SCOTT SIMPSON & JULIET CESARIO Stars of Oh My Goddess
Scott and Juliet are a married couple who have been
involved in anime voice acting for a while. They have
done the lead roles of Kei and Belldandy in the
OH MY GODDESS video series, the sharkman and mermaid
in BLUE SUBMARINE NO. 6, and Yusuke and Rouge in LEGEND
OF THE LAST LABYRINTH(PRINCESS ROUGE). On their own,
Scott has been Shinesman Red in SPECIAL DUTY COMBAT UNIT SHINESMAN, and helped in the production of ELF PRINCESS RANE. Juliet has been Iris in A.D. POLICE FILES, Alfin in CRUSHER JOE, Sarah in VIRTUA FIGHTER, and the title character in ELF PRINCESS RANE. Both of them also do voice overs in radio.
A.D. Police Files, Blue Submarine No. 6, Elf Princess Rane, Legend Of The Last Labyrinth, Oh My Goddess, Special Duty Combat Unit Shinesman, Voogie's Angel
A.D. Police Files, Blue Submarine No. 6, Crusher Joe,
Elf Princess Rane, Legend Of The Last Labyrinth, Oh My
Goddess, Special Duty Combat Unit Shinesman, and
Interview taken over the internet. (Feb. 2001)
WHAT'S IT LIKE TO WORK AS A COUPLE IN THE VOICE-OVER PROFESSION? (Juliet:) It's great because we spend most of our time working on different projects. The anime is one thing that we keep crossing professional paths in. We met on stage and there's nothing we enjoy more than working together in that area, but as we both take on a greater variety of work we have fewer opportuntites to do that.
WHAT FIRST GOT YOU INTERESTED IN WORKING IN ANIME? (Scott:) I think everyone we know was raised on this stuff. We've both been huge fans of it since we were old enough to watch television. STAR BLAZERS! (Juilet:) And SPEED RACER, of course. I agree, we probably knew we wanted to be doing that before we could feed ourselves. But it actually took coming to Wilmington, North Carolina to make it happen. After that it was a bit of luck and a lot of support from some very special people, particularly Scott Houle at Coastal Recording.
HOW MUCH OF YOURSELVES DID YOU BRING OUT IN KEICHI & BELLDANDY? (Juliet:) First of all, it was an amazing honor. I have to admit that when we realized the degree to which this story and these characters are beloved we were both a little overwhelmed. But the story is so beautiful that you can't help but get caught up in it. And Belldandy is so wonderful in it. What girl wouldn't want to see herself as Bell? (Scott:) In as much as Keichi is a geek with an unbelievably beautiful girlfriend, I am him.
DID YOU FIND IT SIMILAR IN DOING PRINCESS ROUGE? (Scott:) Yes and no. There's a strong feeling of OMG in ROUGE and we both had quite a few deja-vu's working on it. But we had the good fortune to be working on both with Scott Houle. He was always very mindful when it needed to be its own story.
YOU PLAYED A DIFFERENT KIND OF COUPLE IN BLUE SUBMARINE NO. 6. HOW DID YOU APPROACH THE IDEA OF PLAYING FISHPEOPLE? (Scott:) It was the most fun yet! (Juliet:) Absolutely! Rebellios mutant-fish-cat girl! (Scott:) And her violent mutant-shark-bull boyfriend! The Anti-Bell and Kei. It was great. There were actually a few weeks there when we were going in to Coastal for BLUE SUB one day and Rouge the next. That was completely satisfying.
DID YOU GET A KICK OUT OF YOUR PARTS IN SHINESMAN? (Scott:) Oh! If we could just do that show for the rest of our lives I think we'd all be happy to do it. It was such a kick to step outside the frame and poke fun at the industry and the medium at large. Matsumoto is the 'friendly anime hero' archetype incarnate, but he's got this running inner monologue where he's always making judgements about people. Every character is sort of skewed in a perfect way.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE SUPER HERO COLOR? (Juliet:) Red. (Scott:)Lol. She has to say that. It's really Sepia!
(JULIET)HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR CHARACTER OF ALFIN IN CRUSHER JOE? Alfin is a runaway princess, seeking to make her own way in the world. She knows she's found her place in the universe when she hooks up with the Crushers. It isn't dealt with directly but I always get a strong sense of how Alfin feels that Joe, Talos, Ricky, and Dongo are her real family. Plus, CRUSHER JOE is more of that sci-fi epic stuff that we were talking about remembering from childhood. How can you not love being part of a crack team of space heroes?
WHAT PRODUCTION WORK HAVE YOU DONE FOR AN ANIME DUB? (Scott:) In addition to being a VA, I've had the good fortune to work in a few different capacities at Coastal. As a casting coordinator, production manager, assembling production scripts. It's all been very educational but the coolest part of all was running the board during some of Scott Houle's early Dub-Your-Own at conventions. That was a total blast.
HOW ARE YOUR RADIO CAREERS GOING? (Scott:) I'm very pleased to be continuing in my work with public radio. I just finished engineering an original series called North Carolina Blue Notes, 15 segments spotlighting an A-list of jazz & blues artists who were all born in NC. Prior to that I produced an audio book companion to a collection of commentaries by a wonderful writer here in Wilmington. The station I work with, WHQR, is a hub for an amazing diversity of artists and in my capacity as a Cultural Affairs reporter I get to interview many of them. Helping to get the word out to people who are doing good work is every bit as enriching my work as an actor had ever been.
WHAT FUTURE ANIME VOICE-OVERS CAN WE LOOK FORWARD TO HEARING YOU IN? (Juliet:) I'm still in the studio as Sarah in VIRTUA FIGHTERS. The best part of that is I finally get to drop the good-girl shtick and kick a little ass. (Scott:) Belldandy with a black-belt. Be afraid. Be very afraid.