5 Questions with Victor Garber
Victor Garber's vocal chords had a banner year -- not only were they chosen for the iconic role of Charles Townsend on ABC's Charlie's Angels reboot, but he starred as Master Rhino in Kung Fu Panda 2. Now, the celebrated stage and screen actor is headed back to his most famous vessel: the Titanic.
As the doomed ship of dreams prepares to set sail once again (as a 3D remastering), I caught up with Victor to talk about his love of voice work, thoughts on James Cameron re-releasing the Oscar-winning movie and found out why he's gotta squash my dreams of an Alias reunion.
Insider.com: Was there a moment when you said to yourself, "Damn, I have a sweet voice?"
Victor Garber: No, actually [laughs]. But I have been trying to do more voice-overs lately – it's a great job because you don’t have to look good and you can just show up and do everything in a studio. That part of it I really enjoy. Plus, it's really interesting in that everything you have to do as an actor and as a voice actor basically comes from the same place of truth. It requires different techniques but it has to be authentic, so that's how I try to approach everything I do, whether it's film, TV or stage. It just has to be believable. Even if it's heightened in a cartoon.
Insider: So where did you find your inner Kung Fu Rhino?
Victor: Well, I'm not sure I did [laughs]. The animation is so explicit and beautiful, you just go into the studio and imagine – that's why I love this job.
Insider: One job in particular -- ABC's Alias -- earned you a massive legion of fans. Are you surprised by their enduring love for you and that show?
Victor: Yes and no. I think that show really affected a lot of people – partly because they were a family. There was something in the chemistry between all of us that was undeniable and affected people very strongly. And all of us involved – we're all very close and connected. I think people responded to that.
Insider: And yet you continue to squash my dreams of there ever being a reunion...
Victor: Well ... you shouldn't expect one. Do you want me to lie? [laughs] If it was up to me, it would have happened a few years ago. Sadly I don't have that power. Alias will always have a place in J.J. Abrams' heart but it's time to put that away. Or get the DVDs [laughs].
Insider: You are slated for a reunion, of sorts, when Titanic is re-released in theaters in 3D next year.
Victor: Yes. I'm curious to see how that looks. I know some people who've seen it and they tell me it's just magnificent -- like it was always meant to be in 3D. That movie was so beautifully done and James [Cameron, director] is a genius. I hope it's a great experience for fans.
Kung Fu Panda 2 is now on DVD.