Learning that Shay Mitchell of Pretty Little Liars would lend her voice to the Netflix Original Anime series Trese, based on the graphic novel of Filipino creators Budjette Tan and KaJO Baldisimo, did not come as a surprise.
The Canadian actress is proud of her Pinoy roots and embraces every bit of it. That’s why Shay can easily adapt to Alexandra’s unique world, where living and supernatural beings co-exist, in Trese. It comes through in her voice performance as a female detective-cum-protector of peace and harmony among humans and fantastical entities.
She shared, “My mom is Filipino so while I am definitely familiar with Tagalog, I am by no means fluent. I wanted to do the language and culture justice though by really nailing my pronunciations, the cadence and inflection.”
To achieve that, Shay spent countless hours on Zoom with a dialect coach before each voice over session “to really hone in on” her character’s lines.