles, they choose me. When I'm at an audition, something organic will happen at the audition and if it's meant to be, it just sort of magically evolves into a living entity.


TFW2005: Having grown up idolizing shows with veteran voice actors the likes of Peter Cullen and Frank Welker, many Transformer fans have developed a keen interest in voice acting themselves, and many perform in Transformer fan projects. What advice do you have for those of us seriously pursuing a voice acting career? I realize this is a common question, but your opinion on the matter would be much appreciated.

Tara: Take acting classes, singing lessons, voice-classes where there is actual studio time. There are wonderful classes in Los Angeles, but I can't recommend outside this state. If it's in your heart, keep at it, make a reel and send it off to local reputable agents ... and of course check out www.voicestarz.com!

TFW2005: Do you know of any newer voice actors that used the Voicestarz program to help them get started?

Tara: We had one girl signed by William Morris & CESD.

TFW2005: Finally, what sort of series are you most looking forward to being a part of next? Are there any specific shows or game projects you're already cast in that you're particularly looking forward to?

Tara: I hope Transformers gets a pick up...keep watching Chowder, and we're working on a whole new season of The Fairy OddParents.

TFW2005: Thank you again for your time Ms. Strong. We're not only Transformer fans here at TFW2005, but fans of great animation in general, and many of us have strong interest in video games as well. You've been part of many of our favorite shows and games so this has been quite a privilege. Thank you!

Tara: My pleasure. Thanks for watching and be sure to check out my website at: www.tarastrong.com!
Views: 9,772 / Credit: Ktulu of the 2005 Boards!
Deceptikitty
Excellent interview. She seems like a really nice person. It's cool to know she liked Transformers beforehand.
MACRAPTRON
I like Sari even more now
MaikeruSan
Saris true identity to be a surpirse. Mabey she will be Arcee
DeathStorm
I really don't care about Sari, but she is a cartoon character. I could care about Tara though...I could care about her a LOT.
Ravenxl7
Cool and interesting interview. Specifically this part.

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Tara: Let's just say her entire identity could be a surprise.
I'm wondering what that means. The only odd thing we know about her that hasn't come up in the show yet is that she's apparently adopted.
Glitcher
Seems like a really charming person. And very attractive, too.
Master Fwiffo
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Tara: Let's just say her entire identity could be a surprise.
Aw crap, more fuel for the 'Sari is a robot!' theory.
Robogeek28
Wow, I didn't realize how many other voices she's done. My kids watch many of the shows she does voices for, neat.
Chaos Convoy
TFW2005: Is there any insight you could give us on where Sari's adventures with the Transformers might take her throughout the rest of the series without giving too much away?

Tara: Let's just say her entire identity could be a surprise.

ZOMG She's a robot!

lol...I'd laugh if that was true. Only after having unloaded a pile of bricks in my pants, though.
Powersa
nice photo.
Brandon
Pretty cool interview. She does a lot of really good work and I'm liking her voice for Sari(yeah that's right, I like the character )
Poho
she is foxy.

and nice and stuff too...i guess
lol
ZeroMayhem
Bubbles!
Backpack
I just know Darth Vader will show up claiming to be her father. He does this just to get attention. It's very sad actually.
shumworld
i've said this once before, but she is hawt.
Golden Age
she brings a lot of spunk to her voice.
Valkysas
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Aw crap, more fuel for the 'Sari is a robot!' theory.
highly, highly unlikely. robots don't rapidly age like she did in the most recent episode.
Necrophon
I didn't know that she did the voice of Rikku in Final Fantasy X and X-2. But now that I've thought about it, the voices are similar. Kewl!

I like Sari WAY more than any of the other human characters we've been forced to watch in the last few incarnations of Transformers.
Foster
Great interview. She would be a hit at Botcon.

I had no idea she was a mom!
doomtron
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Originally Posted by MACRAPTRON View Post
I like Sari even more now
me too!
Raven Zombie
she is a headmaster!

well we know she gets that backpack bike thing... i dont know
Smasher
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Originally Posted by fosterlager View Post
Great interview. She would be a hit at Botcon.

I had no idea she was a MILF!
Fixed!

Tara Strong = Awesome

I think it is funny how she thinks a room is full of amazing talent, yet doesn't include herself in the list.

She is an incredible voice actor.
Anyone who can pull off Bubbles from Power Puff Girls and Raven from Teen Titans has got to be talented.
Razorclaw
Nice interview. And she really looks pretty on that photo.
Foster
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Originally Posted by Smasher View Post
Fixed!
I didn't want to be that guy. 'Cause she's probably been invited to read our discussion thread.

I predict a lot of Sari hate will evaporate now.
Hobbes-timus Prime
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Originally Posted by Valkysas View Post
highly, highly unlikely. robots don't rapidly age like she did in the most recent episode.
They do when they're covered in organic skin, kinda like a Terminator. If she was aging, then you'll notice she didn't grow up, just wrinkled.
Smokescreen
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Originally Posted by Hobbes-timus Prime View Post
They do when they're covered in organic skin, kinda like a Terminator. If she was aging, then you'll notice she didn't grow up, just wrinkled.
Very good point. I noticed that, too. I was wondering why she didn't get any taller when she aged. Unless she's a midget!
shroobmaster
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Originally Posted by Hobbes-timus Prime View Post
They do when they're covered in organic skin, kinda like a Terminator. If she was aging, then you'll notice she didn't grow up, just wrinkled.
That's because they key was "killing" organics, it probably was just sucking Sari's vital force or something not "going to the future except not".
Randomus Prime
She's great, she did the voice for Supergirl for our game Justice League Heroes.
jdre_124
Nice interview and 0_0 OMG SARI IS HAWT.
Bendimus Prime
Hit it like the fist of an angry God, I would.
Valkysas
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They do when they're covered in organic skin, kinda like a Terminator. If she was aging, then you'll notice she didn't grow up, just wrinkled.
And if her dad could create something like that, with a full range of human emotions and a personality, then he'd have no excuse at all for the rather low-tech robots he also makes.
Hobbes-timus Prime
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Originally Posted by Valkysas View Post
And if her dad could create something like that, with a full range of human emotions and a personality, then he'd have no excuse at all for the rather low-tech robots he also makes.
Well, he sells the others and they're used to perform menial tasks. I don't think Sumdac's the kinda guy who would want to treat robots as advanced as the one Sari potentially is like product.

I'm not saying she definitely is a robot, but I wouldn't consider anything we've seen as evidence to the contrary, yet.
Ptitvite
OMG! I just realized she was in Senior Trip! OMG!!! One of my favorite movies!!!! OMG!!!
Runamuck
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Originally Posted by bfarneth View Post
I really don't care about Sari, but she is a cartoon character. I could care about Tara though...I could care about her a LOT.
Yup. Me too.
Ktulu
Thanks guys

I DID consider inviting her to read it once it was up but I'm not sure if I should now, haha
Infosaur
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Originally Posted by Chaos Convoy View Post
TFW2005: Is there any insight you could give us on where Sari's adventures with the Transformers might take her throughout the rest of the series without giving too much away?

Tara: Let's just say her entire identity could be a surprise.

ZOMG She's a robot!

lol...I'd laugh if that was true. Only after having unloaded a pile of bricks in my pants, though.
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Originally Posted by Master Fwiffo View Post
Aw crap, more fuel for the 'Sari is a robot!' theory.
I still think the biggest argument is:

I can't for the life of me imagine Sumdac being able to figure out how to get a date, let alone um,,, father a child


And as for the theory,,,

That Sari's adopted, he seems awfully absent minded to be the kind of person who would adopt. I'm sure CPS would have enough problems letting a single man adopt, let alone a single man who tends to forget to eat for a few days, or turns cockroaches into city eating monsters and calls it a "happy accident"
Draco Prime
Wouldnt be interesting Tara Strong played a voice character in the Transformer 2 movie as Arcee. Dont get me wrong I still like the original voice actress Susan Blu, but it would be cool for a passing of the torch.
Dark_Convoy
[internet fanboy]Tara Strong is HOT.[/internet fanboy]

Great interview too.
Runamuck
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Originally Posted by Dark_Convoy View Post
[internet fanboy]Tara Strong is HOT.[/internet fanboy]

Great interview too.
Don't think you have to be a fanboy to think she's hot. I think anyone who thought she was attractive, fanboy or not, would say so.

Was this interview conducted in person?
Turnpike
I can see it now.. Sari's father is in fact Dr. Light and her real name is Roll. If Dr. Archevil shows up I bet he'll be like Dr. Wily, creating evil humanoid (cannon fodder) robots for the Autobots to destro-- Hey wait a minute..
Transformers VS MegaMan, anyone?

Seriously, it raises the question: Where is Sari's mother? I doubt she's a robot..
The Episode "Along Came a Spider" clearly shows her skin getting old, in that one particular scene, pretty much confirming she is in fact human.

If she was a robot, she must have a spark in order to have such a "human" character and not that of a mindless machine. A spark doesn't go unnoticed around a bunch of Autobots..

EDIT: Btw that voice actress is hawt.
Sage
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Originally Posted by bfarneth View Post
I really don't care about Sari, but she is a cartoon character. I could care about Tara though...I could care about her a LOT.
Ktulu
Runamuck - The interview was done via e-mail
KA
tara strong has got it going on.
General Tekno
Wow, I must say - TFW has gotten a LOT of exclusive interviews lately.

Congrats, you guys.
Optimus Scourge
Nice interview. I really like what she has done with the character. I hated the human kids in A/E/C, but she really does a great job with Sari!
swarlock
Tara is so nice.
Ktulu
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Originally Posted by General Tekno View Post
Wow, I must say - TFW has gotten a LOT of exclusive interviews lately.

Congrats, you guys.
They're not easy to get, most people don't answer back! Makes the ones that do respond that much more appreciated though.
Mister Gone
So on the "What is Sari?"? front. Why hasn't anyone suggested that Sumdac built Sari useing tech gleened from Megatron. she's a baby Megatron. Also, Sumdac is Cadmus spelled backwards. From wikipedia "Nevertheless, Cadmus was deeply troubled by the ill-fortune which clung to him as a result of his having killed the sacred dragon, and one day he remarked that if the gods were so enamoured of the life of a serpent, he might as well wish that life for himself. Immediately he began to grow scales and change in form. Harmonia, seeing the transformation, thereupon begged the gods to share her husband's fate, and she did (Hyginus)." A transformation perhaps?
Infosaur
Yeah I kinda wanna see Sari's mom, even in a flashback (I bet she's hawt)

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