The Voice of Lina Inverse
Ms. Ortiz is a voice actress with considerable talent
and the ability to take on various different character types. She was Deedlit in the LODOSS WAR OVA and TV series, Aluza in the first GALL FORCE feature, the twins and Azalyn from IRRESPONSIBLE CAPTAIN TYLOR, and has done several characters on POKEMON including the movies. But her biggest claim to fame is the role of Lina Inverse in the SLAYERS television series. She has also done some voice overs for the online cartoon BARBARIAN MORON.
Irresponsible Captain Tylor, Pokemon, Slayers, Rayearth, Gall Force, Record Of Lodoss War, Battle Arena Toshinden, Takegami, Virgin Fleet, Barbarian Moron
Interview taken at Project A-Kon 11, June 2000.
- HOW DID YOU GET STARTED IN ANIME VOICE ACTING?
I was talking to a friend of mine who interning at CPM at the time and they were looking for new talent. So, he hooked me up with an audition while I was still in college. I didn't hear anything for six months after that which was for Deedlit in LODOSS WAR. Ever since then, most of the work that I've gotten has been people seeing me work and asking me to work on other projects. But, I think I'm one of the few people who didn't have an audition tape or anything when I started out.
- WHICH DO YOU LIKE DOING MORE, DEELIT OR CHIBI-DEEDLIT?
It depends on the mood. When we record it, I do all the regular Deedlit first and then I do Chibi-Deelit. So that's alot of fun. I like doing them both. Deedlit is for the more serious side and then at the end you get to be crazy. It's fun because LODOSS can get very serious, and it's nice to have something like that at the end. I like to be regular Deedlit in the morning and then Chibi-Deedlit in the middle of the afternoon.
- IS IT HARD TO PERFORM AS THE TWINS EMI & YUMI AND MAKE THEM SOUND DIFFERENT?
Actually, most of the time with the lines you kinda know who is doing what. They're so in sync and that they kinda feed off each other when you see them on screen. But I had wanted to make them sound differently. Whenever I try to do them off screen, I always drive the people in the studo crazy because they know I am doing them.
- IS ALUZA CAPTAIN JANEWAY'S ANCESTOR OR WHAT?
I believe she is, or at least she would've die-hard Janeway fanatic. When I was doing Aluza, that's what I had in mind when I did GALL FORCE.
- WHY DOESN'T LINA JUST COME OUT AND ADMIT SHE LOVES GOURRY AND GET IT OVER WITH?
Well, she got her pride issues. In the beginning she always liked him. Well, and I think she had a crush on Zelgadis for a while for the first few episodes but then that stopped right away. But of course she won't admit it because they have a relationship where they pull each others' hair for the rest of their lives.
- HOW WOULD YOUR VERSION OF LINA HANDLE HAVING NAGA AS A PARTNER?
Well first of all, there would've been alot more fireballs going on. It's kinda like with Martina around that Lina got real quiet and wondered what she was doing with the laughing and all.
- HOW HAS BEING INVOLVED IN A SHOW AS HUGE AS POKEMON AFFECTED YOUR LIFE?
Despite the fact that I sleep in Pikachu sheets.(Laughs) Like when I go home and my neighbors yell 'It's Pokemon!'.
- ARE THERE ANY OTHER ANIME CHARACTERS YOU'D LIKE TO DO?
I always wanted to do male characters. I'd love to both boy and girl Ranma. I'd like to be in Cowboy Bebop too.
- WHAT FUTURE PLANS DO YOU HAVE IN VOICE ACTING?
I just did the RAYEARTH OVA series as Fuu. I'm not so sure if the people at Manga will keep it or go with the original RAYEARTH voice-actors. I'm doing voice-overs on BARABARIAN MORON on scifi.com. I'm also going to be in the TYLOR videos too. And I'm still doing Pokemon too.