Rachael Lillis is an American actress and voice actress. Originally from Dallas TX, she has studied acting in Boston and New York City and has appeared in various theater and independent films.Lillis's voice work can be heard in various shows, including Pokémon (as Misty and Jessie, seasons 1-8, and later Maylene), Cubix (Hela), Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (Ame Tomoe), Revolutionary Girl Utena (Utena) and various others. She has also lent her voice to video games. She has also recorded several audio books including Diary of a Fairy Godmother, for which she performed the voices for about 25 characters. Her narration and character vocals can be heard in PBS programming as well, including Nova, American Masters and Sesame Street.In addition to her voiceover, theater and film work, Lillis has also sung and played Irish flute for several local Irish bands in New York City. Before acting, she was a lab technician at Harvard Medical School, and was once pursuing a degree in biotechnology at Columbia University.In 2013, she relocated to LA and is currently doing work there.
Notable roles by Rachael Lillis:
- Boo and Sis in Now and Then, Here and There
- Princess Charlotte in Berserk (1997), and Berserk: The Golden Age Arc I - The Egg of the King (replaced by Gina Bowes in Berserk: The Golden Age Arc II and III)
- Hitomi Onodera in Seven of Seven
- Jessie, Misty, and various Pokémon (including Jigglypuff and occasionally Pikachu) and incidental characters in the first eight seasons of that show, as well as Maylene in Season 11
- Kanako Ohno in Genshiken
- Martina and various minor roles in Slayers (Seasons 1-3)
- Micott Barsch in Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn
- Mito Freecss in Hunter × Hunter (2011 version)
- Mizuki Takase in Comic Party
- Rona Fauna in The Third: The Girl with the Blue Eye
- Sella in in Fate/stay night [Unlimited Blade Works] (her first Los Angeles-based role)
- Ursula, Reese, and Laura in Dinosaur King
- Utena Tenjou in Revolutionary Girl Utena
- Yuriko Star in Irresponsible Captain Tylor
Rachael Lillis and her works provide examples of:
- Creator Backlash: Along with Veronica Taylor and Eric Stuart, she was weary of how fans would bring up voicing Ash and Misty when they both had many other anime roles; they, however, at least seem pleased that people enjoy watching Pokémon.
- Old Shame: While Lillis claims she did enjoy voicing her characters on Pokémon, she admits that she wishes the fans would remember some of her other work as well, since that's all they want to talk to her about.