[Trigger warning: brief mention of bullying, suicide, & sexual assault.]
Life Is Strange means a lot to me with the topics it has covered and the characters it has brought forth. After the release of “Polarized,” the final episode of the season, I was lucky enough to get into contact with the wonderful Ashly Burch who plays everyone’s hella favorite punk: Chloe Price. I got to ask Ashly numerous questions about Life Is Strange, Chloe Price, queerness, and the darker themes of the game, as well as some lighter topics at the end to break things up a bit more.
Sloane: How did you first find out about Life Is Strange and what about it pushed you to audition?
Ashly: Haha, this isn’t as exciting a story as one would probably hope—I received an audition notice from my agency! But I could tell it was going to be a special game even just from the audition sides.
Sloane: If I remember reading correctly, you ended up auditioning for both Chloe Price and Max Caulfield. I’m really curious—after hearing you so much as Chloe, what did you know about the two before the audition?
Ashly: It’s been a long time, so it’s hard for me to remember what was provided on the audition sides—I remember I saw concept art for both characters, and I really loved Chloe’s look. Typically, audition sides will have some background on the character, a brief synopsis of their personality, sometimes an image of what they look like, and then of course the dialogue the devs would like you to perform. I remember reading Chloe’s background and personality and immediately knowing what voice I wanted to give her.