Grow­ing up a GRU’S GIRL

We chat to the lovely Dana Gaier who has grown up voic­ing Edith in all three De­spi­ca­bleMe movies!


Hi Dana! Can you re­mem­ber your first day as Edith?

It was the same day that I got the role. I was very anx­ious be­cause this was the first role I ever booked and iron­i­cally I ac­tu­ally had a re­ally bad cold. Of course I was so ex­cited, but def­i­nitely ner­vous and I re­mem­ber I kept play­ing with the bot­tom of my shirt while I was in the record­ing ses­sion. They ac­tu­ally had to ask me to stop be­cause the mi­cro­phone was pick­ing up the sound! It was a re­ally fun day. Even though I was only 11 years old, I re­mem­ber it like it was yes­ter­day.

What are some dif­fer­ences and sim­i­lar­i­ties be­tween you and Edith?

Edith is more ad­ven­tur­ous than me. She loves all the dan­ger­ous stuff that Gru does and I feel like I would just get too ner­vous around all of his weapons. I think a huge sim­i­lar­ity is our cu­ri­ousity. When she first gets to Gru’s house and is touch­ing all of his things

she’s very cu­ri­ous to know what each gadget is for – that seems like some­thing I would do.

What is Steve Carell like in real life?

Steve Carell is the nicest guy in the uni­verse. I think that’s the best way to de­scribe him. I’ll al­ways re­mem­ber the first time I met him at the pre­miere for the first film. We were both on the car­pet and he walked right up to me and said, “It’s so nice to fi­nally meet you!” Do you own any De­spi­ca­ble Me mer­chan­dise? My dad loves buy­ing

De­spi­ca­bleMe mer­chan­dise and Edith mer­chan­dise. There’s an NBCUniver­sal store in the air­port and ev­ery time he comes back from a trip he brings some new Min­ion or Edith mer­chan­dise with him.

Who do you look up to?

My sis­ter. She’s re­ally smart, but she’s also re­ally fear­less. I feel like I can be a bit of a wor­ry­wart and some­times I just wish I had a lit­tle bit more tenac­ity when it comes to be­ing ad­ven­tur­ous.

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