Teri Hatcher voices the role of Dottie in Disney's new animated film "Planes," a role that the actress says was one she has always wanted to play.
Hatcher, who spent eight seasons as Susan on the hit ABC series "Desperate Housewives," co-stars in "Planes" alongside Dane Cook, Stacy Keach, Brad Garrett and Julia Louis-Dreyfus among others, who all lend their voices to roles in the new Disney film, set to fly into theaters in Aug. 9.
"Planes" tells the story of a crop-dusting plane named Dusty, who although is fearful of heights, dreams of one day competing as an air racer. "Planes" is a spinoff franchise of Pixar's wildly successful "Cars" franchise.
"Planes" held its star-studded premiere at the El Capitan Theatre on Aug. 5, 2013 in Hollywood, California (see PHOTOS).
Hatcher recently sat down with OTRC.com to discuss the film. Check out three questions she answered.
1. Why did you want to make this movie?
"It probably goes on a lot of actors' bucket lists to be in a Disney animated movie. They've played a big part in my life, my life with my daughter when she was younger, especially. You feel like you're going to be a part of something that families are going to be watching for decades, so I guess it's an easy 'yes'."
2. How much fun is it doing voice work over physical, in front of the camera work?
"I think everything has special things to offer and I enjoy challenges and I enjoy working with new people, different people. It's not a better/worse thing, but it's a special thing, where you are using different techniques to just voice lines and get whatever emotion you want to happen in that dialogue and get it out without using your face or mannerisms at all, so it's fun. It's a lot of fun, kind of hard to call it a job."
3. How do you go about preparing, getting yourself into character, for, essentially, a utility vehicle?
"Honestly, as I was standing there in front of the mic, I did think about being very heavy and grounded and sort of in the earth and that felt like the beginning of where I wanted to come from. I did have to learn all the lingo and what it meant, all the engines, all that sort of lingo that I had in the movie, but for the most part I think Dottie was about being a compassionate friend who was going between supportive and worried and had a little attitude when it was appropriate."
(Watch videos of Teri Hatcher's interviews with OTRC.com, where she answers more questions about "Planes," by clicking on the images above. You can also watch a trailer for the movie as well as sneak peek clips.)
Reporting by Karl Schmid, correspondent for the syndicated entertainment show "On The Red Carpet"(check for local TV listings). The series is produced by KABC Television near Los Angeles.