Steven Yeun Transforms Into A Defender Of The Universe In “Voltron”

Steven Yeun, an actor famous for his role in The Walking Dead, has switched from physical acting, to voice acting, and now plays the part of Keith from Voltron: Legendary Defender.

Yeun took the role of Keith, the orphaned pilot of the red lion, in Netflix’s reboot of the popular cartoon series after discovering the impending death of his “Walking Dead” character, Glenn Rhee.

Yuen described the situation with this quote.

“It’s all a little bittersweet. I feel great, though. It feels good to have completed something.”

– Steven Yuen

The Los Angeles Times took some time to catch up with Yeun about his transition from Rhee to Keith and asked him a few questions during a mini interview.

Check out some of his answers below!

“Did you join “Voltron” because you remembered playing with the lion toys as a kid?”

“The way I became involved with it was because I had worked with  [“Voltron” executive producers] Joaquim [Dos Santos] and Lauren [Montgomery] on “The Legend of Korra,”  and it was a great experience. And for me, knowing Voltron, when they asked me to be involved, I said ‘Yeah, sure!  How do I jump in?!’   I’m an ’80s kid. I watched  different versions of it.  Growing up Korean, I had that version. There was also a Japanese version.  Yeah, it was just one of those formative things that happened when I was younger.”

– Steven Yuen

“Voice acting — how different is it for you, and how does a voice director like Andrea Romano help that out?”

“It allows you to do things that you wouldn’t normally be called upon to do. It’s really fun to do ADR [automatic dialogue replacement] and try to match it up, finding those perfect moments where the dialogue and sounds really do measure up to what’s being shown on screen. In terms of Andrea, she’s invaluable. She molds your performance and also listens to see if maybe a better performance could be out there.”

– Steven Yuen

“Where would you like to see Keith go not only this seasons, but in possible future seasons?”

“The direction that he’s headed in right now is exciting, to see him face his fear [of leading] … Maybe he didn’t get to see the clearest example of what it takes to be a leader, or maybe he did get to and he thinks that it’s a terrifying thing for him. In that way, that trip is always fun to play.  It’s just nice to be that cranky, brooding kid for a while that gets shoved into a leadership position.”

– Steven Yuen


Source: LATimes