The following transcript is from a chat
conducted by FUNimation online
Thank you so much for joining us once
again for the Celebrity Chat. Today we are glad to have
Laura Bailey as our guest. Laura is the voice of Young
Trunks and Marlene (the female lead of Blue Gender).
Hey this is Laura. Thanks for joining me today. I hope
I can answer all your questions without too much trouble.
Q: How did you get to become the voice of Trunks?
A: Well, I did a show with Kent Williams and he told
me about the audition. At first I went in to audition
for Android 18, but my friend Meredith beat me out.
Q: Can you relate to any of the characters you play?
A: Well, I can relate mostly to trunks, I guess. Because
he's always having fun and getting into trouble.
Q: Do you like your job?
A: I love it! Everyone here is so much fun.
Q: What's your favorite saga?
A: Ummm...I really like the Android episodes.
Q: What is Blue Gender?
A: Blue Gender is a new series FUNimation just started.
It's really dark but really great! I play Marlene -
the female lead on the series.
Q: Do you like the Trunks you are or the future Trunks
A: Me - of course. hehe. Chibi Trunks is so cool.
Q: What got you into voice acting?
A: Actually, I pursued a career in acting-acting at
first. I just kind of happened upon voice acting.
Q: What is it like to talk like Trunks?
A: At first it really hurt. When I got done with my
first few sessions I lost my voice
Q: What is your opinion of Buu?
A: I think he's hilarious!
Q: Do you ever meet and do things with the other voice
A: Yeah! I hang out with Meredith McCoy all the time!
She's one of my best friends.
Q: Who is your favorite character and why?
A: I really like Vegeta. He's such a punk.
Q: Are you friends with the voice actor of the future
A: Yes I am. Eric and I went to a convention in Atlanta
together. He's tons of fun.
Q: How do you get your voice so low? That is VERY impressive.
A: Wow! Thanks! I just get it as raspy as possible and
rest just kind-of happens.
Q: If you could date any DBZ guy, who would it be?
A: Future Trunks - he's so dreamy - and he's single.
Q: What's your favorite show and or anime?
A: Blue Gender!!! *shameless plug*
Q: Did you play any small roles in DBZ prior to Young
A: Yeah - I started out doing a few episodes as Dende
and I also play Gohan's friend Erasa.
Q: Hey Laura! Does it feel weird to play a boy's voice?
A: hehe - actually it's a lot of fun! Boy's always have
funnier lines than girls do anyway.
Q: What shows do you like to watch on TV?
A: I like Adult Swim on Cartoon Network a lot, and Xena,
and Blue's Clues.
Q: What other experience do you have as a voice actor?
A: None!! DBZ is my first attempt at voice acting, but
I sing and stuff so that gave me a little experience.
Q: Do you think Goten is better than Young Trunks?
Cause Goten is better.....
A: NO HE'S NOT!!!! TRUNKS RULES!!!!
Q: Do you like Blue Gender or DBZ better?
A: Don't hate me ... I really dig Blue Gender. It's
just so different from anything else I've seen.
Q: What is Blue Gender about?
A: It's about a guy that wakes up in the future to find
the whole world overrun by these horrible monsters and
he has to fight to stay alive. Oh yeah, and there's
this really hot chick that sort-of helps him along the
Q: What do you recommend for us that we should do to
get a job in voice acting?
A: Train as an actor first. Then just audition as much
as possible nd don't let a little rejection slow you
Q: Laura, do you play any instruments?
A: No, but I sing. Okay, Okay. I can play chopsticks
on the piano.
Q: Have you ever caught yourself acting like one of
A: Yeah, all the time. I keep finding myself starting
to laugh like trunks. I'll just bust out in this little
boy voice all the sudden. Actually, I think it scares
some of my friends.
Q: What are the other voice actors/actresses like?
A: Most of them are really cool. Except for that Meredith
chick. She really rubs me the wrong way.
Q: Laura, does anyone ever tell you that you look like
A: No - do I?
Q: What episode are you dubbing Young Trunks' voice
on at the moment?
A: We just finished 249 a few minutes ago.
Q: What does it feel like to act out powering up? Do
you feel, um, powerful?
A: Um - it kind-of hurts actually. I always have to
drink tons of water afterwards
Q: Did you choose to talk the way you do or did someone
A: Actually, I made it up. Yea for me! Okay, so I had
a little help from Chris Sabat.
Q: What are your favorite movies?
A: Princess Bride!!! That's my favorite, but I really
like Moulin Rouge also.
Q: Have you ever been to Japan?
A: No - but I'd like to =)
Q: Do you think Sean Schemmel is a big goon sometimes?
A: Yes - but don't tell him I said that.
Q: What do you do when you aren't dubbing anime or
doing stuff for FUNimation?
A: I'm doing other acting jobs. I do commercials and
film work too
Q: Are you a fan of Buffy the Vampire Slayer? If so
who is your favorite character on it?
A: Uh yeah, that show's cool. But I liked the movie
Q: Why do you think Future Trunks is hot?
A: The purple hair really does it for me.
Q: Who is your favorite actor?
A: Kevin Lline is really great. And so is John Malcovich
Q: If you could do a voice of a female on DBZ who's
voice would it be?
A: Well - I did audition for 18. But my voice wasn't
Q: Are you going to be voicing anyone in the next season
of original Dragonball?
A: I do little Chi-Chi on Dragonball. She's so cute.
Q: If you were stranded on a deserted island and could
only bring one book, cd, and person, what would they
A: Book - The Inammorati by Midori Snyder. Cd - one
that I've burned myself with all my favorite songs.
Person - I'd bring Chris Sabat because he's so cool!!
I 'm lying. I wouldn't bring Chris, I'd bring his brother.
Q: Will Blue Gender ever reach Canada? (personally
I would like to see the series)
A: You can buy the DVD. It's on sale NOW!!! (hint-hint)
Q: Who is the main character of Blue Gender going to
be, and when does it come out?
A: Me and Eric Johnson are the leads, andd it's already
Q: Do you have a crush on any of the male voice actors?
A: Yeah - that Eric guy.
Q: Do you have any hobbies?
A: I like to paint and draw and read and dance and sing
and write - anything creative.
Q: Do you like any sports? If so, who are your favorite
A: I love hockey!! Go Stars!
Q: Do you think this you'll stick with voice acting
for your career?
A: I'll do it in addition to other acting. But not on
Q: What kind of songs do you like?
A: I like 80's mostly.
Q: Do you guys do the voices in a big room, or separately
in individual rooms?
A: In different rooms at different times. I wish we
could do them together, though.
Q: What's your favorite part when Goten and Trunks
get into trouble?
A: My favorite scene is when they both stop to go to
the bathroom and run into that huge dinosaur.
Q: Who is your favorite DBZ villain?
A: Android 18 - Meredith made me say that.
Q: Have you met Chris Sabat? If yes, what is he really
A: Who's Chris Sabat?
Q: Who were your biggest influences?
A: Umm- tough question. Let's see - cheesy answer -
but my first few drama instuctors
Q: There is a lot of nudity in Blue Gender, any chance
we will get to see Marlene?
A: She's naked in the ending credits.
Q: Have you done or are going to do any live action
A: Have done - I was in Walker Texas Ranger. hehe. And
a bunch of independent movies
Q: Hey Laura, if you had a chance to do a tour of going
to conventions for a month and you had one choose another
VA to go with you, who would it be and why?
A: It'd probably be Meredith because she's my best friend
and we haven't had a chance to go to any conventions
Q: Do you ever use the wrong voice for the wrong character?
A: No - but I have used the right voice for the wrong
Q: What is the single most idiotic question you've
ever been asked?
A: Umm - so - are you dating anyone?
Q: Do you really have to pretend like you're fighting
during a fighting scene?
A: Yes - it's really funny actually. I have to be careful
though, not to run into the microphone.
Q: Who is your favorite person to work with on the
A: Chris Sabat. He's really the only person I work with
Q: Would you say Meredith McCoy is nice?
A: NO - she's horrible!
Q: How many hours a week do you spend on voice acting?
A: Anywhere from 4 to 8.
Q: What's your favorite fast food chain, and don't
tell me you've never eaten fast food.
Q: What are the pros/cons voice acting has over real
A: Um - you can't use your facial expressions to get
your point across. But you can pick your nose in the
middle of a serious scene and no one knows the difference.
Q: Are you friends with Kara Edwards?
A: Not really - she lives far, far away. But she is
Q: Was working at FUNimation your first experience
with DBZ or did you know about it before?
A: I knew about it before auditioning.
Q: Is Trunks your favorite character? Or do you like
other characters to?
A: Vegeta's my favorite. But I also like Trunks, 18,
Q: What episode are you on for Blue Gender?
A: I think 6 or 7.
Q: What is Marlene in Blue Gender like?
A: She's a cold hearted - um - well she's really tough
And no nonsense. She's awesome. I love playing her.
Q: Which Walker Texas Ranger episode were you in, and
what was your part?
A: I think it was called "Saturday Night".
I played Frank Stalone's daughter - he's Sylvester Stalone's
Q: In voice acting, do you have to memorize lines or
can you read and act out the lines?
A: I don't really have enough time to memorize them.
So usually I'm reading and acting all at once.
Q: Where you disappointed when you were cast as a boy
character instead of a girl character?
A: No, I was actually really excited about it!
Q: What is something specific that you have acted on?
A: I did a colortyme commercial once. It's really funny
- Meredith and I were the two girls cast in the commercial
to play best friends. She threw a brick through my window.
in the commercial (not in real life). I'm not sure if
the commercial's aired yet.
Q: Do you like cereal?
A: Yes - Lucky Charms
Q: Are you a vegetarian?
A: Only when I eat cereal.
Q: Do you have any good bloopers from when you were
recording for Young Trunks?
A: Yes - but unfortunately, none will ever be heard.
Q: This might sound dumb, but who is Chris Sabat?
A: He's the voice of Vegeta and Piccolo and one of our
Q: Do you like Sailormoon?
Q: Will you be coming to any conventions in New York?
A: I just did. Actually, I only got home from the Big
Apple Anime Fest last week
Q: Do you ever feel like laughing at the wrong times
during recording, and if so, has it ever happened?
A: Yes and yes. Very often.
Q: Did you know Meredith before you started working
A: Yeah, we went to school together.
Q: Where were you born?
A: The lovely state of Mississippi
Q: What subject in school did you hate the most?
A: Math - yuck
Q: How long does it usually take for you to finish
A: Um - depends on how much I'm in it. I finished the
episode I recorded today in about 30 minutes.
Q: Do you relate to Marlene from Blue Gender in any
A: Yeah. She's tough - I'm tough. She fights giant bugs
- I fight giant bugs. We're one in the same.
Q: Is it hard on your voice?
A: It was at first, but now I drink tons of water and
I'm usually fine. It's still kind-of hard when I do
the fight sequences.
Q: Do you guys talk about Chris Sabat because he makes
Q: Who is Meredith?
A: Just some chick that hangs around here all the time.
No one really knows why.
Q: What is it like being a celebrity, like the Britney
Spears of DragonballZ?
A: Hehe - oh, is that a compliment or an insult?
Q: (Tim asked this question) What is it like playing
a serious, no nonsense character like Marlene compared
to playing a comical, yet tough, Trunks?
A: It's a huge change. I keep having to make myself
get serious in the booth when I'm doing Blue Gender.
The comical stuff's more in my nature.
Q: Do you own any DBZ merchandise?
A: I have my action figure and some trading cards -
and tons of tapes.
Q: Do you like to dance?
Q: Who do you like more: Goku, or Vegeta?
A: Vegeta! Come on! I mean, he's my dad.
Q: Are you male or female?
A: What!!!? My name is LAURA. I am a girl
Q: Do you pick on Kyle Hebert? If so, does anybody
A: No - he's a lot bigger than I am. It probably wouldn't
be too safe.
Well, okay. Thanks for joining me today. I hope you
had as much fun as I did. And once again...sorry about
the slow start.