"I went in to read for this, and I was literally the loudest Asian girl," Kelly Hu says about getting the role of Stacy in the Disney XD series "Phineas and Ferb." The "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" actress joked that when casting Asian characters in animated shows, you must cast Asian performers, adding that the whole reason she got the role was because none of the other Asian voice actresses who auditioned could get suitably angry.
Hu was joined by Dee Bradley Baker who voices Perry the Platypus who revealed the curious process of voice "acting" a platypus that neither talks nor emotes, while character designer Greg Guler tells stories about developing "Gargoyles" for Disney during this Denver Comic Con panel.
In many ways, the headstrong, 16-year-old ninja Karai who Kelly Hu voices in tonight's episode of "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" bears striking similarities to the actress (no, really!). For instance, both know how to mix it up--Hu has been holding her own onscreen against regenerative, government-trained mutant assassins ("X2") and The Rock ("The Scorpion King").
And the Miss Teen U.S.A.-turned-model-turned onscreen tough lady knew what it meant to be headstrong and constantly fighting at 16: "When I was young, my mother would not let me get my ears pierced because I used to get into too many fights," Hu told me during a call today. "I came from a tough area. She told me I had to wait until I was 16 until I could get my ears pierced, but by the time I turned 16, I was still such a tomboy, that I decided myself not to get my ears pierced and still haven't done it since then."
Since her young and dangerous years, Hu has been in numerous film and television roles, most recently playing China White in CW's "Arrow" while taking on the part of another member of the extended Green Arrow family as the assassin Cheshire in "Young Justice."