One of the highlights of my recent trip to Los Angeles was meeting Julie Bowen. She’s the actress who plays the flirtatious Dusty in the new Disney movie, Planes: Fire & Rescue. Julie is probably best known for her role on Modern Family, but she’s also done stints on other television programs, like Lost and Boston Legal. I also loved her in the romantic comedy, Jumping the Broom. As I found out when I took my turn in the voice over booth, voicing an animated movie is NOT easy. This chick does an amazing job with it, though.
Julie actually sat with our group of bloggers and talked about everything under the sun. Here’s some of what she said–
*on how different it was to do Planes, as opposed to Modern Family:
So different. I am not a trained voice actor. …It’s just your voice, and if you aren’t getting across clearly– the humor, the message, the real sentiment, you can’t deny it. …Luckily they (Disney) are perfectionists and they very quickly figured out that the best way to work with me was just let me go...
*on how the character is crafted around her voice:
…What I see is just mostly some loose drawings in the very beginning…Then I come back like six months later and they’re drawn more. And the cool thing is, six months or eight months later, they’ve taken all that spouting that I did in the booth, and running around and sweating, and they incorporate it into the character. And now they’ve started to draw her- her movement and her mouth and everything to fit that. And that was very cool to see. Somebody had to work very hard…
*on how she landed the role:
They (Disney) contacted the people that represent me and asked me if I would do it. And I was like, “oh yeah, yes I will.” Especially given that Plane was coming out soon, – soon after I got the offer. But I was deeply familiar with the land of Cars. Deeply, deeply. Like intimately. So I knew…I knew what the world was…But I knew what the Planes world was gonna be kind of like. So I embraced it wholeheartedly.
She was absolutely adorable and we bloggers fell in total and complete love with her. Here’s another scene from the film that features her. Don’t forget-Planes: Fire & Rescue arrives in theaters, next Friday, July 18th!
Disclosure: I was a guest of Disney Film Studios for this trip to Los Angeles. They provided my travel, lodging, meals, and activities. All opinions, however, are my own!