Happy 49th Birthday Gillian Anderson - 9th August 1968
“She’s a funny creature, Gillian Anderson. I warm to her for various reasons. She’s got a nice line in non sequiturs. She’s un-grand. She’s wearing an eccentric pair of white patent leather heels, a tatty old pair of combat trousers and a violet jersey. She swears brilliantly. She gets excited when a waiter carries a tray of puddings past, and races off to feed the parking meter so she can have the lemon tart brulee (‘and please get the sticky toffee pudding’). She doesn’t have a watch. She’s capable, even on a day like today, of moments of almost painful candour. Last but not least, I like her because when the interview is over, she will say goodbye and attempt to leave the restaurant not through the door, but through one of the plate-glass windows. She is, I think, not altogether cool.” (x)
I just realized that I am 5 years older than Jeremy Shada (Lance) and I am 8 years younger than Steven Yeun (Keith)…
There is such an age gap in the voice actors and I freaking love it.
And if anyone else is a voice actor nerd like I am…
Jeremy Shada - Lance: January 21, 1997 (20)
Steven Yeun - Keith: December 21, 1983 (33)
Josh Keaton - Shiro: February 8, 1979 (38)
Bex Taylor-Klaus - Pidge: August 12, 1994 (23)
Tyler Labine - Hunk: April 29, 1978 (39)
Kimberly Brooks - Allura: August 8, 1968 (49)
Rhys Darby - Coran: March 21, 1974 (43)
A.J. Locascio - Lotor: July 11, 1987 (30)
Cree Francks - Haggar: July 7, 1969 (48)
Neil Kaplan - Zarkon: March 9, 1967 (50)
The gaps are even bigger than I thought! I love voice actors and learning all about them. It’s so amazing to think that even tho these guys are all older (at least than I thought) they play some of the most beloved characters!! Wow.
“In August, 1968, the country was still reeling from the assassination of Martin Luther King four months earlier, and the race riots that followed on its heels. Nightly news showed burning cities, white flight, radicals and reactionaries snarling at each other across the cultural divide.
“A brand new children’s show out of Pittsburgh, which had gone national the previous year, took a different approach. Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood introduced Officer Clemmons, a black police officer who was a kindly, responsible authority figure, kept his neighborhood safe, and was Mr. Roger’s equal, colleague and neighbor.
“Around the first anniversary of Martin Luther King’s death, Mr. Rogers invited Officer Clemmons to join him in soaking their tired feet in a plastic wading pool. And there they were, brown feet and pasty white feet, side by side in the water. Silently, contemplatively, without comment.
“25 years later, when the actor playing Officer Clemmons retired, his last scene on the show revisited that same wading pool, this time reminiscing. Officer Clemmons asked Mr. Rogers what he’d been thinking during their silent interlude a quarter century before. Fred Rogers’ answer was that he’d been thinking of the many ways people say “I love you.”