Courtnee Draper Q&A

by IG.J on December 10 2013

31 comments

This Wednesday, Courtnee Draper, the voice of Elizabeth, will be in our studio recording lines for the upcoming BioShock Infinite DLC, Burial at Sea – Episode Two. If you haven’t read any details about Episode Two up until now, without spoilers, this DLC will give you the chance to see the world through her eyes, and face challenges as she would.

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Ever since BioShock Infinite was released to fans back in March, we’ve received many questions from our fans directed at Courtnee, so let’s turn this into an opportunity to have all of you get some of those questions answered. Using the comment section below, post up to three questions per person. Don’t forget to use the Thumbs Up functionality on questions that you may also have, and that will help us to prevent receiving the same question over and over again.

We’ll then pick a selection of questions from all those received and post up Courtnee’s answers in a secondary post. Have fun and ask away below, and don’t forget about the Season Pass, which includes all DLC packs at a significant discount. All questions must be in by December 11th to be eligible.

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  • fabulousdraper | December 10, 2013 2:03 pm

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    Which Elizabeth did you enjoy voicing more, the happy, cheerful Elizabeth of Infinite or the dark, cold Elizabeth in Burial at Sea?

    P.S. Best Voice Actress in gaming <3

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  • deluxetraffic | December 10, 2013 2:05 pm

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    Is there a specific reason that the Elizabeth we meet in Burial at Sea is much darker than the Elizabeth from Infinite?

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  • tilexarmont | December 10, 2013 2:08 pm

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    Elizabeth was so human, so real at times. If the character could exist in the real world, would it be a good idea?

    Thanks in advance!

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  • mgraham | December 10, 2013 2:08 pm

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    From the original Infinite storyline through to Burial at sea we noticed a massive change in Elizabeth’s personality. We do not yet know why this is. So my question is, Did you find voicing Elizabeth in this way a challenge given how she started?

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  • deluxetraffic | December 10, 2013 2:10 pm

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    Since Elizabeth is becoming a playable character in Episode 2 of Burial at Sea, I imagine you had to record a bunch of stuff like grunts and yells that the player character in FPS games usually makes if they, jump or are injured. What was that like?

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  • antispawn101 | December 10, 2013 2:29 pm

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    I was wondering if you’ve played the first two Bioshock games, and if so, did you regularly rescue or harvest the little sisters?

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  • heisenbear | December 10, 2013 2:49 pm

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    Loved your work in infinite, it replaced Ocarina of time as my favorite game. my questions are :

    Is there any process you go through before you get into character?

    also, who did you voice in Ponyo?

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  • wolfbananabear | December 10, 2013 3:46 pm

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    Hey Courtney! Your part as Lizzie in Bioshock Infinite was some of the most superb acting I’ve seen in not just Video Games but all medias as a whole.

    With Elizabeth being such a large and pivotal character in Infinite, one could imagine how difficult it would’ve been to portray her as excellently as you did. One of the more intense moments can be seen in a clip where Troy actually yells at you to get you into character and into a place where you could show the emotions Elizabeth was feeling.

    I have a multitude of questions I’d love to ask but I’ll try and keep it to just a few ^-^

    Can you comment on what working with Ken Levine, Troy Baker and the guys and gals at Irrational was like? I’ve noticed in some clips that you, Troy and Ken spend time doing your acting in the same room. You guys seemed to have great synergy and trust in each other, how easy/difficult was it to get to how Elizabeth is in the game now?

    Thanks for reading!

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    • wolfbananabear | December 10, 2013 4:04 pm

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      2. Elizabeth as a person changed drastically over the course of the game. Can you comment on how you adapted to her changing from an innocent naive girl to the more dark and adult version nearing the ending of the game? For example she changed during the middle of the game to despise Booker somewhat, how were you forced to change her actions to suit this behavior?

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      • wolfbananabear | December 10, 2013 4:06 pm

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        3. Other than Elizabeth, who was your favorite character in Bioshock Infinite and why?

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  • joshimarston | December 10, 2013 4:12 pm

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    How do you make different “every Elizabeth” with one voice?

    PS: Thanks for reading >_< !!

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  • fallingbubbles | December 10, 2013 4:16 pm

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    If you could bring one of the main protagonists from the Bioshock Series, would it be Jack, Delta/Johnny or Booker, and why?

    Also, how’s everyone doing today? :)

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  • fallingbubbles | December 10, 2013 4:18 pm

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    I’m sorry, let me correct that, that was silly of me.

    f you could bring one of the main protagonists from the Bioshock Series to life*, would it be Jack, Delta/Johnny or Booker, and why?

    Also, how’s everyone doing today?

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  • slyfox007 | December 10, 2013 6:12 pm

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    Courtnee! Thought you did an awesome job with the character. Elizabeth felt so real while I was playing.

    My question is: have you played the game yourself and, if so, what was your favorite and least favorite Vigor/Plasmid to use?

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  • shinyegg | December 10, 2013 6:19 pm

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    Going along with @wolfbananabear, your acting as Elizabeth was seriously one of the best voice acted roles I’ve seen/heard in a very long time, thank you so much for doing that!

    Here are my questions: There’s always been a lot of controversy over two subjects in the voice acting industry: reading lines without context/the actor your playing against, and having voice actors perform animated roles as opposed to actors more often in live action roles.

    When working, do you prefer reading lines alone or with the actor the lines are being played against?

    Do you think voice actors are always better when doing animated/video game roles, or are there actors more used to live action who can play it just as well?

    Thank you so much, and best of luck with the new DLC project!

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  • teff | December 10, 2013 8:14 pm

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    Hi Courtnee, I’m your fans from Hong Kong!! I would like to say thank you for your amazing performance that brings my favorite female game character to life! You deserve every voice acting awards!!

    For the first question, what is your favorite Liz line in Bioshock Infinite? And why?

    Next question is: what’s your favorite Liz line that NOT in the game? Which is you recorded but not put in game.

    Last but not least : Courtnee, do you afraid of God??? :) )

    Thanks a million!!!

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  • skateordie002 | December 10, 2013 10:03 pm

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    Four questions: 1. What were your favorite lines to record for the main game?

    2. Which do you prefer; the cheery, upbeat Elizabeth? Or the distant, very mysterious Elizabeth?

    3. If you had the opportunity to do full performance capture for the game, would you have done it? Or would you have stuck to the straight VA work?

    4. Did you enjoy working with Troy Baker? He’s seems like a cool guy.

    Thank you for reading, Ms. Draper and good luck on part two of Burial At Sea.

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  • surdelt | December 11, 2013 12:21 am

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    Hi,
    I’ve got a question: What will you do after Burial At Sea- Episode 2? Work on a new game?

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  • blearyline7 | December 11, 2013 7:23 am

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    Has your work on Infinite and Burial at Sea made you want to act in more video games? If so would you want to be another heroine or play the villain?

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  • theexclusiveman | December 12, 2013 5:07 pm

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    What was your favorite and worst moment in playing Elizabeth? Loved the game and your performance, keep up the good work

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  • koljav | December 13, 2013 8:28 am

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    What do you think about Elizabeth’s decision to let Sally die for her own revenge?

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    • budonasty | December 15, 2013 10:12 pm

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      I don’t think Sally died. She is a “Little Sister” and due to her condition is practically immortal, able to regenerate from any injury. I’m guessing she will return in Part 2. Watch the “Fact from Myth” video that was made of Rapture. It shows Sally all grown up living outside of Rapture.

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      • koljav | January 9, 2014 5:29 pm

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        If the snail dies, the Little Sister can’t survive and being cooked alive kills the snail too.
        The woman in the video doesn’t has to be Sally. And even if she is Sally, it could be an alternate version of her.

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  • budonasty | December 15, 2013 9:50 pm

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    Hi Courtnee. Big fan. I just have one question for you. For the upcoming DLC, how has the dynamics of your voice acting changed switching from a 3rd person role to that of acting for a 1st person one? Without asking for spoilers, what has it been like?

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  • deadcoyote | December 17, 2013 5:21 am

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    hi courtnee, i was wondering what your take on elizabeth’s roll finally is the in the scheme of events in the Bioshock universe, is she a judge giving justice to those who previously victimized her?
    or a bystander who ends up playing a bigger roll?
    the daughter of destruction?
    what do you think Elizabeth means as a character?
    Finally, thank you for bringing the voice to such an amazing video game personality

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  • watatsumi | December 18, 2013 2:21 am

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    1. What was the one scene in Bioshock Infinite that you’ve personally connected with the most and why?

    2. If you had the ability to open tears yourself, what tear would you personally want to open or what would you want to do with that power?

    3.What is your favorite aesthetic portrayal/ outfit of Elizabeth so far and why?

    and for an arbitrary comment that will most likely be taken out if chosen: I’ve loved your voice and acting career since I first saw you in, The Thirteenth Year, as a child.

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  • joshimarston | December 18, 2013 12:05 pm

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    How do you make different “every Elizabeth” with one voice?

    PS: Thanks for reading >_< !!

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  • epifire | February 5, 2014 2:56 pm

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    I’ve been away too long, I can’t believe I missed this!

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