| Like it or not, even our most beloved games have actors and actress who aren't real familiar with their role. When it comes to voice acting in video games not everyone gets the attention as Beyond's Ellen Page, as evidenced by GTA 5 voice actress Shari Albert who has "no idea" who she played in the game.|
Shari Albert has a role in Rockstar's highly anticipated game Grand Theft Auto 5, but her IMDB page lists it only as "various." I'd like to think a majority of people -- especially the ones who, you know, have acting parts in the game -- have a good idea as to hype surrounding the new Grand Theft Auto, but it doesn't seem like Albert was real prepared for the onslaught of attention (especially after today's trailer drops) she would receive.
Here's her tweet from yesterday.
People are freakin' about this video game I voiced. People: I have no idea who I played. I just read what they put in front of me. #paycheck
— Shari Albert (@thatshari) April 29, 2013
Believing a real actress would have some more motivation behind her lines than just a "#paycheck," I asked her how she got into "character" without knowing her role. Shari clarified to me that when she's brought into the studio she usually knows the "circumstance and what's up in the moment."
"Usually with video games that's fairly straightforward," she told me. "Video games are bare bones. With TV, film and theatre you actually get time with the script. V/O work you're in and out."
Now it could be that Shari was a minor role as her IMDB doesn't specify; however, it is speculated that she is the voice of Amanda, Michael's wife who is having an affair, a seemingly pretty important part. You'd think she'd be told something like that in advance. Seems like a pretty difficult gig to just be brought into the studio and told to read some lines. Shari has does voice over work for Alan Wake and Superman Returns.
Do you think it matters if Shari Albert doesn't know what role she had in Grand Theft Auto 5?
It's obvious that she's voicing that 'Shari Albert De Silva' character...