Merit Leighton on Landing Her Dream Job of Voicing Anime in Masaaki Yuasa’s Ride Your Wave [Exclusive Interview]

Merit Leighton
Merit Leighton voices in Ride Your Wave

Merit Leighton’s dream came true.

Over the years, the young actress has a variety of projects under her belt from television comedies to animated series. With Massaki Yuasa’s Ride Your Wave, she can now check off the box for voicing in a Japanese anime.

In an exclusive interview with LRM, she excitedly told us about her personal love for anime. She couldn’t pass up on a project like this and hopes it opens more doors for anime.

In Ride Your Wave, this romantic comedy anime is about a surfer and a firefighter who fell in love with each other. However, a tragedy struck, but their relationship continued in a fantastical way.

The English translation voices are provided by Leighton, Michael Johnston, Joey Richter, and Sarah Williams.

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Merit Leighton has been acting since she was a child and appeared in movies such as A Tiger’s Tail and The Lost Medallion: The Adventures of Billy Stone. In recent years, she provided the voice as Lucinda the Witch in Disney Junior’s Sofia the First, and Netflix’s She-Ra and the Princess of Power as Frosta. She also co-starred as Hannah in Netflix’s Alexa & Katie.

GKIDS releases Ride Your Wave on multiple platforms starting August 4. Click on the links to jump for pre-orders at Amazon (Japanese version), Amazon (English dub), Google Play, and Blu-Ray/DVD.

Check out our fun interview below and let us know what you think.

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