Zehra Fazal

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Zehra Fazal
Born
Zehra Qarnain Fazal

(1984-08-28) August 28, 1984 (age 34)
NationalityAmerican
OccupationActress
Years active2007–present
Known forVoltron: Legendary Defender
Young Justice: Outsiders

Zehra Fazal (born August 28, 1984 in Libertyville, Illinois, USA) is an American actress, comedian, and voice actress known for voicing Nadia Rizavi in Voltron: Legendary Defender and Halo in Young Justice: Outsiders.[1][2][3] Greg Weisman the co-creator of Young Justice: Outsiders said "I wrote the role with her in mind. She plays Halo, but she also plays about a dozen other characters."[4]

Prior to her voice acting career, Fazal, who is Muslim-American and of South Asian descent, was known for her irreverent comedy often poking fun at Muslim identity.[5] Her one-woman musical comedy show “Headscarf and the Angry Bitch”--which she described as partly fictional and partly autobiographical--created Muslim parodies of holiday comedy songs--"The Ramadan Song" instead of "The Hannukah Song"--and discussed living in America with a "hyphenated identity."[6][7] Fazal, who self describes as "the Muslim Weird Al," explains that the show explores the fact that "the definition of what it is to be Muslim is expanding and it’s okay to be vocal about it."[8][9] She created the show's character, Zed Headscarf, as "her tougher, bolder, prouder side" partly in response to post-9/11 Islamaphobia she encountered.[10] Her performance won the "best solo performance award" at the Capital Fringe Festival in 2009 and was sold out throughout its New York International Fringe Festival run in 2010.[11] [12]

Fazal has also portrayed Adolph Hitler in an adaptation of Yukio Mishima’s play, My Friend Hitler.[13] She studied with Japan’s Takarazuka Revue Company as a research intern in 2004. On her return to the US, she translated and staged Takarazuka Revue's The Rose of Versailles at Wellesley College where she was a student. [14] Fazal explains "I have a knack for taking something that already exists and making it fit into a new mold." [14] Fazal is one of the actresses in the video comedy series F#@K I Love U where she plays doctor Amanda Jain.

Personal life[edit]

Fazal was born in Libertyville, Illinois and grew up in Indiana. She has a B.A. from Wellesley College.[15] She speaks Japanese, French and Urdu.[16]

Filmography[edit]

Animation[edit]

List of voice performances in animation
Year Title Role Notes Source
2018 Trolls: The Beat Goes On! Celine, Timpani [16][17]
2018 Voltron: Legendary Defender Nadia Rizavi, Hunk’s Mother Season 7 - 8 [1][18]
2018 Craig of the Creek Faraday [19]
2019 Young Justice: Outsiders Halo, Cassandra Savage, Harper Row [17][20][21]
2019 Pinky Malinky Aisha Episode: "Advanced" [22]

Video games[edit]

List of voice performances in video games
Year Title Role Notes Source
2016 Blade & Soul Soha, Jinsoyung, Sunyung English version [16]
2016 Uncharted 4: A Thief's End French Auction Guest, Additional Voices [16][17]
2016 Titanfall 2 Lifeboat & Systems AI [17][2]
2016 Final Fantasy XV Townspeople English version [16]
2019 Apex Legends AI announcer, Narrator [17][23]
2019 Crackdown 3 [24]
2019 League of Legends Kayle [25]
2019 Borderlands 3 Amara [26]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Zehra Fazal on Twitter". Twitter (in Latin). 2012-05-14. Retrieved 2018-11-20.
  2. ^ a b "Zehra Fazal". IMDB. Retrieved 20 November 2018.
  3. ^ "TV News Roundup: 'SMILF' Season 2 Premiere Date Set at Showtime". MSN. 2018-11-12. Retrieved 2018-11-20.
  4. ^ "'Young Justice' creators talk Jack Kirby "Fourth World" influence, more from SDCC". Newsweek. 2018-07-31. Retrieved 2018-11-20.
  5. ^ Watch, Muslimah Media (2011-07-06). "Headscarf and the Angry Bitch: A Review of Zehra Fazal's Play". Muslimah Media Watch. Retrieved 2018-11-20.
  6. ^ Rampell, Catherine (2017-09-21). "Fringe Festival Journal: A Muslim Woman in America, With Stand-Up". ArtsBeat. Retrieved 2018-11-20.
  7. ^ "Zehra Fazal's Shock-n-Schtick ‹ Muslimah Media Watch". Muslimah Media Watch. 2011-04-14. Retrieved 2018-11-20.
  8. ^ S.D., Trav (2010-09-01). "The "Muslim Weird Al" Offers More Than Parodies". DOWNTOWN EXPRESS | The Newspaper of Lower Manhattan. Retrieved 2018-11-20.
  9. ^ "Fringe Preview: Headscarf and the Angry Bitch". DCist. 2009-07-20. Retrieved 2018-11-20.
  10. ^ "Under suspicion: American Muslims search for identity 10 years after Sept. 11". Washington Post. 2011-06-12. Retrieved 2018-11-20.
  11. ^ Guide, Going Out (2009-10-10). "From the Fringe to Center Stage". Washington Post. Retrieved 2018-11-20.
  12. ^ Borkar, Sonia (2011-07-11). "Headscarf and the Angry Bitch (Zehra Fazal) 2011 Toronto Fringe Review". Mooney on Theatre. Retrieved 2018-11-20.
  13. ^ "Zehra Fazal Shines @ The Fringe Festival". DCist. 2015-04-08. Retrieved 2018-11-20.
  14. ^ a b Sands, Ryan. "Electric Ant Zine #2: Interview with Zehra Fazal". Youth in Decline. Retrieved 2018-11-20.
  15. ^ Slattery, Chris (2008-07-16). "Thinking outside the barn". Maryland Community News in Montgomery County and Prince George's County -- Gazette.Net. Retrieved 2018-11-20.
  16. ^ a b c d e "Resume". Zehra Fazal. Retrieved 20 November 2018.
  17. ^ a b c d e https://www.behindthevoiceactors.com/Zehra-Fazal/
  18. ^ "Zehra Fazal on Instagram: "Did you know, did you know? I also had the pleasure of voicing Hunk's mom on season 7 of Voltron: Legendary Defender. Grateful to be a…"". Instagram. Retrieved 2018-11-21.
  19. ^ "Zehra Fazal on Instagram: "So excited to share that my first episode of Craig of the Creek is now airing on Cartoon Network! You can always count on my girl Faraday…"". Instagram. Retrieved 2018-11-21.
  20. ^ "Zehra Fazal on Instagram: "What a ridiculously awesome day at Comic-Con. I can officially announce I've joined the cast of Young Justice Outsiders as the voice of…"". Instagram. Retrieved 2018-11-21.
  21. ^ Fazal, Zehra (2019-01-25). "TAIMUR, THANK YOU SO MUCH!!! I love playing two "Harpers," doing my best to catch up to @CrispinFreeman". @zehrafazal. Retrieved 2019-01-27.
  22. ^ "Zehra Fazal on Instagram: "New episodes of #PinkyMalinky are now streaming on #Netflix, and you can catch me voicing this bright and passionate gal, Aisha!…"". Instagram. Retrieved 2019-05-21.
  23. ^ Fazal, Zehra (2019-02-04). ""Approaching dropzone."". @zehrafazal. Retrieved 2019-02-04. YES WE ARE! Thrilled to announce that #ApexLegends, a free-to-play battle royale game set in the #Titanfall universe, has dropped today! You'll hear me throughout the game as the AI announcer. Much love @PlayApex @EA @Respawn!https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fKwW9UwWvDw …
  24. ^ "Zehra Fazal on Instagram: "Friday BOOM! 💥 ⠀ ⠀ Crackdown 3, starring the singular @terrycrews, is out today. You'll hear me screaming my head off in there somewhere.…"". Instagram. Retrieved 2019-02-19.
  25. ^ "Zehra Fazal on Instagram: "THE UNRIGHTEOUS WILL BURN! So freaking stoked to join the @leagueoflegends family. Teaser of the Kayle and Morgana rework featuring the…"". Instagram. Retrieved 2019-02-19.
  26. ^ Fazal, Zehra (2019-05-01). "Well, the biceps are out of the bag...I'm thrilled to announce I play Amara the Siren in #Borderlands3! Congratulations to the team at @Borderlands and @GearboxOfficial for a job well done! Honored to help bring your badass desi siren to life.pic.twitter.com/gZhoaSDbEq". @ZehraFazal. Retrieved 2019-05-02.

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