About Melanie

Melanie Ehrlich is a bicoastal on-camera and voice actress, and a pretty interesting person in general. She will be making her Hollywood debut alongside Matt Damon in Alexander Payne’s next film, Downsizing, in 2017. Melanie can be seen as Ali on Brit Marling and Zal Batmanglij’s new Netflix series, The OA, out late 2016. Recent appearances also include a Project Runway-inspired national commercial for Dish Network featuring Tim Gunn and an upcoming Adult Swim series; behind the mic, she's voiced hundreds of games, commercials, animated works, and more. In her free time, Melanie loves DDR, samulnori (traditional Korean percussion), and playing with her two adorable, fuzzy pet bunnies.

Melanie voices Vella Wilde, the lead female protagonist in the highly-anticipated indie RPG YIIK, which has been featured on Kotaku, PCGamer, Engadget, IGN, and Sony’s official Playstation blog. She has worked on RPGs, mobile apps, educational games and more, including Kognito Interactive’s At-Risk series, upcoming rhythm game Slam Fighter II, and iShake, which became a Top Ten Downloaded App in the iTunes store days after its release. Melanie’s voice can also be heard in anime series including Yu-Gi-Oh! Arc V and Ladies versus Butlers!, as well as in commercials and narration for Samsung, Apple, Ebay, LG, Johnson & Johnson, and Japan Airlines.

An NYU graduate, Melanie learned to speak Korean and play samulnori (traditional Korean percussion) in college--interests that inspired her to spend a year and a half in South Korea, studying the Korean language abroad and working full-time as a voice actor. She often uses both abilities in her work, in film (speaking Korean in Simbi_Zombies, Product Of The Year and Drawing Lines), live performance (as the featured samulnori player at the 2014 Buddha's Birthday performance in Union Square Park), and otherwise (including an upcoming pilot project in the works).

In addition to her performance work, Melanie is the owner/CEO of casting and production company Listen To Melanie (LTM), which provides casting, directing, production and consulting services for creative productions. She fully cast and directed the voice acting for the game Norse Noir, notable for including veteran voice actors from games like League of Legends, World Of Warcraft, Grand Theft Auto V, Super Smash Bros., and Bioshock Infinite alongside up-and-coming voiceover talent. She was the main ADR director for Media Blasters’ first in-house anime dub of Holy Knight, which received over 80,000 views in its first three weeks online.

Melanie is a regular speaker at conferences and events, including the New York Media Festival, PAX East and IndieCade East, and teaches voice acting classes to aspiring voiceover talent, for which she was one of the top five nominees for Best NYC Voiceover Coach in the 2014 Backstage Reader’s Choice Awards.

Melanie lives happily in NYC with her two adorable, fuzzy bunnies.

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Fun facts

Favorite movies

The Nightmare Before Christmas, Hot Fuzz, The Great Mouse Detective, The Court Jester, Fantastia, Aladdin, Stoker, the Indiana Jones Trilogy, Beetlejuice, and 놈놈놈 (also known as 좋은놈 나쁜놈 이상한놈/The Good, The Bad, and the Weird)

Favorite TV shows

Community, Suits, Criminal Minds, Breaking Bad, Mozart In The Jungle, Orphan Black, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Law and Order: SVU, Grey's Anatomy, Cowboy Bebop, Great Teacher Onizuka, Lupin III, Android Kikaider: The Animation, Hellsing, Case Closed/Detective Conan, and Neon Genesis Evangelion

Favorite plays

The Importance Of Being Earnest; Ubu Roi; Six Characters In Search Of An Author; Waiting For Godot

Favorite books

Bel Canto by Ann Patchett; The Giver; Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs; Wendal, His Cat and the Progress of Man; A Wrinkle In Time and A Wind In The Door; The Elements Of Style; and the Harry Potter books. Also, I love Reader's Digest and have been reading it regularly since I was eight years old.

Favorite foods

Macaroni and cheese, bubble tea, apples, grapes, avocadoes, good matzoh ball soup, pizza, mushrooms (cooked, not raw), bibimbap/비빔밥, kong kuk su/콩국수, mashed potatoes, and dumplings. And Chipotle veggie burritos.

Favorite music

Music is paramount in my life, and I have a very, very wide range of music that I love. Here are just a FEW of my very favorites: Mark Bacino, Prozzak, Era, Alexander Rybak, Claude Francois, Kaoma, Yoko Kanno, Nilüfer, Tarkan, Three Dog Night, The Turtles, Adiemus/Karl Jenkins, Beethoven, Leonard Bernstein (particularly his Mass), Menotti, Mozart, Mussorgsky, John Rutter, Tchaikovsky, Eric Whitacre, Bobby Darin, Darren Korb (particularly the Transistor soundtrack), E.L.O., Liquid Tension Experiment, B’z, Tomoyasu Hotei, L’arc~en~Ciel, Tak Matsumoto, Porno Graffitti, MC Mong, Nemesis, Samulnori, Turtles/거북이, Yoon Do Hyun Band, Better Than Ezra, Eve 6, The Floyds/Floyd’s Funk Revival, Huey Lewis and the News, Incubus, Marvelous 3, Mr. Big, SR-71, Stone Temple Pilots, Stroke 9, Bacilos, Chayanne, Juanes, E Nomine, Raffi

Favorite video games

Kirby's Adventure, Dance Dance Revolution (DDR), Pump It Up (PIU), Transistor, Nidhogg, QWOP, Spaceteam, Just Dance

Other stuff I like

Bike riding, bunnies, DDR, samulnori (traditional Korean percussion), traveling, philosophy, animation, Jewish history/thought, juggling, singing/music, cooking, Korean language/music/culture, video games

News & Press

The OA now IMDb's #1 TV series!

December 2016

Brit Marling and Zal Batmanglij's new Netflix series The OA, on which I play Ali (Jesse's "stonery sister", as one viewer so aptly described me), is currently the #1 TV series on IMDb! It's an honor to be a part of this unique series and a pleasure to end the year on such a high note. :)

Happy holidays! Enjoy Zombie Christmas - new animation!

December 2016

Happy Chanukah and Merry Christmas to those who celebrate! Just in time for the latter, check out Zombie Christmas. I voice all three female characters in this animated short: the female zombie, the little girl, and the mother. Check it out above, or on YouTube here. (Be warned: It's kinda gory/violent for a cartoon, so I'd perhaps recommend not watching with little kids around.)

The OA now available on Netflix

December 2016

Season 1 of Brit Marling and Zal Batmanglij's new series, The OA, is now available on Netflix. I play Ali, Jesse (one of the main character)'s sister. The series is truly fantastic and certainly worth a watch, but if you'd like to find me right away, start at about 17:15 into Episode 4.

How To POKEMON GO - new animation

August 2016

I speak some Pokemon GO truths as Hilda in this new collaboration with dear friend and super ridiculously talented animator/filmmaker Oponok. Check it out above, or on YouTube here.

Appearing in Decker: Unclassified on Adult Swim on June 24th

June 2016

Abso Lutely Productions has announced Season 4 of its series Decker: Unclassified, which will be airing on Adult Swim starting June 17th at 11:15PM. Keep an eye out for me on June 24th in the second episode of Season 4, "The New Recruits", and check out the trailer here!

Hollywood debut in Alexander Payne's Downsizing, starring Matt Damon and Kristen Wiig, out December 2017

April 2016

I had the incredible honor of working with the inimitable, incredible Mr. Alexander Payne on his upcoming feature (penned with writing partner Jim Taylor), Downsizing. Mark your calendars for Downsizing's release date: December 22nd, 2017!

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