Published On: Mon, Apr 29th, 2013

‘X2: X-Men United’ star Kelly Hu talks Karai in ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turles,’ loves ‘Phineas and Ferb’ and coming back for ‘Arrow’ season 2

From The Scorpion King to X2: X-Men United,  Kelly Hu has made her mark in film. Hu also has role on CW’s Arrow and SyFy’s Warehouse 13 while voicing  Stacy Hirano on Phineas and Ferb to Karai on Nick’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

Karai on TMNTMedia Mikes spoke to the actress in an April 27 article to discuss her TMNT voice work.

“Fans are going to hate me when they find out that I was not familiar with the character when I auditioned [laughs]. I did do a lot of research online though. There are a bunch of great fan sites for her and “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles”. From what I understand this Karai is written slightly different than past Karai’s have, which is great so then it is not so predictable and audiences  who grew up with her can still enjoy it.”

The Karai character has been in the comic books since the 1980’s but it was only recently that she was revealed to also be Shredder’s daughter.

“I had no idea what was going to happen [laughs]. All I knew was that she was going to beat up a lot on the Turtles and other boys and I was going to get to do a lot of punching and kicking noises [laughs]. I spend so much of my time in the recording booth just grunting, hitting and making all these effort sounds.”

Hu compares the Ninja Turtle character to her other popular role on Phineas and Ferb as Stacy.

I love doing Phineas and Ferb. I think they are a lot alike. Stacy doesn’t do martial arts but she is kind of sassy and fun. She is Candace’s sort of voice of reason, who is completely out there and crazy. Stacy is the one who gets to bring her back down to earth every once in a while. Stacy is also a little bit quirky and social out there sometimes [laughs].

CW’s hit show Arrow also features Hu as China White and the actress is hopeful she’ll be back for season 2.

“…They haven’t killed me off yet. So hopefully I will be back next season. I also have had a reoccurring on “Warehouse 13″ and should have some new episodes coming up soon as well.”

Check out the full interview here


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