We got to interview the English actress of Belle and Suzu, Kylie McNeill.
Belle has been charming audiences around the world since it premiered at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival to a 14-minute standing ovation. It is a gorgeously written and rendered tale of a young girl named Suzu, who discovers her identity and power through the use of her avatar in the digital world of U. The film is a heart-wrenching story of love and relationships that transcends the physical and digital worlds.
Kyle McNeill’s premiere voice acting debut is an absolute knockout, to say the least. McNeill had some major shoes to fill following Kaho Nakamura’s original performance. Not only was this McNeill’s first voice acting gig, but it was also a dubbing project. So not only does she have to deliver her performance, she has to masterfully match the pacing of the original. McNeill had a truly daunting task ahead of her, but she masterfully met the challenge. Find out more in our interview below.
Belle Interview with the English Actress of Belle/Suzu, Kylie McNeill
For those who have seen the film, Kylie McNeill delivers an astounding performance both emotionally and vocally as Belle/Suzu. Her love of the film and personal relation to the character emanates throughout her performance. While it is understandable many would want to experience the film in the original Japanese, no one would be disappointed or lacking from watching the dubbed version. After her stellar debut in Belle, it would not be surprising if McNeill’s hopes to be a part of Star Wars Visions comes to fruition. Expect to see/hear more of her soon.
Belle is currently in theaters and has become Mamoru Hosoda’s highest-grossing U.S. Film so far! The film is distributed by GKIDS, the acclaimed producer and distributor of multiple Academy Award-nominated animated features. Fans have the option of watching both the original Japanese with English subtitles and with an English Dubbed version. Get your tickets now to not miss out on this fantastic film. Get a tease of Kylie McNeill’s performance in the Belle English Music Medley below and some images of Belle and Suzu below that.
From the celebrated Academy Award®-nominated director Mamoru Hosoda and Studio Chizu, creators of Mirai, Wolf Children, Summer Wars, and more, comes a fantastical, heartfelt story of growing up in the age of social media.
Suzu is a shy, everyday high school student living in a rural village. For years, she has only been a shadow of herself. But when she enters “U”, a massive virtual world, she escapes into her online persona as Belle, a gorgeous and globally-beloved singer. One day, her concert is interrupted by a monstrous creature chased by vigilantes. As their hunt escalates, Suzu embarks on an emotional and epic quest to uncover the identity of this mysterious “beast” and to discover her true self in a world where you can be anyone.
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