How Voiceover Actors Are Stepping Out of the Booth and Into the Spotlight, From ‘Sonic 2’ to ‘Halo’

”For so long we’ve sort of been in the background, seen as replaceable,“ ”Sonic“ star Colleen O’Shaughnessy says

Colleen O’Shaughnessey’s biggest break in her nearly 30 years of voice acting has come with the release of Paramount’s “Sonic the Hedgehog 2” — playing Sonic’s closest pal, the two-tailed fox Max “Tails” Prower.

It’s not a new role for O’Shaughnessey. For eight years, she’s voiced Tails in video games and animated TV shows, but it wasn’t until this past May that she got the confirmation that she would join the voice cast for the sequel to 2020’s theatrical hit “Sonic” alongside Ben Schwartz as Sonic and Idris Elba as Knuckles.

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Jeremy Fuster

Box Office Reporter • jeremy.fuster@thewrap.com • Twitter: @jeremyfuster