TUR­TLE POWER!

The Vam­pire p Di­aries ac­tress chatss about voic­ing April O’ Neil in the lat­est ver­sion of the show

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Were you a fan of Teenage Mu­tant Ninja Tur­tle st les be­fore you got the role?

To­tally! I thought I was one of the only girls who ho watched it, but ap­par­ently not. It was su­perem­pow­er­ing to watch as a young kid. I was al­ways ways a big fan of these butt-kick­ing teenage tur­tles!! My friends freaked out when I got the role – it was crazy.

How does it feel be­ing the first African-Amer­i­can ri­can char­ac­ter in this fran­chise?

When I was a lit­tle girl, there were no black fe­male male su­per­heroes. The clos­est I had was Halle Ber­ryy as Cat­woman, but it wasn’t com­mon in an­i­ma­tion. on. It’s im­por­tant for young girls to be able to see them­selves on screen, even if it’s in an an­i­mated ted form. In Amer­ica, we’re deal­ing with a lot of racism acism and sex­ism, and a huge way to com­bat that iss by show­ing mul­ti­di­men­sional, mul­ti­cul­tural fe­male le char­ac­ters. It’s a mas­sive step.

Are you and April sim­i­lar in any­way?

April is a su­per-fun, sassy, go-get­ting, fear­less girl who can be very silly. I’m also a very silly per­son. son. I’m more sim­i­lar to April than any char­ac­ter I’ve ve ac­tu­ally ever played be­fore, even though she’s s a car­toon. I feel like there’s a lot of sass and silli­ness that we both have.

What is your cur­rent favourite TV show?

The Hand maid’ s Tale. Elis­a­beth Moss is in­cred­i­ble,ble, and I love the writ­ing and act­ing. It has a lot of in­tegrity.ty.

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