Every time I thought about the voice behind a cartoon character I could never imagine a real human making these weird sounds. But as I grew up I realized that it takes real people and some raw talent to voice these characters but now look! They actually look hot as well!
Also, voice acting is not some cheap job. Some voice actors are actually pretty attractive as it turns out, even though they play less attractive characters. They breathe life into their toons no matter what that toon looks like. Here are 15 of the hottest voice actors to remind you that it can get quite steamy in that booth!
15. FERGIE/SALLY BROWN
Who knew that the prim and proper Sally Brown was voiced by none other than the singer Fergie? Granted, this wasn’t in the television series, but was in the television specials. As a kid in the ‘80s, Fergie portrayed Sally in several of them. She didn’t yet have the throaty, husky voice for which she’s become so famous. Around this time she was also in a girl group, Wild Orchid, and part of the ensemble kid show Kids Incorporated.
The stresses of being a child actor caused her to lead a life of addiction and gang violence in her teens, but eventually she started focusing on music again once the Wild Orchids were no more. Her addition to the Black Eyed Peas as the lead female vocal brought what was once an underground group into the mainstream.
14. MARK HAMILL/THE JOKER
It’s not exactly a secret that the vocal talent widely recognized as the definitive voice of The Joker in every animated version since the ‘90s belongs to Mark Hamill. While originally the role in Batman: The Animated Series was supposed to go to Tim Curry, producers thought his portrayal was actually too demented. Mark portrayed him in the series, in films based off the series, and even in the Arkham Asylum video games.
Mark Hamill is a noted voice actor, with a career spanning decades. He’s also, you know, Luke Skywalker. During the filming of The Empire Strikes Back he was involved in a major car crash, which resulted in him needing plastic surgery on his face (this prompted Lucas to add in the Wampa attack seen to explain why his face had changed). He got fewer film roles after that, and began to do a breadth of voice work.
13. KATHLEEN WILHOITE/PEPPER ANN
Most people may know Kathleen Wilhoite from ‘80s movies like Witchboard, Murphy’s Law, and Road House, or ‘90s shows like Will and Grace, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and Ally McBeal. But she also lent her voice talents to Family Guy, and played the titular character in the ‘90s cartoon Pepper Ann.
For those unfamiliar with Pepper Ann, it followed the exploits of a middle schooler named Pepper Ann, a character that began as a comic strip in YM Magazine. Pepper Ann usually makes the wrong decision when faced with a problem and learns a moral lesson, but the character was always spunky , eccentric, and likable. Pepper Ann aired on Toon Disney, and dealt with issues of loss, death, gender equality, and other themes that were pretty mature for the Saturday Morning cartoon block.
12. SETH MACFARLANE/PETER GRIFFIN
Seth Macfarlane, comedian, writer, singer, and creator of some of the most watched animated shows on television also lends his voice to them. He’s most famed for voicing Peter Griffin, but also does several others in the household of Family Guy, such as Brian and Stewie. He also voices Stan and Roger over on American Dad, but in Peter we find the character he’s the most opposite to in looks and tact.
Seth was a writer and animator for several animated series at Hanna Barbera in the ‘90s, like Johnny Bravo, Cow and Chicken, and Dexter’s Laboratory. Before he’d even gone to the Rhode Island Institute of Design, he’d had a comic strip published in his local newspaper at age nine! Currently he’s starring in the live action sci-fi show The Orville on CBS, but has plans to start another mystery series soon.
11. MILA KUNIS/MEG GRIFFIN
If there ever was the strongest example of a voice actor being hotter than their character, it would be Mila Kunis as Meg Griffin. Throughout the Family Guy series, no one misses the opportunity to criticize Meg about her looks, from her butch haircut, to her weight, to her bodily functions. Meanwhile Mila is absolutely stunning, and has provided the voice of Meg since the beginning of the show.
Originally, Meg was voiced by Lacey Chabert (another notable voice actor) in the first season, but Mila replaced her after auditioning for the role. Meg was even slightly rewritten to accommodate Mila’s experiences on That ’70s Show. Seth Macfarlane has been noted at saying how great it was to have a teenager portray a teenager, rather than an adult attempting to.
10. NANCY CARTWRIGHT/BART SIMPSON
One of the most recognizable male cartoon characters in pop culture is voiced by Nancy Cartwright. Who expected such famous phrases like “Don’t have a cow” and “Eat my shorts!” from a skateboarding boy to come out of the mouth of an adult woman? Originally, she intended to audition for the part of Lisa Simpson, but she found Bart’s character more interesting and got the job on the spot. She also voices Nelson, Ralph, and others on The Simpsons.
A trained voice actor since she moved to Los Angeles in the late ‘70s, she’s voiced Daffney Gillfin in The Snorks, Rufus in Kim Possible, Mindy in Animaniacs, and Chuckie in Rugrats and later in All Grown Up! But it’s the role of Bart Simpson that she’s most famous for, inspiring her autobiography to be called My Life as a 10-year Old Boy.