Patricia Summersett looks back on finding out she'd be the voice of Zelda
The role of a lifetime
For decades and decades, Nintendo kept the Legend of Zelda series very quiet when it came to voice acting. Outside of grunts and groans, the entire cast remained silent. That changed in a massive way when The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild came about.
While all dialog in Breath of the Wild wasn’t voiced, it did add in a ton of voiced lines for multiple characters, the biggest of them being Zelda. Finally giving a full voice to one of Nintendo’s iconic characters is a massive undertaking, and the job landed on the shoulders of Patricia Summersett.
In an interview with IGN, Summersett looks back on her audition for Zelda in Breath of the Wild. It was a pretty unique situation, as Summersett had no idea she was auditioning for the role of Zelda. Nintendo kept that a secret until they knew Summersett was their woman.
“It just looked like an RPG fantasy. I didn’t have any other information than that it was for a princess character who had a lot of weight on her shoulders. I have a feeling that if I knew what it was, I would’ve overthought the process. I’m happy I went in blind.”
I'm glad Nintendo's doing more voice acting in their games. I know that there's some debate about the quality of the voice acting in the newest Zelda games, but just having the voice acting adds a big level of polish to the game.
I hope some day we're even getting voice acting from the NPCs.