Alésia Toyoko Glidewell (born December 8, 1978 in Honolulu, Hawaii) is an American independent producer, entrepreneur and voice actress. She is the founder and owner of Snagbuddy Productions, a Los Angeles-based production company. Glidewell provided the voice of Zero Suit Samus in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, which was Samus Aran's first voiced speaking role in any medium. Glidewell voiced three taunts and one victory pose quip for Zero Suit Samus. These voice clips were reused in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Glidewell is best known as the face and body model of Chell from the Portal series.
Glidewell knew about Samus and Metroid beforehand, and was not given much direction for voicing the character. When auditioning for Zero Suit Samus, Glidewell was given a description of the character and two line drawings of "Metroid"/"the suit" (Samus in her Varia Suit), and "a girl" (Zero Suit Samus). She sent her audition tape from home, and was told a week later that she'd won the role. She was then asked to audition for Knuckle Joe. She expressed interest in revisiting the role of Samus in a canon Metroid game in 2015.
In the credits of the Japanese version of Ultimate, Glidewell's name is unfinished, appearing as "Alesia Glidew".
Additionally, she provided the voices for Knuckle Joe (from the Kirby series) and Krystal (from the Star Fox series) in Brawl. She had previously voiced Krystal and the Aparoid Queen in Star Fox: Assault for the Nintendo GameCube. Glidewell has described the Japanese employees of Nintendo making comical gestures while she was recording lines to demonstrate what they wanted her to say.
Her other roles include Carmelita Fox, Constable Neyla and Clock-La in Sly 2: Band of Thieves, The Doll Woman in Condemned 2: Bloodshot, Alma Wade in F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin and F.E.A.R. 3, and Sedna in Demigod. Additionally, she voiced the tutorial and female characters in Mojo Master, and provided motion capture for all female characters in The Matrix Online.
As a producer, Glidewell has worked on such projects as A Trip to Unicorn Island, a Streamy Award-winning documentary chronicling YouTube personality Lilly Singh's world tour. She also worked with Singh on a web series for MAC Cosmetics.
Glidewell appeared on a 2015 episode of Shark Tank alongside her business partner Keri Andrews to promote You Kick Ass, an action figure developer. Through You Kick Ass, customers would upload photos to their website and receive personalized, 3-D printed superhero action figures in their likeness. While they received $100,000 in funding from Mark Cuban in exchange for 10% control, the company went out of business in early 2016.
Glidewell was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, and has lived in Saudi Arabia, Mexico City, Peru, Brazil, Alabama and Boston as a military brat. Outside of the entertainment industry, she has worked as a snake breeder. She speaks some Spanish, Italian and Portuguese.
She is a fan of Blade Runner, Total Recall, Star Wars, Star Trek and The City of Lost Children. In her spare time, she enjoys video games, but does not play them often due to how addictive they become. She once played Resident Evil 2 for an entire 24 hours.
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- The Kitsune Network (first interview)
- The Kitsune Network (second, part 1)
- The Kitsune Network (second, part 2)
- Brian Kinkle
- Krystal Archive
- The Codec
- South Texas Gamer's Expo (part 1)
- South Texas Gamer's Expo (part 2)
- ^ Brian Kinkle interview
- ^ https://youtu.be/i-5P0BwdlWg?t=7m8s
- ^ Krystal Archive interview; Zero Suit Samus discussed beginning at 35:07
- ^ https://youtu.be/NwvvF_saxqk?t=44m47s
- ^ Brown, Molly. "You Kick Ass, the company that turns you into a superhero, dives into ‘Shark Tank’" 7 May 2015 Geek Wire https://www.geekwire.com/2015/you-kick-ass-the-company-that-turns-you-into-a-superhero-dives-into-shark-tank/
- ^ 2Paragraphs "‘You Kick Ass’ – What Happened To Custom Action Figures on Shark Tank?" 4 April 2016 https://2paragraphs.com/2016/04/you-kick-ass-what-happened-to-custom-action-figures-on-shark-tank/
- ^ https://youtu.be/NwvvF_saxqk?t=2m27s
- ^ https://youtu.be/NwvvF_saxqk?t=33m35s