Colleen Villard (née O’Shaughnessey) is one of those voice actors whose work I know well, but whose name I had never heard until I started working on this week’s feature. For me, she’s the voice of two of my characters in Guild Wars 2, where she voices the female asura player character. The asura are a race of small rather funny looking creatures who make up for their small stature with their intellect and their
egos confidence in their abilities. Just about everything they say sounds condescending. In fact, the voice actors were advised to mentally add the word ‘idiot’ to the end of every sentence to get just the right amount of condescension.
If you’re not familiar with Guild Wars 2, you may recognise O’Shaughnessey from other games such as Tails and Charmy Bee in Sonic the Hedgehog, Akemi from Red Ninja: End of Honor or Alicia in Valkyria Chronicles. She also voiced numerous characters in EverQuest II, Final Fantasy XIII and XIII-2 and Wildstar.
O’Shaughnessey is also known for her roles as Jazz Fenton in Danny Phantom, Ino Yamanaka and Konohamaru Sarutobi in Naruto, Nelliel Tu Odelschwanck in Bleach, and Janet Van Dyne/Wasp in The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes (and Disney Infinity) and Sora Takenouchi in Digimon. She also voices these characters in various video games.