Pet Alien is a fun new computer animated television series that you are also involved in. What characters do you voice in the series? What are their personalities like?
I do Tommy's Mom--which is sort of a Donna Reed without an IQ. Melba Manners is the bossy neighbor girl and she is just chalk on a chalkboard. And my favorite on the show is the always-chubby Tommy-crushing Gabby. I love her. She is mad for Tommy and never fails to make a complete ass of herself in showing her love for him.
Did you do booth work differently in any way for Pet Alien, because it is a CG series?
No, not really… well, except for one little tiny aspect… I have a rip-roaring BLAST
with my director and co-star Jess Harnell, and my other co-stars Charlie Schlatter and Charlie Adler. I like to think of myself as a Candi sandwich between the two Charlies at our recordings.
Do you have a favorite role for the series in particular?
Yes. Gabby. The very very wrong Gabby.
Is it difficult voicing multiple roles in a single television series, such as Pet Alien? How do you emote the way that you do, so that each character is distinct sounding?
Since I try so hard to create distinct backgrounds, lives, and personalities for each of my characters--them all sounding the same is usually not a problem. They come from different parts of my brain. Hee hee hee. BUT
--forgetting who I am on any given day is a big problem. I usually have to go in the morning, wake up my daughter with a big, "Good morning, honey. It's a bea-you-tiful Tuesday morning!" To which she grumpily replies, "Good Morning, Mom. It's Tuesday. You're Dexter."
When you voice act, how much of yourself is in each character that you portray?
It's always ALL
me--except it is certain portions of who I am or was--and not necessarily the real me in each character. Completely confused now?!?
As a highly talented voice actress, do you participate much in production work as well? Or rather, do you plan on immigrating to the fields of production or direction in animation anytime soon?
I do plan on trying to work up a series on an idea I have had for some time. I think that is a natural next step. I also would like to write a spin-off of my character The Flea from Mucha Lucha
onto his own series. That would be super fun!!
Out of all of the voice over work that you have done, how much of it has been instinctual, and how much of it was a mold that you had to sort of fit into?
The great gift of voice acting is that I do the voices first and THEN
they draw. So most of it is inspirational and improvisational. When you have to voice to picture, also known as ADR, well that's when it gets a little tough--because you are locked into an animation.
Are you a perfectionist?
Why? Does it show that badly? Yes. I am. *Sigh*
One of your up and coming projects is tied into The Life And Times Of Juniper Lee. How much of the program, and your involvement with the show, can you divulge at the moment?
It is about a young girl who is the chosen one to fight the magic that has seeped into the real world for the wrong reasons. I do the character of Ophelia--one of Juniper's Goth friends. She is very droll. I also play June's mom--which is fun--because she is a real nut.
What else lies on the horizon for Candi Milo?
I hope to be doing all that I am doing now until I am old and grayer. I also hope to start a program of speaking appearances geared toward inspiring the lives of young women, and perhaps marginalized youth--about reaching their full potential and grabbing all the gusto they can out of life. I am in the process of writing my life story--about my bizarre childhood--as a book. And I try very very hard to stay at least a half step ahead of my thirteen-year-old daughter, Gabriela.