A Voice in Despicable Me
New Jersey student debuts as as the voice of Edith, the middle orphan, in new animated film.
On a Saturday morning long before opening day, Dana and I sat down at Silver Spurs, a restaurant in Greenwich Village in New York City. Dana is the voice of Edith, the middle of three orphans in the movie.
Her older sister is played by Miranda Cosgrove, star of Nickelodeon’s TV show iCarly. Baby sister Agnes is played by Elsie Fisher, who was interviewed by another Kid Reporter from her home on the West Coast.
Dana lives on the East Coast in New Jersey. She auditioned just across the Hudson River in New York.
“I auditioned for a lot of things,” Dana said. “I got the role and they flew me out to Los Angeles.”
The movie is set in a happy suburban neighborhood complete with white picket fences and rose bushes. Steve Carell voices the main character, Gru, who is a super villain planning the biggest robbery in the history of the world—he is going to steal the moon!
His house is painted black and his yard is dead. Underneath is a vast secret hide-away where his army of yellow minions works to carry out their boss’s wicked plans.
Gru meets his biggest challenge when Margo, Edith, and Agnes decide to make him their dad. As the middle child, Dana’s character, Edith, is a mischievous trouble-maker. She is the one who recognizes the fatherhood potential in Gru.
In the restaurant in Tribeca, Dana nibbles on a blueberry muffin and sips a cup of tea as she talks to me about her off-screen life. She is entering the seventh grade this fall and says mathematics is her favorite subject. She also likes to play guitar.
“I want to do more movies, more commercials, more projects and more acting,” she said.
I, for one, can’t wait to see her major acting debut in Despicable Me. I also look forward to whatever project she chooses to do next!
PHOTO: Kid Reporter Cecilia Gault with Dana Gaier, the voice of Edith in the movie Despicable Me. (Photo Courtesy Cecilia Gault)