Worked as a dance instructor before she became a full time voice actress.
Currently best known as the English voice of BlackRose in the ".hack" video game series.
She loves both voice acting and directing a lot, but prefers voice acting.
She is "fascinated by Japanese culture," but has never gone. She would, however, like to go.
Is married to a musician and lives with him in Southern California.
Is one of the most prolific and experienced American VAs in the business.
She has more credits than any other English anime voice actor, with just over two hundred credits.
Best known for her role as Faye Valentine in the anime series Cowboy Bebop (1998).
Has done voice work for many video games as well.
Has done voice work on many feature films, including 'Austin Powers'.
Voices a lot of foreign films into English.
Says one of her most rewarding experiences was working for Dance Outreach, teaching disabled kids to dance and connect with music.
Her favorite voice-acting role is Faye Valentine from the popular anime series Cowboy Bebop (1998) for 'her strong-mindedness yet little girl interior'.
According to her interview on the Magic Knight Rayearth DVDs, she started doing voices at school, and got in trouble for it.
As of October 2007, she has 215 credits to her name, making her the most prolific English anime voice actor.
Personal Quotes (10)
"Yes, I've had to pass on some of the uh-hem, more graphic ones. I don't do violent XXX stuff, I'm into quality and that has little to do with the above mentioned genre. But I've been pretty fortunate in that most of the stuff that comes my way is really fun to work on." - On whether she has had to turn down a role.
"Absolutely! It's totally sexist, and I would have to say that's in part because of its audience, young guys! So what can you do? Once in a while a cool title comes along that's centered around the female view, but then again that generally means plenty of T & A and skimpy costumes." - On whether anime is sexist in its portrayal of its female characters.
I work with just about everyone in town who is an anime voice artist. It's a very small circle so we inevitably run into each other often. I love the folks I work with. Despite the competition and politics it's a great bunch of wonderful freaks I'm proud to be a part of.
Actually those are the chicks I love playing the most. I really don't feel type-cast at all cause I get to play so many different roles; creatures, kids, boys, vixens, good girls, bad girls, bring'em on! I love them all!
"It's tough sometimes. I'm really just a post-hippie-bohemian-flower-child at heart and I don't believe in war or violent resolution. But on the other hand I love action and creative conflict, so I guess in a way I justify my part in it all. I do wish there wasn't so much stereo-typing in what we do, and the graphic excessive violence can be rather disturbing, especially when I'm writing and directing because I have to watch the same scenes over & over again. But I don't mind the sexual aspect as long as it's marketed to the older crowd. The sexy titles are fun. But some of the female characters are depicted in rather demeaning ways which is not fun. That's always difficult as a woman. Not to mention the amazingly super-human anime babe anatomy we're expected to somehow live up to in real life. That can be a bit much! But the guys dig it... My question is how does one get a bod like that?!" - On sex and violence in anime.
Well, I'd love to live as a princess or time travel or visit the future as many of my characters do, but there really isn't any one particular role I'd actually want to live as full time. My own life is great! So I'd prefer to remain as myself for the time being.
"In her first episode, 'Honky Tonk Woman,' she was so mysterious to me. This chick was so cool. Her whole vibe and nature and cunningness and how she uses her sexuality - her intellect, her charm - or lack of - was just so compelling. She's so comfortable in her skin that she isn't even aware of it most of the time, but can call upon it in a second. She uses all of her charms to get what she wants. And she has a lot of bad motivations at times; she's naughty as hell." - On her character in 'Cowboy Bebop,' Faye Valentine.
"I definitely did not relate to Rumi personally, but I did relate to her psychologically as far as I could see how she became so obsessed with wanting her own career and having that slip through her fingers, and trying to relive it through Mima's experiences." - On her character Rumi from 'Perfect Blue.'
Well, I have a soft spot for Faye-Faye. She's my favorite gal. She's just so fun to play. She's the most sardonic, edgy, tough, and at the same time all-woman character of mine that I play. Many of my other characters barrow a bit from Faye, but she's the original.
Least favorite? I don't really like to focus on the negatives - But in some ways the louder gruff and sometimes boy characters are the hardest on my voice and can cause vocal fatigue. Lots of screaming is always tough, especially if I have any singing the following day. Some of my more 'hoey' chicks can be a little uncomfortable at times, depending on the subject matter. And man! Has there been some odd subject matter with some of them lately!