Eliza Dushku spoke with the Toronto Sun about being the voice of the She-Hulk on the Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H. Disney cartoon. Here is what she said:
Imagine the first time Eliza Dushku was approached with the offer, “We want you to play She-Hulk.”
If Marvel’s Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H. weren’t an animated series, and Dushku weren’t being asked to provide merely the voice of She-Hulk, someone might be risking a punch in the mouth.
“Honestly, animated or not, if someone says they want me to play She-Hulk, I’m like, ‘Hell, yes,’ ” Dushku said. “I wouldn’t flinch.”
“I’ve always been a crazy fan and I feel like we’re kindred spirits in a way. She’s got the tomboy thing, she’s crazy competitive, she’s one of my favourites, so it was no question.”
She-Hulk also has really nice hair for, you know, a Hulk.
“Doesn’t she?” Dushku agreed. “It was all those years in Hollywood, as a Hollywood stunt woman. She’s got hair.”
Marvel’s Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H. makes its Canadian debut with back-to-back episodes Friday, Jan. 10 on Teletoon. In addition to Dushku, the series features the voices of Fred Tatasciore as Hulk, Clancy Brown as Red Hulk, Ben Diskin as Skaar and Seth Green as A-Bomb.
The 33-year-old Dushku is best known for her acting roles on TV shows such as Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Tru Calling and Dollhouse, and movies such as Bring it On and True Lies. But she also has done tons of voice-over work in recent years. She has the pipes for it.
“That’s what they tell me,” Dushku said. “Even in my late teens, I had this distinct gravelly voice. So when I really jumped into it and started working with some great people on my team, and getting different opportunities, it just has taken off. I really enjoy it.”
Fortuitously for Dushku, this is a golden age for cartoons, at least in terms of opportunities in a wide range of styles and outlets.
“It is, I absolutely agree, it’s a tremendous time to be involved in it,” Dushku said. “I’m definitely more of a roller (in terms of career planning). I can see the value in having a great strategy, and yet, (Hollywood) is a town where if anybody tells you they have a crystal ball, they’re lying.
“But I love cool opportunities, I love to work, I love trying different things. Of course, you have to be discerning. There are a lot of things I’ve turned down. But I’ve been saying yes to a wider range of things within the entertainment business, whether it’s doing some web series, doing voice-over, doing videogames, there are so many different avenues. It’s a lot of fun to mix it up now and find other ways to reach an audience and tell stories.”
And on top of all that, voicing She-Hulk is almost nostalgic for Dushku.
“I was a pretty ballsy little kid who grew up with the boys, streets of Boston, was competitive and wanted to do everything they did,” Dushku said. “Her role is so familiar to me, growing up in this family of Hulks.”