The Voices of Fallout 4: Alejandra Gollas [Interview]
March 20, 2017 Leave a comment
Welcome to Day 4, and the start of the second week of The Voices of Fallout 4 showcase here at Trainwreck’d Society. Today’s interview is one that I was most looking forward to since I came up with this idea. Alejandra Gollas voiced a character who embodies the main reason I wanted to do this showcase in the first place. You see, Gollas voices one of the great many merchants in Fallout 4, the sometimes frustrating Myrna, in Diamond City. And in any given period of hours where I find myself in a Fallout 4 session, I am sure to visit Gollas’s character at least a few times. I have come to depend on her supplies, but never really thought twice about her. Until now.
Alejandra Gollas is the woman behind Myrna, as well as the Sanctuary resident we all love to hate, Marcy Long, and is also an amazing actress with roles that cross borders and boundaries in a fascinating way. She has done some amazing work, and we are so excited to ask her about Fallout 4, and the rest of her illustrious career. So please enjoy some amazing words from the great Alejandra Gollas!
When was it that you decided that you wanted to be a part of the world of acting? Was it a very early yearning?
I did my first TV commercial when I was five years old. It was a really long and exhausting day of work… But my mom says I was super professional and never complained. When I finished I was really tired and just wanted to go home, but I knew right then I loved acting and that I wanted to do it for the rest of my life!.
We love getting insights from the film and television world across the globe. With so much experience in both the U.S. and Mexico, what would you say are the major differences between the two? And what is the same?
I feel that Mexico’s industry is much more relaxed, it’s a smaller world than the US one, so it’s much more about people getting recommended, word of mouth, knowing casting directors personally. The US entertainment business is a whole different monster, at least that has been my experience…. there are so many rules. You can’t approach a CD directly…. it is always through an agent. Mexico doesn’t really have that manager/agent industry fully developed. And in the US it seems you can’t get anywhere without one. Mexico in general, and I think it’s just because of the culture and how we are raised is very family like, people are much warmer and open. The US business is just much colder and distant. However I have met amazing and very talented and creative people in both.
It’s a hard job, has always been. You have to really love it and not want anything else in your life. Fortunately I decided to marry an amazing man and have a family and even though that has made it much more difficult to continue with my acting career, because of how demanding it is, ironically it is that family and my loved ones who keep me motivated to perform, to continue fighting for what I love to do. Experience in life and having things other than acting has given me perspective and now I am in it with a much healthier attitude than before.
How did you come to work on the Fallout series doing the voices of Myrna and Marcy Long, staples of Diamond City and Sanctuary, respectively?
I landed the gig through my voice over agent at AVO, I auditioned for the part and got it! I really haven’t done a lot of video games, but this was an amazing experience, really enjoyed it… they were intense sessions….. it requires a lot of screaming, intense emotions, sounds, and even though it’s a lot of fun I was exhausted by the end of them!
What has it been like for you since the game came out? How does it feel to be a part of one of the best selling video game franchises in history? Have you played the game or watched the game played? Thoughts on it overall?
Wow! I didn’t know it was one of the best selling video game franchises in history! That is so awesome! I have never really been in to playing video games and haven’t played this one, but my son and husband were excited about it! 😉
The part I have always wanted to play was a very important Mexican painter and artist, her name was Nahui Ollin….. she belonged to Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo’s circle… was photographed by Edward Weston and had a very passionate and intense relationship with another Mexican painter, Dr Atl. I love her paintings and her life… she lived very intensely… she loved passionately… and said what she felt. I sometimes think about things too much and I admire people who live based on what they feel and who are emotionally driven. She was very beautiful and talented, but died very poor, selling her photographs on the streets of Mexico City.
What is next for you? When can people see or hear you again?
Well….. I am continuously doing voice over work, basically comercial stuff, in Spanish and English. But just had a really fun role on the Disney’s cartoon Elena of Avalor, which I really enjoyed! I will be shooting a wonderful movie in May called “Love is not Love”, directed by STEPHEN MILLS. It is an amazing screen play and will be shot in a very experimental, actor friendly way…enjoying the creative process. I will have the opportunity to play a type of character I have never done before, so I am very excited!
What was the last thing that made you smile?
Spending time with my amazing husband and two beautiful boys!
Check out Alejandra as Myrna in this YouTube video courtesy of El Zilcho: