Tough Ladies #6: Respect for Jennifer Hale

Hello, everyone! I hope you’re all doing well today. For this entry in my Tough Ladies column, I would like to briefly look at one of my favorite voice actors, and a voice actor important to all of nerd culture, Jennifer Hale.

Hale is well known for her contributions to a large number of properties, and her list of credits is immense. You’ve likely heard her voice in an animated film, cartoon series, or video game without even realizing it. Here is a video that gives a rundown of many of her voice roles as of 2008:

She is perhaps best known for voicing the female version of Commander Shepard—protagonist of the Mass Effect video game trilogy—a role affectionately referred to as FemShep by her fans. I am one of a growing group of male gamers who preferred her in this role to her male counterpart for a variety reasons, mostly due to the superiority of her performance and the fact it’s just awesome watching this gigantic science fiction epic play out with a female lead, regardless of your feelings about how it all eventually ended.

Hale has voiced notable characters in other Bioware properties before, and many gamers and/or Star Wars fans likely know her from her role as Bastila Shan, jedi sentinel, in the original Knights of the Old Republic video game.

Additionally, I recently discovered that Hale voiced the character of Carol Ferris in several episodes of the short-lived Green Lantern animated series now available for binge watching on Netflix. If you enjoyed Batman: The Animated Series or Justice League, among several others, this cartoon is by the same group of creators. It’s appropriate enough for a young audience, but with heavier themes addressed as well, much as fans have grown to expect from these properties.

I am eager to see what projects Jennifer Hale will lend her voice to next. Be sure to check out her IMDb page and to follow her on Twitter for updates. Please let me know your thoughts on this post in the comments below. How many of these characters were you already familiar with?

Were there any surprises?

Tweet me @quaintjeremy.

Addendum: To those of you who live in the same region as Diana and myself, we need to figure out a way to get Jennifer Hale to appear at the New Orleans Comic Con one year. It’s possible; we just have to get the ball rolling. Who’s with me?

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