Bella Thorne didn’t get the reaction she expected when she told her brother she would voice Cora in the first feature film adaptation of the popular video game, “Ratchet & Clank.” He wasn’t quite as impressed when he found she was only a voice in the movie and not the video game.
Thorne’s convinced he will be more impressed once he sees the movie and its upgraded visuals that blend classic moments from the video game with a new plot. And, of course, her voice work.
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Cora is a member of the Galactic Guard who has worked hard to be part of the team. She’s not completely happy that Ratchet earns a spot with the defenders of the universe with little effort.
“Cora is really very easy because she is very tomboyish and I’m a little tomboy right now,” Thorne says. “She’s very sarcastic and I’m so, so sarcastic. Sometime it comes off a little bitchy. I think some people think the character is a little bit bitchy because she’s so sarcastic. But I’m naturally that way.”
While Thorne describes herself as tomboyish, the Florida native does not comes across that way. Ever since she starred in the Disney Channel series, “Shake It Up,” she has been aware of fashion. Her stylish look for this interview suggests anything but a tomboy.
Director Kevin Munroe knew Thorne was right for Cora when he hear her read. Every line she read felt like she believed the words she was saying. He liked that she took the basic idea they had for Cora’s voice and added her own twists.
That comes from having done voice work in the past, including the video game “Ant Bully” and as Ashley Grey in “Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip.”
Thorne wants to do more voice work.
“I think it’s awesome. It’s better for me watching it because if it’s me I am so critical. ‘Oh my god, look at my acting.’ When I’m watching animation, it’s cool,” Thorne says.
One good thing about voice work is that it can be done while working on a movie or TV series. Thorne is in the Freeform series “Famous in Love,” based on the novel by Rebecca Serle. She will play an ordinary college student who gets her big break after auditioning for the starring role in a Hollywood blockbuster. Joining Thorne is Carter Jenkins (“The Following”), Jesse Henderson (“Finding Carter”) and Keith Powers (“Straight Outta Compton”).
The new series is just a continuation of the long resume Thorne has put together since her first role when she was 6. She’s best known for “Shake It Up,” where she played CeCe Jones.
The show made Thorne a star, but there was a downside.
“The whole range from ages 12-16 was just bad. If all photos from that time would disappear, I would be very happy,” Thorne says. “Growing up when on ‘Shake It Up’ put me in the spotlight when I was so insecure. You’re growing up and don’t really know what to do. People are telling you this and that. You start believing them. And so you start wanting to be really pretty and really funny and trying to be someone you are not.”
She focused on movies, including ‘Ratchet & Clank,’ after the series and found it less stressful. She could be herself.
“I keep it real. If you have seen my tweets, I keep it very real.”