Bridget Hoffman

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Bridget Hoffman
Residence Los Angeles, California
Other names Ruby Marlowe[1]
Ellen Wilkinson[2]
Ellen Arden
Serena Kolb
Tessa Ariel[3][4]
Alma mater Michigan State University
Occupation Voice actress, actress, ADR script writer, ADR director, model
Years active 1981–present

Bridget Hoffman is an American voice actress, ADR director and script writer in the Los Angeles area. She has provided voices for a number of English-language versions of Japanese anime films and television series, usually under an alias such as Ruby Marlowe, Serena Kolb, or Tessa Ariel. Some of her major roles include title characters such as Belldandy in the Ah! My Goddess: The Movie feature film, Mizuho Kazami in Please Teacher, Mima Kirigoe in Perfect Blue, and Lain Iwakura in Serial Experiments Lain. She voiced lead ensemble characters as Rune Venus in El Hazard, Miaka Yuki in Fushigi Yugi, Raquel Casull in Scrapped Princess, Fuu Hououji in Magic Knight Rayearth, Shinobu Maehara in Love Hina, and Irisviel von Einzbern in Fate/Zero.[5] She served as the ADR director for the Fushigi Yuugi series and films, the Oh My Goddess movie, and a series of shorts called The Adventures of Mini-Goddess. She also provides background voices in a number of animated films dubbed in the Los Angeles area, including Frozen, Epic and Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2.[6] In video games, she provides the voice of KOS-MOS in the Xenosaga series as well as Atoli in the .hack//G.U. series.

Career[edit]

Hoffman as the model pictured on The Evil Dead original theatrical release poster

Hoffman grew up in the Detroit area and graduated from Michigan State in 1983.[7] She was a model for the promotional pictures of Sam Raimi's 1981 film The Evil Dead,[1][8][9] and has participated in several Josh Becker-directed films and episodes, including Running Time, Cleveland Smith: Bounty Hunter as well as small roles in Raimi's films Crimewave and Darkman. While in Los Angeles, she worked as an actress and also a narrator model for some auto shows. She starred alongside Ned Beatty as a historian who time travels with a group of scientists in the 1989 film Time Trackers.[10][11] She had a starring guest role as Echidna, the Mother of all Monsters, in Raimi's television show Hercules: the Legendary Journeys, and would make other appearances in the series.[8][12]

Hoffman has been involved in voiceovers for anime titles. Many of her roles have been under an alias such as Ruby Marlowe, which was her character's name in her 1994 film Double Exposure. She worked with Animaze / Pioneer Entertainment on the Fushigi Yugi: The Mysterious Play anime series, where she served as the voice director as well as voice the starring role of Miaka Yuki; the show, along with another Pioneer production El-Hazard, where she voices Rune Venus, would air regularly on the International Channel. Her voice was not warmly received by critics on Anime News Network who disliked her squealing schoolgirl tone,[13] and high pitch,[14] although Mike Dungan of Mania.com find her direction and acting to be entertaining.[15]

She starred as Mima Kirigoe in Perfect Blue, a suspense thriller film by Satoshi Kon about a former Japanese idol who tries her hand at acting, but whose life falls apart when she is stalked and her associates are killed. Carlos Ross of THEM Anime Reviews considered the general dub acting as "sophisticated, subtle, and well-done",[16] while Chris Homer of Fandom Post enjoyed both the English and the Japanese versions.[17] On the DVD extra for the film, Hoffman gave a Q&A about her character.[18] She would also voice title character Lain Iwakura in Serial Experiments Lain; she plays a teenager who is deeply involved in the computer network world. Aaron Silver of Anime News Network thought the dubbing was decent but her role as Lain lacked some emotion in comparison with her Japanese voice counterpart.[19]

With the studio Bang Zoom! Entertainment she voiced Fuu Hououji in Magic Knight Rayearth, which was about a trio of junior high students who are transported to a fantasy world. Both Rayearth seasons were dubbed into English. In 2001, she worked with Pioneer (now part of Geneon Entertainment) to ADR direct Ah! My Goddess: The Movie, a feature film in the Oh My Goddess franchise in which she also voiced the title character Belldandy.[20] In a review of the movie, Karen Gellender of Mania.com, who was impressed by Hoffman's previous performances as Mima and Lain, thought the dubbing was a mixed bag, and that her portrayal of Belldandy was the weakest of the bunch, with rather forced acting of emotional dialogue.[21] In contrast, Allen Divers of Anime News Network thought the English cast was suitable and comparable to the Japanese dub. Hoffman would later reprise the role of Belldandy in a series of cartoon shorts called The Adventures of Mini-Goddess, where she also served as its ADR script writer and the ADR director.[20] She would also have a title role as Mizuho Kazami in Please Teacher, in which she portrays a teacher who marries her student and is actually a space alien,[22] and a title role as Mahoro Andou in Mahoromatic: Automatic Maiden, where she plays an android maid.[23][24]

In the fantasy adventure Scrapped Princess, Hoffman plays Raquel Casull, the older sister of the title character. Theron Martin of Anime News Network describes her character as initially ditzy but becomes sensible and coldly pragmatic, and that her voice was a particularly good fit,[2] and a dead-on portrayal.[25] Hoffman would voice high school student Shinobu Maehara in the Love Hina romantic comedy series, and supporting character Ryoko Asakura in Bang Zoom!'s dubbing of The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya series.[26] She had recurring roles in the related anime series Lucky Star where she plays Inori Hiiragi, the eldest sister of the Hiiragi family, and Yukari Takara who is Miyuki's mother.

Hoffman would continue voice acting in the 2010s. In 2013, she voiced Irisviel von Einzbern in Fate/Zero, a prequel to the Fate/stay night series.[27] Outside of anime productions, Hoffman has been involved in a number of animated films, including Frozen and Tangled, where she participates in background voices (ADR loop groups or Additional Voices).[6] In 2012, she was a panelist in the SAG Foundation's Voice-Over Summit held in the Los Angeles area where she discussed ADR, Voice Matching, and Voice Replacement.[28] She voices in video game series, including .hack//G.U. where she voices Atoli,[29] and Xenosaga where she voices KOS-MOS in Xenosaga Episode I: Der Wille zur Macht and Xenosaga Episode III: Also sprach Zarathustra.[30][31] She also continues to act in local theatre productions.[32][33][34]

Filmography[edit]

Anime[edit]

Animation[edit]

Live-action[edit]

Video games[edit]

Staff work[edit]

Writer[edit]

ADR director[edit]

ADR script writer[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The closing credits of this video game do not list the voice actors involved.

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