Nickelodeon’s Baby Shark’s Big Show! is going to follow Baby Shark and his best friend William as they adventure in Carnivore Cove and we were lucky enough to get to speak with Luke Youngblood who will be voicing William.
Luke Youngblood is the voice of William, a quick-witted pilot fish with a flair for the funny who is always down for jaw-some adventures with his best bud Baby Shark.
BSCKids: Tell us a bit about the character you are voicing on Baby Shark’s Big Show! and how you got the role.
Luke Youngblood: I voice Baby Shark’s best friend and pilot fish, William. He is super quick-witted and very funny. But most of all, he is down for any and all adventures that he and his best bud, Baby, go on. The audition came through my agent and I met with the producers of Baby Shark’s Big Show! at Nickelodeon via Zoom since we were in the middle of a pandemic — and then, met again, and then found out that I had booked the role a few weeks later. I was so pumped!
Do you remember the first time you heard the Baby Shark song?
Funnily enough, the first time I heard the Baby Shark song was when I was doing research for the role. I know, I know, it’s unbelievable that it hadn’t worked its way into my psyche before then, but as soon as I heard it, like everybody else, I WAS HOOKED!
How does a typical day go for you when working on the show and how do you get in character?
Due to the pandemic, I (as well as the rest of my castmates) record from my home studio — meaning a closet that I have turned into a studio. I’ll roll out of bed, eat some breakfast, make some throat coat tea for my session and then sign onto Zoom. Getting into the William character, I’ll say my name a few times and then magically I am locked in and ready to go.
Do you find live-action acting or doing voice work harder for you?
Live action is definitely harder for me. There are so many moving parts and people to navigate. Whereas voiceover is a super seamless process and extremely fun.
Tell us something that people would be surprised to learn about you?
I think that people would be surprised to learn that I went to fashion school for four years. There was a period of time when I was set on becoming a designer. I had paused my acting career whilst studying at the London College of Fashion, but then the bug came back and I couldn’t resist but to dive back in again and I’m so glad that I did.
If you could guest star on any Nickelodeon show which one would it be and why?
Spongebob! Hands down. No question. It’s so funny and I would absolutely love to work with the legend that is Tom Kenny. Maybe we could magic up a Baby Shark’s Big Show! and SpongeBob SquarePants crossover in the future?
Tell us why Baby Shark’s Big Show! is the best show and why you think it really resonates with children.
Baby Shark’s Big Show! is funny, full of adventure, has an incredible cast of characters and the music is next level! If you think the Baby Shark theme is catchy, think again. We have a new musical moment in every episode, which spans all genres. Each episode of Baby Shark’s Big Show! also has a social emotional lesson woven into the storyline whether it’s about patience, facing problems directly, or staying true to your unique self.
If you could have a Baby Shark’s Big Show! toy what would it be?
I would have a Burpin’ Bubbz that was featured in our holiday special. I know that it would provide endless entertainment.
Is there anything else you are working on that you can tell us about?
Now that would be telling…
Special thanks to Luke Youngblood! Nickelodeon’s brand-new preschool series Baby Shark’s Big Show! will make a splash with its spring premieres, beginning Friday, March 26, at 12:30 p.m. (ET/PT), when preschoolers can join the pop culture phenomenon for jaw-some underwater escapades.