Amanda Troop talks Misfits And Monsters and upcoming voice-over roles

SAN DIEGO, CA - JULY 21: Actor Amanda Troop attends the #IMDboat Party at San Diego Comic-Con 2017, Presented By XFINITY on The IMDb Yacht on July 21, 2017 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Tommaso Boddi/Getty Images for IMDb)
SAN DIEGO, CA - JULY 21: Actor Amanda Troop attends the #IMDboat Party at San Diego Comic-Con 2017, Presented By XFINITY on The IMDb Yacht on July 21, 2017 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Tommaso Boddi/Getty Images for IMDb) /

During a recent interview with Amanda Troop, the talented actress sat down with us to discuss her upcoming movie and television roles. Troop’s next part will be in the animated Death Of Superman movie.

Best known for her amazing voice-over work, Amanda Troop will bring the character of Maggie Sawyer to life in the animated movie Death Of Superman. Not to be confused with Superman: Doomsday, a prior installment that also centered around Superman’s death at Doomsday’s hands, Death Of Superman, on the other hand, takes the story in a different direction. The core concepts are still intact but new characters appear along Supes’—Maggie Sawyer being one of them.

In the animated flick, Maggie Sawyer (Troop) only makes a brief appearance but with the movie being part of a continuum, there’s a good chance Sawyer will resurface. When we asked Troop whether or not she’s providing Sawyer’s voice in the followup, she couldn’t confirm or deny her reprisal. Troop did, however, mention there is a possibility Sawyer will return. The thing is, that’ll likely depend on how much Death Of Superman 2 takes place in Metropolis. Sawyer is a well-known detective in Metropolis, after all.

Speaking of Troop’s voice-acting career, she also provided us with a bit of backstory behind what motivated her into voice acting. Apparently, Troop didn’t realize she could become a voice actor when she moved to Los Angeles in pursuit of an acting career. She’d intended to become an actor but didn’t know that voice-acting was a thing. Luckily, once Troop got her foot in the door, she was all for becoming a voice actor. Keep in mind that Troop also has plenty of live-action roles to her credit as well.

As far as live roles go, Troop is going to make her next appearance in an episode of Bobcat Goldthwait’s Misfits And Monsters. It’s described as an anthology series which retells crazy stories envisioned by the cast. Troop herself, will appear in the episode titled “The Goatman Cometh”. One can only imagine what connotations accompany “goatman” but it’s bound to be hilarious.

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For the final portion of our interview with Troop, she took the time to tease her featured role in the Box Peek paper-craft series. Box Peek centers around Jordy Defective, one of the competitors in the fictional sport of box-peeking. Troop voiced Jordy in the special preview and will take part in the upcoming episodes. She couldn’t tell us exactly when the future episodes of Box Peek will air but Troop is confident in the creator, Kyle Bosman, and what he can bring to the table. That said, Box Peek should be extremely entertaining once the season premieres.

For more on Amanda Troop, check out the entirety of our interview with her below:

Hidden Remote: Amanda, for Death Of Superman, your character, Maggie Sawyer, only appears for a brief sequence and then disappears for the rest of the movie. Can you say anything towards whether or not Sawyer is in the follow-up?

Amanda Troop: Maggie Sawyer bookends the film, and I can’t say for certain if she’ll be in the next one or not. I think it depends on how much of the next story happens within Metropolis. I certainly hope she’ll be back!

Hidden Remote: Do you see more voice acting roles in your future? You’ve already been featured in a number of animated movies and video games over the years, is that the direction you’re heading in?

Amanda Troop: Absolutely. I love voice acting, because I can become anything. I’ve had the opportunity to play horrifying or fantastic creatures, as well as little kids, and high elf nobility. But I love on-camera too! Fortunately, I don’t have to choose between them and I’m lucky that both aspects make up parts of my career.

Hidden Remote: Follow-up question: Was there anything that drew you to voice-acting over live-action performances?

Amanda Troop:  Believe it or not, when I moved to LA to pursue acting as a career, I hadn’t realized that voice acting was a job that people could have. I’d grown up watching cartoons and listening to audiobooks, so I’m not sure who I thought was doing all those characters. When I realized it was an acting job, I couldn’t wait to try it out. Like many actors, I have a wild imagination, and the opportunities to let my imagination guide me in voiceover are limitless. In VO you have to imagine everything to give a full performance—where you are, the weather, who you’re talking to, how far away they are, what kind of wardrobe you’re in, what your limitations are, what your greatest strengths are, whether you’re in action or if you’re standing still, and on and on. In live action, you often have to keep the performance small and “real,” but VO you get to find the limits of the characterization. It’s important to be grounded in both areas, and there’s room to play in both areas, but the kinds of characters in voiceover often allow for a wider expanse of imagination.

Hidden Remote: Which notable voice actors, if anyone, would you say inspired/motivated you to perfect your craft as one? Examples: Kevin Conroy, Tara Strong, Rob Paulsen, etc.

Amanda Troop: One of my first impressions was Dexter, from “Dexter’s Laboratory,” played by Candi Milo. She’s an incredible actress with a huge range, a great improviser, very quick wit, great singing voice, and a talented stage actress. She inspired me from the beginning, and when I finally met her, I admit I was a bit star struck. She embodies what I see again and again, which is the best voice actors are excellent actors first. The application to voice-over work comes second—meaning that voice over isn’t just about making weird sounds and funny voices, but about using all your acting skills to create real characters and then bring them to life using only your voice.

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Hidden Remote: If you could have your pick, which animated character would you want to provide the voice for?

Amanda Troop: I’ve always wanted to play Harley Quinn!

Hidden Remote: Outside of voice acting, you’re about to guest-star in Bobcat Goldthwait’s Misfits and Monsters, “Goatman Cometh”, Can you tell me anything about your role in the episode?

Amanda Troop: I play Emily, a nervous mom to one of the young actors in the episode—they’re having a slumber party and things… go a bit wrong. I’ve gotten to play a number of high-strung “worriers” in my career, but I think that Emily takes the cake. What was wonderful was that Bobcat encouraged us to improvise and play while taping so, I really got to let this character expand beyond the lines.

Hidden Remote: What was your favorite/ least favorite part of working on Misfits And Monsters?

Amanda Troop: I don’t have a least favorite part: the whole thing was a delight. Bobcat is a really cool director, it’s been my experience that when the director is kind and gracious, the rest of the cast and crew feel more supported and there’s less stress on set. The stories being told are fun, dark, and very unlike a lot of current television, so I had a great time. I think everyone else did too.

Hidden Remote: Are you going to appear in any more episodes this season? If not, is there a possibility for your return in the following season?

Amanda Troop: “Misfits and Monsters” is an anthology series (think “Black Mirror”) so every episode stars different actors, with no through-line. I have no idea if Bobcat plans to recast actors in new roles, like how they do on “American Horror Story,” but if he does, I hope he’ll think of me!

Hidden Remote: Going back to your animated roles, you’re starring in the Box Peek web series. What can you tell me about your character, Jordy Detective?

Amanda Troop: It’s actually Jordy Defective (pronounced “De-fective-EH”), the joke being that his box peek is defective, but he thinks it has his name on it. Jordy is a wide-eyed, excited and enthusiastic kid from a place where they don’t allow kids to play Box Peek. He’s fascinated by the game, by flying robots, the big city, and he loves making new friends.

Hidden Remote: Is there a bigger story being told here, or is Box Peek all about the fictional sport of box-peeking?

Amanda Troop: There’s definitely a bigger story. The comedy of the show is all about poking fun at other similar shows of the game-playing genre (think “Pokemon,” or “Digimon”), and there’s an absurdist quality that is very intentional.

Hidden Remote: When does Box Peek web series premiere? The special preview was released in March and a premiere is scheduled soon. Is there anything you can say towards that?

Amanda Troop: As far as I know, we should be getting more episodes soon. The creation of the show is slow because it’s entirely paper-craft, and it’s all being drawn, cut, and animated by the show creator Kyle Bosman. We just have to be patient, but it will be worth it!

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Hidden Remote: Apart from the projects covered already, are you working on anything else at the moment?

Amanda Troop: “Hotel Transylvania 3” is in theaters right now, and I voiced some of the many vacationing monsters in the film, and I also have a spot for “Progressive” running where I’m the voice of a cake delivery van. I also just finished work on a couple of projects… but one thing with voice acting is that we have to sign lots of non-disclosure agreements, so I can’t reveal anything!

Death Of Superman is available for digital download on all platforms. Bobcat Goldthwait’s Misfits and Monsters currently airs Wednesdays on TruTV. Box Peek’s release date is TBA.