‘Minions: The Rise of Gru’: Michelle Yeoh Doesn’t Like the Sound of Her Own Voice

Michelle Yeoh is a very experienced actor, who will lend her voice for the animated film Minions: The Rise of Gru. However, many actors get self-conscious when watching themselves on the silver screen or hearing their voice played back. Yeoh explained why she doesn’t like the sound of her own voice, even though she has some voice acting experience.

Michelle Yeoh voiced Master Chow in ‘Minions: The Rise of Gru’

'Minions: The Rise of Gru' actor Michelle Yeoh standing in front of a yellow SXSW Film Festival step and repeat holding her hands out
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Minions: The Rise of Gru is the sequel to the 2015 Despicable Me spinoff called Minions. It’s the fifth installment in the overall franchise, but it doesn’t show any signs of slowing down. Minions: The Rise of Gru includes Yeoh in its diverse cast of big names, which also includes Steve Carell, Taraji P. Henson, and Jean-Claude Van Damme.

The story is set after the events of the first movie, but this time in the 1970s. Gru is only a 12-year-old boy, who is growing up in the suburbs. He looks up to a villainous group called the Vicious 6 and plans to become evil enough to join them. When the group gets rid of its leader, Gru plans to interview to become their newest member. However, things don’t go according to plan.

Yeoh voiced an acupuncturist with incredible fighting skills named Master Chow in Minions: The Rise of Gru.

Michelle Yeoh admitted that she didn’t like the sound of her own voice

Variety interviewed Yeoh to talk about her projects past, present, and future, including Minions: The Rise of Gru. The interview inquired about how her experience doing voiceover differs from the real-life stunt work that she’s known for. She explained that she was very physical while recording the voiceover.

“I act it all out,” Yeoh said. “You can’t just make the sounds, it doesn’t work. You’re mimicking the moves. It’s hysterical to watch because you’re standing there by yourself with the big headset.”

Yeoh continued that she doesn’t like the sound of her own voice, calling it “horrible” and “husky.”

“I don’t like the sound of my voice,” Yeoh stated. “I think I have a very horrible husky voice. If I’m in the hotel and I call down for breakfast. People say, ‘Yes, Mr. Yeoh.’ I am actually enjoying it a lot.”

Yeoh continued: “When you’re doing voiceovers, they ask if you could do it with a little bit more anger, so it’s a lot of fun. Especially in the beginning when you’re exploring the character and you help mold it. It also helps to have great directors involved.”

The actor has early awards buzz

Yeoh is earning a lot of attention this year and not just for upcoming projects like Minions: The Rise of Gru. She starred in Everything Everywhere All at Once, which earned her an abundance of love from critics and audiences. As a result, Yeoh is earning some early awards buzz, even though it’s quite early in the year.

Yeoh’s filmography is about to get a whole lot richer. She will star in James Cameron’s upcoming Avatar movies. Additionally, her voiceover work won’t end with Minions: The Rise of Gru. She will also voice Yuki in Paws of Fury: The Legend of Hank and Mrs. Lee in The Tiger’s Apprentice.

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