James Daniel Corleto is an actor best known for voicing the role of Benicio on the hit animated series Harley Quinn and the characters Adrian, Santiago, and Shun Yip on Super Wings.
HI, WELCOME TO ABOUT INSIDER! THANKS FOR TAKING THE TIME TO CHAT WITH US! CAN YOU TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT YOURSELF, WHO IS JAMES DANIEL CORLETO IN YOUR OWN WORDS?
Well, I was born and raised in Los Angeles, but spent my summers in NY up until a couple years ago. I was born performing. Whether it was acting in the living room for family and friends or singing in church I knew it was what I wanted to do. I began acting in theatre at the age of 5, in a production of The Wizard of Oz as part of the Lollipop Guild. I was hooked! I performed in a few more productions before my parents decided It was time for me to seek representation and I jumped right in. I was very fortunate to have booked my very first audition, and since then have had so many great opportunities. Aside from performing I love spending time with my family, especially my little brother Hunter. We are best friends and do everything together. From boogie boarding at the beach and paintballing to spending time outdoors and going to amusement parks. I really have a blessed life!
YOU’RE A BORN TALENT. HOW DO YOU MANAGE TO DO SO MANY THINGS AT SUCH A TENDER AGE?
Honestly, I have the best support team. My family is incredibly supportive of everything I do and aspire to do. They all sacrifice so much on a regular basis to help make my dreams come true. From spending hours in the car from audition to audition, or simply adjusting their schedules to accommodate mine. I am very grateful to have such a wonderful family.
TELL US SOMETHING ABOUT YOUR LATEST PROJECT AND HOW YOU LIKE IT.
Well my latest project, that just came out, was DC’s Harley Quinn airing on HBO Max. It was so cool to voice the character of Benicio who is the Joker’s son on the show. I’ve always been a huge Batman fan, so finding out Gotham’s favorite villain is going to be your Dad, was pretty cool!
WHAT WAS YOUR DRIVING FORCE BEHIND STARTING YOUR CAREER AS A VOICE-OVER STAR?
I have always loved Voiceover. I was obsessed with cartoons and the voices behind them. I always had an interest in trying it, however not until my Agent offered me an opportunity to try it, did I know it was a real possibility. I would say my driving force in Voiceover is creating new characters and bringing them to life. It is the best feeling to see the final product after working so hard on a character and seeing it on screen. The gratification is awesome! I also have to say that making my family and agent proud keeps me going too!
TELL US YOUR EXPERIENCE OF VOICING BENICIO IN SEASON 3 OF HARLEY QUINN.
I had a great experience voicing Benicio. I had such great scenes to work on and the script was so good. Working with my Voice Director Sirena Irwin was also so much fun! It literally didn’t even feel like we were working! The time just flew by.
WHAT IS SO FASCINATING ABOUT YOUR PROFESSION?
For me it’s because I get to do what I love most, but also I get to go to work and pretend to be different people. I get to create a character that someone loves, that makes them laugh or even cry sometimes. It’s awesome. For others not in the industry, I think the fascination comes from when they watch a movie or something on TV they feel like they are part of the character or actor’s life. It makes their life a little more exciting.
WHO ARE YOUR BIGGEST INFLUENCES?
Personally, it would have to be my parents and family. They have raised me to have a strong faith in God and to always try my best to be a good person. I also have some pretty great friends that I look up to as well. Professionally, some of my biggest influences are actors Tom Hanks, Harrison Ford, and Robert Downey Jr.. I would also like to direct when I get older so Directors George Lucas, Steven Spielburg and Jon Favreau are huge influences as well.
WHAT’S SOMETHING WE SHOULD KNOW ABOUT YOU THAT MIGHT SURPRISE US?
Well one thing I’ve been working on lately are my cooking skills. My brother loves to cook and he is a really talented young chef, so I asked him to teach me and I’m not doing too bad. Another thing that might surprise you is that I love to draw and I enjoy creating my own Superheros and Villains!
ANY UPCOMING PROJECTS YOU CAN TALK ABOUT?
So while I cant give too many details, I have a fun new project coming out very soon airing on Disney Jr and Disney+, so keep a lookout for updates!
WHAT IS ONE MESSAGE THAT YOU WOULD LIKE TO GIVE TO YOUR FANS?
I would like to say thank you for all the support! I share posts often on social media and I am constantly flooded with messages of support and positivity. I am very grateful and blessed that I get to do what I love most. It doesn’t just happen though. I work really hard and sometimes I have to sacrifice doing other things I might want to do. But, it does pay off in the end. So if there is something you really want in life, you must persevere and keep moving forward. Dreams can come true!
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