Nickelodeon GUTS Referee Moira "Mo" Quirk: A Conversation With Your Childhood Crush
When did you get involved with voice over work for cartoons and video games?
When I moved to LA, it was something that I liked. When there were things that involved a person with a difficult accent, it was, "Let's give that to Moira." It sort of came from a great love of Hanna-Barbera in my youth. In fact, my first animation job was at the Hanna-Barbera building, and I just about peed my pants, I was so happy. I love all of [the characters]. Magilla Gorilla, Hong Kong Fooey, Scooby Doo--I'm going to toot my own horn--one of the most exciting moments of my life was a Scooby Doo thing. The first one I did, we wrapped, I was getting my stuff together, and the person said, "Wait a minute! You're the villain!" And I said, "Yes!" And she said, "Did you get to say 'those meddling kids'?" Why, no. And they [rewinding sound], and I got to say, "And I would've done it, too, if it hadn't been for you meddling kids!" And my life was complete! I don't need Space Camp. [Laughs]
We are all huge fans of the video game Skyrim. When we found out you voiced the character Karliah, we about flipped out. How was it working on that?
It was funny, because I started getting comments on my YouTube saying, "You're Karliah!" And then I realized, it was that game! I didn't realize I'd done it. It was called "Dragon"-something at the time. Are there dragons in it? I haven't played it! I'm head of the Thieves Guild, I know that much.
What are you up to right now? My 9-year-old self who had a crush on you is wondering if you are married.
I am married, for many years, happily. Very Americana. We actually have a basketball hoop right above the garage this summer.
[Darn.] Tell us about your web series, Dirty Work, which is Emmy-nominated. Congrats!
It's basically a sitcom, but it's very interactive. It's a fun, dark, irreverent sitcom. I get to play someone so foul-mouthed and disgusting. If my oldest child finds it, she would say, "Mother, that's just terrible." But it's interactive. You can hear people's inner monologues. The show will text you. There's hidden things that you have to figure out. Before, if you needed to do something while watching TV, you ate or did knitting. But now, the TV will talk to you!
You could've been talking to us the whole time during our childhood! We could've appreciated some of your inner monologue during GUTS.
Oh, a lot of that would be, "I don't know what this is! Shut up!"
Wait -- so you're the referee on GUTS, telling us the rules on all these events, and you have no idea how these sports work?
Nope! Not really! In fact, every Super Bowl, I sit there, and I'm all, "They have to run where? How far? Why are they stopping?"
So, where can we catch up with you now?
I'm @MoiraQuirkable on Twitter and YouTube. I do a lot of radio plays! I'm also doing a couple of projects that I can't even really talk about, unfortunately. I have a list of games and movies I want to be on, and it's just called "Everything!"
You can catch up with Moira Quirk on @MoiraQuirkable on Twitter and YouTube, and the Emmy-nominated webseries Dirty Work rides.tv/dirty-work.
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