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‘Not monotonous’: Voice expert Inka Magnaye defends Liza Soberano’s Tagalog dub in ‘Trese’

By Lorenzo Santos Published Jun 14, 2021 9:20 pm

Voice expert Inka Magnaye shared her thoughts on Twitter about Liza Soberano’s Tagalog dub in the new Filipino animated series Trese on Netflix.

Magnaye is known for voicing the in-flight safety announcements of Philippine Airlines, which trended across social media platforms in 2020.

Magnaye began her series of insights by tweeting that Soberano is “perfect” to voice the lead character Alexandra Trese.

“It’s got a great balance of youthfulness and grim. A bit more exaggeration could have added more dimension, even an exaggeration of a deadpan delivery (think Daria). But other than that, I’m liking it so far!” she tweeted.

Magnaye also said that Soberano’s voice is not “monotonous,” as some viewers have complained on social media. 

“She has dynamics in her delivery. However, she does tend to deliver her lines in almost the exact same cadence, and people confuse that with monotony,” the voice expert said. 

Magnaye stated that Soberano is an actor, not a voice actor, and acknowledged that the voice acting could have been improved. “Whoever was directing her during the recording sessions could have guided her a little more to explore different deliveries, but that’s just what I think. We don’t know din.”

Magnaye compared Soberano’s Tagalog dub with the English dub of Filipino-American actress Shay Mitchell, saying, “I like how Shay Mitchell does the deadpan badass delivery! Deadpan blase, deadpan annoyed, deadpan snarky. The little nuances are so satisfying,” she said.

“This is the nuance that Liza Soberano’s dub would have benefited from, but it’s not that easy to do so it’s understandable! Not even all VAs can do that. It’s something very trainable though, and an actress like her will surely be able to get that down with practice!” she added. 

Magnaye explained that there is a difference between acting and voice acting. “Because people can’t see your face, the expressions need to be heard in your voice.”