The Voice Behind Siri And 3 Other Surprising Famous Voices
She’s the woman who helped Zooey Deschanel order soup in the rain. Who told Samuel L. Jackson jokes. Who totally didn’t mind John Malkovich getting creepy on her (it’s what he does best, after all). Yes, Siri’s spent the better part of three years getting intimate with millions of us, and this past week, she unmasked herself once and for all.
It turns out Siri, the pleasantly neutral voice that lives inside your iPhone, is actually Susan Bennett, a voiceover actress from outside of Atlanta, Georgia. Bennett says she recorded the Siri-isms back in 2005, but didn’t come forward until now because, “I really had to weigh the importance of it for me personally. I wasn’t sure that I wanted that notoriety.” Because there is nothing like being Siri Famous, you guys.
Apple won’t confirm or deny Bennett’s claim, but an independent examination by CNN , “confirmed 100 percent” that it’s Bennett’s voice on your phone.
Bennett’s Siri revelation got us thinking about a few of the other ladies behind some of our favorite characters.
“Orange is the New Black” fans of a certain age (like, in their early 20s), may have felt like they recognized the voice of one of the show’s most intriguing characters from somewhere. That’s because Constance Shulman, who plays hippie-with-a-secret Yoga Jones, was once the voice of Patti Mayonnaise on the Nickelodeon animated series “Doug.”
“Doug was somebody you just rooted for, and Patti Mayonnaise was this great tomboy girl,” Shulman told The Daily Beast. “She was like a little mentor for young girls.” Also, they have strikingly similar hair.
Have you been watching “The Voice,” you guys? Because if you have, you might have seen the segment where 52-year-old singer E.G. Daily wowed judges with her country-fied singing stylings. She ended up with judge Blake Shelton, but not before revealing that she’d been voicing cartoon characters for the last 20 years or so, and is probably best known as the voice of Tommy Pickles from the wildly popular talking baby animated series “Rugrats.” She’s also done voice work for “Happy Feet,” “The Powerpuff Girls,” and “Curious George.”
And oh yeah, she was Dottie in “Pee-wee’s Big Adventure.” We are so jealous.
Fun fact: Daily got her start in one of the Greatest Teen Movies of All Time: Valley Girl, starring Nic Cage as a super adorable punk rock dude trying to date a girl from the right side of the tracks. It’s pretty much one of the best things Nic Cage ever did (besides “Vampire’s Kiss,” which you should run out and watch right now.)
“The Little Mermaid” is having another moment right now because it was just re-released on Blu-Ray in 3-D, and Jodie Benson, the voice behind sassy mermaid Ariel, is really excited about it. Especially because her kids now know their mom is sort of a mermaid.
“For my son, I stood next to the TV and sang along with her, and he looked back and forth, back and forth, and he was like, ‘Mommy’s Ariel.’ He just made that connection,” she told USA Today. “But then when I started singing in public, he would start to cry, ‘No, Mommy, no sing!’ It would be like, ‘That’s my mommy singing and I don’t want her to go on stage because then that means she’s not my mommy anymore, whereas Ariel in the box was still Mommy. My daughter on the other hand was totally enthralled with the whole thing, I was definitely Ariel and I had fins when I was in the water and my hair turned red.”
Kids, man. They’ll believe anything.