If you’re a fan of Adult Swim favorite Robot Chicken, no doubt you’ve heard the voice acting of Bi-Coastal actress Leah Cevoli. Leah has also been featured on the HBO Western series Deadwood in addition to working on several other interview, travel and web projects.
Dividing her time between California and Philadelphia, Leah is the focus of this edition of Geek of the Week. We caught up with Leah and discussed her Philly favorites as well as her active work life.
How did you get involved with Robot Chicken?
Leah Cevoli: It all started thru a chance connection on the social networking site FRIENDSTER! True Story. Matt Senreich (Robot Chicken’s Exec Producer/Creator), reached out to me on Friendster. Having just moved from New York City he was looking to connect with other East Coast folks in LA, and invited me to have coffee.
This was right when Robot Chicken had been given the green-light to shoot, so no one even knew about the project yet, I certainly didn’t. We chatted about my first 5 years in LA, the ups and downs of it all and at the end of the coffee meeting, he mentioned that he and his partner (Seth Green), had just sold a show to Cartoon Network and they would keep me in mind. A few months later, I received an email that there had been a last minute cancellation, and I was invited to come in and record my first character the very next day! Sabrina The Teenage Bitch.
I was a nervous wreck, not having much animation voice-over experience, I arrived early and got to watch Mila Kunis do her thing in the booth, and sort of just learned how to do it by observing her, and thru the awesome direction of Seth Green. (One of the best directors I’ve ever worked with). I guess I did okay, because they have invited me back for a total of 9 other episodes to date, about 40 characters. The show is amazing to work on, everyone involved are totally fun and total geeks! Our wrap parties usually consist of karaoke, video games, darts, pool, you name it!
Tell me more about the upcoming series Game Over and your involvement in it.
Leah Cevoli: I met up with the Production team (Bullis, Chris Pierdomenico, Joey DiCamillo) as they were holding rehearsals in Aston, PA earlier this year, and a few days later they invited me to come on-board as a producer. It was a really fun experience, getting to work with local filmmakers, most of who are just out of college. One of the coolest parts about it, besides the team and the cast, is that we were the very first TV pilot to shoot at the brand new Sun Center Studios in Aston, PA. The pilot is currently in post-production and you can keep up with us at at the official website.
What are some of your favorite places in Philadelphia?
Leah Cevoli: I really enjoy the Piazza in Northern Liberties; I went there a few times with a girlfriend and had a blast. Great food, great vibe! I also really enjoy the Olde City area (my sister Rachel portrays young Betsy at The Betsy Ross house). One of my fondest memories of this past year in Philly, was watching Rocky on the steps of the art museum! Oh, and Love Park.. I love that little area of Philly. 🙂
What do you geek out to?
Leah Cevoli: KARAOKE!! I am a karaoke junkie. The best part is that I’m not a great singer, but I AM a great entertainer, so I’ll just get up there and give it my all. You cannot be a person easily embarrassed and go to karaoke with me! I’ve been known to roll around on the floor in a dress like Madonna circa Like A Virgin.
I love writing, I have a poetry book I published a few years ago (Amicably Ever After), and I just started a new tumblr. I’m a social media junkie, so I spend a lot of time on twitter and Facebook.
What are some of your working on currently?
Leah Cevoli: Currently I am in production on two of my own shows, a weekly docu-reality style Vlog, called On The Road with Leah. Basically I walk around with my flip-camera and cover all sorts of events, like the recent Geekadelphia Awards. In our first season I shot episodes in 8 states and 15 cities!
I am also in pre-production for a new web-series, called Jedi Camp! I am co-starring along with Camden Toy (Buffy). Basically, Jedi Camp is the first ever day camp in Southern California for children to learn the ways of the Force. The children come to be taught by real Jedi Masters. I’ll be playing the role of the head Camp Counselor, and Camden Toy, is the School’s Head Master. This is being produced by First Glance Films, whose president Bill Ostroff, is also a Philly boy!
Robot Chicken is gearing up to record Season 6 so, fingers crossed I’ll be recording some more character voices soon! 🙂