You might remember Will Friedle as the underachieving brother Eric Matthews on the long-running TV sitcom “Boy Meets World”. But today he is known for his voice work for animated characters such as Terry McGinnis/Batman in “Batman Beyond”, and Ron Stoppable of “Kim Possible”. He also does the voice of Doyle in “The Secret Saturdays”, Lion-O in the rebooted “ThunderCats” series, and Blue Beetle (Jaime Reyes) on “Batman: The Brave and the Bold”. More recently, Will has voiced notable Transformer Bumblebee in the all new made-for-TV movie, Transformers Prime Beast Hunters: Predacons Rising. Cue the throat lozenges!
We had the chance to catch up with Will and talk Transformers, "Boy Meets World", voice acting, and more.
YH: “Boy Meets World” ran for 7 seasons, a very successful run if I might say. I know it’s a thing of the past, but do you still hang out with your old cast members?
WF: Rider Strong is still one of my closest friends, and we see each other quite often. As for the rest of the cast, we try to see each other whenever we can. We recently did a photo shoot that got us all together again for the first time in many years. It was a wonderful day.
YH: Any talks of you participating in the upcoming series “Girl Meets World”?
WF: As of right now, I have no involvement in "GMW" other than as a fan, but... you never know what the future holds.
YH: Since the “Boy Meets World” days, you have done a lot of voice acting. What made you do the switch from in-front of the camera to behind the camera (per say)? Do you prefer voice acting?
WF: I was lucky enough to fall into the world of VO by being cast in a show called "Batman Beyond", and I absolutely fell in love with the process. By the time I hit 30, I had stopped on-camera work all together and now just concentrate on voice over. As for whether I prefer one or the other, I can only say that they are both very different, but it's hard to think of a job that is more fun than VO.
YH: How do you prepare for a voice role vs. an on-set role?
WF: The prep work is similar. You learn a character, find the voice, and do your best to bring it to life.
YH: Tell us about your latest gig, Transformers Prime Beast Hunters.
WF: Transformers Prime Beast Hunters is a show on the HUB Network and the latest in the Transformers world. The show went for three seasons and just wrapped up. I play Bumblebee and was hugely honored to be able to be a part of the amazing Transformers franchise. To wrap up the series, a new movie, Transformers Prime Beast Hunters: Predicons Rising, will be airing on the HUB Network Friday, October 4th, at 8pm. This is an incredible ending to a wonderful show. The animation is state-of-the-art and the story is sure to bring any Transformers, animation, fantasy, or sci-fi fan to the edge of their seat. This is really a movie for everyone.
YH: What was your favorite part about doing voice for this movie?
WF: The best part of doing the voice for this movie was being able to meet the other actors involved in the project. This has been one of my favorite ensemble casts in a long time so to be a part of it was really great.
YH: Were you a big Transformers fan growing up?
WF: I was a HUGE Transformers fan growing up. I was 8 years old when the original show came out. Watched everyday!
YH: Any upcoming gigs or projects you are working on that you would like us to know about?
WF: There are some cool projects upcoming, but... I can't really talk about them yet. Ask me again in a few months and I promise I'll spill all!
Transformers Prime Beast Hunters: Predacons Rising makes its premiere tonight on The Hub network, but in case you miss it, the DVD hits stores October 8.
Felix Kay is a screenwriter and producer who enjoys talking about anything ‘Hollywood’ or industry-related. He can be found on Twitter @TheFelixKay or Facebook.