A moving interview with Sophia Bush about her role as the voice of Voyd, in Disney and Pixar’s Incredibles 2. Read how she brought this new character to life and what it was like working on this film.
Interview with Sophia Bush
Disney Pixar’s Incredibles 2 film is now in theaters everywhere. The infamous animated superhero family is back and bigger than ever. This new film introduces some new faces and voices of other superheroes who quietly come out of hiding in support of Elastigirl. Without giving away the whole film, let’s just say there is some serious girl power to be expected in this film.
During my #Incredibles2Event trip to LA a few weeks ago, I had the liberty of meeting with the gorgeous Sophia Bush. This beautiful woman walked into the interview room with her gorgeous “super suit” as she called it and stole the show. It was truly an honor to speak with her and learn about her thoughts on her character.
Interview with the voice of Voyd
Sophia Bush plays the coming out of her shell character Voyd who has grown up in the shadows of society. Sophia’s character Voyd is a young woman who can teleport to just about anywhere she chooses. In this interview, you will learn so much about her character Voyd and some tips on how to unleash your girl power to its fullest.
Incredibles 2 Event
Catch all of the fun interviews with the cast and creators of Disney Pixar’s Incredibles 2 film in the links below. I’m sharing exclusive interviews, behind the scenes facts about the film and actors. Along with a fun trip to Disneyland for the Pixarfest and a special trip back to the Disney Animation Building!
- Interview with Craig T. Nelson & Holly Hunter
- Interview with Samuel L. Jackson
- Interview with Sarah Vowell & Huck Milner
- Interview with Director Domee Shi & Producer Becky Neiman Post
- Interview with Sophia Bush | Voice of Voyd
- Interview with Bob Odenkirk & Catherine Keener
- Pixar Fest at Disneyland | My Incredibles Mission
Lunch Turned Into Screams of Joy – Getting The Part
People think things happen this way, and I’m like maybe for like Tom Hanks and Jennifer Lawrence but not for most of us. Yeah, I was sitting at lunch with a friend of mine, and I got a text message to open your email. There was this letter from my agent.
I sort of started having an out-of-body experience and couldn’t figure out what I was reading, because I got very emotional. I opened the PDF, and the scan that was attached to it was the actual letter from Brad Bird on Pixar letterhead offering me the part.
Telling me who Voyd was, asking me to come and join the Incredibles family. And at the bottom of the page are all of the Incredibles family in like this beautiful 2-D drawing. And I was like what. And I screamed so loud the whole restaurant turned and looked at me. I was morbidly embarrassed and also very excited.
Brad Bird Explains to Sophia Why He Picked Her For Voyd
Years ago I came up here to learn about animation, I spent a day asking all of the animators crazy questions about code, like a total nerd. It was the best day of my life. And they have a great care there, so lunch was also very nice.
And he said what we started to do was look for something for you knowing how excited you are about this whole universe. And they take samplings of your voice from other jobs. So, they basically cut generic enough sentences of your dialogue and then cut it together with the other actors in Pixar films.
And figure out who’s the voice they like the sound of your voice with. And they liked me and Holly’s voices together. And I was like she’s a queen. I am dead. Great. All of my dreams have come true.
Spending A Day Learning At The Animation Building
I wish that they would do a sort of behind-the-scenes package for people to see the stages, because if you know how many layers of tech, I mean it’s literally like a lasagna. It’s like layers and layers of code and specificity. There’s a whole pass on the movie done just to animate hair, just to put the right textures in clothing. I mean it’s so crazy, we got to see a rough cut of the film back in February.
And there were whole bits of it not animated yet, our characters were like floating around with no arms like ghosts. There were certain scenes where they were animated, but the mouths hadn’t been yet, because our dialogue had just been finalized. So, then they have to do the mouth to match your speaking voice.
It is so much more complex and brilliant and genius and cool than anybody knows. To them, we present what’s perfect to the world, and I’m like show them everything, I wanna see the unretouched pictures of these people. It’s phenomenal and hundreds, hundreds, and hundreds of people work on every movie.
Working With Brad Bird
What’s interesting is you go in and it’s you and Brad in the room. And he’s such a phenomenal director. And as any good director, he’s really got the movie put together in his head. Brad knows what take he’s gonna get from Holly, so he knows when I’m throwing things at him which take of mine is right. So, he’s the mad genius scientist, which is awesome.
Who Voyd Represents To Sophia
I had to think a lot about who this girl is. You know, Violet is a teenager. Voyd is a young woman. And she represents, to me, so many of the girls who I spend so much of my life talking to, girls that are in high school, college, post-college, trying to figure out who they are.
And the way that I related it was this, I thought a lot about being a young girl in this world of the Incredibles, who has powers, who thinks it’s the coolest. And then you see people like you become illegal.
And your parents tell you, you have to hide who you are because you could be jailed, killed, subject to harassment. But you grew up looking up to Elastigirl. She was on your TV. There’s no one in your town like you.
Elastigirl is Voyd’s Debra Messing
I thought about listening to my sweet superhero friend herself, Debra Messing talks about what it was like when Will and Grace were on the air. Elastigirl is Voyd’s, Debra Messing. She is that idol who made this girl, who had to dim her light for so long, feel like eventually everything was gonna be okay.
And you see her expressing her identity. She has turquoise hair and a side shave. This is a bold expression of her inner radicalness, but she’s had to hide her biggest magic. And she gets to meet the person who made her feel like one day it was gonna be okay.
And that made everything about why she just couldn’t figure out how to hold it together. It made it really personal for me because it was something that’s a fight I’ve been a part of in my real life, and it helped me own the moment for this sweet girl in the recording booth.
Sophia’s Last Bit of Advice For All Women
I’ve actually been investing in tech companies for about ten years, you can invest a couple of hundred dollars here, a couple of thousand dollars here. There are ways to get women in the financial game that we don’t talk about because we don’t talk to women about money.
Oddly enough we don’t talk to women about their healthcare or their bodies either, we need to change the conversation. Getting the game in small ways changes who’s onboard calls, changes who’s on advisor calls. We need more women having seats at those tables.
Although this is the end of the interview, don’t forget that Pixar’s newest film The Incredibles 2 movie is premiering June 15th! It’s been a film 14 years in the making but picks up where the last film had let off at. Check out the information and trailer below for more deets on this new Incredible film.
In INCREDIBLES 2, Helen (voice of Holly Hunter) is called on to lead a campaign to bring Supers back, while Bob (voice of Craig T. Nelson) navigates the day-to-day heroics of “normal” life at home with Violet (voice of Sarah Vowell), Dash (voice of Huck Milner) and baby Jack-Jack—whose superpowers are about to be discovered.
Their mission is derailed, however, when a new villain emerges with a brilliant and dangerous plot that threatens everything. But the Parrs don’t shy away from a challenge, especially with Frozone (voice of Samuel L. Jackson) by their side. That’s what makes this family so Incredible.
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