It used to be embarrassing. In the beginning, because you listen to yourself so much, you think, I must look like an asshole right now – or sound like an asshole. And then, you just get to that point where you’ve done so many ridiculous, ridiculous things in the booth from screaming, to having orgasms, to whatever your director is asking you to do for this character, you just lose your inhibitions.
I grew up, obviously, watching tons of animation; Saturday morning cartoons or anything that we could get our hands on. And then when ‘The Simpsons’ premiered, that just kind of changed the landscape of everything. We hadn’t had prime time animations since ‘The Flintstones.’
Now it’s fantastic, this is a medium that adults should be able to enjoy, it’s not just for our kids. I feel like now with Adult Swim and all these different outlets for adults to enjoy animation, it’s huge. I love being a part of it, absolutely love it.
We [me and my husband] both had our things. Seth was the artist, I was the singer. We were like “You do your thing, I’ll do my thing and never the two shall meet.” I think we had a healthy competition going through our childhood. But I sort of left the funny stuff to him, I said “You’re the comedian, you’re the jokester, you do that I’ll be the more serious one.” You need that kind of balance in the family.
My record label, which is a huge record label who represents massive, massive stars – they’ve never done anything like this before, and they were so excited about this idea of an animated character which is singing legitimate music. It’s not a comedy record, it’s a legitimate record. And they really jumped on board. So, we’ve got our Facebook page up, we’ll be jumping on Twitter very soon, and sort of be creating Haley outside of American Dad.
I had a blast doing it. I mean, I love, love, love my work as a voice over actress and I’ve been doing it for 15 years, but I’ve trained as a singer and I am a singer and this is what I’ve always wanted to do. To get the opportunity to marry these two things that I love so much, it’s been a dream, without a doubt. I’m sort of pinching myself still.
As the actors on the show we rarely get an opportunity to, as I said we get the scripts the night before but we have great producers on this show, so every once and a while matt or mike will say “I want to take the character in a different direction this season, what do you think about this?” and we do sort of get to add to it and feed it.
I started in theatre. I went to the Boston Conservatory and majored in musical theater.
I don’t think that I could have survived in my family without a naughty sense of humor; yeah, absolutely. I think my brother and I both get our senses of humor from our parents. I mean, my mother was absolutely hilarious and foul. She had the most ridiculously off color sense of humor, so that was sort of what we grew up with.