Interview with Diane Pershing

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Green-Ghost

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Here is an interview with Diane Pershing.
The interview was from TrinityPriest and posted at the Deadly Garden :

Trinity: Miss Pershing, I would like to speak to you for a few
minutes about your work.

Diane: Sure I have a few minutes.

Trinity: I was amazed to find that the woman who voiced the greatest
female animated villain ever was also a romance author...

Diane: I'm guessing your making reference to Ms. Isley also known as
Poison Ivy. I don't normally speak about my voice work at book
signings.

Trinity: I understand, however It would make a lot of people happy if
you could give me a few words on your feelings towards the character.
Do you mind if I record? (I had already pressed record on my mini
recorder)

Diane: Is this for a newspaper or magazine?

Trinity: No this is for a fan-based website.

Diane: Oh then by all means. But I only have a few minutes. Like I
said, I don't normally speak about my voice work at book signings.

Trinity: Thank you so much. A lot of people will be thrilled to read
this. My first question is do you feel Ivy's cause was justified or
is she just another fanatical Greenpeace reject who gets off on crime?

Diane: Ivy obviously is a bit off her rocker. When I first read the
script for her debut episode Pretty Poison I think it was, I was not
sure how to approach her. Was she simply a sultry woman who despised
men or was she a genuine eco-***** with a vengeance for men who
indulged in destroying what she loved? Truth is she was a little of
both. I didn't realize just how human she was until about the fourth
episode I did. By that time I had done some minor research into the
fantasy book world of her....the comics and novels. Ivy was just a
battered woman really. A man hurt her so she took it to the extreme.
So to answer your question I think Ivy is a combo of both. A woman
pushed to the brink by her love of the natural world and the
injustice man does to it, and her hatred of men for what one did to
her.

Trinity: OK. Did you watch Batman and Robin, and if so, do you think
Uma Thurman did a good job portraying Ivy?

Diane: I did manage to watch it with my husband when it came out on
DVD. I have to admit, it was horrible. The neon lights were extreme
and not at all like Gotham was designed in the animated version. Mr.
Freeze was ridiculous. Utterly ridiculous. I don't know, I just
didn't enjoy it. I didn't find the characters to be believable like I
do on the animated show. I will give Uma credit for one thing-she
looked like the only one having a good time. Other than that, I have
nothing good to say about the film.












Trinity: OK. What did you pull your motivation from when creating the
sound and personality of Ivy from?

Diane: Well I watched a James Bond movie with a character called
Naomi years ago. I based Ivy's way with words and enunciation on her.
Well, as much as I could. The writers play an enormous part in the
development of the character. I played around with the script
bouncing from sexy to dangerous, and found a playful medium. All and
all I had a great time. I still do voice work for her on Gotham
Girls, that web cartoon. Ivy is also making appearances on Static
Shock and Justice League so I do the voices there as well. She may
not be appearing as much but she's not gone yet. I look forward to
what Warner Brothers has in store for her. I also here rumor of an
animated cartoon featuring Poison Ivy as a secondary villain.

Trinity: Last Questions I promise....

Diane: well I hope so, I do have other things I need to concentrate
on.

Trinity: Did you meet Arleen Sorkin, the voice of Harley Quinn and
are you anything like Ivy in real life. Arleen is known to be as
altered as Harley is.

Diane: I had the pleasure of meeting Arleen a few times when our
characters were both featured in the same episode. And you can
believe it when they say Arleen is every bit like Harley. The
laughter flowed like water! I was so surprised at the liberty Arleen
was given when it came to bringing Harley to life. Much more than any
of the other villain voice actors were given. I think it had a lot to
do with the fact Harley was created for the animated cartoon. All the
others were previous comic creations. Am I anything like Ivy? ( she
laughs) Well I do recycle. Other than that no not really. I'm not a
murderous person, and I'm certainly not as malicious. Ivy and I have
very little in common. Although I think it would be fun to be her.

Trinity: Thank you so very much for giving your fans a bit of insight
to Ivy and staying after your signing a bit. Your every bit as
beautiful in person as your voice is on TV I hope we see a lot more
from you in the future!

Diane: Thanks for giving me the chance to develop my skills on
screen. Without fans like you, none of this would be possible. Be
sure to read my newest book. It's not just for women!

Trinity: Already bought it. Thanks again!

 

TimTwoFace

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Years back I managed to corner Ms. Pershing for an interview for BATMAN: THE ANIMATED NEWSLETTER. She really is a nice individual, very personable, and a great interview. And I got a free autograph out of it - and I didn't even ask. That sure made this fanboy happy. :)

Great interview, BTW! :D

-Tim
 

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I think my probably favorite part in that interview is when she said that the Batman movie was horrible. LOL - I dont like that because I think it's horrible. I just like it because it just shows how down to earth she is. I like the interview by the way. If i got a chance to interview someone that works in the voicing department, i would be the happiest boy alive.
 

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Originally posted by TimTwoFace
Years back I managed to corner Ms. Pershing for an interview for BATMAN: THE ANIMATED NEWSLETTER. She really is a nice individual, very personable, and a great interview. And I got a free autograph out of it - and I didn't even ask. That sure made this fanboy happy. :)

Great interview, BTW! :D

-Tim
Did ya ever get Richard Moll's signature? :D
 

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