• Hey, It's That Voice! #7: Grace Rolek

    Hello hello! Welcome back to another edition of "Hey, It's That Voice!" Today, we look at Steven's best friend and his partner in crime, Connie!

    A resident to the area, Connie Maheswaran has done as much character evolving as much as Steven and just about every other character in the show. She went from a shy bookworm to a warrior that can give Jasper a run for her money. But who voices this amazing gal? That would be Grace Rolek!

    Personally, Connie in 'Marble Madness' is one of my favorite scenes, even if it was short, and Grace added to it.

    Grace Rolek was born October 10, 1997 and started her acting career early. Most of her credits include small roles in shorts, films, or television series. These include U.S. Air Marshals, Mulan II, George Lopez, Tarzan II, Lilo & Stitch 2: Stitch Has a Glitch, Kronk's New Groove, Meet The Robinsons, Horton Hears a Who!, Special Agent Oso, and Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. All of these rolls are small and mostly generic, non-central characters.

    She also had the privilege of lending her voice to two Studio Ghibli films for the Disney English dub. The first was NausicaƤ of the Valley of the Wind and Whisper of the Heart. Both of these films, had Rolek doing small roles.

    In 2005, Rolek got her first major role as the English voice of Marlene Wallace in Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children. While she provided the voice for the character in this film and the video game Dirge of Cerberus: Final Fantasy VII, she would not reprise the role later on in Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children Complete, released in 2009. This is because Grace, like a number of the child voice actors for both the English and Japanese languages, had grown and sounded too old.

    Marlene finding Cloud's bandages (left), and a young Grace Rolek at the premiere of Final Fantasy: Advent Children.

    Other major roles that Rolek has had includes half of the title duo of Lou and Lou: Safety Patrol on Disney and Helena in the 2012 video game Guild Wars 2. Lastly, Grace has recently taken the role of a well-known character in Americana animation: Lucy van Pelt from the Peanuts comic strip. This was first done in the most recent Peanuts animation Happiness Is a Warm Blanket, Charlie Brown.

    And that will be it for this week's edition of "Hey, It's That Voice!" Tune in next week for our first 'mystery voice'! Who will it be? You gotta wait to find out!