Jen Taylor

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Jen Taylor
Jen Taylor (cropped).jpg
Taylor in 2007
BornFebruary 17, 1973 [1]
OccupationActress
Years active1993–present

Jen Taylor (born February 17, 1973) is an American actress. She is best known for her roles as Cortana in various Halo games as well as the intelligent personal assistant of the same name. She also voices Zoey in Left 4 Dead; Princess Peach, Toad, and Toadette in various Mario games between 1999 and 2006; Salem in RWBY, and Lina, Windranger, Puck and Medusa in Dota 2.

Career[edit]

Taylor taught herself how to do voice work by recording the radio and imitating what she heard.[2] She graduated from Northwestern University with a degree in theater.[3] Before starting in voice work, she worked as a radio DJ for KNDD.[4]

Taylor has voiced characters in multiple video games. She voiced Princess Peach, Toad, and Toadette in Mario games between 1999 and 2006.[5] She has voiced the character Cortana in Halo games since the first game in the series, Halo: Combat Evolved (2001).[6] She also voices the virtual assistant Cortana, which was named after the character and first released in 2014.[7]

She has played Salem, the main antagonist in the animated web series RWBY, since 2013.[8] Taylor has also acted on radio, in an episode of the radio series The Classic Adventures of Sherlock Holmes[9] that aired in 2014.[10]

Taylor has narrated nearly thirty audiobooks, and has received several AudioFile Earphones Awards.[11] Her narration of Tami Hoag's Mismatch was nominated for an Audie Award in 2009.[12]

As a stage actress, Taylor has played various roles such as Elizabeth Bennet in Pride and Prejudice[13] and Eliza Doolittle in a Seattle Shakespeare Company production of Pygmalion.[14]

Filmography[edit]

Live action[edit]

List of acting performances in television and film
Year Title Role Notes Source
1993 Mad Dog and Glory Pam Delmer Uncredited
1993 This Boy's Life Deputy Commissioner O'Riley Uncredited
1998 Blade Baby Uncredited
1999 The Big Kahuna Mrs. Johnson Uncredited
2000 The Brainiacs.com Woman at Accident Uncredited
2001 Don's Plum Foxie Uncredited
2001 I Am Sam Woman Chauffeur Uncredited
2004 Inheritance Abbey [15]
2010 Leverage Jodie McManus Ep. "The Future Job" (season 2, episode 13) [16]
2018 Everything Sucks! Miss Stock 2 episodes [17]
2021 Halo Cortana (voice) [18]

Animation[edit]

List of voice performances in animation
Year Title Role Notes Source
2013–present RWBY Mysterious Narrator / Salem [8][19]

Video games[edit]

List of voice performances in video games
Year Title Role Notes Source
1997 Backyard Baseball [17]
1998 Thinkin' Things: Sky Island Mysteries Glove
1999–2006 Mario franchise Princess Peach, Toad, Birdo, Princess Daisy, Toadette
2001 Aliens versus Predator 2 Tomiko / Various [20]
2001 Halo: Combat Evolved Cortana [21]
2001 Super Smash Bros. Melee Princess Peach [22]
2001 Luigi's Mansion Toad
2002 No One Lives Forever 2: A Spy in H.A.R.M.'s Way Cate Archer / Isako / Ninja Girls [17]
2004 Halo 2 Cortana [21]
2006 SiN Episodes Jessica Cannon
2007 Halo 3 Cortana [21]
2008 Left 4 Dead Zoey DLC only [21]
2009 F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin Lt. Keira Stokes [21]
2009 1 vs. 100 Live herself
2010 Left 4 Dead 2 Zoey [21]
2010 Halo: Reach Halsey, Cortana (Firefight) [21]
2012 Guild Wars 2 Demmi Beetlestone [23]
2012 Halo 4 Cortana, Halsey Also motion-capture performance for Halsey [21]
2013 Dota 2 Lina, Puck, Windranger, Medusa [24]
2014 Destiny City Civil Frame, Archive Security A.I., City P.A. [25]
2015 Infinite Crisis Atomic Wonder Woman [26][27]
2015 Halo 5: Guardians Cortana, Dr. Halsey Also motion-capture performance for Dr. Halsey [28]
2018 Forza Horizon 4 Cortana [29]

Other works[edit]

Year Title Role Notes Source
2014–present Windows Phone 8.1 Cortana [30][7]
2015–present Windows 10 Cortana [31]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Taylor, Jen [@jentaylorfortown] (February 17, 2017). "Thank you for my happy birthday wishes, friends! It has been relaxing and full of cheese which explains this photo" (Tweet). Retrieved March 22, 2017 – via Twitter.
  2. ^ Kindel, Ryan (October 2015). "The Voice Behind Cortana, Halo's Dr. Halsey". Seattle Magazine. Tiger Oak Media. Retrieved October 27, 2020.
  3. ^ "Jennifer Taylor". Macmillan Publishers. Retrieved October 28, 2020.
  4. ^ Brodeur, Nicole (December 12, 2014). "The voice of Halo's Cortana is a Jane Austen type at heart". The Seattle Times. Retrieved October 28, 2020.
  5. ^ "Jen Taylor - South Texas Gamers Expo". South Texas Gamers Expo. August 19, 2016. Archived from the original on January 16, 2017. Retrieved January 15, 2017.
  6. ^ Benedetti, Winda (October 29, 2012). "The heart of Halo: Actress talks a decade spent playing Cortana". NBC News. Retrieved October 27, 2020.
  7. ^ a b Blair, Nancy (April 3, 2014). "Who is Cortana? It's Halo's Jen Taylor". USA Today.
  8. ^ a b RWBY. Season 1. Event occurs at Closing credits.
  9. ^ "Video Games and Audio Dramas Meet at Imagination Theater". Imagination Theatre. January 23, 2020. Retrieved October 26, 2020.
  10. ^ Wright, Stewart (April 30, 2019). "The Classic Adventures of Sherlock Holmes: Broadcast Log" (PDF). Old-Time Radio. Retrieved October 27, 2020.
  11. ^ "Jen Taylor". Cedar House Audio Productions. Retrieved October 26, 2020.
  12. ^ "2009 Audie Awards". Audio Publishers Association. Retrieved October 26, 2020.
  13. ^ "Jennifer Lee Taylor". AboutTheArtists. Retrieved October 27, 2020.
  14. ^ "Seattle Actor Profile – Jennifer Lee Taylor". Seattle Shakespeare Company. Retrieved October 27, 2020.
  15. ^ "Inheritance - Press: Interview with Jen Taylor". June 13, 2003. Archived from the original on June 13, 2003. Retrieved September 14, 2017.
  16. ^ https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1497969/
  17. ^ a b c "Hyper Chat: Jen Taylor". Archived from the original on August 29, 2018. Retrieved April 2, 2018.
  18. ^ "Halo TV Series Recasts Cortana With Original Voice Actress".
  19. ^ RWBY. Season 3. Episode 12. Event occurs at Closing credits.
  20. ^ Monolith Productions (October 22, 2001). Aliens Versus Predator 2 (Windows). Sierra Entertainment. Scene: Credits.
  21. ^ a b c d e f g h "Jen Taylor". Behind The Voice Actors. Retrieved September 14, 2017. Check mark indicates role has been confirmed using screenshots of closing credits and other reliable sources.CS1 maint: postscript (link)
  22. ^ HAL Laboratory. Super Smash Bros. Melee. Nintendo. Scene: Ending credits, 0:26.
  23. ^ Jen Taylor - Guild Wars 2 Wiki (GW2W)
  24. ^ Voice actors - Dota 2 Wiki
  25. ^ Destiny – End Credits – IGN Video. IGN Video. September 11, 2014. Retrieved December 4, 2014.
  26. ^ Turbine, Inc. Infinite Crisis. Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. Scene: Credits, Voice Over Talent.
  27. ^ "Infinite Crisis Credits". Archived from the original on October 11, 2014.
  28. ^ 343 Industries. Halo 5: Guardians. Microsoft Studios. Scene: Closing credits, 7 minutes in, Main Voice and Performance Cast.
  29. ^ Skrebels, Joe (August 21, 2018). "Forza Horizon 4's Halo In-Game Event Is Real, Amazing - Gamescom 2018". IGN. Archived from the original on August 21, 2018. Retrieved September 6, 2018.
  30. ^ tomwarren. "The story of Cortana, Microsoft's Siri killer". The Verge. Vox Media.
  31. ^ Judith Aparri. "Microsoft Corporation Lets Cortana Open Apps in Windows 10". Guardian Liberty Voice.

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