So, apparently, in my spare time this summer, I got a job as a voice artist/character inspiration for Pixar. They absolutely loved my Scottish accent…
Ok, so not really, but with the release of Pixar’s new animated movie “Brave,” rumors abounded!
As far as the movie itself goes, I was somewhat disappointed. The accents were fabulous, the scenery was incredibly beautiful, and the music was lovely. Parts of the movie were hilarious, but overall, it wasn’t quite what I was expecting from the trailer. Still, I enjoyed watching it, even though it wasn’t all that I had hoped and I must confess to enjoying my secret identity as Merida.
Little girl campers followed me around all summer long, convinced that I played Merida in the movie. After all, since I was a wrangler at camp, I spent most of my time galloping around on horseback with my red hair a-flowing in the wind. ;) And the rest of the time, I spent in princess costume on stage for Bible Drama. So, this summer, in the minds of the little girl campers, I became Merida.
|Note: this picture was taken last winter,
not this summer. Summer in Texas looks nothing like this! :)
I can’t tell you how many times I heard this line, “Hey! You look like whats-her-name…the Scottish Princess from Brave!”
One week, the girls were especially convinced and begged me to quote some of Merida’s lines. So, I put on my very best Scottish brogue and asked them, “If ye had the chance t’change yer fate, would ye?”
Their faces lit up. “You sound just like her! Did you play her voice in the movie?” And though I was forced to deny it after that, I’m not sure they were quite convinced.
Looking back on it, it would have been so fun to play along and convince them that I truly was Merida’s voice/inspiration. “Shh! It’s my secret identity. I’m really a famous actress from Scotland. I didn’t have anything to film this summer, and I wanted to get away from my packs of adoring fans, so I came to Texas to work as a wrangler at a Christian youth camp…”
Oh, yes, about that. Christian camp… Hmm. Then of course I would have felt terrible about misleading (ahem, lying to) the youngsters, and would have had to confess the whole thing! So, I didn’t, but I did enjoy getting to use a Scottish accent more frequently.
Have you ever been mistaken for someone else or told you look like an actor/actress/character?