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By Suzanne

Joy Osmanski

Interview with Joy Osmanski of "Duncanville" on FOX and "Stargirl" on The CW 5/11/20

This was a very fun interview. Joy lives up to her name. She's funny and entertaining. We had fun! You can't say that about most interviews. I can't wait to see her on "Stargirl," which starts Tuesday, 5/19.

Here's the audio of the interview. Below is the transcript. I did not transcribe this, and I haven't yet proofread it. I apologize in advance for any mistakes!

Suzanne: Let's see. Let me get my questions. Good morning, I should say, right?

Joy: Well, I guess it still is, yeah. Time and space have totally blurred for me, so I believe anything at this point.

Suzanne: I understand. So first off, tell us how you auditioned for Duncanville.

Joy: Oh, well voiceover auditions are funny, because most of the time you just do them by yourself in your closet or whatever. So this was kind of no different. And I knew that the project was being spearheaded by some of the most wonderful, funny people in the business. So, that wasn't intimidating. And I just remember thinking, "I would love to be a part of this in any capacity." And the thought of being able to work with Amy Poehler and Wiz Khalifa on a single project together just kind of blew my mind.

Joy: So, yeah, I guess [inaudible 00:01:03] is not too far from my experience. Maybe both because I've been a child, but also because I have two little ones and so I'm hearing small voices constantly. So that was not something I had to dig too deep for. I have a well of free resources in my life.

Suzanne: So how long was that process between your submitting your tape and them hiring you?

Joy: Gosh, do you know what? I think my memory of it is that it was pretty quick. And that's a good question because sometimes you can audition and most of time you just never hear. And then when you're like, "Oh yeah, I guess I didn't get [inaudible 00:01:47]." Or even if you do get a job, sometimes it can take awhile. Particularly in the world of voiceover, the timeline is a little bit different than on-camera stuff.

Joy: But I seem to remember it happening relatively quickly, which was wonderful and lovely.

Suzanne: Sure. Great, yeah.

Joy: And my goal with all auditions is to attempt to do them and then immediately let them go. It's next to impossible, but I strive.

Suzanne: Sure. Well, you have to, otherwise you'd just be upset all the time I would think.

Joy: Oh, yeah, you'd lose your mind for sure. And I think a lot of people do, and I get it.

Suzanne: I can't even imagine. Even for like a "regular" job, it's hard not to get your hopes up and then you get so disappointed.

Joy: Yeah. It's really, it's crazy. It demands of you a total dedication within the audition process. So you can really be present and do your best and go as deep into the character as you can. But then you're also expected to sort of immediately snap out of it. I wish it were a form of hypnosis. I would [crosstalk 00:02:54] like, "And, I'm in. And, I'm out.

Suzanne: Yeah. Well, no wonder so many people get therapy, right?

Joy: Oh, God, yeah. Myself included. I'm a huge proponent of therapy. And I think it's helped me immensely.

Suzanne: Well, yeah. And now you've done voice work before for video games. Was it very much different than that?

Joy: Wait, I'm sorry. I missed the second half of your question.

Suzanne: Was it much different for the voice work you've done before for video games?

Joy: Oh, yes. Because with video games, you're in total isolation in terms of context. You go in, you are given your portion of the game line and the dialogue. But with the animation, you get to have a table read with all the other actors. So you get to bounce the dialogue off each other in real-time, which is invaluable for everybody, the writers, the actors. So we have a real clear context for what we're doing. And since it's so narrative and since there's one through-line unlike a gameplay, which can go in any which direction, that's really important. And it's such a fun time, because that's the only time we see each other. Because other than that, the recording we're by ourselves.

Joy: But it's so fun to go to a table read, and sit next to Amy and Ty and Rashida and Riki, and I get to sit there and just be sort of baffled that I'm there at all. And we laugh so hard, and everyone's just having such a good time. And at the end of every table read my cheeks hurt. It's lovely.

Joy: Now that will change. But I like to think that even if we're Zooming, we're still going to laugh hard and have a good time.

Suzanne: So yeah, I was wondering with the virus, whether it might be easier for them to proceed with voice work because it's just you in a booth.

Joy: I hope so.

Suzanne: Yeah.

Joy: I would think just because there are ways to kind of safeguard everyone involved. As actors, we really don't need to encounter anyone, we can just make our way directly into the recording space and whoever, the engineer and the director, can sit on the other side of the glass. And hopefully people can be safe and still be creative. I'm interested to see how this will work. Paradigm shift is unprecedented, so we'll see.

Suzanne: Right. And so you guys haven't started working on season two yet?

Joy: We have not. I think all of us are real eager to do it. Just to have something creative to focus on, but we have not started yet.

Suzanne: Okay. And congratulations on the show getting renewed.

Joy: Yeah. Thank you. Super exciting.

Suzanne: I guess they're going to have it next spring, because it wasn't on the fall schedule that they sent out this morning.

Joy: I can imagine that must be the case also. The time it takes for posts for animation, it's like a six month process. It's amazing to me actually.

Joy: So I bet you're right. That sounds about right.

Suzanne: So what do you love most about the show?

Joy: The writing. The writing is so good. It's so fun to be part of something with it's just jokes. You know what I mean? Like that. And of course the format of it. Working on animation is a dream. To get to see your work realized by a team of artists in a completely new way.

Joy: I mean, I'll never forget the first time I saw what Jing looked like. Just the drawing of her. I was like, "What? Are you kidding?" And it's so inspiring. And then to see how she's literally animated, to see how they choose to make her run around and jump up and down and her expressions, and that's a whole different level.

Joy: And one of my favorite parts about this business is collaboration. And for me, animation is such a pure form of that. Because it's just for us, the actors, our voice is one small part of what we do. And then it's hundreds, probably thousands of people in a way, who then go on to make it fully realized. So it's really satisfying.

Suzanne: Okay. And I've only watched a few clips of it. Is it a good show for kids?

Joy: I would not say it's for children. Although I know kids can watch it. Maybe like my kids have seen one episode, they've seen the pilot. And most of the jokes just sailed right over their head. They're three and four.

Joy: I don't know if I would say it isn't for kids. It's certainly not harsh or it's not crude in the way that some animated programming is for adults.

Suzanne: I get you. I get you.

Joy: [crosstalk 00:08:06] really, really funny. I don't know if I would endorse it for children. But I also don't think it's the worst thing your kid could watch.

Suzanne: Right, right. Yeah. I think before The Simpsons probably no. But since The Simpsons, and The Simpsons is so mild now compared to most animation. But when it came-

Joy: Yes, isn't that funny?

Suzanne: Yeah. When it came out, it was so shocking and everything.

Joy: Right, right.

Suzanne: But yeah. So let's see. So we'll be able to see you in the upcoming Stargirl, have you watched any of the other superhero shows on The CW?

Joy: You know what? I have not. I am not at all well versed in this world. And I feel like I'm about to get thrown into it. And that's great, I welcome being thrown straight into the fire. That'll be fun. But it's a world that I am really new to and excited to be a part of.

Joy: And I can't wait to see how this show will be received. It's something that I am so grateful to be a part of, because it's so easy to talk about and it's so fun to share. And not every project you work on is that way, so I don't take that for granted.

Suzanne: That's good. Well, you should definitely watch at least The Flash and Supergirl.

Joy: Yes. I've heard those are great.

Suzanne: Yes, they are.

Joy: [inaudible 00:09:31] thank you.

Suzanne: There are others. Arrow is really good, but it's a lot darker and more violent. And DC's Legends of Tomorrow is fun, to me it's a little too silly sometimes, but it's a good show too.

Joy: Yeah. Now is The Flash the one where there could be some crossover for us?

Suzanne: I would think there could be crossover for any of them now. But yeah, definitely.

Joy: Oh, okay.

Suzanne: Yeah. Well, Legends of Tomorrow I think was the one that had the original JSA.

Joy: Yes, that's right.

Suzanne: Okay.

Joy: Yeah, okay, right.

Suzanne: But when they did the crossovers, they tend to do all the shows if they can. It just depends on the year. So we'll see, I guess.

Joy: Crazy, crazy, crazy.

Suzanne: Yeah. And they also have Black Lightning, which is pretty good too.

Joy: Oh yes, yes. Right. Well, I know that one because LJ, who did our incredible costumes, did Black Lightning [inaudible 00:10:32]. Amazing.

Suzanne: They keep adding these shows and I forget about them. They have Batwoman too, which is not so good.

Joy: There's so many.

Suzanne: They really are. And that's just The CW, you don't even count all the other super hero shows.

Joy: You're right. Just one platform, yeah.

Suzanne: Yeah. It's hard to keep up. And I like those kinds of shows and it's hard to keep up.

Joy: Sure.

Suzanne: But I'll definitely be watching Stargirl, because I love those kind of shows.

Joy: Oh, good. Yeah. I think, like I said, I don't have much context, but from what I've seen and what I know, and just based on the experience, which doesn't always dictate what the show's going to be of course.

Suzanne: Sure.

Joy: But it was wonderful from top to bottom. And what I've seen of it is fantastic. It pushes all the buttons for me. So I hope that's true for a lot of people.

Suzanne: Good. And can you tell us how many episodes you're in?

Joy: I believe I'm in nine.

Suzanne: Wow. That's a lot.

Joy: Right. You know what? I'm not sure. It was so long ago. It was like over a year ago.

Suzanne: Oh, wow.

Joy: Eight? I'm not sure. I might be right.

Suzanne: Okay. Well I'm glad they decided to put it on The CW. I think at first they were saying it was just going to be on their streaming service or something.

Joy: I agree. Oh, we were also excited too, because of course we just were happy for anyone to see it, but in a niche outlet like ECU is very special and it's great. Because you know the audience is already dedicated, and the mandates is already so specific. But of course, to be able to be seen on a broader platform is really exciting. I'm thrilled.

Suzanne: Yeah. Now, I read comics growing up in the '60s and '70s, and I remember Tigress and she looked like a humanoid tiger, she was orange. Like she was orange. Look it up on Google Images, she's orange because she's a tiger, right?

Joy: Right.

Suzanne: But I mean, she looks like a woman, but then she's got all the tiger stuff everywhere. But she's wearing a bikini because it was the '70s.

Joy: Right, of course. I love the iterations of her so much. My favorite is that very first one where all she's wearing is like a striped sweater, and it's the only thing that denotes her. I love that, it makes me laugh.

Suzanne: Yeah. And she's been, from what I could tell, she's been all different sorts of colors. So it's interesting.

Joy: Yeah. And believe me, some of the versions of her wardrobe, I was like, "Oh my gosh, is that what I'm going to wear?" I think [inaudible 00:13:09] was like a leotard. I was like, "Oh, okay. That's... Oh, wow."

Suzanne: So was it all comfortable to wear?

Joy: You know, LJ did an amazing job. Because it has to be comfortable, and you have to be able to fight in it.

Suzanne: Sure.

Joy: So she has this huge challenge of creating a costume that looks incredible, but also works on a practical level, which is no easy task. So yeah, I cannot complain. My supersuit was very easy to move in, I had a lot of physical freedom. It was very cold in the winter. And then I was the one who was gloating a little when it got warmer.

Suzanne: Right.

Joy: But I wasn't like Hourman, head to toe in a supersuit. And I was looking [inaudible 00:13:59] and I'd be like, "I'm so sorry, man." Not like he ever complained, because believe me, we were all really happy to wear those supersuits.

Suzanne: Ah.

Joy: But, yeah. I was pretty happy when it turned warmer and I was running around in my wardrobe.

Suzanne: Is there anything that you're able to share with us about what your Tigress outfit will look like?

Joy: Yeah. Especially I think because we've seen some glimpses of it now in the previews. And in one of the more recent trailers that introduced the [ISA 00:14:31], you see glimpses. I'm pretty sure there will be a more official reveal of Tigress's wardrobe soon, because they seem to be sort of systematically going through the characters. So the details will come to light.

Joy: But what I will say is that it's extremely efficient. There is not much. There's not much of the supersuit, but what there is, is made good use of. Tigress is heavily armed, but also it's very athletic. I mean, that's her thing, is she's excellent in combat. So I had to really be able to move very aggressively in the suit, but also feel like it was armor. You know what I mean?

Suzanne: Right.

Joy: God, Laura Jean Shannon did such an amazing job. And Jeff really played a role in the design as well, which I love, because that isn't often the case. But he had some very specific input from a design perspective. And also I was like, "Dang, Jeff, way to be with the fashion." He made some calls with regards to the supersuits that were, I was just really surprised, they were sophisticated wardrobe choices. And I loved the input that he made, it's great.

Suzanne: Well, yeah. I guess they got to do that because it's sort of, I mean, I gather Stargirl is a teenager, right?

Joy: Right, right.

Suzanne: So, they probably want to make sure they get the young people that are into their kind of fashion and that kind of thing.

Joy: Right, exactly. And I mean, I'm hoping... The whole show, what's really unique about it is, it has this very timeless quality. And I feel that way about our supersuits. Great lengths was taken to really honor Stargirl in particular of course. And they did an incredible job.

Joy: I mean the level of detail, it's just amazing. The fabrics that they chose and the patterns that are on the fabrics, things that no one would necessarily know if you weren't standing right next to the actor. But what that does for you as an actor, he had tiny little details like that, you feel so cared for. And you feel like so much thought was put into every detail that it really inspires you in your work. And I found that to be really motivating.

Suzanne: Right. Yeah, I think they have to do that now because this kind of genre, you're going to have fans with huge high-def, 4D, whatever it's called, TVs. And they're going to be looking at it closely because that's what they do. And especially if they want to recreate the costume, right?

Joy: [crosstalk 00:17:30]. Yes. You're right. You're right.

Suzanne: A regular show probably wouldn't bother, but yeah. This kind of show they're watching closely.

Joy: Oh, yeah. You're absolutely right. And that's why every person, all of us, had a team of people to help get us in and out of our supersuits, because the levels and the layers and the amount of detail was very, very specific. So it took at least three different pairs of eyes to make sure all the elements were correct.

Suzanne: Okay. And now I gathered from a video I saw, that you did not read comics growing up?

Joy: No, I did not.

Suzanne: Okay. Because you weren't allowed to watch TV, right?

Joy: Not much. I was allowed to watch like Mr Rogers and the Olympics. When my sister came along then of course, it's always the second sibling, I think the parents are like, "Oh, it's fine. It's fine." The first sibling always bears the brunt of all the good efforts and the discipline. And then the second one comes along and you're like, "Hey, I never got to eat that cereal. [inaudible 00:18:36]."

Suzanne: That's funny.

Joy: So, yeah. By the time my sister came along it was more lax. But yeah, from the time until I was about seven, not too much, no.

Suzanne: Well I hope you got some catching up done?

Joy: Totally. No, now I binge-watch everything.

Suzanne: Oh, that's good. You were on Santa Clarita Diet, was that a fun show to do?

Joy: Oh, it was so fun. I'm such a big fan of Drew. And I was a huge fan of Timothy, particularly from Deadwood.

Suzanne: Oh, yeah.

Joy: And so to get to see him be so incredibly funny and goofy, I was completely surprised by that. I shouldn't have been, but I was. And the tone on that set was so lovely and generous. And I'd worked with Victor Fresco before, the show creator, and he is just one of the kindest people that I've had the pleasure of working with. And so when I got to be a part of that I was over the moon. It was so much fun.

Suzanne: Good, good. Yeah, great cast. And I love Timothy Olyphant a lot.

Joy: No, he's great. And they're both so generous. It was just great.

Suzanne: Good. Yeah. You should watch Justified if you haven't already. He's great in that too.

Joy: Yes, right. He's so good at that!

Suzanne: Yes.

Joy: [inaudible 00:19:59] genre. That seems hard. But I've certainly never done any Westerns, I would love to. But it seems very specific and he's very, very good at it.

Suzanne: Yes, yes. Yeah, and lately he seems to pop up every once in a while in a comedy guest starring role, like he was in Curb Your Enthusiasm, and The Good Place.

Joy: Oh, yes. Oh yes. Oh, I can't wait. I haven't seen the latest season of that yet, but I'm a huge fan of that show. I can only imagine after doing things like Deadwood and Justified, you'd want a little levity.

Suzanne: Yeah, I would think too.

Joy: To balance it out a bit.

Suzanne: That's right. That's right. So are you recognized when you go out in public? And if so, which role do people most know you from?

Joy: Okay. I would say overwhelmingly no. One time I have been recognized was maybe the best. I was in the grocery store, I don't know what I was looking for and what aisle, and I passed by a girl and her mother. And the girl probably was about eight, and she did a double take at me, and I smiled at her. And then she kept staring at me and I saw her whispering to her mom and pointing at me. And I was suddenly like, "Oh, I think I know who she thinks I am." And it was because I did a bunch of episodes of True Jackson, VP, which is a show on Nickelodeon.

Suzanne: Right.

Joy: And that was the one time that I have been recognized.

Suzanne: That's funny.

Joy: And it made me so happy. She came over with her mom and she was so cute. And I was so happy to be able to say, "Yes, that was me [inaudible 00:21:44]." And because that's such a pure form of fandom is from the kid, and that was really flattering. So, that made me happy.

Suzanne: That's great, yeah.

Joy: Yeah.

Suzanne: I'm surprised you haven't gotten recognized from like Grey's Anatomy or something.

Joy: Well, it's funny. I mean, there's so many people in this world I think. And I've never felt like I was someone who was very recognizable in public. I've had people I've worked with describe me as fairly chameleon-like. And so I feel like when I'm not on set and I'm just in my day-to-day life, I don't feel like I put out any vibe. And I'm certainly not trying to put out any vibe. I'm just like happy to go about my business completely anonymously, and I've always felt like losing that would be hard for me.

Suzanne: Sure.

Joy: So, I don't know what the future holds, but I just put on my baseball hat and keep my head down.

Suzanne: Yeah, right. Yeah. I mean, depending on what your makeup and costume looks like, they may not even recognize you as Tigress if you're out in the grocery store.

Joy: I highly doubt it. I feel like it would require me wearing the wardrobe, and having just a lethal look on my face, which I don't tend to do.

Suzanne: Right, right. Well, that's good then, you can become a big TV star from that and it won't even affect your life in a bad way.

Joy: I hope not. I hope not.

Suzanne: Well, thank you. I really appreciate your interview.

Joy: Oh, it's so nice talking with you, Suzanne. I hope you're well.

Suzanne: All right. Thank you. You too. You stay safe.

Joy: Thanks, you too. Take care.

Suzanne: Bye, bye.

Joy: Bye.

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Joy Osmanski, the alluring, graceful and jovial actor, dancer and mother of three has established herself as one of Hollywood's hardest working entertainers with her new series FOX's "Duncanville" which was just renewed for a second season. The hit animated series also stars Amy Poehler, Ty Burrell, Riki Lindhome, and Rashida Jones (airing on Sundays @ 8:30pm ET/PT). Joy will also soon be seen in DC & the CW's "Stargirl" (Tuesday, May 19), which cast includes Luke Wilson, Amy Smart, and Luke Wilson, we would love to arrange an interview with you and one of Hollywood's hardest working moms. Joy is available to discuss her new series, as well as her overall career.
Set to premiere during FOX's Animation Domination, "Duncanville" centers around the life of 'Duncan Harris' (Poehler) an average 15-year-old boy, who is always one step away from making a bad decision. Along with Duncan lives his mom 'Annie' (Poehler), a parking enforcement officer, who dreams of being a detective someday and always has to watch Duncan, his dad 'Jack; (Burrell), who tries to be a better father figure to Duncan than his father was to him, his sister Kimberly (Lindhome), who is a normal teenager going through normal teen-phases, and his other adopted sister Jing (Osmanski). 'Jing' is also known as the moral compass of the family at 5 years old.
Joy will also be seen in the action-packed DC Universe & CW's "Stargirl" as the infamous villainess 'Paula Brooks,' aka 'Tigress.' Best known for her skills in hand-to-hand combat and extensive weapons background, 'Tigress' is one of DC Universe's deadliest non-superpower villains. CW's "Stargirl" tells the story of high school sophomore 'Courtney Whitmore,' who discovers a powerful cosmic staff. After learning that her stepfather Pat Dugan (Luke Wilson) used to be a hero sidekick, she becomes the inspiration for a new generation of superheroes.
Born in South Korea, and brought to the United States when she was adopted at a young age by her American parents, Joy had a drive and appreciation for the arts from the age of 3 when she began ballet lessons in her hometown of Olympia, Washington. From the very beginning of school, Joy was moved up from kindergarten to first grade after a few weeks and would to be hyper-competitive academically throughout her entire school career. After taking multiple college courses her senior year of high school, Joy would continue on to university at Principia College and graduate within 3 years with a degree in creative writing and studio art. She would then begin her career as a graphic designer and moved to Boston. After a year on the east coast, Joy moved to San Francisco where she created her own graphic design company. Having continued to dance through both high school and college, Joy continued to work on her ballet and dance skills and would book professional gigs on the side. After seeing a notice for auditions for a local production of "Our Town," and missing her performing arts side, she auditioned for the play and was cast in the lead role. Following her performance, Joy auditioned and received her MFA from UC San Diego, one of the top three professional actor training programs in the country. After relocating to Los Angeles, with her husband Corey Brill,  Joy has continued worked steadily in theater, television and film, booking roles in hit projects including FOX's "The Loop," Netflix's "Santa Clarita Diet," Freeform's "The Fosters, FIRED UP, and ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS: THE SQUEAKQUEL, to name a few.
When Joy isn't busy in front of the camera, or in a studio, she can be found spending timing with her husband and 3 kids whether it be walking their dog, or taking care of their 2 bee hives and cultivating their own honey. Joy also likes to spend her time keeping fit by doing weight training, yoga and cardio.

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