Wolfenstein: Youngblood Actors On Why “It’s A Big Deal” To Have Female Protagonists
The newly released Wolfenstein: Youngblood represents an interesting departure from the series, shifting away from the usual star – BJ Blazkowicz – to instead focus on his two daughters. While there’s still Nazi killing aplenty, the proverbial changing of the guard was a particularly poignant one to make, with the daughters representing the first two female protagonists in the series. This fact wasn’t lost on actors Shelby Young and Valerie Rose Loham, who voice Soph and Jess, respectively.
Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter recently, both Young and Loham opened up about why it was so important for them to work on the new game. “When I was younger I really only had like Lara Croft and the girls in Mortal Kombat, then eventually Metroid,” Loham revealed. “I didn’t really have a funny, interesting, young female lead in anything growing up. It’s a big deal to me to know that Shelby and I are going to be that for young girls that are into gaming.”
“I love that there are more and more games coming out with female protagonists that are just strong and amazing and flawed and beautiful because women in life are all of those things and more,” added Young. “To see more and more representations of women that I can find a piece of myself in or who I can aspire to be is amazing. I’m already in my twenties, so I can’t imagine what that must be like for little girls growing up now.”
The latest Wolfenstein does, of course, remain many of its mainstay elements, though now the story is being told from a different perspective. “Obviously, they are the children of two war veterans but, at the end of the day, they’re two 17-year-old girls in high school,” added Lohman. “Whereas B.J. is a total badass and he knows what he’s doing, these girls are good at what they do but they are in so over their heads.”
Wolfenstein: Youngblood is now available for PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch.
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