The Voice of Reyes: Interview with Tanya Alexander

By on January 23, 2014 | 1,040 comments

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Tomb Raiding recently got the chance to speak with Tanya Alexander about stepping into the role of Joslin Reyes in the new Tomb Raider reboot!

Everything from Motion-Capture, to the creative direction of the game, Tanya gives us an insight look into the making of the new Tomb Raider!

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Can you tell us about Joslin Reyes, and who she is? Have you been in her boots long enough to understand her as a character?

Reyes is a police officer and single mother of a teenage daughter. Her boyfriend, Roth, and she were recruited to help Lara on her latest mission aboard the Endurance. I’ve never been in law enforcement or the military (my background is in performing arts – dance, acting, voice), but I was very attracted to the physicality of the character and her toughness. I understood that she loved strong, her man, her daughter and was not to be messed with. There was also a humor in her, which you saw briefly with her relationship with the ‘Alex’ character. Besides my voice and body, I felt I brought that bad-ass vibe to life that the character deserved. My work with the director, Toby Gard, was all about showing her courage, yet emotion – particularly when Roth dies, as well as her drive to get back safe to her daughter. The relationship she has with Lara is love/hate. She respects her as another tough lady, but feels she puts them all in danger and maybe a bit careless. Later on, when survival is key, she begins to trust and forgive Lara for the death of her man. It’s that mutual need to survive that brings them closer.

In what way was Toby Gard involved with the process of filming Tomb Raider?

Toby Gard was the director for all the scene-work between levels of play in the game. He also was in charge of casting and was the main person in the casting sessions that I attended. He was basically the go-to on set and worked very closely with all the actors. Noah Hughes was on set as well offering lots of ideas as the producer, but Toby was most certainly the hands on director. They were both awesome to work with and were very cohesive in their ideas. It was really an ideal environment for myself and the other actors, having the director and producer on one accord with the project.

How did you find inspiration to perform this role?

The biggest thing I did for this role was to study mothers. I know it sounds weird, but mothers are the toughest beings on the planet. The goal to get back to your child or protect those you care about is the strongest force in the world. And that’s what I used for Reyes.

What do you think about Motion Capture technology, and the way Video Games are shot?

I love Motion Capture Technology! It’s so cool to see yourself as a stick figure, then as a walking, full avatar. The first time I saw Reyes I was blown away. It was very surreal to see this computer generated person who walks and talks like you. I loved it. The mo-cap suits and head gear is really…interesting. Ha! Having a camera mounted to your head 4 inches away from your nose while dressed in a skin-tight suit with glowing balls all over it while trying to run, dodge bullets and ACT is quite a challenge, but I was more than up for it! Tomb Raider was my first mo-cap project and I’m looking forward to doing a lot more.

What are your thoughts about the new Tomb Raider as a rebooted franchise?

I think it’s great to have this new version of Tomb Raider for gamers and viewers. I don’t play video games, but I have a friend who does and I’ve seen it, and it’s so cool. I knew of the Tomb Raider games and films, but I didn’t know I was auditioning for one. Video game production is very hush-hush. I got a call from my agent about some “multi-media project” and thought I was going in for a tv show or something. The first audition was just a read with the director, and I got a callback. During the callback I was asked to jump over things and wield a gun, and it got very physical. I found out only after I booked the gig and signed a non-disclosure agreement what I was really called in for. After I signed, I got the script by zip file and was like, “Whoa! This is Tomb Raider!” It was a fantastic surprise and I felt like I was about to be a part of something big. Every actor wants that.

The-voice-of-Reyes-Interview-thumbnailHave they asked you to do another game? Will we see Reyes make an appearance in the next Tomb Raider sequel?

Well, I can’t say if Reyes will be back, but I love the fact that she was one of only a few survivors. That is awesome. All I can say is, I hope we’ll be back!

Moving forward, where do you see Reyes going in the future?

I can’t say what Crystal Dynamics has in store, but I’m sure it will be interesting! I’m hoping Reyes makes a return and remains a significant character for future games.

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Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition – New Screenshots!

By on January 7, 2014 | 954 comments

TRDE-PS4-Box-ArtHappy New Years, Raiders!

Time is getting closer to the launch of the Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition! Kicking off 2014 with a next-gen Tomb Raider game, Crystal has finally released some new screenshots of the remastered title!

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We don’t have long to wait, pre-order now with select retailers to receive art book packaging featuring never before seen concept art!

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