Katie Griffin (also credited as Kathie Griffin) is Canadian actress, voice actress, and singer. She provided the voice of Raye Hino in the Optimum Productions localizations of Sailor Moon, and the subsequent films, The Promise of the Rose, Hearts in Ice, and Black Dream Hole.
Stage and Theater
When she was eight, she played the role of The Artful Dodger in her school play, which garnered notice from her mother, who was the school director, of her talent. Griffin, inspired by movies moreso than theatre, and cited her mother as an influence on her career. Griffin's acting career began when she was fifteen. She participated in a play at the Ryerson Theatre and was noticed by an agent.
Film and Television
Griffin booked for local commercials and television spots in Canada as well as television movie specials. After graduating high school, she switched agents and continued with her acting gigs. When she was attending yerson University, she was offered a role in the television film Up to Now but it caused a conflict where she had to choose between acting or studying. She starred alongside Rob Lowe as in Too Late to Say Goodbye. She also worked with Nicole Kidman and Glenn Close.
In the animated series Braceface, Griffin voiced Nina. Additionally, she voiced the character Alex in the Canadian animated series, Totally Spies!. At the time she was working on the series, she was concerned about developing vocal fold nodules. She was later asked to return for the series' sixth season. Griffin's other voice work included Ruby in Max & Ruby, Mary of the Geniuses and Miles of the Vegans in Total Drama Presents: The Ridonculous Race
Griffin's first major role in an animated series was Sailor Mars in Sailor Moon, which at the time she had not realized was going to be popular. She was recommended to audition by Rino Romano, who voiced Darien Shields in the first season of the series. She would record about two to three episodes a week. Griffin described her character, Raye Hino, as "fiercely loyal" and "strong", a character similar to her own temperament.
Near the end of Sailor Moon R, Griffin and co-star, Toby Proctor, were recast. Griffin was replaced as Raye by actress Emilie Barlow for five episodes (Episodes 66, 67, 68, 69, and 79). Griffin later returned for the last two episodes and reprised her role in the third and fourth seasons, Sailor Moon S, and SuperS, now licenced under Cloverway Inc. following DiC Entertainment's decline to return following the second season. Additionally, she provided her voice in the Pioneer Entertainment funded and distributed localizations, The Promise of the Rose, Hearts In Ice, and Black Dream Hole.
Following a voice-over for a commercial that required she sing a jingle, Griffin performed an acoustic song, and a friend suggested she get her songs produced for an album. She was introduced to Michael Kulas of the band James. Kulas produced her acoustic songs so that they aligned for a pop/rock album. The title of her debut album, Kiss Me Chaos was based on the Kiss Me, Kate musical.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 1.9 Moon Chase! » Blog Archive » Katie Griffin Interview (March 24, 2013)
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 Maple Music - Katie Griffin Bio
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 CANOE – JAM! Braceface: Katie gets animated
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 Meet Katie Griffin Q&A at Florida Supercon (November 14, 2014)
- ↑ Exclusive Q&A With Sailor Mars Voice Actress Katie Griffin
- ↑ TV Tropes - Anime and Manga / Troubled Productions