We caught up with voice-actress Stephanie Nadolny, who you might now better as the voice of Kid Goku and Kid Gohan from Dragon Ball, Dragon Ball Z and Dragon Ball GT! We also learn a bit about the upcoming Cartoon Network show OK K.O! Check out our AWSM interview below!
MANIA: How did you get into voice acting?
STEPH: “I used to record voices on a tape-recorder when I was a child. I didn’t even know voice-acting was a career! I was really into music and watched a lot of cartoons. I would mimic the characters I would hear. I’d use the voices to make my friends laugh.
“As I got older I got more into theatre and singing. I went to college for drama because I wanted to be a serious actor. What ended up happening is that I worked on an album project called The Cookies with Carl Finch, who is from an award winning polka band called Brave Combo. We made an album that was never released, but I met Barry Watson who was recording voices for the English-dub of Dragon Ball Z. He called me in to audition and I was cast as Kid Gohan!”
M: Are people surprised when they realise you voiced kid Goku and Gohan?
S: “I do from time to time. When I first started appearing at conventions no one knew who what I looked like, so I had to prove to people that I was young Gohan! The reactions were priceless! They’d be like, ‘No way!!!'”
M: Who do you like more: Goku or Gohan?
S: “Love’em both, but I think I’m fond of Goku. He has such a precious innocence. He’s hilarious!”
M: You’re voicing the lead in an upcoming Cartoon Network show, OK K.O. Can you tell Are you voicing him in the same way?
S: “The show’s creator, Ian Jones-Quartey, was a big Dragon Ball fan while growing up! He put the show together and had Kid Goku in mind, so he reached out to me to be a voice. Originally it was called Lakewood Plaza Turbo and then made some shorts.”
M: Do you think KO is similar to Goku?
S: “They’re very similar. He’s a quirky off-shot of what the show’s creator likes about Goku. It’s been a lot of fun. When I voice KO, I can’t help but feel he’s a distant cousin of Goku!”
M: A lot of people geek out over you – is there anything you really geek out about?
S: “Of course! Usually it’s the other guests I’m appearing with at conventions. In 2012, I was on the same guest list as Christopher Lloyd and I was freaking out! He’s so talent and funny! Growing up I loved disco music and my idol was Donna Summer, and I got to meet her! Anyone who does amazing characters voices as well!”
M: You’ve been to Australia a couple of times, so have you tried Vegemite before?
S: “Yes; it was good! It was very salty and different. It reminds me of hummus. I’m looking forward to trying it again. I’m hoping I get to see some kangaroos and koalas too!”
M: Do you have a favourite movie?
S: “Grease and The Sound of Music!”
M: Do you have a favourite snack?
S: “Oh, that’s a tough one! Cheese! Nachos! And I know it sounds crazy, but broccoli!”
Catch Stephanie at Gold Coast Supanova (April 21st–23rd) and Melbourne Supanova (April 28th–30th)!