You’re the Voice: Grey DeLisle

Welcome back, animation fans, to Popdose’s recurring look into the wonderful world of voice actors. I think it may now officially be a running gag about how we’re still waiting to hear back from Billy West about scheduling his interview with us (honestly, he really did sound enthusiastic about the idea of talking with me for the column), but thanks to our good friend Scott Malchus, we’ve been provided with someone with almost as many credits…and with all due respect to Mr. West, if I’m to be honest, it probably won’t hurt the number of hits that the subject of this week’s column is as cute as a button.

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Grey DeLisle could’ve coasted through her existence singing her Americana-influenced songs and thrilling No Depression readers – and if you’re of a mind to hear some of her work, you can click here, here, or here – but it’s a blessing for dedicated Cartoon Network viewers that she’s instead found herself a niche within the world of voice acting. Yes, her career finds her places other than Cartoon Network…PBS Kids, Nick Jr., and so on down your cable dial…but as you look through her credits, you’ll certainly notice that she’s been a major part of some of CN’s signature series from the past several years.

As it happens, our Mr. Malchus has worked with Grey quite a few times, and when he mentioned to her that Popdose was doing a column dedicated to interviews with voice actors, he told me that she got legitimately excited at the prospect of chatting with me for “You’re the Voice.” I thought maybe he was exaggerating, but, no, she couldn’t have been happier to hop on the phone and run through some of the highlights of her career. Originally, I’d thought that we’d extend the interview into two sessions – our conversation ended up being somewhat spontaneous, due to a sudden opening in both our schedules – but the more I look at how well things went, I’d hate to spoil it by adding anything more to it. If you think I should do a sequel (since lord knows there’s plenty more left on her resume to ask about), be sure to leave a comment below to that effect. For now, though, let’s dive into our inevitable first question…

How did you first find your way into voice acting?

Well, I did stand-up comedy…and I wasn’t that good at it. (Laughs) But I did lots of impressions and stuff, and this casting person was in the audience one time, and she said, “You know, your jokes need some work, but your impressions are really great. You should probably do some voiceover work or something to supplement your income while you’re working on your comedy.” And I was, like, “Okay, where do you do that?” I thought you just could sign up for it! It took forever to get into it, but, finally, by the time I got into voiceovers, I was, like, “Screw comedy! This pays way better, and it took me this long to get into it, so…” (Laughs) I took a class, and I went to the Learning Annex, believe it or not. There was some voiceover agent there…Lynda McCarrell…and I think there were, like, 150 people in the class, and maybe three of them could actually do it, but everybody got a chance to go up to the mike, and they said, “You really, really should try to do voiceover, maybe take some classes.” So I went and took classes, and the lady who was running the classes said, “I know (talent agent) Sandie Schnarr, and you should be with her.” My tape wasn’t even that great. I’d made a tape, but it wasn’t that great, but she called Sandy, and I’ve been with her ever since. It’s been more than 15 years, probably. She’s the best. She’s so sweet. I was going to do music for awhile, and my on-camera agent kind of got mad about it, like, “Oh, I’ve put all this work into you…” But Sandie was so nice, and she said, “You know what? Go ahead, go to New York, and if something comes in here that you can do from over there by phone patch, or if I can help you set up a meeting over there…” She was so nice. She was a real person who cared about my life rather than what I was doing for her. But I immediately came right back, because the music scene was kind of scary in New York. (Laughs) I was, like, “Okay, I’m back! Thank you for being so nice to me! I’ll never leave you again!”

Speaking of your music, I hadn’t even put two and two together, but I’ve actually heard some of your stuff. Specifically, I’ve got the Anchored in Love compilation, the tribute to June Carter Cash where you covered “Big Yellow Peaches.”

You do? Oh, yeah, that was such a great thing. I was such a June Carter Cash fan, and I never really put together the acting thing with playing the autoharp, but her son just said, “I really want you to be on this record. I really think you and my mom have a lot in common.” I saw June and Johnny play once live, and I just bawled the entire time. It was like the Beatles. I just cried. I was just a mess. I shouldn’t have been there. (Laughs) I’ve seen old videos of girls screaming and crying at the Beatles, and I was, like, “What are they doing? Can’t they just listen to the music? What’s the matter with them?” And then it happened to me! I didn’t scream. It was a quiet cry. But it was a cry nonetheless.

Hey, the first time I saw Paul McCartney, he came onstage to “Drive My Car,” and the next thing I knew, I had tears in my eyes. I’m, like, “What the hell…?” But, you know, it was Paul freaking McCartney!

(Laughs) That happened with me at a Tom Waits show once, too. I felt so silly. We’re cooler than that, aren’t we?

You’d like to think so…but, ultimately, maybe not.

At least we weren’t at, like, a Justin Bieber show or something. That’d be bad. (Laughs) You know, my friend’s number got put on the internet somewhere as Justin Bieber’s phone number. She didn’t know what was going on. “I’m getting phone calls from all over the world from teenagers! It’s so weird!” (Laughs, then pauses) I talk a lot, so you’ll have to edit this down…

No problem. After interviewing Tom Kenny, I feel like I’m already a professional at this.

Oh, I love doing interviews with Tom, because you hardly have to talk at all! (Laughs) He’s always so funny and entertaining.

He is, indeed. But if there’s one thing I’ve learned from this column, it’s that voice actors are easy to interview but hard to transcribe.

(Laughs) My dad goes, “We used to pay you to shut up, and now they pay you to talk!” And he really did! He’d say, “I’ll give you a dollar to shut up!”

Daphne, “What’s New, Scooby-Doo?” / “Scooby Doo: Mystery Incorporated”

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I don’t even know the first time I did the voice (of Daphne). I think it was either 1997 or 1998. Mary Kay Bergman, the woman who was doing it before, was a really dear friend of mine, and she actually taught me a lot about doing voiceovers. I mean, the first animation class I ever took was with her, at Kalmenson & Kalmenson. She was just the sweetest, most wonderful person in the world…and then she killed herself. Her husband came and stayed with me at my house, because he said, “I can’t stay over there, it’s too painful.” And about a week later, they asked me to audition for Daphne…and I didn’t know what to do, because I just thought, “Gosh, I just don’t know if I can do that.” I told him, “They asked me to audition, but I’m not going to audition, because it’s just weird.” And he said, “Grey, you have to do it, because Mary Kay would’ve wanted you to do it. You were her star student, she loved you, and she would’ve wanted you to do Daphne. Somebody’s going to do it. It might as well be someone who loved her.” And I was, like, “I didn’t really think about it like that.” So I went in, and I didn’t study it, because I just thought, “You know what? I’m just going to go in, and I’m just going to do my best interpretation of the character. I’m not going to try and sound-match her, because it would just be too sad to listen to her voice.” So I went in, and Eddie – the engineer at the time – and Collette Sunderman, the director, she just said, “When you came in, Grey, it was just eerie. It was like there was some other hand in it, because you sounded exactly like Mary Kay.” So I guess it was meant to be, because I didn’t try. It just came out that way. They wanted me to speak at her memorial, and her husband really wanted me to speak, but I just couldn’t talk. I just kept crying and crying and…oh, would you look at me with the crying? Here I am talking about crying again. (Laughs) You’re thinking, “This girl’s a mess!” But, yeah, it was an interesting turn of events to get to play Daphne, but I’m so glad that I have the role, and I was glad that I was able to carry that on for her. She set the bar very high.

So what are your thoughts on the new series, “Scooby Doo: Mystery Incorporated”? Because I’ve really been enjoying it.

I love it! It’s the most fun. Not to take anything away from the other people I’ve worked with on this franchise, but this has to be my favorite of all, because it really pokes fun at itself, and the writing is just really, really funny! I think before they were probably under some sort of constraints where they had to have a little bit more reverence for the characters and everything, but Mitch, the guy that kind of took the helm of this junker… (Laughs) …he’s just a funny, unorthodox, great guy. I actually stayed after…we did that session this morning, and I stayed, like, 45 minutes afterward just joking and talking with him. When we were on “The Soup”…did you see that Joel McHale mentioned it on “The Soup”? It was a couple of weeks ago.

I did!

I couldn’t believe it! (Laughs) I don’t usually watch much television, but I actually TiVo that show so that I can talk about television with other people. I thought, “I don’t want to watch these dumb shows, but if it comes up around the water cooler, I don’t want to be completely in the dark, either!” And when we came on, I went… (Gasps) “Oh, no!” We were in the commercial for what was coming up next, and I thought, “Oh, don’t say anything bad about us!” Because everybody has something bad said about them, and I thought, “Oh, God, they’re going to tear us apart! What are they going to do?” And we had just premiered, too, so I thought, “Oh, Joel’s going to ruin us…” And it was like a dream come true! It was my life, and it was a funny line, where we pulled off the mask and I said, “Mr. Withers, you’re a teacher! Why do you need to steal things?” And we all went, “Oh, right, yeah…” And all Joel said was, “That’s a pretty funny show. I like that show.” If someone had told me that had happened, I wouldn’t have believed them. I couldn’t believe he showed a clip and didn’t say something bad. And the ratings have gone up and up and up since then. Yay!

I have to tell you, though, that when I was out at the TCA tour, it seemed like half the people that I mentioned the show to…and these are TV critics…didn’t even realize that it had premiered!

Yeah, the publicity has not been great. (Laughs) I think people just think, “Well, it’s ‘Scooby Doo.’ People are going to watch ‘Scooby Doo.’ We don’t need to put up posters about that.’” Or even if there is a poster up, I’m sure people just think, ‘Oh, it’s old ‘Scooby-Doo.’” People don’t know if it’s old or new or whatever, because they all look about the same.

I’ve been trying to push it, saying, “This is clearly written by people who loved the original show for people who loved the original show.”

Yeah. And it’s beautifully drawn, too. The backgrounds are amazing. I just love it!

BONUS CLIP: This episode of “Scooby Doo: Mystery Incorporated” aired after I’d already spoken with Grey, otherwise you can bet I would’ve asked her about this performance.

Black Canary, “Batman: The Brave and the Bold”

That was amazing, especially the “Music-Meister” episode. Just being able to sing with Neil Patrick Harris…I was, like, “Oh, my God, he’s a Broadway singer!” I mean, I’m a singer, but it’s, like, Appalachian rock. (Laughs) I’m not really a legit singer. But it worked out! They just said, “Put all your little –isms on there, it’s okay.” Because I was trying to clean it off and… (Singing) …sound very pretty! And they were, like, “You know what, Grey? Just sound like you, okay?” And I was, like, “Okay, really? Because I’ve got a lot of vibrato, and there’s the twang…” And they said, “You may think it’s really bad, but we like it, so just sing.” (Laughs) And the music was just so beautiful. Those songs just got stuck in our heads. So, yeah, I’m so glad I got to do that. It was an honor, except they had Batman come in…Diedrich Bader, who I love…and he was listening to me sing, and I was, like, “Oh, no, especially not in front of someone I respect and love!” (Laughs) They’re, like, “You used to sing in front of people on stage all the time!” Yeah, but that was my own songs. Not these. But I’m still proud of it!

Yumi, “Hi, Hi, Puffy AmiYumi”

Oh, yeah! Well, they had hired an Asian actress originally to play my character, but it just didn’t work. They did, I think, something like four or five episodes with her, and it just wasn’t…the personality just wasn’t there, you know? They kind of wanted a tough, spunky personality. I was just a last-minute replacement. The producer happened to know me from something else that he’d been working with me on, and he said, “I know somebody who can just come in here and do this right now!” (Laughs) So he called me and said, “Can you just come down? We’ve already done four or five episodes, but…” I had to do, like, ten episodes right then…like, that day…because they were behind schedule. I know people on the internet…my sister keeps tabs on those things, and she’s, like, “Everybody’s all mad that they didn’t cast a Japanese girl to play the part.” But they did! They tried to! It just didn’t work! I mean, I would’ve liked it if they’d done that, too. I’m always happy when they cast someone who’s the real deal, but… (Trails off)

I actually had to learn a bunch of Japanese for the show, because a lot of the lines were in Japanese. That was hard, because little inflections here and there could change the whole meaning. Good thing I’m a singer, because I could hear the little differences…most of the time!

I was actually a fan of Puffy AmiYumi before they had a show. They’d worked with Andy Sturmer, and anything that’s Jellyfish-related, I’m on top of it.

Oh, I love Jellyfish, too! My booking agent, who I’m going out with tonight, used to date that lead singer guy. (Laughs) I’m always happy to tell people’s ex-boyfriend stories. I’m, like, “Oh, it’s so exciting!” But it wasn’t Andy Sturmer. It was…well, I can’t remember his name. But it was definitely Jellyfish, because they’re the ones with the record cover that has the little girl in the pink costume? Man, what was his name? Shoot. I can’t remember. It was definitely one of those guys. Maybe it wasn’t the singer. (Laughs) But I love them. Everybody got invited to see their show at the House of Blues, but I was out of town and couldn’t go. (Sighs)

Frances “Frankie” Foster, “Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends”

Oh, that was one of my favorite parts, because it’s really like me. I am Frankie. I just did my normal voice… (Laughs) …but she’s very close to my character, too. I was raised by my grandmother, and I have a lot of kooky friends! Yeah, that was a very near and dear character for me. When I went and auditioned for it, I just wanted it so bad…and that doesn’t happen very often. But I just loved the whole thing. I would’ve taken anything. I auditioned for a lot of different parts, and I just wanted anything related to it.

But it’s funny because I got the part and I was so excited, I was just really happy about that, and…I was in Hawaii, and if you know the voice actress Tara Strong, who’s another great talent, she and I are friends, and she knew how much I wanted that part, and she had gotten a part on the show, too. She calls me when I’m on vacation, and she says, “I have really bad news.” And I was, like, “What?!?” “You know the ‘Foster’s’ thing?” I said, “Yeah, I got Frankie, and I’m so excited! I can’t wait to start!” And she said, “Well, we have the parts right now…but they’re going to send out an audition for celebrities, too. So they’re casting for celebrities, and they’re going to let us know who’s better.” And I’m so mad! I’m going, “You’re kidding me! Gosh darned celebrities! I’m so pissed!” And she didn’t tell me that she was joking until a long time later! (Laughs) I mean, she let me be upset for a good four or five hours before she called and said, “You know, I was just kidding you about that. It’s totally not true.” That’s just a voiceover actor’s nightmare that they’d cast celebrities. I’m actually glad for celebrities now, though, because I don’t mind doing the incidental roles if somebody’s going to bring some attention to the show. I’m, like, “Oh, good, I’ll ride on your coattails!” (Laughs)

You just never know if celebrities are going to be good. I’m doing this new Nickelodeon show, “T.U.F.F. Puppy,” with Jerry Trainor from “iCarly,” and he’s amazing, but when I first heard he was going to be doing it…they went through a lot of people for this puppy role, and when they finally said, “Oh, we cast this guy Jerry Trainor, he’s on one of their on-camera shows, “Ugh! Oh, he’s going to be horrible, he’s some teen weirdo…” (Laughs) He’s actually not a teenager. He looks like a teenager, but he’s not. But he’s just so good! I couldn’t believe it! I really think he could do our job for a living. If he wanted to quit this on-camera thing, I think he could have a real career. (Laughs) Like, in one episode…I don’t even know if I’m supposed to say this, but he gets taken over by the minds of all of the characters, so he has to talk like all of the characters in this episode, and he did a flawless job. It was unbelievable. He could’ve taken over any of the roles. Well, except me. I don’t think he sounded like me. (Laughs) I think my job’s secure. But everybody else had better watch out!

Wubbzy, “Wow! Wow! Wubbzy!”

The creator, Bob (Boyle), lives right across the street from me! (Laughs) He actually found our house for us. I just love him and his wife – they’re just the most fun people ever – and he knew we liked Craftsman style houses, so he said, “There’s a house across the street! You’ve got to come take a look!” We had a Spanish-style house from the ‘20s, but I said, “Oh, we just finished working on our house! But maybe we’ll go take a look at it. Let’s just go take a look.” And, of course, we fell completely in love with it, so we were, like, “Okay, we’re moving!” (Laughs)

People love that show. My husband (Murry Hammond) is in the Old ‘97s, and the lead singer (Rhett Miller), people love him, he’s got fans all over the place and girls falling all over themselves for him all the time, but he got to our house, and he was like those girls…except for Bob! (Laughs) Because he’s got two kids that are under five, so he was, like, “So the creator of ‘Wubbzy’ is, like, across the street? Wow! So, uh, y’think you could run over there and we could see him? Or do you think he might come out?” It was really funny that he was so star-struck by Bob!

You know, just as a sidebar, you’ll have to tell your husband that I’ve got a CD cover signed by him in my hallway.

(Laughs) Oh, my God!

I didn’t even realize you were married to Murry until I was doing my research for our interview, but, yeah, the Old ‘97s played the Boathouse here in Norfolk, VA…

Oh, yes, they love Virginia!

Yeah, and it was either right after we got engaged or right after we got married, because Rhett signed it, “Congratulations!” I also see that Ken (Bethea) drew a thought bubble above his head and filled it with the state of Texas.

(Laughs) They’re such a good band! I tell people that my husband is in a band, and I think they think he’s, like, in a garage somewhere, or playing for free. I’m, like, “No, they’re really good,” and they’re politely saying, “Oh, yeah, no, I’m sure they are.” “No, but, honest, I wouldn’t say that if they weren’t really, really great!” But I love every single song. The first songs I bought and downloaded to my iPod were Old ‘97s songs. My husband’s, like, “What are you doing? Why don’t you just rip them from the CDs?” I said, “I want to feel like I’m contributing to the family pool!” (Laughs)

I’ve been a fan ever since my buddy Donnie played “Time Bomb” for me.

I still can’t believe they didn’t pick that for the single. Every album, there’s a song where I’m, like, “Why wasn’t that the single? That should’ve been it!” And they always pick something where they think, “Oh, it’s radio-friendly, it sounds like other things that are on the radio.” And I thought, “Things don’t get famous that way. They get famous by not sounding like things on the radio, so people will go, ‘What the heck was that?’” Clearly, I should’ve been in A&R. (Laughs) Well, I’ll be sure to tell Murry that you’re a fan!

Mandy, “The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy”

Oh, yeah, that was another one where…I’m always a last-minute person! (Laughs) People just know that I’m a relatively nice person who’ll show up, do my best, and not have an attitude. You never know: there are some crazy people in this business. They might be really talented, but then you have to actually work with them, so… (Laughs) The creator of the show was married to…well, it’s kind of funny, because he’s so divorced from that lady now, but at the time he was married to this woman who wanted to do cartoon voices, so she did the voice of Mandy. But the director, thank God…it was Collette Sunderman, and she said, “Look, do you want something to show your grandkids someday that’s got you and your wife on it, or do you want to have a hit show? Because you’re not going to have a hit show with your wife doing the voice.” And, I mean, it’s hard to tell somebody that, you know? So he said, “Okay,” and he brought me in.

I’m a really cheerful, chirpy, happy person most of the time, so it was hard to imagine, but they said, “Just try to do it as flat as possible.” Collette said, “Do nothing with it. Nothing!” And I was still not getting it. “Like this?” “Less!” “Like this?” “LESS!” (Laughs) I finally got it flat enough, but even as late as the last episode, they were saying, “Less, less, less, less. Nothing. Nothing. Just make air come out of your mouth. That’s all we want from you.” (Laughs) Kris Zimmerman ended up directing the series, but Collette did the pilot, so they both had a hand in getting the voice right. It was really hard! It was the hardest voice I’ve ever had to do, because I’m such an animated person. When they said, “Too cartoony, make it more real,” I’m, like, “But I talk like this! This is me being real!” (Laughs) I love Adam, the guy that created the series. Well, he goes by Maxwell Atoms, but his real name is Adam, and he’s a really great guy.

Mother Rock, “Saul of the Mole Men”

(Laughs) That was so freaking…I don’t think I even auditioned for that. Those guys were just really cool guys that brought me in, and I did, like, ten different characters, and I would something like five episodes at a time. It was weird. It was hard for them to explain to me what we were doing, because they were, like, “Well, there’s this rock, there’s this man, and…” (Laughs) But I got it, and I thought it was a cool, quirky concept, and I really liked the guys who were writing for it. So I’d do a bunch of episodes in one day and go home, but…it was a really weird studio. I mean, it was, like, the worst recording studio you could possibly imagine, with the worst conditions for recording ever. I mean, worse than someone’s garage. It was a studio in Hollywood that had a corrugated metal roof that was open. It was open! It was, like, raised so that the air would go through, I guess for heating reasons or whatever, but I was just, “Are we really recording in here?” ‘Cause every car that drove by would reverberate on the roof, and we had to stop all the time. It was renegade recording! But I couldn’t have done it with a nicer group of guys, and they’ve subsequently hired me for other projects…with bigger budgets. (Laughs)

Cosmo / Uma, “Crayon Shin Chan”

I was not happy about that show. I mean, I know it was a big hit in Japan, but I just don’t think it translated to English, and it just ended up being sort of a crass, weird… (Hesitates) I just did it for the money. I don’t know if I should be saying that, but I really did. I thought, “Does it pay money? Is the money green? Okay, good.” (Laughs) But I was sitting there thinking, “I’m going to go to Hell. This is, like, really bad for my soul.” I think it was a really great show in Japan that should not have made the move…like so many other things which start out other places and then come to America and suck. (Laughs) Sorry, “Shin Chan” people! Please hire me again…but for something that’s of higher quality!

The Wasp / Janet Pym, “Ultimate Avengers” / “Ultimate Avengers 2”

I had to really do research on the comic-book stuff, because being a girl… (Starts to laugh) I hate to be so sexist, because I know there are some girls who really love comics. I like them now that I’ve done the research on them, but I thought, “I’ve got to read up on this stuff, because I’ve got this part, and I’m not going to go up on the Comic-Con panel and just be a total idiot.” (Laughs) I loved my husband in that, Nolan North. We always play each other’s spouses. It was great, and I was just very honored to be a part of that.

What was funny, though, was that the first guy who was cast to play Nick Fury was so excited to play the part and so happy to be part of it…but he could not say “adamantium”! (Laughs) He just couldn’t say it! And you kind of have to know how to say it for that part. But he was, like, “Adaman…adaman…” I was, like, “Just think of the ‘80s! Adam Ant. Adamantium.” And he’s, like, “Oh, okay…” But he still just couldn’t do it…and I just saw that part slip out of his fingers while we were there. They kept correcting him and trying to re-do it, but then finally everyone’s just, like, “That’s cool. No, it’s good, we’ll just keep going.” And I knew what was happening, and I went, “Oh, no!” And the next time I came back, that guy was, uh, not there anymore. My heart just broke, because, seriously, nobody there was happier to be there than that guy. But, hey, it’s “Ultimate Avengers.” You’ve got to be able to say “adamantium.” There’s no way around it. You’ve got to do it. (Laughs)

The first commercial I ever booked…it was when the internet was new, and… (Hesitates) I’m so old. I’m only 36, but, God, I just said, “When the internet was new.” But, anyway, with the commercial, you had to say “www dot” whatever the product was…and I could not say “www.” I couldn’t say it. And I lost the job. I saw it slip out of my fingers just like that guy. They said, “Okay, Grey, that’s good. That’s fine.” And I was, like, “No, no, wait, let me do it just one more time!” And they did let me do it a couple more times, but I finally just had to give up and say, “Okay, bye…” But when I left there, boy, nobody said “www” more than me after that. (Laughs) I practiced it and practiced it, and I think I’ve used it every day since then!

Evy O’Connell , “The Mummy: The Animated Series”

That was fun, because I liked the movie. Having to do a British accent around Brits was very stressful. (Laughs) I’m always really happy to do it, and then all of a sudden a Brit comes in, and I’m, like, “Oh, crap, what am I doing? I don’t know how to talk anymore!” (Laughs) But, yeah, that was really fun, and…I don’t know, I liked being the mom.

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I loved my son on that show. In fact, Chris Marquette was my son on that, and then Sean Marquette, his little brother, ended up being Mac, the little boy in “Foster’s.” So that was kind of funny, because I said, “You remind me of somebody,” and then his brother came to pick him up one day, and I was, like, “My son! How are you?” And he said, “This is my brother!” I was, like, “Oh, my God, all the kids are growing up around me. I’m so old.” (Laughs) I work with kids a lot, and, you know, with kids, five years is forever. You work with them at 10, they’re a little boy, and then five years later they’re driving. It makes you feel so old all of a sudden!

I was working with a bunch of kids for “Whatever Happened to Robot Jones,” that show that was on Cartoon Network a long time ago. It was a really cute show. I liked it. But everyone on that show was a kid except for me and maybe…I don’t know, Rip Taylor or someone. (Laughs) But they said, “What does your husband do, Grey?” And I said, “Oh, he’s a musician. You know, money for nothing and chicks for free.” And they said, “That’s really funny! Did you just make that up?”

Oh, God…

(Laughs) I was, like, “No, no, it was on MTV just a few…” And then I suddenly realized that, wait, not only was it not just a few years ago, but MTV is, like, 20 years old now!” And then immediately after that, I said, “Yeah, I did make that up. I’m a really smart person.” (Laughs) But I think they knew I was lying.

Nonetheless, I’m adding it to your Wikipedia entry.

“Coined the phrase ‘money for nothing, chicks for free.’” That was me. (Laughs)




  • Anonymous

    That’s it? I want more!

    Another great interview, Will.

    What I love about this series is that anyone interested in voice over work can read these interviews and get a sense of what it takes to make it in that line of work. It’s not just about being able to do funny voices. It’s about being able to act first, do the funny voices second. But there’s also a discipline to be able to use just your voice for acting, which many celebrities don’t get. A lot of on camera actors are so used to having that lens in their face that the don’t know how to emote or project with their voice.

    I hope you can do one more interview with Grey. She’s priceless.

  • Anonymous

    I’d say odds are good for a future conversation: she’s already dropped a line to tell me that she loved the piece.

    Also, it turns out that it WAS Andy Sturmer that her friend dated. :-)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=682893412 Adam Lawrence

    If she’s up for more, I will always happily read more interviews with Grey.

    You may want to make a quick correction though. Her husband’s name is Murry (not Murray) Hammond. His solo album is REALLY good.

  • Anonymous

    The spelling is duly adjusted. Thanks for catching that.

  • http://mostlymodernmedia.wordpress.com Beau

    We have some of the Scooby Doo movies on DVD, and one has some behind-the-scenes features with the voice actors. Grey is unbelievably charming.

  • An Alpaca

    This is a great interview though there is only one flaw to be fixed that’ll make it awesome, which is why i want a sequel interview:

    Needs. More. Azula.