WonderCon At Home 2021: Filipino Voices – Character Building

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One of the more delightful and informative panels of this year’s WonderCon At Home featured some of the most talented voice actors working in the business today. Moderated by rapper Ruby Ibarra, the panel featured appearances by Shelby Rabara (best known as the voice of Peridot on Steven Universe), Eric Bauza (best known as the voice of Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Marvin Martian, and Tweety Bird from Looney Tunes), and Dante Basco (best known as the voice of Zuko from Avatar: The Last Airbender).

The panel kicked off with each actor introducing themselves and sharing how they got their start in the world of animation. Rabara’s voice career began as a UCLA acting student. “I didn’t know that voiceovers were an option for me,” said Rabara, “Everytime I would get in front of different casting directors they would always ask me “Do you do voiceovers?”. Upon reviewing a book called “Word of Mouth”, Rabara ended up getting ahold of voice director/actor Sue Blue (Transformers) who soon became her coach.

Bauza entered the world of voice acting from working in character design. One day while working on a series he was asked to record a few lines for a background character that he was told would be replaced by an actor later, but they ended up using it for the series. “I’m not a classically trained actor,” laughed Bauza, “I just learned from the booth.”

Basco was a live-action actor before falling into the world of voiceover. He’s probably best known to children of the 90s as the lost boy Rufio in Steven Spielberg’s Hook starring Robin Williams. “I was auditioning for Disney shows left and right and I finally landed a line in A Goofy Movie (“Stacy! Talk to me, talk to me, talk to me BABAAAAY!”)”. Basco would later go on to voice Prince Zuko in Avatar: The Last Airbender, which has become one of the most iconic characters to ever grace animation.

To see and hear more stories from these iconic titans of animation, you can view the entire exciting panel above.