• Hey, It's That Voice! #43: Christine Pedi

    Hello and welcome back to that lovely article that let's you take a peek behind the other roles of your favorite Steven Universe characters; it's time for "Hey, It's That Voice!" Today, we will look at the voice behind that prim and proper gem who is matronly and methodical, Holly Blue Agate!

    She rules her Amethysts with an iron fist and an electric whip. Holly Blue Agate is a no-nonsense manager of Pink Diamond's Human Zoo. She expects the best from her subordinates and is not afraid to reprehend them for their silliness. Of course, she's not above bootlicking to the gems that are higher than her such as Sapphire or the Diamond Authority. But this antagonist who has seemed to entered the fan's hearts only has appeared in two episodes. Who has voiced this strict and elitest gem? Why, that would be Christine Pedi!

    Gotta have some sympahty for her having to deal with this rowdy bunch.

    Born in Yonkers, New York before being raised in the Bronx and then Eastchester, Christine Pedi attended a parochial girls school where she took part of plays in high school. After graduating high school, she went on to attend Fordham University where she discovered radio hosting. She would contribute her time working for the March of Dimes where she would also spend her time working with the local community theatre.

    Unsurprisingly, Pedi has appeared on a few Broadway production over the years. In 1998, she joined the revived production of the musical Little Me, as the roles of the maid, Ms. Kepplewhite, and the secretary. In 2007, Pedi was member of the opening night cast of the Broadway production of Talk Radio as Rachel. Finally and most recently, Pedi joined the continuing Broadway revival of the musical Chicago as "Mama" Morton.

    Pedi has contributed to many other productions. She appeared in a one-night concert of Funny Girl in 2002 to benefit The Actors' Fund. In 2010, she appeared in the Off-Broadway production of NEWSical the Musical. She has also appeared in numerous productions of Forbidden Broadway since 1993. For her work with Forbidden Broadway, Pedi has been nominated for a Drama Desk Award and an Ovation Award.

    Some of Pedi's other work includes her working as a traveling cabaret dancer with her show Great Dames. In 2008, she would win the 2008 Nightlife Award in Manhattan for her cabaret show. Pedi is also a radio host for two shows for Sirius/XM Satellite Radio; The Broadway Breakfast with Christine Pedi and Dueling Divas (with co-host Seth Rudetsky), both found on the Broadway channel. Many of her other projects can be found here on her website.

    Her talent on the stage and even the radio is obvious, but what about Pedi's work on the small screen? Before Steven Universe, Pedi had only two roles on television. First, she played Karen Baccalieri in two episodes of season four of The Sopranos. Quickly, the character was killed in a car accident that would affect the entire series. Secondly, she lent her voice to an episode of 30 Rock.

    And that will do it for Christine Pedi! Join me next time for "Hey, It's That Voice!" where we will look at the voice behind Lars' mother!