GotGame sits down with Kate Drummond, the voice actress who plays Anna Grimmsdottir in Splinter Cell: Blacklist.
What is your name and the characters that you have played?
That’s a fairly straightforward answer, my name is Kate Drummond and I play Anna Grimmsdottir in Splinter Cell: Blacklist.
What is your character’s role in the game?
Anna Grimmsdottir is an awesome female lead character of the Splinter Cell series. She is the technical operations manager of Fourth Echelon and she’s responsible for remote hacking and getting all the technical data to Sam Fisher and Isaac Briggs when they’re out on the field. What’s great about her role is that she’s this lone female on this male dominated team, and she’s so smart as well as strong in her opinions and she’s got these strong convictions. She’ll go face to face with Sam if she doesn’t believe he’s making a good choice.
Fourth Echelon is made up of Sam Fisher, Anna Grimmsdottir, Isaac Briggs, and Charlie Cole. They all have their own interesting relationships and journeys over the course of the storyline of Blacklist.
How well is Splinter Cell: Blacklist doing in your opinion?
Splinter Cell: Blacklist is doing really well. The fans are loving the player options, one of which is the spies vs. mercs option that they can play. What I like about it is the story and the fact that there’s this cinematic feel to the game that blends so seamlessly into game play. When I feel like I’m in a movie and don’t know where the cinematic stops and the game beings, that’s the kind of game I enjoy and Splinter Cell: Blacklist does that well.
On a side note, for an actor stepping into a video game role in the old days you would go into a sound booth and just give a voice to a character. You would try to make it match and hope that any conversation between characters in the game would sound natural. Thought you never really knew until the game was finished. Now, all four of us had our motion capture suits and head mounted cameras and we were acting with each other as if we were on a movie set. This brings in a whole new level of believability to the work, the story. Any interaction between myself and the other characters was done face to face. When doing these scenes our director would say “That doesn’t sound believable” or “Yes! That’s the tone.”, “Let’s make it more intense”, just trying to get the most authentic story out of the actors. I think that’s such a rush to be in this medium of performance capture where you have no props, you’re just in a room, and you have to make believe absolutely everything.
What’s the relationship like between Sam Fisher and your character, Anna Grimmsdottir?
Anna and Sam are on the same team. There aren’t any hints of flirting but both characters do have a deep mutual respect for one another. Both characters know that each other are going to do their jobs. However in the last game the two of them walked away from each other, not expecting to work with one another ever again.
So when Fourth Echelon is created both Anna and Sam think they are going to be the leader of Fourth Echelon. So right off the bat there is this tension. When you’re working with someone that you professional respect because you know they’re going to do their job, but personally you have issues with because of who they are or how they strategize.
What was your favorite scene in the entire game that you acted out?
That’s very hard to decide. I love the conflict, so whenever there is conflict with Sam I am all over that. However I think that my favorite scene is when Sam has been injured on the field and he comes back and is put into the infirmary. He’s been exposed to chemicals and you feel the professional relationship wavering between the two of them. Grimm is trying to keep things professional but her vulnerability is showing, in terms of being worried about him. When we were acting it, it was an awesome place to be as an actress. You’re trying to stay strong but you’re scared and things are unraveling and you could be potentially be losing a colleague that you care about. The scene showed the more human side of Grimm and I really liked that.
What’s next for you?
Right now I am co-producing and acting in the world premiere of a play that’s going to be staged in Toronto in the spring. I also have a movie coming out shortly that’s called Clara’s Deadly Secret and I’m super pumped about that. It’s a thriller where I play a tormented mother who has lost her child. Right now I’m just creating some of my own work and auditions are crazy. I’m shooting a commercial tomorrow, also back in the motion capture suit this week.
Here’s a behind-the-scenes interview of her doing the motion capture acting.