Here’s a portion of a Rare interview with Alana Mario, the actress who portrays Zara in Kinect Sports Rivals. Visit Rare’s official website for the full interview.
Rare: Can you give us some background on yourself and how you got into videogame acting?
Alana Maria: I was born in New Orleans, Louisiana and raised in Detroit, Michigan. I’ve been in the entertainment industry in one form or another since the age of 12 and have always had the full support of my family. I got into video game work a little over a year ago simply because my voice fit the look of the character.
Rare: Was this your first experience of performance capture? If so, how was it? If not, are you worried that you’re starting to like the suit?
AM: This was actually the second game I’ve worked on that required motion capture and I have to say, I am TOTALLY addicted to putting on that horrible body-hugging velcro suit! Even though it makes you feel like sausage meat being squeezed into its skin, that suit is somehow very liberating. LOL – seriously!