The Voice Actor Stage is a new addition this year at BlizzCon, and I certainly hope it becomes a staple. I sat down for the 3:00 - 4:00 panel "Iconic Characters of Warcraft
" which, as the name implies, featured the voice actors for several of the most influential WoW
characters in the Mists of Pandaria
expansion. Our esteemed guests were:
- Keone Young, voice of Chen Stormstout
- James Sie, voice of Taran Zhu
- Patrick Seitz, voice of Garrosh Hellscream
- Aaron Phillips, voice of Wrathion
- Josh Keaton, voice of Anduin Wrynn
- Laura Bailey, voice of Jaina Proudmoore
In addition, the panel was hosted by Andrea Toyias, Casting and Voice Over Director at Blizzard, and two writers whose names were announced but unfortunately not written on the projector.
Andrea hosted the panel by asking each of the actors, one by one, a series of questions about the characters they voiced -- how they saw that character, how they got into the appropriate headspace to play that character, and so on. Each answer was unique and very interesting. Keone Young spoke about how his experience growing up on Hawai'i, before and during its annexation by the United States, influenced the way he perceived the struggles of the pandaren people, and also how his knowledge of the Hawai'ian patois informed his development of Chen's unique accent.
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