The Voice of Cutey Honey
Jessica was a model who found her way to ADV Films and started doing voice-overs on EVANGELION. She was later on given the role of Yuri in DIRTY PAIR, Fam in RUIN EXPLORERES, Mink in DRAGON HALF, and the title roles in PRINCESS MINERVA and NEW CUTEY HONEY. She then left for New York where she began doing theatre work and
voice-overs in various other cartoons like POKEMON and an online series called BATTLE SEED. She is now working for Central Park Media and is in their release of VIRGIN FLEET, plus she has her own website that runs a small comic strip of herself called THE ADVENTURES OF CHIBI-JESS
New Cutey Honey, Princess Minerva, Dark Warrior, Ruin
Explorers, Original Dirty Pair, Those Who Hunt Elves,
New Kimagure Orange Road, Compiler, Evangelion, Blue
Seed, Power Dolls, Ushio & Tora, Dragon-Half, Battle Seed, Pokemon, Virgin Fleet, The Adventures Of Chibi-Jess
Interview taken at Project A-Kon 10, June 1999.
- YOU'VE BEEN FEATURED IN ALOT OF ROLES RECENTLY. ARE YOU CONSIDERED A.D. VISION'S NEW DIVA?
New diva? Well, maybe according to some of my directors. (Laughs) But, no. I've been pretty lucky in the past year. I've beenin quite a few leads and really enjoyed working with all the directors. I think I'm one of the newer females that they're using alot. But, I'm not a diva! (Laughs).
- HOW DID YOU FIRST GET INVOLVED IN VOICE-ACTING?
I was with a model agency and this woman who taught acting lessons at the agency told me about A.D. Vision and said I should really come in and audition. I called them up, made an appointment, came in and auditioned and for Matt Greenfield who cast me in a few minor roles. So basiclly, I owe it all to a woman named Sharon Shawnacee. Otherwise, I never would've ever heard of them.
- DID DOING PRINCESS MINERVA (A.K.A. CUTEY KAMEN) PREPARE YOU FOR PORTRAYING CUTEY HONEY?
Yes it did! I thought it was very clever. Cutey Kamen was so funny to see it like that. What I had trouble withg was when I got to Cutey Honey, it was more serious and I always wanted to make the Honey Flash very funny. But Cutey Kamen allowed me to do camp it up, but Cutey Honey was more serious. I did love that I got to do the real thing and the parody. It was an honor to play both of those.
- HOW DO YOU THINK THAT ORIGINAL DIRTY PAIR YURI IS DIFFERENT FROM THE FLASH VERSION?
Well, I think the original Dirty Pair OAV is better. I think the animation is better. I like the characters' relationship better. They're such close friends. It's the kind of relationship where you tell each other to shut-up, but you still love 'em. But with Dirty Pair Flash there so nasty to each other. I love the animation from it but its almost too flashy. Don't get me wrong. I love Minerva and all that. But the original Dirty Pair is more low key which is different for me because I'm usually doing he hyper-active sort of stuff.
- IF YOU COULD PICK ONE CHARACTER YOU'VE PLAYED AND LIVE THEIR LIFE FOR ONE DAY, WHO WOULD IT BE?
Oh my god! (Pause) There are different reasons I'd want to be Hikaru for a day because of because of her hair. I'd want to be Fam beacuse she's so cute with that tail and she can do magical spells and that's pretty cool. I'd love to be Cutey Honey for a day beacuse I'd have a fabulous bod and nobody would mess with me. Plus, I'd have an infinite wardrobe. It'd be cool to change clothes like that. I love Cutey Honey. She's my favorite. And I love Yuri too.
- IS THERE AN ANIME CHARACTER THAT YOU HAVEN'T PLAYED THAT YOU WOULD LIKE TO PORTRAY?
I'd love to play the Last Unicorn because that's my favorite animated film.
- HOW DOES A.D.V. GO ABOUT DECIDING WHO PLAYS WHAT ROLE?
We have auditions. You make an appointment to audition, you go in to the studio and read what's on the monitor and lip-sync it. They record it and bring it to the director or the company president and they make the final call. Mostly you audition for it just like any other job.
- WHAT'S YOUR STAND ON THE WHOLE DUB VS. SUB DEBATE?
Actually, I see both sides of it. It is all about the animation, I feel. As a voice-actor, the only thing I want to do is to enhance it. I've watched subs before because I like the animation. I don't have a problem with people not liking dubs because I they like the subs. I do have a problem with people who say they hate all dubbing. I like watching, but I like watching dubs because of the voice-acting in it. I don't think you should only like one and not give the other a chance.
- WHAT'S IT LIKE BEING AN ELF TRAPPED IN A DOG'S BODY?
(Laughs) It's pressure! I feel like I'm very trapped. You can tell how stressed out Pochi is. It's always cool though. I really like what they did with that character because it was very unique and I've never done anything like that before. It's pretty funy. It allows for alot of comedy. It's fun.