Fancy Nancy Season 2 is around the corner and we got the opportunity to celebrate the new season by speaking with Mia Sinclair Jenness about the show. Not only that, but it has also been announced we will get to hear Mia voice Nancy for another season as Fancy Nancy has been greenlit for season 3. Let’s learn a bit more about Mia her role as Nancy below.
“Fancy Nancy” follows six-year-old Nancy, a high-spirited young girl whose imagination and enthusiasm transforms the ordinary into the extraordinary—from her vast vocabulary to her creative attire.
After some quick introductions we let Mia know that while my daughter was at school she was a huge fan of the books and the show and would have loved to speak with her. We start by asking Mia how familiar she was with the books and the author before you got involved with the show.
Mia: I was very familiar with it. The books actually came out in December of 2005, which was when I was born, so I have never known a world without Nancy and I am so grateful for that.
We follow up by asking if she had an opportunity to meet anyone that has worked on the books?
A lot of people might not know this but when you record voice-overs, a lot of the time you don’t get to meet your fellow cast members, which is slightly sad. I recently just met Christine Baranski and I freaked out a little bit. I also got to meet the authors and that was incredible and a dream come true.
Is there anything special that you do to get in character before you start your voice work for the show?
As soon as I get the script given to me I read them out loud, that way I know what I am going to be doing in the booth. Other than that, I kind of have to physicalize that character while I am recording or else it won’t be able to come to life in the best possible way.
Do you feel like you have anything in common with Nancy? You as a person with Nancy the character.
Yes, we both have a very active imagination and we both really love to express ourselves in creative ways.
What would you say your favorite episode has been that has aired so far.
Well I loved the end of Season 1 with Dazzle Girl those were such cute songs and the script was really incredible. I mean all of them are, our team is so talented. It would have to be Dazzle Girl or the beginning of Season 1. All of the episodes in between are just as amazing though.
Note: We believe that the episode with Dazzle Girl is called “Super Nancy” in case you have not seen it yet.
What would be something that people would be surprised to know about you?
I am mostly an open book and I love sharing my life with people. But a lot of my summers I go to summer camp and I am without any electronics for seven weeks which I actually love. It is really great to cleanse myself from social media.
We agree that is a great thing to take a break as we tell Mia a bit about our time on the Disney Cruises where we go without electronics ourselves.
Do you get recognized for your voice from the show? Do you have any fan stories about people recognizing you?
Since it is voice-over, not really. It is so nice whenever I do get to meet someone who knows my voice and knows the show, but occasionally I will meet someone who knows me. When I went to Disney Junior Dance Party, I got to meet the whole cast, and the dancers and all the those kids knew who I was. It was really sweet and incredible and kind of surreal.
Besides your own show, what would you say your favorite Disney show is?
I love “Andi Mack.” I think it is written really well and the actors and actresses are so great and so talented.
We interject that our favorite Disney show is “Even Stevens” and Mia tells us she used to watch it on DisneyNOW.
How do you feel about Season 3 getting greenlit already?
I was over the moon, I was so thrilled. I am so happy that all of our teams hard work has paid off. I am so excited for more adventures with Nancy.
When the seasons come on do you watch with your friends and family or do you just do the voice work and then step away from it?
Sometimes. When the very first episode came out I had one of my really best friends come over and we just sat down and we watched it and it was really fun. But sometimes my grandparents will record it and watch it with me and that is always really fun. But other than that I just leave it alone.
Who do you feel you have learned the most from in terms of voice acting and has helped pushed your career along?
Definitely my Mom, she has been my biggest supporter and she taught me everything I know and I could not be more grateful. She is also a voice actress.
How do you find the time to do everything hobby wise, voice acting, school and the rest of that.
Well I find it really important to have a good work life balance. I try to space out a little bit of time to do what I love. Hang out with my friends, I play the ukulele, I am very crafty as well. So hanging out with my friends and my family, but also working is a difficult balance but I try to make it work.
What sort of crafting do you do and what is your favorite project been that you have put together from a crafting standpoint.
Well I make a lot of friendship bracelets and right now I am working on decorating my room. I am making a lot of DIY decorations, whether it be posters or little knick-knacks. Probably decorating my room has been my most favorite and biggest project I’ve tackled.
At Disneyland or Disney World, favorite ride?
Oh my goodness you have no idea how much I love going to Disney. I think my favorite ride, in general would have to be either Space Mountain or Splash Mountain. I love high intensity rides and big drops and I also really love roller coasters, especially at Pixar Pier. They have the Incredicoaster which I went on like 3 times last time I went. I thought it was really fun.
What is your favorite thing to eat at Disney?
I love Dole Whip so much. Every single time I go have to get Dole Whip or it has been an unsuccessful trip. Dole Whip and I recently tried the Turkey Leg there and they are so good. You might have stomach ache if you eat the whole thing, but worth it.
Special thanks to Mia Sinclair Jenness for speaking with us, she was a joy. Our daughter was a huge fan of the New York Times bestselling books by Jane O’Connor and Robin Preiss Glasser growing up and has enjoyed the show as well.
Note: Interview was transcribed from a phone call with Mia Sinclair Jenness and BSCKids.
Reminder to tune in to the new season of Fancy Nancy with Mia Sinclair Jenness on October 4th with “The Return of Dudley” and “Nancy Quits the Clancy’s.”