"I just knew that there was something unusual about the quality of my voice, and I also really loved to make people laugh. And that was the main thing. It wasn't so much acting as it was saying something that took somebody from just having a hum-ho day to kind of brightening them up a little bit. I liked creating effects that would make people happy."
About This Interview
In her nearly two-and-a-half-hour Archive interview, Nancy Cartwright describes how she got her start as a voiceover artist. Active in speech club in high school, she discovered her talent with voices and pursued Communications in college, first at Ohio University, then at UCLA, to be closer to the industry. She recalls training with acclaimed voiceover artist Daws Butler, her first professional job on Richie Rich, and her on-camera work as a guest actor on Cheers and as the lead in the television movie, Marian Rose White. Cartwright then details her work on The Simpsons, originally a series of sketches on The Tracey Ullman Show. She recalls going in to audition for the part of "Lisa Simpson" and walking out with the role of "Bart Simpson." Cartwright outlines the recording schedule of the show, other characters she voices, expanding the show to a half-hour program, her Emmy win for Outstanding Voiceover Actor, and her favorite episodes. She also comments on other shows to which she's contributed (Rugrats, Kim Possible) and speaks of her extensive charity work. Jenni Matz conducted the interview on March 17, 2011 in Northridge, CA.