Sorta-Transcript from online fan Q&A with Shelby Rabara, Deedee Magno Hall, and Michaela Dietz
Anyone can watch this online Q&A with the above voice actors, but if you don’t want to watch/can’t listen to audio, I made this sorta-transcript. Meaning I did not transcribe the exact words in most cases, but I wrote down the questions and the basic idea of how they answered. Enjoy!
Shelby Rabara (voice of Peridot) was the Livestream host for fan questions! Deedee Magno Hall (Pearl) and Michaela Dietz (Amethyst) were giving answers, but usually Shelby gave her answer too.
Shelby read fan questions.
1. Favorite episode and why?
Deedee: “Steven and the Stevens”: she likes the song, because it reminds her of the movie That Thing You Do.
Michaela: Is it a cop-out to say all of them? Ha. “Tiger Millionaire” is great because Zach’s performance is great and wrestling’s cool.
Shelby: “Lion 3: Straight to Video.” Because it’s emotional.
2. What character that you don’t voice do you relate to most?
Deedee: Because I like to eat. I like to eat FOOD.
Michaela: You don’t like to eat stacks of garbage and moldy burritos?
Michaela: Steven. He has a good head on his shoulders.
Deedee: And you also have a very good heart like him!
Shelby: I relate to Connie. She is level-headed and uses logic and makes the correct choice.
Michaela: She’s bright and assertive and so are you.
Shelby: Are you having fun here?
Michaela and Deedee: YES! We just had a great panel and cosplay!
3. If your characters were human, what jobs would they have?
Deedee: Pearl would work in a Laundromat because she’s really good at folding clothes and I think either that or maybe she might be in the cleaning business because she likes to organize. She’s tidy.
Michaela: I need the Pearl method in my home. Amethyst would be a camp counselor. She would be the wacky counselor who’s getting too into the games.
Shelby: I’d want Amethyst as a counselor.
4. If you were a Gem, what would your gem weapon be and why?
Deedee: Because I’m a mom, I would want to have a healing blanket to heal them.
Michaela: The power of a bad joke. “Orange ya glad I didn’t say banana?” So powerful.
Shelby: I would wanna read people’s minds. Can I use that? Is that like Garnet’s third eye?
Deedee: Similar but not.
5. How do you get into character when you perform voice-overs?
Michaela: I have an evolved routine. I wake up. And that’s what I do. I’m so close to Amethyst! I wake up, I talk, it’s acting.
Deedee: That comes so easy to you! I have to wake up early, and warm up, especially if it’s a singing episode. No coffee with cream. I have to drink water to avoid sticky saliva. Green apples!
Shelby: I noticed that you ate green apples!
Deedee: I wish I didn’t have to do that! But green apples help lubricate and get rid of mucus.
Michaela: Or a potato chip. Not a weird flavor.
Shelby: I’m gonna try those things next time I’m in the booth with you guys.
6. What’s your favorite Fusion?
Michaela and Deedee: [Start singing “Giant Woman”]
Deedee: Though I do like Sardonyx.
Michaela: Every time a new Fusion appears I like that one. I’m crushing on Smoky Quartz.
Shelby: I like Stevonnie. That’s an aesthetic I haven’t seen in cartoons. It’s Steven and Connie mashed together!
Michaela: Says young cosplayers remind her of Stevonnie with the maturity they exude. Stumbles over calling Stevonnie a “young woman” and then acknowledges they’re a nonbinary Fusion. Says that easy confidence is so attractive.
Deedee: AJ is a perfect voice for Stevonnie. She killed it at the panel, and the singing with Estelle with Rebecca playing was amazing. What a great Fusion they are.
7. Give your best impression of another character.
Michaela: muhmuhmuh! [Onion voice]
Deedee: I’m nervous doing this in front of you. “YOU CLODS!” [Peridot voice]
Shelby: YOU’RE GONNA TAKE MY JOB AWAY!
Deedee and Michaela: NO YOU’RE THE BEST!
Shelby: Let’s just fawn over each other.
8. How long does it take to record an episode?
Michaela: Depends on how many lines we have. Could be an hour, could be four hours.
Deedee: We get in at 9, could be wrapped up by 1.
Michaela: An episode takes ten months from the idea to on the TV.
Deedee: Like a baby. It IS a baby.
9. What celebrity would you like to see appear on the show?
Michaela: Rebecca Sugar. And T-Pain. He’s a big Steven Universe fan.
Deedee: I just want to meet him and sing with him: Bruno Mars.
Shelby: I would wanna see Adele. Adele should voice a character. And she’s funny. And she loves herself.
Michaela: Loving who you are is so on-brand!
10. Who’s the best Steven Universe villain?
Deedee: Can I say Peridot? She started out as a villain and then changed for good. [Michaela helped express this and they say they Giant Womaned that.]
11. What would your fusion dance be?
Deedee and Michaela do a fusion dance with Shelby providing beatboxing.
Michaela: Actually that’s how we greet each other on the street.
Deedee: I was nervous. Dancing in front of you makes me nervous because you’re a pro dancer.
Shelby: Imagine us in a booth together! Our work isn’t even work.
Michaela: People probably see us and ask if we had too much ginger ale. Too many vegetables.
Deedee: YOU CAN NEVER HAVE TOO MANY VEGETABLES. Fruits and vegetables. Also, hydrate. Drink lots of water.
12. What are your favorite memories from recording?
Deedee: We’re still making more memories! The efforts! When we crack up over making effort noises.
Michaela: Do you hear that? It’s an earthquake!
[All three make noises like they’re losing their balance.]
Michaela: When we get together it’s always a great time, like a mini family reunion. Recently AJ was there, Estelle was there, you [Deedee] were there, Paz was there … I think Zach wasn’t there? Toks was there! [Nanefua’s voice actor.] We had a reunion. We’re so close!
13. What has been the most difficult scene to record?
Deedee: There are many re-dos. For me, the really wordy Pearl lines, ‘cause I don’t speak like that normally. The intricate dialogue that Pearl says is tough for me.
Michaela: You execute them flawlessly.
Deedee: Take after take after take.
Michaela: During Amethyst’s angrier self-expression phases, it was hard to scream a lot and vary it so it didn’t all sound the same. Very challenging.
Shelby: We’re our own biggest critic. When we have long runs, we have to think so quickly. Finding the levels is important, trying to hit them emotionally.
Deedee: It’s so helpful to have Rebecca, Kent, Matt, and Ben in the booth giving specifics to us on how to execute our lines.
Michaela: You both are so good at taking the text and making it feel like your own. I learn the most from watching other actors.
Deedee: We go to school every sesh!
14. Tell the fans what your favorite line is.
Deedee: OH MY GOODNESS.
Deedee: I like saying everybody’s names. “STEVEN!” “AMETHYST!” “~GARNET!” [The “Steven” read sounds fearful, the “Amethyst” read sounds angry, and the “Garnet” read sounds almost pleading.]
Shelby: Mine’s definitely “Clod.”
Shelby: On Sunday, Cartoon Network they’re filming a music video for “Stronger Than You” with Estelle!
[The VAs sing a line from “Stronger Than You.”]
Michaela: But we’re not really stronger than YOU because you guys are really strong.
Deedee: Really strong. Stay strong! In the real way.