Breath Of The Wild Actress Had British Friend Help Her Practice Zelda’s Voice

Despite being from Canada, Patricia Summersett chose to audition as Breath of the Wild’s Princess Zelda using a British accent. In a recent interview with Nintendo Life, Summersett discussed how she settled on the voice and the help she received from a friend in the U.K. While she has received a mixed reaction from fans, the actress obviously put in a lot of effort into capturing the Hylian’s voice. Check out the full interview here.

As a North American, what work did you do to develop Zelda’s British accent in the game?

Prior to this game I studied in London for a Masters of Classical Acting. I’ve used RP (received pronunciation) onstage in performances such as Equus and various Pinter Plays while in London, and snippets in games, etc. Ironically, my British friend who I studied with in the UK was living in LA and helped me prepare for my Breath of the Wild audition. What I auditioned with was approved before the recording began.

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29 thoughts on “Breath Of The Wild Actress Had British Friend Help Her Practice Zelda’s Voice

  1. I did not really like how she sounded like she was going to cry in every cut scene.
    But I hope Zelda gets bigger role in the upcoming story DLC.

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    1. yeah exactly. I’m kinda angry at Nintendo for creating such a well done game and then not hearing how weird this whiney voice sounds.
      Everytime I hear “A BLOOD MOON RISES” I just feel kinda uncomfortable. Like I have to turn around and check if my girlfriend doesn’t hear how bad that voice sounds as she would just start laughing. Goddammit. Gonna switch (clack) to japanese voice acting asap.

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      1. The good thing is, that there is not that much of it, and I always skip blood moons, it was kinda atmospheric the first few times, but for the 100th time, it is starting to annoy.
        I believe she has room for improvement, thats why I hope she gets more opportunities in the story DLC.
        But maybe she was meant to sound whiny and not so confident.
        Though I would have thought she would have grown a little bit as a character during her 100 year battle with Ganon.

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  2. I for one think she did fine. For those complaining that she sounded too emotional, there are hints you can find in Hyrule Castle that explain her background and upbringing, which I think lends to her tone and inflection.

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  3. King Kalas X3 {Greatness Awaits. This use to be something that awaited those for all consoles. It's sad it's mostly just a PS4 slogan these days. Maybe Nintendo will get back to that greatness with the Switch. Only time will tell.} says:

    So she was faking a British accent & not using the offshoot of it that exists in the area she grew up in. :/ Fuck! Now I’ll never hear her voice the same again & will have that annoying voice in the back of my head saying “Fucking faking accents & not doing a very good job at it! Were they too cheap to just hire a British voice actress from England!? Fuck you, NoA!” It’s because of bullshit like this that I’m worried about Xenoblade 2 having a bunch of American accents & fake british accents & other fake accents! Most of Hollywood is fucking cheap & lazy as fuck when it comes to casting!

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    1. King Kalas X3 {Greatness Awaits. This use to be something that awaited those for all consoles. It's sad it's mostly just a PS4 slogan these days. Maybe Nintendo will get back to that greatness with the Switch. Only time will tell.} says:

      That said, I don’t think she did a bad job voicing Princess Zelda but there is definitely room for improvement.

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    1. King Kalas X3 {Greatness Awaits. This use to be something that awaited those for all consoles. It's sad it's mostly just a PS4 slogan these days. Maybe Nintendo will get back to that greatness with the Switch. Only time will tell.} says:

      Or Jenna Coleman. Sadly, Nintendo was probably too cheap to hire them. I’m all for roughly nobodies being picked to play big roles, though. If Hollywood would do that shit more often, we could probably have a ton of asian descent actors playing actual asian characters instead of white washing roles all the time.

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