Danica McKellar (West Wing, The Wonder Years) visited Comic-Con International for the first time to meet and greet her Young Justice fans. Her character, Miss Martian/M’Gann M’orzz is the niece of Martian Manhunter/J’onn J’ozz on Earth 16 and is the main female character on the show, drawing much interest from Dick Grayson and Wally West. Instead it’s Connor Kent (Nolan North, Wolverine and the X-Men) who she has her Martian eyes set on. It’s been gathered that they might be some romance between the two characters but McKellar revealed a teaser for of Young Justice, set to resume airing the remaining 16 episodes of Season One later this year.
When I asked her if she record her lines for the movie by herself or with her fellow cast members she said in person, especially with Nolan North. “He and I almost always record together,” McKellar said. “And it’s good too because we’ve (our characters) got this romance going on and I can tell you that there’s going to be a kiss. In fact, the kiss is real. They had us kiss in the booth, which is very rare. In voiceover, they always have usually asked to kiss (the top of) our hand [demonstrates].
But they said, ‘it doesn’t quite sound right.’ At the time I was eight months pregnant so I was like, [drawing with her hand how big her stomach was] “Well, sure!” but Nolan felt all weird about it. “Are you okay with this? This feels wrong.” Yes I’m okay, I’m an actress, I’ve done this before.’ It’s a sweet kiss but still a very real kiss in the booth.
Concerning her character, she believes that Miss Martian has two sides to her personality, the insecure teenager and the super-hero. McKellar also tries to bring more of herself in the role so that there is more truth to her performance. She looks for certain sides of her personality and she said that the side of her personality that is a teenager is still very much alive.
“For the super-hero I lower my voice a bit, and get a little tougher and have fun with that. For the insecure teenager, which is a majority of it, she’s very near and dear to my heart. There’s probably a lot of Winnie Cooper of her. When I played a teenager, I was a teenager on television. Now I write books for teenager girls math books. That teenage life is still a very big part of my life. Maybe I’ve never quite left the teenage years.”
Moonlighting as a mathematician and author of math books for girls, McKellar shares the duality that Miss Martian has for a long time. She relates to her a lot, managing those two sides.
“They work hand-in-hand, as a teenager you often wish you were other people so that part of her personality blends in seamlessly. She wants to be accepted by her teammates.”
“Also, one doesn’t change the other. They may influence the other. She can be super powerful and save people and move things with her mind but she gets flustered when she’s in the same room as Superboy.”
Sigh. It’s not easy being a teen-aged superhero.