Celebrities don’t always opt for the serious roles. Sometimes they just want to play animated characters. Check out several stars and their popular voice acting characters.
Katy Perry As Smurfette
Pop star Katy Perry played the sole female smurf, Smurfette, in the Smurfs film. It was the perfect role for the singer. She told Billboard: “The Smurfs movie was really fun for me cause a lot of times, you know, 360 days out of the year, I feel like a cartoon.
So I thought playing a cartoon was a natural thing to do. With The Smurfs I get to walk into the studio and I can be in my pajamas and I make a really cute little voice, which is kind of a mixture of my voice and a little voice.”
Angelina Jolie As Tigress
Angelina Jolie has played the butt-kicking character Tigress in three Kung Fu Panda films. In the third film, four of Jolie’s children had small roles. She told the Today show in 2016: “What I think was so sweet about it was that they took it very seriously.
They came in and they said, ‘I don’t know if I can do this!'” She added that she and husband Brad Pitt didn’t encourage their kids to pick acting as their first career choice. “We’ve always said, if they’re gonna be actors, I hope they do something and then be actors,” she said.
Tom Hanks As Sheriff Woody
Tom Hanks has famously voiced the role of the cowboy Woody in the Toy Story films, but he revealed in 2015 that he doesn’t always have time to do the promotional voice acting that goes along with the franchise — he uses a stand in. During an interview on the Graham Norton Show he admitted he didn’t produce the voice for the Woody doll.
“No, it’s my brother Jim. There are so many computer games and video things and Jim just works on those all year long,” he revealed. Jim Hanks is also an actor and has many credits to his name.
Ellen DeGeneres As Dory
Ellen DeGeneres voices the role of Dory in both Finding Nemo and Finding Dory. The latter movie made headlines after President Donald Trump held a screening of it just days after signing an executive order banning people from Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Yemen, and Somalia from entering the United States.
DeGeneres, who was vocal against the immigration ban, said of the film’s theme: “The other animals help Dory—animals that don’t even need her, animals that don’t even have anything in common with her. They help her even though they’re completely different colors because that’s what you do when you see someone in need. You help them.”
Mila Kunis As Meg Griffin
Mila Kunis played the black sheep Meg Griffin on Fox’s Family Guy. The actress told Rolling Stone in 2014 that the biggest interaction she receives from fans involves her character from the show. “‘Shut up, Meg.’ That’s the number one quote I get on the streets all day long from everything that I’ve done,” Kunis explained. “‘Shut up, Meg.’ All the time. ‘Shut up, Meg.’ It’s been 15 years! ‘Shut up, Meg.’ All I can do is laugh.”
She also admitted one of the things that has surprised her the most about fans are those who get Family Guy tattoos. “That’s great. That’s real commitment to the show,” she said.
Rihanna As Tip
Singer Rihanna played Tip in Home. It was important that her character looked like her. She told Essence.com in 2015: “We wanted little girls to feel empowered. Little girls of any size, shape, color, race it didn’t matter. We wanted girls to just feel strong and brave, empowered, beautiful and that they can do anything.
They can take charge of their life or situation, no matter what. I think we were really, really careful especially with the animation to make sure that she wore the right things. That her body was not unrealistic, you know and I think for kids, that’s really special for young girls.”
Vin Diesel As Groot
Vin Diesel played Groot in the massively popular Guardians of the Galaxy. He said the film helped him heal after his friend and actor Paul Walker died tragically in a car crash. He told fans during a Facebook Q&A in 2014: “It was the month after the accident happened with my brother Paul Walker and it was the first time I had worked since.
Although it was challenging, just to get back to work was therapeutic — especially as Groot. There was an innocence about the character that was just refreshing — and it may have been more challenging under other circumstances, but at that time, it was very therapeutic.”
Robin Williams As Genie
Robin Williams played Genie in 1992 film Aladdin. Disney animator Eric Goldberg talked about Williams’ role following the actor’s death: “Did I see Robin doing any improvisation? That would be like saying did you see the pope wearing his vestments? He turned into a game show host, an evangelist.
Out came all the celebs — Arnold Schwarzenegger, John Wayne, George C. Scott. We took the stuff back to Burbank and went … ‘Oh my God, this is gold… Will they let us put this in the picture?'” He added that in addition to comedy, Williams brought warmth and sincerity to the role.
Johnny Depp As Victor Van Dort
Johnny Depp played Victor Van Dort in Corpse Bride. It was his fifth collaboration with director Tim Burton. He was inspired during the first recording because he got to see the Victor puppet and was guided by Burton. He told TheCinemaSource.com in 2008: “I see myself as a very lucky boy who’s been drafted to come along for the ride.
The fact that he’s chosen these five times to interpret these characters is either great luck or a huge mistake on his part. [Victor is] a character who isn’t so far away from characters I’ve played in the past for Tim. Edward Scissorhands…outsider, bumbling, deeply insecure, nervous…”
Will Smith As Oscar
Will Smith played Oscar in Shark Tale, and one of the things he enjoyed about making it was the freedom he had to improvise and play around with the character. He revealed at the Venice Film Festival.
“As I became more successful, and I didn’t realize it until I worked on this film, the level of inhibition that I had sort of created for myself. And then playing Oscar, it was just, you know, just coming out of me, everything, just really free, really comfortable. I found that really powerful comedic space that I’d lost a little bit of.”
Brad Pitt As Metro Man
Brad Pitt played Metro Man, the archnemesis to the evil Megamind in the film Megamind. He told MTV at the New York City premiere that it was a simple acting job: “One of the dreams is not having to put on makeup or put on wardrobe. It’s not a bad gig. It’s pretty easy.”
He added that his kids inspired him to do the film: “It’s my kids; try and score some points with my kids. You’re a dad: Dads are square. But, also, this one’s got Jeffrey Katzenberg behind it, and Will Ferrell’s really big in our house, and Jonah Hill’s the next coming. What more do you need?”
Antonio Banderas As Puss In Boots
Antonio Banderas famously played Puss in Boots in the Shrek films and the spinoff featuring his character. The actor never dreamed he would be doing voice roles because he initially didn’t speak English when he came to the United States.
He revealed to Collider in 2011: “I got to this country without even speaking the language, so the fact that they call me for the use of my voice is such a paradox. When I came to America, I said, ‘If there’s something I cannot do, it’s going to be an animation movie.’ And, here I am. I have a lot of fun.”
Jim Carrey As Horton
Jim Carrey played the titular character in Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears A Who. He told Rotten Tomatoes in 2007: “I love that idea that a person is a person no matter how small and the idea of worlds within worlds within worlds. Because sometimes I sit out in my backyard and I look at the birds, and a hummingbird will come down, ‘Wap!’ goes flying past my head and will threaten me and stuff like that and I realize that he has no respect for my deed to the land.
That’s his property as far as he’s concerned. And that’s just the reality, we think that we’re the ones in control, everybody does.”
Cameron Diaz As Fiona
Cameron Diaz played a human-turned-ogre in the Shrek films. She is sometimes recognized in public for playing the character, but she doesn’t want parents to ruin the magic for their children by revealing who she is. She told the New York Times in 2010.
“But of all the characters that I’ve done there’s only one that I really get, and that’s Fiona. That’s the only time people say to their kids, ‘This is Princess Fiona.’ And I’m always like: ‘Don’t tell them. Just let them live as if Princess Fiona exists as a real ogre. Don’t take that away from them.'”
Christina Hendricks As Lois Lane
Christina Hendricks played Lois Lane in All-Star Superman. It was her first voice-over work. She told the LA Times in 2011: “We all know Lois Lane, so I was familiar with the role. That was something exciting, so as soon as they asked, I jumped on board.”
She added, “When I think of Lois Lane, I think of this strong, sassy, spunky kind of character. Those are the qualities I see in Lois Lane, and I really wanted to incorporate that, and then I really wanted to be truthful to what the script was and take a lot of notes from Andrea [Romano], who’s directing it, because she has such amazing experience.”
Anne Hathaway As Jewel
Anne Hathaway played mama bird Jewel in Rio and Rio 2. And after will.i.am witnessed her incredible singing voice in the first film, he was “blown away” by her talent and reached out to her to collaborate on music together.
She joked with Ryan Seacrest, “The thing is, he’s going to get me in the studio and then he’s going to hear me for real, and he’s going to be like, ‘Oh, never mind.’” She added, “Will is so good in the movie. The movie is wonderful … it’s better than the first one and it truly, truly is a lovely wonderful film that parents and kids can enjoy.”
Justin Timberlake As Boo Boo Bear
Justin Timberlake played Boo Boo Bear in Yogi Bear. He told AskMen.com: “I was an only child and was obviously really bored, so I would entertain my parents by imitating cartoon voices like Scooby Doo, Boo Boo and others. So, you know that about me now, I guess.
I’m killing any cache of cool I’ve managed to build up over the years. I would have recordings on set and would listen to them to get the tone and inflection. Then, once I did all my lines for the day, I’d usually do them all again because I got into the zone, if that makes sense.”
George Clooney As The Fantastic Mr. Fox
George Clooney played the Fantastic Mr. Fox in the film of the same name. He told DenOfGeek.com: “For me, this guy was such an optimist, and I thought he was just a fun character to play. I remember reading the script, and saying to Wes [Anderson], ‘listen, I love it and I’m happy, thrilled and excited to do it’… So for me, it was just about the process of working with Wes, of working with these guys.”
He also jokingly slammed his co-star, who was there at the interview, “I didn’t enjoy working with Bill [Murray]. I think that that’s fair to say, right?”
John Goodman As Sulley
John Goodman played James P. Sullivan, aka Sulley, in Monsters Inc. and Monsters University. He told Collider in 2013: “I think the reason they work so well together is that they complete each other, in a way. I think Sulley really, really needs Mike Wazowski. It makes him complete, and it lets the air out of him, a little bit.
Especially in this film, when they’re not completely formed monsters yet, they learn from each other. They learn how to adapt, and how to let go of their pre-conceived notions of themselves and of the world. They’re good for each other.”
Eddie Murphy As Donkey
Eddie Murphy played Donkey in the Shrek films. He told the LA Sentinel in 2007 that fans love Donkey because he’s a very positive and optimistic character. And even if Donkey seems like he’s not very smart, he’s actually quite wise. “He’s the eternal optimist,” Murphy explained.
“He’s so optimistic but on the surface has no clue, but if you listen in the movie – he’s the one with all the wisdom. He’s the one getting Shrek back on track, telling Shrek to look at the situation a different way. He’s very funny, how could you not like him?”