Note: spoilers for season three of Netfilx’s “Voltron: Legendary Defender.”
Kimberly Brooks has been a voice actress for over 20 years and has given her vocals to television (a computer on “Big Bang Theory), video games (“Fallout 4”, “Halo 5”) and animation (“Rugrats,” “Shimer and Shine,” “Steven Universe”).
But it is her current role voicing Princess Allura on Netflix’s “Voltron: Legendary Defender” that Brooks says is the highlight of her career working in Hollywood.
Brooks recalled that she recorded almost the entire first season of Netflix’s “Voltron” in 2016 before producers Joaquim Dos Santos and Lauren Montgomery presented images from production.
“I’ll never forget the first time I actually saw Allura,” Brooks told the Post’s Comic Riffs. “I literally teared up because she was so beautiful.”
In “Voltron’s” first two seasons, Princess Allura guided the paladin pilots of the five robot lions that come together to form Voltron. But from the very beginning of the series, fans, and Brooks herself, wondered if the day would come when Allura (just like in the original “Voltron” series of the 1980s) would eventually become a paladin herself and pilot the blue lion.
That moment finally arrived in Season 3 (which began streaming Aug. 4), when a shift in the Voltron roster left the blue lion needing a new paladin. Allura answered the call and Brooks was now not only a princess, but a vital part of Voltron.
“I think [piloting a Voltron lion] might make it possible for me to get my own action figure now,” Brooks said with a laugh. “Hard to come by those action figures unless you’ve got some action going on.”
Brooks didn’t know for sure Allura would pilot the blue lion until the script for that episode landed in her hands. Dos Santos and Montgomery reveal plot details to their cast on a script by script basis.
“The worst part is I have to keep it all inside until it airs,” Brooks said.
Brooks is aware of the potential influence she can have as an African-American actress who is the voice of such a popular animated character. That a young girl of color can look at Princess Allura’s golden brown alien hue and then see Brooks as the voice behind that character is something the actress takes pride in.
“Just as an African-American actress, working in this town, working in this field, there’s not enough roles,” Brooks said. “But I love that what little contribution that I’m making, that that’s possibly opening doors for the future for other actresses who may want to do this or just want to be represented. So of course, that’s the icing on top of the cake of just being a working actor.”
After a seven-episode third season, “Voltron” will return to Netflix for a fourth season in October. Brooks says fans should continue to be intrigued by the presence of Prince Lotor, a classic villain who debuted in Season 3 and will be a big part of Season 4.
“Expect a lot of surprises from Lotor and just the unexpected. We have no idea what this guy is all about,” Brooks said. “Can we defend and restore peace to the universe? I think people have a lot to look forward to.”