Kate Mulgrew, best known for her role as Captain Janeway on "Star Trek Voyager," is also a veteran voice actor, providing work on a number of cartoons and video games. Her latest gig places her in the role of Flemeth, a powerful witch in the universe of "Dragon Age: Origins." I spoke with her over the phone a little while ago, and with the game dropping tomorrow I thought now would be a perfect time to share some of her thoughts on the role.
I've done a lot of interviews with celebrity voice actors, and it's rare that they're super committed to the role they're playing. Mulgrew seemed to have a pretty serious passion for Flemeth, though, speaking at length about her motivations. "She is this mysterious and powerful witch. She transcends time, she transcends place," said Mulgrew. "She's pivotal to the game. The hero can be hoist on his own petard, or he can listen to her. She peels herself like an onion. She reveals very slowly and with every revelation there's a clue that's very crucial to the hero's survival. So he has to learn to read her mysteriousness."
Mulgrew isn't a gamer, but she sees that as an asset when trying to play a role like this:
"I'm not a gamer at all, and I think that's why I'm a good voice for these games. You don't want to have that cross-over, I don't think. In order to become Flemeth I can't really have any kind of stake in this game at all, except the stake of her reality."
She has some advice for players before they start their journey into BioWare's epic RPG:
"Keep in mind that nothing in this video game is on the nose. That it calls upon the player to be, at one in the same moment, to be extremely alert and extremely relaxed. Otherwise he or she would not survive."
BioWare's standards for storytelling have always been high, and it looks like they've tapped the perfect actress to handle such a compelling character. It doesn't hurt that, even in a casual conversation, I felt like I was talking to one of the professors at Hogwarts.