• Hey, It's That Voice! #20: Charlyne Yi

    Hello and welcome back to a Christmas-y edition of "Hey, It's That Voice!" Today, we will be looking at the eternal flame, and all the other Rubies!

    Ruby is a personal favorite of mine. I love her fiery passion and how crazy she can be at the drop of a hat. It was so amazing when we first go to see Ruby on her own, and I just love it when I get to see the small little fireball on the screen. And, of course, I love seeing ALL of the Rubies! But who gets to voice each and every single Ruby that we see? Why, that would be Charlyne Yi!

    Rubies, ready for action! Also, please tell me I wasn't the only one who got a Ginyu Force vibe from these gems.

    Charlyne Yi was born January 4, 1980 in Los Angeles, California. Her mother, a native of the Philippines, is of Filipino and Spanish descent, and her father is of Mexican, Korean, Irish, German, French, and American ancestry. She attended high school at Bloomington High School where she was involved in theater and then attended University of California, Riverside until she left to pursue comedy full-time. She started by performing at The Steve Allen Theater and Los Angeles' Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre. She then performed the New York Comedy Festival in 2005 and in 2006 before partaking in the 2007 U.S. Comedy Arts Festival. Her first major role was in the 2007 film Knocked Up as Jodi.

    "You must be angry at the baby whenever it steals your food, huh. ’Ohh that’s mine, not yours.’ But, you know, because you’re family you gotta share.” -Jodi from Knocked Up. A pretty profound quote from a stoner roommate.

    Yi has also had some other small roles, such as Help Me Help You, 30 Rock, Cold Case, Cloverfield, Semi-Pro, Miss Guided, Love Bites, and Yo Gabba Gabba!. She had her screenwriting debut with her film Paper Heart, where she starred as a fictionalized version of herself with Michael Cera playing a fictionalized version of himself about their rumored relationship.

    Scott Pilgrim and Ruby starting together in a film? Count me in.

    Yi's best known acting work is probably her role as Dr. Chi Park from the medical drama House.

    Charlyne Yi as Dr. Chi Park (left) and Hugh Laurie as Dr. Gregory House (right) in House.

    She has continued appearing in various roles, such as Looking, Love, Jane the Virgin, All About Steve, Future-Worm!, and This Is 40 where she reprised the role of Jodi from Knocked Up. But most viewers of Cartoon Network might recognize Charlyne as the voice of Chloe Park from We Bare Bears.

    Chloe has tamed the beasts with their one weakness: food.

    Now, I'm sure you noticed that Charlyne is holding a guitar in the top photo. There is a reason behind that, as she is a musician. Her film Paper Heart had music composed mostly by Yi and her co-star Michael Cera (also a talented musician in his own right). She has formed a band with Paul Rust, called The Glass Beef in 2006. She also worked with Demetri Martin on a duet about break-up lines (as in the opposite of "pick-up lines") for an episode of Important Things with Demetri Martin. However, the song was cut from the final episode. However, thanks to her reoccurring role in We Bare Bears, Charlyne got to perform another "duet" with Demetri Martin in the episode "Everyone's Tube", where Chloe and Ice Bear perform:

    I smell a platinum record in the works.           

    And that will do it for this edition of "Hey, It's That Voice!" Join me next week where we look at the other half of the power couple!