Catherine Taber is the lovely actress behind the animated Padmé Amidala in Star Wars: The Clone Wars. She also provides voices for many Star Wars characters in video games. More than all that, she's an avid sci fi fan.
As season 3 of The Clone Wars is about to unfold, Catherine Taber talked with me about upcoming episodes and how the cartoon has changed. Since The Clone Wars debuted in 2008, the show has seen healthy ratings. As each year passes, and ratings grow, Catherine gushes about the look of the series and the improvments in the animation, saying, "It just keeps getting better and better. The Clone Wars is just visually stunning."
The visual style is created and refined by Lucasfilm Animation. The plotlines and dialogue spring from the imagination of Star Wars creator George Lucas and Dave Filoni, who also directed Star Wars: The Clone Wars movie, which kicked off the whole series.
Changes for Catherine Taber
For Catherine, the biggest change since the premiere is that she is much more comfortable being surrounded by such a talented cast. The cast records their lines together, as their schedules allow. (Anthony Daniels records in London and Tom Kane records in Kansas City.) She said watching Dee Bradley Baker (Clone Troopers/Cody/Captain Rex) record a scene in which he plays all three characters is "like watching a magic show."
Catherine has also stretched her talents on The Clone Wars, playing a small girl named Numa in "Innocents of Ryloth." Numa is a popular character, as Catherine noticed at Comic-Con in San Diego this year. "I'm starting to see some of the same faces at cons. They're so dedicated. It's amazing." She said in season three she plays another minor character. "We'll see if my mom recognizes me in an upcoming episode."
But Padmé is the character who remains close to her heart. As she puts it, "I always knew who the character was, but the nerves are gone." So instead of worrying about messing up her lines in front of veteran actors like Baker and Corey Burton (Count Dooku), she is free to focus on becoming Padmé. Her lack of nervousness is evident in our phone interview; she comes across as much more confident and comfortable with her role in the Star Wars universe than in our first interview.
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