Blue’s Clues holds a special place in our house and when we found out that Brianna Bryan was going to voice Rainbow Puppy on Blue’s Clues & You!, we were happy to take the opportunity to speak with her.
Brianna Bryan is the voice of Rainbow Puppy in Blue’s Clues & You! Rainbow Puppy is a charismatic, confident puppy from the city with a vibrant personality to match her colorful fur, and will appear in Blue’s Clues & You! brand-new episode “Our New Neighbor” airing on Friday, October 1, at 11am. The character will appear throughout season three and is featured prominently in our brand-new movie that was recently greenlit as part of the 25th Anniversary celebration.
BSCKids: How did you get the role of Rainbow Puppy and give us a description of the character in your words?
Brianna Bryan: I went through a super fun audition process including a special callback, where I was really encouraged to be in the role. I love to sing, so when I was asked to sing during some of the lines, I really felt like I was able to embrace the role and be authentic to not only my character’s vibrant personality, but I’d like to think my own too! My character is bright, playful, creative, kind, curious, and colorful and is always excited for new adventures 🙂
How do you get ready to record your lines for the character?
I would prep ahead of time by reading my lines a few times before my sessions to be prepared, but just enough so I can act them out in a very spontaneous and realistic way. I would practice my music even more so that I could sing the notes fluently and also have ideas in my head for possible harmonies- something I LOVE to add to my singing!
We are huge fans of the show, how much did you know about Blue’s Clues before getting the part? Did you watch all of the previous seasons of the show?
Oh my gosh!! I am a huge fan too!! I’ve grown up with Blue’s Clues and always remembered it as being one of the most prominent shows of my childhood. My parents even got me and my sister our own authentic “Thinking Chairs” when we were little!!! I also used my special notebook all the time even while watching the show! I feel like I know Blue and Magenta so well, and felt so ready to bring Rainbow Puppy to life with her big voice and brilliant personality!
Why do you think Blue’s Clues has stood the test of time?
Blue’s Clues has always been such a relatable show for children and families. And on top of that, the lessons that are taught in the show are done so in such a creative and fun way. It’s really a show that takes life situations and simplifies them for children to understand more fully, yet also spins the learning experience into a unique kind of puzzle and challenge. It’s such an original concept.
What does a “normal” day look like for you when you are working on the show?
A normal day would consist of waking up early, drinking some tea, doing my vocal lessons while sipping water, and prepping my recording setup. I use my iPad to read my script and have a handy dandy notebook on the side to take my acting notes during each session. My computer is also set up to run all of my programs for recording live. It was super interesting doing some of my sessions during the pandemic because I got to learn how to be my own “Sound Engineer.” I love the process so much!
If you had to guest star/guest voice on another currently running Nickelodeon show, which one would it be and why?
I would love to be on PAW Patrol! I really support how the show is community-oriented and motivates kids to stand up for each other and protect those they love so heroically. It’s another show that is full of amazing messages to learn from.
What is something people would be surprised to learn about you?
Hmmmm… that I’ve actually technically performed on Broadway before! I was in the National High School Musical Theatre Awards in New York in 2015, and I performed at both the Pantages Theatre stage in Los Angeles and the Minskoff Theatre in New York. Musical theatre is a huge part of my performance background and it’s so cool how my character gets to represent that side of me with her singing and playful theatrical energy!
What is your favorite theater you have performed in?
Oh! Speaking of which… I loved the Minskoff Theatre because it is the home of one of my all-time favorite musicals, The Lion King on Broadway; although, the Pantages Theatre felt surreal because I grew up watching shows in their house.
Any other projects that you are working on that you can tell us about?
I am always working on upcoming projects whether that’s in the voice over, singing, or acting realm, and most of them I like to keep quiet until they are near ready, haha! But I am definitely enriching my creative side every single day, and constantly focusing new ways to hone in on my craft.
Why should everyone tune in to watch Rainbow Puppy in Blue’s Clues & You!
Rainbow Puppy is unlike any dog you’ve seen thus far! She is full of personality and loves to share who she is and what she believes in through her curiosity, experiences and her voice. Rainbow Puppy is a bright light, full of encouragement and is simply spectacular-iffic! Trust me, you won’t want to miss meeting Rainbow Puppy for the first time!
Thanks to Brianna Bryan, we had a great time talking to her about Rainbow Puppy in Nickelodeon’s Blue’s Clues & You!