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‘Loki’ Star Tara Strong on Finding the Humanity Within Miss Minutes

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Tara Strong, an acclaimed and prolific voice actor, has made nearly countless vocal appearances across all realms of television, but her perky drawling take on Loki’s Miss Minutes, the mysterious AI (we think) embedded within the Time Variance Authority, has quickly become iconic amongst those roles.

Miss Minutes’ identity, or lack thereof, could be crucial to unravelling the mysteries of the Disney+ series, whose finale premieres on Wednesday, yet as reported by Collider, they were unable to learn much about her nature as a result. Strong did, however, describe the process by which she was cast, how she approached playing the character, and what she’d like to do next in a one-on-one interview.

How popular is Tara Strong in her field?

The Marvel Cinematic Universe didn’t just pick any actor for the part; they chose a legend. If you throw a rock at IMDb, you’re bound to hit something starring Tara Strong. She has appeared in Rick & Morty, My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, The Powerpuff Girls, and Family Guy, to name a few.

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She is a DC veteran (Raven on Teen Titans, Harley Quinn in multiple projects, etc.) and a Marvel veteran (the animated Guardians of the Galaxy, Avengers Assemble, Marvel Rising, etc.).

Was she aware of the name of the project when she got that?

Strong claims that “That is an excellent question. I’m not sure if it was given a code name or not. When we’re working on video games, they’ll often give it a code name just if there’s a breach, even though I’m already working on it in my schedule, but I don’t remember what it’s called. That’s something I’ll have to check into. That is an interesting point. I’ll have to remember it for the future.”

How did she manage to be more empathetic during some scenes?

Strong said in an interview with Collider, “I wouldn’t say I’m attempting to penetrate the machine’s mind. When I take on a character, I feel like they become more human. “Oh, now I’m a pony,” or “Now I’m a tiny whatever I’m playing” aren’t thoughts that come to mind.

At that moment, I truly believed I was that person. So, for Miss Minutes, in that scene with Ravonna where she appears uneasy or wants to hide something, I imagine myself as Miss Minutes, as this sentient person, trying to figure out how to negotiate the situation. And all of those beats are inspired by real-life acting moments that I’m witnessing both in my head and on the screen.”

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