Tara Strong

Tara Lyn Strong (née Charendoff; born February 12, 1973)[1] is a Canadian-American actress who has done voice work for numerous animations and video games and performed in various live-action productions. Many of her major voice roles include animated series such as Rugrats, The Powerpuff Girls, The Fairly OddParents, Drawn Together, Ben 10, Chowder, Teen Titans and its spin-off Teen Titans Go!, DC Super Hero Girls and My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic as well as video games such as Mortal Kombat X, Jak and Daxter series, Final Fantasy X and X-2 and the Batman: Arkham series. Her portrayals have garnered nominations in the Annie Awards and Daytime Emmys, and an award from the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences.

Tara Strong
Tara Strong Portrait
Strong in 2012
Tara Lyn Charendoff

February 12, 1973 (age 46)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
CitizenshipCanadian, American
OccupationVoice actress, actress
Years active1986–present
Craig Strong (m. 2000)

Early life and career

Strong was born on February 12, 1973, in Toronto, Ontario, to Syd and Lucy Charendoff. Her family, Jews who lived in Russia, had immigrated to Canada after escaping the Anti-Jewish pogroms in the Russian Empire.[2] Her parents ran a candy and novelty store called The Wiz, and Syd had also worked as a pharmacist. Tara and her older sister Marla were raised in Toronto. At age four, she became interested in acting and volunteered to be a soloist at a school production.[3] She worked with the Yiddish Theater; though she did not know the Yiddish language, she memorized her lines phonetically. She also performed with the Toronto Jewish Theater (TJA), where she acted in A Night of Stars and was featured in an audiotape for "Lay Down Your Arms" with the Habonim Youth Choir, where she sang the lyrics in both English and Hebrew.[3]

Her first professional role was Gracie in Limelight Theater's production of The Music Man at age 13.[3] She had a guest role in the action series T. and T. Her first major cartoon role was the title role in Hello Kitty's Furry Tale Theater.[4][5] She starred in the short-lived CBC Television sitcom Mosquito Lake.[3] She took improv classes at The Second City in Toronto[4] and continued acting in both animated and live-action shows and films, before moving to Los Angeles in January 1994.[6][7]

Acting and voice-over career

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Tara Strong at Comic-Con San Diego, 2009

Strong is the voice of numerous animated characters, including main roles in Fillmore! as Ingrid Third; The Fairly OddParents as Timmy Turner and Poof; Rugrats and All Grown Up! as Dil Pickles; The Powerpuff Girls as Bubbles; Ben 10 as Ben Tennyson, Upgrade, Blitzwolfer, and Buzzshock; Chowder as Truffles; Teen Titans and Teen Titans Go! as Raven; Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends as Terrence; the singing voice of Meg Griffin and additional voices on Family Guy; My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic as Twilight Sparkle, and Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz as Joanni.

She has also lent her voice to English-language localizations of Japanese anime such as Spirited Away and Princess Mononoke, as well as several video games, including her work as Elisa and Ursula in Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops; Paz Ortega Andrade in Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker, Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes, and Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain; Rikku in Final Fantasy X, its sequel Final Fantasy X-2, and Kingdom Hearts II; Talwyn Apogee in Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction and its sequel, Ratchet & Clank Future: Quest for Booty; Kiera in Jak and Daxter series; Harley Quinn in Batman: Arkham City, replacing Arleen Sorkin from the franchise; and Juliet Starling, the main character of Lollipop Chainsaw. She also has a minor voiceover for the Teddy Bear; Ted in the motion picture Ted.

She has appeared in live roles in National Lampoon's Senior Trip, Sabrina Goes to Rome, Sabrina Down Under, and The Last White Dishwasher. She also made guest appearances on such shows as Forever Knight, Street Legal, Touched by an Angel, Take Home Chef, Party of Five, Comic Book: The Movie, Kung Fu: The Legend Continues, and 3rd Rock from the Sun.[8] In January 2013, she voiced the character Plum in Cartoon Hangover's Bravest Warriors, created by Pendleton Ward. She has the role of the character Miss Collins in Nickelodeon's live-action series Big Time Rush.[9]

In 2004, she won an Interactive Achievement Award for her role as Rikku in Final Fantasy X-2.[10][11] She also served as the announcer for the 1999 Kids' Choice Awards, appeared as a guest panelist at several fan conventions (including BotCon, Jacon, Comic-Con International, and Anime Overdose), and was featured on the front cover of the July/August 2004 issue of Working Mother magazine, in which she said, "My son is now old enough to respond to my work. To me, that's what it is all about."[12] Strong has been nominated five times for Annie Awards.[13][14][15][16]

In 2013, Strong won the Shorty Award for "Best #Actress" for her use of social media.[17] The Behind the Voice Actors website selected her for a BTVA Voice Acting Award for Voice Actress of the Year for 2013,[18] and nominated her for the 2011 and 2012 years.[19][20]

Personal life

Strong was the roommate of actress Neve Campbell. They both auditioned for the role of Julia in the 1990s TV series Party of Five, and Campbell ultimately won the role.[21] Strong did appear in one episode playing Lorna.[22]

In 1999, she met Craig Strong, an American former actor turned real estate agent;[23] they were married on May 14, 2000. They have two sons: Sammy (born February 2002) and Aden (born August 2004).[24] Their family resides in Los Angeles, where they run VoiceStarz, an Internet-based company that teaches people how to get into the voice-over business.[25] She has citizenship in both Canada and the United States.[26] Strong and her husband developed and patented a line of baby bottles with caps that their user can set to note the calendar date for breast milk storage.[27][28]

She was involved with a charity group called Bronies for Good where she helped raise funds for a family whose daughter had a brain tumor.[6][29] In 2012, during the BronyCon event in New Jersey, she attended a lunch with fans from the military.[30]

#MeToo Movement

Recently, Tara Strong posted a #MeToo tweet that accused two U.S. senators of molesting her in Toronto when she was 5 years old in 1978.[31]



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  14. ^ "31st Annie Awards". Annie Awards. February 1, 2014. Archived from the original on July 1, 2016. Retrieved March 23, 2014.
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  19. ^ "2nd Annual BTVA Voice Acting Awards 2012 – General". Behind the Voice Actors. Archived from the original on November 7, 2014. Retrieved January 4, 2015.
  20. ^ "1st Annual BTVA Voice Acting Awards 2011 – General". Behind the Voice Actors. Archived from the original on December 22, 2014. Retrieved January 4, 2015.
  21. ^ Wilson, Nicole. "10 Little Known Facts About". Answers.com. Archived from the original on January 7, 2015. Retrieved January 7, 2015.
  22. ^ Stower, Caitlin (October 22, 2014). "13 facts you never knew about the iconic 90s show, Party of Five". iVillage. Australia. Archived from the original on January 12, 2015.
  23. ^ "TFW2005 Interviews Transformers Animated Voice Actor Tara Strong". Transformer World 2005. February 22, 2008. Archived from the original on January 7, 2015. Retrieved January 7, 2015.
  24. ^ Mulman, Doreen. "Strong Family Photo Album 2004". MKBMemorial.com. Archived from the original on May 11, 2015. Retrieved January 8, 2015.
  25. ^ Strong, Tara. "VoiceStarz Los Angeles Voice-Over class". VoiceStarz.
  26. ^ "Tara Strong Reddit AMA – February 2014". Interviewly. February 2014. Archived from the original on March 26, 2015. Retrieved January 7, 2015.
  27. ^ Hartman, Butch and Julieann (June 16, 2011). Voice Actress Tara Strong. YouTube. Archived from the original on May 27, 2015.
  28. ^ "Patent US8020507 – Food storage and management system". Google Patents. Archived from the original on February 1, 2015. Retrieved January 8, 2015.
  29. ^ Broverman, Aaron (February 15, 2013). "Tara Strong, 'My Little Pony' Voice Actor, Talks Bronies And Evolution Of Twilight Sparkle". The Huffington Post. Archived from the original on March 27, 2015.
  30. ^ "HORSIN' AROUND: Military 'bronies' love rifles, 'My Little Pony'". Military Times. July 3, 2012. Archived from the original on January 10, 2015.
  31. ^ strong, tara (October 6, 2018). "Dear @SenatorCollins @JeffFlake & the heartless pricks who abandoned women & America this week.Visiting my sister in #Toronto @ my childhood home.First time seeing the room I was sexually assaulted in at the age of 5 since I shared my #MeToo. U have no idea the pain you've causedpic.twitter.com/M51wroCkpZ". @tarastrong. Retrieved June 23, 2019.


External links

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The Ben 10 franchise has received widespread critical acclaim, winning three Emmy Awards. The franchise consists primarily of five television series and four films, the latter of which aired between August 2007 and March 2012. Spanning thirteen years, it is Cartoon Network's longest-running franchise to date. There is also a Ben 10 toy line manufactured by Bandai for the first 4 shows and Playmates Toys for the reboot. Worldwide, the franchise has grossed over $6 billion in retail sales.

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