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Exclusief interview met Mick Fryer-Kelsey (Oskus Stooratt)



Op latere leeftijd in de filmwereld belanden en vervolgens gecast worden in zowel een Harry Potter als Star Wars film. Het overkwam de britse acteur Mick Fryer-Kelsey die in The Force Awakens de ruimtepiraat Oskus Stooratt speelde.

Hieronder het interview dat ik onlangs met hem had en waarin hij enkele malen openhartig antwoord gaf…

Interview met Mick Fryer-Kelsey

Let’s start at the very beginning: how did you get started in the movie business?

It all started in the year 1999. l am a joiner/carpenter with my own business, l got a job fitting out an office in Jaywick, Essex, England. The woman had moved her office from London as she lived in Clacton and while working she said one day “You know Mick you have a face full of character you ever thought of the movies?” She said bring me a holiday snap and l will see what l can do. I finished  the work and then two weeks later she is on the phone: “l have a job looking for a Bell Ringer on Midsomer Murders”. The rest is history.

How did the casting process of The Force Awakens go?

My wife passed away 2013 and her ashes are in a special place in the garden where l can sit and chat. Others had mentioned that they were to start casting for the new Star Wars and of course every wanted to be on it. Well one evening l was sitting in the garden talking to the wife and it went something like this: “You know dear they are casting for Star Wars wouldn’t it be great? l have been in so many movies and had so many speaking parts, l have been in Harry Potter, The Simpsons, it would be the cherry on the cake if l got on Star Wars. Well a couple of days later l got a call from my agent, we have dates for AVCO (I found out later was working title for Star Wars) if you’re available we would like to put you up for it. Also, the message said that costumes were being made, so l assumed they were picking people to fit costumes rather than costumes to fit us. A few days later l received a message saying “Sorry Mick you weren’t successful this time but will keep trying”.

The next day had another message. It said “Sorry Mick, that was a mistake. You shouldn’t have gotten that last message, you are still being considered”  and then it went quiet. I was working on another movie at Pinewood, and the next week my phone went with a message:  “AVCO, can you be at Pinewood for a costume fitting on Wednesday next week? “ Ah no how can l get out of a day on this! I can’t ring the agent, so I sent them a message to ring me (which they did) and l explained they said they will let them know and get back to me. l was so upset about not being able to do the costume fitting and missing out on a part. I didn’t hear anything the rest of the day and everything was going through my head. I got back to Pinewood on Monday and every time we had a break l checked my phone but nothing, all around where we were there are sets for Star Wars. How envious l was getting having got so close! We worked, and during lunch I went to check the phone again and there was a message: “Mick, AVCO they said not to worry they can see you Friday”.

When l went for the costume fitting I said to the young woman: “They have been making costumes so what have l got?” “Sorry there isn’t a costume for you, it’s your look they like so we have carte blanche on your costume. We will fit something and then take a picture which we will show to Michael the designer for his approval”

What do you remember of the filming of your scenes?

On set it was so hot. Some beautiful days and a big fire on set, when the girls brought cups of water for us l would drink half and tip half down my front under the costume.

One of the days J.J. asked me if l had ever done dialogue and could do dialogue now. “Yes why not! What would you like me to do, is there a script?” “No, we want you to have a go at him. He pinched your spacecraft so l want you and him to work out a script”. So we did, as a pirate l owed him money so he took my ship so how am going to repay him if l can’t trade. We ad lobbed the whole thing, and when we finished some of the crew thought it was great, it felt so real, but l have realised that that is what acting is about: making people believe your character is real, if you like being a good liar.

Are there funny or remarkable stories can you share regarding your time on the set of Star Wars?

Talking to J.J.! One day he asked what was it like working with famous people to which l replied: “l don’t know, you tell me”. “Pardon” he said, “Well you work with more than me, in fact your working with me, so how are you famous?” “Well l played Dewy Largo the music teacher in The live action Simpsons” “How? Can you prove it?” “l don’t have to it went viral on the internet”. Carry on rehearsals, and left the set to go and look it up, when he returned he had a look on his face “Wow Mick you are in The Simpsons , we have another celeb on set!”

You were there on the set with Star Wars legend Harrison Ford and new stars Daisy Ridley and John Boyega. How were they and did you get to interact with them?

We don’t normally get to interact with the principles. They keep us separated on set so it’s very rare for them to talk to us, but having worked with Simon Pegg on Shaun Of The Dead and Run Fat Boy Run we chatted. Later when he came to the studio with his daughter he said hello and then went off with the one of guys doing the animatronics to show him one of the heads. It became difficult to wear and operate, so “Hey Mick would you put it on so me and my daughter can see it working!”

While waiting to go on another set l was sitting and talking to two of the young girls of diminished stature when a guy came over and said “You were in The Simpsons”. l replied yes, then these two young ladies had tears in their eyes, ”Why the tears” l asked, “We are big fans of The Simpsons and never thought we would be working with someone who has worked on it!”. A few days later Warwick Davis was at the studio and while he was there we got into a conversation about my nephew, whose wife gave birth to a boy who was diagnosed with dwarfism, so l was trying to get information to pass on. l asked if he had an advice for them, he said you need to talk to my wife who will be visiting the studio tomorrow. The next day he asked for me so we could be introduced to each other, she looked at me: “l know you, you made my daughter cry”. l am so sorry l don’t remember! “It’s okay”, she told me,  “because of The Simpsons  and they have been watching it on the internet so l recognise you”. That was her daughter, l didn’t know! Anyway, she gave me her phone number as she runs a charity for respite care for parents who have children diagnosed with dwarfism.

What is the best or most precious memory you have regarding The Force Awakens?

That is a difficult question when you’re involved in such an iconic movie. Everything, the director, the people, the other actors, the whole package, and of course now because LEGO has used my character for a video game l am classed as a celebrity and doing conventions for charity.  l feel so lucky to be able to use my position to put something back. l am (or was) just a film extra who got lucky and now on Wookieepedia it’s official: the character Oskus Stooratt was played by actor Mick Fryer-Kelsey in The Force Awakens! How cool is that, my granddaughter loves it. You know, her granddad is famous, she helps me when l do conventions.

What was the first time you saw a Star Wars movie and were you a fan before you got cast?

My first time was the original series of three. l have been a fan ever since, not so much for the second three, or as it should be the first three if they went in order. To me it was all a bit out of sync, but to be involved in The Force Awakens… just lost for words.

Your character appears in the LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens game. What are your thoughts about that, being ‘immortalized’ as a LEGO figure?

As you will realize for someone like me, a film extra, a Star Wars character to be picked to be a LEGO video game character is something one only dreams of. To have it happen to me is a dream. l say to my daughter “pinch me it’s not real”, and of course she thinks it is great her dad is a Lego figure. She thought it was great when l was picked to be in The Simpsons , then l got into Star Wars and then knock me over with a feather: l am immortalized in Lego, even being photographed by Annie Leibowitz for Vanity Fair! Can it get any better?

Besides Star Wars you have appeared in many movies like Harry Potter, The Da Vinci Code, John Carter…what do you regard as your personal highlight?

Up until Star Wars it had to be The Simpsons. My niece said “Wow every one, pop stars, presidents, sports personalities, prime ministers…they all want to be in The Simpsons and now my uncle Mick is in it!” Then of course Harry Potter, prior to which l got the part of the Mad Hatter in a BBC drama called Ballet Shoes where a young actress gets to do Alice in Wonderland. Alice was played by Emma Watson. We had a great time together. Then later l went to work on Harry Potter: The Half Blood Prince as a wizard and was in a scene with the three wizards but only in the background. Everything l did l was told don’t shave! I played a great character, a bearded doctor in Wolfman, and by the time l got to Potter l had a full beard. l was given an action as someone slightly tipsy walking through the set and up the stairs. As l passed them she gave me that look, this ‘l know you l think’ sort of look. Eventually while waiting for them to reset l leaned over and said “: How’s Alice?” She looked at me and burst into a lovely smile and said “l know who you are now”, and we chatted like old friends.

How do you look back on the whole Star Wars experience?

One of a life changing experience. If l had not been picked to play a character in The Force Awakens l would not be at this point in my life now. As a celebrity l am able to help and l am booked to help at two charity events for children’s hospices. lt’s a lovely feeling to be in the position to put something back.

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Geboren toen de opnames van A New Hope van start gingen. George Lucas cultist en aanhanger van Legends (1976-2012). Voormalig assistent van Anthony Daniels. Auteur van de 'Star Wars Interviews' boekenreeks waarvoor hij 175+ cast en crewleden interviewde. Trots op zijn vermeldingen in de credits van de boeken The Making of Return of the Jedi, Stormtroopers: Beyond the Armor, The Star Wars Historical Sourcebook, The Star Wars Archives en Star Wars Icons: Han Solo.

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Exclusief interview met John Mogridge (Snowspeeder pilot)




Vechten tegen de Imperials op Hoth, Han Solo naar de Carbon freeze leiden én The Emperor onthalen op de Death Star. Brits acteur John Mogridge deed het allemaal. In The Empire Strikes Back is hij namelijk te zien als Snowspeeder piloot en Stormtrooper terwijl hij in Return of the Jedi een Death Star Gunner speelde.

Speciaal voor mijn eigen site StarWarsInterviews.com deed John Mogridge het volgende interview waarin hij terugblikt op zijn Star Wars tijd. Zoals gebruikelijk is het interview ook hier te lezen: op StarWarsAwakens.nl!

Interview met John Mogridge

How did you started your career in the movie business?

I joined the F.A.A. (Film Artistes Association) and the Central casting agency in November 1978. The Empire Strikes Back was my second film. You got work by phoning the agents and asking if there were any work “Calls”. They’d say Empire Strikes Back, Elstree studios, 8AM. That’s how I got my first day on The Empire Strikes Back. That was March 1979.

Can you tell how you got cast as a Snowspeeder pilot and snowtrooper for The Empire Strikes Back?

I arrived on my first day and the 2nd assistant director, Steve Lanning, gave me my daily salary voucher (we call it a Chit) with the title “Rebel” on it. I was a rebel for a while. Then they wanted snowspeeder pilots and he gave me that job. I did that until the end of May or the beginning of June. Then I was given the Snowtrooper role. That was only for a short time and finished my on and off run on The Empire Strikes Back as a stormtrooper in the carbon freezing chamber and Bespin cloud city scenes.

John Mogridge en Alan Austen als de twee Stormtroopers die Han naar de Carbon freeze begeleiden.

Three years later I got the call for Revenge of the Jedi as it was called at the time. I only played an Imperial gunner on that film in the Emperor’s arrival scene.

Did you see the first Star Wars movie before you got cast? What did you think of it?

I took my brother to see the original Star Wars film and really enjoyed it. I was lucky enough to get the autographs of Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill and Dave Prowse for him when I worked on The Empire Strikes Back.

You’re one of the Snowspeeder pilots in the scene where Carrie Fisher gives the pilots instructions. What are the other scenes in which we can see you?

Some memorable scenes. The carbon freezing chamber seemed very high and a bit sinister compared to the bright and shiny cloud city set. I did a lot of filming with the second unit being directed by John Barry. Sadly, he was taken ill one day and died the next. A lot of people were upset by that. He was a nice man.

What do you recall of the shooting of your scenes?

A funny scene… there’s a picture on the internet where a snowtrooper is seen falling over as they enter Hoth. I was on that scene. I tripped but didn’t fall and it seems so did many others. It didn’t get in the film. Irvin Kershner took a long time to build a scene and the photo of me in the briefing scene standing around looking bored took ages to set up. He did do a great job.

John Modgride (recht van regisseur Irvin Kershner) op de Echo Base set.

Your Rebel pilot character got a name many years ago: Habeer Zignian. When and how did you find out and what was your reaction?

My character having been given a name was a complete and pleasant surprise. Although I only found out in 2018.

What is the best memory you have regarding Star Wars in general?

I am really proud to have been a very minor part in a great series of films. It changed my life. I met and I’m still in contact with so many friends like Alan Austen, Peter Ross, Chris Parsons (editor’s note: all three men played various parts in the original trilogy) and so many more who I wouldn’t have known without Facebook and the world wide family of Star Wars fans.

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Exclusief interview met Bruce Logan (ILM)




Vraag een willekeurige Star Wars fan wie in A New Hope de Death Star vernietigde en de kans is groter dan een Gorax dat het antwoord Luke Skywalker is. Fout! Het was namelijk ILM’er Bruce Logan die verantwoordelijk was voor het letterlijk opblazen van het Death Star model in 1976. Dit was slechts een van de vele special effects waar Logan voor verantwoordelijk was in A New Hope.

Speciaal voor mijn eigen site StarWarsInterviews.com deed Bruce Logan het volgende interview waarin hij terugblikt op eind jaren 70; de begintijd van Star Wars. Zoals gebruikelijk is het interview ook hier te lezen: op StarWarsAwakens.nl!

Interview met Bruce Logan

In the mid 70’s you joined ILM to work on Star Wars. How did you get this job?

I had met with George and Gary at the beginning of the production when they were interviewing visual effects people. George got back from shooting the live action in England, and because the signature (very hi-tech at the time) motion control effects system was being constructed not a frame of film had been shot. Panicked, he called me up to head up a second unit effects unit to shoot puppeteers in black suits “flying” miniature spaceships on black rods. Not surprisingly this did not work out very well. So my unit moved on to do some of the signature explosions in the show.

Why didn’t you return to work on The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi?

After Star Wars came out, George moved ILM north to San Rafael to avoid Hollywood and all the “rules” that when with it. Half of ILM moved with him and the other half stayed in the same building and broke off to form Apogee (editor’s note: a VFX company).

What do you recall of your meetings with George Lucas?

I found George to be very organized, the man knew exactly what he wanted but not always how to get it. He gave me marching orders and then left me alone to figure out how to do it. I’m not sure that I even watched dailies with him as my unit was at another location across town. He must have liked what he saw because our unit moved to bigger and bigger stages and we shot bigger and bigger explosions.

You’re one of the first crewmembers of ILM in the 70’s. What was it like working there back then in Van Nuys?

As I was not part of the main unit, I did very little work on Valjean. However, as I was friends with almost everyone there and because they had a full machine shop, I spent many weeks there with my full race Mini Cooper machining parts and fabricating equipment. So, I got to experience the entire production process without really being involved.

Which shots/scenes were you responsible for? And are there good anecdotes you can share regarding creating them?

My claim to fame is that I blew up the Death Star. When I think back to the first day of our unit, I remember Joe Viskocil, our powder genius who constructed all the miniature bombs, I realize we were just a bunch of unsupervised kids running the orphanage. Joe came in the first morning and there was a huge explosion and a cloud of smoke coming out of the little room on wheels that was used to load film. Luckily there was only a loss of hair and a rash on Joe’s arms. It was an interesting way to start. But it never really got any better as the explosions got bigger and better, I remember running around the stage wiping burning napalm from my arms after one of our larger explosions. Later, looking at pictures of our shoot, I see that our only fire protection was a single hand held fire extinguishers. Ahh! simpler days.

What was the hardest effect to create while working on A New Hope?

Although I was not involved, I would say the Landspeeder was one of the hardest. In a non-CG world getting rid of the wheels putting in heat ripples and suspending it in shot where we didn’t see the whole craft.

However, the construction and first extensive use of motion control is obviously the most significant innovation of the movie.

Which effect from A New Hope are you most proud of?

Blowing up the Death Star, who wouldn’t be?

© Bruce Logan

Today CGI has largely taken over and there are less practical effects. Is this –in your opinion- a good or a bad thing?

My favorite Visual Effects are when they based on live-action elements and then enhanced with CG. Whether based on miniature or full scale live-action, I like the organic feel of these kind of shots. Shot which are entirely CG still have an uncanny valley feel to them, even with the unbelievable advances in CG effects.

I read that you knew about Joseph Campbell before work on Star Wars started and you were happy George Lucas got a spiritual message out. Do you think that’s something modern Star Wars lacks after George left in 2012?

I think the Joseph Campbell influence fell away almost immediately. Any discussion of the “Force” became more about superhero (Jedi) powers and less about an elemental interconnectedness of all beings and all things. But the whole franchise is based on “A New Hope” and as such this philosophy unavoidably underlies everything. Thanks Joseph.

My final question: You blew up the Death Star, not Luke Skywalker. I guess you should have gotten that medal?

Yes. But what I don’t talk about so much is that, I also blew up Alderaan. I guess all that loss of innocent life, cancels out any medal I might be entitled to for the Death Star.

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Exclusief interview met Katie Purvis




Katie Purvis behoort tot een select groepje acteurs die op zéér jonge leeftijd al in de Original Trilogy te zien waren: in 1982 was ze pas 15 jaar toen ze geselecteerd werd om een Ewok te spelen in Return of the Jedi. Ondanks haar leeftijd was ze al behoorlijk bekend met de Star Wars familie aangezien haar vader Jack Purvis in A New Hope (hoofd Jawa) en The Empire Strikes Back (Ugnaught) te zien was en al jaren een duo vormde met Kenny “R2-D2” Baker.

Speciaal voor StarWarsInterviews.com en StarWarsAwakens.nl deed Katie het volgende interview waarin ze terugkijkt naar begin jaren 80, ingaat op de impact van haar vaders carrière, treurt om een mislukte ontmoeting met Harrison Ford én een unieke anekdote heeft over een zieke Ewok!

Interview met Katie Purvis

How did you get started in the movie business?

My dad Jack Purvis was working on Terry Gilliam’s Time Bandits movie where he played Wally, one of the six Bandits. One summer’s day he took me with him to the film set when they were filming the iconic Titanic scene. The story goes one of the little guys, Tiny Ross, had broken his arm when he fell whilst on horseback in a previously filmed scene, so Terry asked my dad if I would suit up and be Tinys stand-in for the shoot. So I was taken to costume and make up and transformed from a 14-year-old schoolgirl into Vermin the Time Bandit. That was how I got started in the film business!

And how did you get cast for Return of the Jedi?

Again, I consider myself very privileged in how I got cast in Return of the Jedi. This was due to my dad already having been in A New Hope and Empire Strikes Back. My dad’s agent asked me if I would be interested in being on the movie to play a teddy bear character a few months before. They were looking for around 50 short people to play Ewoks! As I was only 15 years old, I had to speak to my school to ask permission. At the time, I was taking my Mock O Levels exams, so I did have a bit of study leave during the filming days. So the production gave me a schedule and together with my head teacher we worked my exams around that. This meant I would be filming for two days and then sitting in an exam hall the next! Needless to say this made it very hard to excel at academics, when all I could think about was what was going on in the Ewok Village!

What do you recall of the filming of your scenes for the Return of the Jedi?

The whole 2-week experience was so exciting for me a teenager. I had already met Mark Hamill back in 1976 whilst my dad was working on A New Hope, as he had been to our house for tea, when my dad Jack and his partner Kenny Baker had been working in Cabaret in the evening after a day’s shooting. Dad brought Mark home before taking him out with them to watch their show. Mark was really kind to my brothers and I.
So when I met him again on Return of the Jedi it was just like meeting one of my dad’s friends. I didn’t really get introduced to the other cast members, as it can be really busy on set and my dad being so humble didn’t want to disturb them as he said they would be preparing for their scenes. This was a little disappointing as I had had a schoolgirl crush on Mr. Ford. First day on set my dad and I were standing in our Ewok costumes feeling all fat and furry when Harrison came past and greeted my dad! I was so nervous as I thought finally I am going to get the chance to meet my hero! Unfortunately not to be. Dad and Harrison had a chat and to my dismay my dad didn’t even introduce me and Harrison walked off into his position to begin the day’s scene! I won’t tell you how I expressed my disappointment to my dad about him being responsible for me not meeting my schoolgirl crush!

Did any strange, remarkable or funny things happen on the set?

I’m sure it’s well documented that the Ewok costumes were very uncomfortable and made you very hot and the eyes kept misting up. Kenny Bakers wife, Eileen, when I informed her that I was feeling unwell one afternoon, assisted by lifting her arm up and shouting ‘CUT’ when I told her “I think I’m going to be sick!”
At once the makeup lady rushed onto set and ripped my Ewok head off allowing me to upchuck my lunch! All I remember hearing was the guy from the Electric department shouting “Don’t be sick in my electric box!”

Return of the Jedi was directed by Richard Marquand, while George Lucas produced it. How were both men to work with?

Being young I didn’t really appreciate the fact that I was working alongside such greats as Richard Marquand and George Lucas, again because my dad been there from the start in 1976 so there was a great camaraderie amongst them all. To be honest I was so nervous I just did as I was asked. I think I speak for most of us who played Ewoks, it was the first time we’d met so many other Little People and all been together, so that was more exciting than working with these iconic film directors! It’s only now that I realize how blessed I was to have been part of those movies! And so wish I had taken photos and got autographs.

After Star Wars you starred in some of my favorite 80’s movies: Labyrinth, Willow and Legend. What fond memories do you have of those productions?

I loved working on the films that followed, Legend, Labyrinth and Willow, although Labyrinth was my favorite. Again for me it was about coming of age, I was now 18 and had past my driving test, although I didn’t have my own car My mum let me borrow hers. It was a red mini, which I felt so cool driving! This meant no longer did I have to drive to the studios with my dad, after all how uncool was that! We filmed Labyrinth in the summer months so we had a holding area just outside the Stage where the set had been built. There everyone would hang out, make up people, props and costume, actors and puppeteers! It was great time to be 18 and driving your mums Red Mini! I felt so grown up having just left school!

Your father Jack Purvis has played a lot of parts in the original trilogy, including popular characters like Teebo, the lead Jawa and an Ugnaught. How do look back at his Star Wars legacy?

Star Wars has been part of my family’s life since I was 10 years old. Even now I only have to hear the Star Wars music and I not only get goose bumps but I immediately am taken back in time to so many parts of my life growing up. From school summer fetes that my dad and Kenny Baker opened as guest celebrities The Minitones in the late 70’s to summer shows in Torquay where Jack and Kenny were appearing and where the showgirls would perform a show stopping number with lightsabers to the Star Wars theme tune whilst a prop R2 would spin around. My brothers and I would be watching from the wings most nights. Inevitably one of the showgirls’ lightsabers would break in two as she thrust it too hard and ended up missing someone in the audience. The crowd used love this part of the show, I suppose because Star Wars meant so much to everyone. I know it changed Kenny and Jacks lives, and ours too as our families were able to move to bigger houses in nicer areas. They became well respected as not just musical cabaret act but actors from a successful movie. The movie opened up other opportunities for them that they may never have had had it not been for their small roles in that low budget movie.

What would you regard as your best memory of all the movies you were in. Is there a special moment you’ll cherish forever?

I have been to places I never would have got to go to, had it not been for Star Wars and the love of the Star Wars community.

What are you doing these days? Are you still in the acting business?

Nowadays I no longer act as unfortunately as a result of back surgery I can no longer walk unaided. However, I have three children who would love to appear in any future Star Wars movies, so if there is any casting agents out there reading this were waiting to hear! That would make them the third generation of Purvis family to appear in the franchise. They have already been told by Mr. Mark Hamill himself, to call him Grampa!
So nowadays I am honored to be asked to appear at conventions and related Sci-Fi events.
The Star Wars community, along with some awesome people and actors have helped raise money for many charity events, which I am humbled to say has changed people’s lives. I can truly say I have met some very kind and warm-hearted people, whom I never would have met had it not been for Star Wars and its legacy.
And this is what is so incredible about the Star Wars Story!

Met grote dank aan Casper Fijlstra voor het mogelijk maken van dit interview!

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Exclusief interview met Lesleh Donaldson (Kea Moll)




Lesleh Donaldson

In september 1985 verscheen de eerste aflevering van Droids op de Amerikaanse TV; een 13-delige animatieserie over de droids van Star Wars: C-3PO (opnieuw met de stem van Anthony Daniels) en R2-D2. Op Boba Fett en een cameo van de Max Rebo band na waren alle overige personages nieuwe creaties.

Zo ook Kea Moll, die in de eerste vier episodes te zien was. Haar stem werd ingesproken door de Amerikaanse actrice Lesleh Donaldson die ook aan de andere animatieserie, Ewoks, haar stem verleende.

Interview met Lesleh Donaldson

How did you get started in the entertainment business and what got you started as a voice actor?

I started out as a child model and after doing my first commercial at 11 I just progressed from commercials to tv to movies then voice acting.

For the Droids and Ewoks series you voiced characters various characters including the heroine Kea Moll.
How did you get your parts for these series assigned?

I auditioned. To be honest I have no memory of Ewoks probably because I was one of many voices and it held no memory for me, as for Droids I replaced an actress whose voice they decided they didn’t like so they cast me and rerecorded my voice.

I played Kea Moll and like I said I have no memory of what I played in Ewoks probably various background voices; it was a paycheck sorry to be so off the cuff but I speak the truth.

What did an average day working on Droids/Ewoks look like?

I did what they asked, I guess my voice was well suited for Kea, again no memory of Ewoks. I came from a commercial voice background so not really an animated voice actor. You go into the Studio you record your voice and you leave it took no time at all. Also, I was starring in a hit play then so my mind was on that!

Kea Moll: inspiratiebron voor Rey?

When you joined the Droids/Ewoks cast the Star Wars movies were the most successful movies ever. Had you seen the movies and what did you think of them?

I LOVED the first three Star Wars movies and had a huge crush on Mark Hamill so I was excited to meet Anthony Daniels. I took roles that they cast me in so there was no thinking about whether I wanted to be a part of it or not, I wanted to work.

How do you look back at the fact that you are part of the ‘Star Wars Universe’?

I don’t think I’m part of that Universe partly because it was animation and not the movie!

Besides Star Wars you done several other things like the movie Running with Michael Douglas. What do you regard as the highlight of your career?

The highlight of my career was in the 80’s when I had a career.

What would you give as an advice to someone who is reading this interview and wants to become a (voice) actor as well?

Like I said I’m not really a voice actor I got lucky because I had the right tone in my voice that producers liked back then but I would say that if you like doing character voices keep practicing and then make a tape and send it out because you never know!

What are you doing right now? Can you tell something about your current projects?

I’m currently still acting and I’ve written two scripts which are out being considered about to embark on a biopic of George Hislop a Canadian gay icon of the 70’s and 80’s.

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