Brandi Burkhardt is a very talented actress. Not only is she comfortable in front of the camera on hit shows like “Hart of Dixie,” but she is also a voice actor as well. She has voiced many characters for popular video games.
If that wasn’t enough she is a gifted singer and has a strong background in theater. I was lucky enough to ask Brandi a few questions about “Hart of Dixie,” acting, singing, and what other projects she is working on.
Art Eddy: You play Crickett Watts on “Hart of Dixie”. Tell me what fans can expect from this season.
Brandi Burkhardt: This season on “Hart of Dixie” we have seen Crickett try to find her identity. She was leader of the belles, and definitely experimented with being like Lemon, but that wasn’t really working for her. She has always only identified with being a belle and following the rules. Toward the end of this season Crickett will make a surprise personal discovery.
AE: How do you think your character has evolved through the series?
BB: Crickett was supposed to be a one episode character, but as our writers kept writing for her, I think they found in her a lovely compliment to Lemon and Annabeth, which is why we have great comedic scenes and why the girls are always hatching some sort of scheme. It’s been great seeing the characters evolve and grow closer and more distant from time to time, as they discover themselves.
AE: Do you remember your first role on TV?
BB: The first time I was on TV was as Miss Maryland Teen in the Miss Teen USA Pageant, but my first acting role was as a mermaid on the soap opera Passions! It was pretty funny because on my first day I was glued into this tail and dropped into a large tank of water to shoot the underwater shots! That was something NYU had not prepared me for! Luckily Miss Teen USA had prepared me for being on TV in a swimsuit! And that’s why I love acting! It puts you in completely ridiculous situations and that’s always fun!
AE: Besides “Hart of Dixie,” you have been on a few other shows like “How I Met Your Mother.” How much fun was it to work with that cast?
BB: “How I Met Your Mother” was a lot of fun! I lived in NYC for so long that it was fun to be back in the Big Apple, even if in reality it was only a soundstage in L.A. That whole team, the cast and crew were all so funny! The writing is great, it’s done so well! I was happy to get to be a part of it!
AE: You also are a singer and I read that you got a Gold Record. Congrats on that achievement. What type of music are you into and do you like to perform?
BB: I love singing with a large orchestra! The energy that 70 musicians create from nothing is incredible, and standing in front of all of that power, singing, is just amazing! I am doing a concert of the musical “Camelot” in Santa Barbara this summer, starring as Guinevere. I am hoping that as I complete my record I will be able to add more orchestra dates to the calendar!
AE: I have to ask you since I am a “Star Wars” geek. I saw that you did some voice acting work for “Star Wars: The Old Republic.” Which character were you for that game.
BB: I voiced eight characters in “Old Republic.” It was a long couple days of recording and we did it so early in the process of the game, before the animation was even finished! The sad part is, I am not so good at video games so I have never seen it finished! I’ll have to find someone to play it for me to find my scenes! I do remember I got to play a character named Jaesa and another was a Sith! It’s always cool to play the bad guys!
AE: It also looks like you have done voice over work for other games. How did you get into part of acting?
BB: One of the fun things about acting is the variety. I like to keep doing different things. In “Red Dead Redemption,” I actually got to do some voice over and live action too! We had these crazy suits and helmets on with these sensors on them, and the director would call out fights or someone dying or want zombie sounds etc. It was pretty funny! I played a zombie prostitute, and also got to play our heroes wife in the last scene of the game, which was pretty cool because we had dialogue and it wrapped up the game!
AE: Are there any new projects that you are currently working on?
BB: Right now, I am staying busy with some other television projects, while “Hart of Dixie” is on hiatus, as well as putting together an album, and planning my wedding! So, my plate is full and I’m so grateful!