From acting on screen, to voicing some of America’s favorite animated characters including Tommy Pickles from The Rugrats, and even an appearance on The Voice, E. G. Daily has had an exciting and successful career. She has been able to use her voice to open up several paths leading her to share her talent with others. Her talent even took her to the stage on The Voice.
30 years ago, she starred in the well-known movie, Pee Wee’s Big Adventure. In celebration of the anniversary, we got a chance to speak to her about acting, her animation voice overs, and her experience on The Voice!
upfrontNY: You have had a successful career from acting, to voice overs, to music. When you started your career, did you have any idea that life would take you in many different paths?
E.G. Daily: No idea. I look back and people would say you have to pick one, you have to pick. I didn’t limit myself, if I wanted to do music I did music. If I wanted to write, I wrote, to act, I acted, sing, I sang. I don’t separate them. It is all art, and me, using my body and voice to do these different things.
I think there’s no limit. As long as something is giving you fire, passion and exciting you, you have to lean into it.
upfrontNY: What made you decide to do The Voice?
E.G. Daily: I always watched and loved the show. I went to a barbecue and the person hosting the party for a friend of mine asked if I would be on her show, Balcony TV LA and sing a song, and then she asked me to host the show. One day, she told me she got me an audition for the voice. I went on the first audition and had such a good time and continued with the casting practice. I ended up getting on the show, and on team Blake. It was like a dream.
upfrontNY: What it is like to go from watching the show to being a contestant and going through what others have gone through before?
E. G. Daily: It was really surreal. Now when I watch it, I know how they are feeling. It is real. You don’t know if you make the team or not. I know what it feels like when they say you’re moving to the next phase. It’s incredible.
upfrontNY: I saw with your music, you are having a show coming up in November. What can your fans expect from this?
E. G. Daily: I used to play the sunset strip all the time when I was 15 years old. I am going to do my dance hits from the 80s and stuff from my “Tearing Down the Walls” album, and other title songs from albums. I am going to do songs that people really liked. It is going to be a blast.
upfrontNY: Pee Wee’s Big Adventure is celebrating its 30th anniversary. What is it like for you to be a part of a movie that people still love 30 years later?
E.G. Daily: I have been very lucky. Valley Girl was another iconic film, and Better Off Dead is having their 30th anniversary coming up soon. Devil’s Reject is having its 10th year anniversary this year. There have been a lot of anniversaries, it feels pretty amazing to be in such iconic projects.
upfrontNY: It sounds like there’s a lot of amazing things happening!
E.G. Daily: Yes! I recently released a one woman autobiographical musical that I did years ago. It is a very powerful true show with all kinds of my music in it. It just got released on Amazon, where people can get it. I also just filmed a voice over acting seminar and it has all the tips and tools of the voice over business.
upfrontNY: How did you transition into voice overs?
E. G. Daily: I got asked to do a play and in the play I had to do different voices. Each round of the play I aged. I started as a baby, to a 5 year old, to a 10 year old. An agent saw me at the theatre production and said I was really good with my voices. It was something I did for fun and he said I should pursue this. I took his card and went on my first audition which was The Rugrats and I booked it. Then I went on to doing 10 series a week. It started flying from there.
upfrontNY: You have done the voices for so many animated characters. Tommy Pickles is one of those characters that as soon as you hear the voice you instantly connect to it and know it is him. Is this one of your favorite voices you have done?
E.G. Daily: Definitely! Tommy was a character I started doing when I was a little girl. At 8 and 9 years old I would walk around the playground with my friend Michelle and I would do that voice and continued doing that voice. I always tell people to pay attention to what you’re doing as a kid and a young adult because those are keys and what we do that end up being life changing.
upfrontNY: How can one’s imagination bring a character to life?
E.G. Daily: The bigger the imagination the more vast your voices can be and your characters can be. I like characters that are all over the place, out there and extreme.
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