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The title nearly says it all. This is a list of the top 10 Hollywood actresses that I would like to hear voice more video games. Along with the list is a short blurb on why I put this actress here. Besides one person on the list, all of these actresses have had a part in some video game. All ten of these ladies are not regulars to the gaming studios thus the reason I want to hear more. At the end of the list are two VERY special mentions that didn’t make the list but I felt absolutely needed to be mentioned due to the nature of this list.
#1 – Zooey Deschanel:
- Surf’s Up – Lani Aliikai
Coming in at #1 is the “New Girl,” Zooey Deschanel. In the last few years her unique style had been capturing the hearts of audiences across the world. It is not her charm, quirky attitude, or her distinguishable beauty that got her to number one on this list though – it is her voice. Besides her success in acting, she has also become an accomplished musician and singer in She and Him. Zooey’s blithe spirit has much to offer to the gaming community. Her voice acting in the Surf’s Up video game doesn’t suffice my desire to hear more. I feel like she has a lot to offer the gaming world – enough to put her at the #1 slot. Let’s hope Surf’s Up is a gateway into a vast side-career into voice acting where we can all enjoy unique ambience in our favorite games.
#2 – Mila Kunis:
- Family Guy – Meg Griffin
- Saints Row – Tanya
Second on our list is someone who is quite experienced with voice acting, just not enough in video games. Mila Kunis is well known for her roll, Jackie, on That ‘70’s Show and the voice of Meg in Family Guy. While she was the actress who played Mona Sax in the Max Payne film, the film came out years after the game, and she did not voice it. Thus far, she has voiced Meg Griffin in the Family Guy game and Tanya in the Saints Row game. As a predominant actress and voice actress, Mila Kunis is an ideal actress for gaming. As someone who has proudly admitted that she was a World of Warcraft player, Mila’s clever and alluring air landed her the #2 spot on this list.
#3 – Kristen Bell:
- Assassin’s Creed – Lucy Stillman
- Assassin’s Creed II – Lucy Stillman
- Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood – Lucy Stillman
- Astro Boy: the Video Game – Cora
I swear this list wasn’t comprised of the cast of Forgetting Sarah Marshall, but #3 is Sarah Marshall herself – Kristen Bell. When not being on “Crime Scene: Scene of the Crime” or being the lead caterer for Valhalla Catering in Party Down, this beauty has voiced several video games already. Ubisoft’s popular series, Assassin’s Creed, has been blessed with Bell’s voice thus far. Those three titles, plus the Astro Boy: The Video Game, has all featured her voice acting. This dedication to the art has left me wanting more. Kristen Bell’s voice acting has proven itself and placed her as a solid #3.
#4 – Yvonne Strahovski:
- Mass Effect 3 – Miranda Lawson
- Mass Effect 2 – Miranda Lawson
- The 3rd Birthday – Aya Brea
To be honest, the character Miranda Lawson (Mass Effect 2) turned me onto the television show Chuck. Yvonne Strahovski does an exquisite job with her voice acting of the ME2 Cerberus Officer. BioWare made the character model appear much like Yvonne does – similarly to how Lucy Stillman appears parallel to how Kristen Bell does. Strahovski has been working on Mass Effect 3 already, but I would like to see more. With the end of the ME series on its way, I hope this isn’t the end of her gaming voice acting. If hope floats, it puts you at #4 on the list.
#5 – Eva Green:
- Quantum of Solace – Vesper Lynd
Number 5 may be a personal preference. While many people in the office argued with me on this one, I stand by on my arguments. Eva Green is hands down a phenomenal actress. However, being a great actress, a bond girl, and voice acting in the Quantum of Solace game are not qualifications for this list. Green has excellent range, depth, and tone in her voice. I’m thinking specifically of her lower-more evil sounding voice she uses often in her films. Feel free to argue with me, but I stand firm on my #5 choice for this list. If Eva Green voiced a main character in a video game, I have endless belief that she would amaze gaming communities.
#6 – Keira Knightley:
- Pirates of the Caribbean – Narrator
Between her rolls as Elizabeth Swann in the Pirates of the Caribbean series or as Sabe in the newer Star Wars Episode I, Keira Knightley has gained an extensive number of fans. Her grace and intellect has gotten her several Hollywood roles in the last decade. Despite there being Pirates of the Caribbean games, she has only voice acted the narrator in them. Keira’s skills could be further used to voice more video games and broaden her voice acting to beyond narration; for this reason she reigns at #6.
#7 – Olivia Wilde:
- Tron: Evolution – Cora
My number #7 is also #13 in House. Despite the unlucky number, Olivia Wilde is rapidly growing in popularity. Her beauty and talent is often overwhelming. She won the hearts of many gamers with her stunning role as Cora in Tron: Legacy. She also voiced her character in the game Tron: Evolution. Here is to hoping her blooming success makes it to more video game voice acting.
#8 – Milla Jovovich:
- The Fifth Element – Leeloo
The next actress is a big-batta-boom. Milla Jovovich is an exotic #8. Long ago, during a little cult classic known as The Fifth Element, she won my heart. She also voiced her character, Leeloo, in The Fifth Element game. She would later take the roll of Alice in the Resident Evil movies, based off the video game of the same title. While I’ve always found the correlation between the Resident Evil movies and games difficult to understand, I still put Jovovich at #8. Voice more games.
#9 – Rashida Jones:
My #9 has a unique quality apart from the other nine. This is the only actress on my list that has never voiced a video game. So why is Rashida Jones even on it then? Because it’s my list dammit! The real reason is that she has a lively voice that I find distinguishable. She usually plays fun roles, and I simply would like to hear her voice behind a character. So that’s why.
#10 Elisha Cuthbert:
- 24: The Game – Kim Bauer
Last, but not least, is Elisha Cuthbert at #10. Why is The Girl Next Door on the list? Her roll on the popular series 24 got her a voice acting gig for the game of the same name. This got me thinking that her voice needs to have more voice acting time in the ‘spotlight.’ She has proven her abilities as an actress, and taking those skills to the recording studies would be a delightful side-path in her career.
I almost feel that she doesn’t need an introduction in the gaming world. I have heard arguments that she is the female avatar of the gaming community. Her work on The Guild, Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog, and most recently Dragon Age: Redemption, have made her a goddess among geekdom. The other reason she did not make the list is although I want her to voice more video games, I also have a strong feeling she is going to continue doing so. Thus, my hat goes off to you Ms. Day – keeping being awesome.
What Jennifer Hale has done for video game voice acting is nearly unmatched. Similarly to Day, she did not make the list because I nearly know she is going to continue voicing video games. The first time I looked her up on IMDB was after playing Mass Effect 2. Hale is the voice of the female Shepard. Once I had a list of her voice acting career I was blown away. Check out her list HERE. People may flame me for this, but I’d compare Jennifer Hale as the Nolan North of female-game voice acting. What can I say, I think she has incomparable talent.