Q. Is this your first time playing an animated character?
Julie: : For a movie, yes. I did like a couple little quickie things. Cheap & Dirty, but it brought a lot out of it for my kids for like Scooby-Doo. Because they don’t watch, they’ve never seen Modern Family. Plus they don’t really want…you know, kids the world is about them. And according to my therapist, that’s totally normal, for awhile. So I’m like really? Everything is about them!
They don’t want to see me on a screen that much. But they like the voice thing. So when I got an opportunity to do this, I saw how much mileage I got off Scooby-Doo. I couldn’t believe how much mileage I got from them. They were like worshipping me. So this, like I mean I’m genuinely excited to show off to my children.
Q : How was it to do animated versus Modern Family?
Julie: Oh. So different. So different. I am not a trained voice actor. I’m keenly aware of my weaknesses and that may be because there’s something that obscure or high, there’s no like, no, I think we might have seen your boob there. You know what I mean? It’s just your voice, and if you aren’t getting across clearly, the humor, the message, the real sentiment, you can’t deny it. You can’t go like, yeah, but she looks really big in that shot or your hair looks nice, so maybe no one will notice. So, I was keenly aware of it. Luckily they are perfectionists and they are so pro that they very quickly figured out that the best way to work with me was just let me go. And then some poor editor had to sit somewhere going, oh my god. I mean I was leaping around, swearing. The original Dipper had quite a mouth on her. To get to the like sassiness of the way that she thinks, I kind of needed to spout some garbage.
Q. Are you ever with other actors in the booth or always by yourself?
Julie: No. I was always by myself. When I did Scooby-Doo it was in a room with a bunch of people. But those are serialized. You know, it’s weekly or however they do it. So they’ve got a much faster production piece. I don’t think you can afford to bring one person in at a time. No, I was completely alone. But luckily, Dane Cook, I mean all theirs was done. It was completely done. So I could hear him, I could hear Ed Harris, I could hear all- everybody else.
Q. How intensive was the process for the animators compared to your work on Modern Family?
Julie: This was so great and short, and even though I sweat a lot and get really anxious whenever I had to go in, I didn’t have to go in that many times. I think but because Bob was so great and they just let me go, instead of trying to get the line. Stop. Let’s get the line. They just were like, just do whatever you want and we’ll tell you if we need something else. So they had a lot more material probably than they needed.
So I just went in to like polish up bits, or change it for legal reasons or whatever. So, it’s kind of hard to believe it’s actually coming out as a movie. It seemed like a fun place to go where I didn’t have to wear makeup. Modern Family is you get there- it’s a process, but I’ve been doing TV for a long time so you’re getting there six a.m. and somebody makes you look like, you know, a much better version of you. And by the time you get to the stage at seven thirty in the morning it’s been hours and it’s like go team. This was very different.
Q : Did you get to do any adlibbing with that?
Julie: Oh yeah. A lot of adlibbing. I’m not super great at joke telling or reading a line. Usually I have to lay the pipe a bit. That’s the person who gives you the story. It’s not the exciting stuff, it’s not the jokes, but they’re laying it out. They’re like, you know, Luke has the flu and Alex is here, and then Phil gets to go, oh…and my butt is frozen. Or whatever the funny line is.
And this was, everybody else for the most part, were laying pipe and I had to come in with exactly this romance in my head. So really the possibilities were endless because they weren’t necessarily a hundred percent connected to what was going on. Like one thing, you know, oh, we’re gonna go here and then I would take that to, well what do you want me to tell him? It’s a date, it’s our third date? Our second date? I don’t know anything. I still am not sure a hundred percent what’s in there. But I’m sure it’s very, very perfect for children.
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