NextMovie: Q&A: ‘The Lion King’ Lioness Moira Kelly

Moira Kelly, OTH Alumni – Karen, had played the voice of Adult Nala in the Lion King and two sequels.

 

Moira Kelly has a warm, distinctive voice that “The Lion King” fans will instantly recognize as the voice of adult Nala. Kelly returned to voice Nala in two straight-to-video sequels and is excited to experience “The Lion King” in 3D with her own children in theaters before the highest-grossing hand-drawn animated film in history makes its Blu-ray debut.

Over the years, Kelly has made an impression in various TV and movie roles, such as figure skater Kate Moseley in the fan-favorite romantic comedy “The Cutting Edge.” We sat down with Simba’s main lioness and had a candid, “hakuna matata” chat with her about her own lion-like qualities, “The Lion King”‘s enduring impact on her family, her prowess on ice skates and why David Lynch showed her dead things in his refrigerator.

After three films, what special connection do you have with Nala?For me, it’s just being able to take part in a Disney animation. Having grown up with them, it’s so nice to now know that I have this connection and, throughout the years, it will always be. My children and my children’s children will watch “The Lion King” and know that I was a part of it.

Has anyone ever heard your voice and recognized you from “The Lion King?”No one has pegged me as Nala, but I do get recognized by my voice. People will say, “Your voice sounds so familiar. Were you in that ice skating movie?” I don’t know what it is, but I suppose there’s something about my voice that stays with people.

You have two children of your own. Describe your lioness qualities in real life.I’m very protective and—I’ll put it this way—I’ve been called “Mean Mommy” by my son a number of times. As my mother once told me, “If you’re not called Mean Mommy a few times by your children, you’re not doing your job right.” I’m a survivalist and will do whatever it takes for my kids. I wouldn’t say I make high demands on them as far as what I would want them to be in life as much as I want them to be responsible people. I think that’s at the core of Nala when she tells Simba that as much as he wants to run away from things, he has to rise up and take responsibility.

When you watch “The Lion King” with your children, do they know that mommy is Nala?Yes. They are seven and nine now. When they were younger, they were a little scared of some of the action scenes, but now they’re very excited that mommy is in a Disney movie.

 

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One Tree Hill Podcast No. 53

Moira Kelly, who plays Karen Roe, highlights the 53rd edition of the One Tree Hill Podcast. Moira talks about returning to One Tree Hill for the season six finale, a mother’s intuition and her guest stint on Heroes. Also, in an Artist Alley segment, the podcast chats with Michael Grubbs from the band Wakey!Wakey!, who’s song War Sweater opened the season finale.

 

NEXT WEEK: The One Tree Hill Podcast celebrates its one year anniversary with an anniversary special and is joined by Hilarie Burton and Jarrod Gorbel from The Honorary Title.

 

Link to podcast: http://www.onetreehillpodcast.net/2009/05/19/the-one-tree-hill-connection-no-53/

Moira Kelly Visits OTH Podcast; talks about Hilarie Burton Exit from Show

Moira Kelly visits the One Tree Hill Podcast on May 19 to talk about her guest stint on the One Tree Hill season six finale and she talked about returning to Wilmington and the One Tree Hill set. She also shared her thoughts on the recent news that Chad Michael Murray and Hilarie Burton would not be returning to One Tree Hill for the seventh season.

Her comments on Hilarie Burton not returning next season:

“Hilarie and I were talking about how it has to end at some point. When you are performer you get into your characters and you love them and you work them and you grow with them, but at some point it all has to come to an end. The beauty is to reflect back on where that character began. When I think of the character of Peyton, the first images are so gothic. I told Hilarie, you had really curly blonde hair and you were this tough chick when the show started. I said Hilarie think about how that character developed – that is a body of work. And so you take that with you. Leaving is never easy, but it is also very exciting. Hilarie has so much more going on and she is going to be fine. She has a great sensibility for the business. She is going to do really well. She is a very smart young actress.”.”

Listen to the full interview with Moira Kelly on the 53rd edition of the One Tree Hill Podcast on May 19.

http://www.onetreehillpodcast.net/2009/05/15/moira-kelly-visits-oth-podcast-talks-about-hilarie-burton-exit-from-show/