Kari Wahlgren

You may recognize the blonde actress Kari Wahlgren from her recurring role on the Disney Channel show "Wizards of Waverly Place" or, if you are part of a different demographic, from the underground filmmaker Damion Dietz's adult take on the Peter Pan story, "Neverland," in which she played Tinkerbell. But it's more likely that you've heard her voice, particularly if you're a video gamer or an aficionado of East Asian animation. Wahlgren has lent her Midwestern locutions to the English-language editions of a bevy of cartoon imports: "Someday's Dreamers," "Heat Guy J," "Gungrave," "Samurai Champloo," "Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex," "The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya," and several others; she even got a shot at playing Margaret Mitchell's Scarlett O'Hara in "Steamboy," an animated Japanese feature set in 19th-century England--quite a departure from Vivien Leigh. Her voice has been featured in "Spider-Man" and "Star Wars" video games and she has credits in "Final Fantasy" and "Halo" sequels as well. With such major-league hits as "Bolt," with John Travolta and Miley Cyrus, "Shrek the Third," and Walt Disney's take on the Rapunzel yarn, "Tangled," added to her repertoire, Wahlgren's lungs are a hot property so long as she doesn't catch a cold.