Steve Blum, Zeb Orrelios in Star Wars Rebels, answers five questions on the four seasons of the award winning show over at ToonZone.com….
TOONZONE NEWS: There was a quote I read in an interview with Lupita Nyong’o where she says, “I went to acting school thinking I was going to learn how to be other people, but it taught me how to be myself.” How do you feel about that sentiment, and what did you learn about yourself acting over the span of the four seasons of “Rebels”?
STEVE BLUM: An insightful sentiment indeed. I never went to acting school, but Lupita has tapped into something powerful here. I’m teaching voice acting online now (at https://www.blumvoxstudios.com/) and “finding your voice” is one of the key concepts I base everything on. Everyone has a unique voice. I feel that it’s impossible to authentically embody a character without understanding and accepting who you are first. Only then can you find the interval to portraying another’s life. That character will be partially made up of at least some of your essence, so ya might as well get comfortable with that!
I learn something from every character and Zeb is no exception. The wonderful thing about this show in particular is that our characters noticeably grew and evolved. Zeb had (for self-preservation) tucked away tremendous pain and loss, and occasionally acted out because of that. But even before he was forced to truly face his demons and his destiny, his loyalty and integrity remained intact. It was a good reminder that we’re never done in our personal evolution. It caused me to check in on my own ability to trust, to forgive and to be willing to sacrifice for the greater good. And to make sure my integrity was always being attended to. Pretty deep lessons for a cartoon.
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